Category Technical illustration

Moving multiple parts with “Local Transform”

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Composer has many useful functions to help your authoring processes faster and more enjoyable.

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The first function I would like to introduce is “Select Instances” that can select all the same geometry referenced in several positions of the model.

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With this function, you can select multiple instances with just one click.

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Then, select Transform > Multiple Gizmos and Local Transform.

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Multiple Gizmos will display the axis arrows for each part selected in the previous operation.

This will visualize the direction of the possible part movements. Please note that the green arrows are directing outward for each tire.

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When you drag one of the green arrows, you can see that each part is moving to the direction indicated by the arrows...

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TodCast #21 Specify angles and correct measurements

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Recently I got a question of how to specify a specific angle on a polyline and get accurate measurements of angles. Here are a couple of tips and suggestions to do that. Also, of you have not checked out Tim’s Podcast of detail view of a detail view, check it out. It’s a very powerful way to get just what you need. http://www.3dmojo.com/2013/08/23/detail-view-of-a-detail-view/

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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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Detail View of a Detail View

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Your illustration customer has a very specific style for their Detail View bubbles. Here are some techniques to match those styles. Lets get creative!

Tim

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High quality illustrations without sacrificing 3D performance

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Here is a short example of how you can take high performance 3D tessellated geometry, and use it to produce high quality 2D technical illustrations. And watch the ending for a nice surprise. :)

Garth

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Generating Missing Parts

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When creating an automated work instruction or technical illustration what do you do when your source data does not include all of the required parts? Here I show a basic technique using 3DVIA Composer to generate a missing part.

Tim

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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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TodCast #4: Custom Color Silhouettes

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Have you ever wanted to make a technical illustration using non-black silhouette outlines for specific parts? It’s incredibly easy and fast to do, as Tod demonstrates in this latest TodCast.

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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 your iPod… wait a minute… Introducing the TodCast!

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We have a TON of new videos to share with you. I was about to post our next “3DVIA your iPod” video, and quickly eclipse our 100th video, and the title itself struck me… we’ve been doing this for several years, and when we originally started, this was the era of the video iPod. And the way to get the video on your iPod was through iTunes podcast feed.

A lot has changed in the last few years. We’re in the YouTube era, social era… iPhones and iPads, Android, tablets… it’s easier than ever to share videos. We don’t need iTunes video feeds or any other complicated uploading/downloading procedures and syncing. So while I was hoping to soon mark our 100th video “podcast”, it’s time to get current and refresh the name. Plus, I’d like to introduce you to our producer of these videos: Tod.

With th...

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New 3DVIA Composer Introduction

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Hello everyone!

Here’s a great new intro video created by the team @ SolidWorks. Let us know what you think!

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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 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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3DVIA Composer at TEKOM 2008!

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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 Erfolg auf der TEKOM 2008!

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3DVIA Composer - tcworld

Wie jedes Jahr in Herbst war Wiesbaden mit der  Tekom Jahrestagung für drei Tage DAS Forum für Technische Kommunikation. Vom 5.-7. November 2008 hatten weit über 3000 Besucher die Möglichkeit, sich mit den neusten Trends in Sachen Dokumentation vertraut zu machen.

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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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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 your iPod #78: “Linked Vector Images”

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In Markus’ third installment, watch how he creates interactive 2D documents by using the linking ability in 3DVIA Composer. We know that not every use case can utilize interactive 3D documents. Many times you still need traditional 2D output, and you can see how easy it is with 3DVIA Composer to create hotspots in the output so that you can create a series of wonderfully connected 2D technical illustrations.

Thanks Markus, this is a great tip!

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Customers speak out!

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Recently, I received some user comments to several blog posts. Normally I strive for non-censorsed, authentic content. Unfortunately, this user insisted on making personal attacks at me as well as other rude comments that do not bear repetition.

Among the fluff, this user did manage to articulate a point, and here is the text:

All I read about is how everyone else is terrible and Seemage is great, but I don’t hear discussions about business value that you guys have delivered. You should really start taking the high road, as I know Seemage is a decent product but this kind of lame, baseless contempt for the competition is becoming a standing joke amongst my peers. For those of us looking to buy Seemage, it would help if I didn’t have to explain to my executives why your blog always sounds like you guys have your backs against the wall….Help a brother out!

So to “help the brother out”, here is a recent email that I received from a customer, explaining why 3DVIA Composer (aka Seemage), is great:

Still very ...

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3DVIA your iPod #75: “Really fast ballooning”

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This week, Tod continues to build out his technical illustration that he started last week. He covers several options for ballooning the illustration, and then outputs the view to line art format.

Watch closely as he performs the following:

  • Sets up the default balloon widthC
  • Creates Bill Of Material id’s for different levels of the assembly
  • Creates BOM id’s using part names and meta properties
  • Controls the how the balloons are aligned
  • Quickly changes the styling of the balloons
  • Updates a view with his changes
  • Outputs the view to an interactive line art (CGM4 or SVG) while controlling the desired line weights of outlines, silhouettes, and shadows

It takes Tod less then 5 minutes to cover these topics and generate a fully interactive technical illu...

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3DVIA your iPod #74: “Really fast exploded views”

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Have you ever spent hours to create a complicated exploded view, with thrust lines and callouts, only to have to re-do it when engineering makes a change on you?

This week, Tod Cruikshank shows us how to quickly create exploded views for technical illustrations. While in animation mode, he uses an innovative set of 3DVIA Composer functions to complete his demonstration. In particular he:

  • uses “associative paths” to create jagged thrust lines in one easy step;
  • uses a combination of assembly motion and part motion to create those thrust lines;
  • moves one part in an assembly, and then quickly applies that placement to other selected parts;
  • creates convenient hot keys to further increase the pace of his work.

When I first saw this technique, I was blo...

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3DVIA Composer to be featured at the COE PLM Conference

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Newsflash: 3DVIA Composer has been added to the breakout session grid at COE!

Chris Williams, the General Manager of 3DVIA Enterprise, will host an in-depth session titled Revolutionizing Design Communication: Creating Product Information with 3DVIA Composer. This presentation and discussion will begin on Tuesday, April 29 at 4:30 pm, as part of the “COE Briefing Center #1” track, in the Australia 3 room. This news is so late-breaking that the COE website has not yet been updated with this information.

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Tech Writers Unite!

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It had been a long standing assumption of mine that anybody threatened by new technology would dig in their heels and fight for the status quo. In the case of 3DVIA Composer, I had believed that our ability to rapidly generate rich content would threaten the traditional technical writer.

I will not belabor the point any further… instead I bring you the voice of David Lance, an experienced technical writer who was recently introduced to 3DVIA Composer. (Full disclosure: David is a tech writer for SolidWorks.)

I sup...

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Evolution or Revolution?

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This blog post got me thinking about the way that technical illustrations have evolved over the past few years, from the days of airbrushing and photography to a new digital era of creating illustrations on a computer. It also got me thinking about a January 2008 article in Intercom magazine, entitled “Three-Dimensional Illustration for Technical Communicators” which has this to say about the evolution of technical illustrations from flat 2D images into robust 3D images:

“You don’t need to be a skilled illustrator to create effective 3-D graphics. Three-dimensional illustration allows the technical communicator to respond quickly to project changes and create imagery appropriate for most publications or multimedia...

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Ancient references

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Many people are familiar with this illusion of the “old lady, young lady” image. This old/new paradigm seems to be all the rage lately. On American television, we witness countless new reality shows featuring celebrities from the 80s and 90s, desperately trying to find new fame. While sometimes entertaining, there is also an embarrassing undertone to the shows, like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

It’s very similar to how PTC is reviving old Itedo Isodraw references and massaging them into wonderfully new Abortext Isodraw references. These retreads from the past, pure 2D technical illustration references, are being re-framed and re-branded as great new references that are fully leveraging 3D in new and innovative ways...

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