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AutoDesSys form•Z Pro & Core

Explore, Design, Deliver. Everything your team needs for complex projects.

AutoDesSys form•Z is an advanced modeling and animation solution for professionals, featuring an easy-to-learn user interface with contextual help for every tool. Customizable keyboard shortcuts, tool palettes, heads-up display, and UI Workspaces make form•Z easy to set to your preferences. And, Smart Assistant learns from your choices.

Compare form•Z Core & Pro

form•Z Core

  • Intuitive user interface
  • Mesh modeling
  • Machining tolerances
  • Reshape (push/pull faces)
  • Powerful booleans
  • Fast, accurate sun studies
  • Dynamic, non-destructive clipping planes
  • 2D and 3D sections
  • Dimensioning and callouts
  • 3D print export
  • 10+ file exchange formats
  • ACIS (smooth) Modeling
  • NURBS
  • Subdivision surfaces
  • Parametric Primitives
  • Architectural Tools
  • Deformers and Rounding
  • Components (block instances)
  • Twinmotion Directlink
  • V-Ray and RenderZone Support
    (as optional plugins)
  • Python scripting

form•Z Pro

  • Intuitive UI with keyword Assist
  • Mesh modeling
  • Machining tolerances
  • Reshape (push/pull faces)
  • Powerful booleans
  • Fast, accurate sun studies
  • Dynamic, non-destructive clipping planes
  • 2D and 3D sections
  • Advanced Dimensioning and callouts
  • 3D print export
  • 20+ file exchange formats
  • ACIS (smooth) Modeling
  • Advanced NURBS
  • Advanced Subdivision surfaces
  • Advanced Parametric Primitives
  • Advanced Architectural tools
  • Advanced Deformers and Rounding
  • Components (block instances)
  • Twinmotion Direct link
  • V-Ray and RenderZone Support
    (as optional plugins)
  • Python scripting
  • Animation
  • Batch and Network Rendering
  • Layout Application for documentation
  • Custom Workspaces
  • Hatches, line styles, and weights
  • Lab Technology Preview Plugins
    (available by subscription only)

Please see the Details tab for an expanded list of features in each version.

Which fields use form•Z?

Architecture

AutoDesSys form•Z Pro architecture

Explore fluidly while maintaining perfect accuracy. Sketch 3D parametric walls. Insert wall-cutting door and window Components. Automated roofs and parametric stairs. Topography from contours. Maintain a lightweight project with externally Referenced files.

form•Z meets the design challenge at any scale.

Film previsualization and set design

AutoDesSys form•Z Pro  Image by Robert Woodruff for The Dark Knight

From scenery to spacecraft, form•Z is used to develop concept art, props, and sets for major productions.

Quickly develop designs with parametric primitives and booleans. Refine with deformers. Combine free-form with precision with the extensive NURBS toolset. Model organic forms with form•Z subdivisions.

Image: Robert Woodruff for The Dark Knight

Interior design

From intimate residential to multistory office, designers trust form•Z from sketch through documentation.

Import fixtures and entourage in industry standard formats. Populate assets efficiently using Components. Set up multiple design variations in a single project and present them with Scenes. Review on the go with the form•Z Viewer app for iPad, macOS, and Windows.

Image: Gary Helfand Design

Form•Z Pro 10 image by Gary Helfand Design

Exhibit design

Promote and persuade with form•Z.

Rapidly construct variations with parametric primitives. Propose novel yet practical-to-fab designs leveraging parametric primitives, booleans, deformers, and rounding. Flow 3D signage text between control lines. Simulate glowing LED lighting with emitter materials in the optional V-Ray and Maxwell renderers.

Image: Montoya Design Works

Product design

Design any product imaginable with polygonal meshes, ACIS solids, NURBS surfaces, and subdivision surfaces. Iterate quickly and precisely with parametrically controlled objects. form•Z’s solid modeling representation is ideal for fabrication and manufacturing.

Image: Evolution Design


form•Z Features

Animate

Animate architectural walkthroughs, product turntables, construction phasing, mechanical designs and more.

Morph objects, cue lights, dolly cameras, adjust materials– almost everything in form•Z Pro can be animated.

Manage Complexity

Store and recall Scenes for rendering, presentations, or phasing. Named Objects, Groups, Layers, and Layer Groups. Component instancing, Reference Files, and Information management.

Ease and Speed

  • Automatic modeling plane detection
  • Sophisticated snap combinations
  • Temporary and persistent smart guides
  • Dynamic object reshaping
twinmotion

Twinmotion Direct Link

Wait no more. With form•Z and Twinmotion, you can render and animate in real-time. Incorporate thousands of assets like plants, animated vehicles, and people. With Direct Link enabled, changes in form•Z are immediately reflected in Twinmotion.

live selections

Live Sections

Clarify intent with real-time clipping planes. Make sections permanent at any time.


New in form·Z 10

Cloud License Manager

form•Z and all plugins are connected to a new cloud-based license manager. No more license codes to enter and keep track of. The license manager maintains all of your licenses accessed through a single sign-on based on your email address. Your licenses can be retained on a computer you use all the time or can float between team members. This makes it much easier to move licenses between computers.

macOS

form•Z v10 runs on macOS 10.15 and later. macOS 12 or later is recommended.

The form•Z is now built as a Universal Application making it native on both Apple Silicon and previous generation Intel Processors. This significantly improves the performance on M-series Macintosh hardware.

The Interactive rendering modes (Wire Frame, Shaded Work) have been rewritten to use Apple’s Metal rendering API. These offer similar features as the previous OpenGL-based versions, but perform significantly better, especially on “M-series” processors.

form•Z now supports macOS Dark Mode. The form•Z dark mode implementation presents a neutral gray interface, reducing eye strain and aiding critical color decisions.

Windows

form•Z v10 runs on Windows 10 or Windows 11. The user interface on Windows has been improved with better quality icon display and support High-resolution displays.

Core Technologies

In Pro and Core

  • form•Z uses ACIS 2023, providing several performance fixes, and improved internal smooth modeling features.
  • Python scripting has been updated to support Python 3.

File Translators

In Pro and Core

  • New H264 and MPG-4 animation export (in all animation exports)
  • STEP translator updated
  • SAT translator updated
  • DWG/DXF translators updated
  • SKP translator with 2023 support updated
  • 3DM OpenNURBS translator updated
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Entry-tier polygonal modeling, provided at no chargeExtensive tool set for polygonal, NURBS and ACIS solid modelingAdvanced modeling and animation solution for professionals

UI

UI


UI

Easy to learn user interfaceEasy to learn user interfaceEasy to learn user interface
Contextual help for every toolContextual help for every toolContextual help for every tool
Customizable keyboard shortcutsCustomizable keyboard shortcuts
Customizable tool palettes
Customizable heads-up display
Customizable UI Workspaces
Smart Assistant learns from your choices

Explore

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Modeling Classes

Modeling Classes

Modeling Classes

Mesh-based (facetted) modelingMesh-based (facetted) modelingMesh-based (facetted) modeling
Parametric ACIS (smooth) modelingParametric ACIS (smooth) modeling
NURBSNURBS
Subdivision SurfacesSubdivision Surfaces

Interactive Parametric Primitives

Interactive Parametric Primitives

Interactive Parametric Primitives

Introductory 2D PrimitivesIntroductory 2D PrimitivesIntroductory 2D Primitives
Introductory 3D Primitives Introductory 3D Primitives Introductory 3D Primitives
Platonic solids, geodesic spheres Platonic solids, geodesic spheres Platonic solids, geodesic spheres
Paraboloid, hyperboloid, hyperbolic paraboloid

Reshape and Sculpt

Reshape and Sculpt

Reshape and Sculpt

Reshape (push/pull faces)Reshape (push/pull faces)Reshape (push/pull faces)
Union, Difference, and Intersect solidsUnion, Difference, and Intersect solidsUnion, Difference, and Intersect solids
Split, Slice and Stitch surfacesSplit, Slice and Stitch surfacesSplit, Slice and Stitch surfaces
Bend, Bulge, Taper and Twist DeformersBend, Bulge, Taper and Twist Deformers
Basic Bevels and RoundoversAdvanced Parametric Bevels and Roundovers
Symmetry Modeling Mode
Bend along path
Morph between objects
Image-based mesh displacement
Increase or Reduce Object Meshing
Cap, Cover, and Uncover openings

Introductory Transformations

Introductory Transformations

Introductory Transformations

Move, Rotate, Scale, MirrorMove, Rotate, Scale, MirrorMove, Rotate, Scale, Mirror
Rectangular and radial copy arraysRectangular and radial copy arrays
Symmetry
Scale to dimensions
Tranformation Macros
Align and Distribute objects
Scatter objects on surface
Scatter objects within volume
Paint objects on surface

Next Steps

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Derivative Objects

Derivative Objects

Advanced Derivative Objects

Extrusion, Convergence, Wall, RevolveExtrusion, Convergence, Wall, RevolveExtrusion, Convergence, Wall, Revolve
Offset and Thicken (shell) surfacesOffset an