Getting Great 2D from 3D with 3DVIA Composer

A lot of people have big ideas in mind for how they will use 3DVIA Composer to create new types of output or documents, like animations and renderings.  But don’t forget how great 3DVIA Composer is at the basics.  A number of features in 3DVIA Composer are helpful in defining and maintaining realistic and informative 2D images of 3D geometry.  You can set and retain specific views, define types of explosions, and set components to appear/disappear in multiple ways.  All of this yields shorter delivery times on documentation, and speedy updates to existing 3DVIA Composer content.  Continue Reading

3DVIA Composer and Language Translation

Global collaboration depends on communication, and since there is no universal written or spoken language, the communication part of collaboration is still a challenge for many companies. Fortunately, the use of 3D tools and remote meetings are addressing this challenge in the design process, but there are still downstream communication challenges with internal customers like manufacturing and field service. From assembly instructions to routine maintenance documents, the desire to create documentation without having to go through language translation is growing. 3DVIA Composer gives companies the ability to communicate with downstream users through animations and detailed images instead of relying on the written word.  Continue Reading

Join Us at COE 2010

Even if you’re not able to attend COE 2010 Annual Conference this year, join us for live updates from the event by following us on Twitter.  Razorleaf is also presenting at the event, and we are posting our presentations to If you do happen to be at the event, you can meet up with us on Tuesday at 6PM and Wednesday at 1PM in the TechniFair (at the Adaptive booth, #407). Continue Reading

Razorleaf at COE 2010 Annual Conference

Razorleaf will present at COE 2010 Annual Conference on April 19, 20, and 21, 2010. Michael Craffey from Razorleaf will be delivering two presentations, “ENOVIA SmarTeam and V6 Readiness” and “Tweaking 3DLive on ENOVIA SmarTeam.” Brian Olsen from Razorleaf will be presenting “Setting Up Catalogs in ENOVIA SmarTeam” and “SmarTeam Attribute Mapping for Word and Excel.” Jonathan Scott from Razorleaf will deliver “ENOVIA SmarTeam Deployment at AS&E.” Continue Reading

Neutral Properties in 3DVIA Composer

Neutral Properties in 3DVIA Composer are generated from the original import of the underlying CAD files. Often, the default properties such as texture, scale and location are changed for geometry actors or collaboration actors for various reasons (exploded views, animations, etc.). Fortunately, the original properties of the actors can be restored easily, saving time in creating technical illustrations, animations, and other content.

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3DVIA Sync and Automated Deliverables

A common problem many companies face is the ability to have deliverable documents, like web images, catalogs, and technical illustrations, mirror their final product.  Because of the dynamic nature of design and engineering, it is often a struggle to keep this downstream output up-to-date without utilizing some type of automation. Using 3DVIA Sync ensures changes that have been made in the upstream CAD systems are reflected in the downstream content created in 3DVIA Composer.  Continue Reading

Positioning Geometry Actors in 3DVIA Composer

If you’re a veteran CAD designer getting to know 3DVIA Composer, you’ve probably already asked yourself the question, “Why doesn’t this tool let me maintain my CAD assembly constraints?”  There’s actually a very good reason – they’re going to be more hindrance than help.  Continue Reading