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BOM Management with Autodesk Vault and Inventor - A KETIV webinar
“Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.” Xenophon Bill of Materials in Autodesk Inventor, and Autodesk Vault Professional have a lot going on. They can be tweaked, adjusted, and modified to a huge extent.Sometimes this is to make sure that the Bill of Materials accurately represents the assembly, other times it's to make sure that information flows accurately through the organization so the design intent represented on the final drawing accurately represents what the designer intended. A screen capture from the webcast Fortunately, Nicole Morris and Mike Carlson, my colleagues at KETIV , created a nice webcast that goes through many of the details of the Bill of Materials in Inventor and Vault Professional. It's worth checking out! Take a look by clicking on this link [more...
Today MasterCAM Official BlogMastercam MU1 Hits the Streets!
Mastercam X7 MU1 is ready for download. If you’re on maintenance and are using the Auto-Update Service, you should be receiving a notification that the update is available. If you want to download it directly, you can do so here . What’s in Mastercam X7 MU1? New Multiaxis Swarf Tools We’re rolling out a brand-new surface swarf toolpath that’s been rebuilt from the ground up. Driven directly from the surfaces, the new multiaxis swarf is powered by new algorithms that allow more efficient cutting and let you cut shapes that were previously difficult or not achievable. Expanded Mastercam Simulator The enhanced backplotter offers a variety of added tools including tool position via toolpath click, quick verify, and more. Solid-model verification has been enhanced, and an all-new STL Export is now more efficient than ever. Improved Tool Management Enhanced tool assemblies are active across all milling toolpaths for backplotting, verification, and machine simulation. And Much More! Level-aware viewsheets, improved Port Expert toolpaths, plane improvement for Productivity+…. Mastercam X7 MU1 delivers a variety of enhancements. For a complete list, check out the “What’s New in MU1” PDF or contact your local Mastercam Reseller today [more...
CSWP Drawing Sample Exam Question 6
This article is a guest post by Jim Lucas Find the rest of the exam solutions at the CSWP Drawing Overview On the test, I ended up bringing something like this into excel- mostly because I wasn’t that familiar or comfortable with tables. It’s actually not that difficult at all. First- let’s add a couple of extra columns by right clicking on the light blue border. I always like to do the intermediate step of putting in the unit price (and to help the people who were fixing their BOMs on Problem 4). So, we are going to add a “Custom Property” by clicking on the border and then clicking on the “Column Property” button. Nice… now, the rest is downhill. Select “CUSTOM PROPERTY” and “Cost”. Lastly, insert an equation. You can either enter the COST from the “Custom Property” drop-down or the “Column” drop-down. The QTY needs to come from the “Column” drop-down. I suppose to do this “right”- we’ll actually need to come up with a grand total using something besides the largely forgotten high-end calculator stuffed in your desk drawer. Insert a row on the bottom (again- right click on the blue border, and select “Insert”. So- if you understand all these questions, you’ll be more prepared than me when I took the test. You may not be as lucky however! Remember to stay flexible, and not to worry if the method of figuring out an answer is pretty. Learn How To Pass The CSWE - See The Complete Article Series Jim is a CSWP and on the road to getting his CSWE. He works for HawkRidge Systems, an authorized reseller of SolidWorks. Jim also runs i-elf, a product development [more...
Have you heard about Structural Bridge Design software?
Structural Bridge Designis is an integrated structural bridge design solution. This software gives you greater flexibility and efficiency in your bridge design processes. Perform integrated loading, analysis, and code checking of small- to medium-span bridges and deliver design reports faster [more...
CSWP Drawing Sample Exam Question 5
This article is a guest post by Jim Lucas Find the rest of the exam solutions at the CSWP Drawing Overview So- in this question, you are asked to sort the BOM by Part #. If you are a cheater (like me) this question may cause you some consternation. You may not know how part #s are sorted (especially when they add those dashes in). This makes the manual method very difficult. On this- go ahead and do it the right way… right click on the table (I usually click in the blue border) and hit “Sort”. Hopefully you can figure it out from there. Right click on the table to bring up the selection menu Choose Sort from the selection Voila - A quick solve to question 5 Learn How To Pass The CSWE - See The Complete Article Series Jim is a CSWP and on the road to getting his CSWE. He works for HawkRidge Systems, an authorized reseller of SolidWorks. Jim also runs i-elf, a product development consulting company. He can be reached at Jim.Lucas@i-elf.com [more...
CSWP Drawing Sample Exam Question 4
This article is a guest post by Jim Lucas Find the rest of the exam solutions at the CSWP Drawing Overview Making a BOM and extracting info from it… The way that “lazy, paranoid & beat-the-system” me does this question- Open up the assembly and count all the sub-trigger assemblies in the assembly. Make sure to open up subassemblies.. Feature Tree of different parts in a Solidworks assembly Looks like (2) Subtrigger's.This is a good time to perhaps discuss “beating-the-test”. If I were writing this test, I’d want to throw as many wrenches in alternative/”cheater” methods as a could…. So I’d probably do something like inserting different configurations (with different custom properties)… Or nest an extra one of these deep in a subassembly…. Or create some using pattern components or mirror components.The right way of doing this is to insert the assembly into a drawing. Then go straight to inserting a BOM. Insert from the "Tables" menu on the Annotation toolbar Select Bill of Materials Depending on your default BOM, you may need to add a column (it doesn’t matter where) and get the QTY of the “Sub Trigger Assy” and/or the PARTNO. If you don’t know how to do this- see question 6 on this sample exam- I’ve shown how to do that there... Learn How To Pass The CSWE - See The Complete Article Series Jim is a CSWP and on the road to getting his CSWE. He works for HawkRidge Systems, an authorized reseller of SolidWorks. Jim also runs i-elf, a product development consulting company. He can be reached at Jim.Lucas@i-elf.com [more...
ARTGOS Goes PTC Creo, Drops AutoCAD
ARTGOS is a Polish plastics designer that creates household items. The company’s bread and butter? Stylish body/porcelain interfaces for your home comfort station. Yeah, toilet seats—colorful seats, slow-close seats, potty-training seats. It’s a steady market, of course. But recently, ARTGOS is aiming for more. So company engineers dropped AutoCAD and consolidated on PTC Creo. Before [… [more...
Change the Number of Lines in Room Tags
This comes from Club Revit's Linked In page . A user asked how to change the number of lines in a room tag and Kerry Ward had an interesting take on things. She provided this trick... " Name the room (single line text) then select the room (not the tag). Go to properties and under Identity Date / Name place your cursor in location where you want the text to split into 2nd line. Then hold down ctrl key and press enter, then apply. The room tag is then split into 2 lines." I added quite a few breaks in the example image below to demonstrate how far you can take it. You can see that it comes with the side effect of reflecting in schedules. On the MEP side of things it may not matter at all. If you are curious, changes the room names in linked files will propagate into the space tags that call the room names [more...
Meet the GE Jet Engine Bracket Winner
Meet the GE Jet Engine Bracket Winner Over the past few months, we’ve seen the GrabCAD Community submit almost 700 entries to redesign loading brackets found on jet engines using 3D printing. The results were more than expected and will lead to reduced engine weight and fuel consumption. Meet the GE Jet Engine Bracket winner, see pics, and join our Google+ Hangout. [… [more...
Orphanage Guitar Safely in the Hands of our CEO
Mission Accomplished The Orphanage Guitars guitar is safely in the hands of our CEO, Carl Bass. Senior Principal User Experience Designer, Erin Bradner, Product Marketing Manager, Liz Freuler, and I had the pleasure of working with Orphanage Guitars to feature [more...
Security, Framing Cross Section Analyser and REX
My topic for today is structural cross section analysis, i.e. determination of the cross section profile of beam, columns, braces, etc., and the various completely different approaches one can take to achieve this. I also demonstrate how to make use [more...
We are always happy to publish what RhinoGold users create with RhinoGold. This time, we’re so glad to talk about Frank – Uhre & Schmuck – Austria, a RhinoGold expert as well as expert in rendering and animations. Today, we give you two new creations (and of course, new ones are coming very soon). Hope [more...
Local presentations and musings on AR/VR
I’ve been sick in bed since returning from AU2013 – the fever I experienced on Thursday morning, before travelling home in the evening, was apparently due to bacterial bronchitis, and I’ve been coughing really badly over the last few days [more...
Today Filter Forge, Inc.Filter Forge 3.015 – Bugs Fixed
Alexandria, VA, USA (December 11, 2013) – Filter Forge, Inc. today released the update 3.015 to Filter Forge, a Photoshop plugin that allows users to create their own filters. The current update fixes incorrect script processing under Mac OS X [more...
ACA: Obtaining the Effective Name of a Dynamic Block in a Formula Property
While Dynamic Blocks and ACA do not always play nicely, there are some who want to take advantage of both Dynamic Blocks and the AutoCAD ® Architecture Schedule feature. One challenge is that the Name automatic property source may return an anonymous block name rather than the Dynamic Block name; for example, when a Dynamic Block with a stretch action is stretched. Fortunately, you can obtain the orignal block name from the EffectiveName property of the Dynamic Block instance, in a Formula property, using the the following VBScript code: set acadApp = GetObject(,"AutoCAD.Application")set obj = acadApp.ActiveDocument.ObjectIDToObject( [ObjectID] )RESULT = obj.EffectiveName The Property Set Definition that includes the Formula property will also need to have a property that references the Object ID automatic property source. In the example code above, this property has the default ObjectID name, and the [ObjectID] text in the formula represents a properly created property reference, created by double-clicking the property name in the Insert Property Definitions box in the lower left of the Formula Property Definition dialog [more...
Yesterday Delcam NewsDelcam to show latest ArtCAM JewelSmith at Spring Fair
The latest release of Delcam?s ArtCAM JewelSmith software for the design and manufacture of rings, broaches, cufflinks and other types of jewellery will be demonstrated on stand U71 in hall 17 at the Spring Fair to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, from 2nd to 6th February [more...
Customer focus and PLM future
PLM is required to become customer focused is one of the marketing statements, in the same way as PLM and Innovation are connected. Before moving into PLM topics, I want to share some personal experiences related to customer focus. These experiences happened to me almost within a one-day timeframe. Two weeks ago I landed late [… [more...
360 branded offerings from Autodesk - how will you work in the cloud?
“ Three years ago we started to talk to you about cloud, social and mobile computing and how it would change the way we all work. ” - Carl Bass, 03 Dec 2013 In the last three years, cloud based computing has taken a stronghold. In some areas more than others, but the growth is evident. Let's take a look at the status of some of the more popular offerings from Autodesk , including information revealed at Autodesk University last week. Fusion 360 has a fast growing passionate community with over 17,000 unique users who have created over 67,000 designs in the cloud. Although Fusion 360's only language is English, there are users in over 90 countries including the top four countries of the U.S., India, the U.K., and China. Every day there are approximately 300 new designs posted and collaborated on and the average user can sit at a local machine and begin working in less than 3 minutes. 83% of Fusion 360 users are in companies with less than 200 employees and a full 90% of Fusion 360 users are new to Autodesk. Autodesk 360 is "like Facebook for engineers" according to Autodesk CEO Carl Bass . Autodesk 360 now has over 26 million accounts, up some 73% from last year. Autodesk 360 users have created 5.6 million renderings and over 1.2 million of those in the last quarter alone. The 14 million paid subscribers is up 60% from last year. The virtually infinite computing power available allows you to do more with less. Infraworks 360 , launched just a few months ago, already contains over 3800 projects. BIM 360 has over 15,000 monthly active users, up over 60% from last year, and there are 50 new users a day on average. SIM 360 has executed over 142,000 simulation jobs in the cloud, including fatique, stress and thermal anaysis. Some 10 jobs per user, per week are being run in SIM 360. Autodesk CEO Carl Bass said that PLM360 is "the world's first cloud based PLM solution. What being in the cloud really means is that it's instantly on and it's innately mobile." PLM 360 has over 10,000 users, 66,000 workspaces, and 4 million items in the cloud. The newest service, just announced at Autodesk University 2013 is CAM 360 , which according to Autodesk is "The only CAM solution that combines CNC programming, simulation, and design with real-time collaboration and online project and data management in one easy-to-use product." In many cases, 360 technologies allow the designer to abandon the old workflow of selecting a tool, selecting a file, then starting to work. Now you can start with your model and the tools become available as you need them. It will be interesting to follow this trend as it moves forward. Tags: Autodesk 360 Cloud simulation plm cam infrawork [more...