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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 37)

13 Oct, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Gain Screen Real Estate in AutoCAD
Is your Command line taking up too much screen real estate? In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you’ll learn how floating the Command line can give you more room for your drawing, and how tweaking the various settings can help you set up the perfect environment. Watch the video

 

Congratulations to Our $150 Quarterly Prize Winner!
Cadalyst congratulates tipster Charles Parnell, who won the Cadalyst CAD Tips prize drawing for the third quarter of 2014. The next drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card will be held in January, and you can start qualifying now; the more CAD and LISP tips you submit, the better your chances of winning. Submit your tips now!

Make User-Friendly Attributed Blocks
This week Michael Viscetto references a previous AutoCAD tip and adds some suggestions of his own. "Riding on the coattails of Levi Connolly's tip #4374, I and fellow AutoCAD users have added functionality to this attribute and other text within the block." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Turn Off Reference Parts in an Assembly
This helpful tip comes from David Gaskill. "If you have a reference part in your assembly drawing and don't want it to show up in a view, use this tip to turn off the reference part in your drawing." View the complete tip and post your feedback.


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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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Resources

AMD Creates Online Resources for Its Graphics Hardware
Computing technology provider AMD has a created a new website to outline the features of AMD FirePro professional graphics for mobile workstations. The site offers information about certified applications, key technologies including AMD Enduro, AMD PowerTune, AMD ZeroCore Power, along with specifications for each graphics offering. In addition, a new FirePro resource center offers datasheets, whitepapers, user guides, and downloadable brochures.

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Deals & Freebies

PTC University Learning Exchange Offers Free Tutorials for PTC Creo v3
The PTC University Learning Exchange reports it has included on its web site more than 100 tutorials about the capabilities of PTC Creo v3. Users who register will have access to tutorials on topics such as SolidWorks Command Search in Creo Parametric, Getting Started with Flexible Modeling, and Understanding the Ribbon Interface.

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Opportunities & Honors

GPU Technology Conference Seeks Presenters
NVIDIA, organizer of GTC (the GPU Technology Conference) scheduled for March 2015 in San Jose, California, has issued a call for submissions. The conference, which will include an expanded automotive content track, will accept completed work or work in progress that demonstrates a significant innovation or improvement in visual computing. The submission deadline is October 24.

Autodesk Infrastructure Awards Highlight Civil Projects
In its third year, Autodesk's Excellence in Infrastructure Competition has named the 2014 winners for their designs that demonstrate an exemplary use of building information modeling (BIM) for civil infrastructure. The first-place winner is Huettenwerk Krupp-Mannesmann (HKM) for its One Digital Factory project in Duisburg, Germany. Winners will be honored at Autodesk University in December.

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Mark Your Calendar

Let's Go Design: Sheetmetal and Weldments
October 13, 2014
2 p.m. ET
This Fisher/Unitech webinar will cover topics such as assigning properties to members, converting existing parts to sheetmetal, and more. Read more

Increase Quality, Safety, and Reliability with Simulation
October 15, 2014
2 p.m. ET
Fisher/Unitech representatives will show viewers how they can reduce material usage while maintaining quality and safety by using integrated simulation tools. Read more

Flow Simulation: Key Technologies that Make It the Right Choice for Product Engineers
October 20, 2014
2 p.m. ET
This webinar, presented by Fisher/Unitech, will show the features in SolidWorks Flow Simulation that make computational fluid dynamics practical for design engineers. Read more

Reverse Engineering with RapidWorks
October 21, 2014
11 a.m. PT
Those who register for this webinar can learn the process of turning NextEngine Mesh models into fully parametric solid models using RapidWorks v3.5. Read more

Overview of Scan to BIM 2015.1
October 29, 2014
10 a.m. ET
IMAGINiT Technologies will present this webinar with a focus on the updated Scan to BIM 2015.1 software. Read more

One-Click 3D Model Creation with the Multidrive
October 30, 2014
11 a.m. PT
Presenters will show webinar viewers how to automate the scanning of 3D objects using the NextEngine Multidrive device. Read more

Zuken Innovation World 2015
June 1–3, 2015
San Diego, California
This annual conference brings together customers, partners, industry professionals, and Zuken technology experts. 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 news@cadalyst.com.

 


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