January/February 2009 Table of Contents

Cadalyst - January/February 2009On the Cover
Cover concept developed by Cadalyst Art Director Annie Leung. This realistic prototype of a fishing reel from manufacturer Zebco is the result of parts created using an Objet Eden 3D printer and the finish work of Zebco model maker Brad Ruprecht.

A Surveyor's Norman Conquest

High-definition scanning helps produce as-built drawings of Nenagh Castle in Northern Ireland.

Almost Real -- 3D Printing Hooks Users with Prototypes that Bring Designs to Life

3D Printing soon may diverge as large, fast production units make room for small, affordable prototyping machines.

Wisdom from the Trenches

Charles Prettyman, Robert A.M. Stern Architects' CAD manager, shares advice for software upgrades.

Rethinking Wide-Format Scanner Paradigms

Market today offers affordable options beyond 36" models.

Cadalyst Labs Hardware & Software Reviews
AutoCAD P&ID 2009 -- 2D Piping Design Software
By Robert Green
Well-designed program requires minimal training and speaks the language of its users.

First Look: Graphtec CSX300-09HDplus -- Wide-Format Scanner

Engineers, architects, and CAD and GIS users can benefit from the scanner's CSX300-09HDplus capabilities.

First Look: NEC MultiSync EA261WM -- Wide-Screen LCD Monitor

With many extras and a moderate price, this display is well suited for designers.

User Review
Bunkspeed HyperShot -- 3D Rendering Software

Real-time rendering technology blows its competition out of the water.

Expert Advice & Commentary
Redefine Priorities to Survive Tough Times

Good planning and helping out in a pinch can help CAD managers and their companies survive the recession.

No-Money-Down PLM

Companies on tight budgets can turn to open-source and on-demand solutions for product lifecycle management.

More Bang for Your Truck

Manufacturer of vehicle performance adjusters gets a boost from PLM.

Capture the Perfect Selection Set in AutoCAD

QSelect quickly gathers and counts your objects of choice.

Looking for "Hot Tip Harry?"

Hot Tip Harry’s latest AutoCAD customization tips are now posted online at Cadalyst’s CAD Tips site. Harry’s posting tips all the time now, and you can find the latest ones by checking the Recently Posted list, along with the latest tips from Tips & Tools Weekly. You can also find out about the latest tips from Harry himself (aka Cadalyst's Bill Kramer) by hanging out on Harry’s Tip Jar Discussion Forum. Look for the posts labeled "Hot Tips!" for regular updates. Among Harry's latest additions are the following Top Tip winners -- congratulations!

  • Grab-Bar Detailer by Jay Thomas
  • Dynamic Grid Drawing by Ron Perez

Brand new, Cadalyst and Hot Tip Harry also introduce his new Programming Concepts Discussion Forum. Keep tabs and chime in to exchange AutoCAD programming expertise and advice.

AutoCAD Tutorials
Capture the Perfect Selection Set in AutoCAD

QSelect quickly gathers and counts your objects of choice. (January/February 2009)

Dimension Tips

Two features found in AutoCAD 2008 can tame your misbehaving dimensions. (December 2008)

A Stroll down the XREF Path

The third and final installment in the saga of the xref. (December 2008)

Full-Fillet Three Lines

This bit of code lets you automatically fillet three lines by simply selecting them in clockwise or counterclockwise order.

AutoCAD's Longest-Lived Bug?

Partial plots, password-protected pitfalls, problems in paper space, and some sticky civil stuff. (December 2008)

Design Viewer and Windows Applications

The word is Word.

From the Trenches

Step-by-step instructions show you how to draw nice-looking bolts and nuts.

AEC Tutorials
cad clinic:civil 3d
Point Coordinate Transformations

Use Point File Formats in Civil 3D to import and export points to assigned coordinate systems. (December 2008)

ArchiCAD Curtain Wall

The Curtain Wall tool enables users to configure, place, and edit elements. (December 2008)

BIM and Autodesk Ecotect

How BIM and Autodesk Ecotect help architects understand their conceptual building design's performance. (December 2008)

Working with VectorWorks

Your constraint tools are there to help, so use them.

3D Modeling Tutorials
Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology, Part 5

CAD so easy, anyone can use it. (January 2009)

Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology, Part 4

Survive in a multi-CAD world. (December 2008)


Autodesk Inventor 2009 Frame Generator

Populate your parts and material lists to combine like frame members and total lengths.

Unsection Parts in 2D Section Views

Create section views and manage them with drawing explorer.

What Else is New in SolidWorks 2009?

A look at some of the lesser publicized additions to the software.

Adding Tolerances to an Autodesk Inventor Model Sketch

The more information that's stored in your model, the more robust the model becomes.

Inventor In-Depth

Inventor 2008 introduces new digital prototyping features.

Cadalyst Web Exclusives by Kenneth Wong
Dimension Releases Personal 3D Printer Priced Less Than $15K
Company hopes to beat competition with new uPrint desktop unit.

Metrology System Developer Hexagon Acquires 3DReshaper
Scanning hardware and point-cloud processing software make an efficient combo.

Teradici Proposes Invisible Computers
Compression technology developer delivers 'PC-over-IP'.

Cadalyst Magazine v2009

This year brings some ups and downs as we adjust to a changing world.

News Analysis from the World of CAD

AMD Looks to the Clouds; IMSI/Design Delays CAD Freeware Launch; Judge Partially Dismisses Autodesk vs. SolidWorks Suit; For Design Answers, Ask Nature; Autodesk Rounds Out FEA Portfolio; Taiwan Plays Catch-Up in RP Development; SolidWorks CEO Blogs and Twitters; Geomagic Ships Studio 10x; The Fate of Macworld Expo; New Products at


Cadalyst readers have their say.
Bentley's Commitment to Open Access to GIS Data, Link to Nowhere, Kudos to Robert Green, Reports of 2D Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.

Breaking stories from around the industry.

Latest hardware and software releases.

Talk with your peers about CAD-related issues.

Conferences, classes, trade shows, and more.