The new version of ArtiosCAD offers a wide array of new features such as greater productivity, error elimination, operator time-savings and a true WISIWYG design experience. The features help the packaging design shop and converter, as well as sign and display shops with enhancements that make designs with special display materials trouble-free.
We want to make our customer’s production workflow more efficient. The new features help converters demonstrate more efficient palletisation of packaging, said Richard Deroo, EskoArtwork Product Manager, Structural Design.

 New features include:
-New Blanking tool: ArtiosCAD has a wide, new range of tools for the creation of steel, flattop, grid and combo blankers, including the addition of upper and lower boards, grid holes, blank holes and pusher.
-Round trip CAPE workflow: Specifications of cartons designed in ArtiosCAD can be sent to CAPE software for a pallet solution — which can then exported back to ArtiosCAD to create and show a realistic, 3D pallet-load.
-Enhancements in die-making and rubbering tools: additional enhancements to the design and die-making tools increase designer efficiency and optimise the manufacturing of cutting dies.
In an industry that is becoming more commoditised, sign and display shops are realising that the uniqueness of 3D display projects offers higher margins. More and more companies are investing in the product as an important structural design ‘tool’ in their design departments to work alongside their digital flatbed presses and Kongsberg finishing tables. In the past, EskoArtwork has recognised the popularity of ArtiosCAD as a design tool by adding POP display standards to the style catalogue. Users browsing the POP library will find parametric design templates from which to either design POP displays in minutes or stimulate the creative design process. The latest version provides two important new tools:
– Support for Re-board and V-notch linetypes: Re-board and other multi-wall substrates are typically very thick. V-notches are now correctly designed, and can be easily visualised as angle cuts. In addition, they can be accurately folded in 3D for quality control to ensure they are properly designed and to create amazing, visually accurate client presentations.
-Tab & slot assembly tool for displays and multi-component designs – a time-saver for POP display designing. Using a 3D visual, the tool will help to ‘assemble’ components of a display with just a few clicks.

These tools are added to an already full list of features that help sign and display shops do an exceptional job creating structural designs for 3D displays. For example, the Mate tool allows for the simple assembly and visualisation of connected folds and parts. Users can identify glue areas and corresponding targets to quickly connect designs or perform simple assembly of displays. Curved Creases, a patent pending technology only available in ArtiosCAD, makes it easy for designers to work with curved folds and cuts by allowing them to visualize designs with curved creases as part of its 3D module. To assist with a shop’s administrative department’s,  the product can create an automated bill of material reports that can be generated on multi-part design projects with the click of a button.
EskoArtwork continues to invest heavily in the research and development of structural design — and for good reason, said Bernard Zwaenepoel, EskoArtwork Senior Vice President Software Business. Many of our customers, both packaging and sign and display shops, rely on ArtiosCAD to offer exceptional structural design. It is the combination of structure and graphics that makes EskoArtwork prepress and production workflows unique in the industry — and thus, our customers indispensible to everyone in the supply chain. This includes features such as automatic registration of graphics with structure, that provides a seamless roundtrip workflow between ArtiosCAD and Adobe® Illustrator®.