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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 25)

14 Jul, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip:
Save Time in AutoCAD with Associative Section Views

Drawing section views in AutoCAD can be such a tedious process, and the many updates that can occur during design changes make it even worse. In this video tip from Cadalyst and Autodesk evangelist Lynn Allen, you’ll see how easy it is to generate section views from a 3D model that automatically update whenever the model changes. Watch the video

Long-Time Cadalyst Tip Contributor Dies at Age 66
Cadalyst and the CAD community lost a dear friend when Leonid "Len" Nemirovsky passed away in May at age 66 following a battle with cancer. A devoted reader of Cadalyst for decades, Nemirovsky contributed nearly 150 AutoCAD user tips and AutoLISP routines published on Cadalyst's CAD Tips site, plus countless others not cataloged. When it was active, he also enthusiastically contributed to Cadalyst's "Hot Tip Harry" discussion forum, supporting his fellow AutoCAD users. "Whenever ideas are shared," he once said about his frequent tip contributions, "the result is always greater than the sum of the parts." Read more

Control Annotative Object Display
Shawn Evjen sent us this update to a previously posted AutoCAD tip. "This tip provides a small LISP routine that defines a command Ads, which will toggle the state of the system variable that controls annotative object display." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Complete CAD Tasks with the Windows Command Prompt
This tip sent in by Robert Zipprich is for CAD users who work on the Windows platform. "Remember DOS? MS-DOS? Some CAD users have never been schooled in how to use this basic set of functions." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Reuse Sketched Part Geometry
David Gaskill shares an Inventor tip that will allow you to reuse sketched geometry on a part, even if the sketch is consumed with an extrusion. View the complete tip and post your feedback.


Submit Your Tip

Review Cadalyst's Tip Submission Guidelines, then Submit Your Tip for your favorite CAD software. Be sure to tell us which software version you use. If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here). Please submit only tips or code that are your original work. By submitting code, you grant Cadalyst the right to print and distribute your tip in print, digitally, and by other means. Cadalyst and individual authors retain all rights to submitted tips.

By submitting code, you agree that your code can be reused as-is or modified by other users in conjunction with AutoCAD or other software programs to gain efficiencies in that software for professional or personal use, and that your code can be shared freely among users. Users do not have the right to republish code in any manner or format (such as on a blog web site or in a printed document) for personal or commercial gain without written permission from Cadalyst and the original author.

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'sCAD Tips site.

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.

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Resources

ZW3D Opens Online Community User Forum
ZW3D, a supplier of CAD/CAM solutions for the manufacturing industry, has launched a ZW3D CAD/CAM online user community. The community comprises a discussion area, a learning center, a download area for updating software, and a library for sharing commonly reused CAD data. Members can share concerns, ideas, and data with other professionals worldwide.

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Deals & Freebies

The Foundry Launches Free Trial of New COLORWAY Application
The Foundry, a developer of design and visual effects software, is offering CAD users a chance to try the company's new application designed to speed up the process of producing iterations of and finalizing images. Users can access a free unrestricted trial of COLORWAY, available until the commercial release later this year.

Contex Offers Temporary Discounts on Some Scanner Models
Contex is offering certain wide-format scanners at discounts of as much as 34% through August 31, 2014. The discounted models are the HD Ultra i4290S ScanStation Repro; the IQ Quattro 4450; and the HD iFlex flatbed scanner. All three models can be connected to a printer for copying. For information, call 703.964.9850 or e-mail sales@contexam.com.

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Opportunities & Honors

Lagoa Seeks Beta Test Participants for 3D Content Software
Lagoa, developer of a cloud-based visualization and design platform, has launched a beta program for its new assembly functionality with the goal of identifying the software needs of designers. Participants will be asked to identify bugs, suggest enhancement requests, and help define use cases.

Bentley Extends Deadline for 2014 Be Inspired Awards Entries
Bentley has extended until July 17 the deadline for entering its Be Inspired Awards competition. Winners of the global infrastructure-project competition will win a trip to The Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference in November, where they will present their projects.

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Notable News

Virtalis Debuts Virtual Reality Add-on for PTC Creo View
Virtalis demonstrated its new Virtual Reality (VR) extension for PTC Creo View in June at PTC Live Global, an event for product development professionals, held in Nashville, Tennessee. Virtalis and PTC codeveloped the add-on, which brings VR functionality to all 3D PTC Creo View data models. The VR extension is being offered to PTC users worldwide.

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Mark Your Calendar

Introduction to GT STRUDL
July 15, 2014
10 a.m. CT
Intergraph will host this webinar to demonstrate its GT STRUDLE software for structural modeling, analysis, and design. Read more

3D Printing and 3D Scanning: From Digital Data Capture to Physical Object
July 22, 2014
1 p.m. ET
This webinar by SPAR Point Group will discuss how to use 3D data collected from long-range laser scanners to produce models of objects, architecture, and even landscapes. Read more

SolidProfessor Enterprise Overview
July 24, 2014
10 a.m. PT
Viewers of this webinar will learn how to increase engineering capacity of an existing design team through the use of a skills development program with SolidProfessor. Read more

Avoid PCB & Enclosure Collisions with 3D Product Visualization
September 17, 2014
11 a.m. PT
This Zuken webinar will present an approach to make ECAD/MCAD collaboration part of the standard design process. 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

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