Archive for May, 2013

An Introduction to DriveWorks Pro Webinar Thursday, June 6th from 11am-12pm

Friday, May 31st, 2013

From a single seat to enterprise-wide deployments, DriveWorks software has been developed to suit the needs of most companies that design and configure-to-order.

This 30 minute webinar will provide an introduction to the DriveWorks Products available and in particular it will illustrate DriveWorks Pro capability using a number of online projects that you can try for yourself after the event.

You will see how you can use DriveWorks locally or on the web to generate manufacturing drawings, 3D Models and sales documents automatically.

To sign up for this webinar click here.

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

Direct Editing on Imported Geometry

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Imported data can become parametric with direct editing tools inside of SolidWorks.  If you are moving from a different CAD system or if you work with many different file types, you may need to modify them.  This modification can be moving a hole or changing the depth of a cut or virtually anything else.

SolidWorks has a feature called “Move Face” which does the direct editing.  You can offset faces, move faces linearly, or rotate faces.  It can be found under Insert>Face>Move.

When you offset a face, you can change the distance in a single direction.  If you have a hole, you would use this to change the hole diameter.


When you would use the translate option in “Move Face”, you have the ability to use a triad to move linearly.  You can move multiple faces or a single face with a triad in a specified direction and distance.



The final option in the “Move Face” command is to rotate faces.  You rotate based on the triad and the value you specify.



When you make these “moves”, a feature is created in the feature tree.  The “Move Face” command is making your imported body a Parametric part right before your eyes.  This tool is available in all versions of SolidWorks.

This can also be used on “non-imported” parts.  So models created with SolidWorks features can still have the “Move Face” command used on them.



Josh Spencer

Elite Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

What More can DriveWorks do for You and Your Company? Here’s the Answer:

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Using DriveWorksXpress, but you’re wondering what more DriveWorks can do for you and your company? Here’s the answer:

In addition to automating repetitive design engineering tasks, DriveWorks Solo has the capability of generating the outputs and documentation you need to manufacture and sell variations of your products automatically.

• 3D models
• 2D drawings
• Template documents (sales quotes, cover letters, etc.)

This is all accomplished with the same time saving, quality control you experienced in DriveWorksXpress, with the additional benefits of:

Customizable Forms to Aid Selections
Preview Results – 3D Models, Drawings and Document
Re-use Existing Company Data
Template Documents for Responding to Sales Enquiries
New Files Created Automatically

What about those rules though? The DriveWorks Rules Wizard is built with a logical and intuitive interface. Rule Building uses Excel-style syntax so custom code or programming knowledge is not required. There’s also the DriveWorks Little Book of Rules, that covers everything you need to know about writing rules!

Sound like something you would like to try? Then try it! Sign up now for a 30 day free trial!

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

DriveWorks Solo- For a Limited time, get 3 seats for the price of 2!

Friday, May 24th, 2013

For a limited time only, you can get 3 seats of DriveWorks Solo for the price of 2. With this offer you not only get 1 seat of DriveWorks Solo entirely free, subscription support is included on all 3 seats for the first year! DriveWorks also offers FREE online training at the end of every month held by a Certified DriveWorks Solo Applications Engineer, so you can learn how easy it is to become a DriveWorks Solo expert.

For more information, please email 3DVision Technologies at

For a quote, click here.

Remember this offer is only valid until June 30th, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

Reminder: The Northeast Ohio SolidWorks User Group (NEOSWUG) Annual Cookout is Thursday, May 30th

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Just a reminder that the NEOSWUG annual cookout will be held on Thursday, May 30th. This is the last meeting before summer break. Burgers, hot dogs, buns, beverages, condiments and paper products will be provided. Group members are asked to bring side-dishes and desserts.

The event will be held at:
Furnace Run Metro Park at the Brushwood Pavilion
4955 Townsend Rd.
Richfield, OH 44286

Cookout Agenda:
5:00 Set-up charcoal start
5:30 Start cooking, Grill-Master volunteers need to arrive at this time.
6:00 Start eating & networking
6:30 CNC-101 (HSMWorks Express) with Tim Cochrane
7:15 Break, group business, prizes
7:30 SolidWorks Q&A with Jordan Tadic & then Simulation Pro with Robert Warren of 3DVision Technologies.
8:45 Clean-up

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

Register Now for the Northern Indiana SolidWorks User Group (NISWUG) Meeting Tuesday, June 18th

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

3DVision invites you to register for the Northern Indiana SolidWorks User Group (NISWUG) Meeting Tuesday, June 18th. 3DVision Technologies’ Application Engineer, Chris Snider, will be presenting. The event will take place from 5-8pm and there will also be food provided.

The event will be hosted at:
Comfort Inn & Suites
27838 CR 24
Elkhart, IN 46517

Meeting Agenda:
5:00 – 5:30 Meet, greet and eat
5:30 – 5:45 Group discussion
5:45 – 6:00 Break
6:00 – 6:45 Chris Snider, Application Engineer at 3DVision Technologies ” Large Assemblies, Using Speedpak & Managing”
6:45 – 7:00 Break
7:00 – 7:45 Chris Snider, Application Engineer at 3DVision Technologies ” Intro to SolidWorks Composer (3DVIA)”
7:45 – 8:00 Giveaways and wrapup

Please RSVP to to help determine food required.

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

Register Now for the Greater Evansville Area SolidWorks User Group (GEASWUG) Meeting Thursday, June 20th

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

3DVision invites you to register for the Greater Evansville Area SolidWorks User Group (GEASWUG) Meeting Thursday, June 20th. There will be some interesting information shared by Beau Buente of Westech Building Products, Inc on Configuration Publisher. The event will take place from 5-8pm and there will also be food provided.

Meeting Agenda:
5:00: Doors open
5:00 – 5:30 Network and Dinner
5:30 – 5:45 Opening Remarks
5:45 – 6:45 Beau Buente of Westech Building Products, Inc “Configure This?”
6:45 – 7:00 Break
7:00 – 8:00 Sam Golan & Tim Hogan of PAS Technologies “Directly from SW model or drawing the entire inspection lifecycle is automated”
8:00 – 8:30 Network

The event will be hosted at:
The University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712
Building: Business and Engineering
Room: 0035

For more information or to RSVP for the event, please click here.

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

Isometric Center Mark

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Ever wanted to put a Center Mark on an Isometric view in a drawing ?


You can’t do it with the regular “Center Mark” tool, but the video below shows a pretty good solution…



And here is the .sldblk file I created…      ISO CENTER MARK .sldblk

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

Parameters and Design Studies

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

In my opinion, one of the most underutilized tools in SolidWorks Simulation is the Design Study.  Design studies allow you to easily set up a number of ‘what if’ scenarios and run them all with the click of a button.  Sure, it might take a couple extra minutes to set up a few parameters, but the extra setup time will pay off handsomely later.

Let’s take a look at the effects of varying mesh size for a stress concentration.  The first step is to create and run a Simulation Study to verify the model setup and boundary conditions.  Second, set up a parameter for the global element size.  Third, create a design study, using that parameter as a variable.  Finally, add a constraint; in this case we’ll use the maximum stress from the Simulation study we previously created.  When these steps are complete, run the design study and all of the scenarios with the click of a button!

Setting up a Parameter can be done in (at least) two ways.  From the Evaluation tab of your Command Manager, you can left-click the down arrow on the Design Study icon and choose ‘Parameters’.  Alternately, from your Simulation feature tree, you can right-click on “Parameters” and choose ‘Edit/Define…’. The keys to creating a Parameter are to provide a name, choose the appropriate category, then link that parameter to the item you want to vary in the design study.  In this example, I want to link the Parameter to ‘Global Element’ size, so I’ll click on the Mesh icon from my Simulation study feature tree.

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The next step is to insert a Design Study into your model.  Use the down-arrows to add the Element Size variable to the Design Study.  In the second column, I chose to use discrete values for element size.  These can be typed in using a comma to separate values.  In the Constraints section, use the pull-down menu to add a Simulation Data Sensor to the model, specifically to monitor the maximum stress.  Be sure to choose the Simulation study you want the sensor to reference for data.  Then un-check the ‘Optimization’ box and click ‘Run’.

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When the Design Study is finished running all of the scenarios, you will have a plot for each constraint utilized.  In the picture below, the stress plot from one of the scenarios is shown.  I’ve also added a ‘Local Trend Graph‘ to show the stress concentration model does, indeed, show a diverging solution with regards to stress.

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I could have arrived at the same information in a couple of ways not utilizing a Design Study.  The most common method I encounter is a user creating ten Simulation studies, then manually meshing each with a different Global Element size.  That is, quite simply, a waste of time!  The extra few minutes spent creating Parameters and properly defining a Design Study can be done much faster than creating several individual studies.  I’m certain with a little investigation you can find plenty of uses for this powerful tool.  Now go make your products better with SolidWorks Simulation!

Bill Reuss

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

3D Printing Webinar – Printed Prototypes Feature Overmolded Parts

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Any engineer working with CAD/CAM software knows the value of having a physical model in hand. Now, thanks to advanced 3D printing technology, engineers can create prototype models featuring overmodeled or soft touch parts, all in one procedure.

Additive manufacturing technology has advanced so far that 3D printed prototypes are not only used for design validation but also for testing form, fit and function. Now, thanks to advanced 3D printing technology, engineers can create prototype models featuring overmodeled or soft touch parts, all in one procedure.

Traditionally, an overmold or soft touch part – as commonly found on power tools, consumer electronics and medical devices – takes days to create and produce. With PolyJet Connex technology, these parts can be made simultaneously, saving time and money.

With PolyJet Connex technology, resolution is high and multiple flexibilities or durometers are possible.

You are personally invited to join Stratasys and PolyJet expert, Randy Stevens, for a presentation devoted to multi-material 3D printing solutions for enhanced prototype development.

Who Should Attend:
– Engineering Managers and Directors
– Design Engineers
– Product Designers
– Manufacturing Engineers
– Plant Managers and Directors

When: May 23, 2013 @ 2PM EDT

To register, Click here.

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

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