Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 28)3 Aug, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Adjust Hatch Origin
Have you ever placed a hatch in AutoCAD, only to discover it does not look like the pattern you selected? Years ago, you used to have to set the Snapbase system variable before creating the hatch object in order to adjust the hatch origin. Nowadays, it's as easy as described in this tip from Tina Stimpson. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Determine Your Plot Scale
Ed Galicki offers this AutoCAD tip that describes his method for preliminary layout sizing. He includes a menu macro for a command he created to insert a block to help with scaling, which not only asks for the location of the representative drawing field, but also sets the dimscale, the layer, dimstyle, color, and more. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Inventor Tip: Make Constraints Easy
This tip from Alex Kaplan explains how to copy constrained selected parts/assemblies to a new location in Autodesk Inventor, making your workflow faster. It also works between different model windows. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Autodesk Offers Keyboard Shortcut Guides for Revit and Inventor
Autodesk has released a Revit shortcut key guide and an Inventor shortcut key guide. Each guide includes an abbreviated list of the most frequently used commands in the application, as well as a downloadable PDF of all the shortcut keys.
PTC Live Global Recordings Available for Streaming
Customer-led PTC Live Global sessions about CAD, product lifecycle management (PLM), and other topics are now available for streaming from the PTC website. The recordings are organized by product family: PTC Creo/CAD sessions, PTC Windchill/PLM sessions, PTC Integrity (including Atego)/ALM sessions, and Service Lifecycle Management sessions.
Opportunities & Honors
Build New York Live Offers Virtual BIM Design Competition
Nemetschek Vectorworks and Asite will host Build New York Live — a collaborative, virtual building information modeling (BIM) design competition — September 21, 2015, until September 23, 2015. The 48-hour event is open to participants worldwide, who can form their own teams or connect with potential team members with assistance from Asite.
CAE Simulation Projects Honored with Global Innovation Talent Award
CoreTech System announced the winners of the 3rd Global Innovation Talent Award, an annual computer-aided engineering (CAE) application contest that addresses real-world plastic manufacturing challenges. Lite-On Technology received first prize for its entry designed to improve the dimensional stability of the contact image sensor (CIS) holder of a scanner.
ESTECO Announces Call for modeFRONTIER Presentations
ESTECO announced that it is accepting presentations and papers for its North American modeFRONTIER Users Meeting 2015, which focuses on the company's simulation and design optimization software. Abstract submissions are due September 15, 2015, and full papers and presentations are due October 28, 2015. The conference will be held November 4, 2015.
Monitors: BenQ BL2711U
BenQ America's BL2711U design monitor was developed for CAD/CAM professionals, animators, video editors, and graphic artists. The monitor includes 4K ultrahigh-definition, 100% sRGB color, and CAD/CAM and animation modes. According to the company, the BL2711U monitor is certified by SolidWorks.
AEC: Victaulic Tools for Revit
Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, introduced Victaulic Tools for Revit, an Autodesk Revit mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) add-in designed to address pipe routing problems and enable the creation of construction and fabrication documentation within Revit. According to the company, Victaulic Tools for Revit enables users to design virtual, intelligent models with all mechanical or pump room details.
Mark Your Calendar
Managing Product Changes
August 4, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This CIMdata webinar will discuss the impact of managing product changes throughout the product lifecycle, as well as offer practical advice on how PLM can help and what benefits are available. Read more
Modo 901 New Features
August 5, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This Novedge webinar will discuss some of Modo 901's modeling tools and sculpting features. Read more
Accurate and Efficient Vibration Fatigue Analysis
August 5, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This Siemens PLM Software webinar will discuss how to perform accurate fatigue analysis, taking in to account multiple load conditions rather than relying on a traditional error-prone equivalent stress approach. Read more
Creating Killer Visuals with ZBrush and KeyShot
August 6, 2015
10 a.m. PT
This Keyshot webinar breaks down the process of going from ZBrush to KeyShot, showing tips, tricks and techniques to create visuals. Read more
Revit Auditing with Ideate Explorer for Revit
August 6, 2015
11:30 a.m. PT
This Ideate webinar will discuss nine auditing processes for Revit projects using Ideate Explorer for Revit. Read more
17th Annual International Wohlers Conference
September 23, 2015
The 17th Annual International Wohlers Conference will feature topics, speakers, and panelists related to additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Read more
PLM Road Map 2015 for the Aerospace & Defense Industry
October 28–29, 2015
This CIMdata event will explore product lifecycle management (PLM) topics for aerospace and defense industry professionals, including advanced features, data retention, and compliance. Read more
October 29, 2015
The Virtualize Conference from Jon Peddie Research will answer questions and provide guidance for industry professionals who are looking for ways to achieve more efficiency in their organizations through virtualization technologies. Read more
North American modeFRONTIER Users Meeting
November 4–5, 2015
This meeting for users of modeFRONTIER product design software was developed to enable researchers, practitioners, and developers to exchange techniques, experiences, and emerging methods in simulation and optimization technology. Read more
PLM Road Map 2015 for the Global Automotive Industry
November 24, 2015
This CIMdata event will bring together experts from CIMdata, industry players, and implementation experts to explore end users' progress, opportunities, and roadblocks in the global automotive industry. Read more
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