You Saw it First Here – 3DVIA Composer V6R2012

In a slight departure from my normal blogging style, I'd like to take this opportunity to make an important announcement – the release of 3DVIA Composer V6R2012…and you can tell all your friends you saw it first here.  3DVIA Composer V6R2012 is packed full of really cool features that not only add value to the process of developing and distributing product-related technical communications, but they're so easy to use, even a plastics guy can do it 😉

I think you'll get the idea from this brief listing of key features and enhancements:

  • Shadows in standard lighting – enables the display of shadows in all lighting modes.
  • Configurable ambient occlusion – allows you to accurately control ambient occlusion shading.
  • Depth of field focal point – set this on a specific geometry actor to maintain focus on that actor no matter where it is moved on the screen, while the rest of the model is blurred.
  • Cutting plane vectorization improvements – vectorize multiple cutting planes to more easily view complex internal details.
  • Standard web templates – quickly create interactive web pages with sections for BOM, product & manufacturing information, meta properties and detail views.
  • Digger rendering improvements – all rendering effects are now visible within the Digger zone.
  • Animation controls – new control button graphics make it easy to include familiar playback controls in your interactive animations.

So what does all of this mean?  Only that 3DVIA Composer V6R2012 gives you more power than ever to create clear and effective product documentation such as assembly instructions, product manuals and maintenance and repair guides.  With the new rendering enhancements and visual effects you can create stunning graphics for marketing collateral and sales tools that will make your products stand out from the competition.  In short, you can better leverage your 3D CAD data across your enterprise to maximize the value from that data.  But don't take my word for it.  Check out this video to see everything listed above as well as much, much more and let me know what you think.

Until next time…clear your mind, focus and get that project done!


Peter Rucinski

Peter Rucinski

My technical background is based on BS and MS degrees in plastics engineering from UMASS Lowell and a career focused on all things injection molding – simulation, plastics materials, part design, mold design, mold making and injection molding process troubleshooting & optimization. And I have been extremely fortunate to have developed business acumen that comes from being intimately involved in growing a small engineering software company ~7X in revenues while tripling headcount, successfully executing an IPO and multiple acquisitions, coaching product teams and developing the go-to-market strategy for numerous successful product launches.