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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No.17)

10 May, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff


Send in Your Tips Today!
Cadalyst's Tips & Tools Weekly accepts tip submissions for AutoCAD — and any other CAD software tool. Do you have favorite time-savers, workarounds, or power tips for SolidWorks, Inventor, Map 3D, Revit, etc.? Send 'em in! If we publish your tip, we'll send you a gift card to purchase a T-shirt or other merchandise in the Cadalyst Store.

This Week's Software Tips

Save Table Styles and Create Templates
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky sends us a tip on using tables. "You can transfer table styles through Design Center; just find this drawing and drag the needed table style into your drawing." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Find Elevations Using the Y-Coordinate
Greg Byrne sends us a method that he uses to help determine the elevation of objects in elevation views. "This tip allows quick reference of building heights and confirmation of notated levels." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Match an Object's Rotation
Derek Beals created a LISP routine that will allow you to match the angle of your selected objects to that of a reference object. "Pick a line you want an object rotated to, select your objects ... and ta-da!" View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Submit Your Tip

Review Cadalyst's Tip Submission Guidelines, then Submit Your Tip for your favorite CAD software. If we publish your tip, you'll earn a gift card you can use to purchase a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store. Please remember to submit only code and other tips that are your original work (or provide the original source so we can include proper credit) and to 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

Wohlers Industry Report Analyzes Additive Manufacturing
Consulting firm Wohlers Associates has published Wohlers Report 2010 ($475), a 250-page analysis of the newest developments and trends in additive manufacturing (AM) worldwide. According to the report, annual unit sales of AM systems worldwide grew by an estimated 13.9%.

CIMdata Releases First China PLM Report
Management consulting and research firm CIMdata has released its first China product lifecycle management (PLM) report ($3,500), which discusses major China PLM trends and issues, PLM purchase investments in software and services, PLM adoption in various industry sectors, and market growth forecasts that pertain to this economic region.

GlobalSpec Economic Survey Finds Tech Sector Optimistic
GlobalSpec, a specialized search engine, information resource, e-publishing, and online events company, has conducted an economic outlook survey of more than 2,000 engineering, technical, manufacturing, and industrial professionals in the United States. The results are available in a free research report, "2010 Economic Outlook Survey: How Industrial Companies Can Succeed in the Current Economy."

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Deals & Freebies

CoreTech Provides Evaluation Version of Moldex3D eXplorer
CoreTech System, a 3D injection molding simulation company, has released a new evaluation version of the Moldex3D eXplorer 2009 simulation tool, available for NX, SolidWorks, and Pro/ENGINEER. Part designers can download the evaluation version, and can apply for a 30-day extension trial license as well.

Spiral Graphics Offers New Textures, Updates Free Rendering Tool
Software developer Spiral Graphics has released its sixth royalty-free seamless texture pack, comprising 136 path and plant textures. In addition, Genetica Viewer, Spiral Graphics' free texture rendering tool, has been updated to version 3.5 and can now render textures based on photographic sources.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Opportunities & Honors

Gartner Recognizes Aras for Enterprise Open-Source PLM Solution
Aras, a provider of product lifecycle management software, has been named a "Cool Vendor" by analyst firm Gartner in the "Cool Vendors in Product Design and Life Cycle Management 2010" report.

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Books & Training

Autodesk Packages Design Software Solutions for Education
Autodesk has unveiled eight industry-oriented software suites — containing the full range of Autodesk 2D and 3D design software tools — to help secondary and postsecondary students learn core design and engineering skills. The bundled packages help faculty teach key concepts that prepare students for careers in architecture, engineering, and the digital arts.

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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

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Mark Your Calendar

AIA 2010 National Convention
June 10–12, 2010
Miami, Florida
With an expected attendance of more than 22,000 architects and building industry professionals, this event will showcase innovative design and construction industry products and services. Read more

SIGGRAPH 2010
July 25–29, 2010
Los Angeles, California
SIGGRAPH 2010 — the 37th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques — will comprise technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web. Read more

FABTECH 2010
November 2–4, 2010
Atlanta, Georgia
The FABTECH tradeshow showcases a spectrum of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and finishing and welding equipment and technology. 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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