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nPower Software announces Power Solids and Power Booleans 3.0 for Rhino


San Diego, July 16, 2004 - nPower Software announces release 3.0 of Power Solids and Power Booleans for Rhino.  Power Solids has been called "the most important addition to Rhino" because it facilitates complex design creation and editing with important additions of filleting, shelling, and Booleans.  Power Booleans provides accurate polygonal and NURBS Boolean operations.  Because Power tools maintain their operator history, they facilitate design revisions through the editing process.  Power Solids 3.0 adds two exciting new commands that extend the Rhino functionality:  Power Surface Fillet, and Power Face Edit.  Power Surface Fillet adds powerful new surface to surface filleting, with variable radius fillets, high order G3 continuity fillets, and fillet previews.  The new Power Face Edit command is a powerful sculpting tool for editing the faces of solid objects.

Rhino Power Solids 2.0 was recently selected by Animation Magazine as one of their recommended "Creme de la Creme" list of plug-ins (Animation Magazine, December, 2003, page 38).  Rhino Power Solids 3.0 goes even further, taking a good product and making it even better.

Rhino Power Solids introduces a state of the art precise CAD geometric modeling kernel into Rhino.  Power Solids and Power Booleans are powered by SOLIDS++, a powerful NURBS based solids, surface, and polygonal modeling kernel from IntegrityWare.  

New in Power Solids / Power Booleans 3.0
Power Solids / Power Booleans 3.0 contains the following exciting new features:

  • Surface to surface filleting
  • Variable radius surface fillets
  • High order G3 surface fillets
  • Face replacement
  • Split face
  • UI improvements
  • Improved quality

Surface to surface filleting
Power Solids 3.0 adds the ability to fillet between surfaces, a feature request from several of our 2.0 customers.  With surface to surface filleting, fillets and chamfers can be created between complex surface geometry.  See example to the right.

Face Replacement
Face replacement is a powerful new feature that provides great flexibility in modeling shapes that otherwise are difficult to model.  The concept is similar to modeling with clay; faces of a shape are contoured using surfaces defined by the user.  The images on the right show how a simple block shape can be turned into a mouse shape through face replacement.  

High order G3 surface fillets
New shelling and filleting commands greatly simplify the process of selecting and filleting individual edges / faces.  Power Solids also now provides a set of icons, snapping to BREP objects, dynamic sub-object editing, and other "3ds Max friendly" user interface improvements.  Power Solids looks and feels like it was part of the original 3ds Max product.

Variable radius surface fillets
Power Solids provides a full range of filleting options for both surfaces and solids.  This includes variable radius fillets.  The new Power Surface Fillet supports variable radius fillets that were previously not possible within Rhino.  See the example image of the mouse shape with a variable radius fillet (to the right).


Split face
Power Booleans introduces a powerful tool for sub-dividing shapes (either NURBS or polygons) through face splitting.  Use this tool to perform 3D trimming operations.

UI Improvements
Many new UI improvements are added in version 3.0.  Quick help (context sensitive help) is now available for all dialogs.  Fillet preview display has been added to show the actual fillet result before command completion.  This allows the user to see the actual fillet result before accepting it.  New icons and a new toolbar are included in version 3.0 to facilitate identification of Power commands.

More information on Power Solids / Power Booleans for Rhino
Visit our new video tutorials to learn more about the functionality of Power Solids and Power Booleans for Rhino.

How to Get Power Solids and Power Booleans 3.0 for Rhino
Turbo charge your Rhino  with Power Solids and Power Booleans, and unleash the power of your creativity.  For existing customers, Power Solids and Power Booleans 3.0 upgrades are free.  Power Solids 3.0 sells for $295.  Power Booleans 3.0 sells for $195.  The Power Solids + Power Booleans bundle sells for $395.  Power Solids is available for purchase at the nPower Software on-line store (www.nPowerSoftware.com/store.html), and through various resellers throughout the world.  A free 30 day evaluation copy can be downloaded from the nPower Software web site at www.nPowerSoftware.com .

Power Solids / Power Booleans 2.0 Customer Quotes
Ronald Stepp: "...must say it's an awesome plugin...I love the plugin by the way; it is starting to become just about the only tool I use in Rhino,
(grin)"

Eisuke Kita: "I think your products make incredible evolution on Rhino Modeling.  I'm very impressed!"

Greg Montague: "Very cool plugin!  The Power Fillet tool is awesome."

Steve Howden: "It rocks (Hmmmm, this may not translate into American - I mean it's great ;-)   How do I go about purchasing this now?"

Dave Shultze: "Thanks for the quick service and great products. Your fillet tool is now mandatory with me."

Dhiman Brijesh "You guys are amazing......your plugin for Rhino is absolutely great."

About nPower Software
nPower Software LLC is a company founded by IntegrityWare, Inc. (www.IntegrityWare.com) employees to demonmarket the technology developed by IntegrityWare over the past 7 years into the end-user graphics plug-in market.

nPower Software Contact
David Gill, VP of Product Development
858-538-3800
DGill@nPowerSoftware.com



Jewelry modeled with Power Solids / Power Booleans by Jeffrey Everett.  View high resolution image



The image above shows a surface filleting example using a G3 fillet (built with the new Power Surface Fillet tool).  The image on top is the "before" image, and the lower image is the "after" image. 



Example of face replacement.  This image on top is the "before" image, with the red surface being the surface that will replace the top face of the box.  The bottom image shows the result of the face replacement (note that the faces are automatically trimmed).  View high resolution image.

Variable radius surface fillet built using the new Power Surface Fillet tool.  View high resolution image



Example variable radius fillets applied to shape (created in the example above with Power Face Edit tool) using the Power Fillet tool.  View high resolution image

 


Example of Power Shell command applied to the variable radius filleted shape above (created using the Power Fillet tool).  View high resolution image.

 


Jewelry modeled with Power Solids / Power Booleans by Jeffrey Everett.  View high resolution image