New in BeamTool 5
3D Workspace View
Workspaces can now be viewed in 3D!
The new 3D view will display your piece,
annotations, probes and beams in an interactive
viewing environment. Rotation, Panning and
Zooming tools; Mesh, Solid and Surface modeling
modes; and Perspective and Orthographic projection
modes all provide a powerful, intuitive, highly
interactive modeling tool for visualizing your
techniques like never before.
And along with the new "Construct Top View" tool,
simple custom-drawn pieces can quickly be given
depth and viewed in 3D as well.
Defects/Indications can be entered into a
table defining their spatial coordinates, then
visualized on the workspace in 3D space.
The amplitude of defects is visualized through a
Piece and annotative geometries can now be
constructed and modified through a command prompt.
Lines, circles, dimensions, etc. can be precisely
created and positioned by executing specific
commands (detailed in the BeamTool Help).
Existing geometries can also be modified through
other various commands: Move, Clone, Delete, etc.
Drag and Drop Probe
Probes can now be positioned interactively through
the workspace surface.
Drag and drop Phased Array and Conventional probes
to place them anywhere on your workspace.
Handles are provided for moving and rotating probes
on both side and top views. Snapping and
Construction Aids can also be used to help
accurately position your probes.
Full Probe Bar View
When using BeamTool on machines where screen real
estate is limited (embedded on an instrument,
netbooks, small monitors, etc.), the new Compact and
Full Probe Bar views can be used to maximize
workspace viewing area.
In Compact Probe Bar view, the probe position
sliders, utility buttons and beamset lists are
replaced with simple positioning readouts, and are
displayed in a pop-up panel only when hovered-over.
Of course, the original Full Probe Bar view is still
available when you have enough screen space or when
you want streamlined access to probe options.
DXF and DWG Import Support
Autodesk .DWG files can now be
imported to and exported from
The new Legend tool, along with
the new "Legend ID" property of a Dimension
geometry, can now be used to clean up the layout of
Where numerous dimensions are
cluttering your layout, or small dimensions limit the
ability to display organized, readable detail, a
Legend can be used to consolidate the dimensioning
Numerous performance optimizations
have been made to the underlying
BeamTool code to make it
easier to use and a more satisfying
Even in techniques with complex
geometries, many probes and many
beamsets, BeamTool is faster than
ever in loading and saving
beamsets, performing undo/redo,
and rendering your technique to
Ability to Re-order
Probes and Beamsets
Probes can now be re-ordered on
the Probe Bar, and Beamsets can
be re-ordered on the beamset
Plate Piece Slopes
Plate pieces can now be configured
to have Slopes.
The Piece Configuration dialog
provides the ability to configure
offsetting slopes to plate
geometry. An individual
slope can be applied to a single
plate face, or symmetrical slopes
can be applied to either side of
This provides the ability to
create asymmetrical plate
configurations without the need to
create a custom piece and weld.
TOFD Locus Curve
TOFD probes have the ability to
configure a Locus Curve Depth
Locus curves indicate the maximal
detection range of a TOFD
configuration, and can be used to
identify whether additional
techniques are required to cover
areas beyond range. With a
standard TOFD configuration, an
indication may be detected
somewhere between the two probes
within the locus curve, however
the actual location of the
indication might not be directly
between the two probes
symmetrically. A third probe
(tandem probe) can be added to
remove the ambiguity. The location
of the indication can be more
accurately determined by the
intersection of the two locus
Support for Tandem
TOFD probes can be configured in
Tandem mode, where a third probe
is configured to work in
conjunction with the existing left
or right probe.
Weld Cap Editor
Weld Caps can now be added, removed, and customized
through the Weld Configuration dialog.
Beamset Element Usage Visualization
The beamset element usage visualization displayed on
the beamset dialogs can now be configured to display
on the rendered probe as well.
A new drawing tool called a Viewport can be added to
workspaces to enhance reporting.
A Viewport provides the ability to add additional
images to your reports, by creating a zoomed-in
frame on your workspace.
Viewports can be configured with independent layer
visibility from the main workspace surface.
This makes it possible to add additional context to
report images that may not be necessary on the main
Reflective Caps on
Weld caps on ID/OD pieces are now generated more
accurately. They conform them in outside and
inside diameters of the curved piece, and can
also be configured to allow beams to project into them.
Plate and ID/OD pieces can be configured with an
Index Offset that adjust the x-axis origin of probe
With an index offset configured, probe positioning
will be made relative to the offset and not from the
default zero location.