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New RapidDraw3D™ Valve Model Generator from Metso

3 September 2012

Metso's new RapidDraw3D Valve Model Generator is a free automated valve assembly model generator that allows users to quickly create realistic, to-scale, 3D valve assemblies and export them to any CAD program for use in plant piping diagrams.

According to Bruce Weetherbee, Metso's Sr. Engineering Manager, "Drawing simple boxes to represent sophisticated valve assemblies in the CAD program leaves a lot of unanswered questions, such as: Which components? What's the scale? Where are the electric, air, or pneumatic connections? RapidDraw3D is a better solution that assures that these important questions are clearly answered."

RapidDraw3D is easy to use- simply choose the desired Metso valve and actuator. RapidDraw3D automatically displays the linkage available for that combination, allowing the user to then specify the orientation of the actuator and pick accessories such as positioners, solenoids, etc.

The final step is selecting the appropriate file output based on the user's CAD program (PDF, AutoCAD, SolidWorks 2D, SolidWorks 3D, DXF, STEP, IGES, Parasolids, etc..) A realistic 3D rendering can then be downloaded from the Internet for import into the chosen CAD program. These 3D files stay on the RapidDraw3D server for 90 days so they can be modified and retrieved easily.

For free access to RapidDraw3D: to register, and start using the program right away.

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