TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2016 - Overview

Premium, Professional 2D/3D CAD Software

TurboCAD Pro Platinum is premium, professional 2D/3D CAD.  It includes all the speed and technology of TurboCAD Pro for
drafting, detailing, modeling, and photorealistic rendering.  Plus, get advanced architectural and mechanical design toolsets,
superior rendering, programming and more for greater flexibility and control.

•  Premium, professional features you want at a more affordable price
•  Low learning curve, especially when switching from other CAD
•  Advanced architectural and mechanical design tools
•  Exceptional performance features for superior productivity
•  Over 40 industry standard file formats supported

Key Features & Benefits

Advanced Architectural Tools and Simple BIM Support - Speed design with an extensive collection of parametric doors,
windows, roofs, slabs, stairs, and rails, compound walls, schedules, section and elevation tools, and IFC file support.

Advanced Mechanical Tools - Access advanced 3D surface and ACIS® solid modeling tools and smooth surface mesh tools. 
The thread tool, twisted extrude, extrude to face, imprint tool, parametric holes, imprint and more enable the easy creation of your
more complicated professional designs.

Advanced Part Tree - Expand on the Part Tree technology in TurboCAD Pro. Often referred to as history-based editing, the Part
Tree can be used as a selective undo/redo tool.

Parametric Constraint Tools - Advanced constraints include midpoint and patterns / associative arrays as well as the geometric
and dimensional constraints in TurboCAD Pro.

Advanced Photorealistic Rendering -UV Mapping to create more realistic renders, new Redsdk rendering engine with
photorealistic enhancements and improved render management of materials, luminances, environments, and advanced render

Compatible and Programmable - Ruby Scripting and SDK programming, plus compatible with over 40 industry standard file
formats including AutoCAD .DWG, .DXF, Sketchup .SKP, IFC for simple BIM, 3D .PDF, and .STL for 3D printing

New and Improved Features
Feel the power of TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2016 with over 40 new features and major improvement.  Stay up to date with the latest
technology and file filter support.  Top 10 new features include:

1. New Advanced Blending Functionality
2. New Bend to Path and Part Tree operation
3. New 3D Law Tools for easier object manipulation
4. New/Improved Mirror Copy Tool for 3D Objects
5. New Point Cloud Support
6. New Convert Roof Slabs
7. New Trim Roof Slab by Plane
8. New Redsdk 4.x Engine
9. Improved Render Manager
10. New Highlighting of 3D objects .
TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2016 - Platinum Features

Advanced Architectural Design & Simple BIM

TurboCAD Pro Platinum speeds design with an extensive collection of parametric
object types and shapes for walls and compound walls, doors, windows, stairs,
railings, roofs, and slabs. Use the style manager to create and manage how
objects are defined, look and behave, or choose from the many pre-configured
styles. Accurately manage data with dynamic window and door schedules and
use the sections/elevation tool to examine custom cross sections of architectural

TurboCAD Pro Platinum also lets you create custom properties to objects, property sets, and entry marks to display the data next to
specific objects in a drawing. New version 21 now allows users to extract that custom data as well as geometry from walls, doors,
windows, slabs, and roofs, and export to IFC format, the industry standard for BIM information. Read more about Platinum
Architectural Tools

Advanced Mechanical Design Tools
TurboCAD Pro Platinum offers advanced tools for 3D solid and surface modeling. The thread tool, twisted extrude, extrude to face,
imprint tool, parametric holes, imprint and more enable the easy creation of your more complicated professional designs. A new
ACIS® R24 3D solid modeling engine in TurboCAD Pro Platinum 21 offers better modeling, improvements to ACIS file filters, and
enhancements to several features based on this engine. Read more about Platinum Design Tools

Advanced Modification Tools
TurboCAD Pro Platinum includes a number of tools that enhance 3D modification for facet editing, lofting, bending and unbending of
objects. These tools become even more powerful when combined with the Advanced Part Tree. Read more about Platinum
Modification Tools

Advanced Part Tree
TurboCAD Pro Platinum greatly expands o n the Part Tree technology in TurboCAD Pro. Often referred to as history-based editing,
the Part Tree can be used as a selective UNDO/REDO tool. And unlike with TurboCAD Pro basic, each of the design and
modification tools, and most of the 3D primitives, may be driven by this Advanced Part Tree. Read more about the Platinum Part

Optimized for 3D Printing
TurboCAD Pro Platinum both reads and writes STL files, the standard in 3D Printing world. The Platinum version includes tools that
allow for the modification of the faceting of the STL model which gives the user control over the smoothness of the printed 3D model.
Other 3D printing features include surface simplification controls and a 3D Print button for 3D Systems printers.

Smooth Surface Mesh 3D Modeling Tools
TurboCAD Pro Platinum allows you to use existing 3D modeling tools to create a smooth surface mesh (smesh). Users can control
the resolution, smoothness and more. This form of 3D object creation allows for easier and more rapid creation of organic shapes.
Read more about Smesh Tools

Associative Arrays / Pattern Tools
TurboCAD Pro Platinum patterns are arrays objects copied in specific arrangements and controlled parametrically. Create patterns
from a variety of entities and apply to spheres and cylinders, radial patterns, 3D arrays, along a curve, and on polyline for shapes that
couldn’t easily be drawn. Read more about Platinum Pattern Tools

Platinum Parametric Constraints
TurboCAD Pro constraints are enhanced in the TurboCAD Pro Platinum with two additional constraints. The first is a Midpoint
Constraint, and the second is the ability to create pattern constraints. Read more about Platinum Constraints

UV Mapping
Create more realistic and varied materials for rendering. Use UV mapping to project a 2D image onto a 3D object where “U” and “V”
are the names of the axes of plane. It’s a powerful tool perfect for use in photorealistic rendering. Read more about UV Mapping

Plus All TurboCAD Pro Features & Tools
TurboCAD Pro Platinum is our most comprehensive CAD product for 2D and 3D design, documentation, detailing, and modeling. In
addition to the tools above for greater control and flexibility, it includes all the tools found in TurboCAD Pro. Visit the TurboCAD Pro
21 product page and click on the key features tab to learn more about these powerful features:

•  Powerful Drafting Palette ACIS 3D Modeling Engine
•  Parametric Parts Manager
•  Photorealistic Lighting & Materials
•  Rendering & Visualization
•  Annotation Tools
•  Symbol Library
•  Programming
•  Extensive File Interoperability
TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2016 - Pro Features

Powerful Performance
TurboCAD Pro is delivered in a 64-bit version to load, process, and render files of nearly any size. (32-bit version is also delivered if
required by your hardware.) The Turbocharged drawing engine takes advantage of GPU-based graphics cards for smooth zooming,
panning, rotating, and moving as you design. And multi-threading takes advantage of multi core processors for lightning fast

Fast Drafting & Detailing
TurboCAD Pro is rich in fundamental drawing tools and drawing aids that speed design. Quickly and easily create views and
viewports of any size and shape. Access extensive paper space and printing capabilities, a multi-select drawing tool, marker and
schedule tools, leaders, multi-leaders, dimension tools, and symbols content. Read more about TurboCAD Pro Drafting & Detailing

Extraordinary Drafting Palette
Create associative 2D sections based on standard views or sectional planes of 3D surface or ACIS® solid models, including
XREFs, and more! With more than 15 file formats for 3D models supported that may be opened directly, imported, or included via
Xref that the Drafting Palette will recognize, TurboCAD Pro is a fabulous companion product.
Read more about TurboCAD Pro Drafting Palette

Optimized for 3D Printing
TurboCAD Pro both reads and writes STL files, the standard in 3D Printing world. TurboCAD Pro 3D printing features include surface
simplification controls and a 3D Print button for 3D Systems printers.

Architectural Tools
TurboCAD Pro includes an integrated suite of architectural tools that accelerate productivity in design and drafting, or in the
documentation of existing compatible architectural models. The architectural objects are AutoCAD® Architecture (ACA) compatible
so that .DWG models with ACA extensions may be read, modified, and documented as needed. TurboCAD Pro architectural tools
include Wall, Window, Door, Roof, Stair, Marker, Schedule, and Terrains, with many more in TurboCAD Pro Platinum. And all the
architectural objects have both 2D and 3D representations, so that elevations, floor plans, and ISO views are easier to document.
TurboCAD Pro Architectural Tools Details

Mechanical Tools & 3D Modeling
TurboCAD Pro includes a complete set of 3D drawing and editing tools, surface modeling tools, and powerful ACIS® solid modeling
tools, making it ideal for both single part and small assembly mechanical designs.

3D drawing primitives - Box, Rotated Box, Sphere, Hemisphere, Cylinder, Torus, Wedge, Cone, Polygonal, Prism
3D Editing and Modification Tools - Sweep, Extrude, Revolve, Loft Facet, Edit Booleans, Quick Pull
Assembly Tools - Axis, Facet, 3-Points, Tangents, Edge & Point
Specialized Mechanical Object Tools - Thread, Pipe, Bolt
More available with TurboCAD Pro Platinum.
Read more about TurboCAD Pro 3D Modeling

Powerful Parametric Constraints
Often referred to as variational sketching, the D-Cubed™ 2D DCM constraint manager from Siemens Industry Software Limited gives
you greater control and productivity. By setting up constraints, you get more done, create part families faster, incorporate red-line
changes more quickly, and have the flexibility to evaluate different designs with ease. Access a host of geometric and dimensional
constraints in TurboCAD Pro, as well as mid-point and pattern constraints with TurboCAD Pro Platinum. Read more about
TurboCAD Pro Parametric Constraints

TurboCAD Pro includes tools necessary to rapidly annotate your designs. The Drafting Palette accelerates creating Views, Sections,
Elevations, Floorplans, and Detail Views in numerous display styles. A full range of Dimension types that are style driven are available
as well as Tables, Text, and Multi-Text tools as expected. Plus, dimension scaling in Viewports within a paper space is automatic.
Read more about TurboCAD Pro Annotation Tools

Symbols Library
TurboCAD Pro comes complete with a number of sample symbols as well as a much larger collection of parametric parts. This
program also includes several special parametric symbols used in certain types of annotation that help in communicating with
Read more about TurboCAD Pro Symbols Library

Parametric Parts Manager
Create and consume parts that remain parametrically controlled even after insertion into your drawing. There is also a method to draw
variably constrained parts and convert them to parametric parts using a wizard. Because the parts can be saved individually, like a
symbol, libraries of .PPM objects can be created, shared, and reused from project to project. Read more about TurboCAD Pro
Parametric Parts Manager

Easy Design Director
The Design Director palette streamlines work and enhances productivity with advanced controls for Layers, Layer Filters, creating
Layer Sets, setting and saving Work Planes, controlling Named Views, and more.  Read more about the TurboCAD Pro Design

Rendering & Visualization
TurboCAD Pro includes the Redway3d Redsdk drawing and rendering engine to speed design work and create stunning
presentations. This drawing engine utilizes the power of supported on-board GPU or graphics boards for faster panning, zooming,
and orbiting. It also provides photorealistic and artistic rendering capabilities for presenting your designs. Read more about
TurboCAD Pro Rendering

Lighting & Materials
A material editor, along with a complete library of materials, is included with TurboCAD Pro to define physically accurate materials,
including reflective surfaces with ray tracing and radiosity. There is also support for lighting and luminance. Redsdk will substitute the
materials and lighting of images previously rendered with Lightworks. Read more about TurboCAD Pro Lighting & Materials

External References (Xrefs)
All of the file formats that may be opened and imported, except bitmap images, may be used as an external reference (Xref).
TurboCAD offers Xref clipping for dozens of file formats and binding of Xrefs, which can then be exploded and edited. Xref layers are
also easy to manage, including with layer filters. Read more about TurboCAD Pro Xrefs

Software Developers' Kit (SDK)
TurboCAD Pro lets you extend the functionality of the application with the ability to develop new tools, functions, and behaviors.
Custom routines that are performed on a regular basis can be automated. Specific tools for vertical applications can be created and
added. Even commercial plug-in applications may be developed and sold. Updated documentation and samples are provided and
there is a wiki and forum-based support online. Read more about TurboCAD Pro SDK

File Interoperability
TurboCAD makes it easy to maintain your intellectual property investment and share your work. TurboCAD Pro supports export of 3D
models to 3D .PDF which can be viewed interactively with Acrobat Reader. Plus, users can open, insert, or embed up to 35 file
formats and export up to 28, including .DWG, .DXF (from R14 through 2015 including AutoCAD® Architecture extensions), .SKP
(SketchUp™, to version 2015), .3DM (Rhinoceros®), .3DS (Autodesk® 3ds Max®), IGES, STEP, .OBJ, COLLADA (.DAE - export);
and many more. Read more about TurboCAD Pro Supported File Formats
TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2016 - New Features


NEW Advanced Blending Functionality
New 3D Fillet Blending options allow for much more organic and realistic object creation. These options include a NEW Holdline
Blend, providing the ability to blend using associative polylines, and a NEW Variable Blend, offering the ability to blend between points
and then adjust their radial amounts via the part tree.

NEW Bend to Path
The new Bend to Path tool and Part Tree operation can bend an ACIS solid object along a line, arc, or curve.

NEW 3D Law Tools
Laws are mathematical functions in the form of a formula. They are used to define how resulting objects are modified.

NEW Curve from Law
The new Curve from Law tool lets users create a parametrically defined curve from a Law object in the drawing. This object could be
used with the Graphic on Path tool, in Sweeps and more.

NEW Surface with Laws
Generate an entirely new parametric surface object with a formula.

NEW Warp Entity by Law
TurboCAD can warp an existing 3D solid based on a mathematical formula.

NEW Offset with Laws
You can define a law which reshapes the resulting offset object based on a formula. New options include:

•  Use Law - specifies if a law should be used for offsetting
•  Edit Law - Allows the user to enter or edit a law

NEW Extract Entity
This tool allows extraction of edges and faces from a solid body with or without an offset. Offset sheet faces loops, and other extracted
objects can be used by other tools such as sweep. Options include:

•  Extract edge from body
•  Extract/offset face from solid
•  Remove open gap from sheet body
•  Offset face/planar face loop

NEW Imprint Edge
This new tool can Imprint Edges into Faces by dividing them into discrete areas each of which can have its own material.

NEW Tweak Face
New tool that extends the face of an existing 3D solid object to the boundary that is defined by a sheet face, allowing users to easily
create more complexed forms.

IMPROVED Revolve Face
TurboCAD now offers the ability to use a 2D profile to generate a revolve from the face of an existing 3D object and either add or
subtract the result.

NEW 3D Slice by Facet
TurboCAD makes it easy to slice, or divide, one or more 3D objects into new objects, by specifying the slicing plane. The 3D slice tool,
which offers the ability to slice by line, by plane, by workplane, and by surface, now includes Slice by Facet.

New Slots Tools
Three new slot tools for inventors, woodworking and furniture design. They include:

•  Slot
•  Circular Slot
•  Circular Slot By Center and Radius

IMPROVED Array/Pattern Tool
Users can now create a checker board pattern with the pattern tool to apply to 3D objects.

New Lofting to a Point
Points can now be included as lofting profiles.

TurboCAD Pro 2016 and TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2016 now use the ACIS R26 Kernal


NEW Convert Roof Slabs
Now you can take a classic TurboCAD roof, and convert it (explode) the roof to a set of roof slabs. This makes it more convenient to
create and edit custom roofs (clipped gable roof, dormer, etc...)

NEW Trim Roof Slab by plane
This tool allows you to trim a Roof Slab by the plane of another object. The objects that can be used are: Other Roof Slabs, Standard
Roofs, or Walls.

•  Select target flat plane for the trimming object
•  Select the side of the roof slab to be trimmed.
•  Support classic TurboCAD trim tool for Roof Slab (trim by polyline)

NEW Multi Landing Stairs By Polyline
You can now create multi-landing stairs from a 2D polyline.

IMPROVED Edit Roof Slope Rise/Run Support
The Edit Roof Slab Tool now includes an input field.

IMPROVED IFC Object Support
The IFC file filter, commonly used for BIM operations, now supports the Import/Export of Beam object types and Column object types.

IMPROVED House Wizard Tool
The house wizard, used to quickly layout a house plan, placing and sizing each room, drop in closets, passageways, a garage, and
even decking, now allows you to name each room while in the tool so you don’t have to do it after.


Redsdk Photorealistic Enhancements
•  New Portals - The ability to designate objects as transparent to sky luminances.
•  Improved Tone Mapping with interactive palette controls
•  New Tone mapping control in Render Manager

Improved Render Manager
Enhancements to the UI Algorithms for improved workflow and management of Rendering Components: Materials, Luminances,
Environments, Advanced Render Styles

NEW Active Drawing Components
Render components of the active drawing can now be accessed more quickly so that if you want to repeat use of a material,
luminance, environment or render style, it's now bookmarked for easy access.

Improved Double Precision
All of the numerical values are now stored in double precision. This creates greater precision and accuracy.

Faster update of some objects in RedSDK mode
Auto-update of some objects like TurboCAD Camera and TurboCAD Light in RedSDK mode is now much faster.

NEW Redsdk 4.x Engine
Migration to Redsdk 4.x

Improved RedSDK Transparent fill support
Transparent fill now works the same in both Redsdk and GDI. A solid brush pattern can also be called a fill.


NEW Point Cloud Support
TurboCAD Pro Platinum now offers tools to interpret a point cloud, a set of data points in some coordinate system. In a three-
dimensional coordinate system, these points are usually defined by X, Y, and Z coordinates, often intended to represent the external
surface of an object.

New Point Cloud Import/Export
import or export a point cloud using .PCD and .XYZ formats

New Point Cloud Triangulation
Ability to extract a Surface from point cloud data set

New Subset Point Cloud
The ability to select a subset of an existing point cloud and create a separate entity.


NEW/Improved Mirror Copy Tool for 3D Objects
•  3D Mirror Options are now all part of the Part Tree to more easily manage changes.
•  New Mirror Along Face option lets users define a plane across which the Mirror operation should be performed.
•  New Try to Create Single Object option, if turned on, TurboCAD will try to add the original object and its mirrored copy

NEW Backup of Open Documents on Program Close
When this new option is on, all open documents are backed up on program close without prompting. Then when you next start the
program, the same documents are automatically reloaded so that you can continue working where you left off.

NEW File Buffer
When a file is closed or when the application is closed, this new option saves the Undo/Redo buffer and is re-loaded when the file is
reopened, so it can be used from the last design change.

NEW Untitled Documents
Documents that you have created but have not saved are now backed up using the name "Untitled" followed by a number and the
date/time. This name and number corresponds to those shown in the titlebar when you are editing new unsaved documents.

NEW ISO Circle/Grid
This new tool allows you to easily construct isometric circles.


IMPROVED Conceptual Selector
•  Drag reference point and rotation bars with CTRL
•  Scale handles on boundary boxed as in classic mode

New Highlighting (Redsdk Only)
UI enhancement which highlights 3D objects and parts of 3D objects while using certain tools in Redsdk mode including imprinting,
quick pull & 3D mirror copying.

New Spaces
Manage all your spaces through the design director including model space, and all paper spaces so you can handle spaces more
efficiently than the tab interface allows.

New Show Normals
The visualization of the normals make it easier to estimate the smoothness and orientation of the 3D objects, and to find
artifacts/defects on those objects.

Render Manager UI Improvements
Render Manager now support the Dark Theme


New PRC 3D PDF Support
TurboCAD now supports both .U3D and .PRC (Product Representation Compact) file export. This new filter option exports 3D content
in PRC format.

Improved DWG and DXF File Support
TurboCAD now uses the latest Teigha engine for the conversion of .DWG and .DXF files to and from TurboCAD for improved
interoperability with other CAD applications.
TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2016 - Requirements

TurboCAD Pro Platinum is delivered in a 64-bit version to take full advantage of your hardware’s available computer memory to
load, process, and render CAD files. A 32-bit version is also available if required by your hardware.

64-bit System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8* 64-bit, Windows 7 (64-bit), Vista (64-bit) - 4 GB RAM.

32-bit System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8*, Windows 7, Windows Vista**, Windows XP** - 4GB RAM.

*TurboCAD is designed for desktops or laptops that meet the indicated system requirements. Windows RT technology used on
some tablets is not supported.

** 32-bit version of TurboCAD Pro will run on XP and Vista platforms; however, these platforms are no longer being officially

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO SUBSCRIPTION CUSTOMERS - Subscriptions require an active internet connection in order
to maintain the subscription license.

Your experience with TurboCAD Pro and TurboCAD Pro Platinum will be greatly enhanced with a newer generation, higher speed

The optional GPU-accelerated Redsdk render modes require a supported graphic processing unit (either a chip on the board, or on
a video card). The latest video drivers are typically required. Newer boards with more power and VRAM generally provide greater

RedSDK list of supported Video Cards and Drivers:
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