Articles by: Eric van Essen

I have been working with Javelin for 10 years and now have the role as director of products where I oversee the ramp up of new solutions for our customers or potential customers.

Using SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional on a mobile device [VIDEO]

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I recently came across this video created by DS SOLIDWORKS Senior Technical Manager Steve Fick.  Steve did a great job touching on two very important advantages of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional version over the standard version to 1) ensure that a distributed and mobile team can access data quickly and reliably, and 2) having the ability to make good decisions while on the road. PDM Web Portal The key focus is on the web portal available with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and how easy it is to navigate with a mobile phone as it automatically detects and switches to an optimized format.  It also integrates seamlessly with the eDrawings IOS or Android app which allows managers to review the actual CAD data while on the run. Take a look at the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional mobile device demonstration below: The nice thing about this web portal is that it doesn’t require any additional PDM licensing.  It consumes…

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The Best Process for Creating Inspection Documentation

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Implementing a robust quality control process is critical to ensuring your products assemble with ease, operate to your customers satisfaction and last their desired lifespan.  The problem a lot of our clients are facing is that the amount of effort it takes creating inspection documentation for this quality control process can be quite time consuming.  When SOLIDWORKS Inspection was released a couple years ago, it’s primary intent was to reduce this effort and help the masses have a professional quality control and inspection process without the amount of effort it has traditionally taken in the past. With the growing number of customers that are adopting the software, it has become apparent that there is clearly a winning process that customers are using that ends up being the most efficient and also satisfies the requirements of the quality control department.  In a nutshell, this process is to start an inspection document in native SOLIDWORKS leveraging…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Revision Control Best Practices [VIDEO]

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Revision control has always been the most important reason why customers are adopting the PDM system.  The term “revision control” however can mean different things to different people.  Fundamentally, it is important to keep an ongoing history of a part or product design but when it comes down to implementing a PDM system, it is important to make a plan and ensure you not only have a way to track the changes but also standardize and automate as much of the process as possible.  The end result is not only a reduction in errors related to using the wrong revisions but there is a potential for a tremendous amount of time savings. On-demand Webinar The following webinar that we put together does a great job at going behind the scenes of revision control and demonstrates How easy it is to have a simple process control when revisions are created and…

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Migrating to SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or Professional

Loading files into SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or Professional can be very easy.  Because the PDM tools are built on Windows Explorer architecture it can literally be as simple as drag and drop, but there are a few things to keep in mind when populating your new vault. This article provides direction on the tools and techniques that are available for migrating to SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or Professional; and I recommend that you invest time with a PDM Implementation Specialist to figure out which techniques are going to work best for you. Consideration #1: Current Location of Data The majority of PDM implementations that we perform are with clients that currently have files in Windows Explorer.  This has the advantage of being relatively simple but has a major disadvantage of typically being a major mess.  You can theoretically drag and drop an entire folder structure from Windows Explorer into your new SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Vault but it will be important…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Embed eDrawings Models into Your Website or Blog

I have had the opportunity to preview the new functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2016 and I am excited to be once again hosting our Annual Launch Event for the new SOLIDWORKS release in October. Like every release of SOLIDWORKS, there are literally hundreds of enhancements and once again there is a good mix of user requested time savers and innovation. One thing that has been rolled out subtly in anticipation of the new release is the revamp of 3DContentCentral (www.3dcontentcentral.com). One of the biggest changes that I really like is how easy it is to embed 3D models from 3DContentCentral into your own website. With this addition, it is just as easy to add 3D content to your website as it is to add a video from YouTube.  Check out the Minion model below which I embedded into this blog page in about 10 seconds! Download How to embed eDrawings Models 1. First visit 3DContentCentral at www.3dcontentcentral.com 2….

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Bunkspeed Rendering now part of the SOLIDWORKS product line from Javelin

I am excited to share the news that Bunkspeed rendering and animation product are being offered by Javelin Technologies.  This is in alignment with our belief in Bunkspeed as a recommended high ended rendering solution for SolidWorks designs.  One of the coolest things about the technology is how it leverages the reality matching accuracy of Nvidia iray® materials and lighting.  This enables designers and creative users in any field to intuitively generate high quality renderings in a fraction of the time of other offerings.  It already has tight integration with SOLIDWORKS and a lot of advanced capabilities that can produce high end animations and other creative marketing content. Here are a couple images we made using the Bunkspeed product:

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Freehand Sketching with SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer Software

We have done quite a few demonstrations of SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer and every time we do I get more excited about the impact this new technology will have on the Industrial Design process.  In fact, I get excited for any customer who does complex surfacing or creates complex organic shapes in general as the capabilities truly redefine the design approach of the past.   There are a number of unique and favourite capabilities of the software but one of the first aspects of the tool someone would typically use is freehand sketching. SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer has the ability to freehand sketch using a touch screen or Wacom tablet and actually make use of the information you are creating.   The freehand sketching can take the pressure you are applying into consideration for a thin or thick line and erasing can be as simple as using the other side of your Wacom stylus.  Very cool!  You can of…

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Automating SOLIDWORKS for Pool Liner & Cover Design

SolidWorks has been and still is an amazing design tool for any industry that has similar or repetitive design work but when some industry specific programming is done, it can be mind blowing how much time and effort can be saved.  A project that we took on this year was to create a SolidWorks Add-in specific to the Pool liner and cover industry.  The goal of the add-in was to leverage the common data inputs and to automate as much of the design process as possible. Pool & Cover Design Workflow These screen shots below show the workflow for importing data from the IOS app “Pool Measure Pro” that is widely used by contractors to measure pools and generate pool geometry. When possible, it’s nice to have other people input data, which is why the contact info is automatically loaded in from the Pool Measure Pro data file.  Simple things like…

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