SolidWorks Labs

February 5, 2007 23 Comments »
SolidWorks Labs

Solidworkslabs_2 SolidWorks today announced the launch of the SolidWorks Labs website. This site includes several innovative R&D projects that users can use in a variety of ways. For the launch, four different software tools are available which provide a variety of functions across the CAD spectrum.

Drawings Now is a service that allows you to upload drawings in SolidWorks Drawings and DWG/DXF formats to a website for viewing by “Non-CAD users”. The viewing of these files does not require a plug-in to be installed and provides a host of interactive features.

COSMOSExpress Now is a web based application that allows users to upload models to perform simple static FEA analysis. No software is required for download in this process as all of it is web based. The interface has somewhat of a wizard based approach and allows users to set up boundary conditions and loads to the provided model for analysis submittal. Once all the conditions are set, the static analysis is performed and results can be viewed via the website.

ZoomIn is a software application available for download that allows users to modify and produce models for presentation purposes. The interesting thing about this program is its ability to assign material properties directly to model faces in a “RealView” like fashion. These models can then be displayed using a few “pre-defined” motion parameters (defined orbit and spiral paths) and saved into a variety of video formats for use in presentations. In addition to that, multiple models can be dropped into a 3D interface together which allows limited “mating” based on common shapes. The software has a few options for exploding a model as well. Look for a full feature review of this product within the week on this blog.

DWG Navigator is an application that is very similar to SolidWorks Explorer which allows users to view, search, and modify properties of a DWG file without the need of an actual CAD program. One of the really nice features is the ability to save .DWG files in various formats without the need of an application. With this functionality, AutoCAD is not needed when you would like to change the version of a .DWG file.

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  • Lin Shaodun

    Hi Ricky:
    You mentioned that one of the new utilities in SolidWorks Lab is ” Viewin” but what I saw it is ” Zoomin”.

  • Brian Harrison

    Yes, it's called ZoomIn. It's meant to be a presentation tool for your designs. If you've got feedback on any of the Labs products, feel free to click on 'Feedback' on the Labs site and we'll be sure to read it … positive or negative. Thanks!

  • Lin Shaodun

    Hi Ricky:
    You mentioned that one of the new utilities in SolidWorks Lab is ” Viewin” but what I saw it is ” Zoomin”.

  • http://www.rickyjordan.com Ricky Jordan

    Lin,

    You are right. It is ZoomIn. That is what I get for typing my articles so late at night!

    Brian,

    Sorry for the mixup there. I have corrected the post. I figured I was bound to garble something up this week as much as I have been typing.

    For those of you who don't know, Brian is part of the team putting together the products shown on the SolidWorks Labs website. He gave me a quick demo of all four items and they are all VERY impressive.

    Ricky Jordan
    http://www.rickyjordan.com

  • Brian Harrison

    Yes, it’s called ZoomIn. It’s meant to be a presentation tool for your designs. If you’ve got feedback on any of the Labs products, feel free to click on ‘Feedback’ on the Labs site and we’ll be sure to read it … positive or negative. Thanks!

  • http://www.rickyjordan.com Ricky Jordan

    Lin,

    You are right. It is ZoomIn. That is what I get for typing my articles so late at night!

    Brian,

    Sorry for the mixup there. I have corrected the post. I figured I was bound to garble something up this week as much as I have been typing.

    For those of you who don’t know, Brian is part of the team putting together the products shown on the SolidWorks Labs website. He gave me a quick demo of all four items and they are all VERY impressive.

    Ricky Jordan
    http://www.rickyjordan.com

  • Lin Shaodun

    Hi Brian:

    I had downloaded “Zoomin” and test it out, and some feedback had been sent to 'labsFeedback@solidworks.com', hope you had received it. The problems are listed down here:

    1. The Zoomin program does not have a “resize” or “restore” button, it only can be minimized or maximized.
    2. The Edrawings outputted from Zoomin program can not be opened by Edrawing 2007.

    3.Zoomin crashed when I try to open the Edrawings file (opt bench.edrw, it is in ZoomInSamples directory) by double click it.

    Cheers.

  • Lin Shaodun

    Hi Ricky:

    You said the model “fly through” can be daved into a variety of video formats for use in presentations. but I can not find this function at all, maybe I need to have a Help file for Zoomin.

    BTW, I can not find any Help document for Zoom in.

  • Lin Shaodun

    I feel the Zoomin is too ” Beta”….

  • Lin Shaodun

    For COSMOSExpress Now , I uploaded two models to the website 6 hours ago, but it still in pending status, I can not get any result from the website.

  • Lin Shaodun

    Hi Brian:

    I had downloaded “Zoomin” and test it out, and some feedback had been sent to ‘labsFeedback@solidworks.com’, hope you had received it. The problems are listed down here:

    1. The Zoomin program does not have a “resize” or “restore” button, it only can be minimized or maximized.
    2. The Edrawings outputted from Zoomin program can not be opened by Edrawing 2007.

    3.Zoomin crashed when I try to open the Edrawings file (opt bench.edrw, it is in \ZoomIn\Samples directory) by double click it.

    Cheers.

  • Lin Shaodun

    Hi Ricky:

    You said the model “fly through” can be daved into a variety of video formats for use in presentations. but I can not find this function at all, maybe I need to have a Help file for Zoomin.

    BTW, I can not find any Help document for Zoom in.

  • Lin Shaodun

    I feel the Zoomin is too ” Beta”….

  • Lin Shaodun

    For COSMOSExpress Now , I uploaded two models to the website 6 hours ago, but it still in pending status, I can not get any result from the website.

  • Brian Harrison

    We didn't produce any documentation for ZoomIn … mostly since it's a prototype to play with and give us feedback. It may become a full-fledged product but that's uncertain right now. And yes, it does have a Beta feel (not everything is perfect). Expect us to improve some things over the next couple of months … we do update our downloads for bug fixes on a fairly regular basis.

    If you want to save out the fly-through, click on the Output tab and then Save File … one of the output types is WMV and that's your video output.

  • Brian Harrison

    Hi Lin,

    I didn't see your feedback on the Labs site but other feedback has come in. For some reason, we didn't get the mail. But, I'll respond here.

    - Yes, we are expecting the product to run full-screen only … that's what you'd do, typically, when you present, right? What are your thoughts based on that comment?

    - The file format is eDrawings 2008 which is not released yet but will be in the next 4 months or so (it goes into beta in about 2 months). We used the new format since it contains preview images of the eDrawings file which is really nice … plus, we were able to get a Pro/E translator for eDrawings based on the newer format/code.

    - The double-click is a bug that we'll fix.

    Keep the feedback coming, it's very much appreciated!

    Brian

  • Brian Harrison

    We didn’t produce any documentation for ZoomIn … mostly since it’s a prototype to play with and give us feedback. It may become a full-fledged product but that’s uncertain right now. And yes, it does have a Beta feel (not everything is perfect). Expect us to improve some things over the next couple of months … we do update our downloads for bug fixes on a fairly regular basis.

    If you want to save out the fly-through, click on the Output tab and then Save File … one of the output types is WMV and that’s your video output.

  • Brian Harrison

    Hi Lin,

    I didn’t see your feedback on the Labs site but other feedback has come in. For some reason, we didn’t get the mail. But, I’ll respond here.

    - Yes, we are expecting the product to run full-screen only … that’s what you’d do, typically, when you present, right? What are your thoughts based on that comment?

    - The file format is eDrawings 2008 which is not released yet but will be in the next 4 months or so (it goes into beta in about 2 months). We used the new format since it contains preview images of the eDrawings file which is really nice … plus, we were able to get a Pro/E translator for eDrawings based on the newer format/code.

    - The double-click is a bug that we’ll fix.

    Keep the feedback coming, it’s very much appreciated!

    Brian

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    i think this Solid works has the high technology with their products. i like their ZoomIn cause they say they can create models for presentation purposes.