Transitional Challenges from 2D to 3D – Giving Away Your IP


4  This is the fourth in a series of twenty-six seminars presented at the Collaboration & Interoperability Conference - May 2010. Each of these seminars includes an abstract, downloadable presentation, and audio, and will be posted here every two weeks. 

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Dan Armour

Transitional Challenges from 2D to 3D – Giving Away Your IP


Joy Mining Machinery has been using 3D visualization software for the last 3 years to aid in the production of graphics for market-ing and technical publications. In addition, the training department has been able to leverage the 3D data to produce compelling ani-mations for both training and marketing.

To date the following has been accomplished:

  • Technical Manuals are produced faster.
  • Marketing Print Media produced brochure quality images
  • Animations for marketing of new developments have been produced.
  • Animations for Training have improved Joy’s Technical Training Department

Going forward, the Technical Services Department is offering new products and services.

  • TIPS – The Joy Technical Information Portal Service was launched for Customers in late 2009 .
  • Operator Safety Training Simulator is being developed.

These accomplishments are not without their challenges. While our engineering is all done in CAD, our culture and methodology is still based on a mostly 2D process. These challenges range from getting complete machine 3D data sets on the front end to re-sistance in delivering 3D based training in the classroom, to allow-ing the sales team access IP rich content. This presentation will discuss how Joy Mining Machinery has overcome some of these challenges and how Joy plans to meet them going forward.

About Dan Armour

Dan Armour is the Manager of Technical Services at Joy Mining Machinery. Joy is a world leader in underground mining machinery and services. As the Manager of Techincal Sevices, Dan is responsible for Technical Publications, Training and Engineering Service in the US and Globally. Dan has a degree in Mechanical and Civil Engineering from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, and has worked in various engineering roles for Joy for the past 14 years.


Review Article
  • 2D Drawings are still alive! September 27, 2010
    Reviewed by 'Jennifer Herron'
    Thanks for presenting a case study illuminating the challenges of transitioning from 2D to 3D. As you stated, the transition is not as obvious as it seems.

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