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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 4)

3 Feb, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Monitor and Control Layer States and Properties
Frequent tipster Tawfik Shehata shares a tip regarding layer filters and management in AutoCAD. "If your drawing contains a large number of layers, this is a quick and easy method to monitor and control your layers' states and properties." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Display Wipeouts Correctly when Inserting External Blocks
Spence Watson, a senior CAD operator, sent in this tip for getting wipeouts to display correctly in AutoCAD. "If you have ever inserted external blocks from another file or a template file, you've probably dealt with the wipeouts coming over displayed on top, forcing you to redefine the block after." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Civil 3D Tip: Correct Grading Surface Contour Lines in Civil 3D
Tipster Mike Porter has a question for AutoCAD Civil 3D users: "Ever have one of those 'grade to elevation' gradings and the surface contour at the toe is all irregular or jagged?" 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'sCAD 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

Free AVEVA Business Paper Touts Advantages of Mobile Technologies
Engineering software provider AVEVA announced its release of a new business paper titled "Plant Design for Lean Construction — at Your Fingertips." The paper explains how new mobile technologies can improve project access and enhance team communication effectiveness, thereby saving time and rework. Those interested can register to download the business paper.

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Deals & Freebies

BIMobject Offers Free BIM Apps
BIMobject apps, which are available for ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, Revit, and SketchUp, are free for download to those who register. The apps integrate the BIMobject Portal directly into the various design programs, so users can browse, filter, and download BIM objects that are based on real BIM products. Some BIMobject apps are available for both Mac and PC platforms.

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Opportunities & Honors

Frost & Sullivan Honors Aras EPLM with Product Leadership Award
Growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has presented Aras EPLM (enterprise product lifecycle management) software with the Global Product Leadership Award in PLM. Aras EPLM extends SolidWorks EPDM (enterprise product data management) software by providing product lifecycle management, process automation, and more.

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New Products

Printers: Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer
Stratasys has launched the Objet500 Connex3 multimaterial 3D printer. The printer's triple-jetting technology combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with various combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent color materials, as well as color digital materials, in a single print run. The company expects flexible color materials to be available in the second quarter of 2014.

MCAD: SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual
Sketch motion ability, predictive computing, and concept archives are among the tools Dassault Systèmes' SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual provides, helping designers to bring their ideas into digital form from the beginning. Cloud capabilities enable multiple users to collaborate online. SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual will be available in April 2014 at $249 per month.

CAD: Datakit CAD File Translators
Datakit, a CAD file conversion provider based in France, has released several new data translators for the CAD market. The plugins are Unigraphics NX 3D to Rhinoceros v5, Unigraphics NX 3D to Rhinoceros v4, Solid Edge 3D to Rhinoceros v5, Solid Edge 3D to Rhinoceros v4, and Rhinoceros v4 3D to PDF 3D.

MCAD: eDrawings Pro for Android
Dassault Systèmes has released eDrawings Pro for Android (eDrawings for Android, $1.99; Professional upgrade, additional $7.99 in the Google Play Store) enables users to measure designs; dynamically view cross-sections; create markups in designs, including text notes and freehand notations; and share marked-up eDrawings files with others.

MCAD: SolidWorks Plastics Advanced
Dassault Systèmes has added a new simulation solution to its SolidWorks Plastics offerings with the release of SolidWorks Plastics Advanced. In addition to the functionality contained in SolidWorks Plastics Premium, SolidWorks Plastics Advanced can also be used to design and analyze injection mold cooling line layouts and predict molded part warpage.

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Mark Your Calendar

VisualCAM 2014 for Geomagic
February 4, 2014
11 a.m. ET
MecSoft will sponsor this webinar, which will demonstrate the new product release features and integration with Geomagic Design. Read more

Lagoa's Educational Webinar Series: Getting Started
February 5, 2014
1 p.m. ET
In this live webinar, Lagoa experts will demonstrate how to create images with the company's browser-based rendering toolset. Read more

Metrology Solutions for Aerospace Applications
February 19, 2014
Wichita, Kansas
This workshop, cohosted by Hexagon Metrology and the National Institute for Aviation Research, will focus on the use of metrology to address challenges in the aerospace industry. Read more

Detect Wire and Component Tolerance Violations Early in the Design Phase and Lower Costs
February 19, 2014
11 a.m. PT
This Zuken webinar will explore the benefits of the company's electrically aware E3.series CAD software. Tolerance failures and detection will be discussed and demonstrated. Read more

Power Integrity Essentials for the PCB Design Process
March 12, 2014
11 a.m. PT
This webinar, presented by Zuken, will discuss tools, techniques, and best practices for achieving good power integrity in printed circuit boards (PCBs). 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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Viewers of the big game will get a high-tech look at weather patterns inside the stadium, thanks to simulation technologies developed for design and engineering. Read more

AutoCAD's In-Canvas Viewport Controls
If you work in 3D, you will love AutoCAD's In-canvas Viewport Controls. Watch this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen to learn how to quickly change your viewport configuration with these handy tools.


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