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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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Introducing the latest release of 3DVIA Composer!!!

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It’s here, just in time for the holidays… Santa has visited us early and stuffed our software stockings with another impressive release of 3DVIA Composer, full of breakthrough technology and fun-to-use features. You could shake the box and try to guess what’s inside… or take the easy way and watch the preview for more info.

My personal favorite new feature is Smart Outlines. What’s yours?

Enjoy!

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3DVIA Composer V6R2012 new release now available!

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Our development team has done it again! It’s here — the newest and most impressive release of 3DVIA Composer yet — V6R2012! Some amazing enhancements, I just can’t say enough good things about this release:

  • advanced rendering capabilities
  • smooth animation paths
  • UV texture support from 3DXML files
  • cutting plane enhancements for tech illustrations
  • enhanced navigation controls for interactive experiences
  • custom built-in HTML templates

Just to name a few of the dozens of new innovations and enhancements to the product. Check out the video and see for yourself…and be ready to be as impressed as our team is with this release!!

And if you want a more detailed description of the new features, watch an interactive presentation here:

http://www.brainshark.com/3dvia/composerv6r2012

Password: “3dv...

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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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Billions! What the heck is Billions?

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Find out more @ billions.3dvia.com

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3DVIA Composer V6R2010x Release

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V6R2010x is officially here, jam-packed with a ton of great new enhancements. For those of you looking for a litle more information about the main highlights, you can take a look at the press release that was issued yesterday. Here is the direct link to the announcement on the Dassault Systèmes website.

“We are delighted to contribute new interoperability capabilities to this latest release of 3DVIA Composer.” said Trevor Leeson, Product Manager at Theorem Solutions. “The integration of Theorem’s JT CADverter technology makes the benefits of 3DVIA Composer V6R2010x available to a whole new community of users.”

I pulled that quote, because it is the framework in V6R2010x that has made the integration between Theorem Solutions CADverter JT products into 3DVIA Composer...

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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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3DVIA Composer helping DLP to help the disabled

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This customer story was released on the solidworks.com website a couple of days ago. It’s about DLP Ltd., a UK-based company that specializes in manufacturing “barrier-free and low level access shower bases and specialist shower doors, enhancing independence, well-being and quality of life,” under the trade name AKW.

Along with using SolidWorks for their design, they are using 3DVIA Composer to more quickly create technical illustrations for installation manuals that get delivered around the world. How much more quickly? How about an 80% time savings! Pretty impressive!

According to DLP Technical Author Paul Smith:

3DVIA Composer allows us to export high quality technical line drawings for producing detailed installation instructions...

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3DVIA your iPod#89: 3DVIA Path Planning

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So just what is 3DVIA Path Planning?

This latest press release explains that it is a totally seamless integration between 3DVIA Composer and the Kineo CAM path planning engine, enabling the automatic creation of non-colliding animated sequences.

It is really amazing technology for situations when you have some tight-fitting parts and need to explain how to manipulate them for assembly or service instructions. These are the types of procedures where an animation is the ideal way to deliver precise information — but creating these animations is often tricky and time consuming (if you want to get it right).

3DVIA Path Planning automates this work, so you can provide a “lifelike experience” about how to remove or assemble parts to ensure complete understanding...

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HydroChina Chengdu Engineering Corporation (CHIDI) selects 3DVIA Composer

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Full press release can be found here.

Over the years, you have seen that 3DVIA Composer has many uses across many industries. Here is another usage in the Energy industry:

CHIDI, which is recognized as one of the world’s major hydropower R&D organizations, has played an intrinsic role in the design and development of many of China’s most famous hydropower plants, including Ertan Hydropower Plant, currently the highest dam and largest hydropower plant built in Asia, Xiluodu Hydropower Plant on the Jinsha River, the world’s second largest hydropower plant, and Jinping Stage 1 Hydropower Station, the world’s highest arch dam with a height of 305m...

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3DVIA Composer helps students communicate at Taiwan OCU University

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The full press release can be found here.

The quick summary: The Taiwan Overseas Chinese University has selected 3DVIA Composer in the Department of Industrial Engineering & Management (IEM). The department’s hand-selected students will use 3DVIA Composer to present their system integration ideas and plans professionally and with the ability to be exported into various widely accepted formats.

According to Professor Wang Tsung-Jung

With this new product documentation tool, our students are able to go beyond CAD capabilities and deliver quicker and more advanced projects,” said Professor Wang. “With 3DVIA Composer, students will understand how having an advanced technology can improve the product and process design while decreasing time-to-market...

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Komatsu Forest chooses 3DVIA Composer!

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Hello all! This press release was announced today, full details can be found from 3ds.com News by clicking here. (NOTE: Link updated September 3, 2009.)

They will initially be using 3DVIA Composer for assembly instructions, to help leverage their CATIA data and provide enhanced assembly documentation and communication. This will speed the time to manufacture as well as improve overall quality. These types of benefits –  enabled by Composer — will naturally progress into extended uses in service and maintenance documentation, dealer and operator training, and marketing.

My favorite quote from the announcement:

“It can be quite complicated to set up our machines...

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Welcome to 3DVIA.tv!

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3DVIA TV

Last week we launched 3DVIA TV (www.3dvia.tv), our online video channel where you can get access to all things 3DVIA.

We’ll still be posting 3DVIA Composer video podcasts to 3dmojo and to our YouTube channel, but with our growing list of web resources and communities, we thought it would be convenient for everyone if we collected everything into one site. It’s really about the “3DVIA network” where you can go and tune into different “channels” based on what you’d like to watch.

Thanks to Josh for breaking the news yesterday on the SolidSmack blog.

[Josh, I’d have given you 5 stars if you had linked to a Composer video!] 🙂

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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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Welcome Felder KG to the 3DVIA Composer Family!

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Felder KG

We would like to welcome Felder KG to the growing community of companies that have chosen 3DVIA Composer to enhance their assembly documentation and become more competitive.

My absolute favorite quote from the press release is when a SolidWorks VAR introduced Felder to 3DVIA Composer:

…our previously installed documentation solution didn’t have a chance, because it was an isolated application.

’nuff said about that! See the SolidWorks press release from last week for the full details.

A warm welcome to Felder!

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3DMojo Video Podcasts: now over 100,000 downloads!

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3DVIA Composer 10,000+ podcasts

I am extremely pleased to announce that this past weekend, we have surpassed 100,000 downloads of our 3DVIA Composer video podcasts.

Just over 2 years ago, I was crashing a trade show and needed a way to show prospects something about our product. Something visual and portable that I could use to highlight some interesting capabilities and examples of 3DVIA Composer. Toting my laptop around was not an option, and I thought to myself “if only I could hold something in my hand and show some examples of interactive documentation and animations”… and then I it hit me that I could use Composer to create some AVIs, and then convert those AVIs to iPod format and download them to my new video iPod. And thus our podcast series was born, with our very first podcast on November 6, 2006.

Now, over 80...

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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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Taira Promote Deploys 3DVIA Composer and 3DVIA Virtools

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Taira Promote, a customer in Japan, is making great use of 3DVIA products to liberate 3D data out of engineering and into the hands of technical publications and training manuals. They are using 3DVIA Virtools and 3DVIA Composer to develop and launch their “i-manuals”. These are in-depth , interactive, and on-line technical manuals to communicate and simulate highly complicated concepts.

You can view the press release here.

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3DVIA Composer sessions at COE Auto

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Join us at week’s COE 2008 Industry Workshop – Automotive in Troy, MI!

On Wednesday, October 15 @ 4:40 pm, visit Jean-Jacques Grimaud, Tod Cruikshank, and Abe Sahi as they discuss technical documentation challenges in the automotive industry, and propose solutions using 3DVIA Composer.

On Thursday, October 16 @ 8:00 am, sign up with Tod and Abe as they take you on a guided tour of 3DVIA Composer in the Hands-On Test Drive workshop. Sign up early, as space is limited!

You can also get one-on-one time with the team at the Dassault booth during the SolutionsFair.

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Acqualux Drains Wasted Time out of Shower Design with SolidWorks and 3DVIA

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In these economic times, imagine what a 25 to 40% documentation process reduction could mean to the competitiveness of your company.

Take a look at what Acqualux, a UK based company, has been able to achieve with 3DVIA Composer. The full press release can be viewed here. The following is a notable highlight from this announcement:

“We have to provide layman-level instructions to the end customer as well as detailed instructions for our service and quality control people so they can walk consumers through the build when they don’t understand something,” said Aqualux Design Manager Neil Harrison. “3DVIA Composer was a huge leap forward for us in producing documentation...

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3DVIA Composer hotfix now available

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Hi everyone. This is a short announcement to let you know that a new hotfix for 3DVIA Composer is now generally available. The official name is V6R2009.HF12, and is available through your normal distribution channels. For information about what is updated, please refer to the documentation included with the new release.

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IBM is now selling 3DVIA Composer

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Yesterday, IBM formally announced that it will sell and support Dassault Systèmes V6 portfolio, including 3DVIA Composer. Check out the press release here.

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