Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 14)21 Apr, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Don't Forget to Tip
Do you know a better way to work — in AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool? Why not take a few minutes to share your tips with your fellow CAD users? When you give, you'll also receive: If we publish your tip, you'll earn an Amazon gift card and be entered in the quarterly prize drawing. Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your tip today!
Use Publish to Batch Run Commands
This helpful AutoCAD tip comes from Andrea Andreetti. "I've seen many AutoCAD users try to run LISP in batches. Some have created huge tools or used script, opening their drawings one by one, which wastes time." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Purge Files More Thoroughly
Danny Korem shared this time-saving tip for maintaining our files in good order. "When dealing with AutoCAD files that arrive from other design team members, we use the Attach DWG option within the external reference manager to share the data or base a drawing on it." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Able2Extract Tip: Recover Vector Graphics and Text Locked in PDF
Investintech.com, a developer of PDF solutions software, has posted a tip explaining how users can convert PDF data to DWG or DXF format for use in AutoCAD using Able2Extract PDF Converter. This capability is also available in the free trial version of the product.
Inventor Tip: Create a Plane Centered Between Two Parallel Surfaces
Inventor users will appreciate this tip from David Edward Gaskill. "Start with a part that has two parallel surfaces. Pick the Work Features option and the Plane option from the flyout menu on the 3D Model tab of the ribbon." 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 R.K. McSwain. 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
Limitless Computing Offers Trial of New SketchUp Plugin
Limitless Computing, a provider of 3D mobile augmented reality, has made SightSpace View, its new Trimble SketchUp plugin, available for free download. The plugin and companion mobile app connect a QR code to a SketchUp model, which when scanned, appears overlaid onto the code.
Free Trial of Latest Print2CAD Release Now Available
BacktoCAD is offering users a free trial download of Print2CAD 2015 ($199). The fifth-generation, all-in-one conversion software features optical character recognition, raster-to-vector conversion capability, and integrated DWG/DXF postprocessor. Print2CAD is a stand-alone Windows (32- and 64-bit) program that reportedly works independently with all CAD systems (and all AutoCAD versions, including AutoCAD 2015).
Opportunities & Honors
Product Data Interoperability Summit Issues Call for Speakers
The Global Product Data Interoperability Summit 2014 (GPDIS), to be held September 8–11 in Phoenix, Arizona, invites presentation proposals for the summit. The theme for the sixth annual GPDIS, sponsored by the Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman, Parker Aerospace, and Elysium, is "Preserving Product Data Quality through the Value Stream." The deadline for submitting abstracts is June 2.
New GrabCAD Challenge Seeks Designs for Testing Robot Grippers
In its latest engineering challenge, the GrabCAD online community for engineers is asking participants to design a universal test object for robot grippers, which enable robots to physically interact with objects in their environment. The goal is to design a universal test object that can be used to evaluate a gripper's strengths.
Stratasys Announces Winners of Extreme Redesign Challenge
Stratasys, a provider of additive manufacturing solutions, has named the winners of its 10th annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. The contest offers students the opportunity to redesign an existing product or to create a new product that improves how a task is completed. View the winning designs on Stratasys's web site.
Top Product Award Goes to Contex for Third Consecutive
Wide-format solution provider Contex announced that its HD Ultra ScanStation was named Wide-Format Imaging magazine's 2014 Top Product in the scanning category for the third consecutive year. The magazine will present the award to Contex at the ISA International Sign Expo, which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 24–26, 2014.
Collaboration: SketchUp Mobile Viewer for iPad
Trimble's SketchUp Mobile Viewer for iPad ($9.99) enables iPad users to store and access their own 3D models and all the SketchUp files available in the 3D Warehouse. Users can orbit, pan, and zoom around 3D models using multitouch gestures and can present their 3D models to clients. SketchUp Mobile Viewer is available through the Apple App Store.
AEC: EdgeWise Structure
EdgeWise Structure from ClearEdge3D can quickly and accurately extract properly specified steel, concrete, or wood structural members from laser scan point clouds, according to the company. The software uses a catalog library with thousands of structural components from several different standards.
Mark Your Calendar
One-Click 3D Model Creation with the Multidrive
April 22, 2014
11 a.m. PT
Viewers of this NextEngine webinar will learn how to fully automate the scanning of 3D objects using the NextEngine Multidrive. Read more
RapidWorks 3D Scanning for CAD
April 24, 2014
11 a.m. PT
This NextEngine webinar will show how to create usable models for CAD programs such as SolidWorks, Creo, and Inventor. Read more
Endless Applications with ColorJet 3D Printing
April 24, 2014
11 a.m. ET
This 3D Systems webinar will explore how Objex Unlimited integrates ColorJet Printing technology to help their clients acquire new and recurring business, speed product development schedules, and cut costs. Read more
Reverse Engineering with RapidWorks
April 29, 2014
11 a.m. PT
This webinar will demonstrate the process of turning NextEngine Mesh models into fully parametric solid models using RapidWorks v3.5. Read more
ZEB1 Hand-Held Laser Scanner Roadshow
May 27, 2014
This event is intended for anyone who has an interest in laser mapping and wants to learn more about the latest surveying technology. Read more
Advanced Design and Manufacturing Impact Forum 2014
August 17–20, 2014
Buffalo, New York
Presenters of this four-day event will discuss opportunities that will help participants realize the full potential of advanced manufacturing solutions. Read more
Global Product Data Interoperability Summit 2014
September 8–11, 2014
The GPDIS aims to assist industry principals to foster knowledge through the exchange of ideas, solutions, and methods and to build consensus for tool and process standards in the industry. 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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