Would any of you be willing to let me see a Parts Manual that has been done using 3DVia? I'm looking in to doing the same and want to show the boss.
Check if this helps: 3DVIA Composer Video
Scott, did you look at this? This has nothing to do with Parts Manuals. It's a video about using 3DVia to show someone how to take apart a puzzle, perhaps showing how easy it is to use 3DVia.
Deepak, this is off the SW website.
You guys, I've met both of you and you're both good users of SW but please don't try and be the first to answer every post that comes up here. I'm looking for specific companies that might use 3DVia so I can see how they use the tool to make their Parts Manuals.
Most of us here can search and find just about anything but occasionaly I'd like to see some specific use and the only way is to ask the group here if THEY have anything that might meet my needs.
Now, do either of you two have any of your company's sue of the tool?
Sorry for any inconvenience, I used to work on 3DVIA but unfortunately I don't have any stuff to share.
You may ask your VAR to help you with some case studies if those are helpful.
Good afternoon Steve,
Before you jump off the deep end about me not using 3DVia,
Ok, I did check into 3DVia and most of the SW users won't go to a $10,000 manual producing software. If you really want to know people that use it call your VAR and if you don't have one your working with call Design-Point Solutions @ 201-349-8884, I would think they would give you the information your looking for.
I have done a few operators manuals here using Microsoft Publisher and I would continue to do so, especially since we upgraded to 2011. Have the ability to use rendered photos in a manual is a huge update from where we were a year ago.
If you want to impress your bosses use the cheap way out, however there are a lot of features in 3DVia that aren't in Publisher and if your company relies on a niche market, 3DVia would be the way to go,
Chill out my friend,
John, I'm not jumping off any deep end here. There are a lot of people here that get turned off by having these two answer each and every forum post that comes along. I'm just trying to help them realize that. I've met both and would sit down and have a beer with either of them anytime. There is no prize for First or Most.
Now, thanks for the manual update, that's how we do it here and it doesn't seem to work very well. I wanted to see if anyone was using 3DVia and yes I agree that the price point is way too high for normal businesses.
Steve Calvert wrote: I've met both and would sit down and have a beer with either of them anytime.
Steve Calvert wrote:
I've met both and would sit down and have a beer with either of them anytime.
Beer sounds good
Well may be these 3DVIA Forums give you more details you looking for:
I have a service manual that some of the images were done in Composer. Feel free to contact me at my home email and I can send it to you. Composer is a good tool. I agree as well that the price is high, but there is a lot of functionality to it. I used to work with a reseller and I was the Composer specialist so feel free to ask me anything you want to know.
Thanks Chris, an e-mail is coming your way...
Have you downloaded the free trial version? I did that a while back for a project, and it really helped explain what 3DVIA can do. The manual that I made was for a Tesla turbine assembly document similar to the puzzle video above. Worked like a charm, but I think the price scared the folks up front away.
Steve, have you asked your VAR? I went to a roll out this weekend, and my VAR had exactly what you were looking for (I think). It looked like one of those canned files that all of the VARs get for presentations.
Yes, I saw the canned presetation, it was good but I was loking for actual user created manuals. Thanks.
Chris showed me some of his companies work and that's what I was looking for.
Glad it helped.
Has the price of 3D climbed to the 10K neighborhood? We were looking into it a bit about 18 months ago and it seemed the pricing was more in the $5.5K area. Maybe that was a special...
Daen, this is just another tool in DS's arsenal. The CAD package is still pretty cheap. 3DVia is a tool to help with documentation and such. It's a really neat tool and I wish the price was lower because many more people would get it.
Daen, as Steve said it is a really nice tool and fills a gap between the CAD world and the Publishing world very nicely I think. I particularly like how separate it is from SolidWorks, but yet can use that data so well. The price is up there, but there is also a big jump from the Network license to the standalone by about 2k more. We went with the network as I want a few of my group to get to use it and be able to get the most out of our dollars. It's still very new to us, but didn't take long for people to see what it can do.
Steve, we got to get together at world this year!!
Will do, John, thanks.
Hi Steve I'm in the same position as you now, did you ever manage to get any parts manuals or have you created one yourself?
We put together a "manual" of sorts at the end of our last project. Did all sorts of "hoop jumping" to get pretty pictures out of SW. A bit later our VAR came by and did some sales presentation on 3D Via. My boss could see the benefits having the "manual" creation task fresh in his memory. He was all for the idea of getting a seat of it when our next big project came along.
Fast forward several months. Next big contract. Boss's memory has blurred of just how much pain the manual caused and just how helpful 3D Via might be...
Maybe the NEXT next big contract....
Woe is me. But from what I have seen in the canned demonstrations, it looks like a great product.
Thanks for the input guys.
It has been a while since your original post, I just came along this thread. Take a look at Documoto on our website http://digabit.com/learn-more/#create. We are working with SolidWorks to make it easy for users to make Illustrated Parts Book from the graphical data from SolidWorks or 3DVIA Composer, now SolidWorks Composer. A user can create a simple template to define the format and layout of a parts page. We have tools to create part pages using an image and a BOM or parts list to populate a database of pages. Our software will programmatically build these parts books based on the template settings once the structure of a book is defined. These parts books can easily be maintained using our relational database, this allows parts books to keep up with engineering changes with minimal effort. With the same publishing effort an electronic parts catalog is also available allowing customers to order parts online.
Hope this helps.
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