CAD Manager's Newsletter #145

22 Feb, 2006 By: Robert Green

Cadalyst CAD Manager's Newsletter

CAD Manager Productivity Hints, Part 2

Arm yourself with these tips and tricks to ease standards enforcement

In the last edition of the CAD Manager’s Newsletter (click here to view the archives), I began my productivity hints series by giving you some ideas on how to get yourself organized and maximize your personal effectiveness. I heard back from quite a few readers who said they were starting their own diaries in various electronic formats to facilitate greater personal efficiency. Bravo!

In this installment, I’ll pass along some tips and tricks you can use to ease the enforcement of standards. Here goes.

Tip 1: Document Your Standards Electronically

If you’re going to have CAD standards, you need to write them down at some point, right? Rather than printing them out in a book form that people can continue to ignore as they always have, why not create your standards in an electronic form that people can use?Read more >>

:: CAD Manager's Q&A

You've recommended that I learn Visual Basic. What are some resources to help me get started?

Robert Green responds: The answer depends on your level of programming expertise.

For those with no programming experience: I highly, highly recommend taking a classroom-style course over several weeks or even months so you can learn not only Visual Basic syntax but the general approach to structured programming. …

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:: Resources

CAD Administration and Pro/ENGINEER Help: is a collection of tools, tips and advice for CAD administrators as well as Pro/ENGINEER and Pro/INTRALINK users. A related blog last week presented topics including “Pro/I 8.0 -- To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade?” and “Destination CAD,” an article about creating the right atmosphere at your company and making it the kind of place people want to work.

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:: Events

PLM University
May 8-12, 2006
Long Beach, California 
Event combines PLM World and UGS’ Solid Edge Summit user group meetings for product lifecycle management.

CAD Data Exchange: Productivity through Interoperability
May 24-25, 2006
Pheasant Run-St. Charles, Illinois
Conference and exhibition is described as the only CAD-neutral, cross-industry conference in the world that squarely addresses CAD data exchange, an opportunity for design, engineering and manufacturing professionals to learn and share experiences and learn about the latest data exchange software tools.

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