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MCAD Tech News (#308)

9 Jun, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff


From the Trenches: Rules of File Referencing

These rules will help you keep multi-person CAD and BIM projects in order on a file server.

By Scott MacKenzie

Editor's Note: This tutorial establishes a set of general rules for naming and storing your linked files and xrefs. Scott MacKenzie, a Cadalyst contributing editor and BIM (building information modeling) manager in an architectural office, wrote these rules for managing CAD and BIM files; however, this approach to organizing drawings and models on a server could benefit CAD/engineering offices in any industry, including manufacturing.

Consistently following a few simple rules will minimize confusion for anyone who is navigating through your projects, now or in the future.

Folder Use

Files used for linking and referencing in a project should be placed in folders specifically designed for reference and linked files. Read more »

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Scott MacKenzie is CAD+Systems Manager for Anshen+Allen in Columbus, Ohio.

     

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Manage Large Assemblies Using Substitute Levels of Detail

Live large by cutting unmanageable assemblies down to size in Autodesk Inventor.

By Caleb Funk

It is a simple problem to understand: The larger and more complex an assembly becomes, the more computing resources are required to manage it. In the past, the answer was to add more RAM or video memory, or to get a faster machine. This changed when the ability to suppress parts and assemblies was added.

Suppressing components, coupled with the new Level of Detail representation, gave users a new measure of control over their assemblies. Suppressing parts or assemblies actually removed them from memory, as opposed to simply removing them from the view, and snapshots of which components were suppressed could be saved in a level of detail representation.

While these tools helped significantly with large assemblies, the Substitute Level of Detail extends the capabilities of Autodesk Inventor to work with large assemblies. Put simply, this allows the user to swap out a complex subassembly for a simple part that represents it. The substitute still contains all of the BOM (bill of materials) information that is normally associated with the assembly, as well as the physical information such as center of gravity and mass. Using substitute parts reduces the amount of components loaded into memory, and also reduces the number of constraints and adaptive relationships that must be recalculated when changes are made. This increases performance without sacrificing access to BOM information. Read more »

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Caleb Funk is a solutions consultant with IMAGINiT technologies, specializing in manufacturing software.

       

On the Edge Solid Edge Tutorial: Navigate Folder Paths Efficiently

These tricks will help you move through directory structures quickly.

By Russell Brook

Solid Edge provides graphical ways for you to navigate the directory and file structure when opening or placing models, but here are some little-known tricks for simplifying paths when navigating directory structures in Open/Save dialog windows.

  1. Typing "." (dot) and pressing Enter in the File Open dialog box will show the complete path to the current folder location.

Read more »

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Russell Brook is the Solid Edge product marketing manager for Siemens PLM Software global marketing.

       

Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

 

Solid Edge ST4 Global Launch Event
June 15–16, 2011
Huntsville, Alabama
This Solid Edge customer event comprises technical training and opportunities for users to interact with the Solid Edge development team. Read more »

Paperless Parts Tech Day
June 15, 2011
Nashua, New Hampshire
Tech Day will include free, live demonstrations of 3D printing, 3D scanning, and an interactive look at SpaceClaim software. Representatives from Paperless Parts, SpaceClaim, and Z-Corporation will explain the process behind rapid prototyping and what it takes to get a project under way. Read more »

2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference
June 22–23, 2011
Orlando, Florida
Altair Engineering's Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference will center on product lifecycle management (PLM) technology and its effects across a variety of advanced-manufacturing sectors, with particular focus on the aerospace industry. Read more »

Knowledge Capture with Digital Manufacturing
June 28, 2011
11 a.m. ET
CPDA will host this free webinar to explain how digital manufacturing can help companies leverage engineering learning and improve product quality. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Cadalyst.com. Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to news@cadalyst.com.

       

What’s New at Cadalyst.com

 

CAD Manager's Toolbox: FileZilla Stomps Expensive FTP Utilities
This useful FTP program features a price point you can't argue with — free. Read more »

Have the BIM Truth Talk with Your Boss, Part 2
Readers share their struggles with managing their managers' expectations. Read more »

First Look Review: Eurocom Panther 2.0 Mobile Workstation
New system offers many connectivity options, fast performance. Read more »

First Look Review: CadFaster|Collaborate for Autodesk Revit 2011
Also available for SolidWorks and coming soon for mobile use, new plug-in facilitates real-time, interactive model reviews. Read more »

Cadalyst Labs Report: 3D Scanning Is Flying High
Faster, more accurate, more affordable technologies are propelling reverse engineering and other applications to the forefront of design. Read more »


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