MCAD Tech News (#318)

10 Nov, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff

First Look Review: TurboViewer


Use this handy app to view 2D and 3D DWG files on your iPad or iPhone.

By R.K. McSwain

IMSI/Design, developer of TurboCAD, recently introduced TurboViewer, a new, free application for viewing 2D and 3D DWG files on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. At press time, the company claimed that TurboViewer was the only mobile app capable of viewing 3D DWG files.

TurboViewer, a free app from IMSI/Design, makes it easy to view 2D and 3D wireframe drawings on your iPad or iPhone.
TurboViewer, a free app from IMSI/Design, makes it easy to view 2D and 3D wireframe drawings on your iPad or iPhone.

CAD managers and others should be reminded that iOS devices do not support USB and hard-wired network connections. These devices connect to the outside world through Wi-Fi or 3G only. My test device was an iPad 2 with Wi-Fi only, and I tested TurboViewer v1.0.4, which required iOS 4.2 or later.

Downloading TurboViewer is as easy as opening the App Store from your iOS device, searching for TurboViewer, and clicking the Free button. The app downloads and installs automatically. To view drawing files, e-mail a message with a DWG or DXF attachment to your mobile device or use your web browser to download files from web sites, FTP servers, or cloud-based storage systems such as Dropbox. Read more »

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Cadalyst contributing editor R.K. McSwain is a designer and CAD systems administrator for Pate Engineers in Houston.



IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: The Broader Applications of Autodesk Factory Design Suite

If you think the Autodesk Factory Design Suite only works with factories, you're missing out. Here's how you can lay out any confined space or floor with common design assets.

By Rusty Belcher

The Autodesk Factory Design Suite offers functionality that can simplify the process of laying out and visualizing a factory design. But don't let the word "Factory" limit your view of this application: Anyone who needs to lay out a confined space or a floor with common design assets can take advantage of the workflow offered by the Autodesk Factory Design Suite.

In this article, I will give an overview of some specific functionality available in the Factory Design Suite, and demonstrate how it can be used in other layout workflows.

Start at the Floor

I know it sounds simple, but the first thing addressed in any layout process is the floor, and Autodesk Factory Design Suite provides a generic floor in every layout file. You can resize the floor and change the elevation for designs with multiple levels. The DWG Overlay command allows you to paint the floor with reference lines from any AutoCAD drawing. Read more »

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Rusty Belcher is a senior application engineer with IMAGINiT Technologies.


Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events


Design 2 Part Events
Through June 14, 2012
Various cities
At the Design 2 Part events, attendees can find suppliers to take projects from design to part, learn about a variety of new manufacturing options, and compare sample parts and components. Read more »

Introducing the New Alibre Design 2012
November 23, 2011
11 a.m. PT
Alibre Design 2012 is the latest 2D and 3D design software release from 3D Systems and Alibre. During this webinar, presenter Max Freeman, vice-president of marketing at Alibre, will discuss how to enhance the design process. Read more »

2011 Autodesk University User Conference and Exhibition
November 29–December 1, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada
Autodesk University (AU) 2011 will include more than 800 technical classes and hands-on labs, free Autodesk certification exams, and a conference-within-a-conference for design technology managers. Read more »

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


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