Sunday, October 16, 2016

3D measurements for Architectural models

Recently mechanical design community started the move from creating 2D drafts to adding measurements to 3D models, this not only saved cost needed to create and maintain 2D drafts, it made it easier to communicate the data, where the user can simply view dimensions and rotate the model to make sure she/he understands the relative position of the dimension in the 3D space.

At SimLab Soft, we thought that this can be of value to architects as well to communicate with end users of their models, so we added new tools to create annotations, linear, and angler measurements. Those measurements can be easily shared with end users as 3D PDF files.

The following quick tutorial shows this new feature in SimLab Composer 7.2.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Complete 3D visualization for Architects, Mechanical and Interior designers

SimLab Composer 7.2 Released

SimLab Composer is the complete 3D visualization and simulation solution for Architects, Mechanical and Interior designers. One package for Rendering, Animating, 3D PDF Creation, Texture backing and advanced Scene composition

With the release of SimLab Composer 7.2, new major features were added to improve the workflow for creating top quality visualization results.

New for Architects and Interior designers:

Auto alignment: making it easy to add new internal and external elements to the scene.
3D measurement: new tool for adding Linear, Radial, Angler measurements, and Annotations for houses and interior scenes. Linking this capability with advanced scene states, allows the user to communicate 3D designs with dimensions as 3D PDF files.
Door and windows opening tools: to make it easy to add advanced doors and windows design to a 3D room.
Floor plan extrude: providing the basic tools to create a sketch and to convert it to a simple 3D room, to start working on the interior design project.
Street design: New tool allowing the user to easily add streets to architectural models.

New for Mechanical designers

​Wire Creation: To Improve Realism of 3D Scenes
3D measurement: Allowing the designer to easily communicate measurements of the model with the end user 
Boolean operations: including difference, union, and intersection
Basic design tools: including sweep and extrude to enable the user to complete the scene without reverting to a 3D design application.

Learn how the new features will help you in your next project

The permanent license of SimLab Composer pro costs only $299

21 days free trial of SimLab Composer 7.2 on windows and Mac can be downloaded from the following link

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Utilizing dynamic simulation to create engineering Art

Dynamic simulation workbench included in SimLab Composer can be used to provide loads for FEA analysis, and to check the motion behavior and range for dynamic systems. It can also be a great tool for creating advanced animations.

While Keyframe based animation allows the user to create animations for simple systems. It is very difficult to use it to create animations for complex dynamic systems like Robots.

For similar systems, defining constraints and utilizing the dynamic simulation analysis for creating the animation saves the user a significant amount of time, and allow for the creation of advanced animations not achievable easily by utilizing Keyframe based animation.

The following is an example created and rendered using SimLab Composer mechanical edition.

The following workflow description shows the advantage gained by using dynamic simulation in creating the animation.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Creating an animated assembly instructions with SimLab Composer

When the designer creates an assembly manual what does she/he has in mind?
  • We want to show the end user the steps needed to assemble the product.
  • We want to make a manual that is clear, and easy to follow.
  • We want to send the user the message, that assembling this product is easy and does not need a professional.
  • We want to show our product in the best possible way, we are always doing marketing
  • We enjoy designing products, so we want the process of creating the manual to be fun, fast, and easy.
  • It is defiantly better to define steps once and to use them in generating manuals in different formats.

And this is what you should be able to do when creating step by step instructions using SimLab Composer.

The following is an example of the output you should be able to generate when showing the assembly step for a coffee table.

The process of creating this animation of assembly instructions is easy, as shown in the following tutorial.

Why not to generate a 3D PDF assembly manual by utilizing the animation you already created.

Download the sample 3D PDF file from the following link
Do not forget to open it with the free Acrobat reader

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Explode geometry with SimLab Composer

Explode geometry is a common technique used by CAD applications to facilitate showing the components of an assembly. It enables the user to select an assembly and start expanding its components along one axis or more.

What is explode geometry useful for?

Instead of wasting time moving the parts individually this technique automates the process. The result of exploding the geometry can be useful for:

  • Showing the components used in creating the assembly (BOM) 
  • Showing the assembly process (step by step instructions) 

Creating an exploded geometry view 

The user can create multiple explode geometry steps for the assembly, one after the other to control the level of details to be shown to the user. Explode geometries can be saved in a stack so the user can undo the steps one by one. The result of explode geometry can be used in creating an animation, to be rendered or viewed in an animated 3D PDF.


The following tutorial shows how to use explode geometry in SimLab Composer 7

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Free SimLab Composer with SimLab 3D Exchange program

SimLab Composer 7 includes a library of top quality 3D models that users can use to complete their scenes. SimLab Soft worked with top quality 3D designers to create this library.

While the user has access to 3D models and materials from different sources, we believe the 3D library in SimLab Composer 7 is a great addition for the following reasons:

  • It only includes top-quality models.
  • Saves the user a significant amount of time.
  • Full freedom for SimLab Composer user, simply the user cannot distribute the 3D model with another application or on a website, other than that, the user has full freedom to use it in rendering, animation, 3D PDF, and WebGL.
  • Fully assigned SimLab materials which makes using them very fast to use.
  • Complete scenes that can be used for users to learn lightening in SimLab Composer.
  • Different light sources in the 3D library ready to be used with your scene.
SimLab 3D Exchange program was created to give talented 3D designers the option to exchange top quality 3D models for a free professional license of SimLab Composer.

So they get the license in exchange of benefiting the SimLab Composer community.

The program is very easy to use, and is explained in the following link

Do you know a top quality 3D designer who can benefit from the program?
Please help us reach top quality 3D designers.

Following are samples of the 3D models included in SimLab Composer 3D Library