As 2012 comes to a close, folks like to look back and recap some of the years best moments. With our Applications Engineers and Support Specialists posting insightful tech tips every week, it’s no wonder we had a difficult time narrowing down this years best tech tips. Below you will find the top six CAPINC tech tips for 2012 in no particular order.
by Engineering Manager Jason Pancoast
Our customers in the aerospace industry often receive part files exported from other CAD systems which think primarily in terms of “assembly space”. So instead of having a convenient XYZ orientation in the part’s own coordinates, the part geometry imports in an apparently random location and orientation with respect to its Origin and default Planes. Why? Because the part has been defined in whatever location and orientation it had in its parent assembly. For aircraft engines especially, this can produce some very unhelpful part orientations, especially if you want to develop manufacturing for the part.
EPDM Tech Tip: Data Recovery
by Application Engineer Jenn Pouliot
It’s about those (hopefully rare) times when your computer hardware decides to fail, a laptop gets stolen, or Murphy’s law cruelly strikes in some other fashion, and leaves you with files that were added to the Enterprise PDM vault, but were never checked in for the first time. Is all lost? No… but that first impression is all you get.
FDM Tech Tip: Processing Large Models
by Dimension Support Specialist Dave Tupper
Catalyst can process models larger than the envelope of the printer. Catalyst EX, since version 4.2, has the ability to section a model that exceeds the width of the build chamber, the X axis. It’s a simple option under the Orientation tab. This model is shown in the build chamber of an Elite printer, 8” x 8” x 12”, and exceeds the width at 8.75”.
SolidWorks Tech Tip: How to Deal with the SolidWorks 1603 Error
by Applications Engineer Paul Hagenow
The following SolidWorks tutorial explains how to deal with the 1603 (Zombie) error that may occur when installing SolidWorks or updating service packs. This tutorial will show you what you can do to work your way around the problem.
3DVIA Composer Tech Tip: Integrating Images into Microsoft Word
by Senior Applications Engineer Al Zullo
3DVIA Composer is a middle-man, plain and simple. Composer utilizes 3D CAD data to generate both pre- and post-production images that will allow Technical Publishers to generate owner’s manuals, spec sheets, instructional material, or whatever while the designers are still designing. The power behind 3DVIA Composer is its ability to integrate output into the final publication programs, such as Microsoft Word, especially as that output updates.
Simulation Tech Tip: How to Use the Bolt Connector
by Principal Engineer Keith Pedersen
If you analyze assemblies of parts that are joined by bolts or screws, you probably know about the “Bolt Connector”. Bolt Connectors are a very efficient way of representing the bolt stiffness, and compression due to pre-load, on the bolted components. The Bolt Connector account for these effects mathematically in the solver, which spares you from having to build physical models of all the fasteners.., then apply boundary conditions to them.., create local mesh controls on them.., etc. But because there are so many effects that the Bolt Connector can account for, the creation dialog is a very busy place.