is anybody using solidworks to do your compny's catalog?
I'll echo Scott's request for a better definition of just what you mean by "using Solidworks to create a catalog". Many places use shaded images, drawings, exploded views, etc. from Solidworks and put them in their catalog. But the actual "Catalog" is generally created using software better suited to the task. I suspect that using Solidworks to actually create the entire catalog would be about as productive as attempting to use Solidworks to write a doctoral thesis...wrong tool for the task.
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Can you define what you mean by catalog?
I ask because at my old job we used Solidworks to help create
out parts pages which were the document sent out with each of the products
we shipped. There were exploded assemblies and other various cropped pics in it
We very much were interested in the 3DVia package, but because of economic times
put the cobosh on that as well as my job along with others.
normally we send pdf's to the place that does the catalog. we want to try in house. basically a cut sheet with some basic dimentions and tech data. we have the data in excell, so i can copy clip the charts and paste into a solidworks drawing . i would like to use the save as jpeg from a 3d model, but i cant find a way to add leader notes. is there a way to add dimensions and notes to a model and then save as jpeg?
I know another company I used to work did something like what you are describing.
They used a software called Autovue. But the problem is the SW drawings had to be converted
into ACAD drawings. Then Autovue would take those and through the process it would convert them
into pdf's and transport them into an Excel spreadsheet in booklet form.
Insert/Annotations will allow you to insert notes, balloons, surface finish symbols, weld symbols, geometric tolerances, datum feature symbols, datum targets and cosmetic threads. Tools/Dimensions allows you to insert dimensions.
Yes I have used Solidworks to create views for owner's manuals, assembly manuals, even some marketing material. But I now use 3dvia composer.
well our catalog has for example, the front of the page for a particular product will have facy colors and some sales hyp. the back will have the "cut sheet" wich has a drawing of the component and tech info such as size charts etc. i found that solidworks is great for the cut sheet but the fancy page will probably have to be done in adobe or something like that. however the days of hiring illustrators and photographers is gone. the jpeg from a sw model looks better than a photo, and is much faster and easier to rotate and find a good viewpoint. lots of fun too.
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