New RapidDraw3D™ Valve Model Generator
Metso puts free, one-of-a-kind valve model generator on the cloud.
Metso’s new RapidDraw3D Valve Model Generator is a free automated valve assembly model generator that allows users to quickly create realistic, to-scale, 3D valve assemblies and export them to most CAD programs for use in plant piping diagrams.
According to Bruce Wetherbee, Metso’s Sr. Engineering Manager, “Drawing simple boxes to represent sophisticated valve assemblies in your CAD program leaves a lot of unanswered questions, such as: Which components? What’s the scale? Where are the electrical, hydralic, or pneumatic connections? RapidDraw3D is a better solution that assures that these important questions are clearly answered.”
RapidDraw3D is easy to use – simply choose the desired Metso valve and actuator. RapidDraw3D automatically displays the mounting hardware required for that combination, allowing the user to then specify the orientation of the actuator and pick accessories such as positioners, solenoids or limit switches.
The final step is selecting the appropriate file output based on the user’s CAD program (PDF, AutoCAD, SolidWorks 2D, SolidWorks 3D, DXF, STEP, IGES, Parasolids, etc.) A realistic 3D rendering can then be downloaded from the Internet for import into the chosen CAD program. These 3D files stay on the RapidDraw3D server for 90 days so they can be modified and retrieved easily or saved directly to the user PC.
For Free Access to RapidDraw3D: Simply visit http://www.RapidDraw3D.com to register, and start using the program right away.