SOLIDWORKS PROPERTY TAB BUILDER

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What is the SOLIDWORKS Property Tab Builder? The Property Tab Builder is a stand-alone utility for creating a customized interface for adding properties to SOLIDWORKS Parts, Drawings, and Assemblies. Starting the Property Tab Builder From the Start menu find the SOLIDWORKS menu item (Traditionally “SOLIDWORKS ‘Version Number’, for this example I have SOLIDWORKS 2017. Then locate the sub-menu “SOLIDWORKS Tools”, there you will find the Property Tab Builder application. Understanding the Elements Groupbox: The Groupbox is essentially a container that […]

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Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader – Part 6

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Strategy 6: Leverage design data throughout the enterprise Today’s CAD leaders recognize that product development is no longer the isolated, autonomous enclave of engineering that it was in the past. With the adoption and advancement of 3D CAD technology, product design data has become more accessible and usable for a variety of business operations outside of engineering. functional areas that can benefit from 3D CAD models include manufacturing, quoting/purchasing, documentation, sales and marketing, and field service. Manufacturing has long been […]

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Streamline Product Documentation With 3DVIA Composer – Part 7

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Part 7. Conclusion As manufacturing organizations strive to identify ways to save time, cut costs, and improve their competitiveness in global markets, mining the value contained in their product design and 3D CAD digital assets holds great potential for substantially improving productivity. By automating downstream product information publishing functions—ranging from assembly, manufacturing, and field-service instructions to product documentation, training, and marketing materials—your company can realize shorter times-to-market, improved operational efficiencies, and better quality documentation. Manufacturers that use an integrated documentation […]

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Streamline Product Documentation With 3DVIA Composer – Part 6

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Part 6. Creating vibrant, exciting marketing content and web-based catalogs Because CAD data enables you to create imagery for print and online marketing purposes with a 3D authoring tool, it is an incredibly valuable asset. Many manufacturers spend millions of dollars annually on professional product photography to present and market their products when a more cost-effective, high-resolution, CAD-derived image could satisfy the same need. Some media, such as television and magazines, always will require live-action video and photography. However, the […]

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Streamline Product Documentation With 3DVIA Composer – Part 5

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Part 5. Publishing effective training materials The ongoing development and publication of product training materials—for customers, new employees, and global partners—is another area where the repurposing of CAD design data can pay big dividends for today’s manufacturers. Because the native CAD files serve as the single source for all product content, using a 3D authoring tool to customize training materials for specific groups is far easier and more efficient than crafting these materials independently. This capability is especially useful—you can […]

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Streamline Product Documentation With 3DVIA Composer – Part 4

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Part 4. Delivering accurate field service, maintenance, and repair information In a global economy where customers reside in different countries, the ability to provide accurate and universally comprehensible field service, maintenance, and repair documentation is critical. Providing this type of product documentation has presented greater challenges, added demands on engineering resources that do not carry primary responsibility for its development, and increased operational costs. For example, documenting the intricate details necessary for showing how to dismantle a machine, perform a […]

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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 2

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Part 2. Automating manufacturing and assembly instructions By implementing an integrated documentation solution, you also can enhance an important internal function—the efficient creation of more effective 3D manufacturing and assembly work instructions. Traditionally, manufacturers have relied on the use of 2D engineering drawings—with exploded views, annotations, callouts, and balloons—to instruct manufacturing personnel and assemblers in producing components, subassemblies, and assemblies. In a global economy, unanticipated language and literacy barriers between design and manufacturing personnel can get in the way of […]

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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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CATI Demo Gallery Update: SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3DVIA, EPDM, and Objet 3D Printer Videos

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The new CATI Demo Gallery is full of great videos on a variety of topics ranging from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to 3D Printing and everything in between. Highlights: SOLIDWORKS – 3D Design SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Analysis SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM – Data Management 3DVIA Composer – Product Documentation Objet 3D Printers – Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing >>Click here to view our videos   Jim TeDescoMarketingcomputer Aided Technology, Inc.

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