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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 29)

9 Sep, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

To Prompt or Not to Prompt — That Is the Variable
Hayden Clarke discusses the frustration of AutoCAD's Pedit command and its time-consuming questions. "I have always wondered why this system variable is there," commented Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton. "It is one of the first settings I change when I install AutoCAD." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Orbit a 3D View Quickly
Eric Lawson explains how to quickly enable 3D viewing of objects in AutoCAD. "My drafting partner discovered an easy, quick way of orbiting a 3D view." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

AutoCAD Mechanical Tip: Use the Command Line to Count Holes
Darby Anderson shares a trick to help users count holes in AutoCAD Mechanical. "Many times I've needed a count of a particular set of holes in an item, and I found that the Move command will do it for me." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Video Tip: Breaking Lines on Block Insert
Craig Snell alerts readers to a video tip from Symetri about breaking lines when you insert a block. "This AutoCAD tip is ideal when drawing schematics, but can be used in lots of different drawing types. Basically this is a dynamic block with a wipeout inside."


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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.

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Resources

Foundry Publishes MODO 701 Tutorial Videos
The Foundry, a developer of visual effects software, has published a set of videos that explain elements of the design ideation process with Luxology MODO 701 3D modeling, painting, and rendering software. Available in the Foundry's YouTube channel, the videos address Basic Modeling Tools, Sculpting, Applying Decals, and Exporting.

Metrology Solutions Provider Updates Website
Brunson Instrument Company has unveiled a redesigned website that features detailed product descriptions, photos, videos, and company news. The company also rolled out a new mobile website app. The sites cater to alignment, inspection, and measurement professionals seeking products and services to support applications in aerospace, automotive, science, power generation, mill processes, and more.

gvSIG Offers Recorded Webinar about Open-Source GIS Project
A recording of the August webinar, "All about the gvSIG Project," is now available on the gvSIG website. This webinar explains the evolution of the gvSIG Project, the main characteristics of gvSIG Desktop software and its extensions, and an overview of the gvSIG Association and the gvSIG Community. Practical examples are included.

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Opportunities & Honors

Spark Design Awards Accepting Entries Until September 15
The Spark Design Awards has issued a call for submissions for its annual Spark>Spaces competition, designed to discover cutting-edge work in categories including Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design, and Landscape. This competition is for work that is either built, produced, built on spec or as part of a proposal, or is in pre-production, with commercial intent.

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Books & Training

Plastics U Offers Free Online Moldex3D Courses
Plastics U, a worldwide learning platform that provides plastics processing knowledge and tips, is now offering free Moldex3D courses and tutorials to registered users. These online courses provide an overview of the software concepts, applications, and features for part designers, mold designers, and CAE specialists in the plastics industry.

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New Products

Collaboration: TeamPlatform Cloud Sharing and Storage Service
3D Systems has launched TeamPlatform, a cloud service enabling users to view, share, and manage 3D files via a web browser. TeamPlatform keeps all project files in one place, synced and up-to-date. Users can comment on files, assign tasks, and manage project timelines. The Basic plan is free; Pro and Enterprise plans are also available.

Printers: Isis One Desktop 3D Printer
Isis3D has launched the Isis One desktop 3D printer ($2,199), which enables engineers, designers, architects, and makers to create prototypes of all kinds as well as mechanically and structurally functional final parts. It features a 12 x 12 x 9 inch build volume and LCD Smart Controller console, which allows standalone, computer-free printing. The Isis One prints in PLA, a standard thermoplastic.

MCAD: Geometric DFX
Geometric has launched a standalone DFX validation solution (DFX stands for Design for X, where X represents various downstream process checks). Geometric DFX is powered by Geometric's design for manufacturability solution DFMPro and leverages the CGM 3D modeling kernel from Spatial. Geometric DFX supports CAD formats from CATIA V5, Inventor, and other programs.

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Mark Your Calendar

Transition to BIM with the AutoCAD Revit LT Suite
September 11, 2013
11 a.m. PT
This free Novedge webinar will introduce new and existing AutoCAD LT users to the similarities and differences between AutoCAD LT and Revit LT. Read more

An Introduction to Vico Office Document Controller
September 13, 2013
Noon ET
The next Fridays with Trimble webinar will focus on using Document Controller for comparing 2D drawing sets, comparing versions of 3D models, and a hybrid mode for inserting 2D drawings into 3D models when checking for discrepancies. Read more

Introduction to RapidWorks
September 17, 2013
11 a.m. PT
At this webinar from NextEngine, attendees will learn the process of turning NextEngine Mesh models into fully parametric solid models using RapidWorks 3.5 reverse engineering software. Read more

How To Design A Toy And Print It Out
September 17, 2013
10 a.m. ET
This webinar from ZWSOFT will introduce attendees to ZW3D's flexible modeling capability. Topics will include how to design surface models efficiently and animations that show how the toy works. Read more

3D Scanning for CAD
September 26, 2013
11 a.m. PT
This NextEngine webinar will demonstrate how to create models for CAD programs such as SolidWorks, Creo, and Inventor. Read more

Design Excellence Forum: SolidWorks 2014
October 2–30, 2013
Various cities, United States
Fisher/Unitech is hosting a series of complimentary events throughout New England and the Midwest that will cover solutions for product development and manufacturing. Read more

PLM Road Map 2013
October 9–10, 2013
Chicago, Illinois
PLM Road Map 2013 is a CIMdata Leadership Event focused on how companies are successfully employing PLM (product lifecycle management) strategies and enabling solutions to meet challenging product development, manufacturing, and deployment issues. Read more

Second Annual 3D Documentation Conference
October 16–18, 2013
Orlando, Florida
This conference, hosted by FARO, will offer laser scanning professionals a platform to exchange ideas, discuss emerging technologies, and participate in cooperative workshops. Read more

3D Printing Live
November 20–21, 2013
Santa Clara, California
IDTechEx's inaugural event is co-located with Printed Electronics USA. Delegates will be able to gain an overview of the markets for these technologies, and presentations from academic groups working in this field will offer an understanding of the novel techniques and applications that are in the pipeline. 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 news@cadalyst.com.

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What's New at Cadalyst.com

Canon Keeps CAD in Mind with New Wide-Format Color Printers
Paperless documents may be decreasing the demand for printing hardware, but the diversified digital imaging solutions provider is still pursuing the CAD market. Read more

Lenovo Launches Workstation Tailored for AutoCAD LT
The compact, entry-level ThinkStation E32 is designed for 2D CAD users facing space and budget restrictions. Read more

VISI Speeds Stamping Tool Production
Kleiner Stanztechnik streamlines its manufacturing process with the adoption of Vero Software's 3D CAD/CAM solution. Read more

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