Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 35)1 Oct, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
They're Not Antiques, They're Classics!
Some tips just never get old. Is there a classic tip that you still rely on today? Use the "Submit Tip" button below to tell us about your favorites from the past, so we can dust them off and share them with your fellow CAD users!
Expand or Collapse All Subsets in a Sheet Set
Tawfik Shehata shares a trick that lets users expand or collapse all of the subsets in an AutoCAD sheet set. "This tip is for everyone who's developed a repetitive strain injury from expanding and collapsing subsets and their nested sub-subsets (and sub-sub-subsets) one at a time in a sheet set containing tens of them." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Cross-Reference the Easy Way
Frequent tipster Danny Korem shares some tips for ensuring your AutoCAD files reference properly. "Many times I get calls from CAD users who have difficulties while attaching files as xrefs. I have an automatic answer: 'Is the file to be attached in WCS (World Coordinate System)? Are the units set correctly?'" View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Macro to Add Right-Click for Iso Views
Steven Matchett demonstrates a custom macro he has applied to his mouse buttons that enable him to change views very quickly in AutoCAD. "The mouse provides further opportunites for AutoCAD customizations," said Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. "Get a five-button (or more) mouse and use the CUI tools to program those extra buttons and make life easier for yourself." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Publish All Sheets
Rob Peterson, a senior CAD technician, shares a simple but time-saving macro that will let you control how AutoCAD loads files into the publisher before the publisher opens. "There are times when I want to publish sheets that are located in multiple open drawings, and there are times when I want to publish sheets only from the current drawing." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Whitepaper Highlights Value of CAD Comparison Tools
A whitepaper from engineering software developer Kubotek examines the latest generation of CAD comparison tools that can read native CAD formats and identify the differences between two files. "New Generation of CAD Comparison Tools Confidently Identify and Communicate Change" is free for download by those who register.
Free eBook Examines New Trends in Product Concept Design
Product design software and solutions provider PTC has published a free, downloadable e-book that explores concept design and argues that it determines more than whether a product is innovative or marketable. "Making the Case for Modernizing Concept Design" points out industry trends and emerging technologies that can improve concept design processes.
Deals & Freebies
Engineer Training Courses Bundled with 3Dconnexion Mouse
Through October 31, 2012, engineers in the United States can purchase an i GET IT Platinum training subscription bundled with the 3Dconnexion SpacePilot Pro 3D mouse for $495, a combination that would otherwise cost $794. The self-paced, online training is available in various versions for users of AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks, CATIA, and Siemens NX.
Opportunities & Honors
Student Contest Welcomes Product, Art, and Architecture Designs
Fused deposition modeling provider Stratasys and online inventor community Edison Nation are cosponsoring the 2013 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. Students are invited to submit 3D-printable designs for a chance to win scholarship money or a bonus prize. Edison Nation will evaluate finalists' designs for a possible licensing agreement and commercialization.
Books & Training
New Master's-Level Programs Aim to Further GIS Career Development
American Sentinel University has announced two new online geospatial programs for professionals to strengthen their credentials in data visualization, statistical-based analysis, mapping, and modeling. The registration deadline for the Master of Geospatial Information Systems (36 credit hours) and Geospatial Information Systems Graduate Certificate (15 credit hours) is October 31; classes begin November 19, 2012.
Printers: HP Designjet T120 and T520 ePrinters
HP recently introduced two series of entry-level printers offering large-format printing from any place with a Wi-Fi Internet connection, via the free, cloud-based HP Designjet ePrint & Share service. The personal-use HP Designjet T120 ($1,000) produces prints as large as 24" wide. The T520 ePrinter is suitable for small design studios and is available in both 24" ($1,800) and 36" models ($2,500).
Scanners: Rexcan CS+ 3D Scanner
A new 3D scanner by Solutionix reportedly is the first fully automated 3D scanner to integrate a turntable with four degrees of freedom. The Rexcan CS+ allows users to reorient a part by clicking on the computer screen, without physically moving the part, turntable, or scanner. The product is available from eQuality Tech, the exclusive distributor for Solutionix in the Americas.
Service: 3D-Printing Metal Part Prototypes
A new prototyping service for metal parts uses DMLS (direct metal laser sintering) to produce functional models in several types of metal. Prototypes can be made from the same material as the finished product and can contain complex internal and external geometries. The service, by GPI Prototype, is available through CADCAMConnect.com.
Mark Your Calendar
Introducing Advanced Collaboration with Scenario VPD v2
October 4, 2012
10 a.m. PT
This webinar will show how Scenario VPD (virtual project delivery) v2 is used to optimize BIM (building information modeling) data. Read more
Design within Reach with Rhino v4
October 10, 2012
11 a.m. PT
This free Novedge webinar will demonstrate how a simple sketch of a lamp can be transformed into a model that can then be sent to engineers for manufacturing. Read more
Winning Manufacturers Choose 3D Direct CAD
October 10, 2012
1 p.m. ET
Kubotek will present this free webinar intended for users who are new to direct modeling or KeyCreator Direct CAD. Read more
VE Training Course
October 15–16, 2012
This training, presented by IES (Integrated Environmental Solutions), will teach simulation techniques and methods that enable more sustainable design practices using VE v2012. Read more
Advances in Metal Additive Manufacturing
November 29, 2012
This event, the 14th Annual International Wohlers Conference, will focus on high-value metal parts produced by additive manufacturing. 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
HP Expands Web-Connected, Large-Format Printing Lineup with Entry-Level Machines
New offerings provide AEC students and small professional offices with in-house printing options starting at $1,000. Read the blog post
Epson Leaps into CAD Market
Company announces T-Series wide-format printers designed to bring its reputable color and quality reproduction into the hands of architects, engineers, and GIS professionals. Read the blog post
Spreadsheet Template for Weekly CAD Manager Reports
CAD Manager's Toolbox: Try this shortcut to creating informative reports with a minimal time investment. Read more
Improve Your Job Security with Weekly CAD Management Reports
If your senior management team members don't understand the extent of what you do, they'll undervalue you. Keep them fully informed with concise summaries of your activities. Read more
Change the F1 Key to Escape
We've all done it while working in AutoCAD — reached for the Escape key and pressed the F1 key by accident, that is. It's so frustrating to be faced with the unwelcome Help function! Follow Lynn Allen's latest tip, and this will never happen to you again. Watch the video
Autodesk 360, Part 4: Synchronization With Autodesk 360
In Part 3 of this series, I showed you some of the collaboration functionality of Autodesk 360. We are now going to look at how we can synchronize our documents and drawings 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
Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a different AutoCAD feature in every edition of her popular "Circles and Lines" tutorial series. For even more AutoCAD how-to, check out Lynn's quick tips in the Cadalyst Video Gallery. Subscribe to Cadalyst's free Tips & Tools Weekly e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!