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TodCast #27 CATIA Composer Moto Demo

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Hello,

Here is just a few possible use cases for CATIA Composer showing some nice examples in Sales and Marketing, Quality Assessment, Customer Support and Services, Manuals and Technical Documentation, and Engineering and Manufacturing using imported PMI from CATIA.

BTW,  We are still looking for customer demo videos, possible tips or any other Composer skills you would like to highlight. One Customer has just submitted one and I’ll be posting it soon.

Come on, lets see what you got, show off your skills impress your co-workers.

Goat

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TodCast #26 3DVIA becomes CATIA Composer

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You probably noticed some changes when you got to 3DMOJO.

New logo and colors, whats up? You might say, “but I’m not a CATIA user.”  Not to worry, its all good 3DVIA Composer is now called CATIA Composer.  This is an exciting development which promises to be help for all Composer users.

CATIA is Dassault Systèmes’ pioneer brand. It is the world’s leading solution for product design and innovation. As Composer is professional content authoring software for the communication of engineering data, it makes sense to bring it into the CATIA family.

This transition allows us to access the latest CAD technologies, ensuring CATIA Composer is up to date with current versions and features of CATIA, while maintaining the openness that made 3DVIA Composer su...

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TodCast #25 Fluid Tips Using Layers and 3rd Party Compositing

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In the past I’ve shown some fluid techniques with http://www.3dmojo.com/2008/05/15/3dvia-your-ipod-70-simulating-fluid-flow-in-a-tube/ This episode shows some nice tips if you are going to use 3rd party composting packages.Using selection sets to help render out layers gives you added flexibility and control.

Goat

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Moving multiple parts with “Local Transform”

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Composer has many useful functions to help your authoring processes faster and more enjoyable.

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The first function I would like to introduce is “Select Instances” that can select all the same geometry referenced in several positions of the model.

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With this function, you can select multiple instances with just one click.

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Then, select Transform > Multiple Gizmos and Local Transform.

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Multiple Gizmos will display the axis arrows for each part selected in the previous operation.

This will visualize the direction of the possible part movements. Please note that the green arrows are directing outward for each tire.

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When you drag one of the green arrows, you can see that each part is moving to the direction indicated by the arrows...

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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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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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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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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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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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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 #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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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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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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3DVIA Composer will be at the 3DCIC Conference 2011

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This year’s Collaboration and Interoperability Congress event will be held May 23-25 in Denver, Colorado. 3DVIA will be there in full force just like in previous years, to engage in conversations about improving the usability of 3D data in downstream applications and usages. Be on the lookout for Gideon and Kyle to answer any of your questions!

What exactly is the 3DCIC? Here’s the description from their website:

…brings together experts and executive decision makers from automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, electronics and other discrete manufacturing industries, along with representatives from government and the defense community.

Attendees take part in a diverse choice of breakout sessions and lively panel discussions offering direct interaction with industry experts who deeply unde...

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3DVIA @ Games for Health

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Yes, the blog has been quiet recently… it’s been a pretty busy spring, we are preparing an exciting new product release for June. We continue to provide nice innovations and new tools to help you get your job done more quickly.

Expect a lot of activity, along with the new release of 3DVIA Composer, we have been creating a LOT of video tips over the past year, and they will be available very soon.

In the meantime, did you know that 3DVIA has a powerful gaming engine, that can be used for both casual gaming, as well as “serious games”? And did you know that it has some very interesting uses in the Life Sciences industry to help people learn about health concerns and to actually help them with phobias and other health challenges?

Check out this mention from the Boston Globe:

In other game...

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3DVIA @ SolidWorks World 2010

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Cliff brought his video camera to this year’s SolidWorks World, and here are his main take-aways…

Here are some notes from Cliff that he posted to the 3DVIA blog:

Thanks to the SolidWorks team for their input in this video.  Jeremy Luchini designed the Hot Rod electric car model in SolidWorks, which you can see here on 3dvia.com.

If you want to see more videos from SWW 2010, go here to the SolidWorks YouTube page.

For more information of the benefits of 3DVIA Composer for SolidWorks users, check out the 3dmojo blog or these Cliff’s Clips I created for SolidWorks users:

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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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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 #86: Multi-Column BOM Tables

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeZfJ7k8FdM

If you have the kind of product that has a lot of information, you might find yourself wondering how to create a Bill of Material table that can show some of this extra data?

In just over 2 minutes, you’ll learn how!

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3DVIA your iPod #85: “Alignment Tools”

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 httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbalSg4_mQE

Did you know that you can merge multiple assemblies into one Composer project? And did you also know that there are alignment tools to help you get your parts located where you need them? And how about some other powerful tools for moving, aligning, and adjusting component positions?

Check out this week’s video tip! (And if you have a good internet connection, hit the “HQ” button and watch the video in full screen mode.)

 

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