Archive for November, 2013

First peek at EPDM Web 2

Friday, November 15th, 2013

At our “What’s New in EPDM 2014″ presentations I hinted there would be a new Web version of EPDM coming out soon.

It is getting so close I can almost taste it!

I’ve been told not to ask how, but my boys at Javelin have a preview video, check it out!


I think we can all agree this is pretty groovy!

Like how they sneak in a little demo of SolidWorks Electrical in there? Clever eh? [Little Canadian humor.]


Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

How Much Does it Cost?

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

When you create a new design, you need to know how much it costs.  Are you going to be over budget or under?  How do you find the cost of your sheet metal or machined parts?  I would guess that you have an elaborate spreadsheet that you use to “guess” the price or you just compare it to a similar design.  Well if you have SolidWorks Professional or Premium, you could use SolidWorks Costing.

Costing Icon

SolidWorks Costing is a cost estimation tool that uses 3D geometry to estimate the final cost.  It doesn’t matter how the part was created in SolidWorks, it’s all about the geometry.  SolidWorks Costing will detect cuts, holes, bends, slots, etc.  It then applies a cost to each of these giving you a total cost.

Costing Folders

Where do you find this tool?  It’s under Tools>Costing.  There is just one button for Sheet Metal and Machining.  It will add another tab to the FeatureManager Design Tree.

Costing Folders Multibody

It will also add another tab to the Task Pane.  The Task Pane is where you fill in information about the costing such as number of parts to be made, material type, blank size, etc.


Where does it get the prices?  SolidWorks Costing uses templates that you can customize.  You add in the price of the material, the machines that you have, etc.  There will be a Sheet Metal template and a Machining template.  The Sheet Metal template would be for all Sheet Metal parts.  The Machining template would be used for all milled and turned parts.


Once you have the cost analysis done, you can create a report.  This can be exported as a Word or Excel document.  SolidWorks also allows you to add specific cost properties to the Part Properties.  These can be pushed to a BOM, to the drawing, or to Enterprise PDM.

Costing Properties


Now you will be able to discover how much your designs cost.  Give it a try.  If you have questions, check the help file or give your VAR a call.

Josh Spencer

Elite Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

Keeping the honest honest with automated cache management

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2014 has introduced a new function named “Clear cache during log out” -from the help file:

Automatically clears the local cache upon logout. This removes unneeded files, reduces the cache size, and increases security on machines used by multiple users.

When users logs out, Enterprise PDM clears the cache of any folders with this setting using an automated version of the Clear Local Cache command.

The cache is also cleared when users select to work offline or when users shut down their computers without logging out.


Pretty exciting isn’t it? Users have been asking for this functionality from the beginning! I have heard people mention another possible security benefit with this feature. If you travel with your laptop, it may be nice to have some of your higher security projects automatically removed from your hard drive in case your laptop is stolen.

Be careful thinking of this as a security feature! These files are not wiped clean with any type of encryption, they still can be brought back with data recovering utilities. This is a nice new function to keep users from accidentally seeing files they are not supposed to, but should not be used to replace your existing data security measures.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Register Now for the Northern Indiana SolidWorks User Group (NISWUG) Meeting Tuesday, December 3rd

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

3DVision invites you to register for the Northern Indiana SolidWorks User Group (NISWUG) Meeting Tuesday, December 3rd. There will be a SolidWorks 2014 preview focusing on drawings, sketching, assemblies and sheet metal. Another discussion will be held about SolidWorks World 2014 coming up in January, as well as top ten suggestions, voting and 2014 meeting topics.

5:00-5:30 Meet, Greet and Eat
5:30-5:50 General Discussion, SWW14, Top Ten, etc.
5:50-6:00 Break
6:00-6:50 Preview of What’s New in SolidWorks 2014 Part 1
6:50-7:00 Break
7:00-7:50 Preview of What’s New in SolidWorks 2014 Part 2
7:50-8:00 Giveaways and Wrap Up

Comfort Suites
27838 CR 24
Elkhart, IN 46517

Please RSVP to

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Simulation 2014 Interface Improvements

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Last month I wrote about Toolbox fasteners with SolidWorks Simulation and how they can be converted automatically to connectors in simulation studies.  Today I’m going to focus on improvements to the Simulation interface for post processing.  One thing that Simulation users can struggle with is selecting the correct option for modifying the plots generated from an analysis.  Even with as many years as I have used SolidWorks Simulation, I occasionally edit the definition of a plot when I meant to modify the chart options or the settings.  With Simulation 2014, that is no longer an issue with a unified interface.

2013-1111a Interface changes

The other welcome interface change is what has been described as ‘finally like Flow’.  With SolidWorks Flow Simulation, changing an output plot from one quantity to another is done from the plot legend in the graphics window.  In SolidWorks Simulation 2014, we have a similar interface for modifying output.  By using either the right or left button click on the legend, we have access to changing the plot type, fringe options, the probe tool, animation, legend scale and many more options.

2013-1111b Interface changes

These simple changes will reduce wasted button clicks by the dozens when post-processing Simulation results!  What other new features have you found in Simulation 2014 will help you get your work completed faster?   I’ll write about a couple more next month! Now go make your products better with SolidWorks Simulation!

Bill Reuss

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Register Now for the Greater Cincinnati SolidWorks User Group (GCSWUG) Meeting Tuesday, December 10th

Monday, November 11th, 2013

3DVision invites you to register for the Greater Cincinnati SolidWorks User Group (GCSWUG) Meeting, Tuesday, December 10th. The meeting will be hosted by Hydro Systems Company and there will be presentations on 3D Printing and SolidWorks, as well as 3D Sketching and Advanced Sketching Techniques.

5:30-6:00 Food, Drinks, Networking
6:00-6:10 Opening Remarks
6:10-6:50 SolidWorks at Hydro Systems, 3D Printing and SolidWorks
6:50-7:00 Break
7:00-7:50 3D Sketching and Advanced Sketching Techniques
7:50-8:00 Closing Remarks and Give-aways

Hydro Systems Company
3798 Round Bottom Road
Newtown, OH 45244

To RSVP, email

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3DVision Opens New Columbus Training Facility

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

3DVision Technologies is committed to providing local training for our customers. We have been training Central Ohio SolidWorks users out of Columbus for over 13 years now. We are continuing to invest so that we can provide the best training programs, instructors, and facilities so that your training experience is a successful one. Our new Columbus training facility is a spacious room with the latest in HD projection technology to provide a great experience as you learn new ways to leverage your SolidWorks products.




Here are the upcoming classes that will be held in our new Columbus training facility:

December 3, 2013 – SolidWorks Assembly Modeling
December 9, 2013 – Administering SolidWorks EPDM
January 8, 2014 – SolidWorks Part Modeling
February 10, 2014 – SolidWorks Essentials
March 26, 2014 – SolidWorks Sheet Metal and Weldments

Classes and schedules may change. For an up-to-date schedule, please visit our Training Schedule page.

“Thank you”, to the local SolidWorks community for your support in Columbus, Ohio. We look forward to seeing you at a class in the near future!

Scott High

Technical Services Manager 3DVision Technologies

The SolidWorks Composer, DriveWorks Live Overlap

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

SolidWorks Composer and DriveWorks Live both have modules that give you the ability to easily publish your 3D SolidWorks models to the web -allowing you to give your customers a very rich web experience so they can really get to know your product.

There is overlap in their web functionality; what are the differences?

Generally, think of SolidWorks Composer as an on-line catalog generator. You can give your users the ability to see your product in 3D, play with different options (What would it look like if it was red …or had this optional $20 extension?), rotate and zoom into your product, find part numbers of components simply by picking on their picture.


This is a screen shot from SolidWorks Composer


DriveWorks Live can work as an on-line catalog too, but its strength is that it also has the ability to create new documents. Your users can define exactly what they want…”I want this hole at that location at this size…” DriveWorks Live can first ensure the inputs are valid, perhaps recognize that since that hole moved some other parts need modified as well, then generate, for you, all the engineering documentation (drawings, parts, assemblies, BOMs, etc.) required to manufacture the request. This functionality is oftentimes called “Manufacture to order.”


This is a screen shot from DriveWorks Live


In short, Composer may be the best choice if you have the product line fully defined: “Here are your choices, tell me what combinations you want.” DriveWorks Live may be the best if you need engineering documentation to be created on-the-fly as users define their own designs.

These are generalities, as I said they both have overlap and the topic is really too broad to cover in a blog. Additionally, web publication is just a small part of both products’ capabilities. Before making a decision, go to the “Contact Us” section of the 3DVision web site and we can help you choose the right product.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

3DVision Technologies to Exhibit at the Design-2-Part Show November 20th-21st

Friday, November 1st, 2013

3DVision Technologies will be exhibiting at the largest design and contract manufacturing show in the region, the Design-2-Part Show, November 20th-21st at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. From design ideas, to custom and stock parts, thru final assembly, you will find the instant answers you need at this show.

Admission is FREE!

Wednesday, November 20th 9:30am-3:30pm
Thursday, November 21st 9:30am-3:00pm

Northern Kentucky Convention Center
One West River Center Blvd.
Covington, KY 41011


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