Archive for August, 2008

DriveWorksXpress is for people who like weekends

Friday, August 29th, 2008

DriveWorksXpress has been out for over a year now. If my surveys are correct, odds are you haven’t even looked at it.

Why? Do you like doing the “SaveAs”/”SaveAs Copy” dance? Do you enjoy making drawings so much that you would rather change references rather than learning something new? …oh I bet you like doing repetitive tasks…over and over again? [repetitive tasks over and over…I crack myself up.]

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then okay DWX isn’t for you. You are not near lazy enough for me to even look you in the eye.

…but…if you hate of tedious work -give it a look see. Heck, you already own it, it is built into SolidWorks 2008. Everyone can find a use for it, you don’t have to be an “Engineer To Order” company. — If ever you start parts from existing parts; or assemblies from existing assemblies this baby is your ticket to early weekends. Do you have 5 minutes for me to prove me right?

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

PhotoView 360 versus PhotoWorks

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Sample PhotoView 360 ImagePhotoView 360 represents the latest in technology for balancing high quality image output with ease of use. The technology base for PhotoView 360 is new and was co-developed with Luxology, a leader in photorealistic rendering technology.  PhotoView 360 is fast and very easy to use –you may begin to create photorealistic renderings of your designs as a communication tool. It really can be as simple as opening your file in SolidWorks and you can start rendering right away!

PhotoWorks, introduced back in ’96, is built into SolidWorks Office, Professional and Premium.  PhotoWorks provides excellent image creation capability in the hands of experienced users and can even create rendered animations where needed. There are a lot more settings, and as such you have a little more control over your output.

For SolidWorks 2009, designers can use either PhotoView 360 or PhotoWorks to create photorealistic renderings of their designs. PhotoView 360 is available now as a free download from the SolidWorks website.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Central Ohio SolidWorks User Group Annoucement

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

COSUG’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 30th.
The meeting will be held at Aerosport Modeling and Design in Canal Winchester.  Aerosport specializes in prototyping and the meeting will include a tour of their new shop, including the latest in stereo lithography and CNC machines, as well as an informative presentation.  As usual we will plan on an evening meeting and provide pizza and sodas.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

What’s New in SolidWorks 2009 dates and times announced

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

3DVision has now announced the dates/times and locations for the SolidWorks 2009 roll out event.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

“Round Table” meeting with SolidWorks Developers

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

The Miami Valley SolidWorks User Group has called an “emergency meeting”! (the meeting on September 18th is still on)

The HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT for TOOLBOX, a QUALITY ASSURANCE ENGINEER, and a TOOLBOX SOFTWARE DEVELOPER, from SolidWorks is coming in next Thursday (Aug 28). They have agreed to have a round-table meeting with any of our users to discuss not only Toolbox questions/issues, but ANYTHING SolidWorks related (enhancements, complaints, wishes, etc.).  SolidWorks is currently finalizing their “list” of items for 2010, so this meeting has very good timing !

The meeting is scheduled to be at Gander Mountain from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

R.S.V.P to Don Hope, space is limited.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

PC on a stick

Friday, August 15th, 2008

What’s better than free?

…yeah I can’t think of anything either. For the past few days I have been playing with a fun little application named Mojopac.

Think of it as a way to have SolidWorks on a stick but now you have an entire OS too! PC on a stick! …or even PC on a iPod! (I am using a portable hard drive) It feels a lot like Virtual PC except you do not have to buy an additional OS and it is portable.

The free version does not allow you to use it for commercial use (there is a version you can buy) but it is great fun to play around with. I have installed SolidWorks 2009 on it. Pretty snappy!

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM number assigner

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

It appears the folks at SolidWorks heard my gripe about their naming convention. Though the name couldn’t be much longer.

SolidWorks’ virtual components are so, so sweet. The fact that SolidWorks Enterprise PDM supports them adds just a bit more butter on top of the piece of toast. …but…what if you need to assign a virtual component a part number before you save it out as its own file? You cannot use SolidWorks Enterprise PDM’s serial number generator because you have no way to get the number nor tell the generator you manually assigned a number.

Here is a nice little SolidWorks macro to get you started. It simply finds the next available serial number and returns it to the user in a message box. The user can use this assigned number in anyway he chooses.

[You’ll need to replace “Trains” with your vault name and “PartNumber” with the name of your serial number.]

'remember to add PDMWE Type Lib as a reference!
Sub main()
Dim objVault As IEdmVault8
Dim objSerNoGenerator As IEdmSerNoGen6
Set objVault = New EdmVault5
objVault.LoginAuto "Trains", 0 'use name of your vault
Set objSerNoGenerator = objVault
strNewNumber = objSerNoGenerator.GenerateSerNo(_
"PartNumber", 0, "", 0, 0, 0, 0)
MsgBox "The next avaliable part number is: " _
& strNewNumber
Set objSerNoGenerator = Nothing
Set objVault = Nothing
End Sub

Anytime you need the next avaliable serial number this could be used. i.e. files added via Pack and Go, drag and drop…

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

SolidWorks 2009 pre-release

Monday, August 4th, 2008

The first pre-release of SolidWorks 2009 is out. This release still isn’t intended for production, but we can now at least talk about it outside of the beta confidentiality agreement.

2009 appears to be a pretty good release, I think I am going to like it better than 2008 even though there aren’t as many “big hitter” new features. Download it and give it a spin.

I think my favorite new thing is that they have finally ported SolidWorks 2009 to the Commodore 64 (VIC-20 is due SP2). No more hassle with the RealView graphics cards and video drivers. 16 colors and a 40 character display are for me! It is on 783 cassette tapes, so ensure your mailing address has a loading dock. Estimated download times with your 300 baud modem are 43 months, assuming your mom doesn’t pick up the other extension during the download. The SID chip really sounds good during collision detection.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Comparing Results from Multiple Studies/Physical Tests

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Did you know that you can compare data between multiple studies by using functionality in COSMOS called COMPARE TEST DATA?

Let us take an example of a model with multiple studies defined. We are interested in comparing the stress and displacement results at a specific strain gauge location (located by a vertex shown in the figure).










You can access the compare test data tool by right clicking on the part/assembly name as shown.


In the Compare pop-up window, the user is required to select the vertex where the data is to be studied by clicking the “ADD” button. The user can select the type of quantity to be studied there as well (stress, displacement etc.).In the bottom portion of this window, the user can select which studies are to be compared. Once the user selects the “COMPARE” button, COSMOS would list out the results by comparing the different quantities against the selected studies.


Upon assigning the vertex/vertices where the result quantity is to be studied, as well as the studies in the bottom panel which are used in the comparison, the values are computed. These results are shown in the adjoining figure. Note that the percentage deviation from the first study in the list is also indicated in the columns. This helps estimate the error/eccentricity in results when comparing multiple “what-if” scenarios.


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Miami Valley SolidWorks User Group Meeting Announcement

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Be the first kid on your block to see what is new in SolidWorks 2009…

Date: September 18, 2008
Time: 05:30 PM – 08:30 PM
Length: 3 Hours 0 Minutes
Location: Gander Mountain
8001 Old Troy Pike
Huber Heights, OH 45424

5:30–6:00pm – Registration, food, and networking
6:00-7:00pm – Avelino Rochino from SolidWorks presentation on Sheet Metal-CSWP
7:00–7:10pm, Break
7:10–8:10pm, Randy Simmons is going to do the abbreviated version of what’s new in 2009
8:10–8:20pm, Discussion about next meeting date and what we would like to cover
8:20–8:30pm, Wrap-up and prize giveaways

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

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