Archive for July, 2010

32 bit SolidWorks in a 64 bit OS

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

So, you decided to get a 64 bit operating system so you could open up crazy huge SolidWorks assemblies eh? Whoa pretty nice! Is this a water cooled system? Golly, pulled out all the stops on this computer didn’t you!? What, did you say? You say you are still getting some memory issues even though you have 12 GB of RAM in this speed-demon? That seems a little unlikely, your files aren’t that big. Did you install the 64 bit version of SolidWorks? Oh yeah, with XP-64 it is still possible to install the 32 bit version! Go to your task manager -see that “*32″ next to the “sldworks.exe” process? You just got punked by your IT department! Do you have a moped motor in your sports car too? Get them to install the 64 bit version and enjoy life on Easy Street.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

A Way to Stay in the Middle

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Oreo cookies, grilled cheese, and jelly donuts. What do these things have in common besides tasting great? They all have stuff in the middle. You may have some designs where you need geometry between 2 faces. SolidWorks has a feature that you might not know about. It’s the Mid Surface feature. What it does is create a surface between 2 faces. The surface will move if the two faces move. It is located under Insert>Surface>Mid Surface.

With the surface in the middle, you can thicken it and make it a solid.
This helps build in some “Design Intent” and intelligence into your model.

Josh Spencer

Elite Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

Attention Greater Cincinnati, It’s Meeting Time

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The last Thursday, 29th of July, is the Greater Cincinnati User Group meeting.
The meeting will be hosted at Harris Corporation, Broadcast Communications Division and will start at 5:30. The address of Harris Corp is 4393 Digital Way, Mason, OH 45040
Here’s the Agenda:
1. 5:30pm to 6:10pm – Networking, food and drinks
2. 6:15pm to 6:25pm – Host, Harris Corp., BCD Welcome – Dave Koontz
3. 6:30pm to 7:30pm – Multi body part modeling vs assemblies and how it is used in sheetmetal – Todd Bryant
4. 7:35pm to 8:15pm – The Other Project BUB, Part 2 – Land Speed Racing Designs for Bonneville – David Woodruff
5. 8:15pm to 8:30pm – Giveaways, Q&A, next meeting date
I will be at the meeting to answering all of the technical SolidWorks questions.

Please RSVP for the meeting:

I hope to see everyone there.

Josh Spencer

Elite Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

SolidWorks Customer Satisfaction Survey

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

SolidWorks has again commissioned an independent marketing firm to conduct a customer satisfaction survey. As a result, you may receive an email from inviting you to participate. This is a legitimate invitation and is not spam. We encourage you to take the opportunity to provide feedback and participate in the survey. As a valued customer your opinions and experiences are extremely important to help SolidWorks and 3DVision continue to improve your productivity. It is expected to take just 10 to 15 minutes and we look forward to your feedback. Participants who complete the survey may be eligible to win a Dell mobile workstation or one of five passes to SolidWorks World 2011.

If you are a 3DVision customer and you missed the email, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey. Your feedback is appreciated.

Click Here to Begin!

Thanks for your feedback!

Scott High

Technical Services Manager 3DVision Technologies

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Thursday, July 8th, 2010

What do you think of our “paperless” society so far? Way to go prognosticators, got your jet packs all tangled up on that one.

Though SolidWorks’ DimXpert is really cool and I know some companies are adopting it, most companies are still creating and printing drawings.

If you can’t talk management into adopting the new, cool technologies, think you could talk them into using 1949 technology – the barcode?

They are actually very easy to use – they can be added by using nothing more than a special TrueType font on your drawing -many can be downloaded for free.

Add your note to your drawing, change the font to barcode and….

BarCode….now a barcode reader can read your note! (As long as you don’t use the new “Fit Text” property. Character spacing is important.)

What can you do with it you ask? Add this barcode to your drawing sheet format, link it to a custom file property – perhaps file name, PDM unique id, part number, etc. and your barcode will update as the properties update.

Now everyone down stream can quickly access information about your drawings.

There are a lot of inexpensive bar USB code readers that behave just like a computer keyboard. (They even use keyboard drivers.) When the reader sees the barcode, it simply inputs the value into your computer as if it came from your keyboard.

Simplest example, imagine the barcode is the file name, the user opens up a search window puts the cursor in the file name field, scans the barcode and the search starts…no typing!

I’ve written simple applications that simply watched for keyboard input, when it saw the barcode the routine searched for the file in the database and marked that file as arrived at that work station.

Think of all the locations barcodes could be used. Stockrooms, purchasing, manufacturing, shipping…just a very quick way for your users to input data into your system.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Battery Backups

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Does the power blink in your office? Are you worried about power surges?

Pull out a calculator. How much money does a blink in the power cost you? You’ve told Patrick 60 times to save more often, but you bet at best he only saves his work before he goes to lunch and before he goes home at the end of the day.

(Two hours of lost work) X (engineering burden rate of $55/hour). -You can get a pretty nice UPS battery backup for him for that cost.

An ROI the first time you use it, plus you can sleep better during thunderstorms knowing the hardware is surge protected? If only all of your decisions were this easy.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

GUI is for the birds

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Great Aunt Eleanor took some time today away from her World of WarCraft to offer this advice: “Why do with a mouse what you can do with the keyboard?”

I blinked slowly as she handed me this listing of keyboard shortcuts you can use in the SolidWorks Enterprise PDM reference dialogs (check in, check out, change state etc.)

CTRL+A Select all items in file list
CTRL+L Check out all files (from the earlier versions when “lock” meant “checkout”)
CTRL+U Check in all files (unlock)
CTRL+K Keep all files checked out
CTRL+G Get all files
CTRL+R Increase revision on all files
CTRL+N Undo check out on all files
CTRL+O Remove local copies of all files
CTRL+S Use latest version of all files

After she shared this list with me, she went back to her game muttering about getting a keyboard shortcut to catch Mr. T.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

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