Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 35)21 Oct, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
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This Week's Software Tips
Even More Benefits of Polylines
Danny Korem gives us twelve more reasons why he prefers to use polylines in AutoCAD, as opposed to lines and arcs. "Lines and arcs have their places in a drawing file," commented Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton. "However, polylines do have many more options that allow for more chances to manipulate them." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Set All Objects to ByLayer
Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton shares an AutoCAD tip that gives you complete control over how your objects will be displayed in every drawing. "Any AutoCAD object (line, circle, text, hatch) can have its properties (color, linetype) set on the object." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Civil 3D Tip: Point Objects
Mike Carris of APW-CTS Professional Services points readers to his series of video tips about AutoCAD Civil 3D point objects. Videos in this collection include "Drawing Settings," "Point Object Styles," and "Point Label Styles."
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ZW3D Whitepaper Explores New 3D CAD Modeling Technology
ZWCAD Software, maker of the ZW3D CAD/CAM solution, has published a whitepaper focusing on solid-surface hybrid modeling, which combines the traits of solid modeling and surface modeling technologies. "Solid-Surface Hybrid Modeling: Future Trends of 3D CAD Modeling" is available for free download.
CIMdata Offers Whitepaper about High-Performance 3D Graphics
CIMdata, a product lifecycle management (PLM) consulting and research firm, has published a free whitepaper that explores the real-world applications of remote 3D visualization and virtualization technologies. "Virtually Delivered High Performance 3D Graphics: Secure collaboration with 3D data on all devices" reviews business issues associated with data and 3D applications that can now be addressed by remote access technology.
Caster Manufacturer Creates Custom Product Configurator
Caster Concepts, a manufacturer of industrial casters and caster wheels, has collaborated with PARTsolutions to create a customizable CAD design tool for industrial caster downloads. The complete line of off-the-shelf products was converted into an online catalog with 2D drawings and 3D CAD models; the latter are available for download in more than 150 formats.
Deals & Freebies
Contex Announces Fall Promotion for Wide-Format Scanning Solutions
Through December 31, 2013, Contex is discounting certain wide-format scanning and copying solutions. Customers can save as much as 40% on the HD Ultra i4290S ScanStation Repro, the IQ4490 ScanStation Repro, and the SD 3690 MFP Repro. Each solution comes with Nextimage Repro software, a stand, and a 17-inch touchscreen. For more information, call 703.964.9850 or e-mail email@example.com.
Opportunities & Honors
Nemetschek Awards Winners of Redesign Competition
Nemetschek Vectorworks, in collaboration with MAXON Computer, DOSCH DESIGN, Arroway Textures, and AMD FirePro, has announced the winners of Your World, Reimagined: A Global Design Competition. The Best Overall Submission award went to Maryn Hekker, a freelance interior architect from Amsterdam, Netherlands, for her redesign of "The Pier of Scheveningen."
BIMForum Seeking BIM Implementation Input by October 28
The BIMForum has partnered with McGraw-Hill Construction on a global survey to investigate building information modeling (BIM) implementation and practices in nine major global markets. The results will be used to produce a BIM for Global Construction SmartMarket Report, which will be distributed to the global design and construction community. Participants will have the option to receive the survey report.
Plant Design: Tecnomatix IntoSite
Siemens PLM Software has introduced Tecnomatix IntoSite software, a cloud-based application that maintains a 3D representation of a production facility, presents it in its geographical context, and allows users to navigate through it as they would navigate in Google Earth. IntoSite provides manufacturers with virtual access to plants for planning, issue resolution, and sharing best practices.
Mark Your Calendar
Advancing Asset Knowledge through the Use of Augmented Reality Technologies
October 22, 2013
10 a.m. CT
This complimentary Fiatech webinar will address the business opportunity for indoor tracking of people and assets, and augmented reality applications for security, health, safety, and operational maintenance of sites in the capital projects sector. Read more
Secure Distributed Visualization for High-Performance 3D Data Users
October 23, 2013
2 p.m. ET
In this webinar, product lifecycle management (PLM) strategy firm CIMdata will review the business issues associated with graphics-intensive data and 3D applications that can now be addressed by remote access technology. Read more
Migrate to Modernize: Boeing Insitu Reset PLM and You Can Too
October 24, 2013
11 a.m. ET
Product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution provider Aras will host this webinar to explain how Boeing Insitu recovered a failing PLM implementation. Read more
VSR Rendering and Modeling for Ambitious Product Design
October 30, 2013
11 a.m. PT
This free webinar from Novedge will demonstrate how to set up a model in a realistic environment and assign materials using VSR Realtime Renderer 4.0. Read more
Interfacing PLM & ERP Systems: An Opportunity to Maximize PLM Investments?
November 6, 2013
11 a.m. ET
This free PCO Innovation webinar is intended for individuals in the footwear and apparel sector who want to learn more about facilitating product lifecycle management (PLM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) system coexistence and interfacing. Read more
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Cambashi's Observatories Focus on the Expanding Universe of Technical Applications
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