Create any shape easily using BricsCAD’s powerful 3D Direct Modeler. Free from the limitations of history-based systems, BricsCAD’s Direct Modeler treats native and imported geometry the same way.
Parts & Assembly Design
Design parts and components
Start with a 2D sketch, then extrude, revolve, or sweep it to create a 3D solid. You can also use built-in 3D primitives to specify the initial shape of your part. Then add more details using extrusions, fillets, chamfers, or Boolean operations. Import 3D solids and edit them as native components, using the full power of direct modeling.
Bottom-up and top-down Assembly Design
BricsCAD Mechanical users can create complex hierarchies of parts and sub-assemblies using bottom-up or top-down design methods. Import assemblies from different CAD systems using Communicator for BricsCAD, including the Parametric geometry defined in those assemblies.
3D parametrize and constraints
The PARAMETRIZE A.I. workflow turns parts into smart, parameter-driven components in seconds. Build constraint systems, drive parts formulaically, build table-driven components, and change component parameters in the BricsCAD Properties Panel.
Model features once and use them many times with powerful tools that copy existing features in 3D solids – such as holes, ribs, pockets.
Hole feature library
BricsCAD contains a library of standard hole features – you can easily insert holes into your parts via drag and drop actions.
Parametric Standard Parts
BricsCAD Mechanical has a library that contains 30,000 standard mechanical components of 800+ different types, all with customizable parameters.
Assembly Joints, Kinematic Analysis and Animation
Use 3D constraints to assemble joints in an assembly. Remaining degrees of freedom can be used to analyze the kinematics of the mechanism. You can create complex 3D animations controlled by these parametric relationships.
Materials and Mass Properties
Assign materials to parts of your assemblies, and BricsCAD will compute weight, center of gravity, main inertia axes, etc.
Bill of Materials
Interactively and automatically create a top-level BOM, parts list, or hierarchical table from your assemblies. Customize the BOM and link it to your assembly using automatically-created balloon tags.
Animated Exploded Views with Trailing Lines
BricsCAD Mechanical can create multi-axis exploded views, automatically disassembling complex assemblies and adding trailing lines, in just one click. Easily annotate and animate the assemblies for technical manuals and documentation.
Sheet Metal Design
Import or create from scratch
BricsCAD Mechanical lets you create, import, rework, and unfold sheet metal parts that were created using lofted solids. This robust approach lets you spend more time designing for manufacturability, and less time rebuilding failed models.
Rework at any time
Sheet metal parts can be edited with the full power and freedom of direct modeling, while the consistency of each feature (flanges, bends, reliefs, junctions) is automatically maintained.
Create un-folded 2D representations that are bi-directionally associated to the 3D sheet metal part. You can also use the unfolding engine to send parts to industry-standard CAM systems.
Feature-Based Direct Modeling
The flexibility of direct modeling maintains design intent, expressed as sheet metal features – flanges, bends, reliefs, and others.
Flanges, Bends, Junctions and Tabs
Create flanges in multiple ways – using a base flange, an edge flange, or a via a contour tool. You can always change the way adjacent flanges connect – via a bend, junction or tab-and-slot connection – to improve manufacturability.
Reliefs and Splits
Avoid material conflicts during the bending process by leveraging the library of reliefs in BricsCAD Mechanical. Split parts in a single click and automatically propagate the split to other corners in your model.
You can create lofted sheet metal parts between two arbitrary 3D curves. BricsCAD Mechanical can recognize lofted bends in imported geometry, and automatically decompose them into multiple flanges.
The Hem feature for Sheet Metal allows you to model a hemming metal-working process. BricsCAD supports open hems, teardrops, and rounds with user-adjustable parameters.
BricsCAD Mechanical provides a library of parametric form features – such as louvers, bridges, embosses, and others. You can also create complex ribs defined by any curve.
Parametric Sheet Metal Parts
Use the full power of 3D constraints, arrays, and automatic parametrization to create different design variants from your sheet metal models.
Convert to Sheet Metal
Sheet metal part designed in different CAD systems can be prepared for manufacturing in BricsCAD Mechanical. You can check the validity of a model, repair it, add missing features and un-fold it directly.
Create 2D and 3D unfolded representations to drive CAM systems. The 3D unfolded representation can be edited simultaneously to fix detected conflicts, while keeping the 3D folded part in sync.
The best, most familiar workflow for turning your mechanical designs into production drawings.
Automatically create drawing views of your 3D parts and assemblies. Detail views easily with dimensions, annotations, etc. If your 3D model changes, generated drawing views are updated automatically.
You can create section views of 3D part and assemblies. Section planes can be defined by a line drawn on a base view, or you can create more complex sections like half sections, offset sections and aligned section views.
BricsCAD Mechanical allows you to automatically create detail views from any existing view in your drawing layout.
Fast generation of draft quality drawings
Speed drawing layout using fast, draft-quality views. Then, using multi-core CPUs, create precise views in record time. BricsCAD Mechanical is responsive to your inputs during background drawing generation.
Automated Drawing Generation
Experience a familiar workflow for the creation of drawing layouts. Change a single part, or the entire assembly, and all 2D drawing views are automatically updated.
Bill of Materials Table
The BOM panel lets you manage multiple BOM tables in your drawings. You can format each column individually, set up equations, sort tables, and more.
BricsCAD Mechanical creates associative balloons for each component in an assembly, and manages the display of those tags in an automatically-generated 2D view.
Import data from popular MCAD formats, such as Solidworks®, Inventor®, and Creo.
Import & export all types of files with BricsCAD
By default available in BricsCAD:
Images (TIFF, JPEG, etc.)
Communicator for BricsCAD®
A BricsCAD add-on to seamlessly import 3D geometry & PMI data from all major CAD applications.
Import & export other file formats for:
Download, view, and edit natively in BricsCAD, while keeping full track of DWG and XREF history. BricsCAD’s built-in Bricsys 24/7 panel gives you instant access to drawings and ensures you always have the latest version of a tracked file.
See who's working on which file
Avoid conflicted files with check-in / check-out
Always work on the latest version
Part of BricsCAD Maintenance