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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 31)

25 Aug, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Lynn Allen Video Tip: Reviving AutoCAD's Forgotten Function Keys
Maybe you’ve forgotten about them (or never learned to use them), but using your function keys to toggle important settings inside AutoCAD can really speed up your design process. With this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you’ll learn how to take advantage of all that the function keys have to offer. Watch the video

 

Control the Lasso Selection Tool
If you've installed AutoCAD 2015, you've probably seen the lasso selection method, which can sometimes initiate when you don't want it to. This tip from Levi Connolly will help you adjust its behavior to your preferences. "Another useful feature that delays the lasso feature from activating, giving you a chance to quickly use the old rectangle selection method, is to set a variable called LassoTimeThreshold." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

An Alternative to the CleanScreen Command
In this AutoCAD tip, Jim Olszewski expands on Levi Connolly's recent tip, "Unclutter Your View with the Clean Screen Command." He suggests that instead of using the CleanScreen command, you shut off all of the toolbars, etc., and save what is left as a workspace. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Reduce Part Size for Transmission
Have you ever been asked to send a very large, detailed Inventor file to a client? David Gaskill describes a way to reduce file size before transmitting large, complex parts. 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.

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Resources

Zuken Shares PCB and Component Design Webinars
Zuken has published a series of free, on-demand webinars for printed circuit board (PCB) and panel, wire, and harness design. Available titles include "Detect Wire and Component Tolerance Violations in the Early Design Phase While Reducing Costs," "Eliminate DDR3 Timing Errors with Constraint-Based Routing," and "Product-Based Virtual Prototyping Just Got Easy."

Technology Report Predicts 3D and 4D Revenue of $280 Billion
A recently published research report reveals that the 3D and 4D technology market generated $93.21 billion in revenue in 2013. "3D & 4D Technology Market — Forecast and Analysis (2013–2020)," ($4,650, single user) from publisher Research and Markets, forecasts an annual growth rate of 26.84% from 2014 to 2020, with revenue reaching $279.27 billion by 2018. The largest vendors in the market include 3D Systems and Autodesk.

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Deals & Freebies

Free Trial of ZWCAD+ 2015 Beta Available
Visitors to ZWCAD Design's website can download a free 30-day trial of the beta version of the company's updated CAD program. ZWCAD+ 2015 features Super Hatch, a tool that extends traditional hatch functionality with block, reference, and image hatching; Reference Manager, which helps users manage external references; Sweep and Loft, functions that quickly convert 2D models to 3D; and direct import of Google Earth snapshots.

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New Products

Hardware: NVIDIA VCA
NVIDIA has released its Visual Computing Appliance (VCA; $50,000 in North America), a scalable, network-attached GPU rendering appliance that enables users to create photorealistic images of their creations, even with real-time interactions. The NVIDIA VCA is preloaded with Iray and eight of NVIDIA's most powerful GPUs, each with 12 GB of graphics memory.

PLM: Publish 3D for Production Engineers
Theorem Solutions' Publish 3D for Production Engineers software is designed to help engineers manage change in a production environment and create process control documentation. The application is driven by an intelligent change form that will automatically populate with supporting documentation, including 3D CAD files from product lifecycle management (PLM) systems.

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Mark Your Calendar

Dynamic Model Correlation: Building the Bridge Between Test and Analysis
August 28, 2014
10:00 a.m. PT
The latest episode in the Siemens simulation forum webinar series will address pretest planning and geometry mapping. Read more

EOS North American User Day (NAUD)
September 10, 2014
Chicago, Illinois
This event takes place during the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). The user day will include a celebration of additive manufacturing technology provider EOS's 25th year in business and a demonstration of a direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) system. 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

Cadalyst Labs Report: Free CAD Software for Mobile Devices
Cadalyst Labs investigates free apps for CAD on the go. Read more

AutoCAD File Tab Tips
If you work with multiple open drawings at once, then file tabs are a must! Watch this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen to learn all the ins and outs of working with the File Tab feature that was added in AutoCAD 2014.

Freeform Surfacing with a Network of Curves in Bentley MicroStation
Trainer Peter Mann shows how to construct a custom surface using a mesh network of curves. Watch the video


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