MCAD Tech News #186

13 Sep, 2006 By: Jeffrey Rowe

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The Times They Are A-Changin’,
Part 2

The changing faces of manufacturing — smarter people and machines

In this two-part series, we’re focusing on the areas in manufacturing that seem most likely to change — the automotive sector, in particular. After all the changes that the United States’ manufacturing industry has endured, especially in regards to increasing global competition during the past several years, it finally seems to be poised to become a world leader again.

Last week, we discussed the more widespread use of software for designing digital manufacturing plants that are more productive and flexible, but smaller in physical size, as well as the decreasing number of workstations required in manufacturing plants. This time around, we’ll cover the evolving requirements and role of the factory worker, as well as the increasing prevalence of robots. Finally, we’ll discuss how all of these factors will make tomorrow’s factory more productive and competitive. Read more>>

Cadalyst Labs Review: King of the Hill – Big LCDs Climb Past CRTs

by Ron LaFon

Large monitors and CAD just seem to go together, and choosing the right monitor for CAD work is key to ensuring continued comfort and productivity. Users will be staring at their screens for hours each day, and today's monitors will last for many years before they need to be replaced.

This time around, we wanted to review both CRT and LCD displays in one roundup. But given the popularity of LCD displays, it should come as no surprise that all five monitors Cadalyst received were based on LCD display technology. These displays have steadily improved in both features and quality. Whether an LCD display is appropriate for your work depends on several factors: the type of work, how demanding you are and the size of your budget. Read more>>

Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

For Cadalyst's full calendar of events, click here >>

4th Annual SolidWorks Midwest User Group Conference
October 4-6, 2006
Racine, Wisconsin
The 4th Annual SolidWorks Midwest User Group Conference will feature 25-30 user-focused presentations from expert users, application engineers and SolidWorks employees, as well as a keynote address delivered by SolidWorks CEO John McEleney. Read more

October 10 and 12, 2006
Wisconsin and Minnesota locations
MasterGraphics Inc. will host the AUGI (Autodesk Users Group International) CAD Camp, which will feature more than 20 different sessions with targeted training from local and national industry experts and instructors.Read more 

SolidWorks/Excel Integration Using VBA-API
November 13-15, 2006
Encino, California
This three-day course addresses the development of CAD automation and application linkages, and will explain the process of creating data linkages between SolidWorks and Excel. Read more

Active RFID Summit
November 14-15, 2006
Atlanta, Georgia
The second Active RFID Summit comprises a two-day conference and exhibition, with Masterclasses providing in-depth tutorials on the days immediately prior to and following the event. Read more

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Get the Code!
Cadalyst’s September code from Hot Tip Harry is now available for download. Pedro Ferreira earned $100 for this month’s top tip, Center Line Profile, a powerful utility for highway design that creates a profile detail with given contours and a centerline to follow.

September Tutorials Live Online: The latest editions of all your favorite Cadalyst tutorials for AutoCAD as well as SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Inventor, Alibre Designand more are now live on

TECH TRENDS – What Happens in Delhi, Stays in Delhi: Weighing the benefits against the risks of outsourcing.

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