MCAD Tech News (#285)

8 Jul, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff

Event Report: Siemens PLM Connection 2010

Product lifecycle management — with a high-definition twist — takes center stage at user event in Dallas.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

Question: How do you move a four-day event of approximately 1,500 attendees from Nashville, Tennessee, to Dallas, Texas? Answer: Quickly! That's what had to happen for the Siemens PLM Connection User Conference 2010 after floodwaters in May closed the original Nashville conference venue, forcing relocation to Dallas a mere month later. Event organizers were as skilled as they were swift, as the conference seemed to go off without a hitch.

Organized by Siemens PLM Software and the independent user organization PLM World, PLM Connection is a learning and networking event. Siemens PLM Software invited about three dozen industry analysts and members of the media to attend keynotes and other presentations for the first day-and-a-half of the conference.

Tony Affuso, Siemens PLM Software CEO, welcomed attendees on the morning of Day 1 and quickly moved on to discuss the position of Siemens PLM in the market. According to research firm CIMdata, the Teamcenter digital lifecycle management solution and Tecnomatix digital manufacturing solution are leaders in their respective product categories. Affuso reported that Siemens PLM signed 4,000 new customers in the past 12 months and that its software is used by 24 of the 25 top automotive OEMs. He added that his company's products have a growing presence among shipbuilders — "not an area where we're traditionally strong" — who use NX and Teamcenter because they fast and easy visibility of design data and changes. "I think that's why we're winning in this area." Read more »

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is Cadalyst's editor in chief.


Circles and Lines Tutorial:
Step Up the Power of Parametrics

What's better than a geometric constraint in AutoCAD? Multiple constraints applied instantly! That's the magic of AutoConstrain.

By Lynn Allen

My last column covered the basics of geometric constraints — aka, parametrics — a feature added in AutoCAD 2010 and available in AutoCAD 2011 as well. In this column, I'll dive even further into the magic of constraints and introduce you to another fabulous new feature, AutoConstrain, which offers much more than meets the eye. You're going to love how easy it makes your life.

Last time I showed how you can add geometric constraints one at a time as you create objects or modify existing geometry. These constraints preserve the integrity of the geometry in case you need to edit it later.

But what if you already have a drawing that is geometrically correct and you'd like to apply geometric constraints throughout the drawing to keep it that way, in case you need to edit the geometry down the road? Adding multiple constraints one by one can be very time-consuming, not to mention incredibly tedious. That's where AutoConstrain comes into play. Read more »

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Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen has written Cadalyst's "Circles and Lines" column for 16 years and is the voice behind Cadalyst's popular AutoCAD video tips.


Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events


July 25–29, 2010
Los Angeles, California
SIGGRAPH 2010 — the 37th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques — will include a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace. Read more »

CoCreate Virtual Conference 2010
July 28, 2010
PTC is presenting the first virtual conference dedicated to its CoCreate community. The no-charge, virtual event will offer an in-depth introduction to CoCreate, best practices, new capabilities, and networking opportunities. Read more »

Capture 3D Users Group Conference and 3D Metrology Workshop
October 6–7, 2010
Newport Beach, California
The goal of this fourth biannual conference is to provide tips, techniques, and solutions to improve internal processes in order to maximize return on investment. Topics will include 3D scanning, quality control, inspection, reverse engineering, and more. The conference is open to everyone. 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


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