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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 10)

23 Mar, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Change AutoCAD Text Justification without Changing the Location
Have you ever wanted to change the justification of a text or mtext object but didn't want to change the location? The Express Tool Tjust comes to your rescue! Join Lynn Allen, Autodesk evangelist, in this video tip as she shows you how to modify the text justification without modifying the text position. Watch the video

 

Wipeout Alternative Using a Solid Hatch Entity in AutoCAD
If you are looking for another method for wipeouts, Danny Korem offers this tip that uses a solid hatch entity. "If you are still having problems with wipeouts, take a look at this alternative." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Stack Numerical and Non-numerical Text in AutoCAD Mtext
Kent Elrod shows us how to use one of three codes to stack numerical and non-numerical dimensions a certain way. "This tip does a good job of explaining all of the details of stacking text in mtext." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Align Dimensions in an Autodesk Inventor Isometric Drawing
This Autodesk Inventor tip from David Gaskill shows us how to change alignments for dimensions. "This tip helps when you add a dimension to an isometric drawing only to discover you want it aligned to a different edge or axis." View the complete tip and post your feedback.


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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

Formlabs Offers a 3D Printing Design Guide
Formlabs, a 3D printing developer, has released the Formlabs Design Guide with information on optimizing the design of models for 3D printing. The free PDF describes best practices for 3D printing with the company's Form 1+ SLA 3D printer.

Global CAE Market Report Released
A recently released report from Research and Markets forecasts the global CAE market will grow at a CAGR of 11.34% from 2014–2019. Increased adoption of integrated CAE that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of product development cycles is expected to propel market growth. The "Global CAE Market" report reportedly examines the market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years as well as the key vendors operating in this market.

FARO Website Offers 3D Laser Scanning Resources
FARO, a 3D laser scanning developer, recently launched a website for the AEC community with 3D laser scanning resources — including videos, application descriptions, webinars, white papers, case studies, and plug-in apps.

DEVELOP 3D Live Broadcasts in North America
Organizers of the DEVELOP3D Live conference are offering a live stream of the conference's main stage at Warwick University Arts Centre, United Kingdom, on March 26, 2015, to North American audiences. The event highlights product development technology from 3D modeling, design visualization, and simulation to 3D printing, manufacturing, and workstations to stream.

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Deals & Freebies

Early Registration Deadline Approaches for Zuken Innovation World 2015
Organizers of Zuken Innovation World 2015 announced the conference's early bird registration will end April 17, 2015. The Zuken user conference focuses on electronic design automation (EDA) and is scheduled for June 1–3, 2015, in San Diego, California.

IronCAD Releases Free iPad Collaboration Application
IronCAD, design productivity solution provider, announced the release of IronCAD Compose Mobile for iPad, a 3D collaboration application that offers secure viewing, collaboration, and configuration for design data published by IronCAD's desktop suite of products.

ZWCAD Design Introduces CAD Pockets Android
ZWCAD Design, supplier of CAD solutions for the MCAD and AEC industries, released CAD Pockets Android. According to the company, the free mobile app offers drawing and editing functionality as well as 3D model viewing.

MecSoft Launches VisualCAM 2015 for SolidWorks
MecSoft, developer of CAD/CAM software solutions, announced the availability of a free demo of VisualCAM 2015 for SolidWorks. According to the company, the solution includes two CAM modules — VisualCAM-MILL for SolidWorks and VisualCAM-TURN for SolidWorks.

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Opportunities & Honors

GoEngineer Earns Awards at SolidWorks World 2015
GoEngineer earned 38 awards at SolidWorks World 2015, including first place for total multi-product bookings worldwide. GoEngineer was also named top value-added reseller in several North American categories, including education, SolidWorks Electrical and Composer, EPDM, multi-year subscriptions, and overall performance.

ITAMCO Named 2014 Autodesk Inventor of the Year
The Autodesk Manufacturing community worldwide selected ITAMCO from among the dozen companies featured as 2014 monthly Autodesk Inventing the Future honorees. Based in Plymouth, Indiana, ITAMCO delivers machined components to original equipment manufacturers serving industries from oil and gas and renewable energy, to mining and construction and aerospace and defense.

AMUG Announces Scholarship Recipients
The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced Lydia Nelson, a teacher at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School (Whitman, Mass.), has been awarded the Randy Stevens scholarship. Nelson was selected for her efforts to create a CAD curriculum that includes field trips to local companies so that students can see 3D printing at work as well as her work to obtain a grant to purchase 3D printers for her school. Dr. Yaser Shanjani, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine (Redwood City, Calif.), has been awarded the Guy E. Bourdeau scholarship for his work on the development of a specialized additive system to build anatomically shaped bone-cartilage constructs for treatment of osteoarthritis as well as a current project with orthopedic surgeons for the development of a 3D printer for tissue engineering.

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Books & Training

IEEE Communications Society Releases Spring 2015 Training Schedule
The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), a communications technologies professional organization, has introduced its spring 2015 training schedule. The program offers both online and in-person learning experiences and includes classes on LTE-advanced, self-organizing networks (SON), wireless, small cells, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) & Rich Communication Services (RCS), broadband mobile satellite, machine-to-machine (M2M), and software defined networking communications.

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New Products

Hardware: NVIDIA Quadro M6000 GPU, Iray 2015, and Quadro Visual Computing Appliance
NVIDIA announced the release of three integrated products. According to the company, the Quadro M6000 professional GPU includes Maxwell architecture and 12GB of graphics memory. The Iray 2015 GPU-accelerated rendering software offers support for exchanging materials across design applications and scalability outside of a workstation. The Quadro Visual Computing Appliance now has eight M6000-class GPUs and is tuned to work with the Iray software.

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Mark Your Calendar

Increase Productivity with a Handheld 3D Scanner on the Jobsite
March 24, 2015
9 a.m. PT
This Building with Trimble webinar will discuss the benefits of a handheld scanner. Read more

Rhino with V-Ray: Engagement Ring Prototype and Render
March 25, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This Novedge webinar will demonstrate the creation of a traditional engagement suite, from model to export to render. Read more

Cloud Rendering Workflow in Revit
April 1, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This Novedge webinar will cover the basic "render in cloud" workflow in Revit, detailing how to share renderings to the gallery and selecting render settings to create quality images. Read more

Introducing solidThinking Evolve 2015
April 8, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This Novedge webinar will introduce attendees to the solidThinking Evolve 2015 hybrid modeling system. 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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What’s New at Cadalyst.com

Program AutoCAD-Based Products Using AutoLISP
Customize AutoCAD Electrical and other software products that lack a .NET API. Read more

Onshape Offers a New Paradigm for CAD Collaboration
The new cloud-based 3D software is notable not for its MCAD capabilities, but for its fresh approach to collaboration, file management, and licensing. Read more

Be More Direct with Autodesk Inventor 2015's Direct Edit Feature
In this IMAGINiT Tricks tutorial, Imran Bhutta shows how easy it is to use the new Direct Edit feature in Autodesk Inventor 2015. Watch the video

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