Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 45)15 Dec, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff
Editor's note: There will be no Tips & Tools Weekly on December 22 or 29; the newsletter will return on January 5. Happy Holidays!
This Week's Software Tips
Match Mtext Properties
Levi Connolly, a design engineer, explains how to use AutoCAD's match text formatting function. "This tool applies the formatting of your selected text to characters within the same mtext object. This works great in instances where I copy text from one drawing to another that might have a slight difference in formatting." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Block Count using SelectSimilar
In her work, tipster Wendy Brodeur needs to have an accurate count of special devices. "I use the SelectSimilar command in AutoCAD to accomplish this quickly and efficiently." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Use SelectSimilar to Find Layer Mishaps
In her second tip of the week, Wendy Brodeur explains how to repair layer problems. "I have a pet peeve: opening a drawing from someone else and finding that the layers are inaccurate, or even worse, nonexistent! I use the SelectSimilar command in AutoCAD to help me repair such issues. This tip is also handy for checking your own work, or projects you are overseeing, to correct instances of objects on misplaced layers." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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BIM Resource Available on NBS Web Site
NBS, a U.K.–based producer of specification solutions for the construction industry, has posted a range of pertinent articles, videos, and reports on its web site, including explanations of 20 key building information modeling (BIM) terms. NBS produces information products such as The Construction Information Service and Building Regulations Approved Documents for England and Wales.
Deals & Freebies
Boxx Offers Discount on Overclocked Workstations
From now through December 31, 2014, Boxx is offering 10% off the purchase of any of the company's overclocked workstations. Systems ordered by December 24 will be shipped by December 31, according to the company.
Graebert Offers Free Trial of ARES Commander 2015
A free, 30-day trial version of ARES Commander 2015 is available from CAD software developer Graebert. ARES Commander enables users to create 3D objects using the ACIS 3D Solid Modeler, which is integrated within the software. ARES Commander is DWG-compatible, programmable, and customizable through common programming languages.
Opportunities & Honors
Robert Green Wins AU 2014 Speaker Award
Robert Green, author of Cadalyst's "CAD Manager" columns and CAD Manager's Newsletter, was recognized in the Autodesk University (AU) 2014 Speaker Awards. Green won the Roundtable Award for teaching the roundtable class scored highest by attendees, based on after-class surveys. AU 2014 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2–4.
Winner of Student Design Competition Announced
Founding member PTC announced the winner of the 2013–2014 Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) National Finals Competition. Team Next Level, representing South Burlington High School in Vermont, won for its design of an unmanned system that improves precision agriculture. The competition for high school students aims to expand the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce.
Call for Metrology Papers and Presentations Now Open
The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) has issued a call for papers for the 31st annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) in July. CMS will consider submissions for technical papers covering the practical usage of 3D metrology solutions, case studies, technology benchmarks, implementation practices, and more. Abstract submissions are due by March 13, 2015.
Tekla Honors Global BIM Awards Winners
Tekla, a provider of building information modeling (BIM) software, announced the winners of its 2014 Global BIM Awards. Competition entries included winners of regional BIM competitions held by Tekla area offices and resellers during 2014. The headquarters of the Financial Services Group OP-Pohjola, Finland, garnered the Best Total BIM Project award.
Books & Training
Eagle Point Software Adds BIM Solutions and Transportation
Eagle Point Software Corporation, an Autodesk AEC Industry Partner, has expanded the content of its Pinnacle training series to include building information modeling (BIM) and transportation content. Pinnacle Series subscribers who use the cloud version can now access Workflows for BIM Implementation, Workflows for BIM 360 Glue, Workflows for Autodesk Vehicle Tracking, and more.
Monitors: BenQ BL3201PH 4K
BenQ America's BL3201PH monitor ($1,099) features a 32" screen with 4K2K (3840 x 2160) UHD resolution and IPS technology. The BL3201PH's new optimized CAD/CAM Mode provides a special color map for popular CAD programs. Users can save presets, connect keyboards or external storage media, and share and compare content from two PCs.
Workstations: ThinkStation P500
Lenovo is shipping its ThinkStation P500 workstation, which is equipped with Intel Xeon E5 series processors, a Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit operating system, display support for three independent monitors, 16 GB of memory, Flex Module support for customization, optional NVIDIA Quadro K6000 graphics, USB 3.0 ports, and more.
PLM: Microsoft Azure–Certified Cloud PLM Suite
Aras, a provider of enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM) software, announced the availability of a Microsoft Azure–certified version of the Aras Innovator enterprise PLM solution in the Azure virtual machine gallery of cloud applications in the Azure Marketplace. Companies can provision a secure, full-featured PLM solution in minutes, according to the company.
CAD Systems Unlimited has released Acad2Shapes, a shape compiler and organizer for AutoCAD shape files. Users can create as many as 255 shapes per shape file; create shapes from existing drawings by copying and pasting; modify and create new shapes by editing the DXF file; and organize shapes into different DXF files. A free demo is available for download.
Mark Your Calendar
3D Scanning for CAD
December 16, 2014
11 a.m. PT
This NextEngine webinar will demonstrate how to create usable models for CAD programs such as SolidWorks, Creo, and Inventor. Read more
Reverse Engineering with RapidWorks
December 18, 2014
11 a.m. PT
In this NextEngine webinar, viewers will learn the process of turning NextEngine mesh models into fully parametric solid models using RapidWorks v3.5. Read more
2015 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC)
July 20–24, 2015
This 31st annual event provides opportunities for attendees to network and learn about the latest innovations in the field of portable 3D industrial measurement technologies. Read more
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