How To Utilize The 3DEXPERIENCE Integration And Gain A Thorough Understanding Of Metadata

3DEXPERIENCE Integration is a feature available for users of 3DEXPERIENCE on Cloud for managing SOLIDWORKS CAD data. The platform has been continuously providing companies with more customization options to tailor their experience.

One of the critical features to be aware of is 3DEXPERIENCE Integration, which allows for improved metadata specification (such as part number, description, and author). SOLIDWORKS allows you to access this feature by navigating to Tools > Options > System Options. Detailed information is available in the SOLIDWORKS Help. So, what exactly does this option do? Let's delve into it.

3DEXPERIENCE Integration:

3DEXPERIENCE Integration empowers users to control both the configuration structure of parts or assemblies and how that structure translates into the Platform.

To ensure compatibility with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, enable the "Update SOLIDWORKS files" option.. Be aware that updating a document for 3DEXPERIENCE compatibility is permanent. Additionally, the Rules Editor allows users to create rules for how certain configurations become Physical Products versus representations of existing data, though this is beyond the scope of this article.

Update SOLIDWORKS files to ensure compatibility with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Introduced in FD01 2024x (February 2024), this feature allows a single physical product in new parts/assemblies or multiple physical products. You might wonder, what is a physical product? Let's explore this option further.

Physical Product:

3DEXPERIENCE Integration provides better control over the CAD object's structure within the Platform. The Platform is the source of truth for a company’s Purchasing department or Management seeking part numbers. In SOLIDWORKS, users are familiar with its structure—a part configuration and derived configuration form the potential structure in CAD. In 3DEXPERIENCE, there are CAD Family, Physical Product, and representations. SOLIDWORKS utilizes representations, but these are not transferred to the Platform.

The traditional feature tree in SOLIDWORKS shows the CAD Family top-level object with three physical products underneath. In the Relations app (All Relations), we see one CAD Family, three physical products, and three objects referred to as representations, which allow viewing in the web via 3DPlay. Web browsers leverage these tessellated models to generate graphics.

The following example demonstrates a different mapping approach: the feature tree displays one CAD Family object, one Physical Product, and two representations. The "Large" and "Small" sizes do not appear in the Platform but as a master configuration called Bracket. Thus, only one string of metadata exists, with Large and Small being different sizes used in various CAD states.

Working with Physical Products:

Physical Products are crucial in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, showing CAD geometry when using tools like 3DPlay, and downstream apps like Product Release Engineer and Project Planner primarily work with the physical product object type. Hiding the CAD Family object reveals a Bracket with two configurations (Large and Small). Even though hidden, the CAD Family object remains part of the package.

3DEXPERIENCE Integration allows converting between physical products and representations. This flexibility helps in part number generation and other properties. The user can convert objects to a physical product or a representation.

When turning off 3DEXPERIENCE Integration with two configurations one derived, you end up with three physical products in 3DEXPERIENCE, meaning three independent but connected objects. Disabling 3DEXPERIENCE Integration allows you to assign separate part numbers.

Check the object’s name the prd prefix is the default naming convention for the Physical Product object type. Different numbers indicate different Physical Product objects. The right-click menu provides an option named "Update for 3DEXPERIENCE compatibility" to process documents for compatibility even after they've been created.

Should I Use 3DEXPERIENCE Integration:

Each organization should test the use of 3DEXPERIENCE Integration. Companies might create templates to standardize this feature across their design team. At the very least, companies should consider their part numbering intent early and understand this option's nuances.

3DEXPERIENCE Integration offers better control over a company’s numbering intent and aligns 3DEXPERIENCE object names—CAD Family, Physical Product, and representations. With the option off, the verbiage remains configurations and derived configurations, and variants called configurations generally become physical products in 3DEXPERIENCE, potentially with separate part numbers.

DraftSight Mechanical Toolbox: Enhancing Drafting Efficiency

DraftSight is a powerful software solution that offers immense value to drafters and engineers engaged in editing and creating DWG and DXF files. Specifically, DraftSight's Professional through Enterprise Plus editions feature a specialized set of tools known as the DraftSight Mechanical Toolbox.

This toolbox is meticulously designed to cater to the needs of mechanical drafters by providing essential functionalities such as standardized holes, fasteners, tables, and annotations. These tools are integral for completing detailed mechanical drawings efficiently and accurately, streamlining the design process and ensuring adherence to industry standards.

Whether it's detailing parts, assembling components, or generating precise dimensions, the DraftSight Mechanical Toolbox empowers users to achieve high-quality results in mechanical engineering tasks within a user-friendly CAD environment.

Adding the Mechanical Toolbox in DraftSight either through the Tools menu in the Workspace or by using the Command Line with the command ADDINS, which opens the same window. This gives you flexibility in accessing and using the toolbox's tools for mechanical drafting tasks.

When the Toolbox is enabled, all tools are accessible via the Mechanical pull-down menu, the Mechanical ribbon tab, or the Mechanical toolbar, depending on the Workspace configuration.

Using the Toolbox starts with accessing the Standards command, which serves as the initial step in utilizing its functionalities. Within the Toolbox, there are six fundamental standards provided. To begin, users activate the specific standard that aligns with their requirements. For more tailored needs, custom standards can be generated by duplicating a basic standard. Then modifying parameters related to holes, hardware specifications, and thread data. This flexibility allows drafters and engineers to adapt the Toolbox to suit specific project demands, ensuring precision and efficiency in mechanical drafting tasks.

STANDARD HOLES:

The Standard Holes function particularly caught my attention. It addresses the challenge of recalling specific hole sizes required for different applications. To use it, begin by choosing the hole category, such as Counterbore or Countersink. Then, select the settings for the standard, fastener type, size, and scale as needed. For custom applications, all properties are adjustable. Allowing for precise customization of hole dimensions and specifications to meet project requirements effectively. This feature not only streamlines the design process but also enhances accuracy and consistency in mechanical drafting tasks.

Placing a hole is straightforward with DraftSight. Simply click once to specify the center location and a second time to set the angle. Clicking once to specify the center location and again to set the angle creates a block containing attributes and layer data, all easily modifiable as needed. This method ensures efficient placement and customization of holes within designs, enhancing the precision and flexibility of mechanical drafting tasks.

Hole Callouts:

After incorporating various sizes of holes, the next step in the process involves adding Hole Callout annotations to the drawing. Callouts are easily placed with a simple click-and-place operation, ensuring a highly efficient workflow. With just a few mouse clicks, the callouts can be quickly and accurately completed. Enhancing the clarity and completeness of the mechanical design documentation.

Hole Tables:

As the number of holes increases, adding more hole callouts can clutter the drawing. A clear and organized method to manage and document these holes is by adding a Hole Table. This table neatly labels and lists the locations and parameters of each hole. Providing a structured overview that enhances the clarity and organization of the mechanical design.

DraftSight Mechanical Toolbox offers a comprehensive solution for enhancing mechanical drafting capabilities. From simplifying the placement of standard holes to efficiently annotating drawings with callouts and organized hole tables. The Toolbox streamlines the entire drafting process. Exploring these tools can significantly enhance productivity and precision in creating detailed mechanical designs.

CREATION OF TERMINAL DIAGRAM IN SOLIDWORKS ELECTRICAL

Creation of a new terminal strip drawing in SolidWorks electrical and customizing it according to our specification.

In SOLIDWORKS ELECTRICAL, the creation of terminal drawings is automated, ensuring that the origin and destination of wires, as well as component details, are dynamically updated on the terminal drawing sheet.

STEP 1

  • AS shown in the below image 
  • Create a wire before inserting a terminal.
  • To ensure automatic updates of wire origin and destination, place a component before and after the terminal.
SolidWorks Electrical Terminal Diagram

  STEP 2

TERMINAL OPTIONS

  • One method allows you to place a single terminal...
  • The other method is used for placing a set of multiple terminals...
  • SolidWorks Electrical offers two insertion options: one for placing a single terminal and another for placing a set of multiple terminals.
SolidWorks Electrical Terminal Diagram

STEP 3

ADDING MULTIPLE TERMINAL

  • To add a multiple set of terminals a line needed to draw and a triangle in the image represents the flow of the wire
  • The line signifies that these wires function as a single group, from which you can extract a cable or a set of neutral wires.
SolidWorks Electrical Terminal Diagram

STEP 4

TERMINAL PROPERTIES

  • Two important markers are displayed in the terminal properties: parent mark and terminal number.
  • To clarify the terminal hierarchy, the first MARK identifies the parent mark, such as X2.
  • Second MARK represents terminal number in the parent terminal i.e X2-1,2,3.
  • Before clicking "OK," ensure you haven't added manufacturer data yet. There is an easy way of adding manufacturer data that we ll discuss in next topic.
SolidWorks Electrical Terminal Diagram

STEP 5

MANUFACTURER DATA ADDING

  • After adding a terminal, right-click on it and navigate to "Edit Terminal Strip X2" to include manufacturer data.
  • Second image shows adding the manufacturer by selecting every number of terminal and right click-> Assign manufacturer 
SolidWorks Electrical Terminal Diagram
SolidWorks Electrical Terminal Diagram

STEP 6

MANUFACTURER PART PROPERTIES

  • The library will then display a list of manufacturers.
  • The selection process involves choosing the ideal manufacturer based on compatibility with the circuit and terminal points.
  • Completing these steps creates a terminal and assigns a manufacturer, as illustrated in the second image.

STEP 7

TERMINAL STRIP PAGE

  • SolidWorks Electrical can automatically generate a separate page for your terminal connection details.
  • Right-clicking the X2 terminal in the image reveals a menu with various options.
  • Following the image's highlight, select the "Draw" option.
  • A new page showcasing terminal strip connection details is automatically generated, as shown in the second image below.A screenshot of a computer

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Summary

  • Building on the steps outlined above, we can now create a terminal connection in SolidWorks Electrical.
  • Creating these points automatically generates a terminal connection detail page.

25 Years of Growth, Innovation & Shared Success

Dear Valued Customers,

As we come together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the company, I am glad to express my deepest gratitude to each one of you. As we celebrate our company's 25th anniversary, we are filled with immense gratitude for the integral role you have played in our journey.

We thank our customers, for the integral role they have played in the journey.

Over the past quarter-century, your trust, and loyalty have been the cornerstones of our achievements. We are sincerely thankful for the confidence you have placed in us, allowing us to grow, innovate, and exceed expectations. Your feedback and support have been invaluable, inspiring us to continually strive for excellence.

As we mark 25 years of growth, innovation, and shared success, we look forward to many more years of partnership with you and we are excited about the future opportunities that lie ahead. On this occasion, we commit ourselves to be on top of the technological advancements and staying competitive.

Once again, thank you for your trust. Your loyalty is deeply appreciated, and we are honored to have you as part of our extended family.

Sincerely,

INTEC 2024, A Convergence of Innovation and Industry with SIMTEK

SIMTEK Showcase at INTEC 2024

INTEC, the International Machine Tools & Industrial Trade Fair, has been a beacon of industrial advancement and a hub for business opportunities for two decades. As it reached its 20th edition, INTEC 2024 stands as a testament to the fair’s enduring legacy and its pivotal role in shaping the future of manufacturing and engineering.

At INTEC 2024, SIM Technologies Private Limited took center stage with an impressive display of their latest engineering solutions and services. Their participation was not just about exhibiting products; it was about demonstrating their role as a catalyst for innovation in the engineering sector.

A Display of Pioneering Solutions

SIM Technologies’ stall was a microcosm of the future of engineering design and manufacturing. They showcased the newest versions of SOLIDWORKS & 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS, offering visitors a hands-on experience with the software that is driving the industry forward. The demonstrations highlighted the software’s capabilities in 3D design, simulation, and product data management, emphasizing how these tools can optimize the entire product development process.

Key Themes and Innovations at INTEC 2024

As the industrial world converges at INTEC 2024, the air is thick with anticipation for the key themes and innovations that will define the future of manufacturing. This year, the event was poised to unveil a series of groundbreaking advancements that promise to elevate the industry to new heights.

The Digital Transformation

 Industry 4.0 and Beyond The buzzword ‘Industry 4.0’ finds concrete expression at INTEC 2024, where digital transformation takes center stage. Unconventional technologies such as AI-driven analytics, IoT-enabled devices, and smart automation systems are on display, showcasing how data and connectivity are reshaping the industrial landscape.

Additive Manufacturing

 Crafting the Future 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies are set to revolutionize how we create products. INTEC 2024 highlighted the latest advancements in this field, demonstrating how complex components can now be crafted with precision and speed, opening up possibilities for customization and innovation.

Strengthening Industry Presence

INTEC 2024 served as a platform for SIM Technologies to reinforce its presence in the engineering solutions sector. The event allowed them to showcase their strengths, particularly in the areas of CAD solutions and SOLIDWORKS expertise. Their interactive demonstrations and comprehensive product presentations left a lasting impression on the attendees, solidifying their reputation as a leader in the field.

A Green Gesture

 Seed Balls Giveaway In a unique and thoughtful initiative, SIM Technologies provided visitors with a freebie that carried a message of sustainability – seed balls. These seed balls, given away to attendees, symbolize the company’s commitment to environmental consciousness and the greening of our planet. It was a small but powerful gesture that resonated with the event’s attendees, reflecting the company’s dedication to eco-friendly practices.

Setting the Stage for Future Innovations

The feedback and discussions at INTEC 2024 have set the stage for SIM Technologies to plan and develop future innovations. The company’s focus on sustainable and efficient solutions was well-received, and they are poised to continue this trajectory, developing products and services that not only meet but anticipate the future needs of the industry.

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