MCAD Tech News (#361)

24 Apr, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff

Editor's Note: We're pleased to announce the addition of new video tutorials to the Cadalyst Video Gallery. The long-running IMAGINiT Tricks tutorial series, which focuses on Autodesk Inventor, now offers videos as well as written tutorials. Look for more videos in this series to be added over the coming months.

Use Master Modeling Techniques in Autodesk Inventor's Sheet Metal Environment

Learn about using Master Modeling techniques in Autodesk Inventor's sheet metal environment to control parametric updates across multiple files and to speed up overall model creation and editing time.

Use Master Modeling Techniques in Autodesk Inventor's Sheet Metal Environment


Femap Tips and Tricks: Split an Existing Femap Mesh

This technique can be used to split solid pentahedral and hexahedral meshes and create more than one element through the thickness of the plate structure.

By Alastair Robertson

Sometimes it's useful to be able to split an existing mesh and have that split propagate through the model, while maintaining proper element connectivity. In this tutorial, we'll see how you can achieve that in Femap.

There is a method of splitting a mesh by selecting two nodes on an element edge.

There is a method of splitting a mesh by selecting two nodes on an element edge.

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Alastair Robertson is the product marketing manager for Siemens PLM Software Velocity Series CAE solutions, including Femap with NX Nastran and Solid Edge Simulation.


Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

RapidWorks 3D Scanning for CAD
April 24, 2014
11 a.m. PT
This webinar will discuss how to create usable models for CAD programs such as SolidWorks, Creo, and Inventor by scanning and converting mesh scan data into editable CAD solids using RapidWorks software. Read more »

PTC Creo Data Management
April 28, 2014
10 a.m. PT
This webcast will explore the latest releases of PTC Windchill Solutions for CAD data management. Read more »

ACE 2014
April 29–May 1, 2014
Chicago, Illinois
Aras will sponsor ACE 2014, which brings together business and technology professionals to discuss, benchmark, and collaborate on product lifecycle management (PLM) best practices. 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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