More PLM Licensing Options

Squeezing MoneyIt 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 of some of the new and unique licensing options recently available. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

What is Draftsight?

DraftSight LogoIt’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 a recap of DraftSight’s capabilities. Continue Reading

Composer for All Your BOMs

With so many different perspectives on the BOM in today’s organizations, companies have come to expect that different departments will be creating and re-creating content to describe their products.  Some will do it with Microsoft Excel, some with Microsoft Word, others with Adobe Illustrator, and others still with an alternative CAD package like AutoCAD.  With new tools like 3DVIA Composer, all of this extra effort can be saved.  Once metadata is stored in a set of CAD files, 3DVIA Composer lets users slice and dice the content and BOM information in whatever way is relevant for a particular audience, with full associativity for downstream changes.  Setting xBOM management in PDM aside, let’s look at how 3DVIA Composer can present very different views of a product’s BOM, visually.  Continue Reading

Dassault Announces Beta of DraftSight

DraftSight, a new 2D drafting program from Dassault Systemes, is available in public beta for free, and to enterprises for a small fee (to access extended features and support).  It can be downloaded here.  The tool is meant to offer all of the same functionality in AutoCAD, and to read and author data in DWG files just as AutoCAD does.  Despite similarities to SolidWorks’ DWG Editor product, DraftSight is altogether separate and different (based on different technology).  Continue Reading

ENOVIA SmarTeam V5R20 New Features

ENOVIA SmarTeam V5R20 was released for General Availability (GA) in February, 2010.  Service Pack 1 was co-released, so effectively it can be considered part of “what’s new” in V5R20.  So what is new with Dassault Systemes’ most prevalent PDM platform?  New packaging (installation packaging, not the shipping boxes), new viewer capabilities, enhanced CAD support, specific module feature enhancements, and PLMDB support have all been introduced in this version.  All in all, there is nothing revolutionary in this release, but there are a lot of significant improvements

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Getting Rid of 2D in 5 Steps

If you read my previous rant about why people are still designing in 2D, then this one is the next step: getting rid of the 2D authoring tools at a company.  Today, there’s no reason why companies can’t make the switch – it’s just a matter of taking the time and having the willpower to do it.  Of course I am oversimplifying a bit when I say this, but you can get rid of 2D from a company with basically five steps

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