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Bill Fane


Bill Fane is a Cadalyst contributing editor, a registered professional engineer, and a retired instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where he taught mechanical design courses in AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop, Inventor, SolidWorks, manufacturing processes, and design procedures. A self-admitted recovering doorknob designer, he has written more than 200 "Learning Curve" AutoCAD tutorials for Cadalyst magazine since 1986 and claims to be a close personal friend of Captain LearnCurve. If you have questions about commands, send him an e-mail him at bill(dot)fane(at)cadalyst(dot)com.


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Siemens PLM Connection 2013   13 Jun, 2013
By: Bill Fane

The annual user conference previews NX 9, reviews the Curiosity rover project, and promotes product lifecycle management.

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Seek and Ye Shall Find: Quickly Locate AutoCAD Files That Contain Specific Entities    25 Oct, 2012
By: Bill Fane

Learning Curve AutoCAD tutorial: Automatically search through drawings to find those that contain a particular type of entity, or even entities with specific characteristics.

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Autodesk Inventor Professional 2013   12 Jul, 2012
By: Bill Fane

First Look Review: 3D modeling software aligns more closely with AutoCAD, offers an enhanced user interface, and now comes with cloud-based services.

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Siemens PLM Announces Solid Edge ST5   12 Jun, 2012
By: Bill Fane

Coming in July, the latest version of hybrid history-based/history-free modeler updates 3D assembly and part design features as well as 2D drafting.

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AutoCAD 2013   27 Mar, 2012
By: Bill Fane

Cadalyst Labs Review: Autodesk’s flagship product offers new cloud-based features to enhance file storage and collaboration, new 3D-to-2D functions, plus myriad small but very useful tools to make your everyday work easier.

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Taking Another Look at 3D   22 Mar, 2012
By: Bill Fane

Learning Curve AutoCAD tutorial: FlatShot isn't the only way to generate 2D views from 3D models — try the Solid View, Solid Draw, and Solid Profile commands as well.

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Setting a CAD Speed Record   10 Feb, 2012
By: Bill Fane

Do you really need a high-end graphics card?

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Learning CAD: The Good Old Days   18 Jan, 2012
By: Bill Fane

If you think AutoCAD training is challenging now, you might be surprised to know that it was once a lot worse.

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SolidWorks Premium 2012   21 Sep, 2011
By: Bill Fane

First Look Review: Latest release adds cost analysis, motion optimization, and faster handling of very large assemblies.

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Autodesk Suites Are More than the Sum of Their Parts   23 Jun, 2011
By: Bill Fane

Autodesk Suites Are More Than the Sum of Their Parts

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