3DVIA Composer is Desktop Engineering’s Pick of the Week!

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DE Pick of the Week

Check it out! Click here for a nice review by Desktop Engineering.

A quote from the author, Anthony Lockwood:

…3DVIA Composer is, of course, more than a tool to interact with a bunch of images. It’s a robust, flexible toolset for making communications and collaboration easier, better, and sane. It’s a product that brings all of us a big step closer to the promise of product lifecycle management for the everyone in the enterprise.

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3DVIA Composer and Spare Parts Catalogs

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Another great video from DSRussiaPS.

It shows the customization capabilities of the 3DVIA Composer product line, using 3DVIA Enterprise Sync, the power of XML, and the 3DVIA Composer Player, all wrapped into a very interesting application to create, organize, publish, and deliver web-based 3D interactive part catalogs. It’s a very nice demonstration!

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3DVIA — 2009 Year in Review

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We’ve been busy this past year. Check it out. More great things to come in 2010!!

PS: one slight correction @ 1:18… we not only released 3DVIA Composer V6R2010, but also V6R2010x. These were two major releases packed with amazing new capabilities. (More on that later!)

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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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Cool 3DVIA Composer demo video

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Thanks to DSRussiaPS on YouTube for this demo video. And a pretty funky audio track too.

At around 1:36, there is a “technical illustration-looking” view that is created, with cables in red. I don’t have the exact same demo file, but I offer a suggestion to anybody watching it. Instead of using silhouette mode on the exterior/frame components — which makes the parts see-through — I would make the parts white in color and set their appearnce to “Flat Technical”. Then I would elevate the priority of the red cables to +1.  It gives a better sense of depth and location context, with the added benefit that you can show a colored background (since the parts are not see-through). It creates the following effect:

Sihouette Mode

 

Flat Technical Mode w/Priority Setting

And for you users of 3DVIA...

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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 #90: “More Kinematic Tips”

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhfO_fC6So4

Hi folks, and Happy New Year to everybody.

Tod’s been busy with kinematics again, and has prepared yet another informative video on this topic. He provides a couple of nice tips to help simulate moving parts around, like a robot, where you need to first pick up the piece, move it with the help of kinematics, and then drop it.

Enjoy!

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Modeled in SolidWorks, animated in 3DVIA Composer, composited in After Effects

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What do you think? I can’t take credit for this “Bionicle Assembly” — it was uploaded yesterday to YouTube by dzigner09.

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KaVo and 3DVIA Composer

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KaVo Dental

KaVo is one of the recognized leaders in the global dental equipment marketplace, and they are using 3DVIA Composer to realize some very powerful productivity gains. If you missed their presentation at ECF in November, you can learn more about their story by reading this case study put together by our friends at IBM.

They are using 3DVIA Composer to more quickly produce and update assembly instructions, and to provide clearer, more comprehensive information to the shop floor associates — which they expect will reduce errors and improve product quality.

IBM was able to deliver an integration directly with ENOVIA LCA and their ERP system, collecting the intelligence needed by the manufacturing and technical publication teams while enabling the automatic creation of 3DVIA Composer files upo...

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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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Medical Devices — what’s next for manufacturing technology?

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MDT Magazine

Check out this article from the September edition of Medical Design Technology magazine, about “Perspectives on Manufacturing Technologies, Part III” — if you scroll down you will see a bit about 3D interactive documentation.

Enjoy!

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3DVIA @ European Customer Forum

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ECF

“Your future is bright” is the theme for this year’s ECF at the Agora.

All day today we have been holding 3DVIA Composer sessions. Tomorrow, we will continue to hold these sessions, plus a whole series of presentations on 3DVIA Composer and 3DVIA Virtools. Here’s the agenda for Day 2.

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Arburg and 3DVIA Composer

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Arburg   Product Design & Development

Arburg, a leading manufacturer of injection molding machines in Germany, is using 3DVIA Composer and other Dassault Systèmes products to achive some interesting gains. Click here to see the entire article @ Product Design & Development to learn more.

They are using 3DVIA Composer for technical documentation, spare parts lists, and 3D repair instructions. A snippet from the article regarding 3DVIA Composer:

“We generate the technical documentation directly from the CATIA files using 3DVIA Composer, which saves us a lot of time,” says Klaus Mayer, Head of the CAD/CAM Development department. 

In addition to three-dimensional repair instructions, 3DVIA Composer also automatically generates spare-parts lists that customers can access for online ordering. 

Whi...

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3DVIA Composer @ TEKOM tcworld conference 2009

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TEKOM

This week in Weisbaden, Germany — it’s the 2009 tcworld conference, running from November 4th to 6th.

3DVIA Composer will be seen in several booths this year. Here are the booths for our direct resellers:

  • DS Booth, with our partner TransCAT: HAll 3 stand 332
  • SolidPro: Hall 3 stand 333
  • Datasquare: Hall1 stand 101-102
  • Kisters: Hall 4 stand 400

In addition, the following partners will be showing 3DVIA Composer as part of their offerings: 

  • TID Informatik: Hall 4 stand 448
  • Docware: Hall 4 stand 460

Be on the watch out for the poster that our partners will be using to help you easily identify 3DVIA Composer at their booths.

 

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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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Getting your CAD data into your iPhone

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdQsS8LBxpo

UPDATED INFORMATION: Using the latest iPhone 3GS updates, you can now get up to 100,000 triangles into 3DVIA Mobile.

We used many 3DVIA tools together (3dvia.com, 3DVIA Composer, 3DVIA Mobile) into one video to show how our users can take advantage of all the new 3D technologies we offer.

In this video, Cliff play’s the role of a Copier Salesman, Emmy is an Office Manager (the customer), and I play the Product Manager. Cliff and I work together to easily solve a problem using 3DVIA.

Oh, and the images of me only pretending to be busy? Completely untrue. 🙂

We must give credit to the 3D models used in this video:

– The Audi Tt by jled

ScubaGarths Copier:  Before, and After

– And, a cameo appearance by Tex-Rex by IsaacMiller1993

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What the heck is PLM?

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In case you missed it at DSCC, there was a great “man on the street” investigative report asking people about PLM and PLM 2.0. It’s really well done, a classic in the making!

Enjoy!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bMVzTDP8c0

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Emerge with Advantage @ DSCC

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We’re here in Orlando at the inagurial Dassault Systemes Customer Conference. We’ve got a full day of 3DVIA topics on Day 2 (Wednesday) covering everything from marketing, assembly, tech pubs, and virtual training.

For regular updates, check the DSCC twitter feed, as well as the 3D Perspectives Blog.

DSCC on twitter                                       3D Perspectives

 

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3DVIA your iPod #88: “Intro to Kinematics Part 2”

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmqCRYty7Ps

Here is Part 2 of Tod’s introduction to 3DVIA Composer kinematics. Remember that with Composer, the goal is to use kinematics to facilitate the creation of animated procedures.

Enjoy the tutorial.

And we’re always looking for more ideas for future videos. Please let us know what you’d like to see!

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Texturing winner!

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I was just watching the “Texturesaurus Rex” texturing tutorial on 3dvia.tv. Then I saw a tweet from @SolidWorks announcing the winner of the Week 3 Photoview 360 2010 Beta Rendering contest and had to take a look.

To my pleasant surprise, I saw something familiar! Nice work by Scott Woods! Congrats.

FULL DISCLOSURE NOTE: I had nothing to do with picking the winner!

3DVIA Composer textured in Photoview 360

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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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3DVIA your iPod #87: “Introduction to Kinematics”

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-n3EE6KQYk

In this video, Tod introduces you to some uses for 3DVIA Composer kinematics, and then walks you through the basics of how to get it up and running.

One of the very good points Tod makes is that you don’t always need to fully define 100% of the kinematics. When you’re building an animated sequence, a combination of kinematics plus transformations can produce a very effective result.

Enjoy!

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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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