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Foreshortened Dimensions: How Do They Work?

Usually when detailing a drawing, we will add a detailed view. Dimensioning this view can be a difficult task, but SolidWorks is always working to make that task easier. One of the tools they have given is an option called foreshortened dimensions. This option allows for the dimension of a radius or diameter to be placed into the view, without regard to the center line or the center point of the part. Please watch the video attached to see how this option works.

SolidWorks Foreshortened Dimensions YouTube Video

SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peek!

One of the SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peek Features from the SolidWorks Blog…

In SolidWorks 2013, you can exclude selected components in Interference Detection. You can filter components with matching cosmetic threads from Interference Detection results and place them in a separate folder. You can exclude interferences involving hidden components, as well as exclude selected components from Interference Detection results. Optionally, you can specify to remember components to exclude from session to session. This video shows how this applies to cosmetic threads.

SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peak Video

You can visit the new SolidWorks 2013 website to see all the major updates and check out more videos. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about how SolidWorks can help your business, check out the videos in the Demo library.

If you are in the surrounding Tulsa area and are interested in SolidWorks, you can sign up for our 2013 Launch Event here!

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SolidWorks eDrawings App for iPad!

eDrawings App for iPad

eDrawings is the only CAD viewer on iPad that allows you to view native eDrawings files as well as native SolidWorks parts, assemblies and drawings files. In addition, eDrawings allows convenient viewing of DWG and DXF files.

eDrawings App for iPad Demo

Multi-touch gestures let you pan, zoom, and rotate models easily. eDrawings also supports configurations, drawing sheets, and exploded views for eDrawings files published from SolidWorks and all other supported CAD software.

Features:

  • Open files from email, iTunes File Sharing, network
  • Zoom, pan and rotate your 2D or 3D CAD data using multi-touch
  • Animate 3D standard views as well as 2D drawing views.
  • Browse your assembly components tree, configurations and drawing sheets
  • View your designs in full screen and double tap to fit it on screen
  • Store your files on your iPad through iTunes Files Sharing
  • Intuitive and easy-to-use user interface
  • Sample files included

eDrawings App for iPad Demo

Since the initial release on May 1, an update is now available, with the following changes:

 
  • Transparent parts
  • Standard orthogonal views
  • Shaded with edges mode
  • Perspective mode
  • Hide, show & make components transparent
  • Select components from graphics area
  • Hyperlinked views in drawings
  • Sort files by name, extension, date and size
  • Leave file open during background execution for fast app switching
  • Fixed shaded drawing views during panning and zooming
  • Fixed incorrect legends in SolidWorks Simulation files
  • Bug fixes
If you already have eDrawings for iPad, you can download the update directly from the App Store.

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.

New Feature in SolidWorks 2012

New to SolidWorks 2012 is a featured called Span Displays.

When you have multiple displays, you can use the Fit to buttons to fit a document window into the available area in each display. For example, you can fit a document window containing an assembly on one display and a document window containing a part from that assembly on the other.

When you have a single display, you can use the Fit to buttons to fit one document window to the left side of the display and another document window to the right side. This is particularly useful when you have more than two documents open because it lets you arrange only two of the documents. ( Windows > Tile , in contrast, would arrange all the open documents).