Archive for January, 2011

InspectionXpert for SolidWorks Achieves Gold Partner Status

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Extensible CAD Technologies LLC, global providers of CAD and PLM productivity software announced last week that longtime Partner Product, InspectionXpert for SolidWorks has achieved Certified Gold Partner status.

Engineering and Quality departments all over the world use InspectionXpert for SolidWorks software to instantly extract inspection dimensions directly from their SolidWorks drawings, create ballooned inspection drawings and export to an inspection report form. This helps companies eliminate manual processes, reduce errors and save up to 97% of the time it takes to create inspection documentation for first article, in-process and final inspections.

Our personal congratulations to the InspectionXpert team and for more information on InspectionXpert for SolidWorks visit

3DVision Technologies

Your destination for design and manufacturing technology

Future SolidWorks Enhancements – 2011

Monday, January 31st, 2011

As part of Wednesday’s presentation at SolidWorks World, they post the user’s top enhancement requests…

Top 10 Enhancements as read at SolidWorks World 2011:

10. Pressing ESC return to interface
9. File version compatibility
8. Ideas seclum in from aviabe all the time
7. Convert solid body to surface
6. Enhanced Equations
5. Feature Freeze
4. SolidWorks should cleanly uninstall itself
3. Dangle children instead of delete
2. Better utilize processor cores
1. Angle mates that don’t flip around

Before I comment, apologies for #8. I have no idea what I wrote. I remember giggling with glee as they posted #9, thus #8 in my notes is quite illegible.

If you look at the past, there are some classics on here that have been on the list since I was just a little Engineering Data Specialist Man (#9, #3)…there are some that I have no idea how they became a top ten vote getter (#7, #4) and others were actually mentioned as likely to be completed in SolidWorks 2012 (#6, #4).

So unless you are that guy who keeps voting for #7, keep voting and submitting your enhancement requests through the customer portal. It is your best way to drive the future of SolidWorks.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Sneak Peek into SolidWorks 2012

Friday, January 28th, 2011

SolidWorks World 2011 is now in the books. It started Monday, yet this is my first SolidWorks World post? Yes, I stayed in a hotel that did not have free Internet. When I grow up and become Earth Czar, it will be illegal to be an inn keeper to not have free Internet. [If being an Earth Czar was an elected position that would be the platform I’d run on.]

It is widely known that the third day of SolidWorks World is even more exciting than a Celine Deion concert. This is because they give us our fist sneak peek of what may be in the next version of SolidWorks. I took several pages of notes of new feature happiness. If you are good I’ll go through them with you.

Since I am an “always eat the dessert first” kinda guy, I am going to start with my favorite new feature of my favorite topic on my favorite day.


Large Design Review: The presenters displayed a new option in the SolidWorks “2012” Open dialog named, “Large Design Review”. Very quickly a very large assembly appeared on the screen. Much faster than what a lightweight or perhaps even a speed pack assembly would open. They were able to zoom in and out and rotate the file with great performance. Measure, section views and even the ability to select on parts and see them highlighted in the tree structure were available. It felt like you were looking at an assembly through eDrawings Pro….but here was the real cool thing. They selected a part, chose to open it, made a change to the part. Then when they went back to the assembly the part was updated. Cool. Way Cool.

Think how this is going to be used. First thing in the morning you are going to open the top level assembly in this new review mode, and you are going to use the assembly to choose what parts you want to work on. No more navigating through any directory structure or even using a PDM search trying to find the files you need. The files you need are all right in front of you – a graphical file browser!

I wonder if it might also finally make lightweight nearly obsolete.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

SolidWorks World 2012 Location is….

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Well it has just been announced where SolidWorks World 2012 will be.
It’s going to be February 13th thru the 15th.

I’ll give you some hints on the location:

  1. This place has 70 miles of beaches surrounding it.
  2. The GPS coordinates are: 32°42’54″N 117°09’45″W
  3. The average high and low temperatures in February are 66°F/51.5°F.
  4. There is an average of 6.6 rainy days and 228.8 hours of sunshine.

Tired of guessing? Well the location for SolidWorks World 2012 is….
San Diego, California!!!

I look forward to seeing everyone there.

(source for data: Wikipedia)

Josh Spencer

Elite Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

SolidWorks World 2011 Event iPhone App Now Available!

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

SolidWorks has formally annouced that, new this year, the SolidWorks official iPhone App is now available on the Apple App Store.

The SolidWorks World iPhone App includes information about:
– Technical Training Sessions
– Speaker Information
– Partner Pavilion Details
– Conference Floor Plans
– Conference & Location Details
– And more. . .

Download the SolidWorks World iPhone App Today!1) You must be operating on the iOS 4.2 If you need to upgrade your iOS version, simply plug your phone into iTunes to update.2) Visit the App Store from your iPhone or iPad
3) Search for “SolidWorks World”
4) Click “Free” and next click “Install”
5) Have instant access to important conference information at your finger tips!

For more information about SolidWorks World 2011, visit

3DVision Technologies

Your destination for design and manufacturing technology

Miami Valley SolidWorks User Group Meeting Scheduled

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Its that time again! Mark your calendars for the next Miami Valley SolidWorks User Group meeting scheduled for February 29, 2011.

The event is being held at 8001 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights Ohio 45424 and the following agenda has been released:

5:30 – 6pm – Registration, networking and food
6 – 6:15pm – Opening Remarks
6:15 – 7:15 – Summary of what was learned at SolidWorks World 2011
7:15 – 7:30 – Break
7:30 – 8:15 – SWW Summary cont with an opportunity for Q&A
8:15 – 8:30 – Wrap-up and prizes

To RSVP email Randy Adams at

3DVision Technologies

Your destination for design and manufacturing technology

Automatically Align Broken Views

Monday, January 17th, 2011

I like having things done automatically – except for shifting the transmission in my car and having funds removed from my bank account. In the world of SolidWorks Drawings, however, the more automatic, the better.

I recently discovered a little trick with broken views that I thought I would pass along. Ever want to line up the breaks on 2 broken views of the same part? If the second view is a projected view, you are in luck. The steps are easy – place the first view (e.g. Front) and create the broken view on that view. Once you get it how you like it, use the Projected View command to create the second view and the Broken View comes along for the ride – automatically aligning the gap in the Projected View with the original view.

See the image below for details.


Broken view

Chris Snider

Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

What’s New in SolidWorks 2011: DEFEATURE

Friday, January 14th, 2011

I just built this great model, now you want me to do WHAT ?! Defeature it ??

Yep, that’s right, SolidWorks has come out with a tool to get rid of all the small details in your part.

Why would you ever want to do this ?

Perhaps you are going to share this model with someone who needs to build “around” it, but you don’t want them to see all the intellectual data INSIDE of it… Perhaps you have downloaded an assembly (or part) off the internet and you want to quickly dumb it down…

The DEFEATURE tool, new in SolidWorks 2011, will let you remove details from a part or assembly and save the results to a new file in which the details are replaced by dumb solids (with no feature history).

The tool is found under TOOLS—DEFEATURE (while you are in a Part or Assembly file).

There are steps to allow you to specify COMPONENTS to remove from the model (for assembly files only), specify any features you would like to keep (mounting holes, etc.) that may have been automatically removed in the first step, and even a step to allow you to specify if there is any movement/motion you would like to keep ! You also get to preview the “defeatured” model in a cool split screen window before you save it out as a new file.

One of the best things is that when you defeature an assembly, it will get saved as a multi-body PART file, so you don’t have all the references to worry about sending to someone or maintaining yourself. Also, any open areas in the model will be “filled in” with solid material !

Be sure to check out this new tool in SolidWorks 2011 !!

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

E3.WireWorks planning big things at SolidWorks World 2011

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Zuken, the manufacturer of E3.WireWorks, a windows-based modular, scalable, and easy-to-learn system for engineering design of wiring, harnesses, cable assemblies, control panels, hydrolics and pneumatics, will be at Booth #200 at this years SolidWorks World event at San Antonio, TX.

Visit their booth to see a demo of their E3.WireWorks solution and see how it integrates electrical and fluid design with SolidWorks.

In addition, Patrick Hackney will be doing a presentation at the conference on the integration of E3.WireWorks and SolidWorks on Tuesday, January 25 at 1:30pm in room 008AB.

Follow Zuken as they tweet before, during and after the event Twitter@ZukenAmericas
And be sure to follow us @3DVisionTech as we too tweet from the event.

3DVision Technologies

Your destination for design and manufacturing technology

Looking for n!Fuze beta testers

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Remember all the excitement of SolidWorks Connect? (formerly known as SolidWorks PDS) Want to be among the first to try and give SolidWorks feedback on the new version? (Now called n!Fuze)

You can register to be a beta tester by responding the following survey: [Edit..the address has changed, see comments below.]

As an FYI, Beta is English only, and it has not yet been determined whether it will be North America only.

Should be pretty cool!

…let’s see “SolidWorks PDS”, “SolidWorks Connect”, and now “n!Fuze”. Why are names so hard?

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Get every new post delivered to your inbox
Join other followers
Powered By