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Eureka Magazine discovers Seemage

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The online edition of the UK’s Eureka Magazine covers Seemage and talks with Stuart Totterdell of Xype, Seemage’s master UK reseller. Read the story here.

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Up next: 3D CAD and PLM to create synthetic reality

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When we talk about “product information everyware,” we mean that 3D models should be more widely leveraged inside manufacturing companies to ensure better service, support, education and marketing. After all, there’s hardly anything anymore than isn’t designed in 3D, so companies have their core assets in 3D models. Freeing those from the narrow uses they’ve been limited to so far is our mission.

Like all visionaries, you could sometimes accuse us of getting somewhat carried away by that vision (though we’d never admit it (-: ).

But now, I’ve run across something that makes us seem like cold-sober Swiss bankers.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon are envisioning synthetic reality. This reality is actually created by 3D models, and sounds (to my untrained ear) like a new kind of physics. From 3...

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Seemage your iPod #28: “Disc brakes”

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Wow! Are we really on podcast #28 already? Thanks to those of you who’ve subscribed via iTunes — our “popularity bar” is maxed out, a real testament to a PLM- and CAD-based podcast.

This week we are pleased to offer an animation featuring those Brembo calipers you wish you had on your car. (-: Enjoy.

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‘Scuse us, but when it comes to PLM, Seemage told you so

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When it comes to PLM, Seemage told you so

At the risk of sounding a little like your “CAD Mom,” (with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend in the US, how’s that for a double entendre AND a mixed metaphor…all in one?) and after reading the results of this Capgemini “PLM World Pulse Survey,” we just can’t help ourselves.

Forgive us for saying “we told you so” about this survey that confirms that PLM’s raison d’être is innovation (55% of respondants), not cost savings (30%). Interestingly, 35% cite reduced time-to-market as the most important PLM benefit. And tied at 40% each, processes and organization top the list of what manufacturers think needs the most attention in optimizing PLM.

In a nutshell, customers aren’t saying PLM is about heavy-duty infrastructures, servers and IT technologies...

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Seemage your iPod #27: “Steering column”

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Next time you are banging away on that steering column in your car, be sure to give it some respect. After you view this week’s podcast, you will understand why some of those parts are designed to handle pounding, pushing and shoving. It’s just not that much fun being a switch in a steering column, but something’s gotta do it.

Enjoy!

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Cadalyst Magazine review highly recommends Seemage

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Cadalyst Highly Recommends Seemage

Sometimes, you just can’t add anything more to what someone else has written. That’s how we feel about Mike Hudspeth’s review of Seemage 4.0 in this month’s Cadalyst magazine.

As you read Mike’s review, you’ll see that he not only describes Seemage 4.0, he also talks about the importance of the dissemination of product information.

Mike, thanks so much for helping to get the word out about the larger challenges and Seemage’s role in solving them.

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Greetings from Las Vegas

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From the “I’m glad the marketing guy didn’t have to spend a week on the trade show floor” file comes this photo from the COE/PLM Summit taken, I think, yesterday (Monday, 4/30) of CEO Chris Williams (standing, left) and Founder Eric Piccuezzeu manning the booth at the show.

Looks like the show is going well, and hopefully we’ll have more photos to post shortly.

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Behind the rise in PLM sales

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As you probably know from reading our blog, we are attending COE and the PLM Summit this week in Las Vegas. Chris, Bruno and Eric are showing Seemage 4.0 in the CAA pavilion in TechniFair booth 408. If you are lucky enough to be at COE/PLM Summit this week, please stop by to see them.

While you are there, be sure to pick up a Seemage demo CD. In addition to lots of other cool Seemage materials, the CD has a Seemage animation that offers a solution to the devilishly complex wooden puzzles that we are also giving away in our booth. There’s almost no better demo than comparing the impossible-to-understand printed solution to the Seemage animation, which’ll have you solving the puzzle in seconds.

The importance of COE got me to thinking about what’s really behind the very optimistic PLM marke...

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Seemage your iPod #26: “Part list”

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This week’s podcast reintroduces our old pal, the transmission. But this time there’s a twist only Seemage can deliver. Notice in this animation how the parts list appears at the end. This can be produced easily and automatically from the BOM for the assembly. Naturally, that information can be extracted directly and associatively from an ERP system.

I’m especially fond of this animation because it shows quite clearly how the XML-based architecture of Seemage makes it easy to combine 3D design data with information from anything: PLM, ERP and even CRM systems. The XML capabilities of Seemage make it possible to produce accurate, annotated and compelling product documentation.

We hope you enjoy this podcast.

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PLM POV

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Seemage your iPod #25: “Assembly line”

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This week’s podcast is a mock-up of an assembly line. The famous digger appears to show, in terms software people will understand immediately (-: , that one of the items is badly flawed.

Plus, Metalhead, our silver-plated assembly line worker is back, after a long absence from the podcast.

We hope you enjoy this episode.

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Visit Seemage at COE 2007 Annual PLM event in Las Vegas

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Please visit Seemage in booth 408 in the CAA section at the COE 2007 TechniFair in Las Vegas. The TechniFair runs from Monday, April 30 at 5pm until Wednesday, May 2 at 1:45pm.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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ING Renault F1 Team Races with Seemage

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Today, we are very excited to announce that Seemage has been selected by the ING Renault F1 team to provide technology for the F1 team’s engine development. Please click on the “download” link at the end of this post to read the full press release.

We are very excited to announce this because many manufacturers use their racing programs to test advanced automotive technologies that eventually end up in production cars. Seemage is now part of that leading edge and will help make your next car more technologically sophisticated, efficient and safe.

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What’s on our competitive radar?

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To answer my own question: everyone else with whom we compete. This radar chart documents the results of our internal tests of the new Seemage 4.0 against our major competitors on 36 different functional areas. In short, it’s a rout.

It would be easy to be cynical and dismiss these results as pure propaganda, the results of rigged tests or biased assumptions.

But it just ain’t so. Quite the opposite in fact. The tests were done as a way to ensure that the newest release of Seemage remains competitive and maintains its lead. It might be hard to believe at first, but our guys were actually looking for issues in performance or functionality compared to the competition.

Why even show this on our blog? We believe these results make it clear that the architectural foundation of Seemage — it’s X...

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Seemage your iPod #24: “Vista roller coaster game”

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This week we’re taking a small brake (pun intended) from the automotive animations for something from the Seemage animation vault. Speaking of automotive, be sure to look for an important announcement from Seemage on April 17 about our work with a very famous automotive icon.

Back to this week’s animation. I think this was done as part of the Vista launch in France back in January. What I find so amazing about this animation is that it started as a CAD model. While we don’t recommend that game developers do this for their games, it would sure make them a lot more geometrically accurate, don’t you think? (-:

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The wisdom of non-CAD, non-PLM crowds

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Chris Williams, our CEO, and I were looking at a competitor’s website today, comparing their capabilities to ours. This is something everyone does…checking each other out is normal. (You should see the domain names that Google Analytics records as having visited both www.3dmojo.com and www.seemage.com.)

So, there we were…looking at that claim, evaluating that feature…when the real difference between Seemage and this other product leaped off the page into clear view: this competitor has designed its product for CAD-literate people. Seemage is all about enabling non-CAD, non-[tag]PLM[/tag] content creators outside the engineering group.

Chris picked up on this immediately, describing the competitor’s approach as flawed both technically and in its business-model...

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Seemage your iPod #23: “Control valve”

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ING Renault F1 Team accélère avec Seemage !

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Avis aux amateurs de moteurs rugissants et de grandes vitesses !

Nous sommes particulièrement heureux de compter un nouveau client dans les technologies de pointe, ING Renault F1 Team. L’écurie de Formule 1 a choisi d’adopter la solution Seemage au sein de sa section de développement moteur à Viry-Châtillon pour pouvoir diffuser des pièces en 3D à des personnes qui ne font pas de CAO mais qui ont quand même besoin de pouvoir visualiser rapidement les résultats des recherches des concepteurs. A l’aube d’une nouvelle saison où la concurrence s’annonce très sévère, nous espérons donc lui apporter un atout supplémentaire dans la course au titre.

Profitons donc de l’occasion pour souhaiter beaucoup de succès à ...

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If all you have is a PLM hammer, watch out for your head

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See Seemage live in April

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We’re very pleased to be part of an exciting series of three free, live seminars entitled Beyond 3D Design: New Ways to Benefit from SolidWorks.

InFlow Technology is presenting Seemage and other technologies that help you capitalize on your investments in 3D design using SolidWorks. The seminars are being presented in Milwaukee on April 19, Chicago on April 24, and Indianapolis on April 26.

We created an three minute audio invitation from Rod Levin of InFlow Technology that will tell you more about the seminars and why you will want to attend. Just click the player below to listen to Rod’s invite. Then you can register by clicking here.

We hope to see you at one of the seminars.

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Tone deafness in the (Acrobat) blogosphere

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Allow me to detour for a moment from our usual fare of Seemage-focused commentary to lend the support and encouragement of all of us at Seemage and 3DMojo for our fellow blogger Franco Folini.

In a recent post, Franco details how his efforts to engage in open, direct communication with a blogger at Adobe was met with corporate stonewalling.

Reading Franco’s post reminded me of the most important lesson companies need to learn when they start reaching out to online communities: be authentic. If you want to give your point of view, you have to take the commentary of the community. And rule one: the community will tell you lots of things you might not want to hear.

As Franco points out, there’s a tradition of allowing voices to be heard...

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Parsing Adobe’s press releases

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Isn’t this is a very cool image of the “smoke and mirrors” saying? You know, that phrase we all use when we are talking about big concepts with very little behind them?

Well, enough about that. On another point, I was reading the press release Adobe issued last week regarding Renault’s “adoption” of Acrobat 3D.

Since I write Seemage’s press releases — and these guys keep me on a very short leash to make sure that what I write is clear and not overblown — I was hoping this post will find its way to the person inside Adobe who wrote or reviewed this release and that he or she would be kind enough to answer these questions here on the blog or by email to editor@3dmojo.com.

Truly, I’d love to be able to convince my bosses at Seemage that I should be allowed the same…uh…”freedom” to write pres...

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The confessions of a PLM salesman

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I hope our readers will take a look at the InFlow Technology blog, in particular this post by Eric Gold in which he writes:

Companies that contact InFlow are generally not looking to buy a PLM solution. Rather, they are looking to solve complex issues in their organization.

All we can say in response is “hallelujah”. Eric’s post — the first of what he describes as an “infinite series” on PLM — comes from real-world, sitting-across-from-a-customer experience trying to solve real business problems.

It’s not the world of PLM product managers and marketing people theorizing about a market “space” or rebranding a bag of unintegrated CAD and workflow products as “PLM”.

Eric’s post rings true in our ears because we often succeed with Seemage in accounts where real people have real problems gett...

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Finally, are we on the file format down slope?

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When no less an authority than Martyn Day begins talking about the problem of CAD file formats going away, it makes my day. Check out the last paragraph of Martyn’s report on SpaceClaim, where he says, in part:

“My last thought goes to formats….It strikes me that we are at a juncture where the problem of CAD file formats may well be consigned to history.”

We’ve posted pretty regular rants here trying to get the MCAD world focused on using 3D design information instead of worrying about converting it from one form to another. (Clearly, we know that one has to convert it as part of any application that isn’t the originator of the data.)

But the CAD world has been focused on conversion for so long that file format wars and discussion of how to get from one to the other have crowded out discu...

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3DVIA Composer News

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