Archive for February, 2012

3DVision Technologies Partners with TransMagic Expert

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

3DVision Technologies is thrilled to announce the addition of TransMagic Expert to its broad selection of CAD products and solutions.

TransMagic Expert is designed for companies who have CAD conversion problems. TransMagic is packed with new technology that is revolutionizing the reuse of 3D CAD data. With the ability to convert CAD files into any format, streamlining the flow of data throughout your organization or supply chain. Companies can now leverage their CAD data investment, with confidence, over and over, for any purpose.

At TransMagic the primary focus is developing high quality, multi-CAD interoperability solutions. TransMagic products are easy to use, highly efficient and enable seamless reuse of 3D engineering and manufacturing data in multiple software environments.

Please join us in welcoming TransMagic to the 3DVision family. For more information TransMagic visit their website at www.TransMagic.com or email 3DVision at info@3dvision.com

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

DriveWorks 9

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Today at SolidWorks World, the partner pavilion opened at 6:00. At 6:00:30, I was at the DriveWorks booth so I could be the very first to see the new DriveWorks 9.

If you thought DriveWorks 8 had a nice web interface, you were wrong. The new DriveWorks 9 interface is smooth, pretty and fast. …and here is the best part, the 3D viewer works in nearly any web browser -no eDrawings. It is certainly built to show off your products! Stop by their booth, or wait until the DriveWorks web site unveils the new functionality Friday.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

SolidWorks World Advice

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

SWW

There are lots of great things about SolidWorks World, but the most important part is the breakout sessions. Tons of topics taught by the authorities in their field. You want to attend them all but at best you’ll be able to attend 8% of them <citation needed>. Why can’t you attend a higher percentage? Because there are so many presentations going on at the same time and few are repeated. So you need to plan, you need to plan now.

When you register at SolidWorks World you’ll received two documents. An agenda book telling you when the breakout sessions are and a book listing the topics of the breakout sessions.

[Soapbox]I have gone to every SolidWorks World since the beginning (except the one in Boston, and no body went to that one) this is a complaint I have had since day one. It is very difficult to cross reference these two documents. The agenda just gives you the title, so you think “Oh this may be interesting, tell me more!” Then you have to spend minutes trying to find it in the topics book….or looking through the topics: “Saaaaay, what time is this session?”, now you have to spend time digging through the agenda. I complain about this every year, but my pain is never heard.[/Soapbox]

Since choosing the breakout sessions is “painful”, spend time planning now -not when Josh Mings and Lou Gallo are challenging each other to a food eating contests in the lobby…too many distractions. Go to the SolidWorks World site and preselect your sessions http://www.solidworks.com/sww/2701_ENU_HTML.htm this isn’t setting your sessions in stone, you can always change, but it is a great planning tool. Certainly better than trying to do it just before the sessions begin.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

How to Organize your SolidWorks Template Files

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

PROBLEM:

Have you ever noticed how disorganized all your default SolidWorks files are (document templates, sheet formats, BOM’s, cut lists, custom property templates, etc.)?  After a default installation, they are all randomly crammed into a handful of directories including but not limited to the locations listed below:

  • C:\Program Files\SolidWorks\SolidWorks\data\
  • C:\Program Files\SolidWorks\SolidWorks\lang\english\
  • C:\ProgramData\SolidWorks\SolidWorks\

There’s something extremely dangerous about storing your customized files in directories like the ones listed above.  What happens if you upgrade?  Uninstall?  Reinstall?  Files in your ‘Program Files’ directory are not safe, so why store all your customized templates there?  How are you going to share your customized files with the rest of your co-workers?

SOLUTION:

Download and run:

sw_files_2012

This executable file will automatically extract a ‘SolidWorks Files’ directory to your C:\ drive with a host of sub-folders that mimic the list of file locations available in your system options (see image below).  I’ve already organized these folders to include all of the default 2012 template file sets.

solidworks_custom

To finish the setup, a PDF file will automatically open explaining the finishing touches that need to be completed.  Pay attention to the fact that the instructions you need to follow vary depending on whether you’re setting up the files for multiple users or just a single user.

BONUS:

You’ll also notice that I’ve included a handful of bonus files along with the file set:

  • Document Templates
  • Sheet Formats
  • Drafting Standards
  • Custom Property Tab Template
  • My personal keyboard shortcuts, mouse gestures, and toolbar layout

You can read an explanation of these additional files by clicking here.

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Jordan Tadic

Certified Elite Application Engineer 3DVision Technologies

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