Microsoft HoloLens for Engineering

Technophiles the world over are buzzing about Microsoft’s announcement of the HoloLens product. This holographic augmented reality platform is bubbling with cool factor, but could have a significant impact on engineering and manufacturing software. Although there is no official release date for the product yet, we can expect CAD and PLM vendors will be working […]

DSLS Distributed License Stacking Behavior

Dassault’s primary license server, DSLS, has some pretty interesting features, but we just ran into one that could be applicable in a number of situations. DSLS is capable of stacking licenses from more than one license server at the request of a single client. DSLS’s license stacking feature is documented in the manual (around page […]

SolidWorks Modeling for Automation: The Mate Debate

SolidWorks assembly mates are a powerful 3D design capability, but they are often take for granted. Designers expect them to work every time, all the time, even when mating information isn’t 100% clear to the software. If you’re using SolidWorks assembly mates in a design automation scenario, and you’re experiencing some frustration with SolidWorks’ behavior, […]

More PLM Licensing Options

It might not be breaking news, but PLM technology users have been awash in new licensing options lately. From monthly subscriptions to all-you-can-eat license plans, major vendors like Dassault, Autodesk, Aras, and more have been bringing new license options to the table – and end-users seem to be the real winners. Here’s a quick summary […]

Invisible, Selectable, Dangling Dimensions

Every software is bound to have its idiosyncrasies, and SolidWorks is no exception. One that we have experienced recently involves working with drawings that have dangling dimensions. DriveWorks automations will frequently leave unneeded dimensions dangling on a drawing, and that’s not a problem (they’re unnecessary anyway, right?). But when they are invisible yet still selectable, […]

DraftSight Enterprise PDM Integration

If you haven’t heard of it yet, and you use AutoCAD from Autodesk, you should learn a bit about DraftSight. In particular, if you use Enterprise PDM to manage DWG or DXF files, it is definitely time to give DraftSight another look, because SolidWorks now offers an integration between DraftSight and EPDM.

What is Draftsight?

It’s been a little over four years since Razorleaf first wrote about DraftSight in this post about DraftSight Beta. Surprisingly, many companies are not aware of this free (or nearly free) 2D CAD package from Dassault. Given the utility of this tool for so many engineering and manufacturing users, it’s worth a second look and […]

Three Reasons to Attend 3DExperience Forum

There are three main events each year for people interested in software products from Dassault Systèmes: COE Annual Conference (held in the spring), 3DExperience Forum (typically held in November), and SolidWorks World (held in late January or early February). The events have different content and target audiences, and since clients frequently ask us which conference […]

Change in Dassault Version Naming

Those accustomed to the familiar V5 version lexicon that has been in use by Dassault Systemès for roughly 15 years are soon to learn a new naming schema for all V5 products, starting with V5R22. There is method to Dassault’s madness with the change in naming system, but the new versions are a mouthful. V5-6R2012 has […]