Archive for January, 2010

3DVision Sessions at SolidWorks World

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Today it is snowing in 3DVision land – its been cold/rainy/snowy for weeks…the only thing keeping me going is knowing that next week is SolidWorks World in Southern California.

If you are going to SolidWorks World you were recently sent a list with all the technical sessions that will be going on…and there are a lot! (20 in just the first hour alone!) I was going to go through the list and recommend a few to you, but Richard Doyle has already done this and since my motto has always been: “Why do what you can hyperlink to?” …start here and work your way forward.

Go through Richard’s list with your yellow highlighter to mark the sessions that look interesting, then get out your orange highlighter and mark these sessions put on by the 3DVision group.

Reuben Felsheim – Monday 2:45PM – SolidWorks Drawings – Tips n Tricks  – (hands on)

  • A hands on that I hope you have signed up for! Reuben’s been in technical support for a number of years and knows the pitfalls users run into with drawings. Can you imagine a better learning experience than sitting at a computer with one of the best standing behind you as your wing man?

Jeff Sweeney – Monday – 2:45PM – Design for Reuse

  • This is going to be a “Tips and Tricks” session showing some ideas I’ve run across to help you model your parts so they be used in multiple assemblies. (especially library parts) IMHO, the highlight is a little trick I picked up working with imported bodies.

Randy Simmons & Jeff Sweeney – Monday – 4:30PM – File Management with and without PDM

  • Randy and I team up for this exciting session. I think this session will be ideal for two user types: 1. Users looking for advanced data management tips and tricks but don’t have PDM and 2.Users curious to learn what a PDM system could do for them. Randy does most of the heavy lifting in this one, I am mostly there to be eye candy for the ladies in the audience.

Randy Simmons – Tuesday – 10:30AM – Hands on Introduction to SolidWorks Routing (Tubing/Conduit/Piping ONLY)

  • This is a hands on presentation, and since Randy is presenting, odds are that if you haven’t already signed up for it you aren’t getting in. If you get there early you can get on a “Will Call” list and maybe you can get lucky.

Scott High – Tuesday 1:30PM – Xpress Yourself – DriveWorksXpress

  • Last year Scott did a hands on session with DriveWorksXpress that got rave reviews, this year he takes his ideas to the masses in a general session.


Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Technical Alert – Critical Issue

Monday, January 25th, 2010

To all SolidWorks Users and Administrators,

I’d like to make sure you are aware of a critical hotfix that is available for SolidWorks. This hotfix addresses a critical issue that could cause unrecoverable damage to your files and operating system. The reach of this issue has been extremely limited, but do to the critical nature of the issue I wanted to reiterate that you read through the following SolidWorks Technical Alert to see if it applies to your organization. Look for the alert on the customer bulletins page below under “Critical Hotfix for PhotoWorks 64 bit”.

Customer Bulletins

You can find instructions on running the hotfix on the SolidWorks Forums at:

Hotfix Instructions

Over the past couple of days SolidWorks has been very proactive in communicating this to customers. But, on the chance that you haven’t heard, I wanted to post it here as well.

Scott High

Technical Services Manager 3DVision Technologies

Checking out older versions

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Hi, it’s Engineering Data Specialist Man with your tip of the randomly chosen time interval.

Imagine you have a file in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM that has two versions. Further imagine you wish to modify this file, but version one is actually a little bit closer to what you want than the second version.

If you “Get” version one, then check it out, Enterprise will get the latest version [in this example version two] first then give you write access. -Most of the time this is good, but not for this example ’cause you just went through the trouble to get version one!

So in this example, you have to check out the file first, then get the older version. When you check this file back in you would create a new version – version three.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Using the Wacom Cintiq with SolidWorks

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

In efforts to provide more valuable content to our followers, we decided last year that we would begin making some instructional YouTube videos.  Being the natural guinea pig that I am, I decided to give it a go.  This was just going to be a rough draft version full of spelling errors and horrible editing simply to get some initial feedback from the boss.  Well, almost a year later you might have noticed some of the nice short videos that have been posted up here lately.  Unfortunately, you may have also been one of the 12,000+ people that have seen my initial video experiment.  My only question I have for myself is – why the heck did I find it necessary to record an introduction??  Wow.  Embarrassing…

Anyways, if you haven’t seen it, just search “SolidWorks” on YouTube.  It’s called “Using the Wacom Cintiq with SolidWorks”, and it appears on the very first page of the search results!  Let it be a lesson to all that once you post a video to YouTube, there’s no further editing that can be done to that video (e.g. remove the intro!!).

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The cost of checking in a file

Monday, January 11th, 2010

“Hey Engineering Data Specialist Man, when working in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM how often should I check in a file?”

Well little Johnny, how much can you afford? Let’s do a little math: Let’s say the burden rate in your company for engineering is $100/hour. (Burden rate isn’t how much you make, but how much it costs for your company to keep you from quitting your job and moving in with Celine Dion. Salary, sick time, vacation, insurance, electricity, computers, not to mention the company Lexus they let you drive around in.)

Now imagine your computer’s hard drive dies. -Deadski. No data is coming off that newly created doorstop! If you weren’t checking in your file, you have no backups. So one day not checking in your file could cost the company $800, go a week and your company loses $4,000.

This is just lost time, we aren’t even considering the fact that others in your design team aren’t kept up to date with the latest designs.

If your IT department complains of all the versions that are created with each check in, show them the cold storage option, and remind them with every week of lost productivity $4000 could buy them a whole new server!

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies


Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

So as if HD wasn’t enough for the 2D world of television, ESPN recently announced that they are going to begin broadcasting sporting events in 3D.  This is all going to start with this year’s World Cup taking place in South Africa in June.  I am a huge fan of sports and obviously a pretty big fan of 3D as well.  However, I have no idea what to expect when I see football players scattered across my living room.  A lot of questions are beginning to pop into my head…  Where will we get those goofy glasses?  Will they be delivered in the TV Guides?  Are TV Guides still being printed?  Are companies going to begin producing “stylish” 3D glasses?

Anyways, my biggest question is – If 2D televisions are going to start displaying in 3D, what can we expect of 3D modeling software interfaces in the near future??

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