Check out how 3DVIA Composer rocked JL Audio assembly instructions !

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JL Audio is a company that makes high-end speakers and other audio devices for everything from cars, to boats, to motorcycles, anything you can imagine.

They had an issue that was on the assembly end. Basically, how do you deliver quality, intuitive instructions that have many applications (how do you install one speaker model in several different cars or boats) and still meet the customers’ high standards?

To solve this issue, JL Audio uses SolidWorks Composer to convert their 3D CAD speaker models into images and animations for assembly instructions and product manuals. It takes less time than taking photos and  the Composer images look a lot better than the digital photos JL Audio had used previously.  Check out these before/after pictures to get a better idea :

Before :

Installation visuals before 3DVIA Composer

After :

Installation visuals with 3DVIA Composer

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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 #14:Quick Tips Technical Illustration- Ghosted Lines

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If you’ve ever wanted to make a ghosted line illustration, here is a quick and easy way to do it.

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TodCast #13:Basics of Scenarios

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Using scenarios can be a powerful tool in multi user environments. In addition, it can also be a way to simplifiy subassembly and assembly animations. Here are a few basic tips to help you get started.

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TodCast #12:Nested Bom Basics

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Have you ever wanted to nest your sub assemblies in numbered groups based on their parent assembly?

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you do just that.

This podcast replaces the original podcast by Marcus which is no longer available

 

Tod

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TodCast #11:High Res Silhouette with Line Control

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Have you ever wanted to create High Resolution Images in Silhouette mode but still have control over your line weights?  Here is a quick and easy tip to do just that.
Enjoy

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3DVIA in the news!

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Recently I was interviewed by Beth Stackpole of Design News. The topic was about 3D Visualization and I did my best to explain why that term is no longer adequate, and that we are are doing in 3DVIA (and in Dassault Systemes) is all about 3DEXPERIENCE.

Take a look at this link to the article, let me know if it makes sense!

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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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100 Podcast / TodCast Episodes!!

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Over the past few years, we have been showcasing some cool samples and passing along some interesting tips and tricks… and with the posting of TodCast #9, this marks our 100th 3DVIA Composer video in this series!!

Which one is your favorite?

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TodCast #9: Environment Maps, Tips and Tricks

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I saw a question on the 3DVIA Composer user forum the other day about modifying environment maps.  In Composer an environment map is used more as a reflection map rather than a full imaged based lighting map. Think of it as a virtual sphere that an image is mapped onto and the image is then reflected back in your materials. The reflection will vary depending on many of the attributes in the actual material chosen but by changing the map you can vary your reflections. Since modifying the maps may not be compleatly obvious , I figured that it would make a great idea for a TodCast. With that in mind,  here are a few tips and tricks that might help to get just that reflection you are looking for. ~Tod

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3DVIA V62013 Release

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3DVIA is constantly innovating so we can continue deliver even more engaging 3DEXPERIENCES to our avid user communities. In V6R2013, we are happy to provide another exciting collection of new features and rich enhancements across our enterprise product portfolio. If you haven’t seen it already on 3ds.com, be sure and check out this video to learn more about what’s available in the latest releases of 3DVIA Composer, 3DVIA Studio Pro, and 3DVIA Store.

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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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TodCast #7: Complex Animation Movements Made Easy!

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We’re back this week with the latest TodCast. This time, Tod breaks down the fundamentals adding multiple levels to an assembly in order to easily create complex animation movements in 3DVIA Composer. Who knows, you might even be able to pick up a few new skateboarding tricks as well!

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TodCast #6: IP Protection and Secure 3D

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When ever you share 3D data outside your organization, you put your designs at risk of being reverse engineered and stolen. This makes protecting intellectual property a major concern for manufacturers and product designers. In our next TodCast, Tod shows how easy it is to protect your 3D designs using a few simple (and patented!) tools in 3DVIA Composer.

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The Inagural 3DVIA Composer User Group!

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We’re proud to announce that the first ever 3DVIA Composer User Group meeting was an astounding success!

Braving the cold and snow of the Minnesota winter, a broad mix of CAD engineers, engineering managers, and technical writers gathered in Minneapolis to share ideas and become more productive using 3DVIA Composer.

The day’s speaker roster included 3DVIA’s own Tod Cruikshank (the famed creator of the “TodCast”), who presented a collection of tips and tricks for streamlining content creation in 3DVIA Composer. Also speaking were Earl Hasz from SolidWorks and Mat Sauer of MTS Systems Corp.

It’s good to point out that this event was purely focused on sharing information to help make users more productive – and not trying to sell (software, timeshare, used cars, etc)...

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TodCast #5: Using Multiple Cameras

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Welcome to the first TodCast of 2012! We have been busy making fresh content for your enlightenment and enjoyment. (Please feel free to tell us what you’d like to see!)

In this TodCast, Tod walks us through the new multi-camera capability of Version6 R2012x, and shows us how easy it is to create engaging animations.

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New 3DVIA Composer Intro Video

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Hi everyone, we’ve been busy making some new videos for you the first couple months of the new year. Here is our fresh-off-the-press intro video, please let us know what you think!

And stay tuned on Friday, we will bring to you a brand new TodCast.

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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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Some goodies in the current version of 3DVIA Composer V6R2012…

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Hi! Since we are just about to release 3DVIA Composer Version 6 Release 2012x, I thought it would be good to review some of the good stuff that was jam-packed into the previous release 6 months ago, V6R2012.

Enjoy, and stay tuned for more!

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The Hardest 3D Puzzle in the World?

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Ok, I’ve seen some of those puzzle brain teasers… but this one take the prize for the most difficult! Thankfully 3DVIA Composer is there to the rescue!

Thanks to the crew at CAPINC for putting this together and sharing it on YouTube.

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3DVIA 3D Communication Strategy Forum

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At this year’s Dassault Systèmes Customer Conference (DSCC 2011), we will be launching our first-ever strategy forum for 3DVIA.

Click here for more details about the forum and DSCC.

3DVIA 3D Communication Strategy Forum – November 10, 2011

Immediately following DSCC 2011, 3DVIA will be hosting the 3D Communication Strategy Forum. This half-day event is designed to promote an open dialogue and exchange of ideas between 3DVIA product leaders and industry representatives who are interested in exploring the use of 3D product communications.

Open to all Dassault Systemes’ customers attending DSCC, the forum will provide attendees with a detailed 3DVIA brand and product strategy, along with an exclusive preview of upcoming 3DVIA mobile and cloud solutions...

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