Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 20)

7 Jun, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff

This Week's Software Tips

Could You Use a $25 Amazon Gift Card? 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 or LISP 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.

Lynn AllenThe Fastest Way to Set Your Favorite Object Snaps
In AutoCAD, we work with object snaps (osnaps) all day long — why not master the art of setting them at lightning speed? Join Cadalyst contributing editor and Autodesk Evangelist Lynn Allen as she shows you this super shortcut to switching your object snap settings in a jiffy. Snap to it and impress your coworkers! Watch the video


Customize Your AutoCAD Status Bar
When upgrading to AutoCAD 2015 and 2016, users may have noticed the default interface turned off several options in the status bar at the bottom of the screen. So Dean Petersen explains how to customize the status bar options to show what you want to see. "Explore some of the new UI objects to find and restore your favorites, or maybe discover something new." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Solid Edge Tip: Modify a Patterned Feature
Hey Solid Edge users, did you know you can modify any member of a patterned feature in Solid Edge using synchronous technology? Tushar Suradkar offers this tip for modifying part of a pattern without making changes to the master feature. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Defer Updates on a Model
If you've ever added several constraints at once to an Autodesk Inventor model, you know that updating the model after every one is time consuming. David Gaskill offers this Autodesk Inventor tip about how to defer the updates until after you have added several constraints. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Submit Your Tip

Review Cadalyst's Tip Submission Guidelines, then Submit Your Tip for your favorite CAD software. Be sure to tell us which software version you use. If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here). Please submit only tips or code that are your original work. By submitting code, you grant Cadalyst the right to print and distribute your tip in print, digitally, and by other means. Cadalyst and individual authors retain all rights to submitted tips.


By submitting code, you agree that your code can be reused as-is or modified by other users in conjunction with AutoCAD or other software programs to gain efficiencies in that software for professional or personal use, and that your code can be shared freely among users. Users do not have the right to republish code in any manner or format (such as on a blog web site or in a printed document) for personal or commercial gain without written permission from Cadalyst and the original author.

Got Feedback? To share feedback about one of today's tips, navigate to the tip using the link provided above, then click Comment. The Comment tool is available to registered users of Cadalyst'sCAD Tips site.

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.

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AMD Expands Website with High-Performance Computing Resources
AMD has added a new section to its website with information about the company's efforts to support high-performance computing (HPC), including upcoming events, customer highlights, and other related information. The site also provides links to hardware system companies that enable HPC in the datacenter and other environments.

ZWSOFT Users Can Access TraceParts 3D CAD Library
ZWSOFT, a publisher of 2D/3D industrial drawing software, has partnered with TraceParts, a provider of 3D digital content, to provide access to more than 100 million 3D models certified by industrial suppliers. ZW3D CAD users can now download and insert CAD models of components from manufacturers' catalogs in the TraceParts CAD library into their ZW3D files.

Report: Global Engineering Market to Grow 12.4% Through 2022
A research study published by Research & Markets estimates the global engineering software market was valued at $19.98 billion in 2014 and is forecast to grow 12.4% from 2015 to 2022. The study, entitled "Engineering Software (CAD, CAM, CAE, AEC, and EDA) Market — Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2014–2022," is available for purchase.

HellermannTyton Releases 3D and 2D CAD Product Data for Cable Management
HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of cable and wire products, has created an electronic product catalog with downloadable 2D and 3D CAD data for the company's cable ties and fixings and cable protection products. Engineers can view and download the CAD models of the products via the CADENAS PARTcommunity 3D web viewer on the company's website.

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Deals & Freebies

Digital-Tutors Offers Free CAD Tutorials During June
Digital-Tutors, a provider of e-learning resources, announced the company will offer free access to six CAD tutorials: Creating a Parametric Suspension Bridge Concept Model in Revit, Speed Modeling Your Architectural Ideas in 3ds Max, Designing Impressive Architectural Plans in AutoCAD, Creating Architectural Visualizations Using Enlighten in Unity, Creating Quick Sketch Models in SolidWorks, and Introduction to Modeling with T-Splines in Rhino. The free CAD tutorials can be accessed through the Digital-Tutors "CAD Month" page until June 31, 2015.

GTX Offers Free Trial of Updated GTXRaster CAD Series
GTX site visitors can register to access free demonstrations and trial versions of the company's software. GTX recently released a new version of its raster conversion and editing software, GTXRaster CAD 2016 Series for AutoCAD 2016. The updated version reportedly includes full AutoCAD 2016 DWG compatibility, including updated support for blocks with attributes, angled text, and geometry.

Tata Technologies Offers 30% Off Training Subscriptions
Tata Technologies announced the company is offering 30% off online training courses for engineers from the company's website with the coupon code: PLMCONX2015. The promotion includes access to more than 1,000 online training courses for design applications and industry skills. The offer is limited to single-user annual subscription purchases made online and is good through June 14, 2015.

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Mark Your Calendar

Build More Competitive Products with 3D Product-centric Design
June 10, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This Zuken webinar will introduce the product-centric design process and provide a demonstration. Read more

The State of Spatial Data: AMA with the Co-Founders of Safe Software
June 10, 2015
11 a.m. ET
Join Safe Software founders for an "ask me anything" (AMA) webinar and get their take on the geospatial industry, top data challenges, running a company, and anything else that webinar attendees want to ask. Read more

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Certificate Program
September 21–25, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts
This program, available in three- and five-day versions, prepares PLM professionals to address the challenges commonly faced in PLM strategy development and implementation. Read more

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to

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What’s New at

Modo 901 Expands the 3D Content Creation Universe
Enhancements to The Foundry's latest release include the incorporation of MeshFusion, which was formerly a plugin. Read more

Learning Curve Tutorial: Still Looking at 3D in AutoCAD
Use the ViewProj and ViewSection commands to create 2D views of your models. Read more

How Workstation Design Affects CAD Performance
What factors shape the indispensable hardware that makes CAD possible — and how do those choices ultimately impact CAD users? Read more

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