Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 28)6 Aug, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Longer Days Mean More Time to Share Tips
The beach, fireworks, picnics ... when you're making a list of your summertime favorites, don't forget the tips! Take a few minutes to share your tips — for AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool — with your fellow CAD users. If we publish your tip, you'll earn a gift card you can use toward a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store. Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your tip today!
Place Insulation Using a Dynamic Block
Steve Lander shares his modified insulation block that is a dynamic block for AutoCAD. "This dynamic insulation block is made with a vertical height of 1 mm, so it can be scaled to your required height. I favor placing insulation using this method, instead of the Batting linetype, because it is completely independent of linetype scales." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Create New Blocks from Old Blocks
Tipster Maria Tzanetakou sends us a tip about how to use existing blocks in AutoCAD to create new blocks. "Let's say that you have a specific dynamic block called A, in which you have placed a look-up table. If you would like to use this block as a base and create block B, the easiest way to do so is to save it in your disk and rename the block before opening it." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Designer and CAD coordinator Robert L. Zipprich shares a tip on setting the MIRRTEXT system variable in AutoCAD. "Do you know anyone who likes to read backwards text?" View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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CIMdata Report Indicates Good News for PLM Solutions Providers
PLM (product lifecycle management) consulting and research firm CIMdata announced that the third module of its 2012 PLM Market Analysis Report Series is now available for purchase. The "2012 PLM Market and Solution Provider Report" reveals that, despite the sluggish global economy, the PLM industry grew faster in 2011 than in the previous year.
Opportunities & Honors
Third Annual SPIKE Awards Now Accepting Nominations
Nominations are being accepted online through September 7, 2012, for the 2012 SPIKE Awards. With the central theme of "social product development," the awards recognize the best use of social strategies, processes, and supporting technologies to improve innovation, product development, and product management. The winners will be announced on October 15, 2012.
New Design Competition Will Punctuate Launch of 3D Printshow
Billed as London's first major 3D printing event, 3D Printshow will include the Metworks Competition in collaboration with the Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture, and Design, London Metropolitan University, and its Metropolitan Works design center. The winner will be recognized at the October event and will oversee the 3D printing of his or her winning design.
Connecticut Student Wins Mastercam Design Contest
Connecticut high school student Zachary Roy has won the 2011–2012 Innovator of the Future design competition, sponsored by CNC Software, the developer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software. Roy designed and machined a guitar bridge judged the best by Taylor Guitars of California. In addition to a $1,000 scholarship, Roy will receive a tour of the Taylor Guitars factory in El Cajon.
Infinite Z Competition Challenges App Developers
The zSpace App Challenge invites developers to create new applications that use Infinite Z's zSpace software development kit and the Unity engine. As of August 15, 2012, those interested can visit the zSpace web site and register free as an app provider/developer. Prizes include a zSpace system ($6,000 value) and a 6-month loan of a zSpace system ($1,000 value).
Books & Training
Tukatech and Indian Government Collaborate on Digital Fashion Lab
A partnership between garment-design software provider Tukatech and India's Ministry of Textiles has produced a digital fashion innovation lab that offers "Concept to Consumer" training for India's fashion and lifestyle design degree programs. Tukatech reports that more than 2,000 of its 2D and 3D garment design software systems are used for instruction in Indian fashion schools.
Dassault Syst�mes Unveils New SolidWorks Electrical Applications
Dassault Systèmes, maker of SolidWorks, is introducing SolidWorks Electrical, a schematic design tool; SolidWorks Electrical 3D, a modeling add-in; and SolidWorks Electrical Professional, which combines the two in one package. The new tools are based on technology from Trace Software, and will be available first in North America, Europe, and the Middle East in August 2012.
Mark Your Calendar
CadFaster|Collaborate Hands-on Training
August 8, 2012
11:30 a.m. ET
This half-hour webinar will show users how to use CadFaster|Collaborate, a cloud-based collaboration plug-in, to share 3D CAD models for instant review. Read more
Entertainment Design Using Vectorworks Designer
August 8, 2012
11 a.m. PT
This free Novedge webinar will review Vectorworks Spotlight and Renderworks, and look at features within the Architect and Landmark modules. Read more
How to Develop Virtual Reality Applications in zSpace
August 21, 2012
11 a.m. PT
This part II of the zCast webinar series will delve deeper into the application development process with a guided tutorial on using the zSpace software development kit. Read more
ArchitTrek — Project Management Made Easy
August 22, 2012
11 a.m. PT
In this Novedge webinar, presenter Caleb Morrow will examine ArchitTrek Project Management — Option for 1 Project 100 Users, a cloud-based project management solution for the AEC industry. Read more
3D Insiders' Summit 2012
September 25–26, 2012
Black Hawk, Colorado
This educational event is designed to strengthen attendees' technical understanding of Spatial products and how best to apply them. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's New at Cadalyst.com
AutoCAD 360, Part 3: Collaboration Between Fixed and Mobile Locations
In Part 2 of this series, I showed you some of the functionality of Autodesk 360. We are now going to look at how we collaborate using Autodesk 360, using a fixed location (PC on a network) and a mobile location (iPad on a remote site with Wi-Fi). Read the CADspeed blog post
Tech Trends: CAD Around the World
Software developers set their sights on China, Brazil, Turkey, and beyond as infrastructure investments spur an increasingly global market. Read more
IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Accurately Report the Factor of Safety in Autodesk Simulation Multiphysics
Adjust your reports to display the simulation results accurately. Read more
In her easy-to-follow, friendly style, long-time Cadalyst contributing editor Lynn Allen guides you through a new feature or time-saving trick in every episode of her popular AutoCAD Video Tips. Subscribe to the free Cadalyst Video Picks newsletter, and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!