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AutoDesSys form•Z Pro & Jr.
  
AutoDesSys form•Z Pro & Jr.

Explore • Design• Deliver

AutoDesSys develops 3D solutions that allow you to Explore the possibilities, Design the future and Deliver world-class solutions to your customers. form•Z Pro & Jr are 3D design applications that empower designers to create unique 3D forms that make a bold statement.

AutoDesSys form•Z pro

The Fastest, Easiest, Most Flexible 3d Modeling Software Available

AutoDesSys form•Z pro is a powerful 3D design application featuring a variety of modeling personalities and tools with an easy-to-use interface to express and communicate your imagination. It is based on advanced 3D solid and surface modeling methods that maintain accurate representations as you progress from design to visualization, layout, animation, and fabrication.


AutoDesSys form•Z Jr.

A fresh approach to 3D modeling aimed at delivering conceptual design and sketching ideas quickly

form•Z jr, previously called bonZai3d, is an application with a fresh approach to 3D modeling aimed at delivering conceptual design and sketching ideas quickly while still making it possible to carry you to the next level of productivity.form•Z jr’s robust geometry creates models that can be used for construction drawings, photorealistic rendering, and fabrication.

form•Z jr’s simple, smart, and fun interface reveals unexpected capabilities and tools that complement and enhance creativity. Embedded tutorial videos facilitate learning at one’s own pace and without the need for expensive training sessions. Intuitive tools include descriptive step-by-step guides and interface hints for a productive workflow. To further explore and exchange ideas, solutions, and problem-solving alternatives, the form•Z jr forum operates 24/7, as a valuable resource for peers who deal with the daily tests of real-life projects. In addition, the AutoDesSys technical support team stands by to offer its help as needed.

A comparison chart is available on the Details tab.


AutoDesSys form•Z Highlights

  • Available for macOS X 10.11 or later (including Big Sur and Apple Silicon using Rosetta 2) and Windows 7/8/10.
  • Surface Modeling tools including Booleans, NURBS, and Subdivision Surfaces.
  • Native support for 64 architecture on OS X allows for more content creation.
  • Imports SKP, KMZ, DWG, DXF, DAE, OBJ, SAT, STEP, and STL files.
  • Exports SKP, DWG, DXF, SAT, STEP, DAE, and STL for 3D printing.

Form•Z Scripting

Symmetry

Object Symmetry creates a plane of symmetry for an object. Subsequent operations to the object maintain symmetry by updating the opposite side of the model to match. The symmetry functionality has special consideration for NURBs curves, NURB surfaces, and Sub-D objects.

Form•Z reference files

Reference Files

In essence, Reference Files are simply data from one project displayed inside another project. Reference files allow for complex static data to be maintained in external files and support collaboration where files can be shared between team members as a design evolves.

Form•Z scripting

Scripting

Python is an easy-to-use yet rich scripting language. Python scripts in form•Z are an easy way to extend the functionality of form•Z to add your own utilities or create custom design tools. Most of the form•Z functionality is available to a form•Z python script.

Form•Z creative design tools

Creative Design Tools

A suite of creative design tools to enhance form generation. Create new and interesting forms especially when combined with each other. These tools include a Voronoi diagram, Point Scatter, Surface Scatter, Volume Scatter, Parametric Map, Wrap tool, and Delaunay Triangulation.

Form•Z Nurbs

NURBS tools

A comprehensive suite of NURBS tools combines unprecedented ease of use and power. The NURBS analysis features to aid in the evaluation and refinement of your design.

Form•Z Parametric Generation

Parametric Generation

Fully parametric and dynamic generation of 3D forms that can be further manipulated at any time after their initial generation.

Form•Z Interactive Display

Interactive Display

The form•Z interactive display takes advantage of modern OpenGL capabilities. This is most noticeable in Shaded Full display mode with real-time ambient occlusion, bump mapping, soft shadows, and multi-sampling features.

Form•Z Formula Tools

Formula Tools

Powerful formula tools create complex curves and surfaces based on mathematical formulas with ease. The included predefined library of shapes is a launching point for a whole new method of form creation.

Form•Z Subdivision Tools

Subdivision Tools

The suite of Subdivision tools allows for shaping and sculpting subdivision surfaces with simple, easy-to-use controls. Subdivisions are useful for tensile structures; organic surfaces ranging from exotic roofs to character meshes, these tools make form•Z a versatile modeling tool.

Form•Z Rounding & Blending

Rounding and Blending

Advanced rounding and blending operations enable the creation of smooth transitions between surfaces. Advanced features like variable radius and hold line rounding make it possible to create unique solutions.

Form•Z Animation

Animation

form•Z projects can be fully animated in form•Z Pro. This includes the animation of the camera, objects, and lights. Animation tracks can be created for the individual parameters of the parametric objects which allow for the creation of dynamic designs.

Form•Z Layout

Layout

form•Z Draft Layout is a 2D application that is used for the preparation of drafted documents of 3D projects. This application has both worlds scale a paper scale working environments and includes a suite of predefined title blocks in standard paper sizes.

Form•Z 3D Printing

3D Printing

The internal watertight modeling representation used by form•Z means that form•Z models are ready for 3D printing. Models can be directly exported to industry-standard formats for transfer to any 3D printer, CNC, or milling process.

Form•Z Components

Components

In brief, Components make it easy to reuse and share frequently used content. Components can be embedded in the form•Z project or stored externally in a directory of project files. In fact, Components can be easily created and modified in form•Z. A library of entourage components is provided.

Form•Z Materials

Materials

form•Z includes an extensive library of materials that are ready to use. Moreover, the Materials editor allows you to create your own materials and materials groups.

Form•Z Dynamic Interface

Dynamic Interface

The form•Z intelligent interface senses what you intend to do and protects you from unwanted actions. This includes automatic picking and automatic guides that assist you in drawing accurately.

Form•Z Reshaping

Reshaping

The Reshape and offset tools capitalize on real-time Boolean operations to offer sculpting actions that produce robust solid models from interactive actions.

Form•Z Dynamic Clipping Planes

Dynamic Clipping Planes

Dynamic clipping planes allow for the non-destructive cutting of models. This real-time dynamic interface allows for a complete inspection of a design.

Form•Z Sun Studies

Sun Studies

The Sun Palette enables the quick evaluation of natural light in a building on any given day or time. Quickly create the animation of the sunlight through a day or an entire year.

Form•Z VR - Augment

VR – Augment

form•Z Includes an interface for the Augment reality app. With Augment, you can visualize your form•Z models in real-world settings, at real size, in real-time on OS X and Android mobile devices. Click Here for more details.

Form•Z VR - Sketchfab

VR – Sketchfab

Sketchfab is a Free platform to publish, view, and find 3D models online. With the form•Z an interface for Sketchfab you can upload your textured models directly to the Sketchfab community. Click Here for more details.

MODELING COMPARISON CHART

form•Z 9 Pro


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Jr


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form•Z 9 Free


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Accurate robust internal representation of data including 3D solids, surfaces, trimmed surfaces, NURBS and parametric representations.
ACIS modeling engine provides advanced smooth modeling capabilities and reliable internal data representation.
Interactive drawing tools that allow for the direct creation of any shape including lines, splines, NURBS curves, arcs, circles ellipses, and polygons
Interactive 3D primitive creation (Cone, Cylinder, Sphere, Torus).
Advanced 3D primitives. Interactively create Paraboloid, Hyperboloids and Hyperbolic Paraboloids.
Sculpting tools use realtime Booleans to interactively Reshape (push/pull), Offset Segment, Offset Outline, Imprint.
Deformations alter the shape of an object with the Bend, Bulge, Taper or Twist methods while keeping them a solid accurate object.
Advanced Deformations include Bend Along Path and 3D Morph operations.
The Billboard tool enables the quick placement of an image as a texture in 3d.
Basic Rounding allows for the rounding or beveling an edge of an object.
Advanced Rounding and Blending give much more control over rounding operations and offers blending between faces of objects (fillets).
The Cap tool constructs surfaces across opening in a model. The Cover and Uncover tools convert a wire object to a surface or vise versa.
Lofting tools include ruled, guided, path and branched lofting.
The Derivative tools allow for the construction of an extrusion, convergence or a wall object from (all or a part of) an existing object.
Advanced Derivative tools include point clouds, derivative from parts of objects. The frame tool derives a structure such as a truss or space frame from the edges of an object.
Unfold enables a model to be unfolded (flattened) with tabs and labels for fabrication and easy assembly. The projection tool flattens an object onto a plane.
Revolve is used to derive a revolved or lathed object from a profile (source shape) and an axis.
Helix and Sweep are powerful modeling operations that derive a new shape from the volume that a source object creates as it follows a path.
Advanced Sweep tools (Two Source Sweep, Two Path Sweep, Boundary Sweep, Draft Sweep) offer more flexibility and power the sweep capabilities.
Offset Surface makes a new surface parallel to the original surface. Thicken (shelling) converts a surface into a solid of a desired thickness.
Skinning is a powerful method to create surface or solid objects from a set of source shapes and a set of paths. There are tools for Smooth Skin, Meshed Skin, and Cross Skin.
Booleans allow for the creation of new forms through the Union, Intersection, or Difference of 3D solid objects.The Split, Slice, Line of intersection offer similar capabilities for surfaces.
Stitching enables the joining of surfaces and the creation of solids for a closed set of surfaces.
The Section tools allow for the creation of 2D and 3D sections of models.
Advanced Meshing tools give real control over facets of a model. These include the 3D Mesh, Polygion Mesh, Reduce Mesh and Polygonize tools.
Displacement creates a 3D object by added relief to a meshed surface based on an image creating the effect of the image being pushed through the surface.
Architectural specialty tools include: Stairs, Spiral Stairs, Roofs and Terrain Models.
Architectural specialty tools include: Switchback Stairs.
Engineering specialty tool include; Gears, Screws and Bolts.
Advanced creative design tools to enhance form generation. These tools include Point Scatter, Surface Scatter, Volume Scatter, Voronoi Diagram, Delaunay Triangulation, Wrap Objects and Parametric Map.
Components make it easy to place commonly used items in a model from a library of objects. A set of libraries is provided and users can create and share their own library of objects that they create. Tools are included for placing, creating, exploding, replacing and creating components.
Doors and Windows are special components that make an opening in a wall when placed in the model.
Basic line editing tools: Close, Trim, Join, Fillet.
Advanced line editing tools: Extend, Connect, Remove Point, Insert Segment, Tangent Line, Perpendicular Line.
Measure tools for distances and angles within and between parts of the model. Calculations of surface area and volume of objects.
Mass Properties calculations include weight, principal axis and moments of inertia.
NURBS Loft and Reconstruct.
NURBS curve tools: Curve Create, Reconstruct, Blend, Merge, Extend.
Advanced NURBS curve tools : Curve Convert, Attach, Split, Insert Knot, Edit Curve, Blend Curve to Point, Convert to Arcs NURBS by Formula.
NURBS surface tools: Surface Lofting, Boundary, UV Curves Convert, Nurbs by Cross Sections, Reconstrcut, Curve Extract, Blend, Merge, Extend.
Advanced NURBS surface tools: NURBS by Formula, Split, Edit Surface, Insert Knot.
Surface analysis allows you to inspect smooth surfaces in order to detect any imperfections or discontinuities in the surface. The following analysis types are offered: Zebra Stripes, Environment Map, Draft Angle, Curvature Map Normal Map, Porcupine Plot
3D Text Creation, Editing and Search and Replace.
Advanced 3D Text tools: Text Along Path, Parallel Text, and Text Between Two Paths.
Dimensions (Linear, Angular, Radial Leader Line and Notes.)
The transformation suite of tools includes Move, Rotate, Uniform Scale, Independent Scale, and Mirror. These can be applied to objects, lights, cameras and guides as well as object parts.
The Extend tool allows you to expand an object to an adjacent object.
Advanced transformations such as transformation macros that allow for a set of transformations to be defined and then re-applied to any object in the project.
The Align/Distribute tool aligns them or distributes a set of objects based on a variety of optional criteria.
The Place Along Path and Place On tools create copies of objects along a path or on the faces of an existing object.
The Object Doctor tool analyzes objects for problems such as duplicate points and other hard to find problems commonly found in some models created in other applications.
The Project Doctor analyzes the objects in a project and identifies potential problems such as duplicate objects.
3D Print Prep tool identifies and fixes problems in a model that would prevent the model from being sent to a 3D printer.
Hatch attributes for objects. A hatch is a graphic technique used to create effects on surfaces for illustration purposes.
Line Weight and Line Style attributes for all objects.
Subdivision Surface Modeling. (Basic editing, Conversion to NURBS)
Subdivision Surface Modeling. ( Advanced editing and Conversion to NURBS)
Sketchfab support
Augment support
3D Connection Support
Copy Attributes

INTERFACE COMPARISION CHART

form•Z 9 Pro


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form•Z 9
Jr


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form•Z 9 Free


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Smart interface that senses what you intend to do and protects you from unwanted actions. This includes automatic picking and automatic guides that assist in accurate drawing.
Fully dynamic generation of parametric 2D and 3D forms that retain their personality allowing them to be manipulated at any time in the design process.
User defined guides allow for easy creation of 3d construction lines that do not interfere with the model.
Snapping allows for accurate alignment of objects to grids, guides and other critical features of a model.
Frequently used tools appear right at the cursor location in the favorites heads up display or can be accessed via key accelerators.(Fully customizable in Pro)
User definable key shortcuts for all tools and actions.
Favorites for all tools and actions.
Manuals and tutorial videos accessible directly from all tools.
Self-guided tutorials provided to get up and productive quickly.
Dynamic clipping planes allow for non-destructive cutting of models. This real-time dynamic interface allows for complete inspection of a design.
Sun Palette enables the quick evaluation of natural light in a building on any given day or time. Quickly create animation of the sun light through a day or an entire year.
Create web ready VR interactive panoramic and 360 VR presentations of your design.
Workspaces group related tools and palettes together making it easy to switch between tasks. User defined workspaces allow for creation of custom workspaces.
Interface customization. Icons can be completely rearranged into a user-designed layout.
Icon size and tinting can be changed to your own desires.
Custom attributes and information management your attributes, assign them to objects and generate reports based on the attributes in the model.
Select by criteria makes it easy to select objects in a model based on characteristics or attributes. Selection sets make it easy to work with a set of objects repeatedly without needing to manually re-select each one.

LAYOUT COMPARISON CHART

form•Z 9 Pro


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Jr


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form•Z 9 Free


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Includes separate form•Z Layout application.
Predefined Title Block library with customizable Title Block dictionary.
Layout sheets can be used to compose different views of a model and/or sections and/ or construction details together with notes and dimensions and have it printed to send to the construction site.

ANIMATION COMPARISON CHART

form•Z 9 Pro