ExpertCAD gives designers enough flexibility, choice, and
control to meet manufacturing needs, this means higher quality
drawing output and all the features and capabilities you need to
increase 2D design and drafting by a rate of 4-to-1, 5-to-1, or even
ExpertCAD simplifies even the most difficult aspects of 2D design
and drafting in discrete parts manufacturing. It provides all the
practical tools you need to design parts for improved
manufacturability and to build the most efficient, accurate parts,
tools, or fixtures, supporting all your design and drafting
requirements from concept to the factory floor.
ExpertCAD is powerful and easy-to-use to help you keep your
competitive advantage through:
Reduced production costs
Faster drawing turnaround
Improved overall product quality
With ExpertCAD, you can import CAD data; create, modify, or edit
designs for manufacturability; generate your own drawings;
distribute either hard copy or electronic data to other systems; and
interface directly to the CAM system of your choice. ExpertCAD works
the way you work and gets the job done right.
If your goal is to design
entirely in 3D, then move along; we can't help you. If your goal is to use the right
tool for the design task at hand to improve productivity, then your thinking through
this 2D/3D debate correctly.
3D modeling vs. 2D design isn't an
either/or proposition. Some would have you believe it is. That's a false choice.
Every designer knows that there are
circumstances where 2D methods outshine 3D modeling from a
productivity standpoint. Why take an hour to model in 3D when in 10 minutes you can
layout the design in 2D. It just doesn't make sense. Why wrestle with the deficient drafting
tools in a 3D system to produce the detailed drawing of your design (in addition to the time you spent doing 3D modeling)
when a purpose-build 2D application is much more suited to the job? The answer is simple: choose the
right tool for the design task at hand that maximizes productivity.
Powerful 2D Design and Drafting Features
ExpertCAD gives you all the power you need in a single software
package. Most tasks, even 3D views, can be completed in a fraction
of the time of other popular CAD systems.
Powerful construction layout capabilities mimic traditional
on-the-board drafting techniques and allow even first-time users to
Cut, Copy and Paste between sessions or paste information to
Microsoft Word to update and document designs.
Global editing features improves efficiency by allowing you
to make changes all at the same time rather than file by file or
layer by layer.
Powerful editing features that includes dynamically moving,
copying, mirror imaging, rotating, translating, and more.
Multiple text fonts (native CAD fonts and TrueType fonts), colors, views, and up to 64 line styles
help simplify the drafting process and allow you to conform to
existing drafting specifications or company standards.
1024 named layers help organize and manage even the largest
Design attributes such as name, count, and value are
user-definable and fully associative, allowing you to mark
components for later use in parts lists or bill of materials.
Associative dimensioning can be changed automatically from
inch to metric
Automatic geometry revision eliminates recalculating
dimensions or re-entering crosshatching; when changes are made
to the geometry, the geometry, the part automatically assumes
its new shape
Dimensioning standards allow creation of drawings and
designs that comply with ANSI, ISO, DIN, BS or your own internal
Dimensioning techniques (stacked, chained or ordinate) that
can be changed quickly and easily
Parametric design capability is a friendly, yet powerful feature for quickly modifying
a design. Because there are no
special setup operations or macro languages are required to define
constraints and dimensions, it's straight-forward to use. The analysis feature handles
under constrained drawings by "reading" the design intent and applying proper constraints.
Still the most productive and user-friendly UI ever. The unique indicate-operate
paradigm does away with clunky tools and modes. Huge time-saving features such
as cursor-stroke commands (gestures) and hot-keys refined over the years to
address commonly used commands speeds the entire design process.
Translators to popular CAD formats. Bi-directional AutoCAD DXF/DWG,
and IGES translators come standard with ExpertCAD.
Share your designs by publishing in Adobe PDF format or on the web in HTML format.
Choose from .gif, .jpg, .png, .tif, .bmp formats for exporting a bitmap
of your design for viewing or inclusion in other manufacturing documents.
Unlimited customization is possible with the built-in ScriptLink programming language.
This easy-to-use macro interpreter allows for total control of the user interface
and development of your own time-saving commands.
Direct Connections to ExpertCAM and Prospector
A click of the mouse sends completed designs directly to the
shop floor for machining in Prospector; a fully assembled,
ready-to-use Prospector project can be generated directly from
Design it and machine it with ExpertCAD and ExpertCAM.
Bundled together, ExpertCAD and ExpertCAM are the dynamic duo of
2D production NC programming.
Specialized tools within ExpertCAD make it a snap to prepare
design data for production NC programming and machining in ExpertCAM.
Direct data interfaces eliminates the need for data translation resulting
in perfect exchanges of design data between CAD and CAM.
License enforcement is implemented by a USB
security key. Any computer with this key attached to a USB port is authorized to run the software. A network connection
or internet connections is not required.
The industry-leading FlexLM™ floating license solution from Flexera®
simplifies deployment and management of software licenses. Any computer on the network can acquire
a license from your designated floating license server computer.
An internet license or iLicense is a different form of a
node-locked license. An iLicense requires an internet connection. When you start ExpertCAD, it will acquire a license
assigned to that specific computer over a secure SSL connection with the AMT Software license server.
ExpertCAD runs on Intel and Intel-compatible computers running the Microsoft Windows® operating system. A native
64-bit edition is available to take full advantage of the additional
memory possible with 64-bit operating systems. ExpertCAD does not require a high-end computer or any special hardware
option(s); any computer with even the most basic configuration will work well.
You will want to get a display capable of
a screen resolution of 1080 pixels in height (e.g. 1920 x 1080 is fine). This allows for all the icons on the right
hand side to be visible. Lower resolutions will work but you will have to scroll the icons to get to those not visible.
ExpertCAD is also available for Sun (Oracle) SPARC workstations
running the Solaris operating system.
Supported Windows Operating Systems
The table below lists the certified and supported operating systems for ExpertCAD.
||Minimum Revision Level
Windows 10 S
||8.1 and 8.1 Update
|Windows Server 2012
||R1 and R1
||Service Pack 1
|Windows Server 2008 R2
||Service Pack 3
|Windows Server 2003*
||Service Pack 2
*Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are no longer supported. While no longer supported, there is nothing to prevent you from
attempting to install and run the software on these operating systems. Any problems with the
installation or execution of the software on these platforms will not be corrected.
**If you are running Windows 8 and/or Window 8.1, we strongly encourage you to upgrade to Windows 10. The vast majority of the customer base did not opt to
upgrade to either of these operating systems. Therefore, we may choose to drop formal support soon.