SWW2006 write-up

I have finally finished the long-awaited (at least by a couple people) write-up from SWW2006. It's long, hopefully not too boring, and somewhat
beneficial to all. Go to www.kcswug.com and there is a link on that page. As always with my stuff, comments/corrections/suggestions are always listened to.
WT
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Thanks Wayne! I'm sure that I speak for everyone that couldn't make it this year.
Muggs

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Indeed, I suspect you do.
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On Wed, 15 Feb 2006 08:06:33 -0600, "Wayne Tiffany"

Thanks Wayne - for all your commentaries
TTFN
Jonathan

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Thank you for a great report!
Couldn't go to SWW06... broke my wrist and hurt shoulder in a fall the week before :-(
Aron

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Wayne,
Thanks for the write-up. One of the things which was mentioned for SW2007 but not discussed was "SHARED DATA"? What does anyone know about SW2007 "SHARED DATA"? Please comment? Hoping here,.. is this the first time we will be finally getting to use ALL data between parts and assemblies WITHOUT the need for assembly baton? (NO incontext!?!?) BTW, did SW Corp admit their incontext SUCKS!?!?! yeah, yeah, of course they didn't, cuz it does!
Anyhow, I have to comment on this years enhancement request???? I don't get it!?!? This stuff was for real?!!? Wow, I'm out of the mainstream loop for sure!!!
... Next was Gopal Shenoy to talk about enhancement requests, pointing out that 84% of the last 50 top tens have been implemented. Here's this year's list:
1. Recreate all mates when mirroring components. (no immediate need)
2. Clearance-check in assemblies similar to interference detection. (no immediate need)
3. Select subassembly via right-click on one of its parts. (no immediate need)
4. Represent items such as grease, adhesive, and paint in Bill of Materials. (you can do this now?? drag drop a part or start a new component??) (yes, you MODEL it or use the data as a reference in your BOM!!)
5. Link balloons parametrically to text in a note. (yeah, but,.. no immediate need)
6. Copy entire drawing sheet or a portion of it, into the same drawing or a different one. (no immediate need)
7. Create component patterns based on curve/sketch driven patterns. (because the current pattern does not work very well!?!?!)
8. Select cylindrical surface to specify axis of a circular pattern. (no immediate need)
9. Provide more options to create reference planes and axes. (YES!!! but that is just on facet of something which has NEVER been done right with reference data!?!?!?) What is needed is MORE SKETCH REFENCING, SHARING SKETCHES BETWEEN PARTS!!) NO INCONTEXT, NO NEED FOR ASSEMBLIES!!!
10.Provide the same printing options in Task Scheduler as in SolidWorks. (ah,,, wha?... no need!) (HOW ABOUT SAVING THE PAST PRINT SETTING CONSISTENTLY!?!?!?)
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& on to the Exhibit Floor, ... from a prior post I made which I don't think many people saw:
For lack of time, I only saw the exhibit floor, but it was very interesting to say the least:
1. Adobe Acrobat 3D is probably #1 on my list to buy. All my advertising pdfs will move to having 3D images by mid-year. This is terrific technology at its best for our salesmen and customers.
2. Desktop Scanner by NextEngine = Inexpensive scanning: The next time I need to measure up a dozen small competitive products and make 3D models, I am going to buy this. I could easily save 1-2 weeks time on that process. <https://www2.nextengine.com/indexSecure.htm
3. Books or CDs: Solid Professor has a series of training disks for SolidWorks. Seems good. <http://www.solidprofessor.com/ Update Training Price is right @ $99.
4. New RP Machines & materials have expanded the offering range markedly in the last couple years. The lowest cost machine (seen @ MDDI in Anaheim a week after SwWks World) was the Dimension with the lowest cost mnodel @ $18k, sutting right next to ZCorp's desktop printer. <www.tekprogroup.com> = a distributor in So. Cal.
5. Lots of PDM at the show & for me, I think I'll look at SolidPartners makes Activault <www.activault.com>
6. So many FEA packages surprised me, & some outfits also do consulting,
7. SolidWorks notes on their website that the DVD is coming to the conference participants. My question is still whether or why SolidWorks would not want to just sell DVDs to the other 400,000 users who couldn't make it to the show.
8. SolidWorks official booth had some little items and I bought a Thermos with SolidWorks colors, but unfortunately, the first time I filled it with coffee, the outside of the bottle was hot in literally 30 seconds. QC failed. But it still has a remarkably clever one button to open-close the valve for pouring and I am going to take it apart and detail it, as I might want to use something like that some day. It was like a ball-point pen Push On-Push Off, except it had a ring which popped up indicating when the valve was open position.
9. Lots of neat products on the show floor which were designed with SolidWorks.
10. New RP materials were in evidence including those which flex a lot more like the Somos 9110, and some other elastomeric like materials.
Bo
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Paul,

Based on your comments I get the impression you do not use assemblies in your line of work. Incontext isn't what they say it is, but in theory it is a useful tool for designing machinery and tooling (albeit used sparingly).
What about the "derive a sketch from a sketch in the same assembly" sharing between parts. What other methods would be useful for sharing sketches between parts? Don't know, just curious.
Kman

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Hmm,.. I'm asking for comments on SW2007's "Data Sharing". So, I don't know where you are going with this.. other than defending SW as it is currently?
I know you know me but anyhow,.. over the years, I've built hundreds of fully relational 3D models and assemblies. I've used assembly modeling throught my career using other 3D tools.
SW derived sketches requires the use of a assembly. What I asking about, data sharing, does not require a assembly. It's similar to Insert/Part but with access to ALL the data. I know I've gone over this before so please do a search on "data sharing". Otherwise, use Pro/e to understand what I'm talking about.
Anyhow, since Insert/Part is currently limited, I would like to know what SW2007 "Data Sharing" is?
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I was commenting on the assembly and other enhancements you did not consider an "immediate need". Some of the implementations like item #1, 2, 5, 9 would get my attention. For instance, I frequently find myself mirroring parts in an assembly, click on "recreate mates to new components" and then start adding the missing mates between the parts I selected. I have never used Pro/E so the usefulness or application of shared data between parts is foreign to me. Anyways I will take your advice and do a search on this topic out of curiosity.
Kman

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Paul, you know that anyone who really knows can't say.

Recently did a project where this was the basis for simplifying the model, a large model made in sections so you didn't get clobbered by the whole thing when editing a small part of it. I just used planar or extruded surfaces to share the sketch data. It's a pain in the ass, but it works.
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These were from a predetermined list which people voted for. You could also write in things like "c2 available anywhere tangent is available", but the things on the list obviously got the most votes. I don't know how or who put the list together.
I didn't see the things on the list as anything anyone could get really excited about, as you mention, some are in the software already. Anyway, the deck was definitely stacked with the predefined list.
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