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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 39)

27 Oct, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Get the Right Offset Gap in AutoCAD
When offsetting a polyline to the outside, AutoCAD has three different techniques it can use to deliver the perfect offset. This video from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen explains the three different settings of the OFFSETGAPTYPE variable. With Lynn’s guidance, you can be sure you'll get the exact offset you are after! Watch the video

 

Don't Be Scared — It's Tip-or-Treat Time!
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. And you don't even have to dress in costume. Learn all about CAD Tips prizes here.

Set the Default Scale List
Credit for this AutoCAD tip goes to Tina Stimpson, who wants other AutoCAD users to know how easy it is to set the scale list default values. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Sheet Metal From–To Option
Charles Parnell contributed this helpful tip. "You may have noticed that in Autodesk Inventor's Sheet Metal environment, the Contour Flange tool does not offer a From–To option. You may not know that you can use the 3D Model tools on the ribbon to help with that." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Civil 3D Tip: Control Corridor Curb Triangulation
Dean Petersen shares an AutoCAD Civil 3D tip this week. "When you create a top surface for a corridor, the Curb triangulation can go haywire where you have very close Frequency lines in the corridor, as happens often at the edge of intersections." 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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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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Resources

Global BIM Market Report Identifies Growth Areas, Challenges
A new market report published by Research and Markets points to improvement in quality control and productivity as a major driver in today's building information modeling (BIM) market. According to "Global BIM Market 2014–2018" ($2,000 for single-user electronic file), BIM's major challenges include a lack of expertise and the high cost of training.

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Deals & Freebies

Try Updated Kubotek Validation Tool and ECO Manager Free
Kubotek has released the 2015 versions of Kubotek Validation Tool and ECO Manager CAD comparison and data validation software. Validation Tool is used to verify that any iteration of a master design file has not changed. ECO Manager can be used to uncover differences between files. Users can download free trials of Validation Tool and ECO Manager.

Autodesk Unveils Building Performance and Sustainable Design Tools
Autodesk is previewing several new sustainable design applications and projects through Autodesk Labs: Energy Cost Range (ECM), Project Solon Dashboards for Autodesk Revit, ECM Finance Calculator (ECMFin), Solar Analysis Plugin for Revit, and EnergyPlus Cloud. The technologies are only for noncommercial preview and evaluation purposes.

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Opportunities & Honors

KeyShot 2014 Render and Animation Competition Accepting Entries
The annual KeyShot rendering competition is under way. All users are encouraged to upload their best automotive-related renderings created in KeyShot. The best rendering will win a seat of KeyShot Pro, and the best animation will win a seat of KeyShot Pro + Animation. Entries must be submitted by November 16, 2014.

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New Products

Printers: CubePro 3D Printer
The CubePro desktop 3D printer from 3DSystems, designed for prototyping and testing, can print layers as thin as 70 microns on an 11.2" x 10.6" x 9.06" build platform. The CubePro can print three colors simultaneously in ABS, PLA compostable plastic, and nylon; more than 24 colors are available. The printer is Wi-Fi capable, works with Windows or Mac, and includes conversion software.

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Mark Your Calendar

Essentials for Successful Multisite Design
October 29, 2014
11 a.m. PT
This Zuken webinar will explore the tools and processes necessary to implement a successful multisite or enterprise electronic design engineering flow. Read more

Construction Technology Forecast: Harnessing Integration, Mobile, Sensors, and Augmented Reality
December 2, 2014
2 p.m. ET
Associated General Contractors (ACG) of America will present this webinar, the cost of which is $99 for ACG members and $129 for nonmembers. 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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