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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 33)

7 Oct, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Create Geometry without Unnecessary Linework
Frequent tipster Danny Korem explains how to create geometry in AutoCAD without creating construction lines. "In software benchmarks and in comparison analysis, the number of mouse clicks is often considered as part of the productivity criteria. That's why I instruct AutoCAD users to take advantage of AutoCAD's ability to track points." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Optimizing Use of the CAD Keyboard
Mark S. Sadler of the Best CAD Tips blog alerts readers to "Looking at the Keyboard in CAD, Part 2," a tip he posted about analyzing your keyboard layout and hotkey placement for the most efficient results. "One of my favorite speed tips for CAD users who want to be more efficient is (drum roll, please): Notice which actions you repeat most frequently, and then streamline those tasks."

Article: Add Your Plugin to an AutoCAD Menu
Most AutoCAD users would rather not expend time and effort typing in the Command line. In this programming feature by Andrew Roe, you'll see how to use some of AutoCAD's built-in customization tools to add a plugin to one of AutoCAD's pull-down menus. Read more


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Got Feedback? To share feedback about one of today's tips, navigate to the tip using the link provided above, then click Comment. The Comment tool is available to registered users of Cadalyst's CAD Tips site.

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

DE-STA-CO Revamps Online CAD Model Delivery System
DE-STA-CO has launched a new online product configurator that provides engineers with CAD models in more than 150 native and neutral formats. The embedded design created by CADENAS PARTsolutions reportedly enables faster CAD model searching, configuration, and downloading. DE-STA-CO produces clamping, gripping, transferring, indexing, and robotic tooling products.

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Deals & Freebies

Free E-Book: Engineering Survival Guide
What does the future hold for engineers? One thing we know for sure: It will change! A free 40-page e-book from Lifecycle Insights, Engineering Manager's Survival Guide, outlines the trends and technologies that are shaping engineering and what you can do to support your future in the field. To get it, simply complete this 20-minute survey on Simulation Driven Design.

ZWSOFT Announces ZW3D Sale to Celebrate 15th Anniversary
All editions of ZWSOFT's ZW3D CAD/CAM software, except for ZW3D Lite, will be discounted until November 30, 2013. Customers can save 25% on one software package or 50% on two or more packages. The promotion is available worldwide except in China, Japan, and Germany.

MAXON Updates Free Benchmarking Suite
CINEBENCH R15 is available as a free download from MAXON, a developer of 3D software solutions for motion graphics, visual effects, 3D painting, animation, and rendering. The next generation of the benchmarking suite based on the current version of CINEMA 4D, R15 offers performance testing of processors and graphics cards under real-world conditions.

Leonar3Do Launches Free Web-Based 3D Sculpting Tool
Leonar3Do International, a 3D technology provider, has introduced a free, browser-based 3D sculpting application called Leopoly. The "game-like experience" is intended to be accessible to users new to 3D design. Users can share their designs and reshape others' designs. The models are 3D-printable through Sculpteo, Makexyz, or Shapeways.

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Opportunities & Honors

Visualization Conference Issues Call for Abstracts
The organizers of RTC ViSCON, an adjunct to the Revit Technology Conference, are seeking abstracts from individuals interested in speaking at the event. The conference is dedicated to visualization technologies and methodologies, and will be held in Melbourne, Australia, May 26–27, 2014 — immediately preceding RTC Australasia 2014. Online abstract submissions close October 28, 2013.

Valeo Challenges Students to Help Design "Car of Tomorrow"
Valeo, a producer of automotive components, is inviting students from engineering, technical, and science schools and universities from around the world to design equipment that will help build smarter and more intuitive cars by 2030. The team that wins the Valeo Innovation Challenge will receive a grant of €100,000. Entries are due by February 14, 2014.

Nemetschek Structural Group Names Engineering Award Winners
The winners of the 8th international "Inspirations in Engineering" competition, established by Nemetschek Structural Group, have been selected. The competition was open to projects designed with Allplan Engineering, Allplan Precast, TIM, Frilo Statics, Glaser -isb cad-, Scia Engineer, or Scia Steel. SICA's Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations won the Buildings category.

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New Products

Workstations: EUROCOM Racer 3W
The EUROCOM Racer 3W mobile workstation is equipped with 8-core, 16-thread Intel Xeon processors, NVIDIA Quadro K5100M graphics with 8-GB DDR5, 32 GB of memory, and up to 6 TB of storage. The fully configurable, entry-level machine is designed for engineers, designers, and others who travel to customer, construction, or office sites.

Printers: HP Designjet T2500 eMFP
The HP Designjet T2500 eMultifunction Printer (eMFP) scans, prints, and copies and is intended for medium- to enterprise-sized workgroups. Features include large-format color scanning, an integrated output stacking tray, two-roll front media loading, and the ability to print different media types and sizes simultaneously. A touch screen enables users to monitor media rolls and view job status.

GIS: GeoMapper Mobile Handhelds and Software
GeoMapper is a series of rugged mobile handheld devices (GM100, GM200, GM300, and GM500) from Hemisphere GNSS with application software options to support survey, GIS, and mapping professionals. GeoMapper handhelds are designed to work in harsh outdoor environments and feature a scalable GeoMapper Mobile software package.

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Mark Your Calendar

Let's Go Design: Sheet Metal and Weldments
October 14, 2013
2 p.m. ET
This free webinar from Fisher/Unitech will demonstrate how SolidWorks can be applied in the sheetmetal and weldments field. Topics will include managing structural members with weldments and managing formed parts. Read more

Five-Axis Technology: Does It Make Sense for Your Shop?
October 16, 2013
2 p.m. ET
This free webinar from Gibbs and Associates and Modern Machine Shop will demonstrate many of the advantages of 5-axis machining, including cost and time savings. Read more

RTC ViSCON 2014
May 26–27, 2014
Melbourne, Australia
The RTC Visualization Conference (ViSCON) is an adjunct to the Revit Technology Conference, dedicated to visualization technologies and methodologies. Attendees can discover new ways to market a business and learn new ways to more effectively communicate designs. Read more

The Big M
June 9–12, 2014
Detroit, Michigan
The Big M, a manufacturing event organized by SME, is designed as a springboard for organizations and potential new partnerships in business. The event is intended to connect people with technology and expertise, affirm the industry's importance, and provide a voice to industry and education policymakers about the issues facing manufacturers today. 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

Do You Know a Noteworthy User?
Do you know of a CAD user whose work and life story are inspiring — or are you one yourself? Nominate someone by sending a brief biography to Cadalyst. Selected users will be featured in a Cadalyst User Profile.

Free E-Book: Engineering Survival Guide
What does the future hold for engineers? One thing we know for sure: It will change! A free 40-page e-book from Lifecycle Insights, Engineering Manager's Survival Guide, outlines the trends and technologies that are shaping engineering and what you can do to support your future in the field. To get it, simply complete this 20-minute survey on Simulation Driven Design.

First Look Review: Autodesk ReCap
Powerful pair of tools easily turns laser scans and photographs into quality visualizations and high-resolution 3D models. Read more

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Using Joints in Autodesk Inventor 2014
Don't get bent out of joint about the new tool on the Assemble tab — learn how to use it to your advantage. Read more

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