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AGAM Attended the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

AGAM Attended the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

AGAM Attended the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

 

Recently, AGAM sent one of our Industrial Designers to attend the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention in San Diego, California. The San Diego Convention Center is located right on the coast, which provided a beautiful backdrop for this spectacular convention. It was a three-day show, packed with guest speakers, training sessions, and demos of new products.

AGAM Attended the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

Keynote speaker, Mike Rowe, from the television show, Dirty Jobs, delivered an inspirational message to designers during the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention.

Day-to-Day At SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

Every day started off with a general session, which included guest speakers and interviews. The highlights of the convention were the two motivational speeches provided by the keynote speakers. Mike Rowe, from Dirty Jobs, delivered the first speech. His had a positive message saying that designers are the connection between blue-collar and white-collar workers. The second speech was an interview with Tony Fadell, co-creator of the iPod and more recently, The Nest, a self-learning thermostat designed in SolidWorks.

AGAM Attended the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

Keynote speaker, Tony Fadell, explained how he designed this self-learning thermostat, The Nest, in SolidWorks at the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention.

Most of my time during the 3 days was spent in a variety of training sessions. The presenters were professional and informative with topics ranging from modeling essentials to advanced tools and techniques. There was something for everyone, from the beginner to the veteran user. AGAM found interests in many sessions, and often times torn between more than one. Thankfully, all session were recorded and will be available online.

AGAM Attended the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

This off-road truck was a main attraction at the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention because it was designed using the distinguished program.

Offerings at SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

Besides training sessions, there was an exhibitor pavilion, which gave the AGAM industrial designer the opportunity to network and learn about new products and technologies. The product showcases were a great way to see what people were doing with SolidWorks. People had used SolidWorks to design everything from guitars to off-road trucks.  However, AGAM’s favorite was an autonomous robot called Nao (pronounced “now”). Nao can do anything, from holding a conversation, to dancing, to playing soccer. Check out the RoboCup for some robot soccer action.

AGAM Attended the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

Click on image above to view a video of the Nao at SolidWorks World 2012

Overall, AGAM would recommend SolidWorks World to anyone that uses his or her products.  It is such a diverse program that no one can know everything about it, and even if you did, they’re always coming out with new features and improvements. Talking to other users and listening to the experts was a great way to learn and improve AGAM’s skills. So, hats off to the SolidWorks team, and AGAM can’t wait for the opportunity to go again!

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Tutorial: How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

AGAM provides complimentary assistance with designing and engineering customer’s ideas using the AGAM System. Equipped with AutoCAD and Solidworks, AGAM designers are able to quickly produce rendered versions of their drawings. For customers that prefer to render their own drawings, below is the process AGAM uses to extract data in AutoCAD to generate a parts count.

Generating a Parts Count in AutoCAD at AGAM

The best way to keep track of parts is to use layers. You can either create layers before beginning your drawing, add them as you go, or even at the end. Here is how we do it at AGAM:

First, make a layer for each object of similar type and length. AGAM designers usually name the layers by extrusion and length in millimeters (ie: PH 1005_954mm). Color-coding your layers and objects is another method that would work as well. In the drawing below, the designer labeled their layers by length only.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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Once your drawing is complete and you’re ready to do a parts count, select “Data Extraction” from the “Tools” menu.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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You will need to create a new data extraction template for the first time. Save the template so you can use it again later and select next.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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Select “Drawing/Sheet Set” and “Current Drawing” as your data source and click next.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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Page three is a list of the objects in your drawing. The only objects AGAM need for the parts count are 3D Solids. Be sure to select “3D Solid,” and then hit next.s

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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You will now see a list of the data for your 3D objects. The only property necessary for a parts count is “Layers,” select this and click next.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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Page five is a preview of the table.  The layers and parts count should be clearly identified. If not, make sure “Combine Identical Rows” and “Show Count Column” are selected.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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You can insert your table into the drawing. If you change the drawing after you made the table, simply update it by right clicking on the table.

A parts count is just one of the many advantages of using a data table. At AGAM, we suggest experimenting to find out other features. Remember, your parts count is only as accurate as your drawing. It’s an easy mistake to have copies of objects, and objects on wrong layers.

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As innovative designers at AGAM, we are constantly creating new extrusions and accessories to benefit our customers. The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System’s components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything you imagination and creativity will allow! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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