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

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fast rendering of SketchUp models

A new tutorial was created to show the integration between SimLab Composer 7.1 and SketchUp.

The integration plugin is free and can be downloaded from the following link.

Using this new integration users should perform fast rendering on interior and exterior SketchUp scenes.

Happy watching

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fast real time rendering

SimLab Composer 7.1 was released with new real time renderer built by SimLab Soft's team, utilizing the new ISPC technology from Intel.

The new renderer speeds up rendering (Interior, Exterior, and Product Design) in SimLab Composer up to 4 times.

Get a free trial of SimLab Composer 7.1 with the new renderer from the following link

Note: The new renderer is currently available on Windows, soon it will be available on Mac, the new renderer requires Intel CPU (2013 or newer)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Integrating SimLab Composer 7 with Fusion 360

Free integration plugin for Fusion 360 on Windows and Mac is available in the following link

Two new tutorials were added to show how to use the new SimLab Composer 7 with Fusion360

Rendering Fusion 360 models with SimLab Composer 7

Dynamic Simulation of Fusion 360 models with SimLab Composer 7