CAD Tech News (#30)

12 Nov, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff

▶ Solid Edge University 2015

Annual user event highlights Solid Edge ST8, offers a sneak peek at ST9, and introduces the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, a tablet equipped for full-fledged CAD.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

Cincinnati in late October was the setting for Solid Edge University 2015, a gathering of Solid Edge customers for technology updates and education, networking, and socializing. In addition to several hundred attendees — reportedly the highest attendance to date — organizer Siemens PLM Software hosted a few dozen industry writers, editors, and analysts from around the world, including myself, and we soaked up presentations and workshops alongside regular attendees.

John Miller, senior vice-president and general manager, mainstream engineering at Siemens PLM, kicked off Day 1 by welcoming attendees, touting the company-supported Greenpower Education Trust, an academic program that promotes sustainable design and engineering to young students, and introducing the next speaker, who left most of us speechless.

Philip Norman from Ross Robotics described himself as "not a formal engineer. ... I'm basically an artist — a writer and a painter, things like that." But with astonishing intelligence, creativity, and persistence, he came to invent, develop, and commercialize a modular robotics system that was conceived as a toy but eventually redeveloped and adopted "by about the toughest customer you can think of on the planet for a robot company," he said: the National Institute for Subatomic Physics at the CERN nuclear research laboratory in Geneva.

Norman traced his journey from artist to engineer, as he called on art, nature, science, and math for inspiration and input to overcome roadblocks on the path to creating his groundbreaking design, which now is doing groundbreaking work.

Philip Norman of Ross Robotics demonstrates his modular design. (Source: John Henry Fox, @johnhfox, via Twitter)
Philip Norman of Ross Robotics demonstrates his modular design. (Source: John Henry Fox, @johnhfox, via Twitter)

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is the content director for Longitude Media, publisher of Cadalyst.

▶ Customize a Roof Assembly in Revit

This Pluralsight tutorial demonstrates how to edit and customize a roof assembly for a residential project.

By Pierre Derenoncourt

Customize a Roof Assembly in Revit

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Pierre Derenoncourt is a Revit and AutoCAD tutor for Pluralsight.


CAD Manager's Toolbox: Automate Common Jobs with Windows Task Scheduler
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CAD Manager Column: Prepare a CAD Management Budget for 2016
It's time to sit down and plan your monetary needs for next year. Read more »

Lengthen (or Shorten) AutoCAD Lines in a Flash!
If you need to lengthen lines a specific distance or to a total length, then you should be using the Lengthen command! Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how handy the Lengthen command can be when editing your objects. Watch the video »

Graebert Seeks to Conquer the Device Divide
The newly updated ARES Touch is just one facet of Graebert's mission to make full-featured CAD available on every type of platform. Read more »


Creating Drawings in Onshape
November 17, 2015
1 p.m. ET
This company webinar will cover topics like creating views; adding dimensions and annotations; and importing and exporting drawings in Onshape cloud-based 3D CAD software. Read more »

Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects
November 19, 2015
11:30 a.m. PT
This class will explore ways in which Ideate BIMLink can effect changes to a Revit MEP model. One topic to be covered is settings that affect Energy Performance. Presenters will also discuss how Ideate BIMLink can assist with Electrical Device changes and Lighting Level Analysis. The webinar will also review at the various pre-built Ideate BIMLink Revit MEP Sample links. Read more »

Capturing Reality
November 23–25, 2015
Salzburg, Austria
Capturing Reality Forum will bring together individuals with a shared interest in 3D imaging and visualization for presentations and an international exhibition of 3D imaging, laser scanning, and LiDAR products and services. Read more »

3D Scanning for CAD
November 24, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This NextEngine webinar will discuss how to create usable models for CAD programs such as SolidWorks, Creo, and Inventor. Read more »

RhinoCAM 2016
November 25, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This MecSoft webinar will provide an overview of RhinoCAM 2016, MecSoft's CNC programming software for Rhinoceros 5.0. Read more »

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