As frequent readers will know, I sometimes take a detour from the world of solids. It's "the holidays", so ...
I am one of likely very, very many that read a weekly email from Simon Booker at SolidWorks containing a wealth of tips and data on the sales and marketing arenas. There's always something interesting - at least to me! Here's a tidbit to you from me, from Simon, from Business Insider (I'm all about transparency!):
We reached out to the Global Language Monitor, which publishes an annual list of the year's top English words, to compile a ranking of the most popular business terms.
The GLM's ranking is based on how many times the word was used, analyzing billions of pages on the Internet, social media, blogs, and the top 275,000 print and electronic global media sources. To be considered for the list, terms needed at least 25,000 citations across the world.
Here are the year's most overused business words:
2. Social media
10. Big data
11. Nouns used as verbs (to concept, to ballpark, to impact)
13. Moving forward
14. The cloud
Post By Wayne White
For the more advanced and power RENDERERS out there, check out the additional SAVE AS option in 2014.
Many of the SW conferences I've attended, a Photoview user always speak about Modo, and some of the additional functionality you can get with that software package.
PV360 is fantastic for doing quick, efficient renders. The tool is so easy to use even a “Wayne-MAN” can do it! In all seriousness, I've done some rendering in my day. Back at the turn of the new millennium, I was using Flamingo (Rhinoceros) and the image creation took upwards of a weekend, and to figure out the tool took two summers (high school). With PV 360, it essentially has ZERO learning curve and you can focus easily on the model creating renders effortlessly and immediately.
There is capability to use MODO material in PV360, so the question came to me; what is MODO?
Modo is a standalone rendering package made by Luxology. I've done a quick open of the software on my MAC, and let's just say there are a lot of tools (not the focus of the blog). Perhaps down the road...
A couple of cool things though.
- You can export a 3d model for use in their package.
- You can use this rendering package on Windows/ MAC!
Check out their product---www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/modo
Post By Wayne White
SolidWorks 2014 adds in Cartoon Rendering for Photoview 360. Select options, check CONTOUR/ CARTOON RENDERING. The higher the magnitude for the line thickness, the more dramatic the effect…
The EPDM 2014 SP0 add-in for SolidWorks will fail to load with SolidWorks 2014 SP1 and beyond. This has been fixed with EPDM 2014 SP1.
The first recommendation from SolidWorks is to upgrade to EPDM 2014sp1 which was made available November 26th. If that is not possible, please request the hot fix from your reseller - KB Solution S-064549.
Post By Wayne White
A nice tool to look out for in Photoview is the ability to save out a picture file with a transparent background. Additionally, you can output the Alpha Channel- what the heck is that Star Trek term? I’d recommend http://graphicssoft.about.com/library/glossary/bldefalphachannel.htm for a nice easy breakdown. At the end of the day, it affords you the opportunity to take this nice rendering into graphics software and utilize other tools more easily.
Be mindful though, the file format has to support the alpha layer. JPEGs do NOT. I’m a HUGE Proponent of the built in HELP FILE- check it out for a complete breakdown for file extensions.
Do you work for a marketing team and do further photo processing? Check out GIMP, much like Photoshop, but it’s free!
Post By Wayne White
Check out 2014’s additional scenes. Hey, my Drone’s camo fits quite nicely with this Landscape 1 background!
Marlborough, MA | November 21, 2013
CADD Edge, Inc., the leading provider of SolidWorks CAD software in the Northeast, held its annual training event at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT on November 7 and 8. Over 300 attended, including 250 engineers and designers, as well as 30 CAD industry partners.
“We’ve been hosting this event for 13 years and provide two days of custom training, from basic to advanced topics, at a minimal charge – an invaluable investment for SolidWorks users with all levels of experience,” said Marcel Matte, CADD Edge COO.
“All too often we see engineers using the software the way they were trained 4 years ago and they’re missing out on all the new functionality added by SolidWorks. This training removes the blinders and extends the capabilities of each attendee.”
Keynote speaker, Aaron Kelly, Vice President, User Experience and Product Development at SolidWorks kicked off the event by speaking about SolidWorks’ commitment to customer satisfaction and feedback. “CADD Edge hosts a top notch event – it's consistently a terrific forum for information sharing and live feedback,” stated Kelly. “It's not often I have the opportunity to interact with hundreds of users in one place, outside of events hosted by SolidWorks.”
Attendees chose from 35 training sessions hosted by CADD Edge application engineers and industry specialists from Stratasys, NVIDIA, CAMWorks and other CAD vendors who are improving engineering design and manufacturing processes.
“I have already convinced senior management to approve sending more people next year.”
“I truly enjoyed this event again this year. You all did a great job and I got a great deal out of the program, once again,” said Frank Biolsi from Sonnax Industries. “I have already convinced senior management to approve sending more people next year.”
“This is the best reseller event we’ve attended,” said Katie Hyunh, who was on-site representing NVIDIA GRID™ VCA, a visual computing appliance enabling fast, high quality, remote processing. “It’s well organized and the attendees are highly engaged.”
CADD Edge User Group is held annually in the fall, timed with SolidWorks annual product releases. To get information on next year’s event or to get training on SolidWorks products, contact Susan Leuci at 508-630-8184 or visit the CADD Edge website at http://www.caddedge.com.
About CADD Edge, Inc. - CADD Edge, Inc. is the Northeast's leading provider of 3D CAD design software, 3D printing and rapid prototyping machines and CAD/CAM software, as well as product data, lifecycle, and documentation management solutions for mechanical engineering, product design, and manufacturing businesses. CADD Edge is an Authorized Reseller of SolidWorks software, Stratasys 3D printers, NVIDIA GRID, Omnify PLM, and several other complementary technology solutions. CADD Edge operates Authorized SolidWorks Training and Support Centers throughout New England including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut as well as in New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to these locations, CADD Edge sells and supports SolidWorks in Maine, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. Learn more at http://www.caddedge.com.
Post By Wayne White
A sly new addition is the ability to save as PNG. Do you want to capture a quick screenshot of your model design and don’t want to necessarily do a render?
Well, if you choose the PNG, now you can remove the background. Why is this important? PNGs include alpha channels (check back Friday for a discussion on those!). You can easily separate the model from the background regardless of it being white, gradient, etc.
In the first image, and clearly for example, we have the non-white background.
Choose the PNG extension.
Check to remove background- if that’s what you desire.
Well, it's over. Over 350 people for 2 days that included 35 training sessions, a vendor pavillion, breakfast and lunch ... and a casino nearby I was told.
The training sessions covered everything from 2014 What's New? to PDM and we raffled off many items including Bruins tickets, 3D printing services, and a Makerbot Replicator.
I got to meet several new people and old friends, but CADD Edge has thousands of Customers and there weren't thousands of Customers there. We missed you. One Customer commented that they should have brought more of their peers with them. It's great training in a SolidWorks World format with multiple training sessions for each time slot and time in between for 1:1 questions and a few laughs. In additon, there were several representatives from SolidWorks gathering your opinions on the product - a great opportunity.
So, GET READY FOR NEXT YEAR! We'll be back! Here's the list of training you missed to start off your cost justification letter:
- Capturing Motion with Assembly Mates
- Advancing Your Mold Design
- Composer: A Whole New World for 3D Data
- Meet the EPDM Admins!
- How 3D Printing is Changing Manufacturing in the US and What it Means to You
- Customization: SolidWorks, Have It Your Way!
- Layers, Tolerances, and Balloons, Oh My! - Navigating the (Yellow Brick) Road to Drawings Success
- Mold Design continued... Will the mold fill?
- Managing Common Use Files in EPDM
- Meeting Regulatory Compliance-Managing Data in a Sea of Paper!
- Just Beneath the Surface
- Template Best Practices - Get Your Designs Started off Right
- Let's Break Stuff! - Finding the Weak Spots in Your Design
- Learn to Be an EPDM User in 45 Minutes
- E3.WireWorks: Designed for the Electrical Engineer
- Tips and Tricks: Sketching
- Configure Your Way to Assembly Efficiency
- Simulation Professional – Design Iteration Made Faster, Easier, and with Better Accuracy
- Advanced API for EPDM
- Eliminate 2D Drawings: 3D Model Based Definition in SolidWorks
- Create the AR Drone Body Using Shells, Lofts and Advanced Tools
- Assembly Drawings that Work
- SolidWorks Electrical: Wired For Success
- EPDM Tips and Tricks for Everyday Use
- CAMWorks CAM Module for SolidWorks
- Making Multibodies Work for You
- Make your Assemblies Look Good
- Non-linear and Dynamics Simulation – Making Your Designs the Best by Withstanding the Worst
- PDM Beyond CAD: Using your PDM System to Manage Non-CAD Files
- High Performance Remoting Solution for Solidworks Users
- Tips and Tricks: Parts and Assemblies
- A Top Down Approach to Sheet Metal Design
- Market Your Design Using SolidWorks Rendering Tools
- How to Plan for and Implement EPDM Including Workgroup Migration
- Understand Best In Class ECAD/MCAD Collaboration
See you there!
We're preparing a great event for you. Please check our website for details: Events and Webinars -> 2013 Annual User and Training Event.
I hope to see you Thursday and please say hello - I'd like to meet some of the blog readers.
And of course, for those that cannot make it, I'll have some posts on the presentations.