Archive for June, 2013

It’s HERE…SolidWorks 2014 Beta

Monday, June 24th, 2013

2014 BetaSolidWorks 2014 Beta has just been released.  This is a great time to experiment with the next version of software before everyone else.  You are able to test out the ~200+ enhancements in anticipation for the full version release.

Historically, there has been 3 “Beta” versions and a “Pre-Release” before Service Pack 0.  During each “Beta” version, there are competitions.  They range from finding different bugs to the best high quality renderings.  The winners receive Amazon gift cards ranging from $50 to $400.  The Beta contest are for SolidWorks, Enterprise, Simulation, Composer, and PhotoView 360 Renderings.

To get started with 2014 “Beta”, go to:

Josh Spencer

Elite Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

Add information from external databases to EPDM data cards

Monday, June 24th, 2013

It is always fun to see how people use applications in a different way than originally designed.

PigeonHole was originally written to help people populate complicated data cards with drop lists from a grid type decision tree or from a SQL query.

However, if PigeonHole is populating the drop lists with a SQL query AND there is only one result, PigeonHole doesn’t bother presenting the user with any choices, it simply populates the SolidWorks Enterprise PDM data card with the found value.

A common example is updating your data cards from your purchasing database. This example shows you could add an “Update” button to your data card, this button connects to the data base, searches the purchasing system for the cost of the item, and places the value into the data card.

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Another example I recently came across was populating account names/numbers an Outlook Business Contact Manager database. On their folder cards they sometimes knew the account number, sometimes knew the account name. We created two buttons, one for each field to update, each button would connect to their CRM, find the proper information and update the card.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Test Drive SolidWorks Simulation: A Hands-On Guided Tour

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Have you seen our Simulation webinars, and are intrigued about how easy the Simulation products are to use? Or have you always been curious about SolidWorks Simulation and just want to test drive it?

Come and experience the product first-hand as one of our Simulation experts lead you step-by-step through setting up different types of analysis.

You will:

• Get a feel of how Simulation can augment product development, and where it can have a significant impact.

• See how the outputs of Simulation will help you decide if a design change you executed was right or wrong.

• Understand how you can track your design quality as you make changes and re-test your design virtually.

As you experience this FREE learning session, you will be able to relate its usage to your design situations.

This event will only be offered once so don’t miss your opportunity. Space is limited!

Event Details:
July 19, 2013
Indianapolis, Indiana- Sales, Service & Training Center
Click here to register

We hope to see you during this Simulation Hands-on Test Drive. You are welcome to bring along a sample of your product and show it to our experts so that they can comment on how they would tackle your engineering challenges.

3DVision Technologies

Your destination for design and manufacturing technology

Register Now for the Central Indiana SolidWorks User Group (CISUG) Meeting Wednesday, July 17th

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

3DVision invites you to register for the Central Indiana SolidWorks User Group (CISUG) Meeting Wednesday, July 17th. Knowledge Consultant, Avelino Rochino will be giving a technical presentation titled “SolidWorks Certification Drawing Tools.”

Meeting Agenda:
4:30pm- Registration and networking.
5:00pm- Meeting Starts
Opening remarks and introductions- Peter Fischer
General meeting: Steve Lynch- Webinar presentation on The Rapid Group
Dinner: Sponsored by SWUGN
Technical Presentation: Avelino Rochino, Knowledge Consultant, Certification Programs, SolidWorks
Topic: “SolidWorks Certification Drawing Tools” One of the 4 needed for your CSWE exam
Tips & Tricks
Door Prizes
Plant Tour

The event will be hosted at:
Bastion Automation Engineering
2155 Fields Boulevard
Greenfield, IN 46140

For more information or to RSVP for the event, email

3DVision Technologies

Your destination for design and manufacturing technology

New SolidWorks Composer Youtube Channel

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

SolidWorks has recently created a YouTube channel dedicated to SolidWorks Composer. This will be a great place to visit to stay up on the latest features, review techniques being used to create technical documentation, and learn new ways to collaborate with the help of Composer. You can visit the channel at Or, you can view the introductory video below.

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Scott High

Technical Services Manager 3DVision Technologies

It’s Summer and Time to Save!

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

3DVision Technologies is offering great deals on SolidWorks Classroom Training. Check out our newly launched SolidWorks Training Bundles and take advantage of the savings today!

1. Purchase 2 Essentials training classes at regular price and get a Space Navigator Mouse Free (a $100 value). $2,590.00 (Shipping not included)

2. Purchase an Advanced training bundle at regular price (a 20% discount off of list) and get a Space Navigator Mouse for Free (a $100 value). $1,895.00 (Shipping not included)

3. Purchase an Essentials +3 bundle at regular price (a 20% discount off of list) and get a Space Pilot Pro Free (a $400 value). $2,995.00 (Shipping not included)

You can view and purchase the Promotion through our E-Store link here.

To view the website Training Calendar click here.

3DVision Technologies

Your destination for design and manufacturing technology

Get Design Changes To The Manufacturing Team Quickly With SolidWorks Composer

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Quick – how long does it take you to get your design changes communicated to the manufacturing team?

Your answer depends on many things, including stakeholders and workflow, but if the bottleneck is your documentation process, read on to discover a real-world example of how you can repurpose your hard-earned CAD data to also quickly provide manufacturing instructions.

In the video below, Yaris Kabin shows us some output from SolidWorks Composer. (Note they are using a touch-screen device on the shop floor.) The operator is able to quickly gather information about the assembly process with interactive parts lists and the ability to rotate the images in 3D space to get an alternate look at the design. Imagine getting interactive instructions in a 3D format that shows you exactly the steps to follow, vs. traditional paper (2D) documentation that needs to be updated any time a change takes place.

And that takes us to one of the value points of Composer – using digital media to present the assembly instruction set means we can update the digital media quickly, efficiently and accurately. No more searching for the latest (paper) instruction card or pdf – it’s right at your workstation. Any design changes made in the CAD software can be updated easily using Composer and new parts lists and 3D display windows can be produced in minutes. Upload this output to your manufacturing workstations and now everyone has the latest assembly instructions!

Contact us if you’d like to see a demonstration with your files.

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Chris Snider

Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

Delayed State Notification for Yearly Review Documents

Friday, June 14th, 2013

When SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2013’s new “Delayed State Notification” function first came out, I imagined it being used to watch for bottle necks in the file’s life-cycle. In sort, a way to keep documents from sitting on someone’s “desk” for too long and being forgotten.

I recently was working with a company whose ISO procedures required them to review certain documents on a yearly basis.



Now management is alerted automatically by EPDM when a file needs reviewed.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Reminder: For a Limited Time, get 3 Seats of DriveWorks Solo for the Price of 2!

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

With this offer you not only get 1 seat of DriveWorks Solo entirely free, subscription support is included on all 3 seats for the first year! DriveWorks also offers FREE online training at the end of every month held by a Certified DriveWorks Solo Applications Engineer, so you can learn how easy it is to become a DriveWorks Solo expert.

For more information, please email 3DVision Technologies at

For a quote, click here.

This offer ends June 30th, so do not miss out!

3DVision Technologies

Your destination for design and manufacturing technology

Another backup story

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Like horror stories?

I’m working with a customer who had a hard drive failure. They thought they had backups, they didn’t.

It is going to be a week before the disk recovery company can even look at the disk. Who knows what they will be able to recover…

Have you confirmed your backups are working today? You should – every day.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

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