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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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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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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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