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Fundamentals of Creating Great Technical Communication

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Discover how to shorten production, minimize overhead and surpass your competition by creating modern assembly instructions with 3DVIA Composer.

Share with us how 3DVIA Composer has helped you in your daily missions !

 

Sammy

 

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TodCast #20 Custom Rendering

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Don’t forget about Custom Rendering. 

Win friends, influence people, look like a big time illustrator, whatever reason you can think of, custom rendering in 3DVIA Composer is easy and a powerful way to highlight specific parts and produce cool illustrations.

If you have not tried it yet, you should.

Enjoy Custom rendering,

 

Goat

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Hack a new Tom Dixon product

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Tom Dixon and Dassault Systèmes have teamed up to create the first open design competition based on a modular concept. Tom Dixon will give participants access to the design files of new products, and challenge them to re-configure and remix into different functional objects. The concept is also relying on the fact that the various parts and “joints”, may be 3D printed to give life to the final creation. The 3DVIA Composer users would probably be very happy to know that part of the competition is dedicated to creating the mounting & dismounting instructions of the participant’s creation!

The contest has started on April, 8th and they will accept submissions until June, 30. The winner will be chosen by the jury on July, 31st.

The winning entry, chosen by a jury including Tom Dixon, will r...

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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 #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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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 #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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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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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 #84: STC Technical Communication Summit

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Enjoy the slide show from the 3DVIA Composer exhibit @ the STC Technical Communication Summit last week!

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Fun of use

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Everybody wants to buy software that is “easy to use”, but what does that mean? “Ease of use” is a very subjective term, something that often is impossible to define. But yet in every software evaluation I’ve been involved with over my career, “ease of use” seems to be an important criteria for product acceptance. But ease of use does not guarantee product performance or avoiding the purchase of shelfware.

I believe that it’s time to introduce a new concept, and to forget all about “ease of use”. We need to start using a category where we can rate a piece of software on its “fun of use”. “Fun of use” means that users enjoy working in the software – which inherently means that the user is happy and effective and looks forward to using the product to get their job done...

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