Another month, another Drew update.
The number of companies that use Drew is growing rapidly (yay!). Because of this, we received loads of feedback from trial users and existing customers in the past few months.
So thank you all for reporting strange issues that only seem to occur in your particular workflow. Every comment makes Drew better.
The biggest new feature is dimensions for flat patterns. One of our customers, a sheet metal shop, asked for this. This feature is not meant for engineers, because your supplier usually makes their own flat pattern anyway.
When Drew adds a flat pattern, we can now also add what we call bend-to-bend dimensions. If you have a better name, please let us know 😉
Drew gets all bend lines from your flat pattern, creates groups of horizontal and vertical lines and adds a dimension between each two. You can then decide which ones you want to keep or delete.
This only works with horizontal and vertical bend lines for now, which should cover about 80% of bend lines. We’ll try to add diagonal lines soon.
To enable this option, go into the settings > Flat patterns > Add bend-to-bend dimensions.
When you create body sheets, you can now use the name of the cut list folder as the sheet name. This makes navigating the drawing much easier.
You can enable this in the settings > Sheet names > Body sheets > Use cut list folder name
One of Drew’s greatest features is the ability to add a sheet per unique body (weldment or not, we even rotate a weldment body and add a flat pattern for a sheet metal body). Drew then adds views, outer dimensions, notes and a balloon, all according to your preferences.
We now improved these balloons in two ways. First, we let you choose whether to add the balloon to the first 2D view or to the first 3D view. Until now, we would add the balloon to the first 2D view.
Second, we now move the balloon until it’s no longer over the view. Under the hood, we try to select a face at each corner point of the box around the balloon. When the selection fails, we know that that specific corner is not over the view. This approach works in about 90% of cases.
From now on, Drew will read the first/third angle setting from the current sheet and display the correct projected views in the user interface.
For each blueprint, you can set a toggle in the settings so the settings also use first angle projection.
AutoFit is our technology for fitting all views, tables and blocks onto a sheet every time you make a significant change. It saves you loads of clicks and seconds dragging around views, trying a new scale, then dragging around views again.
It’s great when AutoFit works as you expect it to, but it’s pretty annoying when it doesn’t.
So we made three improvements:
We made dozens of smaller improvements under the hood. These are the changes that you might notice, though:
Together with our customers, we noticed a few bugs in the past month and fixed them:
Now that we tackled bend-to-bend dimensions and a bunch of smaller improvements, it’s time to think ahead again.
For the next few versions, we’d like to improve Drew’s ability to work with existing drawings. Drew is great at starting new drawings but lacks editing tools.
We’ll also be switching to a better licensing platform (one that takes less than three weeks to respond to our emails) and we’re improving exports.