There are three main events each year for people interested in software products from Dassault Systèmes: COE Annual Conference (held in the spring), 3DExperience Forum (typically held in November), and SolidWorks World (held in late January or early February). The events have different content and target audiences, and since clients frequently ask us which conference they should attend, we thought we’d explain a little bit about them and give you three reasons why 3DExperience Forum is worth attending. Full Article >
Here at Razorleaf, we’re involved in just about any kind of technology that can help engineering and manufacturing companies succeed, and that recently has started to include a number of PLM tools from Autodesk. In fact, we’ve had a number of successes with Autodesk’s PLM 360 product. One of our projects was notable enough that we were asked to speak at Autodesk University 2014 with our client, Inphi. Read on to learn more about what and when we’ll be presenting. Full Article >
Autodesk has announced its first-ever Autodesk PLM 360 User Conference, Accelerate 2014, to be held September 16-17 in Boston. This free event looks to be a great place not only to network with others in the Autodesk PLM 360 community and meet the Autodesk PLM 360 product and support teams, but also to hear from industry leaders and analysts about trends in product innovation and manufacturing. Full Article >
It’s been a little over four years since Razorleaf first wrote about DraftSight in this post about DraftSight Beta. Surprisingly, many companies are not aware of this free (or nearly free) 2D CAD package from Dassault. Given the utility of this tool for so many engineering and manufacturing users, it’s worth a second look and a recap of DraftSight’s capabilities. Read Article >
DriveWorks can push SolidWorks, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel to create Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files from drawings, models, documents, and spreadsheets. This is great news, but when you want to share many PDF files with a customer or partner, it would be helpful to have all of this information in just one PDF file. With triggered actions, DriveWorks 11 can now watch for documents to be generated, and then perform operations once they all exist. Razorleaf added the final touch to this equation – a DriveWorks specification task to select multiple PDF files and combine them into a single PDF. Read Article >
From time to time we encounter errors that leave even the most experienced of us puzzled. Such was the case with a problem we encountered with the ENOVIA SmarTeam Data Model Designer. If you’ve seen the message, “SmarTeam Internal Error” in the SmarTeam DMD, we have a possible resolution for you (this message can actually indicate many different problems, so we might or might not have the resolution to your specific problem). Read Article >
Generations of children have stood in wonder on their first trip to a bowling alley, mesmerized by the smooth motion of the automatic pinsetters and the sight of brightly colored balls spinning up the ball return. The technology that makes a bowling alley operate isn’t magic – it just seems that way.
Behind the scenes AMF Bowling, a division of QubicaAMF , engineers a complex and carefully timed dance of moving parts to be both rugged and precise. AMF designs and fabricates most of the parts it uses and assembles everything from the ball returns to the laminates for the flooring. The pinspotter, for example, includes more than 3,800 different parts, all of which must be engineered to work smoothly without clashing.
Managing such complexity isn’t easy, as Brian Williamson, CAD-PDM Administrator and design engineer with QubicaAMF Worldwide, will be the first to admit. “When I got here four years ago, I think I spent more time trying to locate the designs for the parts in our machines than I did designing new ones,” he says. “CAD files were scattered all over the network and on local drives with very little chance of being found again so they could be reused.”