Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 34)

14 Oct, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff

This Week's Software Tips

Measure from the Model
Tipster Tawfik Shehata shares a trick that allows you to update a distance from the drawing model in AutoCAD without using a measuring tool. "If you want to offset a line to a distance similar to a distance between two existing lines in your model, then you don't need to measure this distance, memorize it, and then re-enter it in the Offset command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Copy Objects Multiple Times at an Angle
Engineering specialist Allen Jessup explains how to copy an object multiple times at set angles in AutoCAD. "If you find it necessary to copy entities at a multiple of a set angle, select the object(s) to be copied, and click on the grip that represents the base point (if none of the grips will be the basepoint, use the basepoint option)." Read more

Inventor Tip: Lose the Unit String on G_L in Frame Generator
Chris Benner alerts readers to a tip published on his blog, CAD Tips, Tricks & Workarounds. This tip explains how to remove the units string from the length parameter of components generated by Autodesk Inventor's Frame Generator.

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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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Ideate Offers Virtualization-Focused Case Study
Autodesk solutions provider Ideate has published a case study about running AutoCAD Civil 3D in a Citrix environment. "Ideate Consulting and IMSCAD Lead ESA to Autodesk Design Solution Virtualization Mastery" is available for free download.

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Deals & Freebies

Luxion Releases Free KeyShot Plugin for Autodesk Fusion 360
Users of Autodesk Fusion 360 can download a new plugin from Luxion that enables one-click access to transfer models from Fusion 360 to KeyShot. In addition, Luxion's LiveLinking technology allows any changes made in Fusion 360 to be transferred immediately to KeyShot.

Webinar Attendees Can Try SolidWorks 3D CAD for Free
Users who register for and attend an online training seminar from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks can receive a complimentary 30-day evaluation version of SolidWorks 3D CAD software. The webinar will be held on October 16 at 1 p.m. ET, and will demonstrate how to design parts, assemblies, and production-level drawings in SolidWorks.

Free Bunkspeed Software Trials Are Now Integrated with HDR Light Studio
Visitors to the Bunkspeed website can request free trial versions of the Bunkspeed Shot, Pro, or Drive design visualization software applications. All three now feature live integration with Lightmap's HDR Light Studio software for the creation and editing of HDRI maps with instant feedback in the render view.

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Mark Your Calendar

An Introduction to BIM with Vectorworks 2014
October 16, 2013
11 a.m. PT
This free Novedge webinar for AEC professionals and Vectorworks users will explore Vectorworks' built-in BIM (building information modeling) capabilities. Read more

Optimizing the Quoting Process for Speed, Consistency and Accuracy
October 16–17, 2013
Various times
This aPriori webinar will explain how manufacturers are optimizing the quoting process to respond more quickly, more consistently, and with more detail to requests for quotes (RFQs). Read more

Best Practices in Laser Scanning
October 18, 2013
12 noon ET
The next Fridays with Trimble webinar will examine three applications of laser scanning on construction projects and offer practical advice about offering these services and deliverables to owners. Read more

Leverage BIM to Win More Business
October 22, 2013
Portland, Oregon
This Ideate webinar will address the growing need for practical knowledge among architects, engineers, and contractors about how to leverage their BIM (building information modeling) skills into a marketing/competitive advantage. Read more

3D Scanning for CAD
October 29, 2013
11 a.m. PT
This NextEngine webinar will demonstrate the workflow of scanning and converting mesh scan data into editable CAD solids using RapidWorks software. Read more

North American modeFRONTIER Users Meeting 2013
November 6, 2013
Plymouth, Michigan
ESTECO's North American modeFRONTIER User Meeting will include presentations from companies and academic institutions, training courses for modeFRONTIER users, and product updates and software development insights. Read more

15th Annual International Wohlers Conference
December 5, 2013
Frankfurt, Germany
The 15th Annual International Wohlers Conference will be held at EuroMold 2013. This year's conference will concentrate on business and investment opportunities in the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry. Read more

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to

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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.

Cambashi's Observatories Focus on the Expanding Universe of Technical Applications
Tony Christian, director of independent market research firm Cambashi, expects to see steady growth in the global demand for CAD, PLM, GIS, and related software. Read more

Stand Up for Job Satisfaction
If CAD management frustrations have pushed you to the breaking point, you can face the problem head-on — but understand the risks first. Read more

Prepare Perfect Polar Arrays in AutoCAD
Polar arrays were dramatically improved in AutoCAD 2012 — do you know all the tricks to using them? Join Lynn Allen as she finishes off her trilogy of array video tips by showing you the ins and outs of polar arrays. Watch the video

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