Seemage your iPod #30: Using Seemage with BOM information

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This week’s episode marks a change in the content we’re going to be sharing with you in our podcast feed.

I am very pleased to present the first podcast video that actually shows Seemage in use. In this episode, Seemage expert Jonathan Riondet demonstrates Seemage being used to integrate BOM information into product documentation. Notice at the end of the recording how easy it is for Jonathan to product a technical illustration with just a couple of clicks of the mouse.

We are going to be posting many more Seemage “vignettes” in the podcast feed. We hope you enjoy them.

To maximize your viewing of the podcast feed, we recommend that you click the download link and save the file on your computer. Then, you can play it in iTunes, QuickTime or Windows Media Player at full size...

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MCAD Magazine reviews Seemage 4.0

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MCAD Magazine‘s Al Dean writes that Seemage “…truly proliferate[s] 3D data into all areas of …the wider world…[T]he good news is that it does it intelligently, easily and perhaps most importantly, securely.” Read the entire review here.

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The secret sauce for a mega-integrated PLM system is…

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Ingredients for a CAD & PLM soup

If you’re like me and you have Google Alerts sending you daily emails of news in the PLM world, all you’ve seen over the last week is discussion about Oracle’s $495M (!) acquisition of Agile.

Now, this is obviously a significant event and you’d expect it to get a lot of attention. But most of the discussion has been pretty formulaic. Much of the commentary fits the pattern of this coverage from eWeek: how PLM “touches” every system in the company or why Oracle’s ambition is to crush SAP.

Even in the CAD blogging community, the coverage has been mundane. One exception is CAD and PLM blogger extraordinaire Franco Folini who posted this insightful comment last week that (as always) got me to thinking about the real meaning of the merger...

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Eureka Magazine discovers Seemage

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The online edition of the UK’s Eureka Magazine covers Seemage and talks with Stuart Totterdell of Xype, Seemage’s master UK reseller. Read the story here.

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Up next: 3D CAD and PLM to create synthetic reality

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When we talk about “product information everyware,” we mean that 3D models should be more widely leveraged inside manufacturing companies to ensure better service, support, education and marketing. After all, there’s hardly anything anymore than isn’t designed in 3D, so companies have their core assets in 3D models. Freeing those from the narrow uses they’ve been limited to so far is our mission.

Like all visionaries, you could sometimes accuse us of getting somewhat carried away by that vision (though we’d never admit it (-: ).

But now, I’ve run across something that makes us seem like cold-sober Swiss bankers.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon are envisioning synthetic reality. This reality is actually created by 3D models, and sounds (to my untrained ear) like a new kind of physics. From 3...

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Seemage your iPod #28: “Disc brakes”

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Wow! Are we really on podcast #28 already? Thanks to those of you who’ve subscribed via iTunes — our “popularity bar” is maxed out, a real testament to a PLM- and CAD-based podcast.

This week we are pleased to offer an animation featuring those Brembo calipers you wish you had on your car. (-: Enjoy.

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‘Scuse us, but when it comes to PLM, Seemage told you so

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When it comes to PLM, Seemage told you so

At the risk of sounding a little like your “CAD Mom,” (with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend in the US, how’s that for a double entendre AND a mixed metaphor…all in one?) and after reading the results of this Capgemini “PLM World Pulse Survey,” we just can’t help ourselves.

Forgive us for saying “we told you so” about this survey that confirms that PLM’s raison d’être is innovation (55% of respondants), not cost savings (30%). Interestingly, 35% cite reduced time-to-market as the most important PLM benefit. And tied at 40% each, processes and organization top the list of what manufacturers think needs the most attention in optimizing PLM.

In a nutshell, customers aren’t saying PLM is about heavy-duty infrastructures, servers and IT technologies...

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Seemage your iPod #27: “Steering column”

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Next time you are banging away on that steering column in your car, be sure to give it some respect. After you view this week’s podcast, you will understand why some of those parts are designed to handle pounding, pushing and shoving. It’s just not that much fun being a switch in a steering column, but something’s gotta do it.

Enjoy!

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Cadalyst Magazine review highly recommends Seemage

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Cadalyst Highly Recommends Seemage

Sometimes, you just can’t add anything more to what someone else has written. That’s how we feel about Mike Hudspeth’s review of Seemage 4.0 in this month’s Cadalyst magazine.

As you read Mike’s review, you’ll see that he not only describes Seemage 4.0, he also talks about the importance of the dissemination of product information.

Mike, thanks so much for helping to get the word out about the larger challenges and Seemage’s role in solving them.

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Greetings from Las Vegas

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From the “I’m glad the marketing guy didn’t have to spend a week on the trade show floor” file comes this photo from the COE/PLM Summit taken, I think, yesterday (Monday, 4/30) of CEO Chris Williams (standing, left) and Founder Eric Piccuezzeu manning the booth at the show.

Looks like the show is going well, and hopefully we’ll have more photos to post shortly.

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Behind the rise in PLM sales

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As you probably know from reading our blog, we are attending COE and the PLM Summit this week in Las Vegas. Chris, Bruno and Eric are showing Seemage 4.0 in the CAA pavilion in TechniFair booth 408. If you are lucky enough to be at COE/PLM Summit this week, please stop by to see them.

While you are there, be sure to pick up a Seemage demo CD. In addition to lots of other cool Seemage materials, the CD has a Seemage animation that offers a solution to the devilishly complex wooden puzzles that we are also giving away in our booth. There’s almost no better demo than comparing the impossible-to-understand printed solution to the Seemage animation, which’ll have you solving the puzzle in seconds.

The importance of COE got me to thinking about what’s really behind the very optimistic PLM marke...

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Seemage your iPod #26: “Part list”

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This week’s podcast reintroduces our old pal, the transmission. But this time there’s a twist only Seemage can deliver. Notice in this animation how the parts list appears at the end. This can be produced easily and automatically from the BOM for the assembly. Naturally, that information can be extracted directly and associatively from an ERP system.

I’m especially fond of this animation because it shows quite clearly how the XML-based architecture of Seemage makes it easy to combine 3D design data with information from anything: PLM, ERP and even CRM systems. The XML capabilities of Seemage make it possible to produce accurate, annotated and compelling product documentation.

We hope you enjoy this podcast.

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Interopérabilité et collaboration…

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Aujourd’hui je vais vous parler d’un sujet d’actualité…permanente : l’interopérabilité dans le domaine de la CAO et plus particulièrement des données 3D.

Bien sûr, chaque année voit son lot d’annonces de la part des grands acteurs allant vers toujours plus d’interopérabilité, mais les clients finaux ont parfois du mal à jongler avec les divers formats développés par les éditeurs.

Ce qui nous amène à la collaboration...

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PLM POV

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Seemage your iPod #25: “Assembly line”

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This week’s podcast is a mock-up of an assembly line. The famous digger appears to show, in terms software people will understand immediately (-: , that one of the items is badly flawed.

Plus, Metalhead, our silver-plated assembly line worker is back, after a long absence from the podcast.

We hope you enjoy this episode.

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Visit Seemage at COE 2007 Annual PLM event in Las Vegas

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Please visit Seemage in booth 408 in the CAA section at the COE 2007 TechniFair in Las Vegas. The TechniFair runs from Monday, April 30 at 5pm until Wednesday, May 2 at 1:45pm.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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ING Renault F1 Team Races with Seemage

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Today, we are very excited to announce that Seemage has been selected by the ING Renault F1 team to provide technology for the F1 team’s engine development. Please click on the “download” link at the end of this post to read the full press release.

We are very excited to announce this because many manufacturers use their racing programs to test advanced automotive technologies that eventually end up in production cars. Seemage is now part of that leading edge and will help make your next car more technologically sophisticated, efficient and safe.

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What’s on our competitive radar?

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To answer my own question: everyone else with whom we compete. This radar chart documents the results of our internal tests of the new Seemage 4.0 against our major competitors on 36 different functional areas. In short, it’s a rout.

It would be easy to be cynical and dismiss these results as pure propaganda, the results of rigged tests or biased assumptions.

But it just ain’t so. Quite the opposite in fact. The tests were done as a way to ensure that the newest release of Seemage remains competitive and maintains its lead. It might be hard to believe at first, but our guys were actually looking for issues in performance or functionality compared to the competition.

Why even show this on our blog? We believe these results make it clear that the architectural foundation of Seemage — it’s X...

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Seemage your iPod #24: “Vista roller coaster game”

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This week we’re taking a small brake (pun intended) from the automotive animations for something from the Seemage animation vault. Speaking of automotive, be sure to look for an important announcement from Seemage on April 17 about our work with a very famous automotive icon.

Back to this week’s animation. I think this was done as part of the Vista launch in France back in January. What I find so amazing about this animation is that it started as a CAD model. While we don’t recommend that game developers do this for their games, it would sure make them a lot more geometrically accurate, don’t you think? (-:

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The wisdom of non-CAD, non-PLM crowds

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Chris Williams, our CEO, and I were looking at a competitor’s website today, comparing their capabilities to ours. This is something everyone does…checking each other out is normal. (You should see the domain names that Google Analytics records as having visited both www.3dmojo.com and www.seemage.com.)

So, there we were…looking at that claim, evaluating that feature…when the real difference between Seemage and this other product leaped off the page into clear view: this competitor has designed its product for CAD-literate people. Seemage is all about enabling non-CAD, non-[tag]PLM[/tag] content creators outside the engineering group.

Chris picked up on this immediately, describing the competitor’s approach as flawed both technically and in its business-model...

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Seemage your iPod #23: “Control valve”

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Seemage dans Les Echos

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Le quotidien de l’économie Les Echos nous parle de Seemage et sa nouvelle levée de fonds.

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ING Renault F1 Team accélère avec Seemage !

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Avis aux amateurs de moteurs rugissants et de grandes vitesses !

Nous sommes particulièrement heureux de compter un nouveau client dans les technologies de pointe, ING Renault F1 Team. L’écurie de Formule 1 a choisi d’adopter la solution Seemage au sein de sa section de développement moteur à Viry-Châtillon pour pouvoir diffuser des pièces en 3D à des personnes qui ne font pas de CAO mais qui ont quand même besoin de pouvoir visualiser rapidement les résultats des recherches des concepteurs. A l’aube d’une nouvelle saison où la concurrence s’annonce très sévère, nous espérons donc lui apporter un atout supplémentaire dans la course au titre.

Profitons donc de l’occasion pour souhaiter beaucoup de succès à ...

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If all you have is a PLM hammer, watch out for your head

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Seemage your iPod #22: “Oil platform”

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We’re continuing our springtime (in the northern hemisphere) automotive animations with a slight detour today to an oil-platform.

While many of the animations we’ve posted in the podcast are great examples of industrial art, this animation shows what you could do with a 3D model that isn’t strictly a machine part.

Kinda cool, ain’t it? We hope you enjoy it.

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