ANVIL-1000MDŽ is a product of Interactive Design Consultants, Geneseo, Illinois

ANVIL-1000MDŽ is two-dimensional Computer Aided Design and draughting software. It is not exotic or glamorous. You won't see it featured in glossy magazine articles or television documentaries with impressive pictures of "virtual reality". But it is one of the best practical tools used by mechanical engineers, detail draughtsmen and tool designers on a daily basis, around the world. Its menu structure, or range of options, is compact enough that the average user feels that "I can get my arms around it". He or she is in control, rather than being overwhelmed by the presentation of excessive choices and unfamiliar terminology. But there is no question that ANVIL-1000MDŽ has all the power and flexibility needed to pump out detailed and complete engineering drawings, hour after hour, day after day. Reliably, unobtrusively and efficiently.

Much of the development in CAD software in recent years has been in the area of three-dimensional solids modeling systems, with parametric or variational design capabilities. These high-end packages are visually exciting and definitely have their place. But for every designer that can get comfortable with the concepts of topology, associativity and defining constraints, there are probably a dozen detailers that need no more horsepower than ANVIL- 1000MDŽ offers. The translators that are included with ANVIL-1000MDŽ encourage the transfer of two-dimensional views of the solids models, for detailing, annotation and tool design. There is even the ability to automatically detect and highlight the differences between revisions.

The phrases "ease of use" and "user friendly" have been applied to software so exhaustively, they have lost their meaning. The word that we have heard from casual and full-time ANVIL-1000MDŽ users alike, over the last nine years, is "intuitive". Partly this can be attributed to fully descriptive menu choices and messages, instead of the cryptic abbreviations and command sequences found in so many other products. Less obvious is the lack of restrictions on the functions that can be performed on geometry. You would assume that any CAD system could define a circular fillet between a pair of intersecting lines. But with ANVIL-1000MDŽ it could be a pair of points, lines, circular arcs, ellipses, splines or polygons, or any combination, without the user giving the issue a thought. This holds true for intersections, tangencies, chamfers and distances along a curve. While the benefits of this freedom are hard to quantify, it means that the user does not need to think ahead multiple steps to ensure that the geometry created can be used in the next construction. He or she just proceeds in a natural manner, rather than being constrained to work the way the software wants. Another benefit is that a user can easily pick up another's work to complete it or make revisions, without having to be concerned with how the drawing was constructed.

This lack of artificial restrictions is also apparent in ANVIL- 1000MDŽ's annotation abilities. Numerous dimension forms can be applied to any appropriate geometry, conforming to your choice of the many national and international draughting standards. You can also convert a drawing from one standard to another in a matter of seconds. Complete geometric tolerancing, surface finish and weldment symbology is included so that no "hand-finishing" of drawings will be necessary.

Now, in Version 5, Anvil-1000MDŽ has a raft of important new features :-

  • Extensive array of "on-screen" customizable tool bars accessible by a single click of the system pointer. Additional "on-screen" tool bars provide a non-intrusive alternative to the "on-screen" macros of previous versions. For those users who have developed custom "on-screen" macros, that capability is still available in Version 5 of ANVIL-1000MDŽ and can be used in conjunction with tool bars.

  • The new PREVIEW feature not only provides a convenient method of selecting drawings, but also allows you to scan quickly through your drawing database to find that elusive drawing that you may not have recently accessed.

  • As AutoCADŽ has moved toward a comprehensive multi-dimensional modeling system, it has become increasingly difficult to use it as a tool to generate engineering working drawings. Version 5 of ANVIL-1000MDŽ now allows you to freely input and output AutoCADŽ compatible .DWG files.

    ANVIL-1000MDŽ is available for Windows '95/'98/NT4/2000

    If you communicate mechanical designs via engineering drawings, on paper or electronically,
    in-house or internationally, ANVIL-1000MDŽ can help you do so profitably.

    ANVIL-1000MDŽ is a registered trademark of
    Manufacturing and Consulting Services,Inc.