Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 28)5 Aug, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
Editor's Note: The Tips & Tools Weekly newsletter, Hot Tip Harry, and Lynn Allen's video tips (featured in the Tips & Tricks Tuesdays newsletter) will be going on hiatus for summer break and will return after Labor Day.
This Week's Software Tips
Win Double the Prize Payments for Your August Tips!
Tips & Tools Weekly may be going on vacation, but this month is a great time to submit your tips for AutoCAD and other CAD tools. Tips that are submitted between now and August 31, pass inspection, and are published, will earn double the normal gift card amounts. That means you can earn a $30 card for tips published in Tips & Tools Weekly, and a $50 card for Hot Tip Harry LISP tips! You can use the gift card toward a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store. Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your tip today! This promotion is limited to a maximum of three tips per person.
Get the Most out of the XClip Command
Don Bentz shares an easy way to get referenced files or blocks to display specific parts inside AutoCAD. "Many users are familiar with the XClip command, and use it to clip xrefs. Some users, however, may not be aware that the command works on any type of block, not just xrefs." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Count Your Parking Spaces
Tipster Timothy J. Harlow discusses a method he uses to count parking spaces for his projects in AutoCAD. "It's amazing how difficult it can be to count parking places," commented Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton. "This tipster's method may sound complicated, but it works." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Edit Attributes Quickly
Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton shares a tip that will help you edit AutoCAD block attribute text objects without opening the attribute editor window. "We all have to edit title blocks or other text objects that are in a block. If there are many lines of text, it can be difficult to find the exact one you need to change." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Research and Markets Report Analyzes Global 3D Scanning Market
Market research and data provider Research and Markets has released a new report that analyzes global adoption trends, evolving platforms, and forces in this rapidly emerging market. According to "3D Scanning Market by Devices, Range, Solutions, Services — Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2013–2018)," the global 3D scanning market is expected to grow from $2.06 billion in 2013 to $4.08 billion by 2018.
Books & Training
4D Ships CADLearning Course for AutoCAD Mechanical 2014
4D Technologies, which provides self-paced learning materials for Autodesk software, has released a CADLearning course for AutoCAD Mechanical 2014. The new course comprises more than seven hours of training and 126 searchable video tutorials. Topics include geometric features, construction line tools, and structural steel shapes; designing assemblies; and interoperability between AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD, and Autodesk Inventor.
Mark Your Calendar
Control Cost and Reduce Time to Market for Electronics with Flow Simulation
August 6, 2013
2 p.m. ET
This Fisher/Unitech webinar will discuss the value of features unique to the Electronics cooling module. Read more
Create Beautiful Drawings in Revit
August 14, 2013
11 a.m. PT
In this webinar from Novedge, attendees will learn how to take a view of a Revit model and transform it into a beautiful drawing using a variety of techniques and tools including object styles, lineweights, filled regions, and detail components. Read more
SolidWorks Night School: Working with Imported Geometry
August 21, 2013
6 p.m. ET
This Fisher/Unitech webcast series offers tips, tricks, and knowledge for anyone who wants to learn more about SolidWorks. Read more
For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Cadalyst.com. Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's New at Cadalyst.com
IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial:
Explore the New Assembly Simplification Process in Autodesk Inventor 2014
This video tutorial introduces the new simplification tools available on the Simplify Tab > Simplify Panel, which provide an alternative to using Shrinkwrap or Derive Assembly to simplify an assembly model. Watch the video
HP Expands Z Workstation Portfolio, Launches Z Display Line
With the introduction of three new monitors, the hardware developer adds a new branch to the Z family tree. Read more
Transition from 2D to 3D Design Hasn't Been a Clean Break for Most, Study Finds
Report on 3D collaboration and interoperability, available free, finds most downstream departments still rely heavily on 2D. Read more