Archive for September, 2013

INDENT w/ Cut is not indent at all…

Thursday, September 19th, 2013


Ever wanted to do a COMBINE — Subtract function but KEEP both bodies ?

You can’t do it with the Combine command, but you CAN with the INDENT command !

Yep, inside of INDENT is a little radio button option for “CUT”.   If you turn this on it will basically do what the “subtract” option in the Combine command does, but it will NOT go ahead and get rid of the body used for “cutting”.

This can come in handy in mold design for making cores, etc.

Of course there is a CORES tool too…  but that’s another story…

HAVE FUN playing with your new found toy, the Indent with CUT !

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

“How 3D Printing Benefits Surgical Device Design” Global Spec Webinar

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The medical industry has always thrived on innovation. With 3D printing, for example, new medical device designs, training aids, and other ideas to improve patient care are possible.

Understand how 3D Printing is impacting the medical field by attending the Global Spec webinar, “How 3D Printing Benefits Surgical Device Design.”

Date: September 27th, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Attendees will learn how Florida Hospital’s Institute for Surgical Advancement is using Connex 3D printing technology from Stratasys to develop better and more efficient surgical devices. Connex multi-material 3D printing gives engineers and physicians the ability to simulate diverse mechanical and physical properties – from rubber to rigid, opaque to transparent – in standard to ABS-grade. More than 100 different materials and a large build envelope allow virtually endless possibilities for true product realism.

Key Take-Aways:

• Understand how 3D Printing is impacting the medical field
• Learn how multiple-durometer material capabilities, combined with large build envelopes, help engineers optimize concept designs and speed product verification
• Discover how to properly diagnose your surgical device prototyping needs

To learn more about this webinar, click here.

To register for this webinar, click here.

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

EPDM Migration Case Study – Migrate Twice?!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

It is many company’s goal to fix their data as they migrate it into SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. – No broken references, data cards accurately populated, no missing files, etc.

If companies choose to do their migration themselves, they’ll typically choose to either dump the data into the vault (via drag/drop) and fix it “later”, or they’ll bring the files into the vault as needed.

The downsides to these are that a good percentage of the files never get fixed (people never get around to fixing them), or files become lost –over time, employees forget the procedures for finding files outside of the vault.

I am working with a company that has come up with an interesting solution to these issues. They are “migrating” the data twice! They created a directory off of the root of the vault, and into it, they just dumped their legacy data in from their Windows file structure into EPDM with Windows drag and drop.

These files, as they are, don’t have much information in them -just a bunch of files in a familiar directory structure. If they want to know more about the files, they need to dig through records in their external Lotus Notes database. To ensure users don’t use these files as they are, they are in a workflow that users outside of the Engineering department cannot see.

Now as files are needed for production, they move them into the proper production folders in this manner:

  1. They use Lou Gallo’s “Move Tree” application to ensure the entire assembly structure is moved into the proper folders – the drawing and all components can easily be moved in a single step
  2. They have a custom EPDM add-in that moves the files into their production workflow and populates the file’s data cards with information calculated from the file’s new environment
  3. PigeonHole is used to find the correct corresponding record inside their Notes database and populates their data card with description, revision, drawn date, original author, etc.

Groovy Benefits:

  • Users must update the files to the new company standards; but only as the files are needed. (No use fixing files that will never be used.)
  • Files in the “production” part of the vault can be trusted because they have been updated by the users.
  • Since the files are in the vault from the beginning, they are protected, backed up and searchable.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Group your EPDM Search Favorites

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

There are many ways to group together things you like. g+ has circles; facebook has, …well facebook doesn’t have anything; and SolidWorks Enterprise PDM allows you to keep your search favorites in folders.

When you choose to save your search as a favorite:


Put the name of the folder you want the search to be stored in followed by a backslash. (In the example below, a search favorite “ECNs to be approved” will exist in a folder named “ECNs”)


Now your searches are grouped together in your own custom search folders!


If the folder doesn’t already exist it will automatically be created.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Update your EPDM Data Cards with ODBC

Friday, September 6th, 2013

New, in in the advanced features section of PigeonHole 1.6, you have the ability to connect your SolidWorks Enterprise PDM data cards to your ODBC compatible databases.


Now you have three choices to connect to databases:

  • Connect to a SQL server given: Server, Database, User name and Password (The user name and password are not required if the user has a trusted connection to the database)
  • Connect to an ODBC database through an ODBC DSN (data source name) With this choice; Database, User name and Password may be optional, depending on how much information is stored within the DSN.
  • Enter the full ODBC connection string

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Where is your file shared?

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

The ability to have the exact same file exist in more than one location within your SolidWorks Enterprise PDM vault can be a huge time saver. The difficulty sometimes is that once a file has been shared, it can be difficult to tell where the file has been shared.

If the file has not been deleted, you can search for the file –a separate listing of the file should appear for each share.

I think it is easier to RMB click on the file and choose “Properties” from Windows Explorer.

A file that is shared will have a “Links” tab. This tab shows all the locations where this file exists.


Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

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