Archive for July, 2012

Put the version number on your EPDM datacard

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Editor’s Note: Be sure to read all the comments below before deciding if you wish to implement this concept.

Would you like to have the version number of your file on your SolidWorks Enterprise PDM datacard? The Engineering Data Specialist Man is here to show you how to do it!

You can do it very easily with Dispatch. (If you don’t have Dispatch already installed in your EPDM system, follow the Dispatch link.)

After Dispatch is installed, choose to administrate:

At the  “Administrate Actions” window, choose to add a new action. Then set up the action as shown below.

Click on the “Conditions…” button next to the “During check out” and set the dialog this way:

This means that this dispatch action will run any time just before a file is checked in, for all files. (Change the path value if you don’t want it for all files.)

Yup, you can find the “check in” trigger under the “check out” trigger. Logical eh?

As you can see from the Commands list, it takes three commands to make this work.

First click “Add” and choose “For all documents”

Again click “Add”, and choose “Set Card Variables”, set the dialog like this:

Here we are setting the variable “Version” on the file’s card to the current version of the file and bumping the value by one. This adding is done at the bottom with the “add” function.

Now, click “Add” a third time and choose “End for all documents”. This will make Dispatch set the variable for all files.

That is all there is to the Dispatch setup. Now put a control on your datacard connected to the version variable and it will update automatically for you just before the file is checked in.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Modify Sketch Tool in SolidWorks

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Ever want to move, flip, rotate, or scale an entire sketch? If so, you will want to check out the Modify Sketch command.

Found under Tools > Sketch Tools > Modify… , you can use the command while editing a sketch or not. If editing a sketch, you have the full functionality of the command –

  • Translate (move) using a typed-in value or just click and drag in the graphics window
  • Flip (move) by hovering your cursor over one of the axes on the black origin and right-click
  • Rotate also allows you do type in a specific angle or you can click and drag with your mouse
  • Scale allows you to apply a uniform scale about the origin of the sketch or scale the sketch about a moveable origin

If you are not editing a sketch, you need to pre-select the sketch you want to modify and then you can either rotate or flip the sketch.

The only watchout when using this command is that you cannot translate or scale a sketch with external references. You can rotate the sketch, however.

This command is particularly useful if you want to Copy a sketch to another plane or face, or if you are creating a Derived Sketch – which is useful for duplicating sketches for use in lofting.

Chris Snider

Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

Register today for the next Central Indiana SolidWorks User Group Meeting

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Date: Tuesday Aug 28th.
Location: SMC Corporation of America. 10100 SMC Blvd. Noblesville, Indiana 46060
Time: 4:30pm Registration and networking. Meeting starts at 5:00pm
• Opening remarks and introductions- Peter Fischer/Richard Doyle
• Keynote speaker: Bertrand Sicot, CEO, DS SolidWorks.
• Dinner: (Sponsored by SWUGN)
• Richard Doyle, SWUGN Director. “What’s going on with SolidWorks”
• Technical Presentation: Elton Smith, Technical Manager, Great Lakes, DS SolidWorks.
Topic “So you thought you knew all the Tips& Tricks”.
• Door Prizes: 8:00pm ish. Followed by a SMC plant tour.

3DVision Technologies

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Funk Up Your Forms

Friday, July 27th, 2012

It always surprises me when I see a DriveWorks Solo or Pro implementation and the forms they are using look like the forms used in DriveWorksXpress…or even worse!

You can make beautiful forms in DriveWorks, with some basic knowledge you can make your input forms look like they were done by a professional web designer.

This August 9th, DriveWorks is having a free webinar to show you how. You can register here:

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

3DVision’s Own to Present at SolidWorks

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

On Tuesday, August 21st the Greater Cincinnati SolidWorks User Group will host our veryownJeff Sweeney Engineering Data Specialist at 3DVision, as a special guest speaker.

Jeff has been a 3DVision instructor since 2006. He has a BS degree in Agricultural Engineering and has had over 14 years experience with the Manufacturing of CAD as well as over 10 years experience with Automation Design. He has SolidWorks Certifications in CSW Expert, Enterprise PDM Support Technician 2010-2011, Enterprise PDM Professional, SolidWorks Instructor and PDMWorks Workgroup Support Technician 2006-2007.

During the August 21st event, Jeff will be speaking on the full suite of DriveWorks and all of its capabilities. Jeff is very knowledgeable with DriveWorks as well as SolidWorks Enterprise PDM and will be open to any questions after his presentation.

The event will be hosted at Cryogenic Equipment & Services, 11959 Tramway Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45241 from 5:30-8:15pm. To register for this event please contact Ed Scheid

3DVision Technologies

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We are in Beta 2

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Lots of excitement has been generated over the first beta release of 2013SolidWorks reports that they have had twice the number of activations over last year.

The second release of beta has just been published, if you want to try it sign up:

I don’t want to give away too much, but you are going to like the new section view improvements…and if you are an EPDM administrator, there is going to be hugging going on in the room -just sayin’.

A third beta is planned then we go live!

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

LogoPress and SolidWorks Look to Improve Education

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Logopress Corp., the developers of Logopress3 and a Gold Certified Partner Product for SolidWorks, have announced a new program that will extend their success in the tool & die industry to the education world.

The company has released affordable educational license packs that can be utilized in conjunction with SolidWorks in schools and will also provide free training to qualified instructors from the United States and Canada. With the need to accelerate the training of die designers for the tool and die industry, Logopress has recognized that by adding their Logopress3 software to SolidWorks, so that students and teachers will be able to reach their goals more quickly and effectively.

For more information, visit LogoPress

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Missing 3DVision On-The-Go?

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Google Currents is a free publication application that allows you to deliver magazine-like editions to your phone or tablet. It’s extremely fast and available anywhere with offline reading. Your favorite blogs and feeds are instantly uploaded onto Google Currents providing a reading experience unlike any other. 3DVision has utilized this application to display our website on the go. As a subscriber to 3DVision’s Google Currents page you can access our information anywhere.

In the image below you can see that you’re able to access everything from Contact information in the About Us section, to a list of our Course Descriptions in the Training section, to even our YouTube and Blog channels that our constantly updated with the live feed feature from Google Currents.


The Google Currents application is a great way to stay connected to 3DVision everywhere you go with our information at the palm of your hand. Our entire website has been uploaded onto the Google Currents application and gives our subscribers the ability to navigate through our website with either their phone or tablet.

In the picture below you can see three pages describing Simulation Services. All three images are clickable and describe Simulation Services exactly as that our actual website does.


If you’re the tech guru that must have every application then Google Currents is a must have application for you. All of your favorite magazines and websites are already on Google Currents and don’t forget to subscribe to 3DVision!

Directions to subscribe:

1. To subscribe to 3DVision’s Google Currents application download the Google Currents application on your cell-phone or tablet.

2. After downloading the application head over to: on your computer.

3. If you don’t already have a Google account, head over to: on your computer and set up one.

4. After your account is set up sign in to Google in the upper right hand corner.


5. Click Subscribe to this edition.


6. On your phone or tablet open the Google Currents application.

7. Your phone/tablet should have automatically synced 3DVision’s Currents and if you swipe left it should be stored in your library.

3DVision Technologies

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XP is eleven years old …and not going to be twelve.

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Don’t forget, SolidWorks 2013 is not going to run on Windows XP. This includes SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2013 viewers too. I know many of you have older shop floor computers working as vault viewers…so remember to get some upgrade money in your budget.

Looking into my magic crystal ball, 2013 may be the last release for Vista…and Windows Server 2003.

Good riddance to Vista, but this could be big news to those of you that have EPDM running on Windows Server 2003.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

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