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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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Inventor Professional 2012: Little Things Mean a Lot   24 Mar, 2011
By: Bill Fane

The seemingly small changes in this release can make a big impact on your productivity.

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AutoCAD 2012: Who Says 2D is Dead?   22 Mar, 2011
By: Bill Fane

The majority of enhancements beef up 2D functionality, including two new commands for generating 2D working drawings from 3D models.

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Generate 2D Output from 3D AutoCAD Models in a Flash   23 Feb, 2011
By: Bill Fane

Learning Curve tutorial:

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SolidWorks 2011 Measures Up   9 Sep, 2010
By: Bill Fane

The latest release from Dassault Systèmes features automatic dimension re-arrangement, a part de-featuring tool, and simple sharing of parameter values and equations between parts.

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Behind the Scenes at the Indy 500   24 Jun, 2010
By: Bill Fane

As guests of HP and Gil de Ferran's Dragon Racing Team, two car-loving CAD journalists see first-hand the computer power behind the engine power — not to mention a few celebrities.

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Parametrics 103: That Figures!   10 Jun, 2010
By: Bill Fane

Learning Curve tutorial: In addition to dynamic dimensional constraints, AutoCAD's parametric options also include annotational dimension constraints that use current dimension style, plot, and scale to match drawing dimensions.

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Parametrics 101: Don't Be Afraid!   28 Jan, 2010
By: Bill Fane

Learning Curve tutorial: Parametrics, as used in AutoCAD 2010, constrain drawing objects so they are related to each other and so that changing or moving one object will affect all its siblings.

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Parametrics 102: Sizing Things Up   28 Jan, 2010
By: Bill Fane

Learning Curve tutorial: Thanks to dimensional constraints in AutoCAD 2010, precision entry is not as necessary as it used to be. Just create a quick sketch, constrain and dimension it, and then input the precise sizes.

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SolidWorks 2010: Yes, There’s Some Wow   12 Nov, 2009
By: Bill Fane

SolidWorks 2010 includes more than 200 improvements, including the innovative SustainabilityXpress feature that lets users obtain suggested alternative materials and environmental-impact information for 3D product designs.

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Commands, Macros, Action! in AutoCAD 2009 and 2010   8 Oct, 2009
By: Bill Fane

Learning Curve tutorial: AutoCAD 2009 introduced the Action Macro recorder to easily automate commonly repeated tasks. AutoCAD 2010 has worked out a few of the initial kinks and added new functionality.

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