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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 16, No. 41)

14 Nov, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Do You Have any Hot Leads for Harry?
When it comes to CAD code, Hot Tip Harry knows a good tip when he sees it! Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your LISP routines. If we publish your tip, you'll earn a $25 gift card you can use to purchase a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store.

Dimension in 3D
Kent Elrod has created a visual guide to dimensioning 3D objects in AutoCAD's model space environment. "People new to 3D in AutoCAD often have a hard time adding dimensions to the model in model space; the dimensions either end up on the wrong plane or the dimtext is not shown in the right direction. I have developed a PDF cheat sheet that covers the basics for getting the dimensions placed for 3D modeling correctly every time." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

From Ribbon to Toolbar
Bob Crooker shares a method for using AutoCAD ribbon panels as toolbars. "I stumbled on this by accident: You can detach individual tool panels from the ribbon to keep them in view." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Wipeout Frames
Angelina Roskam, a CADD technician, shares a tip that can help you manage AutoCAD's wipeout objects. "I used to hate wipeouts — that is, until I learned about the frames settings," said tip reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Trim Your Hatch
Tipster Eric Lawson has some suggestions for longtime AutoCAD users who have difficulty keeping up with the changes from one release to the next. "First, read the Tips & Tools Weekly newsletter, particularly if you're one of those operators who work on their own. I find when working with a group, there is always an exchange of information, but when working solo, the only other way to keep up with the changes is to read the instructions; how boring." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Add Model Dimensions to 2D Drawings
Cadalyst contributing editor Bill Fane reviewed this tip from CADD designer David Gaskill that will help you add dimensions to Autodesk Inventor drawings. "Have you ever wanted to add dimensions to your Inventor drawings, knowing that you already dimensioned the model? It would be nice to leverage the dimensions from your model sketches." 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

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2012 SP1 Ribbon Hotfix Now Available
Autodesk has released a new hotfix for AutoCAD 2012, AutoCAD LT 2012, and several AutoCAD 2012–based products. The AutoCAD hotfix addresses problems that could make the software non-responsive while navigating, saving, or closing a drawing file. Users must install Service Pack 1 (SP1) before applying this hotfix.

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Deals & Freebies

OrthoGraph Provides Free ArchiCAD Import Module
Survey software provider OrthoGraph has released the beta version of the OrthoGraph ArchiCAD Import Module, which extends ArchiCAD to read OrthoGraph Architect's native SRVD file format. The free beta version supports the conversions of drawings with up to five rooms; this limitation can be turned off in the final release by purchasing a license for about $500.

Autodesk Offers Free Previews of 123D Software
Autodesk recently introduced two additions to the company's emerging 123D family: Autodesk 123D Catch and Autodesk 123D Make. The free technology previews enable users to turn photographs into 3D models, and to convert 3D models into a pattern of flat parts for assembly, respectively.

Geomagic Releases Free Trial Downloads of 2012 Software Line
Geomagic, a provider of 3D software for creating and inspecting digital models, has released free trials of Geomagic Studio, Geomagic Wrap, Geomagic Qualify, and Geomagic Qualify Probe. The 2012 software suite features advancements in 3D scan and probe data transformation, precise polygonal imaging, and 3D inspection and metrology.

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Opportunities & Honors

CEA Announces Best Of Innovations Design and Engineering Honorees
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) recently announced its 2012 International CES Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award Honorees. The awards honor design and engineering advancements across 32 consumer electronics product categories, including tablets, e-readers, netbooks, software, and mobile apps.

Call for Entries Issued for WikiCAD's Best 3D Design Contest
WikiCAD, an online community for CAD users, invites designers to submit 3D designs for its Best 3D Design Contest. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to the Autodesk Gallery at One Market, including $1,000, roundtrip airfare to San Francisco from anywhere within the United States, and hotel accommodations.

Voting Open through November 30 for the Tekla Global BIM Awards
Voters can choose their favorite from the modeling projects entered in the annual Tekla Global BIM (building information modeling) Awards competition. All voters are eligible to win an Apple iPad. Together with the public vote, the opinions of the expert jury will decide this year's winners in three categories: BIM projects, steel projects, and concrete and other projects.

Mastercam Announces 6th Annual 'Innovator of the Future'
CNC Software, developer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, has announced the winner of its 2010–2011 Innovator of the Future competition. Scott Harrel is a student in the computer-integrated machining technology program at Rowan Cabarrus Community College. He researched guitar capos and worked with numerous designs before developing one that doesn't use a spring.

Fiatech Calls for Presentation Proposals
Fiatech is accepting presentation proposals for the 2012 Technology Conference and Showcase. The 2012 conference theme is Fiatech Heat: Innovation that Builds the World. The consortium is seeking the latest research, innovations, achievements, and technologies for advancing the design, construction, and facility industry. Proposals are due December 2, 2011.

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Mark Your Calendar

CAD Got You Down?
November 15, 2011
2 p.m. ET
This webinar from SpaceClaim demonstrates how to repair problematic geometry, create tool path–ready models, and create fixtures in a shorter amount of time. Read more

Build Boston
November 16–18, 2011
Boston, Massachusetts
The conference program is organized in twelve distinct tracks, allowing attendees to hone their practice while earning CEUs (continuing education units). Read more

Simulation-Driven Concept Engineering with Comet and SpaceClaim
November 17, 2011
1 p.m. ET
At this webinar from SpaceClaim, attendees can learn about the software's integration with Comet. 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

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The Best Hardware Configuration for SolidWorks CAD Software

Optimizing hardware for SolidWorks is essential for getting the most out of this heavy-hitting CAD application. Read more

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When determining the technical requirements for AutoCAD WS, it's important to consider a number of different products that fall under the AutoCAD WS umbrella. Read more

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Latest CAD Manager's Survey verifies that CAD in the cloud, for the most part, isn't happening yet. Read more

Win a Free Subscription to Cadalyst!
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