Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 21, No. 11)23 May, 2016 By: Cyrena Respini-Irwin
This Week's Software Tips
|Video Tip: Get the Most out of Your AutoCAD Galleries|
In AutoCAD 2015, Autodesk added the great new Gallery feature for improving Insert, Dimension Styles, Table Styles, etc. Are you using Galleries? And if so, are you getting the most out of them? In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you'll learn the ins and outs of Galleries! Watch the video
CIMdata White Paper Addresses Solid Edge Data Management
CIMdata, a product lifecycle management (PLM) strategic consulting and research firm, has released a new white paper on Siemens PLM Software's Solid Edge ST9 integration with Teamcenter for data management and collaboration. According to CIMdata, folder-based file management cannot support a productive design environment.
Deals & Freebies
MecSoft Discounts CAD/CAM Titles Till May 31
MecSoft is offering a discount on the most popular configuration of its software products until May 31, 2016. The Standard (STD) configuration of VisualCAD/CAM 2016 (VisualMILL 2016), RhinoCAM 2016, and VisualCAM 2016 for SOLIDWORKS are currently on sale for $999 each (regular price is $1,500).
Coupon Discounts Strata Products by 30%
To celebrate a five-star review from Photoshop User magazine, Strata — a developer of 3D design software — is offering 30% off all products in the Strata store with the coupon code HOTPICK. Available products include Design 3D CX, a professional 3D modeling and animation program, for Mac or Windows. The coupon is available until the end of May, 2016.
Opportunities & Honors
CATIA Competition Registration Enters Final Week
COE, the Community of Experts for Dassault Systèmes users, is hosting a competition for CATIA engineers and designers. In Top Gun XXIX: Cloud Challenge, entrants test their ability to design the most accurate, correctly structured 3D model in the least amount of time. Registration is open through Monday, May 30, 2016.
Organizers of Fall 2016 BIMForum Issue Call for Presentations
Submissions are now being accepted from presenters who wish to take part in the 2016 Fall BIMForum, which will explore the theme, "What is the New Standard for Professional Coordination?" The submission deadline is July 1, 2016 at 5 p.m. ET. The event will be held October 17–19 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Books & Training
Pluralsight, GoEngineer Partner to Expand SolidWorks Training Library
Pluralsight, a provider of online training for technology professionals, has teamed with GoEngineer, a reseller of SolidWorks, to create 50 new SOLIDWORKS courses for CAD students of all levels by the end of 2016. Along with annual pricing options, Pluralsight also offers a 10-day free trial. Until June 15, new users can sign up and receive 20% off the annual subscription fees.
Javelin Technologies Offers SolidWorks Visualize Training
Javelin Technologies, a 3D design solutions provider, is now offering training in the SolidWorks Visualize photo rendering tools that are available to every licensed user of SolidWorks Professional and Premium 2016. On May 18 and June 1, 2016, Javelin's Scott Ellery will deliver a free webinar to give users a preview of Visualize's capabilities.
CAD: Siemens Catchbook
Catchbook ($5.99) from Siemens is a drawing and tracing app for tablets and smartphones that converts freehand drawings into accurate 2D designs. The new app works with touch- and stylus-enabled Android, iOS, and Windows devices. Although it is marketed to consumers, Catchbook is built on the company's industrial sketching technology, and drawings are completely editable via simple push and pull.
Scanners: FARO Design ScanArm
The Design ScanArm is a portable solution tailored for 3D modeling, reverse engineering, and CAD-based design applications across the product lifecycle management (PLM) process. In combination with 3D System's Geomagic software, the solution enables users to quickly digitize any part or object and create manufacturing-ready CAD models.
What’s New at Cadalyst.com
Femap Tips and Tricks: Model Bolt Preloads in Femap with a Solid Element Approach
With the help of NX Nastran, you can achieve a more detailed stress recovery in and around the bolt locations. Read more
Video Tip: Line Up Text in AutoCAD
If you've ever needed to align existing text strings to a specific point or distance, then you need to check out the TextAlign command! In this video from Cadalyst and Autodesk Evangelist Lynn Allen, you'll see how easy and fast it is to get your text in order. Watch the video
Indovance Predicts Global Growth in CAD Outsourcing
Sandesh Joshi believes that augmenting local teams with overseas design and engineering assistance can help businesses reach their goals — without threatening jobs. Read more