The 3DX Screenshot from CadMakers is a newsletter that will contain the most useful functions, applications, tricks and scripts for CATIA and DELMIA 3DEXPERIENCE that our talented team have discovered over the years:
It’s been almost 8 years since CadMakers transitioned to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. In that time, we’ve solved countless challenges in modeling, automation and simulation to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers.
We’ve worked with almost every CATIA and DELMIA app, created hundreds of automation tools in EKL and had several thousand crashes along the way.
From the beginning, retaining and sharing what we learn internally has been at the core of our culture and critical to our success. We now have an extensive database of videos, wiki’s, presentations and code snippets that our team relies on every day.
By sharing this knowledge via the 3DX Screenshot, we hope to connect with other 3DEXPERIENCE users and learn about their challenges.
8 years of knowledge is a lot to consume at once so we’ll share a new edition every few weeks.
One of the key sections in every edition of the 3DX Screenshot is “Top CATIA Tips”.
When we first start working with a new team that have been modeling in CATIA, we quickly identify some lesser-known settings or functions that can immediately make their lives easier. Anyone who has learned CATIA has likely experienced the frustration (and later relief) of being shown a function that automatically does in 5 minutes what you just spent 8 hours doing manually.
These are the type of tips that are hard to discover because if you don’t know they exist you won’t know to look for them. How did we find them? 60 curious CATIA experts clicking thousands of buttons and settings to see what happens.
A good example of this, included in our first edition, is the ‘capture’ function. This allows you to capture images of your CATIA model at any resolution in multiple formats. Most users aren’t aware of this function because its buried inside of two collapsing menus:
When we wanted to highlight some of our projects around the office, we used capture to export images to the exact resolution required by our print supplier:
Many users attempt to use the ‘Live Render’ application for images like this. While that app is powerful, it requires a lot of initial setup to generate a successful render. The visual quality of the modeling environment was more than acceptable for us, so using capture saved us time and effort.
We hope you subscribe to the 3DX Screenshot and find it a useful source of knowledge for you and your team. We have a huge list of ideas and we’re learning more every day! If you already have a challenge for us to tackle, please reach out on our website.