Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 5)11 Feb, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Hot Tip Harry Is Looking for LISP
Hot Tip Harry is always keeping an eye out for the best CAD code! Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your AutoLISP routines. If we publish your tip, you'll earn a $25 gift card you can use to purchase a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store.
Three Macros to Align Your UCS
Perry Medina shares three macros that will help you quickly adjust your UCS (user coordinate system) in AutoCAD. These three menu macros align the UCS to a drawn line. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Create a Selection Set with SSX.LSP
Bill Deshawn sent this tip about using Autodesk's SSX.LSP routine in AutoCAD. "Qselect has its good points, no doubt. I've used it before when I thought it was appropriate. However, SSX.LSP, provided by Autodesk, is an excellent tool for picking an object and automatically selecting all the objects whose properties are identical to the one picked." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Use Grips to Change Table Objects
Leonid Nemirovsky continues with another tip for manipulating tables in AutoCAD. This tip allows you to use grips to move pieces of a table around for better placement on the drawing, and the table will remain one piece. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Infrastructure Modeler Tip: Add More Detail to Your Buildings in Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler
Todd Rogers shares a simple way to get Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler to show more details in your buildings. 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.
Leica Videos Demonstrate 3D Laser Scanning
Leica Geosystems has posted three new educational movies about laser scanning within the Leica Geosystems YouTube channel. The short, high-definition videos provide an introduction to 3D laser scanning, including point clouds, mapping, surveys, how laser scanners work, how to tackle projects, and more.
Opportunities & Honors
Voting Under Way for 2012 Autodesk Inventor of the Year
Voting has begun to determine who will be the 2012 Autodesk Inventor of the Year. Members of the Autodesk manufacturing community can help select the winner from the designers and inventors who were named Inventor of the Month during 2012. Voting closes March 1, 2013, at 5 p.m. PT.
GRAPHISOFT Launches EcoDesigner STAR Public Beta
Architectural software developer GRAPHISOFT has launched a beta version of EcoDesigner STAR, which enables architects to use ArchiCAD building information models directly as building energy models, reportedly ensuring streamlined collaboration between designers and energy consultants. Interested designers can register to participate in the EcoDesigner STAR public beta trial.
Books & Training
ASCENT Expands Autodesk 2013 Coursework Offerings
The ASCENT Center for Technical Knowledge has published its final four Autodesk 2013 training guides. ASCENT's training guides are designed for both individual self-study and instructor-led classroom use. The latest releases are AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Grading, AutoCAD Raster Design 2013 Essentials, Autodesk Inventor 2013 iLogic, and Autodesk Showcase 2013 Fundamentals.
AEC: ConXCAD Building Information Modeling (BIM) Tools
ConXtech has released its ConXCAD suite of BIM add-on tools that enable the integration of the ConX System into construction projects within Revit Structure, Tekla Structures, and other BIM applications. ConX Revit Families, ConX Model Check, ConX Digital Chassis Configurator, ConX Project View, ConX Load Planner, ConXBOM, and ConXCrane are available for free download.
AEC: SiteMaster 2013 BIM
Graebert has released SiteMaster 2013 BIM building survey software. The 3D, object-oriented version of SiteMaster 2013, which runs on Windows v7– and v8–equipped tablets, enables the creation of BIM models and provides data to import directly into 3D architectural modeling packages like Autodesk Revit and Tekla Structures.
MCAD: Teamcenter Issue Management and CAPA
Siemens has launched a new Teamcenter solution for issue management and CAPA (corrective and preventive action). The web-based solution reportedly integrates quality and change-management processes, enhances decision making, and supports 8D (the Eight Disciplines approach to problem solving), a method typically used by quality engineers to resolve problems.
Go!MODEL is a 3D reverse-engineering and design tool for Creaform's Go!SCAN 3D portable scanner. Go!MODEL enables users to capture physical objects and directly model high-quality renderings and designs that are ideal for 3D printing, according to the company. Powered by 3D Systems' Rapidform platform, Go!MODEL offers mesh editing capabilities with automatic NURBS surfacing utility and functionality.
Mark Your Calendar
Preprocessing Point Clouds in Bentley Pointools
March 7, 2013
12 noon ET
This Bentley e-seminar is designed for professionals who prepare and edit point clouds for downstream use. Read more
March 15, 2013
The National Institute of Building Sciences' buildingSMART alliance event will provide attendees with up-to-the minute information about the latest in building information modeling (BIM). 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
Cyon Research Wants to Know About Your CAD Use
Cyon Research, organizer of the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES), has launched its 2013 Survey of Users of Engineering Software. The 40-minute survey aims to gauge your current use of and criteria for CAD and other engineering software. Read more
Do You Really Need ECC Memory for CAD Workstation Computing?
I recently read an article by an Intel product manager on the need for "ECC" (error correction code) memory in CAD workstations. From the article: "Corrupted data can impact every aspect of your business, and worse yet you may not even realize your data has become corrupted." Read the CADspeed blog post
SolidWorks World 2013, Part 2: A Sampling of Product Debuts
More than 100 solution partners took part in the event, filling the Partner Pavilion with hardware and software offerings for all types of mechanical CAD users — including these new releases. Read more
At SolidWorks World 2013, Users Get a Peek at What's Coming in Version 2014
Company reveals long list of new features, discusses the move to the cloud, and announces My.SolidWorks.com web portal and new Mechanical Conceptual tool. Read more
Project Chronicle: Create Video Tutorials With a Twist
CAD Manager's Toolbox: Free utility from Autodesk Research records CAD workflows and makes them easy to share online. Read more