CAD Manager's Newsletter (#305)

24 Jul, 2013 By: Robert Green

Create CAD Training Videos Using the Latest Technology

When it comes to tools and methods for making your own recordings, much has changed in the past five years.

Five years ago, I wrote a two-part series about creating your own CAD training videos. I postulated that video learning would become much more common (it has) and that more CAD managers would be using video technology to manage their staffs (they are). However, I haven't seen nearly as much use of the medium as I had expected, and one reason is the learning curve required to become proficient at creating your own videos.

Over the years, the tools I use to create videos have changed substantially, and my methodology for building great training exercises has evolved. So in the next few editions of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I'll take you through the process of creating your own videos — from setting up your recording environment to honing the final product. Here goes.

Choose Your Studio

Let's be clear: You're not going to build a multimillion-dollar recording studio. You will, however, need to create an environment that enables you to record videos with proper screen resolution and noise-free, high-quality audio. To do this, you'll need a quiet space to record and the equipment and software to get the job done.

My preferred "studio" is simply a large desk in my carpeted office. The carpet absorbs ambient noise, and I keep all the doors closed and the phones muted to prevent interruptions. You'll have to think about where you can set up your studio in your office or, if noise can't be avoided there, you may wish to record at home.

Gather Equipment

Now that you've decided on a location, you can start assembling the components of your studio. Of course, you can opt for a minimalist or luxury setup, but I'll strive to describe a compromise that enables great results without breaking the bank. Read more »

:: CAD Manager's Toolbox

Reduce Your Task Load through Teaching

Do you have any recurring CAD management tasks that you would love to delegate to others so you could move on to higher-value tasks? I'm talking about menial but necessary chores such as cleaning plotters and ordering supplies. The answer for most CAD managers is yes, but you can't get these low-value tasks off your desk unless you have somewhere to send them, right? So the real question is, How can I get somebody else to take over these tasks?

It's a great question, and one that I pondered heavily until I realized the following truth: Somewhere in your organization are a few curious, motivated, junior-level designers, engineers, or architects who want to learn more about CAD. These employees may not be in your department, but you've probably interacted with them in some fashion and recognized that they're sharp, eager, and quick to learn. Read more »

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:: Resources

Autodesk Launches Inventor HSM Express Beta
Autodesk Inventor users can apply to participate in the public beta of Autodesk Inventor HSM Express, a free CAM solution for Autodesk Inventor users. HSM Express allows users to access the HSMWorks technology within the native Inventor environment and workflow. The new product also offers users the capabilities of HSMXpress, a free CAM solution for SolidWorks.

:: Events

3D Scanning for CAD
July 30, 2013
11 a.m. PT
In this webinar from NextEngine, attendees can learn how to create usable models for CAD programs such as SolidWorks, Creo, and Inventor. This webinar will demonstrate the workflow of scanning and converting mesh scan data into editable CAD solids using RapidWorks software. Read more »

Bluebeam EXtreme Conference
August 2, 2013
Los Angeles, California
Attendees of this conference can learn best practices from industry experts, connect with fellow Revu software enthusiasts, and discover new techniques from Bluebeam's leading engineers. Read more »

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program — Andover
September 16–20, 2013
Andover, Massachusetts
This assessment-based project lifecycle management (PLM) certificate program includes a personalized classroom experience, individual and team-based exercises, and individual evaluations of achievement. Upon successful completion of the program, each participant will receive a CIMdata PLM Certificate and become a member of CIMdata's global PLM Leadership community. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to

:: What's New at

Mouse Alternative Promises a More Comfortable Click
Contour Design launches RollerMouse Re:d, an ergonomic input device that's gentle on the joints and precise enough for CAD use. Read more »

Bentley Systems Consolidates Utility Design and Management in New Application
With Bentley Utilities Designer, customers can access network design, cost estimation, and GIS capabilities in one software solution. Read more »

Window Maker Speeds File Retrieval Time with AutoCAD Search Tool
With a quarter-million CAD drawings on file, Sierra Pacific Industries depends on DrawingSearcher to fulfill customer requests in a timely fashion. Read more »

About the Author: Robert Green

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