Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 32)30 Sep, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Create Multiple Rotated Copies in 2D and 3D
Tipster Tawfik Shehata shares a trick that lets you paste a copy of an AutoCAD object to match the rotation of an object. "If you are familiar with using the User Coordinate System (UCS), then you may have noticed that the Copy (Ctrl+C) and Paste (Ctrl+V) commands reference to the current UCS when launched." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Drag Grips to Check Drawing Accuracy
In his second tip for the week, Tawfik Shehata shares a trick using AutoCAD grips to help you verify drawing accuracy. "Sometimes two lines meeting at one point will not let you join them or use them as hatch boundaries." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Joining Polylines vs. Filleting
Frequent tipster Danny Korem discusses using the Fillet command in AutoCAD to join polylines. "You have created some linework, and now you have decided to turn it all into a closed polyline." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Use Caution When Editing a Civil 3D Xref in Place
Mike A. Porter shares a warning about using the Edit Xref in Place command when working with AutoCAD Civil 3D drawings. "Unfortunately this tool often breaks Civil 3D, causing errors or issues with Civil 3D objects like points," commented Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Bentley Makes OpenRoads Webinars Available On Demand
Bentley Systems is offering recordings of all the OpenRoads eSeminars to date on its website. This series introduces OpenRoads technology, which delivers 3D modeling with parametric design, design-intent capture and persistence, dynamic civil cells, design-time visualization, and construction-driven engineering.
Deals & Freebies
Autodesk Releases Free CAM Solution for Autodesk Inventor
After two months in public beta, Autodesk has announced the commercial availability of Autodesk Inventor HSM Express, a free CAM solution that integrates seamlessly into the Inventor environment. The integration enables Inventor users to take advantage of familiar workflows and tools when programming CNC toolpaths for machining projects.
TEDCF Publishing Offers Free Constraint Status Tool for Inventor 2014
TEDCF Publishing has released Sketch Status 2014, a free add-in for Inventor 2014 that renames sketches to show their constraint status. Instead of reopening sketches to check their status, users can simply check the browser. Sketch Status can also confirm that others are fully constraining their sketches.
Opportunities & Honors
BOXX Contest Seeks User Video Testimonials
Workstation developer BOXX is seeking the oldest verified BOXX workstation still in use by its original owner. Contest entrants must submit a video of themselves with their workstation, explaining which applications they run on the machine and why they are still using it. Prizes include a 3D BOXX 4150 XTREME workstation and NVIDIA GPUs. Entries are due by October 7, 2013.
Autodesk Names Harbin Electric Group Inventor of the Month
Harbin Electric Group, a Chinese manufacturer of power devices, has been named the Autodesk September Inventor of the Month for using Autodesk Product Design Suite to digitally prototype and accelerate the design of nuclear power devices. AutoCAD Mechanical helps Harbin engineers switch between 2D and 3D designs; Autodesk Vault allows the company to store and manage engineering design information.
Design Visualization: Artisan for ZWCAD+
Lightworks has released Artisan for ZWCAD+ in a technology partnership with ZWCAD Design. Artisan is a rendering application used by designers and architects. The Artisan bridge into ZWCAD+ allows current drawings to be directly linked, with no need to export. Artisan features drag-and-drop material libraries and a SnapShot feature that enables the creation of unlimited iterations of the same design.
Mark Your Calendar
Pre-processing Point Clouds in Bentley Pointools
October 3, 2013
10 a.m. ET
At this webinar, attendees will learn about the new Bentley Pointools V8i, a standalone software application for selecting, editing, and segmenting point-cloud models. Read more
Siemens PLM Connection Europe 2013
October 14–16, 2013
At this conference, attendees can learn about Siemens PLM (product lifecycle management) Software solutions, as well as strategy and best practices to improve productivity. Read more
Bricsys International Conference 2013
October 15–17, 2013
This edition of the annual Bricsys user conference will coincide with the release of BricsCAD V14, and will bring together many of the company's application development partners. Read more
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