Razorleaf at COE 2010 Aero Workshop

Razorleaf will be speaking at COE 2010 Aerospace & Defense Workshop on October 12, 2010.  Jonathan Scott from Razorleaf will deliver “Cleaning Up CATIA V5 Data for PDM or V6” in support of one of Razorleaf’s partners, Adaptive Corporation.   This hands-on session is extremely timely given CATIA V5 users’ need to get their data under management in anticipation of CATIA V6.  It will also be relevant for those with no V6 plans, but who struggle with getting their CATIA V5 data loaded into basic file management systems like ENOVIA SmarTeam.  If you’re planning to attend COE Aero, please join us for this session, or stop by to speak with us while at the event.

Dassault Publishes V6R2011

Dassault Systemes delivered the first real release of V6 back in 2009 with V6R2010.  Since that time, the PLM software provider has been releasing new iterations of V6 twice a year.  The most recent release, V6R2011, shows increasing maturity in a number of areas such that parts of the product which were only “preliminary” in previous versions are now fully functional for production use.  There are highlights to all brands in the V6 portfolio, but let’s focus on some of the changes in the brands most relevant to Razorleaf clients: CATIA, 3DVIA, and ENOVIAContinue Reading

Organizing CAD Models for Design Automation

The purpose of a design automation system is to control different aspects, or parameters, of your CAD models. These could be dimensions, features, component instances, and more. Creating a truly powerful and profitable automation requires a good number of parameters. Keeping track of these parameters can get tricky, so some CAD model organization techniques are in order.  Continue Reading

Dassault Announces Beta of DraftSight

DraftSight, a new 2D drafting program from Dassault Systemes, is available in public beta for free, and to enterprises for a small fee (to access extended features and support).  It can be downloaded here.  The tool is meant to offer all of the same functionality in AutoCAD, and to read and author data in DWG files just as AutoCAD does.  Despite similarities to SolidWorks’ DWG Editor product, DraftSight is altogether separate and different (based on different technology).  Continue Reading

SolidWorks Event Wrappers

The SolidWorks API (Application Programming Interface) is immensely powerful.  In fact, if something is doable within SolidWorks, the chances are good that there is a corresponding API.  As a result, automation possibilities are endless.  The SolidWorks API documentation is outstanding and, in most cases, provides exceptional detail.  However, one area that is somewhat tricky to navigate is event handling.  This article will cover an example for event handling when developing for SolidWorks.  Continue Reading

CAD and Virtualization

Virtualization has progressed considerably in the past few years, but graphics performance has been notoriously poor because VMs (virtual machines) have been unable to take advantage of the host’s video card.  Even if your workstation has the latest from NVidia, ATI, or some other video card manufacturer, the VM has had no way of taking advantage of the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) processing power or VRAM (Video RAM).  There are still a handful of things you can do to optimize graphics performance (for CAD) with virtualizationContinue Reading

Quality Gets a Boost with InspectionXpert

Whether you’re among the ranks of Engineering or Quality, creating inspection sheets can be a real pain.  InspectionXpert is a valuable tool for automating processes around inspection sheets, and worth a look if your industry requires documented inspections.  Continue Reading