By the Author of PRELUDE
A micro-engine created with MINOS 2.2.
Your Personal 3D solid CAD system
If you're looking for full-function
solid modeling capabilities in a freeware software, look no
further. MINOS delivers world-class solid modeling in an,
easy-to-learn, easy-to-use package.
MINOS extends the capabilities
of your existing 2D-or 3D-wireframe-based systems, so you can
take advantage of all the benefits solid modeling offers
right away. Today, solid modeling is boosting productivity in
a variety of industries, including computers and peripherals,
electronic controls, military and aerospace,
telecommunications, medical and scientific equipment, and
consumer products. For example, electronic packaging
designers use solid modeling to eliminate physical mockups,
improve in-package space allocation, detect interferences
early in the design process, compute mass properties, and
generate views for inclusion in technical documentation and
Make It Easy on Yourself
MINOS makes it easy to design
3D parts and assemblies. The design methodology is based on
defining simple geometric elements including lines, curves,
and circles, and then linking them together to form contours.
Fillets and chamfers can be added to a contour and are
represented when the contour is used to produce a solid model.
You create 3D shapes from contours by using simple operations
- Extruding contours along a line
- Revolving contours about an axis
- Sweeping contours along an arbitrary 3D path
You can combine the 3D shapes
you create with standard primitive shapes like boxes,
cylinders, and cones to form more complex geometry. Basic
shape building and editing operations include cut, fuse, and
common. With just a few simple commands, MINOS lets you
create parts using shapes, and build complete assemblies
using multiple parts.
MINOS delivers some of the
quickest response times in the 3D CAD software. It has been
developed on very low powered computers. And with MINOS
powerful visualization and transformation capabilities, you
can quickly change views and scales to work on your models
from any angle.
Believe What You See !
MINOS gives you an extensive
instantaneous removal of hidden lines which is considered to
be a necessity to display readable and unambiguous views of
the parts you design. This is the default mode for 3D parts
created with MINOS. Thus, MINOS automatically eliminates
"wireframe fog" and the chore of manually removing
it. Of course, you're always in control and can specify that
models be displayed in wireframe mode.
Avoid this !
See this !
MINOS lets you display models as multiple orthogonal or axonometric views.
All views are simultaneously active. Functions such as ZOOM,
PAN, and ROTATE increase visibility of details to improve
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