multitool-desmax-sm.png AI DesignMAX™ provides many functions to streamline your design process and help you finish your designs more quickly.   In addition to adding new functionality, our tools can help you learn new ways of completing the same tasks in a more efficient and streamlined manner. Either way, you get to your desired result much more quickly!

See it in action on our Product Demo Videos page!

Some of the functions in AI DesignMAX:

AI MAX Workplane: AI MAX Workplane gives you the ability to create and position workplanes more easily than ever before, and add certain geometry (face projections and construction crosses) to the workplane as well!

AI MAX Share: Very easy and fast part duplication – Finally, an easy way to complete your design and get an accurate Bill of Materials with no extra work!  Some highlights:

  • share multiple source objects in a single operation
  • multiple placement methods
    • circular elements
    • reference parts
    • two points in direction
  • easy feature duplication in same operation when sharing parts
  • easy control of part orientation
  • intelligent part names (no more .1.1.1 suffixes!)

AI MAX ViewHQ: Easily take control of what’s displayed on your screen and how it’s presented.  Working with large assemblies is easy – just select the part(s) you want to work on and they’re immediately displayed.  When you want to see the previous objects, a single click will take you there and back again.  In addition to design work, it’s also great for design reviews (even on-the-fly presentations)!

AI MultiRename: Clean up the names of your parts and assemblies easily!  You can modify the object names or model names of multiple objects in a single operation!  Many selection and naming options give you great flexibility, plus a preview of what will be done.  Rename methods include:

  • prefix/postfix to existing names
  • Search and replace text in existing names
  • Rename all objects with a single basename (basename.01, etc)
  • Ability to selectively skip objects

AI Replace Part/Assembly: Replace one part or assembly with one or more parts or assemblies -- even replace a part with an assembly or replace an assembly with a part! It only takes a few clicks.  You don’t need to replace all of the objects, either – selective replacement is quick and easy!

AI Un-Share and Group: If you need to split a group of shared objects (such as to replace selected fasteners), AI Un-Share and Group will automatically take the objects you select and create a separate group of shared objects containing only those objects.

AI Bisect: Find the midpoint (or any ratio thereof) between any 2 points in 2D OR 3D.  No more measuring or creating workplanes just to find the midpoint – AI Bisect does it all automatically for you, and passes the result to the active command.

AI Info: Easily get information regarding assembly structure, number of shares (at various levels!), modified and read-only status and other information, all with a single click.  No need to find the object in the structure browser – just click it in your viewport and the information is instantly available!

AI QSave: Quickly save selected objects into files with automatically created smart names encoded with both the current date and a revision code.  This provides very easy tracking of part modification throughout the design process.  It’s especially useful for work in process (WIP) – even if you currently use Model Manager!

AI Reference Table: Easily look up frequently-used values (such as screw sizes, clearance hole sizes, drill sizes, etc) and immediately use the selected value directly in your active command with a mouse click.  Both English and Metric values are supported.  Easily works with either radius or diameter measurements as well.  Will now populate the relevant fields in the Counterbore holes when using the Machining Module!

AI Multi-Cut Faces: Cut multiple faces and features from multiple parts in a single operation, removing the limitation of the base functionality.

AI Find Part. This function allows you to search for any part of the name, and will search Part Name, Model Name, and all attributes of each part. You can select what is searched, and where the search starts, as well as case-sensitive matching and exact matching.  You can highlight the results in the structure browser and/or in the viewport, and can even create a new AI MAX ViewHQ Drawlist with the search results.

AI Surface Points: AI Surface Points allows the user to generate a table of points for a part, such as for inspection. Each point contains the x, y, and z coordinates of the selected point, along with the i, j, and k components of the normal vector to the face at that point. These points are organized by face, allowing the user to select multiple points on multiple faces. Points may be deleted, if desired. Points may be exported to a .csv file for use with a coordinate measure machine (CMM) or similar device.