Streamline Product Documentation With 3DVIA Composer – Part 3

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Part 3. Creating better user manuals and product documentation While product documentation can fulfill a range of uses, its core purpose is twofold: to provide customers with the information they need to use and enjoy a manufacturer’s product and to develop customer loyalty for that product. Therefore, the production of user manuals, part lists, and product schematics is an important function for building customer satisfaction and loyalty—one that requires the contributions of illustrators, writers, and publishing specialists. Whether product documentation […]

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Streamline Product Documentation With 3DVIA Composer – Part 1

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Today, product developers are gaining competitive advantage, saving time, and cutting costs with a new class of integrated software tools. With 3D authoring software like 3DVIA Composer, your company can use 3D CAD data to automate the product documentation process—without modifying product designs. By addressing the changing nature of CAD data, this associative documentation tool seamlessly and effortlessly keeps your documentation up to date.  This 7 Part series will explain the benefits of streamlining your product documentation across the manufacturing […]

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3DVIA Composer Running on a Mac!

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3DVIA Composer is a terrific solution for an often overlooked area of innovation in product development companies–technical documentation and publication. This includes shopfloor assembly instructions, customer manuals, maintenance instructions and marketing content. In many cases, technical publishing teams are running Apple Mac hardware. Just set up Composer on my 2 year old MacBook Pro ( 4GB RAM, OS 10.6.8, Intel Core 2 Duo, Nvidia GeForce 9400M video,250GB HD). I am running Windows 7 with VMWare 4. Turned on the 3D […]

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Animating Arrows With Assembly Groups in 3DVIA Composer

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Check out the latest YouTube video from the 3DVIA Composer folks for a quick way to generate an animated arrow using Assembly Groups and Associative Paths. Be sure to sign up for the 3DVIA Composer channel while you are there – so you will be informed when a new video is posted. (Click on the image below to watch the video)

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3DVIA Composer and the Water Goat

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Ever used any of the text translation tools on the web? Just when you think the internet is nothing but a big time waster, they go and put something really useful out there. Hours of real business productivity just waiting for you so that you can translate all your product manuals into other languages and expand your business into the far reaches of the globe. But woe to those without the knowledge of the internet and all its usefulness! Attempting […]

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SOLIDWORKS Product News: 3DVia Composer V6R2011x Now Available

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SOLIDWORKS has announced the release of 3DVia Composer V62011x, the latest and greatest release of 3DVia Composer. Key highlights for the new release: Lifelike Experience: New shading and rendering methods include alpha channel support and ambient occlusion. Improved Communiation and Usability: Custom hotspots, new silhouette methods and new layered rendering features help to improve downstream communications and increase productivity. Additional Features and Enhancements: Unicode character encoding, a customizable compass and EPS output are just a few of the additional features […]

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3DVIA Sync

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What can 3DVIA Sync do?  3DVIA Composer is a great tool to quickly re-use CAD data to create documentation of all kinds for your product, but what about 3DVIA Sync?  Does it help automate this process?  Does it help update your information when CAD data changes?  Let’s take a look at an example of using 3DVIA Sync to speed up the time it takes you to update your documentation…. Below is a diagram laying out the interaction between SOLIDWORKS, Composer, […]

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In Search of a Prius That Runs on Cooking Oil, or Product Documentation Contributes to the Smart Grid

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If you root around the CAD websites these days, everyone seems to be looking to add a check to the "green" box.  SOLIDWORKS, for example, recently rolled out "Sustainability Express" in all licenses of SolidWorks. This video highlights some functionality of the SOLIDWORKS Sustainability Suite. As the child of a Beatnik (just a bit too old to be a hippy), I find it very satisfying to find companies that are trying to do the right thing for the environment.  I […]

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3D Viewing on your iPhone or iPod touch

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Brace yourself…this is really cool. Dassault Systemes, developer of leading software solutions such as SolidWorks and Enovia SmarTeam, has released a free 3D Viewer for your iPhone or iPod touch.  It is compatible with many file types, but most notably those created by 3DVia Composer. Picture this scenario: Convert your 3D model in to a Composer format Upload on to your iPod Snap a photo of your environment Place your model in to the photo, creating the illusion of your virtual model existing […]

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