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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 9)

17 Mar, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Prevent Sluggish Drawing Responses with Display Settings
Ray Gomez, a detail engineer, shared this tip that will help you avoid trouble with unresponsive AutoCAD drawings that freeze up. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Move Text Between AutoCAD and Bluebeam Revu
If you use both AutoCAD and Bluebeam Revu, a PDF markup software package, this tip from Michael W. Miklaszewicz is for you. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Add a Vertex to a Balloon Leader
When ballooning a 2D drawing in Autodesk Inventor, have you ever wanted to jog a leader line on a balloon (add a vertex)? In this tip, David Edward Gaskill shows you how to add many bends in the balloon leader line. 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

SolidWorks World Proceedings Posted for Viewing and Download
Dassault Systèmes has made available the proceedings from SolidWorks World 2014, which took place in February. Anyone can view and download presentations and also view photos, general sessions videos, an exhibitor list with contact information, and more.

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Deals & Freebies

Siemens Makes Free Version of Human Simulation Software for Students
Siemens PLM Software announced a free student download of Tecnomatix Jack human simulation and modeling software. The software, valid for 12 months, is intended only for academic coursework and self-learning and does not contain the full capabilities of Tecnomatix Jack.

Six-Month ZW3D License Free with Purchase of Another License
Until April 30, 2014, customers who purchase a software product license from CAD/CAM manufacturing solutions provider ZWSOFT can get a free 180-day license for any ZW3D product that is equal in value or less expensive than the purchased product. After the 180-day period ends, users can get a 50% discount on a permanent license for that product.

OTOY's OctaneRender Software Now Free to Students
Cloud graphics company OTOY is offering its 3D rendering software OctaneRender free for students. The software, used by artists, animators, and designers, is free to students who have a .edu e-mail address. Also free to students are OctaneRender plugins for Blender, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya.

Kubotek USA Offering Free Trial of KeyCreator 2014 v12.5
Kubotek USA is offering a free trial of KeyCreator 2014 v12.5 direct modeling software. The recently released v12.5 includes CAD animation, a direct dimension editing tree, and a wire EDM option for 2- and 2.5-axis numerical control milling, among other new features.

Free Trial Versions of MicroSurvey Software Available
MicroSurvey is offering free trials of its newly released MicroSurvey inCAD 2014 and MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2014. MicroSurvey inCAD 2014 is a plugin that adds the MicroSurvey feature set to the latest Autodesk software to offer a complete survey drafting toolkit. MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2014 is a standalone application that is powered by Autodesk technology enhanced with MicroSurvey tools.

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Opportunities & Honors

GrabCAD and BOXX Launch Workstation Case Design Challenge
GrabCAD, an open mechanical engineering platform and community, and BOXX Technologies, a provider of workstations and rendering systems, have launched a new user challenge. Participants are asked to design a new enclosure for the 3DBOXX 4150 XTREME workstation. Click here for contest details and rules.

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Books & Training

Symmetry Solutions Offers Certified SolidWorks Online Training
SolidWorks reseller Symmetry Solutions announced it will offer online SolidWorks training throughout North America. Users can get core SolidWorks classes via a virtual classroom, with classes held in a series of four-hour blocks.

3D Systems Launches New 3D Printing Seminar Series
A new training series from 3D Systems (3DS) will consist of more than 300 events between March and June 2014 at 3DS reseller locations worldwide. Resellers will demonstrate many 3DS products, spanning industrial-grade to desktop 3D printers, printing materials, and scan-to-design and inspection tools for engineers and designers.

Updated Vectorworks Guide Published
Nemetschek Vectorworks has published a new training guide for users of Vectorworks software. Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual, Sixth Edition ($75), written by trainer Jonathan Pickup, discusses the Vectorworks interface; tools and commands; 3D modeling; organizing information; and using worksheets.

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New Products

GIS: Trimble InSphere
Trimble has introduced InSphere, a cloud-based platform for management of geospatial operations. InSphere clients will have access to multiple applications, including InSphere Data Manager, InSphere Equipment Manager, and TerraFlex to simplify field data collection. A 90-day free trial is available.

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Mark Your Calendar

3D Scanning Basics
March 18, 2014
11 a.m. PT
This webinar will show how to measure physical objects using NextEngine scanning technology for creation of 3D mesh models. Read more

One-Click 3D Model Creation with the Multidrive
March 20, 2014
11 a.m. PT
Viewers of this webinar will learn how to fully automate the scanning of 3D objects using the NextEngine Multidrive turntable. Read more

Reverse Engineering with RapidWorks
March 25, 2014
11 a.m. PT
The process of turning NextEngine mesh models into fully parametric solid models using RapidWorks v3.5 will be the subject of this webinar. Read more

Faster Scan-to-PDMS Workflows: New Tools for Modeling and Importing As-Built Pipes and Components into PDMS
March 25, 2014
1 p.m. ET
This presentation will outline new technologies and workflows for importing an intelligent, as-built 3D model directly into Aveva's PDMS Dabacon database. Read more

modeFRONTIER v4.5: What's New
March 27, 2014
10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET
ESTECO will present this webinar to introduce the key improvements coming in the new modeFRONTIER optimization platform. Read more

ACE 2014
April 29–May 1, 2014
Chicago, Illinois
Aras will sponsor ACE 2014, where attendees will discuss, benchmark, and collaborate on product lifecycle management (PLM) best practices. Read more

FEMAP Symposium 2014
May 14–16, 2014
Atlanta, Georgia
This Siemens event brings together Femap simulation and analysis software users for technical training and networking opportunities. Read more

North American Revit Technology Conference
June 19–21, 2014
Chicago, Illinois
This fourth annual, three-day event will offer an opening plenary session and keynote address and multiple concurrent sessions. 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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