Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 4)4 Feb, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Hot Tip Harry Is Looking for LISP
Hot Tip Harry is always keeping an eye out for the best CAD code! Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your AutoLISP routines. If we publish your tip, you'll earn a $25 gift card you can use to purchase a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store.
Create a List of All Referenced AutoCAD Files
Frequent tipster Danny Korem shares a trick using rtext to create an automated and dynamic list of all referenced files in your AutoCAD file. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Custom Dot Hatch Pattern
Kent Cooper didn't like the dot hatch patterns in AutoCAD, so he made his own and shared them with us. "I was a little surprised to find that in AutoCAD's/Architectural Desktop's dots and general dots hatch patterns, although it appears that the 'dots' they draw (really zero-length lines) are in a triangular grid, they actually are not." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
A LISP Routine to Toggle the Menu Bar On and Off
Master tipster Leonid Nemirovsky has created a small LISP routine that will toggle the AutoCAD menu bar on and off in a simple way. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Project a View of Your 3D Model
Tipster Kent Elrod shares a trick you can try to get a different view using AutoCAD's Viewbase and Viewproj commands. "After you use the Viewbase command, Viewproj can give you an isometric view, but sometimes you want a view that's slightly different from the isometric view provided." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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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.
Deals & Freebies
BALD Bundles CAD Conversion Software with LIQUID Displays
With each LIQUID multitouch display shipped in 2013, BALD Technologies will include a complimentary seat of CADZATION AcroPlot Pro digital CAD conversion software. The high-precision, 22" and 32" precalibrated monitors reportedly use the same touch technology found in tablets and smartphones.
Siemens Offers Free Trials of Digital Manufacturing Software
Siemens PLM Software is offering a free, 30-day trial offer of the latest versions of Plant Simulation and RobotExpert software. Plant Simulation is an object-oriented, 3D modeling tool used to perform discrete event simulation and value stream mapping. RobotExpert helps manufacturers plan and manage their industrial robotic systems efficiently.
Caustic Visualizer for Maya Free with Series2 PC Boards
Imagination Technologies is now shipping its Caustic Series2 high-performance, ray-tracing accelerator PC boards. The R2500 ($1,495) and R2100 ($795) PC boards are qualified for relevant Dell and HP workstations. For a limited time, both boards will be shipped with a free copy of Caustic Visualizer for Maya (regularly $299).
Opportunities & Honors
Artists Invited to Submit Work Created with 3D Processes
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is inviting entries to the Contemporary Art Gallery at the RAPID Conference and Exposition to be held in June 2013. The gallery will recognize artists who use additive manufacturing, 3D printing, or 3D imaging technologies to create works of art. The deadline for submitting entries for the Contemporary Art Gallery is March 4, 2013.
Combat Group Recognized as Autodesk Inventor of the Month
Malaysian-based Combat Group, which manufactures industrial paint systems, has increased design accuracy to nearly 95%, reduced development time by two months, and increased customer satisfaction by more than 45%. Combat Group reportedly achieved these award-worthy results while using Autodesk Product Design Suite and other Autodesk digital prototyping tools.
CAD: Geomagic Spark
Geomagic, which develops scanning and design software solutions, has released Geomagic Spark, which incorporates the company's 3D scan data functionality with the direct modeling capabilities of the SpaceClaim platform. Users can create solid models and assemblies using combined scan and CAD data in the same application.
AEC: Bentley Pointools, Pointools View, and Pointools PODcreator
Bentley Systems announced the immediate availability of the Bentley Pointools v8i application and two new iWare apps: Bentley Pointools View for point-cloud data visualization and sharing, and Bentley Pointools PODcreator for converting laser scans to the POD file format. Users can register and download a free, 30-day trial of Pointools. The iWare apps are free.
Collaboration: Kenesto Social Business Collaboration Platform
Kenesto, a provider of cloud-based social business collaboration services, has launched a free community edition of its platform. The Kenesto community edition offers teams and individual business users the same capabilities as the subscription-based Kenesto business packs.
Contex, a developer of wide-format scanning and imaging solutions, has launched PageDrop, a cloud-based application for processing wide-format scans. PageDrop's cloud-based service lets users working on mobile devices transfer Contex-scanned images to various destinations such as Dropbox, HP ePrint, and e-mail.
Mark Your Calendar
NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference 2013
March 18–21, 2013
San Jose, California
This year's conference will offer a special track focusing on manufacturing, where industry leaders will discuss how GPU technology is revolutionizing their workflows and increasing innovation. Read more
zCon: The zSpace Developers Conference
April 22–23, 2013
Mountain View, California
This educational conference aims to stimulate communication and collaboration among developers of 3D applications, hardware, and content. Read more
May 1–2, 2013
London, United Kingdom
At this free event, geographic information professionals can learn from seminars, network with other attendees, meet with equipment and service suppliers, and more. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's New at Cadalyst.com
Cadalyst Poll: Is 3D printing part of your design workflow?
Do you ever wonder whether your peers are adopting 3D printing? Simply scroll to the bottom of the Cadalyst home page and vote in the latest Cadalyst poll to find out! You can even bookmark the results page and come back later, to see how the results change as more voters weigh in.
SolidWorks World 2013, Part 2: A Sampling of Product Debuts
More than 100 solution partners took part in the event, filling the Partner Pavilion with hardware and software offerings for all types of mechanical CAD users — including these new releases. Read more
At SolidWorks World 2013, Users Get a Peek at What's Coming in Version 2014
Company reveals long list of new features, discusses the move to the cloud, and announces My.SolidWorks.com web portal and new Mechanical Conceptual tool. Read more
Project Chronicle: Create Video Tutorials With a Twist
CAD Manager's Toolbox: Free utility from Autodesk Research records CAD workflows and makes them easy to share online. Read more
Do You Really Need ECC Memory for CAD Workstation Computing?
I recently read an article by an Intel product manager on the need for "ECC" (error correction code) memory in CAD workstations. From the article: "Corrupted data can impact every aspect of your business, and worse yet you may not even realize your data has become corrupted." Read the CADspeed blog post