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3DVIA your iPod #63: “SolidWorks: Heard!”

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This week I am pleased to bring to you a podcast from solidworksheard.com, a site dedicated to providing tips, tricks, tutorials, or tech news on all things SolidWorks. 

In this episode, Lou Gallo offers his expert opinions and insights after taking a 3DVIA Composer training class. He discusses what the product does and how it fits into the SolidWorks family of products. He explains why 3DVIA Composer is not a “replacement” to existing tools, but is a wonderful compliment to help bridge the gap between CAD tools and documentation layout and publishing tools.

Lou also talks about the other modules of 3DVIA Composer, and highlights some examples and use cases as to when you would need to use them and what value they will bring.

And my favorite part comes at the end of the podcast —...

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3DVIA your iPod #62: Custom Rendering

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This week, Christophe Delfino demonstrates a new capability that was released with 3DVIA Composer V6R1. If you have ever wanted the ability to control the rendering mode on a per-part basis, we were listening. With “custom rendering” mode in V6R1, you can now create views that mix some parts in silhouette mode and some parts in shaded mode, or anything in between.

Watch Christophe select parts, create content, and adjust the rendering displays of that content in under 90 seconds. It is yet another impressive and extremely usable functionality of 3DVIA Composer designed to further improve clarity and communication, and demonstrates our continued commitment to provide customer-requested enhancements.

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3DVIA your iPod #60: “Using 3DVIA Sync Integration to programmatically update your product deliverables”

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In a previous podcast, you watched Jonathan use 3DVIA Sync to automatically update his product deliverables. It is a very powerful demonstration, and I encourage you to watch it again.

This week, you will see a similar demonstration, but with a very key difference: all of the CAD conversion and publishing to 2D formats is done using 3DVIA Sync Integration. Using scripting and XML job file definitions, 3DVIA Sync Integration offers a powerful way to equip your PLM systems with the ability to automatically trigger the creation of 3DVIA Composer files and publish them into several deliverable formats.

Most importantly, with 3DVIA Sync Integration your PLM system can take engineering modifications and perform incremental updates to the 3DVIA Composer content, re-publish your deliverables, and...

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3DVIA your iPod #52: “3DVIA Check”

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3DVIA Composer podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 52, 3DVIA Composer clash

I am very pleased to be able to bring yet another video episode to you today. You may notice that while the name of the podcast has changed to reflect our new branding, the actual video was recorded by Jonathan using the product formerly known as Seemage. (Prince fans, please forgive me.) That’s because we prepare these episodes in advance of their publication. With our hectic schedules,  the podcast contributors record episodes when they can, and I select the order in which we present them. The content is so good and has been so popular that I think it’s better to share episodes recorded before we shipped 3DVIA Composer than to waste these fascinating looks at the capabilities 3DVIA Composer offers.

So, with that offered as an explanation for what you see in the menus, concen...

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 50, Seemage associative paths

This episode marks the one-year anniversary of the Seemage podcast. I want to thank everyone who has downloaded, commented on and enjoyed these. It makes preparing them a pleasure for us.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the hard work of the folks in Seemage who created the animations and product vignettes we have presented here. My deepest thanks to everyone in Sophia who contributed to this. A year-long podcast with tens of thousands of downloads ain’t nothing to sneeze at.

Today’s topic is another bravura demonstration from Jonathan showing how easy it is for non-technical users to create very sophisticated documentation, in this case, animations, by giving Seemage just the merest hint of what you want...

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 49, Seemage metadata search

In this week’s episode, Jonathan manages to show two amazing things about Seemage in less than two minutes. First, there is the search function, which allows you to rapidly find anything you need in a Seemage model.

More interestingly, by showing that it’s possible to search a Seemage model for metadata without having the part’s geometry loaded, Jonathan is making clear a fundamental point about Seemage: that Seemage is a property editor.  Anything (and everything) in Seemage is simply a property. So, if you want to search for a part number, it’s not dependent on the geometry.

It takes some thinking to grasp the concept, but once you do it’s clear why Seemage is both powerful and fast.

Thanks again to Jonathan for this week’s episode.

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Seemage your iPod #48: “Seemage application integration”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 48, Seemage application integration

This week’s episode demonstrates an important capability in Seemage: application integration. In this video, you will notice that Seemage is being used to integrate 3D data with procedural information in a custom application. The application includes the business logic required to prevent users from making errors or skipping parts of the process. Notice also in the video how the XML architecture of Seemage improves the creation of these product procedures.

This video illustrates that when we talk about content authoring in Seemage, it is not limited to production of PDFs and Word documents, or even the planet’s best product animations. It includes programmability. It’s a pretty amazing capability of Seemage, and one customers are increasingly taking advantage of.

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Seemage your iPod #47: “Seemage occlusion and Secure3D”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 47, Seemage occlusion and Secure3D

This week’s podcast episode has three related and interesting things to see(mage).

First, Jonathan shows us how to hide parts. This is useful not only to reduce file size, but also to make it easier to work on create documentation for the specific function or part of the product desired.

Next, Jonathan shows us how to manually reduce the accuracy of the product data to secure the intellectual property contained in that digital data. While this can be useful, Seemage offers an even better way.

Jonathan demonstrates Seemage Secure3D technology to quickly and easily secure the IP while also displaying parts and assemblies correctly.

We hope you enjoy this video podcast episode and my thanks again to Jonathan Riondet for the recording.

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Seemage your iPod #46: “Seemage XML-driven styles”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 46, Seemage XML-driven styles 

This week’s episode is, as they say in the movies, a blockbuster.

Jonathan Riondet’s topic this week is deceptively simple: applying styles to Seemage content. You will be impressed with the ease and flexibility Seemage styles offer.

But then, about 2 minutes into this episode, things get very interesting: You witness the power of the XML-based architecture of Seemage as Jonathan changes the display language of the graphical image via modification of the external XML style information.

Consider the importance of this: automatic display of content in local language based, for example, on the language in use on the desktop. Being able to programmatically add languages whenever necessary. Elimination of reams of printed versions of product documentation.

This episode is an extraordina...

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No one says it better than customers

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Side from Gordon Benson’s presentation at the PLM Road Map conference, September 2007

Last week at the PLM Road Map 2007 conference, Gordon Benson of NMHG gave a presentation on his company’s success in using product information in many different areas of their operations. Gordon has kindly consented to allowing us to post the presentation here for you to browse.

I picked the slide you see here to be the graphic image for this post because it summarizes why Seemage is in business: to help companies share and reuse this fundamental information. By the way, it also shows how manufacturers are beginning to realize and respond to the impact digital product definition data has on their operations.

Gordon presented this information in a way that draws on his many years of experience working with technology companies...

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Seemage your iPod #45: “Cloning geometry”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 45, Cloning geometry

This week Jonathan Riondet elaborates on one of the features that users consistently tell us makes Seemage so useful: the ability to substantially reduce the size of files. In this example, Jonathan shows how to take an already-small Seemage file and by cloning geometry in the file, reduce the size of the Seemage file even more.

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Seemage your iPod #44: “Animating movement in Seemage”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 44, Animating movement in Seemage

This week, our podcast episode demonstrates Seemage’s technological superiority in creating animations directly from 3D data. This episode, recorded by Franck Soulier (thank you, Franck!), shows how to create movement in Seemage animations.

I especially like that the object being animated here is a relatively simple thing: a skate board. This allows you to focus on the steps Franck uses to make that simple thing do something that is fairly complex: rotate and flip in space.

The real beauty of Seemage is that getting results like these is well within the capabilities of most users: you do not need to be an engineer or designer. Simple actions, sequenced on a simple-to-understand time line, make creating Seemage animations fast and easy.

Franck’s demonstration is a good example of ...

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Seemage your iPod #43: “Locking events”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 43, Seemage Event Locking

This week Jonathan Riondet shows how content creators have complete control of the presentation of 3D information. In addition to the main points about view control, there are some interesting things to notice in this week’s episode.

We start with SolidWorks, once again featuring our new integration with this popular design system. Next, you will notice the Jonathan is using Seemage Viz. I think this might be the first time we’ve shown Seemage Viz in the podcast, and Jonathan shows how very useful Seemage Viz is for content creators. Seemage Viz is the entry-level Seemage application.

Finally, Jonathan shows us the results in a PDF. This makes a point visually that we often write about: that PDF is nothing more than a container…a convenient transmission medium...

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Seemage your iPod #42: “Path Planning”

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 42, Seemage Path Planning

This week’s Seemage podcast episode is presented by Franck Soulier who demonstrates Seemage Path Planning. First, Franck shows how Seemage can solve an abstract problem very easily: the path a ball must take to get out of a maze. That alone would make this a gripping video to watch. But then Franck goes further to show us a real-life application: how to remove parts in a maintenance situation.

Don’t you wish the engineer who put spark plug #8 under the air intake in your car had used Seemage path planning? I certainly do.

Thanks so much to Franck for the great video, and as always, we welcome your comments on this podcast and our blog in general.

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A user’s perspective on Seemage

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Seemage is used to document Hyster forklifts

We are very pleased to post here an unabridged version of the article Gordon Benson of NACCO Materials wrote for Machine Design magazine.

As you read Gordon’s paper, we hope you will agree that the issues and challenges Gordon describes are universal no matter what CAD and/or PLM system your company uses, and that his approach to solving those problems in his company is applicable to your company as well.

Gordon places special emphasis on the ROI of better product documentation, something we believe is more and more evident inside manufacturing companies today. It’s the kind of thing you might expect software vendors to talk about. But it’s so much more authentic reading Gordon’s perspective than simply hearing it from us.

We want to thank Gordon for allowing us to post the original...

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Seemage your iPod #41: “Using Seemage with Solid Works, part 2″

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 41, Using Seemage with Solid Works, part 2

This is the second of two posts demonstrating the new integration of Seemage with SolidWorks.

Of note in this video is Jonathan’s demonstration of the ability to access all the detailed user information that was originally in the SolidWorks model directly in Seemage.

Read our press release announcing the integration here. Sign up to attend our free webinar on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 showing SolidWorks and Seemage integration here.

To play the .avi file, you will need a TechSmith codec, available here.

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Seemage your iPod #41: “Using Seemage with Solid Works, part 1″

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Seemage podcast for CAD and PLM users, episode 41, Using Seemage with Solid Works, part 1

This week we have a special two-part podcast. In this post and the next, Jonathan Riondet features our new integration with SolidWorks, which as you will see, is as easy to use as making a menu selection.

In this first part, Jonathan shows some animation capabilities using a SolidWorks model. In passing, he mentions something that I think is very important: that the Seemage file created by the free plug-in can be opened in any Seemage product, including the free Seemage Player.

We’re very excited about Seemage’s integration with SolidWorks. You can read our press release announcing the integration here. Also, on Wednesday, August 29, we are holding a free webinar that will demonstrate the integration between Seemage and SolidWorks. Attendees are eligible for a free copy of Seemage Viz...

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Seemage your iPod #40: “Seemage Collision Detection”

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Seemage Interactive Collision Detection

This week for our 40th episode (!!), Jonathan shows a capability in Seemage that we all know would lead to better product quality: the ability to detect serviceability issues. Seemage Interactive Clash makes it quick and easy for users who must document (and use!) service procedures to see exactly what will happen under various circumstances. We’ve all opened the hood of a car and wondered, “Sheesh….how would I remove spark plug #6?” With Seemage, you’d know. And this animation could be easily supplied on CD or a website to the service people at the dealership.

As impressive as clash detection is, note what Jonathan does after discovering the clash: he non-disruptively imports updated information into the scenario to resolve the issue...

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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 #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 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 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 #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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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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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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