Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 19)1 Jun, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff
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This Week's Software Tips
Remove the Plot Stamp from AutoCAD Educational Files
In the past, if you saved a DWG using the educational version of AutoCAD, a plot stamp identifying the DWG as educational would be embedded in the DWG file and could not be removed — until now. Tina Stimpson shows us how to remove the plot stamp in AutoCAD 2014 or later. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Why Does My AutoCAD UCS Icon Look Different?
If your UCS icon looks a bit odd in AutoCAD, Tina Stimpson suggests that you may be working in a different visual style, possibly unintentionally. "Although that in itself won't hurt anything, the more complex visual style could cause things to run slower than normal while you work." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Print an Excel Spreadsheet with a White Background in AutoCAD
Peggy Simpson offers this tip for printing an Excel spreadsheet in AutoCAD with a white background without linking the file. "Printing relies on many variables such as print driver, print hardware, and version of AutoCAD, etc., so it's quite possible the problem described here could affect many users." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Siemens Launches Solid Edge App Marketplace
Siemens announced the launch of an online store to help customers search for, compare, and purchase partner-developed apps for Solid Edge software. The Solid Edge App Marketplace site lists add-on solutions that extend the capabilities of Solid Edge, the company's product development software for 3D design, simulation, manufacturing, and design management.
SolidThinking Offers Additive Manufacturing On-Demand Webinar
SolidThinking is offering its "Create Radically Better Products with Design Optimization and Metal 3D Printing" webinar for on-demand viewing to users who register. According to the company, the webinar discusses the use of the company's Inspire and Evolve software for additive manufacturing. Additionally, 3D Systems, a consumer and industrial 3D printing and manufacturing solutions provider, explains how the resulting part designs can be manufactured using metal 3D printing.
Lectra and WhichPLM Publish PLM Project Team Handbook
Lectra — a provider of technology solutions and services for industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite materials — and WhichPLM, a digital magazine dedicated to product development for the fashion industry, have released a whitepaper entitled, "Thriving Through Change: The Modern PLM Project Team Handbook." The product lifecycle management (PLM) whitepaper can be downloaded by registering on the WhichPLM website.
Deals & Freebies
Altium Launches Open Beta Program for PCB Design Tool
Altium, a developer of electronic design automation tools, has announced an open beta program for its community-driven printed circuit board (PCB) design tool. According to the company, the CircuitMaker PCB design tool was developed to address the needs of the electronics maker and hobbyist community. The tool is available for download by registering on the CircuitMaker website.
GEOSAT Offers Free Trial of 3D Point Cloud Software
GEOSAT, a 3D engineering services provider, is offering a free beta testing program for its Tomorama plug-in for SolidWorks and Catia. According to the company, Tomorama is able to integrate sections and plans from billions of 3D points directly into the SolidWorks FeatureManager design tree. A beta version of the software is available for download by registering on the GEOSAT website.
Users Can Try Updated Pointfuse Point Cloud Processing Software Free
Arithmetica is offering a free trial of its Pointfuse automated point cloud processing software for CAD. According to the company, Pointfuse Pro automatically textures the generated 3D models by using RGB, intensity, or statistical derived values — adding real-world context to the generated models. The free trial is available by registering on the Pointfuse website.
Contex Announces Wide-Format Scanner Sale
Contex has announced special sale pricing on its wide-format scanners, including the Contex IQ Quattro scanners, HD Ultra scanners, and HD Ultra ScanStation solutions. Sale pricing is available for a limited time from the Contex online store.
Opportunities & Honors
GrabCAD Launches Satellite Frame Design Contest
GrabCAD is seeking entries for its CubeSat Challenge on designs for a small satellite frame optimized for additive manufacturing. To enter, designers should submit either a 1U (10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm) scalable structure similar to the standard CubeSat model, or an optimized point design at a 3U or 6U increment, using design for additive manufacturing principles. The entry deadline is June 22, 2015.
Books & Training
Mastercam Offers Summer Teacher Training
The Mastercam Educational Division will conduct a series of week-long classes for instructors on the company's CAD/CAM software tools at its office in Gig Harbor, Washington. According to the company, instructors who attend a 2015 Summer Teacher Training (STT) class will receive a free Mastercam University course of their choosing.
AEC: Autodesk BIM 360 Plan
Autodesk introduced BIM 360 Plan, a web service and mobile app for production planning that incorporates lean construction practices. The cloud-based service is designed to automate manual production planning processes involving spreadsheets and other forms of documentation and collaboration. Autodesk BIM 360 Plan is currently available via subscription, and available in English only. The BIM 360 Plan iOS app for iPad also is available with a subscription.
PLM: Industry Catalyst Series — Energy & Utilities
Siemens launched a product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services solution for the global energy and utilities industry. The solution, part of Siemens' Industry Catalyst Series offerings, was designed to help users reduce the cost and duration of sales. The solution reportedly works with Siemens' Teamcenter portfolio to digitalize key capital project management processes, such as bid response management.
MCAD: MCAD Co-Designer: SolidWorks
Altium has introduced MCAD Co-Designer: SolidWorks, a design collaboration extension for the company's PCB design tool Altium Designer. According to the company, the software extension enables users to manage design revisions, integrate design data, and maintain workflow productivity for collaboration.
Mark Your Calendar
Mastering Transparent Materials in KeyShot
June 4, 2015
10 a.m. PT
This Keyshot webinar will discuss software settings for rendering glass, liquids, coated lenses, and more. Read more
Design Better Products Workshop
June 9 and 10, 2015
Dearborn and Grand Rapids, Michigan
This Autodesk Advanced Solutions workshop, to be repeated in two locations, will discuss the company's software technology and workflows for manufacturing. Read more
CFD and CAD: Understanding the Relationship Between Design and Fluid Dynamics
June 9, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This IMAGINiT webinar will focus on the export of files from the company's CAD tools, flagging geometry for automatic boundary conditions, and updating design studies with new geometry. Read more
Technology Built Innovation: Regional Session and Technology Exhibition
June 10–11, 2015
This event will feature panels and presentations on important developments in BIM technology, and bring together CanBIM members and guests with software and hardware innovators and developers. Read more
Count on BIM
June 10, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This Autodesk building information modeling (BIM) webinar will explore the productivity benefits of enhanced mode-based quantification techniques with Autodesk Navisworks 2016. Read more
Innovation in the Digital Age
June 25, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This CIMdata webinar will describe use cases appropriate for product lifecycle management (PLM) and collaborative innovation. Read more
Conquering the Chaos: How BIM Can Help Improve Project Coordination
June 25, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This Autodesk building information modeling (BIM) webinar will discuss how Autodesk BIM 360 and Autodesk Navisworks 2016 can help manage cross-discipline project teams. Read more
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