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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 1)

6 Jan, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Congratulations to the First $150 Quarterly Prize Winner!
Cadalyst congratulates tipster Phil Clark, who won the Cadalyst CAD Tips prize drawing for the fourth quarter of 2013. You can start qualifying for the next drawing now; authors of published tips will be entered in the drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card. Submit your CAD tips now!

Trim All Lines on One Side
Tipster Levi Connolly explains how to trim all lines on one side of a cutting edge in AutoCAD. "The old Command line–only ExTrim is a very useful and often forgotten command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Which Variable Controls Xref Layer Properties?
Phil Clark explains what the AutoCAD variable VisRetain can do for you. "A lot of AutoCAD support inquiries begin with 'What's that system variable?' Users have a specific option in mind and recall that it is controlled by a system variable, but can't remember which one. In terms of frequency, the all-time winner has to be, 'What's that system variable that controls my xref layer properties?' View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Convert Files from Inventor to AutoCAD
CAD designer David Edward Gaskill shares a trick for converting Inventor files to AutoCAD files. "I have had issues with the conversion from Inventor to AutoCAD; it converts some of the views but not all the views." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Predict Constraints in Inventor
David Edward Gaskill's second tip of the week shows how to use the Predict Offset and Orientation setting in Inventor to add constraints after your parts have been created. "Have you ever had components in an assembly placed at the correct location without constraints, and wanted to add a constraint and not have the part move?" View the complete tip and post your feedback.


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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

TraceParts Teams with IronCAD to Launch Online Portal
Digital engineering 3D content company TraceParts and IronCAD, a provider of design productivity solutions, have launched a free online parts library for users of IronCAD software. The new portal is directly accessible through the IronCAD 2014 interface, and features more than 100 million parts.

Online Video Discussion Explores Virtualization Solution
Citrix, a developer of cloud services that enable mobile work styles, has released a video that reviews the benefits of its XenDesktop with HDX 3D Pro for desktop virtualization. Experts from Citrix, NVIDIA, PTC, and IMSCAD (an Autodesk reseller), discuss the technologies for CAD modeling and other high-end graphics applications.

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Deals & Freebies

Four New Solidworks and Inventor Plugins Available for Free Trial
Engineering software developer ProtoTech Solutions is offering Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor users a chance to try out four new plugins: OBJ exporter for SolidWorks, WebGL exporter for SolidWorks, Sketchfab Publisher for SolidWorks, and Inventor to Sketchfab. Users can download a free six-month trial of each by clicking the link at the bottom of each blog post and submitting the form.

SolidACE Releases Free Structural Data Tool
CAD software developer SolidACE has released an express version of its new structural data interoperability tool CIS2Works for SolidWorks. The add-in application provides import and export capabilities of structural steel data exchange formats. The free CIS2WorksXpress edition works within SolidWorks 2013 and 2014 without activation or registration.

HxGN LIVE Registration Discount Available Till January 31
Hexagon customers who plan to attend the HxGN LIVE annual international users' conference, June 2–5, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada, can take advantage of a special early bird rate for $749 and save $600 off the on-site registration rate. HxGN LIVE brings together customers, partners, and representatives of Hexagon brands including Intergraph, Hexagon Metrology, and Leica Geosystems.

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New Products

Collaboration: ZWCAD Touch for Android
The free DWG editor ZWCAD Touch is now available for the Android platform. The Android version includes DWG file viewing and editing, voice annotation, and third-party, cloud-storage service. ZWCAD Touch reportedly enables users to work with 2D DWG files and 3D drawings and to pan and zoom 3D models without a lag.

MCAD: Dynamics for SpaceClaim
Simulation solutions provider Algoryx has released a new simulation module for SpaceClaim Engineer. Dynamics for SpaceClaim uses Algoryx's real-time physics engine AgX Dynamics to produce simulation for conceptual studies, mechanical analysis, and more. When used with Luxion KeyShot, the same simulations can be used to produce photorealistic product videos.

Scanners: Geomagic Capture
Geomagic Capture integrated scanner and software systems are designed for professional scan-based design and quality inspection. Available in six application-specific configurations, Geomagic Capture enables users to incorporate real-world objects into CAD as part of their engineering workflow.

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Mark Your Calendar

International LiDAR Mapping Forum
February 17–19, 2014
Denver, Colorado
This three-day technical conference and exhibition will focus on airborne, terrestrial, and bathymetric LiDAR, with an emphasis on mobile mapping systems. Read more

GPU Technology Conference 2014
March 24–27, 2014
San Jose, California
Along with opportunities to learn how to harness the latest GPU technology, this conference will offer face-to-face interaction with industry luminaries and NVIDIA experts. Read more

SPAR International 2014
April 14–17, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The 11th annual SPAR International conference will introduce attendees to the latest tools and information for using new 3D measurement technologies. Read more

Spring 2014 BIMForum
April 23–24, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts
This spring forum will focus on design and engineering to showcase the best examples of collaboration, optimization, and sustainability. Read more

HxGN LIVE 2014
June 2–5, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada
This international conference, sponsored by Hexagon, will include a large geosystems track. 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

Femap Tutorial: Reverse Entity Visibility in Femap
Switch which entities are displayed and hidden with a single mouse click. Read more

Femap Tutorial: Move Coincident Nodes in Femap
The Move Only, No Merge option will help you move nodes to be coincident within a tolerance. Read more

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: iLogic Tools for the Rest of Us
Autodesk Inventor's premier automation tool offers value for nonprogrammers, too. Read more

Become a CAD Ecosystem Expert
Once you understand that CAD is not a stand-alone tool, but a complex network of components, you'll be better prepared to keep it running smoothly. Read more

First Look Review: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
Hybrid device offers practicality of a laptop and convenience of a tablet on a Windows 8 platform that's powerful enough to support CAD. Read more

Dassault Systèmes to Acquire 3D Visualization Powerhouse RTT
Realtime Technology (RTT) will bring DeltaGen, Bunkspeed, and other software solutions into the Dassault Systèmes fold. Read more


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