January 2008 Table of Contents

Cadalyst - January 2008 Features
Chasing the Dolphins

A designer uses CAT scans of a dolphin to create a biomimetically designed submarine.

CAD that Won't Break the Bank

For users with limited budgets and less stringent design needs, applications from Alibre, Archway Systems, DATACAD, FIT, General CADD Products, IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, Siemens PLM Software, and SoftSource can offer all you need — and more.

AliasStudio 2008 — Design and Visualization Software

2D painting capabilities let users design as if they were sketching or painting by hand rather than building a parametric model.

VectorWorks 2008 — CAD/BIM Authoring Software

Latest version combines true reference files, robust CAD management, productive usability enhancements, and real-world BIM capability.

Dell Precision M4300 — Mobile Workstation

Lightweight, well-designed laptop is certified for design work on the go.

What's in Store for 2008?

Robert Green predicts what CAD managers will face in 2008.

Hybrid Learning Methods

Build training options to suit your personal needs.

Low- or No-Cost CAD

Many 2D and 3D modeling programs are available at little or no cost.

Goliath Reinvented

The big boys of PLM are being nimbler, gentler, and friendlier in an effort to penetrate the SMB market.

Doin' the DEED

In the early design, digital tools complement manual techniques.

The Return of Hot Tip Harry

Harry is back in print with a LISP routine that searches for the code you need.

Solutions for Sending Large Digital Files

Services provide options for when those big files absolutely have to get there fast.





Online Departments
Dialog Box
Readers have their say.

Industry News
Breaking stories from around the industry.

Product Showcase
Latest hardware and software releases.

Discussion Groups
Talk about CAD-related issues.

Conferences, classes, trade shows and more.

Book Reviews
Latest publications about CAD.

All About Autocad
Hot Tip Harry

By popular request: Harry demonstrates VBA and Visual LISP tricks of the trade.

Circles and Lines

Unravel AutoCAD's CUI, starting by adjusting your workspaces.

Learning Curve

The second part of a series gives a page-by-page guide to data extraction using AutoCAD.

AutoLISP Solutions

AutoCAD routine draws a spline of an epitrochoid for developing machined parts.

Bug Watch

How Autodesk got scale lists wrong and other annoyances.

CAD Clinic: Civil 3D

Continue the exploration of Civil 3D label styles, multiple-occurrence labels, pipe network structure labels, and label sets.

From the Trenches

Discover how to use free GIS data from the Internet to visualize a potential site and its properties.

AEC Tools
1-2-3 Revit

How building product manufacturers are providing tools and libraries to integrate their products with Revit.

ArchiCAD Insights

Use ArchiCAD's Favorites tool to save standard drawing details.

Solutions From Synergis

Use Revit's section and callout bubbles to include details, sheet numbers, and reference annotations.

Productivity Corner

Bentley's PowerCivil automates subdivisional roadway systems.

3D Modeling
Solid Thinking

What else is new in SolidWorks 2008? Sometimes it's the little things that really count.

On the Edge

Gain fast access to Solid Edge drawings via the Drawing Review mode.

Alibre Options

Alibre CAM makes machining parts easy.

Avatech Tricks

Learn how to publish parts to Inventor's Content Library.

PLM Strategies

Enterprise searches allow you to go beyond Googling.

Inventor In-Depth

Inventor 2008 introduces new digital prototyping features.

Product Reviews and Case Studies
Cadalyst Labs Review: Ashlar-Vellum Graphite v8

2D drafting software is easy to use and fairly comprehensive in functionality.

Event Reports: Autodesk University 2007, AEC-ST Fall, and Build Boston 2007

Wheels Designed in 3D Improve Wheelchair Mobility

One inventor's quest to improve mobility and reduce repetitive strain for users of manual wheelchairs owes his success to 3D CAD technology.

On the Cover:
Cover concept developed by Cadalyst Art Director Annie Leung.