Archive for October, 2009

Enterprise 2010 is released and DriveWorks shows

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Enterprise 2010 was released Tuesday. Download it now!

I have three DriveWorks webinars coming up in November. One each on DriveWorksXpress, Solo and Professional. Sign up for one of them -the cost is right.

Two topics – one blog. Your lucky day.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Working with file paths in .NET

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Since I do a lot of file manipulations in my custom routines, my programming snippets library is full of little string manipulator functions written for the use of manipulating strings containing file paths.

Today I ran across the “Path” class in the System.IO namespace. Where has this been all my life?! (Well since the 1.1 .Net framework.) Check out this class! GetFileNameWithoutExtension, GetExtension, GetPathRoot, GetDirectoryName, ChangeExtension, etc.

If I had all the time back that I have spent writing my own versions of these methods I’d be 12 years old.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Dimension Printers Available at Reduced Price

Monday, October 26th, 2009

While I realize that its usually us gals who enjoy a decent sale, I can’t help but to believe that all of you will take some serious interest in the following.

Last week Dimension announced that they have several Demo/Tradeshow units now available at a significantly reduced price. (Imagine Black Friday one month early and only for printers.)

How significant you ask? Significant enough to get this girl excited and in this economy that’s saying a lot.

Right now you have a shot at the following, but remember, these aren’t going to last for long so I strongly encourage you to call your sales rep immediately if you are thinking of making a purchase in 2009.

uPrint Personal Printer – $11,920
BST 768 – $14,000
BST1200ES – $15,120
SST1200ES – $26,320
Elite – $23,920

Happy shopping!

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Capone tracked documents world-wide

Monday, October 26th, 2009

ABC has canceled our mini-series, Mr. Rivera has left in a huff saying that he had not been disrespected so much since Hugh Downs kept thinking he was an intern and always sent him out to get coffee.

Geraldo left with this item screen shot on his screen:
Since Al had a world wide business, it would be logical that he was using SolidWorks Enterprise PDM for its multi-site capabilities. Though he quickly learned each business unit had different manufacturing capabilities. For an example: some groups could not get ANSI steel or perhaps some of their ERP system had part number limitations that other did not. Thus it appears Capone created an item card for his parts that were created in other countries. If a designer wanted to use a part that was already in the system but wanted a localized part number or material, he didn’t have to bump the revision of the file to had his local information, he simply updated the item card.

I’m going to miss working with Geraldo, I though we had a good thing going there. Perhaps I can do a mini-series with Celine Dion soon.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Capone used Enterprise to track his stockroom

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Geraldo continues…

“Welcome back from our break. Today we find ourselves in Al Capone’s server room across the street from where the Lexington Hotel once stood, examining Al Capone’s Enterprise Vault, seen Tuesdays on ABC 9:00 Eastern, 8:00 Central. It appears Al had an item card created especially for his stocked items as well, here is their item card.”


“I am sure it was very helpful to his designers to know what was available on hand. Though I notice there are many versions of each of these items, this must be due to the fact that the users had to check in/out the card every time the stock room quantities changed.  Seems a little bit wasteful doesn’t it Engineering Datra Specialist man?”

Yeah Geraldo, it would be nice if we had a special control that could be modified without checking the item in and out over and over…like a control directly connected to a database value. This is an enhancement request I have sent in several times now. However, since items are only a record in a database, checking the item in and out over and over is a small price to pay considering Al was able to get control over his stock room with a tool he already owned because it was included in his PDM system.

Geraldo? Where did you go? There is one more tab on this item card… Geraldo?!

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Al Capone’s manufacturing process

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

After looking at how Capone tracked his training documents you have to wonder if even the mob was afraid of ISO?!

Come on Geraldo, it is getting cold in here in Al Capone’s server room. (Kept at a cool 50 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum chip performance.)  Go to the SolidWorks models that Capone used to retrofit his famous bullet proof Cadillac. Can you find any?

“Can I find any? With Enterprise’s search features, is that a joke Engineering Data Specialist man? Yes, it appears all of Capone’s parts marked for manufacturer have an item card that looks like this:

It appears he set up the card to track not only where the parts were in his shop, but how long there were at each station. Since items can go through workflows just as any other document, Capone was able to streamline his manufacturing process with SolidWorks Enterprise PDM workflows! This show is going to win me another Emmy!”

It might Geraldo, I think this series may win a Bloggie too…anything else in Al Capone’s vault?

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Rivera learns of training in Capone’s Enterprise Vault

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

My original plan was to have Geraldo Rivera take over today’s blog, but he claims he can no longer type since his nose was broken, so I’ll continue with the narration.

Okay Geraldo, what does the next tab look like in Capone’s item master?

“Well Engineering Data Specialist Man, it appears Capone had an extensive training program. Many of his training documents have an item card associated with them to track who has actually reviewed each document. In the past, I’ve seen some elaborate workflows created to accomplish the same thing but I have to remark using the item master to track this information certainly simplifies the process.”

Clever indeed Geraldo, what else can we find in Al Capone’s Enterprise Vault? …

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

The mystery of Al Capone’s Enterprise Vault

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Today Geraldo Rivera and I will explore the mysterious SolidWorks Enteprise Vault owned by Al Capone. I wanted this to be a short little blog entry of how Al Capone used the Item Master inside of Enterprise, but Geraldo wants to make this a five part mini-series to air on ABC during sweeps week.

Item Centric PDM ability was introduced in Enterprise 2009 service pack two. Since that time there has been nothing but mystery around it. “What good is it?” People have been asking. Now, here in Capone’s server room we can see just how the Item Master could be used in industry!

The best way to think of what an item is is to imagine a datacard with no corresponding file. This item can [optionally] be linked to a file and thus be used to further describe properties of the file. What is nice is that an item can be checked in and out of the vault independently of the file, allowing you to update information about the file without changing its revision.

Geraldo has the cameras grouped around him, it appears he has found Capone’s item card. It looks just like a datacard. This one has several tabs across the top, one of them is marked “Vendor Information”


Geraldo explains: “As you can see here Al Capone was able to track his vendor information with this customizable item card right within Enterprise, now he could store pricing information in Enterprise and not have to change the revision of a part if the vendor’s price changed. Hey, is that Michelle Malkin in that picture?”

Take it easy there Geraldo, that is not a picture of Michelle. Let’s see what other tabs Capone has on his item card…

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

SolidWorks 2010 is ready for download

Monday, October 19th, 2009

SolidWorks 2010 is now ready for download on the SolidWorks web site.

Laissez les bons temps rouler

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

2010 Rollouts – Recap

Monday, October 19th, 2009

The “What’s New in 2010″ rollouts are nearly over. We have one prime time show in Dayton on November 5th, and a webinar tomorrow. I expect the Dayton rollout to be a huge success since it is in the evening and we don’t have to compete with Oprah.

SolidWorks 2010 seems to be very well received, many people I surveyed are planning on rolling it out in their companies very soon, a slight change from previous releases where many people planned on waiting a service pack or two before upgrading.

It is fun to watch the group’s reaction as they see the new features for the first time. I was rather surprised, but the  area where I saw the most high fives was with the drawing enhancements!

For those of you who like to put a face to the name, Keith Rice made an appearance at the Columbus rollout.


It’s always fun to get the new guy to wear a tie!

It was good seeing everyone again –till the end of January!

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

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