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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 1)

4 Jan, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Rotate the UCS with the Number Pad
Steve Schulz sends us a routine he made to help speed navigation inside the UCS. "I have set up my number pad as my UCS (user coordinate system) navigator. It is the best thing I have ever done for 3D drawings." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Create 3D Profiles along a Pathway
Civil technician R.T. Rinehart sends us a tip describing the Sweep command. "Sweep allows you to sweep a 2D object along a path and create a 3D solid from it. I use this command frequently when modeling underground pipes and utilities." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Intersect Solid Objects to Form Complex Objects
Tipster Greg Silva shares his method of using the Intersect command on two 3D objects to yield one complex 3D object. "To create a 3D object that has compound angles, it is sometimes easier to use two different solids and the Intersect operation." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Use Regions to Create 3D Solids
Bill Perez reminds us of how regions can help us in our 3D design work. "Region is a command that is underutilized by users who are creating solid models. With Region, you can quickly select the closed-loop 'sketch,' converting it to a dimensionless flat solid shape that you can extrude, intersect, or revolve into a more complex shape." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

And More Tips!
Following are this week's reminders, tidbits, and miscellaneous updates from the Cadalyst Tip Patrol.

2D Block Creation: Use Flatshot to quickly create a 2D block on the plan view compiled from the image of your 3D model that's currently on screen.

Submit Your Tip

Submit Your Tip for your favorite CAD software. If we publish your tip, we'll send you a Cadalyst T-shirt, and each month Cadalyst editors will randomly select one published tip and send a $100 gift card to its author. Please remember:

  • Submit only code and other tips that are your original work (or provide the original source so we can include proper credit).
  • Tell us which software version you use.

By submitting code, you grant Cadalyst the right to print and distribute your code in print, digitally, and by other means. Cadalyst and individual authors retain all rights to the code; published code is not to be used for commercial purposes.

 

Got Feedback? To share feedback about one of today's tips, navigate to the tip using the link provided above, then click Comment. The Comment tool is available to registered users of Cadalyst's CAD Tips site.

Tips & Tools Weekly software tips for AutoCAD are reviewed by Cadalyst staff and the Tip Patrol before publication. Use all tips at your own discretion, please. We're sorry, but editors and Tip Patrol members cannot provide assistance with technical problems; please refer to Cadalyst's Hot Tip Harry-Help discussion forum for assistance with AutoLISP and other AutoCAD customization questions.

Sincere thanks to our volunteer Tip Patrol members: Brian Benton, Don Boyer,
Mitchell Hirschklau, R.K. McSwain, and Billy Wooten.

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Resources

CIMdata Offers Review of Siemens Teamcenter Express
CIMdata, a PLM consulting and research firm, announced the availability of a free program review of Teamcenter Express, a Siemens PLM software cPDm (collaborative product definition management) solution. The included customer testimonials support the selection of Teamcenter Express to support specific PLM requirements.

IEEE Upgrades Its Digital Library
IEEE, a technical professional association, is planning an upgrade to the IEEE Xplore digital library in early 2010. The changes will include a new design, an enhanced search engine with flexible features, advanced search mode, new personalization features, institutional branding for customers, and enhanced online support.

Bentley Publishes Infrastructure Project Yearbook
Bentley Systems, an infrastructure software provider, announced that the digital version of The Year in Infrastructure 2009 is immediately available; print copies are available upon request. This 200-page yearbook highlights the work of Bentley users. It features more than 250 project nominations, 17 winners of the 2009 Be Inspired Awards competition, and four recipients of Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards.

Ideate Releases LEED Hotel Case Study
Ideate, an Autodesk premier solutions provider, has published its latest Study in Success. Entitled "Revit Leads SERA Architects to LEED Gold," the study focuses on SERA Architects' LEED Gold award–winning project, The Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center. The hotel is located where a vacant, deteriorating office building once stood in Portland, Oregon's urban center.

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Deals & Freebies

CAD Schroer Updates Its Free Personal-Use Design Software
CAD Schroer Group, an engineering software provider, has released v4 of its free MEDUSA4 Personal software. The private-use version of the engineering design software includes many of the options available in the MEDUSA4 ADVANCED package, such a SMART Edit and basic 3D, as well as add-on modules, including Parametrics and Sheet Metal Design.

Procedural Provides Discount and Trial of CityEngine 2009.3
3D software provider Procedural has announced the release of the CityEngine 2009.3 with new city examples. Even users who have already tested the CityEngine for 30 days can benefit from a new trial period (the trial period is reset with the new version). The new CityWizard comes with predefined templates and allows for the creation of 3D cities. Procedural is offering a limited-time discount of $500 for the CityEngine SE and the CityEngine PRO. For one month, users can purchase CityEngine for a starting price of $2,950.

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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Opportunities & Honors

SmartGeometry Workshop Now Accepting Applications
Organized by the SmartGeometry Group, sponsored by Bentley Systems, and hosted by IAAC, the SmartGeometry 2010 Conference Workshop will be held March 19–22, 2010. The workshop carries the theme "Working Prototypes" and focuses on functioning prototypes developed to prove and test concept and design. Admission to the workshop is based on an application process; the application deadline is January 10, 2010.

CNC Sponsors Manufacturing Design Competition for Students
CNC Software, manufacturer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, has opened the 2009–2010 Mastercam Innovator of the Future (IOF) national competition. This contest provides students with a real-world manufacturing challenge, a celebrity judge, and a chance to win a scholarship as well as a trip to the celebrity judge's headquarters. For the 2009–2010 competition, students are challenged to design and machine a NASCAR-style gearshift lever and knob.

Pictometry Offers Software Grants for Law Enforcement Agencies
Pictometry, a provider of aerial imagery and measuring software, is offering grants totaling $500,000 to state law enforcement agencies across the country. The State Police Online Training grant is equivalent to 100% funding for the purchase of up to 200 seats of Pictometry Online, Pictometry's web-based deployment software, for up to one full year. Pictometry will receive grant applications through July 31, 2010.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Books & Training

Doctor Walt’s Latest Manual Covers Hybrid Modeling in KeyCreator
Conceptual Product Development, provider of CAD training manuals, has released Doctor Walt's KEYCREATOR 9 Hybrid Modeling. In this release, author Walter Silva shows readers the power of advanced surface-solid modeling. Starting with a basic review of the many surface construction tools, readers are introduced to techniques that combine the simplicity of solid modeling with the power of the more demanding surface modeling functions.

ASCENT Releases Revit Structure Training Guide
RAND Worldwide's courseware division, ASCENT — Center for Technical Knowledge, has released a new training guide: Revit Structure 2010 — Beyond the Basics. This guide offers information on creating families, project sharing, preparing the Revit analytical model for analysis, and working with other formats.

SolidProfessor Launches New Product Line for SolidWorks 2010
>SolidProfessor, a SolidWorks-certified solution partner, has released a new line of products for SolidWorks 2010. The new products — SolidProfessor Standard, Professional, and Premium — include content designed to address the needs of SolidWorks users based on the version of SolidWorks they are running. SolidProfessor Standard includes a library of 20 hours of content for both new users and advanced users who own SolidWorks Standard.

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Mark Your Calendar

Webinar: InspectionXpert for CATIA
January 6–February 17, 2010
10 a.m. EST and 2 p.m. EST
Find out how InspectionXpert for CATIA works directly inside CATIA and reduce the time it takes to generate ballooned CAD drawings and inspection sheets for your first article or quality inspection process. Read more

Webinar: 3D Laser Scanning Workflow Integration
January 07, 2010
10 a.m. EST and 4 p.m. EST
Bentley Systems signed a "Continuous Technology Transfer Agreement" to incorporate Pointools' Vortex Engine in the Bentley Technology Platform. This webinar will include three different perspectives on this agreement. Read more

San Francisco Revit User Group
January 13, 2010
San Francisco, California
Join guest speaker Ken Marcus as he shares some lesser-known, yet powerful and useful Revit Architecture tricks and tips in this webinar from Ideate. 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.

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What's New at Cadalyst.com

Event Report: Autodesk University 2009
In a year when canceled events were not uncommon, Autodesk presses forward and draws nearly 6,000 to Las Vegas and 19,000 to AU Virtual for learning opportunities and technology updates. Read more

Virtual Clay Turns 3D Modeling into Child's Play
Toy design firm Hot Buttered Elves uses SensAble's FreeForm to create greener decorations for nurseries and children's rooms. Read more

Survival Kit for CAD Machines
CAD Manager's Toolbox: To recover from a computer disaster, follow a few simple steps before anything goes wrong. Read more

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