I received an email from a company who is developing a new add-in that
is supposed to be launced at SWXWorld in February.
The new add-in looks very interesting!
I like it because it would help me to investigate/edit models that
others built, or to investigate/edit models that I built a long time
What are your thoughts?????
In order to learn about it, go to:
Dynabits tried to sell something very similar years ago. As I recall,
Dynabits' version could also do some editing from the graph view.
Unfortunately, not enough people bought it, and Dynabits is no more.
So, yes it actually looks like it could be useful. I'd wonder how well
it handles large assemblies with incontext relationships. Working as a
supplier, with customers sending us parts and assemblies, seeing some
of the background relationships graphically might be interesting, but
probably only if the customer sent everything. So I'd also wonder how
well it would handle missing relationships. Error message? Crash?
Do you think this is done with XML? Just curious.
Yes, it is interesting even to a novice such as myself. That Software
will be offered by ITTC Multimedia Corp, headed by Prof. James A.
Sinclair, PHD. It is a company that offers quite a bit of education,
on quite a few different diciplines, in the form of Educational Video
Courses. Among it's offerings is also hands on instruction at the NJ
Workshop. I had purchased an audio/video Educational CD of theirs on
Solidworks, Level I, and can vouch for it's Excellence. Definitely on
an equal par with Solidprofessor. There is supposedely a Solidworks
Level II version coming out shortly. I will also look forward to
seeing just what this addin does, as dissecting the design tree and the
model in detail, is not one of my strong points.
G. De Angelis
De Angelis Tool
I'm sure it's a fine product, maybe even worth paying for. But,
puh-LEEZ! Just come out and say you've got something cool to sell.
The play-acting shillery is insulting to what little is left of my
I have a macro that does some of that. It captures a good bit of
information but it doesn't yet go down to sketch feature level. That is
a plus. I have come to appreciate that sorting out these relationships
is not easy and I don't think that they have quite captured all that a
user needs to know to really understand a model.
Personally I think SWX needs to revamp the way the FMT presents
information and the questions in their survey really highlight what
needs to be accomplished though not how. I would rather see what they
are doing turned into something in the Property manager window, perhaps
to actually take the place of the current FMT.
I hope they are at SWx world. I think it would be a fun little
diversion to bring a real project that I am familiar with on a memory
key and have them analyze it.
Parent-child in a part is likely more useful (or at least expedient)
than this, but parent child on an assembly sketch reveals bupkis - I
wonder if these guys do it better? In context, derived parts,
equations (with feedback loops) and stuff like that deserves a little
poking and prodding to see if this tool has the goods to make any real
difference. It would have to do a lot to justify the price.
This hits the nail right on the head.
Solidworks need to implement tools that users can understand and correct
these sort of things.
I'm constantly frustrated at the amount of time, spent trying to find out
what the hell is going on, when I have to pick up someone else's modelling
Sure as day follows night the program will screw you when changing a feature
in the tree even after doing child/parent etc.
I mean if the program can fill the FM with cherries surely the programmers
can give us the tools as well and not keep it such a big frigging secret.
Z-Axis Design - NZ
"remove the KNOT to reply"
Ed, I look forward to your review, after SolidWorks World.
At $750 it would need to make me coffee in the morning to justify the cost.
I could be convinced otherwise if there is, a hell of a lot of good feedback
from some of the regulars here.
AssyGator didn't fly and it was less than than $750. Propagator which
sells for much less, less than a tenth of that, and is something you
might use every day hasn't bought the author a Lexus yet. One of the
problems is that what it does is so hard for most bosses to understand
that it would be hard to justify. It is one of those things that when
you tell your boss you are wasting time on the problem they won't see
SW as the problem, they will see you as the problem.
My name is Pat Pirsoom and I work for the company that is developing
SolidMap. I do not want to interfere with this discussion, however I
wanted to just set the record straight. Dr Sinclair is not associated
with SolidMap. Also, SolidMap is not being developed or marketed by
SolidMap is a product being developed and marketed by KollabNet
Info on SolidMap:
Couldn't agree more!
There are, and have been, some really good plug-in for SolidWorks but the
"convincing the boss" issue is the biggest problem any of the plug-in
Just a couple--
Bluebeam Push button Plus PDF writer (the full version not the old freebie)
,an excellent program (combines pdfs into one, great batch printing, adds
stamps to individual sheets)--- Wonder how many others have bought this?
MechSoft for SolidWorks--- A really well put together standard part
library-- it is now a standard part of Inventor and no longer available for
GeometyWorks3d -- Looks like a great program that I could use-- but I can't
justify the expense
ToolWorks BOM Manager - Ditto above
If you look through the SolidWorks Partner directory, there are 274
Partners, I wonder how many make the money they thought they were going to
when they designed there addins.
Forgot to add that I have only managed to convince 3 other contractors and 1
company to purchase Propagator. Trying to influence companies and other
contractors, to buy it, is hard work even when at $49US Propagator is an
absolute bargain !!!!