Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 29)13 Aug, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Summer of Love? No, Summer of LISP!
Hot Tip Harry never takes a vacation from investigating the best CAD code! 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.
Add Annotation Scales to Multiple Xrefs from the Host Drawing
Tawfik Shehata sent us a tip about adding annotation scales to AutoCAD objects. "If you are working on a drawing with multiple xrefs attached to it, and you need to assign one or more annotation scales to the annotative objects inside those xrefs, try this method." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Check for Duplication During Data Extraction
Frequent tipster Danny Korem shares a technique he uses during AutoCAD data extraction to ensure that he doesn't duplicate data. "This is a good tip that can help you check your data. If the x,y,z coordinates are duplicated, then the data is likely to have been duplicated as well," said Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Organize Your Grading into Sites
Todd Rogers shares an AutoCAD Civil 3D tip that will help eliminate fatal errors when grading a site. "Grading can be very touchy in AutoCAD Civil 3D, as many of you know. If it is not done correctly, or done in an orderly fashion, it will tend to corrupt the drawing and cause fatal errors." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Océ Guide Outlines Choices in Wide-Format Printer Purchase
CAD users considering purchasing a large-format printer can get free information about the available options. Printer provider Océ has published a guide that describes the three main print technologies found in inkjet printers and outlines the factors potential buyers should consider. Registered users can download the Océ Large-Format Inkjet Buyer's Guide.
Geojobi Launches Job Board for SolidWorks Users
Geojobi is introducing an online job board for SolidWorks designers. Geojobi claims that shifting the primary focus from keywords to location-specific criteria enables the board to provide relevant job alerts to the user. SolidWorks designers and potential employers can register to receive discounts on apps and sign up with Geojobi for SolidWorks.
Video and Case Study Describe Assistive Device Production
A video and case study by Stratasys explain how the company's Dimension 3D printer was used to create a Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton for a 4-year-old girl who has underdeveloped muscles. The assistive device, which enables the girl to use her arms, was modeled after one made of metal that was too heavy for the child to carry around.
Deals & Freebies
AutoDesSys Provides Trial Version of Updated 3D Modeling Software
AutoDesSys has made a free, 30-day trial version of Form•Z v7 available for download. The newest release of the 3D modeling program includes enhancements such as overhauled NURBS tools, merged drafting and modeling environments, and a new Rhino import feature.
Esri Offers Free Trial of Cloud-Based ArcGIS
GIS software developer Esri is offering a free trial of ArcGIS Online, its cloud-based platform for developing and managing geospatial content. ArcGIS Online enables users to embed maps in blogs, share maps via social media, and build custom apps that others can access.
MAXON Releases Demo Version of CINEMA 4D v14
Visitors to MAXON Computer's web site can register to download a demo version of CINEMA 4D, the company's 3D modeling and animation software. MAXON recently released CINEMA 4D v14, which features a new, fully integrated sculpting sytem; exchange plug-ins to The Foundry NUKE and Adobe Photoshop Extended; and improved integration with Adobe After Effects.
Opportunities & Honors
Survey Explores PLM Trends in Aerospace and Defense
CIMdata is conducting a survey of aerospace and defense companies that employ PLM (product lifecycle management) strategies. The firm hopes to discover the reasons for a widening gap between PLM's potential and the perceived value of its implementation. Those who take the 15-minute survey will receive CIMdata's resulting analysis.
Books & Training
Free Training Courses Offered at NAFEMS North America Conference
NAFEMS, an organization that promotes the advancement and improvement of engineering simulation, will offer "sampler" training courses at its North America conference, to be held September 11–12, in Washington, D.C. The free 1.5 hour finite-element analysis and computational fluid dynamics courses are included as part of the conference.
Imagination Introduces Caustic Visualizer Ray Tracing Plug-in for Maya
Imagination Technologies has released its Caustic Visualizer viewport plug-in for Autodesk Maya 2013. Caustic Visualizer for Maya reportedly provides an interactive, fully ray-traced viewport, complete with soft shadows and diffuse reflections. The beta version of Caustic Visualizer is available now for Maya 2013 64-bit and can be downloaded for free.
Triad Launches Multiformat 3D CAD Viewer
Software development firm Triad Software has launched its stand-alone, multiformat CAD viewer, Express 3D. The company reports that Express 3D can display 3D data from many popular applications without requiring a license for the CAD system that authored the data. Users can display standard views, manipulate camera operations, shade modes, and more.
Mark Your Calendar
E-SPECS for ArchiCAD
August 15, 2012
2 p.m. ET
Viewers of this webinar will learn how the integration of InterSpec's e-SPECS product suite and Graphisoft's ArchiCAD can benefit construction management projects. Read more
3D Factory Layout for Process Line Providers
August 23, 2012
9 a.m. ET
This 45-minute CAD Schroer webinar will show engineers how to use their clients' 2D floor plans to define 3D spaces. Read more
2012 Molding Innovation Day
September 4–5, 2012
Moldex3D and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell will host this technical seminar about the latest innovative technologies in green concepts. Read more
ShipConstructor Americas User Conference
October 17–19, 2012
This conference will cover ShipConstructor Software's upcoming products and its use in the latest trends in shipbuilding technology. Read more
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What's New at Cadalyst.com
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If you've upgraded to the latest CAD software applications and your workstation is feeling a little overworked, AMD might have the solution. Read the CADspeed blog post
NVIDIA Offers Heavy-Duty Parallel Processing in Upgraded Maximus Platform
The visualization and analysis platform for workstation users has been redesigned with new GPU architecture. Read more
Does Social Media Belong in CAD Applications?
It's time for a reality check. Social media has its place — but that place is not in your users' CAD software. Read more
CAD Manager's Toolbox: Have You Heard Any Good Management Books Lately?
You know that your reading list can affect your job performance — but how can you find the time to keep up with it? Read more
Cadalyst Labs Report: Low-Cost CAD — Can a $500 Product Go the Distance?
We put five budget-friendly tools through their paces to see which could be winning options for professional use. Read more
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