Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 21)16 Jun, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Could You Use $25 at Amazon? How about $50?
Do you know a better way to work — in AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool? Take a few minutes to share your tips with your fellow CAD users, and benefit yourself at the same time: If we publish your tip, you can earn an Amazon gift card and be entered in the quarterly prize drawing. Learn all about CAD Tips prizes here.
Unclutter Your View with the Clean Screen Command
Levi Connolly sent in this tip for keeping your screen uncluttered when using AutoCAD. "Sometimes I need to show people a CAD image on my computer. I use the CleanScreenON command to hide the ribbon and toolbars from view and free up more drawing space." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Save Browsing Time by Using Shortcuts to Files
Tim J. Harlow shares this helpful AutoCAD tip for saving what we all need more of: time! "I created a new folder under the Favorites folder, and labeled it _My Projects." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Inventor Tip: Match Wheel Zoom Between AutoCAD and Inventor
"Have you ever wondered why the default zoom for Inventor and AutoCAD are different?" Here, frequent tipster David Gaskill helps those who use Inventor and AutoCAD together on a regular basis. 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 R.K. McSwain. 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.
ThomasNet.com Enhances Product Sourcing Platform
ThomasNet.com has enhanced its web site to better enable supply chain professionals and engineers to find suppliers. The product-sourcing platform features a searchable database of information, products, services, and CAD drawings. Additions include enriched supplier profiles, along with applications for diversity, certification, proprietary search technologies, and custom quotes.
Contex Americas Launches Wide-Format Scanning Blog
Contex, a provider of wide-format scanning and imaging solutions, has launched a new blog that discusses topics ranging from the latest developments in scanning technologies to user case studies. WideFormatScanning.com illustrates how wide-format scanning solves real-world challenges and provides tips for maximizing a scanner's productivity.
Business Paper Describes Lean Methodologies for Marine Industry
AVEVA has published "Engineering and Design for Lean Shipbuilding," which explains how engineering and design information can be shared to enable efficient design and fabrication. According to the business paper, AVEVA's Integrated Engineering and Design software improves project efficiency and reduces engineering and design costs.
Deals & Freebies
3D Systems Offering Discounts on Geomagic Software
For a limited time, 3D Systems resellers are offering promotional prices on Geomagic 3D scanning and design software. Products included in the promotion include: the Professional Desktop Package; the Starter Scan-Based Design Package; Capture for Wrap with maintenance; Capture for Wrap, Freeform, and Touch with maintenance; Freeform Plus, Touch X, and Studio; and multiyear maintenance.
Free Trial of ProgeCAD Architecture 2014 Released
Users who wish to try out progeCAD Architecture 2014 can download a free, 30-day trial version. Fully compatible with AutoCAD, progeCAD Architecture 2014 offers general-purpose CAD features along with building information modeling (BIM) in the DWG environment. Among the software's new features are IFC 2x3 file format import and export and the capability to create multiple viewports.
LightWave 3D Group and Sketchfab Offer Free Plugin for Sharing 3D Models
The LightWave 3D Group and Sketchfab have created a free plugin for LightWave 3D software v11.5 or higher that exports 3D models from LightWave to the Sketchfab online platform. Sketchfab enables users to publish, share, embed, and view interactive 3D models in real time. Users can also add metadata, share models on the web, and remove models using the dashboard.
Free Plugin Available with Upgrade to Newly Released OctaneRender 2
Cloud graphics provider OTOY announced the availability of OctaneRender 2 real-time rendering software, which includes more than a dozen new features. For a limited time, users who upgrade to OctaneRender 2 can also upgrade an existing plugin license at no additional cost. OctaneRender 2 is available as a standalone client and also as plugins for Autodesk 3ds Max and Trimble SketchUp.
Opportunities & Honors
BIMForum Calls for Presentations
With the theme of Optimizing Construction with BIM (building information modeling), the Dallas BIMForum is scheduled for October 9–10, 2014. Organizers are seeking real-world examples of how BIM is being used proactively to have a measurable impact on the construction process. Proposals will be accepted through 5 p.m. ET, June 30.
Books & Training
Pinnacle Series Mobile App Now Available for Android
Eagle Point Software announced that an Android version of the mobile app for its Pinnacle Series Autodesk software training is now available for download from the Google Play Store. The free app offers mobile device access to the library of videos and cheat sheets available in Pinnacle Series.
Printers: HP Designjet T3500 and T7200 Large-Format Printers
HP has launched the Designjet T3500 and T7200 printers. The Designjet T3500 Production eMultifunction Printer (eMFP) is intended for use by enterprises; the HP Designjet T7200 Production Printer is built for high-volume print demands. Both models offer black-and-white and full-color output.
3D Printers: EOS M 290 Direct Metal Laser-Sintering System
EOS's newly released M 290 system has a build volume of 9.8" x 9.8" x 12.8" for producing high-quality metal components, spare parts, and prototypes. Among the features of the M 290 is an EOSTATE PowderBed, in which a camera built into the process chamber monitors the powder bed, following powder deposition and exposure by means of still images.
MCAD: WEBENCH Altium Connector
The new WEBENCH Altium Connector, for creating and simulating circuit designs, is an interface between Altium Designer and Texas Instruments' online WEBENCH Power Designer. WEBENCH Altium Connector is available to Altium Designer subscribers as a cost-free extension.
Spatial, a Dassault Systèmes subsidiary and provider of 3D development components, and OMAX, a provider of abrasive water-jet solutions, have created the Intelli-CAM software for OMAX JetMachining Centers (free to OMAX JetMachining Center owners). Intelli-CAM imports CAD files from various 3D sources, then converts the geometry into full 3D paths suitable for water-jet cutting.
Mark Your Calendar
PDM vs. PLM: It All Starts with EPDM
June 17, 2014
11:30 a.m. ET
This Fisher/Unitech webinar will examine the differences between product data management (PDM) and product lifecycle management (PLM) and will review how each approach can benefit a company. Read more
Night School: What You Didn't Know About Weldments
June 18, 2014
6 p.m. ET
Participants of this Fisher/Unitech webinar will learn about managing corner treatment options; implementing nonstructural steel profiles; and efficiently managing weldments in SolidWorks. Read more
New Plant Design Capabilities in CADWorx 2015
June 19, 2014
10 a.m. CT
Intergraph will host this webinar that will demonstrate the new capabilities and enhancements in CADWorx 2015 for intelligent 3D plant design. Read more
Flow Simulation Key Technologies that Make it the Right Choice for Product Engineers
June 23, 2014
2 p.m. ET
In this Fisher/Unitech webinar, viewers will learn how they can implement computational fluid dynamics in the engineering process with SolidWorks Flow simulation. Read more
PCB Design Using an Engineering Knowledge Base
June 25, 2014
11 a.m. PT
Presenters of this Zuken webinar will demonstrate how to create, manage, and grow an engineering knowledge base, and then use that information to improve the printed circuit board (PCB) design process. Read more
Introduction to SolidWorks Electrical Schematic and 3D
June 26, 2014
10 a.m. ET
In this webinar, Fisher/Unitech electrical team members will show how to use SolidWorks Electrical Schematic and Electrical 3D in SolidWorks to improve product development time and quality. Read more
October 7–9, 2014
INTERGEO is billed as the world's leading trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation, and land management. Read more
October 9–10, 2014
The theme of this BIMForum conference will be Optimizing Construction with BIM (building information modeling). Read more
Revit Technology Conference Europe
October 30–November 1, 2014
This event is dedicated to the use of Autodesk Revit and other relevant software in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. 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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