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MOVEin3D

For those in the community who are also designers, Dassault Systemes has a new contest entitled “MOVEin3D – A 3D Print Oriented Design Contest.”  You can win an iPad mini!!  All you have to do is  submit an original 3D creation that includes at least several mechanically independent, but not separable, parts.   Real, original, funny, or mind-struggling creations are preferred.  Your object must be 3D-printable and meet the requirements of today’s 3D printers.

To learn more go here:  http://www.3dvia.com/madein3d

Check it out, and let me know if you win!

 

Dominick D. Gallegos

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Details….Details….

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Step 2 - PlaysetThis post is a bit different from most as it relates directly to a recent experience in putting together a swing set for my children over the weekend.  This project started out with much excitement and even more of a commitment to get this project finished well before the cold winter weather comes to the Northeast.  Considering I have a background with 3DVIA Composer, I was confident that my predisposition led me to think that the directions for this swing set would be logical and well-planned…. as you can imagine probably it was disappointing and even more frustrating the further we got into this project...

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TodCast #16 Easy Flow Techniques

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Previously I showed some flow techniques that relied on exploding geometry and animation techniques Recently a customer asked if there were simple ways to show flow, show Pressure Change and show Gas tanks filling up without having to rely on modifying the geometry even if it was all one piece or not even having geometry and, not using Key frame animation. Here are a couple of simple techniques that just might do the trick.

Enjoy,

Tod

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Dell AMD 3DVIA Composer Demo

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What started out as demonstration of AMD’s FirePro graphics card performance with 3DVIA Composer turned into a full-blown partner demo with Dell and AMD.

Here is the story. Antoine Reymond (AMD) was interested in showcasing the power of their FirePro graphics card at an upcoming tradeshow. The demo was built using large 3D CAD data sets and a 3DVIA Composer experience performing simultaneously on three separate monitors with AMD Eyefinity. When Antoine saw the 3DVIA Composer capabilities to present information in a cool way that people could understand, it sparked an idea to promote his product using 3DVIA Composer. Antoine quoted, “3DVIA Composer immediately clicked to me as the best way to showcase and create an interactive and animated storyboard...

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TodCast #15 Filters are your Friends

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Filters are your friends for time saving searches and isolating the actors you need.
These filter tips and tricks should help make you more productive and life just a bit easier leaving more time to enjoy your real friends. Filters are terrible at conversation anyway.

Tod

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3DVIA Composer – V6R2013x Certification Exam

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Recently, 3DVIA Composer team has released a new 3DVIA Composer - V6R2013x Certification Examcertification exam that has been updated to V6R2013x.  This certification focuses on 3DVIA Composer and offers customers, partners, DS employees, and students the opportunity to achieve accreditation in this area.  To be properly prepared it is recommended that test takers have at least 3-months of work experience using 3DVIA Composer.  Prior to taking the certification exam it is also recommended that test takers complete 20 hours of Companion training that is offered through the following link; 3DVIA Composer Essentials Companion.   This exam consists of approximately 50-70 questions that range in difficulty and all are multiple choice questions.  The certification exam is delivered in a secure proctored testing environment at any P...

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TodCast #10: Faking Geometry Deformations, Tips and Tricks

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You can’t do deformations in 3DVIA Composer… or can you?
True you can’t physically deform objects other than scaling but you can get by with quite a bit by faking it.
Recently a customer wanted to simulate a variable belt drive power system in 3DVIA Composer. This episode will give you some tips and tricks to help you do just that. You may even pick up a few other animation techniques and tips while you’re at it.

Enjoy Faking Geometry Deformations

 

Tod

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TodCast #8: Using Merge and Explode to Simulate Flex

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Parts aren’t always designed to be rigid. The challenge is that when you design parts to flex, it can be difficult to show. In his latest “TodCast”, our 3DVIA Composer technical guru Tod Cruikshank offers a few handy tips and tricks for using Merge and Explode commands to animate the appearance of part flexibility.

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3DVIA Composer brings virtual online training to “A Roof in My Country” in Argentina

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This announcement was posted a few days ago:

“Un Techo Para Mi Pais,” (UTPMP), recognized by the United Nations as one of the non-governmental organizations best suited for public-private partnerships, gives disadvantaged families a new start by offering the security found in a new home,  along with the social, educational and micro-financing services needed to create a responsive community or “barrio” where they can thrive.

But like many volunteer organizations, UTPMP faces the challenge of how best to train new volunteers while capturing the lessons learned by others leaving the organization.  To do this, UTPMP is creating a real-time and online 3D community for sharing and retaining organizational knowledge.

3DVIA Composer to the rescue! This sort of remote training is ideall...

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3DVIA Composer Breaks Down Communication Barriers

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In case you missed it, here is a press release from our SolidWorks team that mentions how 3DVIA Composer is being used by “Design That Matters” to help their efforts in developing countries:

Design that Matters, a non-profit product design group, used 3DVIA Composer to develop high-quality visuals of a phototherapy device to treat jaundiced infants in developing countries. The images enabled the design team to quickly gather feedback from, and gain acceptance by physicians in Vietnam, where it would initially be produced and used in hospitals that may not be able to afford traditional western machines.

Talk about global collaboration! That’s the power of interactive 3D — overcoming international language and cultural barriers:

“We are dealing with a different language, culture, and fina...

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3DVIA Composer part of major 3D manufacturing initiative @ Embraer!

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Embraer has been working with various DS brands, including 3DVIA, to significantly enhance their manufacturing planning and production operations. See the press release link here.

A quote from Marcelo Lemos, our GM in Latin America:

“Embraer is tapping into advanced technology solutions to help achieve significant savings by integrating key engineering, design and manufacturing operations into a single 3D model. These savings allow Embraer S.A. to re-invest resources in new industry opportunities and initiatives”

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3DVIA Composer V6R2011 is released! Plus SOPAL chooses Composer…

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Well it is here, V6R2011, and I must admit I’ve been excited to tell you about the cool new features for some time…

Check out the highlight video here. (I’ll get that onto the YouTube channel soon…)

Magnetic lines, drag-and-drop interactivity, and many many more… you’ll have to check the new-and-improved release notes for all the details.

I also want to direct your attention to SOPAL, a Tunisian manufacturer of complex and distinctively styled kitchen and bath fixtures. They have been doing some cool things with 3DVIA Composer and 3DVIA.com (and 3DVIA Mobile). The full PR is here, but to save you time here is the 3DVIA Composer part:

With trends in faucet design changing often, SOPAL felt it had to remain flexible and reactive to market demand.

“Knowing how to detect new trends and delive...

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Interview in ETM Magazine

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A few weeks ago I was interviewed for an “ask the experts” series on Enterprise Technology Magazine.

Here is the on-line version of the magazine, see page 50 for the transcription of the interview.

The questions I was asked:

  • Can you give our audience a brief overview of 3DVIA and 3D – how does it work?
  • What are the main benefits for businesses that are looking to implement this type of technology?
  • I’d like to touch on the bottom line because I know it’s still a concern for most businesses today. How is 3D a cost saver?
  • Can you give us a case study that highlights how 3DVIA works and what it has achieved so far?
  • Now let’s look to the future. What will you be focussing on this year, and where do you see 3D going in the future?

Only a couple of typos in the transcription… see if yo...

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Theorem, JT, and 3DVIA Composer

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Today Theorem has announced the availability of CADverter JT for 3DVIA Composer! 

The press release can be found here on MCADcafé, here on Tenlinks, and here on the Theorem website.

Theorem’s Product Manager Trevor Leeson comments “There is a fast growing trend for the re-use of 3D design data across business enterprises. Wider use of 3D data brings tangible business benefits and we are delighted that Theorem technology is being applied from within 3DVIA to make this happen” 

We are excited to welcome users of JT format into the world of 3DVIA Composer! 

Theorem CADverter JT for 3DVIA Composer

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Modeled in SolidWorks, animated in 3DVIA Composer, composited in After Effects

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What do you think? I can’t take credit for this “Bionicle Assembly” — it was uploaded yesterday to YouTube by dzigner09.

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3DVIA Composer @ TEKOM tcworld conference 2009

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TEKOM

This week in Weisbaden, Germany — it’s the 2009 tcworld conference, running from November 4th to 6th.

3DVIA Composer will be seen in several booths this year. Here are the booths for our direct resellers:

  • DS Booth, with our partner TransCAT: HAll 3 stand 332
  • SolidPro: Hall 3 stand 333
  • Datasquare: Hall1 stand 101-102
  • Kisters: Hall 4 stand 400

In addition, the following partners will be showing 3DVIA Composer as part of their offerings: 

  • TID Informatik: Hall 4 stand 448
  • Docware: Hall 4 stand 460

Be on the watch out for the poster that our partners will be using to help you easily identify 3DVIA Composer at their booths.

 

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Getting your CAD data into your iPhone

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdQsS8LBxpo

UPDATED INFORMATION: Using the latest iPhone 3GS updates, you can now get up to 100,000 triangles into 3DVIA Mobile.

We used many 3DVIA tools together (3dvia.com, 3DVIA Composer, 3DVIA Mobile) into one video to show how our users can take advantage of all the new 3D technologies we offer.

In this video, Cliff play’s the role of a Copier Salesman, Emmy is an Office Manager (the customer), and I play the Product Manager. Cliff and I work together to easily solve a problem using 3DVIA.

Oh, and the images of me only pretending to be busy? Completely untrue. 🙂

We must give credit to the 3D models used in this video:

– The Audi Tt by jled

ScubaGarths Copier:  Before, and After

– And, a cameo appearance by Tex-Rex by IsaacMiller1993

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See 3DVIA Composer @ SolidWorks World 2009

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Sir Richard Branson @ SWW \'09

Here we go again, poised for another successful showing of 3DVIA Composer at SolidWorks World 2009. Like last year, we will be within the SolidWorks booth area, with a very large monitor to serve out information to the masses that are certain to be swarming the booth.

Ok, I know it’s impossible to compete with Sir Richard Branson, so after you’re done with that general session, be sure to stop by and see what we’re all about, or just say “hello” if you’re already one of the many new Composer customers that have joined us this past year!

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3D Digital Manufacturing: Treehuggers Unite!

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tree hugger

I was just reading Patrick Michel’s article in Manufacturing Business Technology. It’s a pretty good read, as he makes people aware that “being green” in manufacturing doesn’t necessarily mean implementing the stereotypical alternative fixes such as solar panels on the plant roof.

While he is mostly talking about plant layout and simulation, using 3D web based digital manufacturing solutions, what really caught my eye was the comment someone gave at the end of the article:

The use of paper is still utilized and graphics and instructions are created for hand off to mechanics. It is in many cases too difficult to provide a laptop with the information, the laptop becomes cumbersome and difficult to maneuver and the opportunity for damage and theft to occur rises.

When you think about digital...

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3DVIA Composer featured in Desktop Engineering

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Desktop Engineering Online

SolidSmack blogger and Desktop Engineering contributor, Josh Mings, took 3DVIA Composer for a test drive and has written about it in the latest issue of Desktop Engineering online.

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Democratizate 3D and Win

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Win with 3DVIA Composer

Take a look at this article from Industry Week. When discussing about the use of 3D CAD data in downstream departments such as manufacturing, service, training, spare parts, and others, the article states:

People working in those functional areas perform too much non-value-added work having to recreate images because they don’t have access to the CAD data. “Until they integrate these downstream processes, they’re never going to be lean,” Prawel says.

I couldn’t have said it better myself! Enabling downstream users to fully leverage 3D CAD data, and add their relevent context and knowledge into the that data, creates true information that not only improves communication, but improves companies’ ability to compete...

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3DVIA Composer V6R2009x Information

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The new release of 3DVIA Composer V6R2009x is being launched this week as part of the overall V6 portfolio update. As part of the press release, we have updated our website. Let us know what you think!

Information about the new 3DVIA Composer enhancements can be see here, and will be available on Friday for general distribution.

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3DVIA Composer at TEKOM 2008!

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3DVIA Composer - tcworld

For three days between November 5th and 7th, 2008, Technical Communication was the center of attention at the Rhein-Main-Hallen in Wiesbaden. 3DVIA was there, and it was a big success for us at this year’s tcworld conference.

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3DVIA Composer Sessions at COE Aero

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Come and see us at next week’s COE 2008 Industry Workshop – Aerospace in Wichita, KS!

On Monday, October 27 @ 3:15 pm, along with Eric Giroir, yours-truly will be introducing a new vision for technical documentation management on the V6 platform. This must-see event will explain how Composer’s XML infrastructure and capabilities can be integrated into ENOVIA V6 framework to create a complete “Generative PLM Documentation System” to:

 

  • Drive & automate documentation processes leveraging all PLM IP
  • Define & deliver, within the full PLM lifecycle, a world-class documentation framework
  • Fully leverage 3D as a new media for collaboration
  • Offer an open and customizable architecture

And on Tuesday, October 28 starting at @ 1:00 pm, Mike Rielly is hosting two, sold out, ...

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3DVIA your iPod #76: “Automatic Layout Positioning, and Project Mode” (English Version)

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This week I would like to welcome a guest podcaster from SolidWorks Germany,  Markus Koechl, who not only brings us a great tip, but also brought us our very first German-language podcast last week!

Today Markus demonstrates how to use 3DVIA Composer to import CAD sub-assemblies and have them automatically and properly positioned relative to other sub-assemblies. This powerful ability allows massive assemblies — along with multi-CAD assemblies — to be broken up and easily imported into 3DVIA Composer. You may never have seen the full assembly before, or may not even have the full assembly at all, and now you can bring all of the data together into a high-performing 3DVIA Composer environment for repurposing into 2D and 3D documentation.

Markus also describes the “Project Mode” of 3DVIA...

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