What does it cost to register?
How do I register?
Downloading and Installing Sheet Lightning
Other download sites
Interfacing with CAD
Printing & Plotting Patterns
Training & Instruction
Sheet Lightning is a DOS program that installs and runs through Windows 95/98/ME. This version of the program is aged but still highly productive and in worldwide use. It does not operate under Windows 2000 or Windows XP due to backwards compatability issues. However a new, full Windows version of the program is under development with an expected release date in Early 2002. The new version will be higher priced but still within the shareware price bracket. Purchasers of the current program (for 50$ US Dollas) will be extended an offer by RevCAD Software to purchase the new program at a reduced rate (i.e. a reduction in excess of 50$). If you wish to be kept informed on the new release just click here and send the mail request and you will be added to our inquirers database.
The shareware version of the software is the full working program with some of its functionality disabled until you type in your registration key code on program start-up. Without the key code the unregistered program can still create and output a wide range of commonly used designs and output unfolded patterns or 3D models providing the complexity of your design does not include the following:
You can therefore use the program to form any single or two piece cylinder, cone, rectangular, rectangular adapter, square-to-round adapter, oval, oval-to-round/rectangle adapter etc. Intersections can be formed between any two of these pieces with or without centre line offsets. Note: the unregistered copy can still be used to create the more complex designs internally, but the output of these designs is restricted until you supply the key code.
The shareware download comes complete with a HTML user manual (214 pages).
How do I register?
Sheet Lightning registration can be purchased by credit card through a secure shareware outlet:
Click here to register >> http://www.shareit.com. Check the registration site for details of payment.
Downloading Sheet Lightning
The download links on this page give immediate access to the Sheet Lightning shareware program in ZIP file format (Download Now - 4.0MB). You can also access the shareware program through some of the shareware download sites on the internet. You will need WINZIP, PKZIP or some other unzipping program installed on your computer to open the ZIP file. Use the SETUP.EXE file to install Sheet Lightning in Windows. This can be done directly from WINZIP. Once installed Sheet Lightning is accessed through the options on your start menu. The computer requirements are 386DX PC or better, 2MB Ram, 13MB of disk space and any Windows system.
Other download sites
Any of the following download sites can be use to obtain the software. The mirror site provides international download sites for the software and may provide a more reliable source in some parts of the world:
Plotting & Printing
Sheet Lightning output can be obtained directly via a plotter or printer. The plotter connection requires no extra utility and can be via parallel or serial port connection. The printer connection requires a shareware utility called PRINTGL (PRINTGL.ZIP). This utility must be unzipped into the Sheet Lightning directory (usually C:\Sheet). You must also unzip the file SH_PRINT.DEV into the same directory to enable priner selection (SH_PRINT.ZIP). This should enable you to partition and print any size of pattern to a supported printer. The utility is developed by a third party developer and can be obtained through may sources on the internet. Please remember a small registration fee is required if you decide to keep it.
Interfacing to CAD
Sheet Lightning interfaces to virtually any general CAD systems via DXF (data exchange format) files. Although Sheet Lightning has its own plotting capability other CAD systems can be used to manually maniplating the plotting data generated by Sheet Lightning.
We have recently added an instruction page describing the procedure for creating some specific designs. These instructions have a new step-by-step format with accompanying files that is proving effective. The designs so far published but we intend to expand it considerably for the new program release.
If you are interested in receiving training contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just a single day of training on the program can give you a leading edge if this is your product area. If you contact us we will inform you of potential training dates venues in USA, Australia and Europe that you can attend.
The Sheet Lightning manual is available as a single PDF document: SLmanual.pdf. It is a little outdated but is accurate fofr all major features. Manual upates will now only be developed for the new version of the program.
Sheet Lightning has developed a world-wide pedigree in the sheet metal fabrication industry in many countries throughout the world since its first release in 1990. Over the ten year period from 1990-2000 it was sold as a high value and highly specialised program for in excess of $3000 US Dollars!.
For many companies that used the program it was their best kept secret, giving them a unique competitive edge. Although it is an aging product it still has the same unique design capability and is just as useful and powerful in its design capability today as ever.
RevCAD Software are now actively engaged in other high profile engineering software development in other engineering fields and therefore took the decision in May 2000 to release the software to the worldwide market under a token price shareware license agreement.
RevCAD Software are perhaps a little biased, but they believe no sheet metal designer or fabricator should be without Sheet Lightning. We hope you find the program an exciting, productive and highly profitable experience.