IMSI Design Ships New DesignCAD 3D MAX v25

Popular 2D / 3D CAD Software Now 64-bit Compatible and Supports 3D Printing


NOVATO, Calif., June 27 , 2015 – IMSI®/Design, a leading software provider and developer of the #1 best-selling CAD in retail, today announced the release of DesignCAD 3D MAX version 25. Made popular by its short learning curve and long list of versatile 2d and 3d design features, this major update is now available in a Windows® 64-bit-compatible version and includes STL file support for 3D printing.

“DesignCAD v25 represents our most significant upgrade in the past 6 years. Expanded file compatibility and a 64-bit version further solidifies DesignCAD 3D Max’s position as the best under $100 CAD product in the world,” stated Bob Mayer, President of IMSI/Design.

Additional new file formats supported include SketchUp SKP, OBJ (commonly used for exchanging 3D models), and GIF, which DesignCAD now uses to work with raster image data. There is also a new command to Triangulate Surfaces which can be helpful when converting the drawing to a different drawing format for use in another design or CAD program (OBJ, DWG, DXF, STL, SKP).

“As an entry level precision design application, we understand that customers want to be able share their work with other systems,” states Kevan Chapman, DesignCAD Product Manager. “And yet, there are many functions our users find are just easier to do in DesignCAD. Expanding the file compatibility makes DesignCAD 3D MAX v25 a great companion product.”

DesignCAD 3D MAX version 25 new features include:

New Windows 64-bit Version utilizes expanded computer memory to load, process, and render files of nearly any size. (32-bit also still available if required by your hardware.)

Improved File Interoperability makes DesignCAD 3D MAX v25 a great companion product. New support options include:
  • New Import/Export STL Files, one of the most commonly used file formats for 3D printing
  • New Import/Export OBJ Files, commonly used for exchanging 3D models and used by many other CAD and solid- or surface-modeling programs.
  • New Export SketchUp SKP Files for use with SketchUp versions 3.0 to 2015. >
  • New GIF Image Support allows DesignCAD to utilize this popular image format.
New Group Editor in the Info Box allows you to reorganize group contents without having to explode it. Group editing options include:
  • Move highlighted group members or entire subgroups to a different layer.
  • Remove individual objects or an entire subgroup from the topmost group (Extract).
  • Move objects between sub-groups of the topmost group (Move To).
  • Collapse an entire group hierarchy to a single-level group (Un-nested).

Improved Balloon Command allows users to specify either a fixed balloon size or a fixed text size when creating text balloons, so text is readable even with long text strings.

Improved Distance and Angle between Two Points command now shows the separate X, Y and Z components of the distance in addition to the overall distance.

Improved Hidden Edge and Hidden Edge by Section commands now work on Solid Surface objects.

Improved Show All Edges Command now works on Solid Surface objects as well as other entities, including only on selected entities.

Improved Slice, Cross Section, Contour Line, and Surface Intersection Commands now work on Solid Surface objects.

New Command: Hide Edges of Coplanar Facets to hide the interior edges of coplanar facets in a selected Solid Surface object, making it much easier to understand the shape of the object.

New Command: Triangulate Surface reducing all faces of a Solid Surface object to triangles to help when converting a drawing to a different drawing format.

New Export Triangulate Solid Surface Options for DWG, DXF, and OBJ exports.

DesignCAD 3D Max Availability and Pricing

DesignCAD 3D MAX version 25 has a suggested retail price is $99.99 and is now available.

For more information and to download a 30-day trial, please visit or call IMSI/Design at 1.800.833.8082 (+1.415.483.8000).

About IMSI/Design

IMSI/Design is the global leader in retail CAD (Computer Aided Design) and home design desktop software, and a pioneer in mobile solutions for the AEC (Architectural, Engineering, and Construction) industry. With over 16 million products distributed since 1988, IMSI/Design products include the award-winning TurboCAD®, DesignCAD™, TurboFloorPlan®, TurboViewer®, and TurboSite® families of precision design applications for desktop and mobile. Please visit for more information.

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