• What would you do with more money and more time?

    Yes that’s right, it’s the stuff dreams are made of…. Well if your dreams are based around engineering part design; and your wishes are for increased profit and less time spent trying to find existing data, redesigning things and ultimately creating less duplicates….!? Let’s look at some facts. Each new item/part number has carrying costs of …
  • Q-Checker – Product Data Quality Solution

    Q-checker…… the spell checker for CATIA! Hands up who uses spell check for emails, documents, letters…? All of us right!? So who wouldn’t love to have a ‘spell check’ for your product data? Enter Q-checker…. Essentially Q-checker checks the product data for quality (Product Data Quality or PDQ). It ‘knows’ what is wrong or right from a ‘check …
  • Dassault Systemes Student Project of the year 2013

    Dassault Systemes launch their 2013 student contest, Project of the Year. The contest is open now and runs until June 21st 2013. It is open to any student worldwide who have produced a project made with Dassault Systèmes’ solutions. To participate, students have to join the POTY 2013 Facebook app, and then simply enroll on 3DS Academy in order …
  • Optimise CATIA V5 design with ENOVIA V6

    The globalisation of engineering activities often involving design offices spread over various countries and multiple suppliers is a key factor in the quest to improve quality and reduce costs during development of new products. Large amounts of product information and CAD data is being exchanged between people speaking different languages from …
  • Smooth Camera Path in 3DVIA Composer

    The last blog in our journey through 3DVIA Composer…. how to create a smooth camera path. When creating a composer document using the animation timeline, any movements of the camera, be it zooming or rotating, is recorded on a camera path. By default this path is linear; as a result of this an animation with lots of camera action may seem quite …
  • Magnetic Lines in 3DVIA Composer

    3DVIA Composer’s unique magnetic line functionality makes it possible for users to easily align collaborative actors such as callouts and images. When moving around a model, attached collaborative actors, which have a constant presence through multiple views or marker sequences in animations, can cause issues by getting in the way. This results …
  • Animation from Views in 3DVIA Composer

    With 3DVIA there are two main approaches to creating your document; creating views or creating animations. But you aren’t restricted to one or the other, both can contribute towards the production of the other.    After creating several views, these can be translated over to keys within the animation timeline. Simply drag and drop the view …
  • 3DVIA Composer Advanced Transforms

    Similar to the camera paths function in an earlier blog, the transformation of actors contain a path to follow. Again, similarly, this has the default option of Linear but can be changed to Custom or Smooth. For this example I created a very basic transform in 3 steps using the animation timeline. Hint: A useful tool for editing the path is …
  • 3DVIA Composer Advanced Camera Options

    A feature which was released in the 2012x 3DVIA but is not made full use of is the multiple cameras option. On the “home” tab of the ribbon you can chose to “attach Camera” and “add” a new camera in addition to the default one. There are also several choices to customise these, a couple of which are very useful.    Target ModeThis mode leaves …