Part Modeling

Everything you need to make anything you need.

An advanced yet easy-to-use part modeling system built on precision and purpose-built for manufacturing. It’s fully parametric and feature-based. Like digital clay, you’ll add and remove pieces until your part is complete. Master a few basics, and it’s off to the races.
Great Sketching
Sail through complex sketch creation with helpful hints, error checking, and tons of sketching tools.

Easy Edits
Edits are as simple as modifying dimensions. Even in complex models, you can edit anything at any time.
Equations
Define equations for parameters to build design intent into the model and make edits easier.
Time Savers
Menus pop up at the cursor, giving you access to common tools without accessing a menu or the ribbon.
Import Surfaces
Import and work with surface models to incorporate highly organic components in your model.

Assembly Modeling

A true digital copy of the entire product

Whether simple or complex, combine parts together to bring the digital product to life. Define relationships that mimic real life and test movement, range of motion, and interferences. Query physical properties like weight or volume, and easily edit any part right in the assembly.
Define the Model
Your model will contain a set of real-world relationships that define how parts interact with each other.
Cascading Edits
Make changes that cascade by setting up relationships between parts or defining a global variable file.
Make Variants
One model can house thousands of variants by creating Configurations. Easily switch between them.
Communication
Create exploded views to illustrate assembly instructions and export as a 3D PDF, or publish in a drawing.
Validation
Check range of motion, check for interferences, inspect with 3D section views, and query physical properties.

Sheet Metal Modeling

One place for all your sheet metal design

Cheap and efficient – sheet parts are common components for enclosures, connections, and a lot more. Alibre Design takes care of all the math – you focus on what the part needs to do. View flat patterns with one click to check for overlaps and create with confidence.
Math is built in
The complex math behind sheet bends is taken care of for you behind the scenes. Focus on design.
Model Conversion
Convert regular models or imported models into unfoldable sheet metal parts with an easy conversion wizard.
Lofted Transitions
Create complex lofted transitions to connect different sheet parts together, especially in ducting design.
Flat Patterns
1-click flat patterns let you check for overlaps quickly. Create 2D drawings of flat patterns for production.
Time Savers
Automatically create watertight corners, complex miter flanges, bend reliefs, dimples, and more.

Production Drawings

Manufacturing and patent drawings – done.

Simple and comprehensive 2D detailing of your 3D designs to your company’s standards. Drawings update when you change the model. Include full-color images of your design, a bill of materials, exploded views, tables, and much more. Publish to PDF, DWG, or DXF.
Always Correct
The source of truth is the 3D model. When it changes your drawing updates too, including all the dimensions.
Automatic
Select which views you want and your 3D model is converted into 2D and is ready for detailing.
Tons of Options
Any view type you need in the way you want it to display. All the standard detailing tools at your fingertips.
Production Ready
Be accurate with your design communication for production, patents, manuals, outsourcing, and more.
Publishing
Publish drawings, bills of materials, and exploded views to DWG, DXF, or PDF for production and archiving.

Photorealistic Rendering

Make beautiful images for all your stakeholders

Turn your CAD models into breathtaking digital photographs using a powerful drag-and-drop rendering engine. It’s super easy, real-time, and doesn’t need a crazy graphics card. Make images for websites, brochures, and presentations in just a few minutes.
1 Click Transfer
Send your 3D model directly to the rendering environment with a single click and update it as needed.
WYSIWYG
Everything you see is what the render will look like. Make changes confidently without waiting for updates.
Real-Time Results
No need to press Render and wait. Instantly see material, lighting, and other changes as you make them.
Material Library
A huge library of standard materials you can drag-and-drop onto your model. Customize them with sliders.
Material Studies
Quickly test product colors and materials virtually. Create picture-perfect images to get feedback.

Scripting

Alibre Script - Unleash the power of scripting

Alibre Script is a built-in scripting language based on Python. It lets you access Alibre Design features so you can programmatically execute commands. Save time by automating repetitive tasks or build powerful programs that create entire parts or even assemblies to your specifications.
Python
Powerful, easy, and well-documented. Python is the go-to language for rapid prototyping and getting things done fast.
Automate
Need to create 150 brackets in different sizes? Export 87 files as STEP, STL, and IGS? Script it.
Construct
Scripts can make exotic geometry and assemblies. Make a part customizer that lets you send a client a finished model in a few seconds.
User Interfaces
Create a graphical user interface for your scripts. Make input selections directly on the 3D model.
Share Scripts
Our community is making awesome scripts, and you can download and use them.

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