SmarTeam User Group Meeting

ENOVIA User Group bannerDassault Systèmes, and Razorleaf partner Adaptive Corporation, are hosting a SmarTeam User Group meeting in Mason, OH on June 2, 2015 at Dassault’s SIMULIA offices. Multiple SmarTeam customers are registered to attend, and representatives from Honeywell and Borg Warner are scheduled to speak. The agenda also includes presentations by Dassault on the company’s 3DEXPERIENCE Platform and on options for migration and coexistence between ENOVIA SmarTeam and the 3DX Platform. Jonathan Scott of Razorleaf will also be presenting on a technical topic, “Quick and Simple Reporting with SmarTeam.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Microsoft HoloLens for Engineering

Microsoft HoloLens Product Image Technophiles the world over are buzzing about Microsoft’s announcement of the HoloLens product. This holographic augmented reality platform is bubbling with cool factor, but could have a significant impact on engineering and manufacturing software. Although there is no official release date for the product yet, we can expect CAD and PLM vendors will be working hard to capitalize on this opportunity to offer new interfaces for design and product-centric tools. Let’s take a look at what Microsoft announced, and what the implications could be for engineering. Read the rest of this entry »

DSLS Distributed License Stacking Behavior

DSLS IconDassault’s primary license server, DSLS, has some pretty interesting features, but we just ran into one that could be applicable in a number of situations. DSLS is capable of stacking licenses from more than one license server at the request of a single client. DSLS’s license stacking feature is documented in the manual (around page 72), but it wasn’t until recently that we saw a real-life application of this in the field. Read the rest of this entry »

Aras Releases Innovator 11

Aras A LogoAras released the latest version of their platform, Aras Innovator 11, in December 2014. In this release, Aras has added some exciting new functionality (Visual Collaboration) as well as made significant enhancements to existing functionality (Program Management Solution).

Read the rest of this entry »

Autodesk PLM 360 Workflow Notifications

Autodesk PLM 360 LogoPrior to the September 2014 release of Autodesk PLM 360, setting up workflow notifications was not very intuitive. Thanks to some enhancements in that month’s release, workflow notifications are quite a bit easier to configure now. However, there are still some nuances you might not realize with regard to the interrelationships between the ‘My Outstanding Work’ function, workflow notifications, and users authorized to perform a given transition. Read the rest of this entry »

SolidWorks Modeling for Automation: The Mate Debate

SolidWorks Mate DialogSolidWorks assembly mates are a powerful 3D design capability, but they are often take for granted. Designers expect them to work every time, all the time, even when mating information isn’t 100% clear to the software. If you’re using SolidWorks assembly mates in a design automation scenario, and you’re experiencing some frustration with SolidWorks’ behavior, read on. Read the rest of this entry »

PLM Software Vendors Diversify

Living Heart Project ImageHuman hearts, 3D printers, gold mines, and traffic management are not necessarily the things you would expect out of PLM software vendors, but these are all related to the evolving strategies of these companies. None of those topics may be related to your day-to-day work, but understanding how the major PLM software companies are diversifying could help you make better decisions about aligning with specific PLM vendors.

Read the rest of this entry »