Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 2)13 Jan, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Cadalyst is pleased to welcome Lynn Allen's AutoCAD video tips to the Tips & Tools Weekly! Look for Lynn's latest right here, twice a month.
Video Tip: AutoCAD's Valuable Oops Command
The Oops command has been in AutoCAD since the very beginning — but few users know how to take advantage of it. In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you'll learn just when the Oops command can come in really handy! And as a bonus, you'll see the secrets of the Mark option for the Undo command. Watch the video
Customize AutoCAD's Layer Properties Manager
Tipster Tawfik Shehata shares some tricks for managing the AutoCAD layer manager palette. "The layer properties manager is something that you can't live without in AutoCAD. It can also be something you can't live with because of how much real estate and system performance this palette consumes. Here is how to make this big palette less demanding." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Inventor Tip: Reposition Inventor Detail Views
Tipster David Edward Gaskill shares some tips for working with detail views in Inventor. "If you have ever created a detail view and then later moved the view that the detail is associated with and found that your detail view is not where you expected it to be, you may want to try this tip." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Inventor Tip: Create a True Center with Work Planes in Inventor
David Edward Gaskill also sent us a method for finding the true center of a slot using working planes in Inventor. "Have you ever wanted to add an axis or two work planes on a slot so you can have a true center of the slot? Here's how." 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
ZW3D 2014 Beta with Upgraded 3D Modeling Available Free
ZW3D has announced the availability of the beta release of ZW3D CAD/CAM 2014. New features reportedly include improved history manager and part configuration, an optimized mold module, and more accurate tool path calculation. Users can register online to download ZW3D 2014 Beta free of charge.
Opportunities & Honors
Siemens, Razor, and Luxion Open GrabCAD Scooter Design Challenge
Sponsors of the PowerWing Scooter Design Challenge are inviting all interested parties to submit their designs in the latest GrabCAD design challenge. Siemens PLM Software, Luxion, and Razor USA are looking for radical new designs for a three-wheel, side-to-side, body-powered scooter. Trial versions of Solid Edge and KeyShot are available for use in the contest.
Deadline Extended for Zuken Conference Presentation Proposals
Zuken Innovation World 2014 conference organizers have extended the deadline for submitting presentation proposals. Case studies, tutorials, best practices, and general educational sessions should support this year's conference theme, Power of Innovation. Abstracts must be submitted online no later than January 17, 2014.
Books & Training
Eagle Point Software to Present Free Online Autodesk Training
For a limited time, Eagle Point Software is offering Autodesk software users free access to training classes for Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and InfraWorks. From January 14 through 16, 2014, users can access the live, instructor-led, online classes free of charge. The classes usually are reserved for customers of Eagle Point's Pinnacle Series training.
CAD: MultiCAD Gateway for Aras Innovator
Aras, a developer of product lifecycle management (PLM) software, has released the data translation and interchange solution MultiCAD Gateway for Aras Innovator. The software automates the conversion of CAD data to other native CAD formats, including NX, Creo, SolidWorks, and others, providing Aras users with embedded functionality for CAD model interchange, translation, validation, and more.
Mark Your Calendar
AeroDef Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014
February 25–27, 2014
Long Beach, California
This Society of Manufacturing Engineers event, dedicated to aerospace and defense manufacturing, will feature an additive manufacturing/3D printing resource center. Read more
UM 2014 ModeFRONTIER International Users Meeting
May 12–13, 2014
The sixth annual conference will include academic and industry presentations that describe how the modeFRONTIER optimization platform has been applied to accelerate product innovation. 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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