Cadalyst Library: Free Downloads

Whitepapers, how-to guides, e-books, and more are available for free download from Cadalyst and our sponsors. Check out the following free resources that can help you make the most of the hardware and software that powers your CAD workflow.
 

Hardware Software CAD Management

Hardware


 

Workstations

New! Cadalyst Pro Tips #8: Six 'Whys' of Choosing a Workstation   How to Choose a CAD Workstation on a Budget
Cadalyst Pro Tips #8: Six 'Whys' of Choosing a WorkstationAre you considering a new computer for CAD? Do you know how to start configuring that essential machine - and why? When you plan your next purchase, start with these basics. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now — no registration required!   How to Choose a CAD Workstation on a BudgetYou’re not looking to splurge on all the bells and whistles; you just need a reliable machine that will get the job done. But what type of configuration will meet your needs? And which components and capabilities are must-haves? The sample configurations and expert advice in this guide will help you decide. Sponsored by Dell and Intel. Download now.

 

What Makes a Mobile Workstation?
  5 Ways a Workstation Can Benefit Your Bottom Line
What Makes a Mobile Workstation?Apart from the form factor, what differentiates mobile workstations from their stationary cousins — and from each other? This overview explains the categories of mobile workstations, the subsystems vendors are using, and why one type of component might be better for your needs than another. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now.   5 Ways a Workstation Can Benefit Your Bottom LineProfessional workstations today can benefit a company’s bottom line as much as they can benefit user productivity — but many businesses simply aren’t aware of their value and overall financial advantages. Sponsored by Dell and Intel. Download now.

 

7 Tips For CAD Workstation Success   Editors' Pick! Workstation vs. PC: In the Race to Meet Design Deadlines, Which Option Wins?
7 Tips For CAD Workstation SuccessIf you think professional workstations are overpowered or overpriced for everyday CAD applications, it's time to think again. Today's models offer power and reliability at prices starting below $1,000 — delivering a return on investment that you can't afford not to consider. This article explains what to look for in a professional workstation for CAD and how to get the most bang for your buck. Sponsored by Intel. Download now.   Workstation vs. PC: In the Race to Meet Design Deadlines, Which Option WinsWhat's the right machine for CAD? A PC or a professional workstation? In this whitepaper, Cadalyst tests the claim that professional machines surpass consumer PCs for CAD work. Our objective benchmark test results reveal how your choice of CAD machine can have a dramatic impact on your software performance - and in turn on user productivity. Sponsored by Intel. Download now.

 

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Monitors

Cadalyst Resource Guide: Monitors for CAD   Cadalyst Pro Tips #1: Tips on Buying Your Next Monitor for CAD
Monitor Resource GuideAs relatively simple as monitors may seem compared with other hardware that supports CAD-related work, in fact there's much to understand and consider in making the right purchasing decision. In this guide you'll find our "Monitors for CAD" feature article that explains the basics of monitor technology and what to look for in a professional monitor, as well as reviews of six professional models. This comprehensive feature was independently researched and written by Cadalyst staff. Also included in this guide is a page of our picks for other valuable online resources to help in your search for the right hardware. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now.   Cadalyst Pro Tips #1: Tips on Buying Your Next Monitor for CADCadalyst's one page tip sheet gives you all you need to know when buying your next new monitor for CAD. Find out the minimum size your monitor should be, minimum resolution, what's a reasonable pixel density or dot pitch, how long should the warranty be, and more. Download now.

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Plotters, Printers, 3D Printers

CAD Manager's Guide to Wide-Format Printers   Editors' Pick! Optimize Your Investment in a 3D Printer
CAD Manager's Guide to Wide-Format Printers 2014When it comes to selecting the best wide-format printer for technical applications, options today are many, and selecting the model that will best support a particular CAD workflow isn't easy. This whitepaper provides a road map for selecting the best model to meet a team's wide-format printing needs. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now.   Optimize Your Investment in a 3D PrinterIf your company is considering buying a 3D printer, you may be overwhelmed with all your options. This white paper guides you through the basics of understanding features you need in a 3D printer, which materials will work best in your situation, how to implement 3D printing technology, and more. Sponsored by Stratasys. Download now.

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Other Hardware

New!  Cadalyst Pro Tips #7: Choose the Right CAD Input Device   New!  Special Report: Mobile CAD Gets Real
Cadalyst Pro Tips #7: Choose the Right CAD Input DeviceSelecting an input device that works for you is essential, because you'll use it all day, every day. Do you need low cost or high comfort? Corded or wireless? Trackball or vertical grip? To determine which mouse belongs in your house, start with this one-page overview that sorts the many options into needs-based categories. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now — no registration required!   Special Report: Mobile CAD Gets RealThree professionals — a 3D mechanical CAD user, a project engineer, and a CAD manager — share their experiences putting the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet to use in lieu of a laptop. Sponsored by Microsoft. Download now!

 

New!  Cadalyst Special Report: The State of CAD Mobility, Part 1 — Technology Is Growing Up   New!  Cadalyst Special Report: The State of CAD Mobility, Part 2 — Mobile CAD in the Real World
Special Report: The State of CAD Mobility, Part 1This special report from the editors of Cadalyst discusses current mobile CAD use, factors limiting mobile CAD adoption, and changes afoot in the market that we expect will accelerate growth. Sponsored by Microsoft. Download now!   Special Report: The State of CAD Mobility, Part 2 This special report from the editors of Cadalyst looks at applications of mobile CAD in the manufacturing industry and reveal what the future might hold for mobile CAD technologies and the users who will benefit from them. Sponsored by Microsoft. Download now!

 

Engineers Get a Grip on Work with CAD-Specific Input Devices   The Truth About Virtual Computing for CAD
Engineers Get a Grip on Work with CAD-Specific Input DevicesYou’ve likely mastered the ins and outs of your software and the workstation that runs it, meaning you’re already getting the most performance possible out of your particular setup. To raise your game, you would have to upgrade one of your tools. However, beefing up your computer or switching to a different CAD software package requires a serious investment of money, training time, or both. But your software and workstation aren’t the only places where upgrades can have a substantial impact on your productivity. Sponsored by 3Dconnexion. Download now.   The Truth About Virtual Computing for CADThis whitepaper discusses how a virtualized computing environment supports 3D modeling, simulation, and visualization while improving productivity, project collaboration, and mobile access to CAD data.
Sponsored by Citrix. Download now.

 

Rigorous GPU Update Regimen Enables VFX Wizards to Produce Eye-Popping Visuals from CAD Files   3D Mice: Large Organizations Beef Up CAD Efficiency and Save Millions
Rigorous GPU Update Regimen Enables VFX Wizards to Produce Eye-Popping Visuals from 

CAD FilesThe intense technology demands of W.I.P's modeling, simulation, and visualization workflows require the visual effects team to update their graphics infrastructure every three to six months. That cycle incurs significant costs, but being equipped with the newest technology at all times provides speed and efficiency advantages that W.I.P can’t do without. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now.   3D Mice: Large Organizations Beef Up CAD Efficiency and Save MillionsWritten by CAD management expert Robert Green, this paper illustrates how to use ROI calculators to estimate the payback period and the long-term savings your own company can expect from an investment in 3D navigation devices to support a large CAD and engineering staff. Sponsored by 3Dconnexion. Download now.

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Software


 

General

DWG-Compatible Software   Editors' Pick! A CAD Dinosaur's Journey into Modern Times
DWG-Compatible SoftwareHave you been exploring your options in 2D CAD software applications, only to be overwhelmed by the number of products available? This Cadalyst Labs Report by longtime CAD journalist Randall Newton delves into some of the most popular, well-established titles in the market. Learn about the history and importance of the DWG format, software that's available by perpetual purchase as well as by subscription, and more. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now.   A CAD Dinosaur's Journey into Modern TimesSometimes change is hard, but when you're talking about upgrading CAD software and changing to a state-of-the-art professional workstation, it is worth it. Cadalyst's original blog series follows Patrick Hughes, machine designer and owner of Engineered Design Solutions, as he takes the plunge and moves from using AutoCAD Release 14 on an outdated PC to AutoCAD 2015 on a new professional workstation. Follow along in our e- book as this CAD dinosaur finds his way in the 21st century. Sponsored by Intel. Download now.

 

Cadalyst Labs Report: Mobile CAD Software   Editors' Pick! Fabulous Freebies for CAD Users — 2017 Edition
Cadalyst Labs Report Mobile CAD SoftwareWith mobile CAD programs, the days of desk-bound design are in the past. Today our laptops, tablets, and even our phones have so much computing power that we can carry our CAD work in a backpack or pocket. Find out more about the top apps designers are using today. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now.   Fabulous Freebies for CAD UsersThe editors of Cadalyst, with help from our contributing editors and readers who are in the CAD trenches day in and day out, have compiled this guide to software tools and resources that don't cost a cent. "Fabulous Freebies for CAD Users" has something for everyone. Download our guide and you'll soon be asking yourself, "How did I live without this?" From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now.

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Document Management, Product Lifecycle
Management, and Collaboration

The Ultimate Guide to CAD File Collaboration   What is PLM and How Can It Help My Company?
The Ultimate Guide to CAD File CollaborationIf you have CAD users scattered around town, around the country, or even around the world, you must deal with CAD file collaboration issues. This whitepaper will identify common file collaboration pitfalls to avoid, help you define the issues that are costing time and money, debunk the belief that "doing nothing costs nothing," outline the various CAD file collaboration options available today and analyze cost-benefit parameters of each, and ultimately help you determine which solution is best for your company. Sponsored by Peer Software. Download now.   What is 

PLM and How Can It Help My Company?Product lifecycle management can benefit companies of all sizes and needs. PLM solutions can boost productivity for manufacturers, and Autodesk PLM 360 brings those benefits within reach of small and medium size businesses. Sponsored by IMAGINiT. Download now.

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Manufacturing

New! Executive's Guide to Managing ECOs   New! The Future of Making Things Starts Now
Executive's Guide to Managing ECOsEngineering change requests and change orders are critical components of effective product development - yet many SMBs still manage these processes using sticky notes, email, spreadsheets, or home-grown solutions. This whitepaper discusses why every successful SMB must actively control this process and introduces a solution that is effective, affordable, and right-sized. Learn how automating the change process can improve your business without stressing your staff or budget. Sponsored by IMAGINiT Technologies. Download now.   The Future of Making Things Starts NowProduct development is entering a new era, driven by new means of manufacturing methods, customer demands, and connected products. This whitepaper discusses how manufacturers today can stay competitive by transitioning from the traditional, waterfall-based product development lifecycle to one that focuses on customization, collaboration, flexible manufacturing methods, and connected services. Sponsored by Autodesk. Download now.

 

Engineering-to-Order: Driving Engineering Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence    
Engineering-to-Order: Driving Engineering Innovation and Manufacturing ExcellenceThis paper explains the engineered-to-order approach to design and manufacturing with Autodesk Inventor–based workflows. Sponsored by IMAGINiT. Download now.    

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AEC

Cadalyst Pro Tips #6: Favorite Hatch Helpers   L&T-Sargent & Lundy Uses MicroStation for 3D Design of Supercritical Power Plant in India
Favorite Hatch HelpersWondering how to give the various materials in your drawings just the right look? Try a custom hatch pattern! The classic Cadalyst CAD Tips included here are longtime favorites of AutoCAD users. Simply download one of the prepared patterns, or craft your own with the LISP routines. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now — no registration required!   L&T-

Sargent & Lundy Uses MicroStation for 3D Design of Supercritical Power Plant in IndiaWorking extensively on a 3D platform built on Bentley products, L&T-Sargent & Lundy Limited overcame the challenge of site constraints and meeting environment requirements while delivering an error-free design on budget and within the twenty-month project time frame for bulk engineering. Developed by Bentley Systems. Download now.

 

The AEC Professional's Guide to Outsourcing BIM Management   Help Building Owners Get the BIM Data They Really Need
The AEC Professional's Guide to Outsourcing BIM ManagementA good BIM manager is vital to an AEC firm's success. But what constitutes good BIM management? What does it mean to outsource BIM management, and when does it make sense to to do so? If outsourcing is right for you, how do you maximize its benefits and avoid the pitfalls? This whitepaper will answer those questions and provide the needed perspective to help companies make decisions that optimize their BIM initiatives. Sponsored by IMAGINiT. Download now.   Help Building Owners Get the BIM Data They Really NeedTeach your clients which model information can help them best manage their facilities - and in turn earn your clients' trust - and build your business. At the project hand-off phase, you need a clear idea of who is getting the data, what information that person needs, and how the data will be managed and kept up to date. Learn how to teach clients to get the most out of BIM data and in turn build your own business. Sponsored by IMAGINiT. Download now.  

 

Small Firms Win Big with Revit LT    
Small Firms Win Big with Revit LTThis whitepaper highlights two small architectural firms that moved from AutoCAD to Autodesk Revit LT for building information modeling (BIM), including why they made the move and what the transition was like. Sponsored by Autodesk. Download now.      

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Software Licensing

Cadalyst Pro Tips #3: 18 Questions to Ask Before You Rent CAD Software   Cadalyst Pro Tips #4: Surveying the CAD Licensing Landscape
18 Questions to Ask Before You Rent CAD SoftwareTrying to decide between perpetual licensing and software subscription? Use our list to be sure you cover all your bases. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now — no registration required!   Surveying the CAD Licensing LandscapeThe CAD software market has been slower than some to embrace rental or subscription plans, but more vendors are moving in that direction. This sampling of CAD developers provides a peek at the range of licensing options available today, and at the wide variety of perspectives on the subject. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now — no registration required!

 

Straight Talk About Autodesk Subscription   CAD Software: The Benefits of Ownership
18 Questions to Ask Before You Rent CAD SoftwareAutodesk is phasing out perpetual software licenses. Going forward, Autodesk customers who wish to purchase or upgrade software must select a subscription (rental) licensing plan. Bypass the myths and misunderstandings surrounding this change and go straight to the truth in this free, four-page downloadable guide from the editors of Cadalyst. Sponsored by Autodesk. Download now.   Benefits of CAD Software OwnershipAs delivery modes have changed, so has the concept of software ownership, and users today can buy software, rent it via subscription, or pay a fee to access it online. Subscription applications aren’t the best option for every business. Learn the benefits of software ownership vs. rental and how to determine if ownership is right for you. Sponsored by IMSI/Design. Download now.  

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CAD Management


 

Cadalyst Pro Tips

New! Cadalyst Pro Tips #9: Training Checklists for CAD Managers   New! Cadalyst Pro Tips #8: Six 'Whys' of Choosing a Workstation
Cadalyst Pro Tips #9: Training Checklists for CAD ManagersTraining is an essential task on every CAD manager's to-do list. But with all those little details to remember, preparing a clear, informative training session can be overwhelming. These handy checklists present helpful advice from CAD management expert Robert Green in a concise format that will help you deliver a training session that will make your users — and your boss — happy. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now — no registration required!   Cadalyst Pro Tips #8: Six 'Whys' of Choosing a WorkstationAre you considering a new computer for CAD? Do you know how to start configuring that essential machine - and why? When you plan your next purchase, start with these basics. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now — no registration required!

 

New! Cadalyst Pro Tips #7: Choose the Right CAD Input Device   Cadalyst Pro Tips #6: Favorite Hatch Helpers
Cadalyst Pro Tips #7: Choose the Right CAD Input DeviceSelecting an input device that works for you is essential, because you'll use it all day, every day. Do you need low cost or high comfort? Corded or wireless? Trackball or vertical grip? To determine which mouse belongs in your house, start with this one-page overview that sorts the many options into needs-based categories. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now — no registration required!   Favorite Hatch HelpersWondering how to give the various materials in your drawings just the right look? Try a custom hatch pattern! The classic Cadalyst CAD Tips included here are longtime favorites of AutoCAD users. Simply download one of the prepared patterns, or craft your own with the LISP routines. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now — no registration required!

 

Cadalyst Pro Tips #5: Essential Communication Techniques for CAD Managers   Cadalyst Pro Tips #4: Surveying the CAD Licensing Landscape
Essential Communication Techniques for CAD ManagersAs a CAD manager, communicating effectively with upper management is essential. For example, to get your users the tools they need, you must convince the person holding the purse strings that those purchases are worthy investments. To make these conversations less challenging, try these field-tested techniques from CAD management expert Robert Green. Download now — no registration required!   Surveying the CAD Licensing LandscapeThe CAD software market has been slower than some to embrace rental or subscription plans, but more vendors are moving in that direction. This sampling of CAD developers provides a peek at the range of licensing options available today, and at the wide variety of perspectives on the subject. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now — no registration required!

 

Cadalyst Pro Tips #3: 18 Questions to Ask Before You Rent CAD Software   Editors' Pick! Cadalyst Pro Tips #1: Tips on Buying Your Next Monitor for CAD
18 Questions to Ask Before You Rent CAD SoftwareTrying to decide between perpetual licensing and software subscription? Many factors may influence your choice. Download this one-page tip sheet to learn what to ask when making your next CAD software licensing decision. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now — no registration required!   Cadalyst Pro Tips #1: Tips on Buying Your Next Monitor for CADCadalyst's one-page tip sheet gives you all you need to know when buying your next new monitor for CAD. Find out the minimum size your monitor should be, minimum resolution, what's a reasonable pixel density or dot pitch, how long should the warranty be, and more. Download now — no registration required!

 

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General

New! Cadalyst Pro Tips #9: Training Checklists for CAD Managers   DWG-Compatible Software
Cadalyst Pro Tips #9: Training Checklists for CAD ManagersTraining is an essential task on every CAD manager's to-do list. But with all those little details to remember, preparing a clear, informative training session can be overwhelming. These handy checklists present helpful advice from CAD management expert Robert Green in a concise format that will help you deliver a training session that will make your users — and your boss — happy. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now — no registration required!   DWG-Compatible SoftwareHave you been exploring your options in 2D CAD software applications, only to be overwhelmed by the number of products available? This Cadalyst Labs Report by longtime CAD journalist Randall Newton delves into some of the most popular, well-established titles in the market. Learn about the history and importance of the DWG format, software that's available by perpetual purchase as well as by subscription, and more. From the editors of Cadalyst. Download now.

 

Cadalyst Pro Tips #5: Essential Communication Techniques for CAD Managers    
Cadalyst Pro Tips #5: Essential Communication Techniques for CAD ManagersAs a CAD manager, communicating effectively with upper management is essential. For example, to get your users the tools they need, you must convince the person holding the purse strings that those purchases are worthy investments. To make these conversations less challenging, try these field-tested techniques from CAD management expert Robert Green. Download now — no registration required!    

 


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