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Seemage your iPod #38: “Seemage Update″

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 37, Seemage Update 

This week, Jonathan shows us one of the more astonishing capabilities of Seemage: the ability to update content with revised or changed geometry.

Because Seemage can quickly and easily integrate change into content, you never have to wait for the CAD changes or for a PLM system update to prepare product content. Instead of documenting the product when it’s “done” (if it ever really is), you can create content at any stage. Then, when the PLM and/or CAD system information is updated, simply update your Seemage content.

Consider the case where you are writing a service procedure in which a part has to be removed. Seemage makes it clear there a clash or other problem. You can easily make engineering aware of the service impact, then integrate the change as soon as it’s ready.

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Seemage your iPod #37: “Measurements in Seemage 4.2”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 37: Measurements in Seemage 4.2

This week, Jonathan demonstrates (in less than 2 minutes!) how accurate and easy measurements are in Seemage. Pay special attention to the end of this podcast when Jonathan compares the Seemage measurements to the original measurements taken on the part in CATIA. As you would expect, they are identical. This demonstrates Seemage’s ability to accurately produce product deliverables in full fidelity to the original design.

Once again, there are two versions of this podcast: an AVI file (that requires the free TechSmith codec to play in Windows Media) and an iPod-formatted (and slightly smaller) version for our subscribers in iTunes.

Thanks again to Jonathan and we hope you enjoy the podcast.

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Q: Are we not collaborating? A: We are documenting products!

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Devo hats make more sense the collaboration as the ultimate goal of product development processes

I’m not exactly sure why, but when I read this interview with the vp of marketing from Right Hemisphere, the title of the old Devo album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We are Devo! popped into my head.

Devo used to describe its music as  the “sound of things falling apart“. That’s what I hear in my head when software vendors talk about collaboration in the product development space: the crash-and-burn sound IT infrastructure makes when it’s deployed for a concept instead of a real workflow.

Let me say for the record that I truly do believe in collaboration. I think people across departments do need to work together better and that technology can assist them in doing so. But I don’t believe those users care about collaboration as such…they care about getting work done. In this case, producin...

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Seemage your iPod #36: “Seemage 4.2 coordinate systems”

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Seemage’s podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 36: Seemage coordinate systems

This week, Jonathan Riondet shows us something new in Seemage 4.2: the ability to very flexibly manage coordinate systems. Using a CATIA V5 file, Jonathan imports the part directly into Seemage and then does some amazing things with the coordinate systems.

As has become our recent habit, I’ve posted both an .avi file which is both larger in size and bigger in resolution as well as a .m4v file, which iPod subscribers to our feed in iTunes can download directly onto their iPod.

We thank you for your interest in the new series of podcasts showing interesting capabilities in Seemage and, as always, welcome your comments.

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Why PLM isn’t as well-known (or loved) as pasta

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Why PLM isn’t as well-known (or loved) as pasta

Our founder, Eric Piccuezzu, forwarded a link to me last week from my old friends at Business Advantage in the UK who’ve recently posted a new report. This one details a finding that 88% of the people surveyed by CAD Spaghetti have never heard of PLM.

You won’t be surprised to hear that we believe the reason is because PLM is more a concept than a product in many cases and the term itself is repeatedly redefined by whomever is using it. I think it’s also because people don’t spend time deploying something that requires enormous commitments in advance of delivering real benefit to end-users.

In contrast, Seemage people often talk about how our products deliver on the “promise of PLM”...

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Seemage your iPod #35: “Seemage annotations”

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The Seemage PLM and CAD podcast episode 35: Seemage annotations

When we talk with customers or present Seemage to new prospects, we consistently hear several things. One is the very high result-to-effort ratio. This week’s video podcast, once again courtesy of Jonathan Riondet, makes that point beautifully.

In less than three minutes, Jonathan shows how to annotate an assembly using many different sources and styles of annotations, including the ability to create annotations from data contained in PLM systems. As Jonathan says in the audio recording, this is a very important point.

Even more subtly, in this podcast, Jonathan is showing one of the underlying architectural reasons Seeemage is so fast, flexible and easy to learn and use. That underlying idea is that everything in Seemage — be it geometry, annotations or anything else — is just a set of p...

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Seemage debuts for Japanese CAD and PLM users at the 18th DMS show in Tokyo

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Seemage debuts in Japan for CAD and PLM users at the DMS trade show in Tokyo. Gordon Benson of NMHG (2nd from left) and Bruno Delayhaye (3rd from left) were on hand to participate

As you may have already heard, Seemage is making its Japanese debut at the 18th DMS trade show in Tokyo this week. In addition to the exhibit at the trade show, our partner Rikei Group has been holding  a series of seminars to introduce Japanese manufacturers to Seemage. From the reports we’ve heard, these have been hugely successful.

Pictured above second from the left is Gordon Benson, Senior Engineer, NACCO Materials Handling Group, Portland, OR, USA and, third from left, our globe-trotting, Paris-based VP of WW Sales, Bruno Delahaye at the Rikei exhibit on the trade show floor. I think this photo was taken yesterday (US time).

I didn’t get a close-up photo of the Japanese collateral for Seemage, which you see here being modelled by the ladies to the left and right of Gordon and Bru...

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Seemage is now available in Japanese

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Seemage and Rikei Group are pleased to announce that Seemage 4.2 is now available in Japanese. Read more about Seemage 4.2J by downloading our press release.

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The only person who couldn’t attend our webinar for CAD and PLM users

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The only person who couldn attend the Seemage webinar for CAD and PLM users was Paris Hilton

For some of you, this may be the first post on 3DMojo that you’ve seen. If you are looking at this because you’ve found our blog as a result of the webinar we held last week or via an email we’ve sent you, welcome. We hope you find the information we post here (in English and, occasionally, in French) useful and that you find our video podcast, available here, interesting as well.

About our webinar…we’re only joking a little bit when we say that Paris Hilton (who’s currently in jail in Los Angeles) is just about the only person who couldn’t make the Seemage webinar we held last week. We were overwhelmed with the response, and are very grateful for all the comments and feedback we received. Here is some of that feedback:

“Let me take this opportunity to compliment your team for giving a wo...

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Seemage your iPod #34: “Seemage filtering on keys”

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Filtering on keys in Seemage for CAD and PLM users

This week’s podcast episode features Jonathan Riondet showing some very important, but subtle, capabilities in Seemage that make creating service assembly and disassembly procedures a snap by reusing data already in your CAD and PLM systems.

I want to add an additional idea to what Jonathan is showing here: flexible animation creation as a source of additional deliverables. One of the things that makes Seemage so easy to use is that what you produce in the animation time line can also be the source of many other deliverables, for example line art and saved views can be created right from the animation time line.

What’s amazing about this is that the more you learn about creating animations in Seemage, the more powerful the other 2D and 3D deliverables become because they can be derived di...

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Seemage au Bourget !

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Le Salon International de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace du Bourget vient d’ouvrir ses portes. Nous sommes particulièrement heureux d’annoncer que nous serons présents sur place, pas physiquement mais par le meilleur média qui existe : nos clients.
Professionnels, ce début de semaine vous est consacré, alors n’hésitez plus, venez découvrir sur les stands de nos clients du secteur aérospatial comment ils utilisent Seemage dans la visualisation de leurs produits !

Ø SNECMA Services Chalets: B64,
Ø Thales Alenia Space : Hall 2A: D19, Stand Hall 2A B17,
Ø Messier Dowty International (Groupe Safran) Chalets: B72, Hall 2B: D14
Ø Zodiac ECE : Chalet A343, Stand F14, Hall 2B
Ø Latécoère : Chalets: B80, Hall 2B: D12...

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The not-so-secret sauce for collaboration in CAD and PLM

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Office is the secret sauce for PLM and CAD users who want to collaborate

So, now that Acrobat 3D has shipped and everyone is thinking about how they might use it, let’s separate the obvious uses from the not-as-clear applications.

It’s clear that Acrobat 3D offers great file translation capabilities. But we’ve consistently argued that this is, essentially, a utility function. As such, it’s not a strategic application. The addition of a new utility to the utility drawer, like the choice between WinRAR and WinZip, is always a good thing.

But file utilities are not the basis of entererprise collaboration infrastructures. Thinking about PDF (3D or not) as the ultimate collaboration unit-of-work misses the basic requirement for improving the use of 3D information throughout the enterprise: the ability to add value to that 3D design data.

I’m not talking about simpl...

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Seemage your iPod #33: “Cutting planes”

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Cutting planes in Seemage for PLM and CAD users

This week Jonathan Riondet has produced another quick but fascinating vignette for your enjoyment. Jonathan shows how you can easily and quickly create cutting planes on any object and store customized views of the images you create.

You might also be interested to note that Jonathan is showing the capabilities of Seemage Viz, the entry-level product for content creation in the Seemage system. You can receive a free copy of Seemage Viz, worth $2600, if you attend our webinar on June 21. Just visit www.3dmojo.com/webinar to register.

Finally, note what Jonathan says at the end of this video: that end users using the free Seemage Player can also create cutting planes (if permitted, but that’s another topic for a video (-: ).

We hope you enjoy this podcast...

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Seemage in “Managing Automation”

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Seemage in Managing Automation

Managing Automation writes about Seemage 4.2 here. AMR Research analyst Jeff Holjo notes that Seemage is in a “…burgeoning market that is gaining traction as a middle layer between the design engineering desktop and the shop floor…”.

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Automotive Design and Production looks at Seemage

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Automotive Design and Production looks at Seemage

Automotive Design and Production printed an interesting article about digital mockup and describes Seemage’s role in the automotive industry. Read the article here.

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Does PLM make your business more creative?

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Does PLM make your business more creative?

In a word, no. But based on some of the promises you hear, you’d think PLM itself was the source of creativity in design and engineering. Let’s face it, at the end of the day PLM is just like any other IT system: fabulous at tracking information as long as everyone uses it to do so religiously.

Kenneth Wong’s recent article in Cadalyst makes this point extraordinarily well. Kenneth describes two different companies in which the PLM system is used as we would argue it should be: simply as the repository for product information.

What’s fascinating about Kenneth’s article is that PLM-mandated workflow isn’t the source of success for these two users. They’re simply using the system for what IT systems are good at: documenting everything.

What’s this have to do with Seemage? It’s another ex...

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Seemage your iPod #32: Seemage events

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The Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users episode 32: Seemage Events

In this week’s episode, Jonathan Riondet shows us how Seemage events can be associated with stored views (or what Seemage calls “configurations”). Using this technique, Jonathan creates a type of animation in less than two minutes that can clearly illustrate a technique, process or procedure for the product.

Since we have many subscribers via the iTunes Store, when Jonathan creates an animation, I convert it to iPod-compatible format. I think it’s cool to have these on your video iPod to show others, and apparently, you agree. But now that we have started showing not just product animations but the techniques used to create them in Seemage, subscribers and vistors to the website might wish to see a larger version of the podcast. So, today I have also posted Jonathan’s original .avi...

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Seemage 4.2 est disponible

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Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer la sortie mondiale de Seemage 4.2.
Vous trouverez dans le PDF ci-joint tous les détails sur les nouvelles fonctionnalités de Seemage 4.2.

Nous vous invitons également à un webinar sur Seemage 4.2 qui se tiendra le Jeudi 21 Juin à 14h00 EDT, 11h00 PDT, 18h00 GTM.
Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire.

Pour essayer Seemage 4.2, cliquez sur l’image ci dessous

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Annoucing Seemage 4.2

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We are very pleased to announce the worldwide release of Seemage 4.2. The press release we issued today, linked to this post as a PDF, details the exciting new features available in Seemage 4.2.

We also invite you to a webinar featuring Seemage 4.2 which we are holding on Thursday, June 21 at 14:00 EDT, 11:00 PDT, 18:00 GMT. Click here to register.

And, if you want to try Seemage 4.2, just click the icon below to go to our download page.

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Hey, Ford, GM and Chrysler: want another 2% in manufacturing productivity?

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We’ve mentioned our interest (OK, infatuation) with cars here many times before. But it’s not just driving them we’re interested in. It’s how they’re designed and manufactured that interests us as well.

So, we had a long look at the recently released summary of the Harbour Report on North American auto manufacturing. The press release contains a very interesting set of PowerPoint slides showing summaries of the various components that go into the Harbour Report’s calculations of “hours-per-vehicle.” HPV is the measure it uses to calculate the efficiency of North American auto plants.

In short, the report concludes that the Big Three (Ford, GM and Chrysler) are gaining in manufacturing efficiency on the Japanese companies that also produce cars in North America...

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Seemage your iPod #31: ProductGrabber

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Today, we have a real treat for you. For the first time ever, we have audio on our podcast. Jonathan Riondet shows us how you can mix and match saved views in Seemage to quickly view and analyze many different combinations. It only takes a minute and nine seconds to show this — a good example of how powerful and easy to use Seemage is.

And, if you look closely at the title bar, you’ll notice that what we are showing is in fact a sneak preview of a new release of Seemage. (Check back on the blog next week — hint hint — for more info about that.)

My thanks to Jonathan for recording this week’s episode and we hope you enjoy it.

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Seemage your iPod #30: Using Seemage with BOM information

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This week’s episode marks a change in the content we’re going to be sharing with you in our podcast feed.

I am very pleased to present the first podcast video that actually shows Seemage in use. In this episode, Seemage expert Jonathan Riondet demonstrates Seemage being used to integrate BOM information into product documentation. Notice at the end of the recording how easy it is for Jonathan to product a technical illustration with just a couple of clicks of the mouse.

We are going to be posting many more Seemage “vignettes” in the podcast feed. We hope you enjoy them.

To maximize your viewing of the podcast feed, we recommend that you click the download link and save the file on your computer. Then, you can play it in iTunes, QuickTime or Windows Media Player at full size...

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MCAD Magazine reviews Seemage 4.0

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MCAD Magazine‘s Al Dean writes that Seemage “…truly proliferate[s] 3D data into all areas of …the wider world…[T]he good news is that it does it intelligently, easily and perhaps most importantly, securely.” Read the entire review here.

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The secret sauce for a mega-integrated PLM system is…

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Ingredients for a CAD & PLM soup

If you’re like me and you have Google Alerts sending you daily emails of news in the PLM world, all you’ve seen over the last week is discussion about Oracle’s $495M (!) acquisition of Agile.

Now, this is obviously a significant event and you’d expect it to get a lot of attention. But most of the discussion has been pretty formulaic. Much of the commentary fits the pattern of this coverage from eWeek: how PLM “touches” every system in the company or why Oracle’s ambition is to crush SAP.

Even in the CAD blogging community, the coverage has been mundane. One exception is CAD and PLM blogger extraordinaire Franco Folini who posted this insightful comment last week that (as always) got me to thinking about the real meaning of the merger...

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