precision 3D model visualization

Tell 3D stories in 2D visual assets with powerful illustrations of 3D CAD models. Enjoy autonomous and efficient workflows.

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It’s Canvas X with an added dimension

Canvas X3 is the technical illustration solution that understands 3D CAD, making it easy and efficient to create powerfully accurate visual documentation.

It gives you the ability to import and manipulate complex 3D CAD models and create sophisticated 2D visualizations, independent of CAD packages and specialist engineers.

  • Enjoy unmatched control over 3D model visualization and work with greater independence and efficiency.
  • Rotate and explode 3D models. Ghost, hide and highlight individual parts and apply a wide range of graphic effects to models for illustration.
  • Access and work with file metadata to create automatic annotations and bill of materials tables.


key features


manipulate, visualize, repeat

in Canvas X3 visualizations of 3D CAD objects can be edited and re-edited as many times as you need, without you having to request new source files. X3 imports all the data you need to create compelling, custom illustrations of models for a raft of 2D assets.

communicate precisely

show, hide, and ghost any part in your assembly to focus your audience on what you want them to see. use color to highlight parts within your assemblies, and move parts along their axes for exploded views which show your audience everything they need to know.

get every point of view

display your 3D object precisely as you need to, using both orthographic and perspective views combined with a host of render modes including smooth, outlines, wireframes, technical, flat, and silhouette. vectorize your views with unbeatable detail and quality and export to a huge range of image and vector formats.

simplicity and value

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We were blown away by the user friendliness of Canvas X3’s ability to focus on 2D views of 3D files.

It bridges the gap between technical and marketing… Clear diagrams that would appeal to general audiences can be created with ease.

There are numerous applications for this program, especially for creating assembly guides and maintenance documents.

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unmatched versatility

Canvas X3 can import and access data in over 90 File Formats, including files created in all leading 3D CAD packages.


Phase One RAW Adobe® Illustrator® CS Sony RAW ARW Bitmap Support Raster Format
CorelDRAW (Versions 3.x – 8.x) Computer Graphics Metafile CMX Corel Presentation Exchange Legacy Canon RAW CR2 Canon RAW CRW
Canvas X Draw Canvas X Draw Template Canvas X Image File Canvas 3.5, artWorks Canvas X
Canvas X3 Kodak RAW DCR DICOM Image Files AT&T DjVu Image DNG
Microsoft Word Design Web Format (WHIP!) Enhanced Metafile Encapsulated PostScript Epson RAW ERF
GIF Graphics HDR ICL AT&T / Multigen Icon file
JPEG 2000 JP2 File JPEG 2000 Codestream JPEG Graphics Kodak RAW KDC Mamiya RAW
Konica Minolta RAW Nikon Raw Nikon Raw NRW Olympus RAW Kodak Photo CD
Paintbrush Bitmap Adobe® Acrobat® Pentax RAW PEF Pegasus PIC Portable Network Graphics
Microsoft PowerPoint Printer (PS) files PostScript® files Photoshop PaintShop Pro
Fujifilm RAW Contax RAW Leica RAW Panasonic RAW Pentax RAW
Casio RAW RAW RAW Image Rich Text Format Panasonic RAW RW2
Leica RAW RWL SONY RAW Samsung SRW Scalable Vector Graphics TARGA Bitmap
Canon RAW TIFF Kodak RAW TIFF TIFF Image Canvas X Template Plain Text
Wireless Bitmap Google WebP Image 3DXML 3D Manufacturing ACIS
Filmbox IGES Inventor JT Siemens NX Siemens
OBJ Parasolid Pro/E/Creo Assembly Pro/E/Creo Part Rhino
SolidEdge SolidWorks Assembly SolidWorks Part STEP STL
AVI Clip Bitmap CALS Computer Graphics Metafile Canvas 6-8
Canvas X Image File Canvas X AutoCAD® native files AutoCAD® drawing interchange Enhanced Meta File
Encapsulated PostScript Canvas X Slide Show GIF Animated GIF Graphics Web Files
Icon File JPEG 2000 JP2 File JPEG Graphics Paintbrush Bitmap Acrobat® Acrobat® files
Portable Network Graphics Photoshop RAW Image (binary) Scalable Vector Graphics Scalable Vector Graphics – Compressed
TARGA Bitmap TIFF Image Canvas X Template Raw Image (text) Wireless BMP
GIF/JPEG Google WebP Image Windows Meta File


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