Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 41)16 Dec, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
Editor's note: There will be no Tips & Tools Weekly on December 23 or 30; the newsletter will return on January 6. Happy Holidays!
This Week's Software Tips
Calling All Tipsters: Win a $150 Amazon Gift Card
Your Cadalyst CAD Tips have always been a valuable resource for your fellow CAD users. Now, they can be more valuable to you! Tips selected for publication can now earn a $25 Amazon gift card (for software usage tips and tricks) or $50 Amazon gift card (for Hot Tip Harry LISP tips). And that's not all! Every published tip author will be entered in our new quarterly random drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card. The more tips you submit, the better your chances of winning! The first drawing will be held at the end of the year, so submit your CAD tips now!
Remove Unwanted Layers in Blocks
Tipster Lloyd Beachy shares a trick in AutoCAD to get rid of unwanted layers that are hiding in your blocks. "When working with blocks that have been copied from one drawing to another, I will invariably come across a block that has pulled in layers that I didn't want to have included." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Move Text to Flip Dimension Arrows
Ralph H. Tulis shares an AutoCAD trick that will help you adjust the position of your dimension arrows. "Ever feel that your rotated dimension should not flip the arrows outside of the extension lines when there appears to be room between them?" View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Inventor Tip: Working with Multiple Sketches and Dimensions in Inventor
CAD designer David Edward Gaskill shares a tip for displaying Inventor sketches more clearly. "Turn off all dimensions on the sketches. This makes the model much easier to see because the dimension text bleeds out all geometry." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Revit Tip: Copy Revit Schedules from One Project to Another
Tip contributor Andria Lynch shares a trick that allows you to copy Revit schedules from one project to another. As in many programs, right-clicking will open up a multitude of options in Revit. 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
Free Trial of SpaceClaim Engineer 2014 Now Available
SpaceClaim is offering a free trial of its Engineer 2014 software to those who register. The new version of the 3D direct modeling software enables users to directly edit 3D solid models, create design concepts, prepare 3D designs for CAE and CAM, and interoperate with any CAD program.
Opportunities & Honors
Cadalyst Announces Winner of Video Contest
Cadalyst congratulates the winning entries in the "Don't Let IT Limit Your Potential" video contest. The grand prize of a new Dell Professional Workstation with Microsoft Office Professional 2013 went to the creator of "Get Me Out of This Swamp," which details the problems that ancient equipment causes for a hard-working T. Rex.
Mastercam 2014 Competition Gets Under Way
CNC Software has kicked off its 2014 Mastercam Innovator of the Future national competition. Students and young adults are invited to modify and machine an optic mirror design for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to the Kennedy Space Center. Entries must be received by May 15, 2014.
Coordinate Metrology Society Conference Issues Call for Papers
The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) announced the official call for papers for the 30th annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference, to be held July 21–25, 2014. CMS community members and metrology professionals are encouraged to submit abstracts for technical papers and presentations by March 14, 2014.
Ergonomics Design Award 2014 Entry Deadline Extended
The fifth Ergonomics Design Award competition organized by the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors has been extended an extra week. The deadline for receiving entries has been moved to January 7, 2014. Entrants should submit a document with a full description of their project, highlighting the principles of ergonomics that were applied.
Books & Training
Infinite Skills Launches Unlimited CAD Training Option
Infinite Skills offers full-length video courses for CAD and BIM software. Project-based tutorials are designed to teach relevant skills users can immediately apply to real projects, and courses are segmented into different chapters. A new unlimited training option provides access to all courses for a monthly fee.
Mark Your Calendar
High-Performance Remoting Solution for SolidWorks Users
December 17, 2013
9 a.m. PT
This NVIDIA webinar will explain the NVIDIA GRID Visual Computing Appliance, which can virtualize and remotely deliver SolidWorks 2014 over a network. Read more
Essentials for Excellence in Aerospace and Defense Design and Engineering
December 17, 2013
10 a.m. CT
A webinar, hosted by Swoosh, will show how Siemens' NX can help a company respond quickly to new market opportunities and challenges. Read more
What's New in NX 9 for Design?
December 17, 2013
10 a.m. PT
This Saratech webinar will demonstrate Siemens NX 9's new capabilities for delivering enhanced product development flexibility and higher productivity across multiple industries. Read more
Plant Electrical and Raceway Design with Cable Management
January 9, 2014
9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET
In this webinar, Bentley will present the advantages of its promis•e and Bentley Raceway and Cable Management software. 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.
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CAD Management Forecast for 2014
The new year will bring new challenges; review these predictions and action items now so you can prepare before it arrives. Read more
Break Tables in AutoCAD
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User Profile: Building Bridges between Platforms
For civil engineering firm IDS to function, data must move smoothly between GIS and CAD — and Amanda Nunley Menard is the person who gets it there. Read more
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