Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 17, No. 44)17 Dec, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff
Editor's Note: Tips & Tools Weekly will be on hiatus for the holidays, and will return January 7.
This Week's Software Tips
Tips for the Holidays
Feeling generous this time of year? Why not take a few minutes to share your tips — for AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool — with your fellow CAD users. And when you give, you'll also receive: 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!
Create a Dynamic Block for a Labeled Bracket
Dean Culver has created a dynamic block in AutoCAD for a labeled bracket. "The bracket is a dynamic block that is inserted, then rotated to the right, left, top, or bottom using AutoCAD's normal Rotate command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Keep All Information inside the Border
Tipster Maria Tzanetakou shares a trick she uses to help define a model space work area in AutoCAD. "This can be a very helpful trick when many people work on the same file. It can also help new AutoCAD users understand how paper space and viewports work," said Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Shortcut to Rotate Command Angle Input
Leon Joy shares a tidbit he discovered about angle rotations in AutoCAD. "When I was performing a Rotate command, I mistakenly typed an N at the prompt for an angle to rotate. The Rotate command worked without an error." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Automate Matchline Numbering for Drawings
Drafter Rion L'Ecluse sent a tip for automating your "See Sheet X" notes in AutoCAD. "I use this tip for all AutoCAD versions that contain Sheet Set Manager. This is a method for setting up automatic matchline numbering for a civil engineering PS&E (plans, specifications, and estimates) plan set." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Technology Grant Funds 3D Plan Reviews for Jurisdictions
Software developer Solibri has established a grant program by which North American AHJs (authorities having jurisdiction) can acquire Solibri Model Checker software and get assistance with incorporating building information models into the digital review process. Interested AHJs can apply for the technology grant via Solibri web site.
Report Identifies Key Drivers of BIM in 2012
World Market Intelligence has conducted surveys that reveal how companies in the construction industry perceive BIM (building information modeling). "Key Drivers of Building Information Modeling in 2012: Survey Snapshot" ($650) reports the findings of the global research related to the factors that drive BIM implementation.
Deals & Freebies
Dassault Systèmes Offers Free Trial of SolidWorks
Commercial users who wish to try SolidWorks can register and download a free, fully functional trial version with access to one or more of the following products: SolidWorks 3D Design, Simulation Software, Product Data Management, Technical Communication, and Sustainable Design.
CAD Garage Discounting Artlantis Software until Year's End
New users who purchase Artlantis rendering software by December 31, 2012, can save 20% on Artlantis Render and Artlantis Studio first-seat licenses. CAD Garage is offering Artlantis Render v4.1 for $600 ($150 off regular price) and Artlantis Studio v4.1 for $1,188 ($297 off regular price). A free trial is also available.
Opportunities & Honors
Tekla Bestows Global BIM Awards
BIM (building information modeling) software provider Tekla has announced the results of its Global BIM Awards competition, whose entrants were all winners of 2012 regional competitions. The Mäkeläinen engineering firm garnered first place in the BIM project category for its Derby Business Park in Espoo, Finland.
Building Standards Alliance Seeks Volunteers
Building industry professionals with an interest in BIM (building information modeling) are invited to help develop the National BIM Standard–United States version 3. The National Institute of Building Sciences' buildingSMART alliance needs volunteers to sit on relevant subcommittees and workgroups to help develop and maintain the document, which standardizes BIM practices.
Desktop 3D Printer Challenge Calls for Futuristic Vehicle Designs
Desktop 3D printer developer MakerBot and the GrabCAD model library are encouraging CAD users to enter their concepts of a 2040 vehicle design in the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer Challenge. Team entries and multiple entries are welcome. Details and rules can be found on the GrabCAD web site. The challenge ends January 11, 2013.
Printers: Mcor Iris 3D Printer
Mcor Technologies, a 3D printer manufacturer, has released a new 3D printer that can print in more than one million hues simultaneously, according to the company. The Mcor IRIS 3D printer ($15,866) uses standard letter-size and A4 paper as the modeling medium, which is bound together with a water-based adhesive. Finished models are recyclable.
MCAD: VPLM for Autodesk Vault
PLM (product lifecycle management) solutions provider Aras has launched Aras VPLM for Autodesk Vault for companies that run Autodesk Vault with Inventor and AutoCAD. The software is designed to extend the capabilities of Autodesk Vault to drive PLM processes throughout a company's supply chain.
Scanners: Colortrac SmartLF SC 25 and SC 36 Large-Format Scanners
Colortrac has expanded its line of large-format scanners with the small-footprint, 25-inch SmartLF SC 25 ($3,350), and the 36-inch SmartLF SC 36 ($4,995). Both models can scan at rates of 13 inches per second in monochrome and 6 inches per second in color.
Mark Your Calendar
The Essentials of Electrical Design in 22 Minutes
December 13, 2012
11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET
This webinar will show how to optimize SolidWorks Electrical designs by eliminating rework, improving part functionality, and decreasing time to market. Read more
Customer Success with Enterprise PDM
December 18, 2012
10 a.m. ET
This monthly FISHER/UNITECH webcast will explore a successful EPDM customer implementation. Read more
RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Event
June 10–13, 2013
Produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the conference focuses on the latest applications of additive manufacturing. Read more
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