Digital Pathfinder in 3D

By Michael
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My first car was a red Volkswagen Beetle which I bought as a student with my grand-father’s budget for 3900 German Mark (equivalent of 1900 Euro).

Money was scarce those days and therefore I happily performed the generic service checks and overhauls myself using a do-it-yourself book called “How to maintain your Beetle”.

I never forget the effort and hassle it was for me changing the four spark plugs on the rear side of that Boxer engine. It was necessary that I literally dove into the engine hood (that is at the backside of the car) and over-stretched my arm in reaching the position where the plugs were found, then blindly fiddled around to set the wrench tool for unscrewing them. My whole body hurt after this services session!

Of course the engineers who developed the famous Beetle engine did not have yet 3D PLM at their hands, neither they had our partner Kineo’s Path Planning application which integrates with Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA, DELMIA and 3DVIA solutions.

So they were not yet able to digitally simulate during their design stage how assembly and service tasks can be performed, in an early stage of the product development using a 3D digital mock-up.

If they could have tested this they would have found out that the body stretch of a person servicing the spark plugs was too difficult and they probably would have redesigned their positions to make them easier to be accessed.


Today’s engineers have the possibility to let Kineo’s 3D intelligence do this magic on their designs, to find collision free motion paths in a 3D assembly environment under given constraints, e.g. how a human body can cope with a given geometry, also how a robot can be dimensioned and programmed to perform specific tasks.

Tests show that dynamic collision detections are performed as fast as 0.8 milliseconds on large 3D models of more than three million polygons. With this it is possible to verify a large number of design alternatives and case studies.

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Kineo is a Dassault Systèmes partner since 2005 with the CAA V5 program, and has now extended this cooperation to offer their technology on the V6 platform.

One major use case is in simulating manufacturing assembly processes to forecast accessibility issues in the virtual simulation which could create costly bottlenecks in production. As a result, optimized designs and assemblies result in better manufacturability and the abilty to perform services.

Airbus is using the Kineo solution integrated with DELMIA for final assembly check for example in the A350 program (read whole story).

A second use case lies in the optimization of servicing procedures, where the Kineo application integrated in 3DVIA Composer finds the best way to assemble or disassemble parts while avoiding collisions. Watch this video that explains how this works.

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What do you think of this capability? Do you like what you see?

Soon more from the wonderful world of engineering.

Best,

Michael

DraftSight Community-Based Support

By Matthias
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DraftSight!  Ever since June 2010 when it was first launched, there’s been a lot of buzz about this new 2D CAD for reading, writing and sharing DWG files. I’m not going to tell you more about the product. I’m here to talk about Support.

So, what’s different about DraftSight? Well the major difference is that support is available through an online community!

DraftSight Community on SwYm

To get support on DraftSight, you need to register on 3DSwYm (See what You mean), Dassault Systèmes’ online collaborative platform. Then, you’ll get access to the DraftSight community.

Let me guide you a little, in case you’re not familiar with 3DSwYm.  Each SwYm community offers features like blogs, surveys, media and iQuestions (a question-and-answer functionality similar to Yahoo! Answers).

If you need support, all you have to do is ask a question and it will be answered by the community. The best answers will be promoted and validated by the other members.

Of course, among the community members, there are some official people from DraftSight support, like Annika Nauheimer. It shouldn’t be too difficult for you to find her, as well as the rest of her team.

“We all started using the same alias ‘DraftSight Technical Support’ and quickly recognized that this is not really going to work for the community. So we decided to create a new profile for everyone consisting of a surname and a short description, which is working out much better, makes support more ‘human’.”

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There are currently 1,119 iQuestions and 81 blog posts with a total of 414 comments. The posts getting most of the attention are those related to the learning resources and guide.

Community-Based Support

Annika supports DraftSight users every day on SwYm so I was curious to know what changes it made in her working life.

“At the beginning it was a bit strange to know that everything we are going to answer goes out to a live community instantly, so it took a bit longer to answer iQuestions or post something to the blog as everything got double checked 10 times to make sure there were no spelling mistakes etc. But I am literally just talking about the first few days, this disappeared quite soon after we started working in the community.”

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“A great thing to see is how the community starts to get its ‘own life’ where users from all over the world help each other. We have a great number of Linux users who surprise us every day with their inspiration. Our mission in the community is to supplement the knowledge being shared, not to drive it. And it seems that we are on a good way!”

I totally share Annika’s enthusiasm and think that community-based support makes a big difference.  Direct and instant communication with users, this is clearly the future of support.

What do you think?

Best,

Matthias

Let’s Go Design Project #2

By Matthew
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Check Out the Multi-Sport Practice Cage!

After months of research and design, Jeremy Luchini and the Let’s Go Design team are ready to unveil the final design and prototype of the multi-sport practice cage. Rather than building a full-size prototype, the team decided to use the 3D printers in the SolidWorks audience to build a 1/12 scale model.

You may also want to visit the Post3D website to take a virtual tour of the cage.

So, what do you think?

Best,

Matt



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