Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 16)6 May, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
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This Week's Software Tips
Hot Tip Harry Is Looking for LISP
Hot Tip Harry is always keeping an eye out for the best CAD code! Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your AutoLISP 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.
Don't Change the File Path to Your Blocks
John G. Jordan shares some advice for managing blocks that are distributed through AutoCAD tool palettes. "In my opinion, tool palettes are the greatest feature AutoCAD has ever added. They allow you to share with everyone, and help to make standards enforcement a painless no-brainer." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Remove Internal Areas to Avoid Hatching
Tipster James J. Olszewski sent this trick to avoid internal closed areas when hatching in AutoCAD. "This tip concerns the frustrating scenario of choosing a location to be hatched that ends up going beyond the bordered area covering an internal object." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Create New Toolbars
Maria Tzanetakou offers this tip, which demonstrates how to create new AutoCAD toolbars. "AutoCAD gives us various ways to work with it. I must admit that, although I'm using the ribbon, I prefer using toolbars." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Tips & Tools Weekly software tips for AutoCAD are reviewed in the latest version of AutoCAD by Contributing Editor Brian Benton. Use all tips at your own discretion, please. We're sorry, but Cadalyst staff cannot provide assistance with technical problems. Please refer to Cadalyst's LinkedIn and Facebook communities for assistance with AutoLISP and other AutoCAD customization questions.
Opportunities & Honors
Siemens Launches U.S. Job Training Initiative for Veterans
Siemens PLM Software announced a job-training initiative for U.S. military veterans who have engineering, drafting, machining, logistics, or supply chain experience. Designed to assist veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce, the program provides free training in CAD, CAM, and PLM (product lifecycle management) software.
Books & Training
Westech College Offers State-Funded CAD Training in California
Westech College contracts with the State of California's Employment Training Panel to offer state-funded CAD training programs to employees of AEC and manufacturing companies in southern California. Students who complete a 100-hour course will receive a nationally recognized certificate of completion. The courses are administered at the college's Ontario and Irvine locations.
A new inspection product by InspectionEasy incorporates SpaceClaim's 3D direct modeling technologies, reportedly providing end users with the ability to open and edit any CAD data. InspectionEasy_SS contains an integrated system for both first-article and in-process inspection, with SPC reports and full user-level control and accountability.
Mark Your Calendar
Design 2 Part Show
May 7–8, 2013
This event is billed as the largest design and contract manufacturing show in the Midwest. Read more
What's New in Autodesk 2014
May 8, 2013
11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. ET
In four consecutive online presentations, IMAGINiT experts will share the latest features of Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Product Design Suite, and IMAGINiT's Scan to BIM software. Read more
i GET IT Online Training for Engineers
May 22, 2013
11 a.m. ET
This webinar will show how i GET IT online training for engineers can help improve productivity and better leverage software investments. Read more
Optech's Imaging and Lidar Solutions Conference (ILSC)
June 25–27, 2013
Topics to be covered at Optech's third ILSC include enhanced efficiencies and productivity, integrated solutions, real-time displays, and more. Read more
Metrology Career Fair
July 25, 2013
San Diego, California
A career fair will be held as part of the Coordinate Metrology Society conference from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Exhibition Hall. Read more
October 15–17, 2013
Los Angeles, California
Westec, sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, is a technology showcase for the latest innovations in 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
IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Attach Documentation in Autodesk Inventor
Manage your views correctly, and they'll move with your geometry when the design is updated. Read more
Femap Tips and Tricks: Create Elements between Coincident Nodes in Femap
The Pick Query capability will enable you to choose between coincident nodes. Read more
Gstarsoft Launches New CAD Platform, Seeks to Expand Global Reach
Chinese software developer sets its sights on international markets. Read more
IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Autodesk Software Deployments 101
This article demystifies a time-saving method for rolling out software, and also explains how easy it is to reconfigure a software deployment after it has been built. Read more
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 Tips & Tricks Tuesdays free e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is available. All exclusively from Cadalyst!
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