Mobile Tips for 3DVia Composer

mobile tips for 3dvia composer with solidworks

…. a tip from Earl Hasz, Technical Sales Expert with SolidWorks:

I am frequently asked about what can be done on the shop floor with respect to mobile devices, given that Composer Player requires Internet Explorer and mobile devices typically do not support the Windows OS.  There are a couple of different options that we can look to for these devices.

 1. Setup static images that are included with existing PDF or HTML pages showing the operations

  • This is the typical first step that I have seen.  Basically leveraging existing processes and using Composer to create the content rather than resorting to digital pictures or CAD screen shots.
  • The mobile device is irrelevant as we are leveraging existing processes.

 2. SVG output provides the next logical step and adds some interaction

  • All of the latest HTML browsers support SVG viewing.  Thus the Composer author can create SVG files with hotspots to show either text or URL links to additional pages for next operations
  • Again mobile devices all have browsers that can support this functionality

mobile devices with 3dvia Composer

 3. Publishing the Composer Player content is the most interactive solution

  • This form can either be shown on its own or embedded in an HTML page
  • The Composer Player requires the Windows OS on its own or the use of Internet Explorer for the HTML solution
  • Mobile tablets that run with the Windows OS should work fairly well providing their graphics chipset supports OpenGL 2.0

4. Mobile devices that are running iOS or Android OS require the use of an app such as AirDisplay

  • AirDisplay sets up your mobile device as a secondary display, providing it resides on the same WiFi network
  • This allows the operator to interact with the Composer Player or HTML solution on the workstation from their mobile device
    • I had a customer show this implementation to me.  They were preparing to provide each assembly cell with an iPad and workstation.  The Composer file was set up in such a way so that the operator could point to a given component in the viewer and see the basic assembly information in the tooltip that popped up.  All of the components were setup with this basic information by the Composer author.
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  1. This is a really good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Short but very precise info… Appreciate your sharing this
    one. A must read post!

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