VX Corp. (Melbourne, Fla.) has expanded its VX Innovator series of CAD/CAM tools to accommodate a variety of end-user needs and budgets. Innovator Lite is a low-cost product that provides a starting point for new users and engineering managers and can be used as a viewing and markup tool. It provides a set of design and assembly tools for building models and mechanisms and allows users to quickly create 2-D layouts and export models for manufacturing and rapid prototyping. VX Innovator contains 3-D solid, surface and assembly modeling tools for conceptual and mechanical design. It also provides tools for delivering 2-D drawing layouts of parts and assemblies, including bills of material. This version also includes a set of translators for communication with customers and suppliers. VX Innovator Pro offers all of the functionality of VX Innovator, but adds wire frame and free form surfacing tools of VX Designer. For machining, VX Innovator NC provides intelligent hole drilling and auto feature milling to help reduce programming and machining time.
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