Bio and Tough Mudder Excursion

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Hello, my name is Tod, author of the “world renowned” TodCast’s on the blog. You may have seen me on the Forum as user Goatshrink. Long story but let’s just say it was once a massacre of my last name and it kinda stuck.
I’ve been a visual communicator forever, graduating from UW stout with an industrial design degree in 1982. Of course I was only two at the time that makes me in my 30’s still, right? I guess I’m trying to stay young by doing things like the Tough Mudder Challenge. This last one did not quite go as expected.

Aside from my weekend warrior excursions I’ve been a long time animator and Pixar wannabe. I love communicating through animation...

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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#19 Highlighting and Hotspots

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Recently a customer told me he wanted to be able to turn off all selection and highlighting including the red bounding box but still see only specific objects  clearly .so I showed him how to do it.  I thought to myself, this would be a handy little tip for a TodCast so here it is.

Enjoy

Tod

 

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Cardiovascular Systems Inc. and SolidWorks Composer

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Vascular disease has become a major health problem for more than 17 million people. Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI), is revolutionizing the treatment of vascular disease through the development of a disposable, diamond-coated catheter-based device…Read More

Workaround for Silhouette mode issues

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The Silhouette rendering mode of Composer is a great way to present 3D models as if they were 2D drawings, which is beneficial for people who are in transition from 2D to 3D.

However, there are some limitations for this black and white rendering mode.

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We often see our users struggling with some parts sticking to their original colors even in the Silhouette mode.

Opacity
In such a case, the parts may have the Opacity values less than 255, and we can easily fix this issue by adjusting the Opacity value to be 255.

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After the change, we can now see the desired rendering.

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The other issue typically reported is that, when a cross-section plane is activated, the Silhouette mode suddenly turns to the Smooth rendering mode.

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The solution is to change the Emission to be 1...

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Update Views with Selected Actors

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This is my favorite feature in Composer! I use it every single time I am in the product, it saves massive amounts of time when modifying and updating my views.

Let me know if you agree!

Enjoy! Garth

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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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AEC Needs Better Work Instructions, too

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construction safety

3DVIA Composer gets lots of use in different kinds of manufacturing organizations, but the basic value of having clear and concise work instructions can benefit other industries.  For instance, In the AEC industry worker safety is a top concern.  Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world incurring more occupational fatalities in both the United States and European Union than any other sector.  Of course, there are obvious safety concerns if you assemble an airplane or automobile incorrectly, but most assembly workers are seldom at risk and problems are likely to be found in QA and testing, well before the plane has passengers...

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Create Mobile Presentations Using 3DVIA Spotlights & Your 3DVIA Composer Content

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Today I’d like to show you how you can present your 3DVIA Composer content combined with images, videos, documents and other supporting materials in a mobile setting using your iPad or iPhone and a 3DVIA Spotlight. This post is a quick look at the workflow for publishing your 3DVIA Composer files to 3DVIA.com, adding supporting materials and then creating a mobile 3DVIA Spotlight presentation.

3DVIA.com is an online storage spot for your 3DVIA Composer content published  as 3DVIA.com model files. You then add your supporting files to the 3DVIA.com models. The 3DVIA Spotlight you create contains the 3DVIA.com model files you choose and allows you to present your content wherever you have a WiFi connection. Many questions about 3DVIA.com can be answered by viewing the FAQ.

The extensive e...

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Easily Use Your Drawing Frames for Technical Illustrations Just with 3DVIA Composer Standard Functions!

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When creating technical illustrations with 3DVIA Composer a frequently asked question is how to show a drawing frame with title block in the generated vector outputs.

With the Model Browser it’s easy to create a library of drawing frames including the necessary text fields. The video shows how to create a standard A4 drawing frame with text fields and how to use it from the model browser for technical illustrations.

As usual for 2D drawings you’ll need one template for each paper size (paper space) you’re using. But have a look at the video… it won’t take more than 5 minutes for each.

Enjoy… and just ignore the German title block 🙂

Jochem

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Implementing the 3DVIA Composer Player ActiveX in Windows Presentation Foundation

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In this post I want to address a technological issue related to the use of the relatively old ActiveX technology together with newer technologies provided by Microsoft that do not natively support plugins such as ActiveX controls.

History

In the past, Microsoft provided us with Windows Forms for developing user interfaces for Windows – these were pretty straight forward visual elements that could be placed upon a surface by drag and drop. So, for instance a button or a list box could be placed on the form and resized to meet the developer’s requirements. These were fairly static elements that were pre-defined, even though the user had some control over colors and size, etc...

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Benefits of Fully Shattered conversion

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3DVIA Composer has 2 main conversion types available: Monolythic mode and FullyShattered mode. So what is the difference between these 2 formats type? What is the best methodology when facing large data conversions? Let’s try to discover that out.

Let’s first start with some definitions:

Monolythic files are actually archive file (a .zip file) containing the structure and its associated authoring features such as labels, arrows, views, properties, animations etc… It is one single file.

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FullyShattered mode represents an exploded structure. It is a 3DVIA Composer product with multiple .smgXml and .smgGeom files. SmgXML can also point to .smgSce (e.g animations) + .smgView (e.g. views). These animations and views are available for all using this smgXML

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Fully-shattered assemblies hav...

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Implementing 3D Models in PowerPoint

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3DVIA_Composer_FullScreenAs part of this post for today, I will be reviewing the necessary steps for using 3DVIA Composer files within Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.  This process can use a number of formats directly however for the purposes of this post I’ll focus on the most common .smg.  Fundamentally by setting this up allows the presenter to interact with a 3D model in the midst of a presentation.  Before I go through the steps to set this up I believe that it is important to mention a housekeeping measure for file management that could help in working with this setup. When linking the .pptx to the .smg file (or supported format), each program looks in a specific location to find the referencing file...

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SolidWorks Composer in the Pump Industry

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I just talked with a SolidWorks Composer customer with a pump, pipe, and valve company. He is a service manager who needs to create and conduct training with hundreds of reseller field service members who directly support their end users and bear their…Read More

TodCast #18 Additional Language Options with Styles and Meta-Properties

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After my last Podcast a user asked me if there was a easy way to just change the language in a whole document and publish to that language. Here are a few tips to make that easy.

Enjoy Additional Language Options with Styles and Meta-Properties

Tod/Goat

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Adjusting graphics profile for your environment

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One of the most frequently asked questions we see is about the stability of the application. Fundamentally, in most cases, it’s the compatibility issue of graphics accelerators. It may be necessary to update the graphics driver, change the parameters to configure the graphics card, etc. to keep stable operations on 3DVIA Composer or 3DVIA Composer Player.

However, here is a very easy way to configure the settings.

Accessing Application Preferences in 3DVIA Composer:
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Accessing Application Preferences in 3DVIA Composer Player:
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In both 3DVIA Composer and 3DVIA Composer Player, please find the Profile selection box at the top right corner of the Application Preferences dialog.

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Here, we have 4 choices to specify the graphics profile.

The “Safe” profile will not use the hardware accelerator...

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3DVIA Composer on Twitter

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Hello everyone !

I would like to share with your our new account for 3DVIA Composer twitter : 3DVIA_Composer

Through this twitter account you’ll have all the latest information related to 3DVIA Composer or technical communication in general.

Feel free also to ask your questions and we will do our best to answer to them.

Show us your work (screenshot / videos) and we would be more than please to re-tweet it !

What are you waiting for ?

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https://twitter.com/3DVIA_Composer

Sammy

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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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TodCast #17 Multiple language using Meta-properties and Intelligent Views

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Today’s diverse workforce’s presents unique challenges when creating assembly and service procedures. Not everyone speaks or understands the native language. This challenge is also true for global sales and marketing content – how do you efficiently create compelling content in multiple languages?    3DVIA Composer’s powerful linking and intelligent views capabilities provide an easy solution.  Enjoy!

 

Tod

 

 

 

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The Challenge of Communication

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rotary_phoneRecently I attended the Collaboration & Interoperability Congress in Colorado Springs. The annual event attracts those interested in discussing things like LOTAR, MBD, MBE, PMI and the state of industry standards. Whether you recognize those acronyms or not the common connection is one of “communication”. What is desired is a way to communicate so that both sides, really all sides, understand exactly, unequivocally, what the other side is telling them. Nothing should be open to interpretation or the results could range from re-work to disastrous. While the communication problem seems straightforward, the solution is not. Just like when we communicate between spoken languages through a translator, we get the words right, but the cultural meaning is lost...

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Digital Manufacturing ? Yaris Kabin shows you the way!

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Founded in 1976, Yaris began producing tractor cabs in a 1,000 m2 area in Turkey. Following the technology development and commitment to quality in the past 36 years, the company today operates on over 250,000 m2 working area with over 1,000 employees. Now Yaris has become the leading cab producer in Europe, exporting 70% of its product overseas.

Yaris had several challenges on their shop floor before:

  1. Need to accurately and instantly pick and install 60 to 80 part groups out 700 groups for customized orders
  2. Construction machinery assembly steps are intensely complex to explain and understand
  3. Customer’s cab projects require the installation guide, repair instructions, and spare part catalogs delivered all together.

In 2009, Yaris started implementing 3DVIA Composer and has witnessed ...

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3DVIA Composer – In Action at a Local Service Garage

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On a recent trip to my local Volvo dealership to shoot a short 3DVIA Composer “in action” video clip, I explained my purpose for the visit to the technicians, and went to set up my equipment nearby. I then overheard them talking about their frustrations with their existing service instructions. How difficult it was to understand how to assemble a vehicle part for the first time – especially for a new model. It was also interesting to hear, how their productivity often suffers because the service instructions contain irrelevant information or hyperlinks to useless details. Most notably, many also expressed how they wanted to be able to access information from anywhere on the shop floor or, even better, from inside or even underneath a vehicle.

3D Service Instructions - In Action

While I carried on setting up my camera ...

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Communicate with Composer ? Pol Eko has done it !

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3DVIA Composer has been used in a very effective way by Pol Eko in Life Sciences industry to simplify their communication process and I wanted to share their use with you.

Pol Eko Aparatura is a producer of laboratory equipment, such as thermostatic cabinets, laboratory freezers, incubators, drying overs and climatic chambers. The company is also the first Polish manufacturer of waste water receipt stations.

The company had difficulties to show its products to its customers. They needed an effective tool that can showcase their product as the customer want it and in a short period of time.

3DVIA Composer allowed Pol Eko to show case laboratory equipment and laboratory rooms to its customer in high quality illustrations.

Here are some examples:

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Pol Eko Screen 2

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Pol Eko Screen 1

Pol Eko Screen 4

Other than improving its communicati...

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How Sany uses 3DVIA Composer to provide intuitive training and operating instructions.

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3DVIA Composer has been used in a very effective way by one of our clients that belong to Industrial Equipment Industry in their training and operating instruction creation process and we wanted to share their use with you.

SANY Group is the sixth largest construction machinery producer in the world, with a diverse product line of concrete machinery, excavators, crawler cranes, truck cranes, pile driving machinery, road construction machinery, port machinery, and wind turbine solutions.

Sany is using 3DVIA Composer in 3 Steps :

Step 1

Process engineers import product 3D models into the application, design and create the assembly animation, adding necessary collaborators and annotation.

Sany screen 1

Step 2

In the operation standard editor, process engineers embed the animation in the correct posit...

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