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formZ 7

The award-winning general purpose solid and surface modeler

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formZ 7formZ 7 is an award winning general purpose solid and surface modeler with an extensive set of 2D and 3D form manipulating and sculpting capabilities, many of which are unique. It is an effective design tool for architects, landscape architects, urban designers, engineers, animators and illustrators, industrial and interior designers, and all design fields that deal with the articulation of 3D spaces and forms. formZ 7 is highly responsive to the needs of mature designers and, at the same time, novices can use it with ease.
formZ 7 highly interactive graphic interface with associated multiple windows, tear off tool palettes, virtually unlimited and selectively applied Undo/Redo operations, customizable key shortcuts for all the operations, simultaneously available prepick and postpick modes, and integrated 2D/3D operations allows you to work in either 2D or directly in 3D space.
A full set of primitives can be generated through graphic or numeric input. Also dynamically generated 3D solids and 2D shapes include rectangles, n-sided polygons, patterned polygons, circles, ellipses, arcs, free hand line drawings, a variety of splines, and double ("wall") lines.
Spherical objects, that include the complete set of Platonic solids, soccer balls, and lathed and geodesic spheres, can be generated both interactively and through numeric input, and can also be scaled and stretched. A special type of spherical objects, metaballs, can also be generated and blended to form highly organic shapes.
Terrain models can be generated as true 3D solids, trimmed to the shape of a site, from 2D contour lines. The four available types, mesh, triangulated mesh, stepped, and triangulated contour models, can be freely combined to model rivers, roads, flat areas, and a variety of other topographies.
Objects can be meshed at any level of resolution. Meshes can be moved symmetrically according to a predefined profile, or they can be disturbed randomly or according to a mathematical formula, such as a wave. Also, deformation operations can be applied to bend and twist meshed objects. Image based displacements can be used to imprint a shape on both flat and already meshed surfaces.
Advanced rounding can be applied to both facetted and smooth parametric objects. It can be applied to vertices, edges, or both vertices and edges, including concave vertices and sequences of edges called stitches. Surfaces can also be smoothly blended or fillets can be applied to their lines of intersection. Draft angles can also be applied to surfaces of solids, to facilitate molding operations.

formZ 7 in a nutshell

  • An effective design tool for all the fields that deal with the articulation of 3D forms and spaces, formZ 7 facilitates the development and execution of projects from conception to complete detailed structures, animated, and automatically fabricated.
  • Design directly in 3D or in 2D, using numeric or interactive graphic input through either line or smooth shaded drawings (OpenGL), slipping effortlessly back and forth among drafting, modeling, rendering, and animation.
  • Grow a model from simple lines to complex surfaces or to true solids with a few quick clicks.
  • Boolean solids to generate complex composite objects.
  • Create curved surfaces from a variety of splines, including NURBS and Bezier/Coons patches.
  • Dynamically sculpt and reshape objects using a variety of deformations to twist, bulge, or bend them, as you move seamlessly between 2D and 3D views.
  • Resize, stretch, extrude, lathe, sweep, project, unfold, deform, round objects in few simple steps
  • Create mechanical or organic forms using metaformz, nurbz, patches, subdivisions, displacements, or skinning.
  • Terrain models, Platonic solids, geodesic spheres, double line wall objects, stair cases, helixes, screws, and bolts are at your fingertips.
  • Add as many hierarchical layers as you need and work with floating point precision.
  • Refine the design with double precision CAD accuracy to full structural detail for 3D visualization, for the production of 2D construction drawings, 3D printing, rapid prototyping, and CNC milling.
  • Scripting and plug-in capabilities allow further customization for individual needs.
  • The interface is fully customizable.
  • formZ 7 MovieZ support dynamic methods for transforming and morphing 3D shapes and allow the production of both animated visualizations of scenes and the capture of 3D shapes as they morph into other forms, introducing modeling methods that explore 3D forms significantly beyond traditional means.
  • Information management of bills of materials and spreadsheet support for construction documents.
  • Support for DWG and DXF to facilitate import/export to and from AutoCAD
  • Extensive interoperability of formZ 7 with other complementary applications through 20+ translators.

Support & Maintenance

New user licenses of formZ 7 come with four months of free technical support over the phone or e-mail directly from AutoDesSys (4 months of Family Plan). Users have the option to subscribe to the Family Plan, an annual maintenance plan that provides unlimited technical support and updates sent to you as they are released.
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formZ + RenderZone
Main Featuresbonzai3dformZ+RenderZone
Full CAD AccuracyYesYesYes
Surface Modeling(NURBS)YesYesYes
Booleans & RoundingsYesYesYes
Revolves & SweepsYesYesYes
Sections ToolYesYesYes
Stairs ToolYesYesYes
Terrain ToolYesYesYes
Drafting NoYesYes
USB dongle flexibilityNoYesYes
Advanced Featuresbonzai3dformZ+RenderZone
Symbols & ClonesNoYesYes
Subdivion SurfacesNoYesYes
Control RoundingNoYesYes
Screw & GearsNoYesYes
Blend NURBSYesYesYes
Doors & WindowsYesYesYes
Roof ToolYesYesYes
Reshaping FacesYesYesYes
Automatic InsertionsYesYesYes
Automatic GuidesYesYesYes
3D DimensionsYesYesYes
Insert from 3D Warehouse YesYesYes
2D Import/Exportbonzai3dformZ+RenderZone
Adobe Illustrator 8YesYesYes
Adobe PhotoshopYesYesYes
MacPaint, PICT, SGI Image, TARGAYesYesYes
3D Import/Exportbonzai3dformZ+RenderZone
3ds - 3D Studio filesYesYesYes
Autodesk DXF & DWGYesYesYes
LWO - LightWave ObjectYesYesYes
OBJ - Alias WaveFrontYesYesYes
SAT - Spacial ACISYesYesYes
W3D - Shockwave 3DYesYesYes
STL - StereolitographyYesYesYes
SAT - Spatial/ACISYesYesYes
KMZ - Google EarthYesYesYes
SketchUp ImportYesYesYes
VRML - Virtual Markup LanguageNoYesYes
Artlantis filesYesYesYes
RIB - RenderMan Interface BytestreamNoYesYes
3DGF & 3DMFNoYesYes
Basic OpenGL RenderingYesYesYes
Advanced RealTime OpenGL RenderingYesNoNo
Sketch RenderingNoYesYes
LightWorks Advanced renderingNoNoYes
LightWorks radiosityNoNoYes
Area and Custom light typesNoNoYes
Batch RenderingNoNoYes
Optional Modulesbonzai3dformZ+RenderZone
Re-Engineering Point CloudNoOptionalOptional
Maxwell RenderOptionalOptionalOptional
1 Year Maintenance form·ZNoOptionalNo
1 Year Maintenance form·Z Renderzone PlusNoNoOptional

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