Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 40)9 Dec, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
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Dimension Rotated Views
Civil technician R.T. Rinehart shares a trick to use when labeling an AutoCAD drawing with a rotated view. "I work in the civil industry and we are always twisting viewports for various rotations, especially when running plan/profile sheets along an alignment." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Civil 3D Tip: Adjust the Level of Detail in Civil 3D
This tip from Dean Petersen will help you view highly complex surfaces in AutoCAD Civil 3D. "The Level of Detail function was built into Civil 3D 2012, and I did not think too much of it back then as all it did was change the number of contours displayed on a surface in the drawing." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Inventor Tip: Turn Off Parts in Inventor Views
CAD designer David Edward Gaskill discusses how to turn off parts in Inventor without using view reps. "Have you ever wanted to turn off parts in a view and not have to set up a new level of detail or view rep, only to find out that the Visibility option is grayed out?" View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Revit Tip: Show Objects above the Cut Line
Tipster Andria Lynch shares a method for displaying objects that are above the cut line in Autodesk Revit. "I know view ranges and equipment displaying in plan view is a hard concept to grasp, so here is a simple example of how you can set up equipment in your model so that everything shows up in plan, even if it is above the cut line." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Tips & Tools Weekly software tips for AutoCAD are reviewed in the latest version of AutoCAD by Contributing Editor Brian Benton. Use all tips at your own discretion, please. We're sorry, but Cadalyst staff cannot provide assistance with technical problems. Please refer to Cadalyst's LinkedIn and Facebook communities for assistance with AutoLISP and other AutoCAD customization questions.
Deals & Freebies
Online 3D Digital Parts Catalog Now Open to Academia
Siemens PLM Software and CADENAS PARTsolutions, a provider of PLM solutions for 3D part catalog management and hosting, will provide students and educators of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with free access to a digital parts database containing millions of 3D parts from more than 400 manufacturers. Siemens and CADENAS aim to further align STEM education with real-world job opportunities.
TurboSite Standard v2 Is Now Free
IMSI/Design, a provider of AEC mobile solutions, now offers its TurboSite Standard v2 mobile app free for any architect, engineer, or construction professional to use. Free TurboSite Standard v2 turns mobile devices, such as the Apple iPad and iPhone, into field reporting tools. TurboSite Standard v2 is available through the Apple App Store.
Opportunities & Honors
ZW3D Announces Winners of Design Challenge
ZW3D has revealed the results of its ZW3D Superhero Vehicle Design Challenge on the GrabCAD web site. After receiving 62 entries from around the world, the judges awarded first prize to Remus Pacis, who used ZW3D to design the Mech R14 walking robot. Five entrants won prizes including cash, 3D printers, and 3D mice.
Books & Training
Autodesk InfraWorks 2014 Training Now Available
Eagle Point Software has added Autodesk InfraWorks 2014 content to its training and support products. As part of the Pinnacle Series, InfraWorks Workflows are designed to help train and guide users through project work with interactive step-by-step procedures, cheat sheets, how-to videos, and recorded training classes.
Workstations: GoBOXX 1920 Mobile Workstation
BOXX Technologies introduced the new lightweight GoBOXX 1920 mobile workstation, which features an Intel Core i7 fourth-generation mobile processor, full-frame 1920 x 1080 display resolution on a high-contrast 15.6" screen, an NVIDIA Quadro K2100M graphics card, and a maximum 32 GB of 1600-MHz memory.
Data Management: E3.EDM Engineering Data Management Software
Zuken has released E3.EDM (engineering data management), the first software that enables native data management of E3.series data. E3.EDM builds on Zuken's E3.series and CONTACT Software's CIM DATABASE EDM platform to provide data and process management integrated into E3.series for wire, harness, cable, control system, and fluid design.
Printers: Xede 3SP Large-Format 3D Printer
EnvisionTEC's new Xede 3SP large-format 3D printer enables production of exceptionally large 3D parts, which are built at high speed without sacrificing surface quality and part accuracy, according to the company. The printer reportedly uses a single build material, has very few moving parts, and has minimal material waste.
Printers: ProJet 1200 Professional 3D Printer
According to 3D Systems, its new ProJet 1200 3D printer is small, fast, economical, safe to operate, and simple to use. The micro-SLA ProJet 1200, with a 1.69" x 1.06" x 7.08" print volume, prints 30-micron layers at 585 dpi. The printer uses 3D Systems' VisiJet FTX Green material, which tailored for plastic prototyping and casting patterns.
Mark Your Calendar
Reach Unbelievable Results with TactonWorks
December 10, 2013
10 a.m. PT
Viewers of this Tacton Systems webinar will be introduced to the basics of how to use TactonWorks, a design automation solution. Read more
BIM for the Small Firm
December 12, 2013
This GRAPHISOFT workshop will help participants gain personal experience using building information technology (BIM) in a real-world application. Read more
ExactFlat: Faster and Simpler Product Development
December 17, 2013
11:30 a.m. ET
This ExactFlat webinar will demonstrate how the company's software is used with Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks for flattening, patterning, and nesting in real time. Read more
Ideate BIMLink Showcase
December 19, 2013
9:30 a.m. PT
Ideate will present this webinar to demonstrate Ideate BIMLink, an information management tool that works on top of Autodesk Revit. 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.
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