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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 13)

13 Apr, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Get the Perfect Plan View with the AutoCAD Explan Tool
If you work in 3D, you've probably noticed the Plan command always insists on doing Zoom Extents when you use it. If you want a plan view of your current display instead, then the Explan command is right for you. Learn the advantages of another awesome Express Tool in this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen! Watch the video

 

Copy Objects to a New Layer with AutoCAD's CopyToLayer Command
David Gaskill reminds us of the often forgotten CopyToLayer command, which will allow you to copy one or more objects to a different layer. "You can choose to copy them in place or move the copy just like the regular Copy command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Find Non-Ortho Lines in AutoCAD 2015
AutoCAD 2015 introduced a new system variable called Linesmoothing, which Kent Elrod points out may hide non-ortho lines in your drawings. This tip suggests toggling the variable as a quick way to spot those non-ortho lines. "There is certainly a place for wanting to see the jagged lines when things should be orthographic." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Delete the Base View and Keep the Projected Views
Have you ever created a base view in Autodesk Inventor, projected another view from the base view, and then wanted to delete the base view but keep the projected view? This tip from David Gaskill shows how to keep the projected views while removing the base view. 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

AMD Publishes Guide for Customizing Enduro Workstation Graphics Settings
Computing hardware developer AMD announced the release of an online guide for users who want to customize their AMD Enduro switchable graphics mode settings on mobile workstations. According to the company, AMD Enduro technology was developed to boost graphics performance when users need it, while consuming very little power when not in use.

Wohlers Associates Updates Annual 3D Printing Industry Report
Wohlers Associates, an additive manufacturing and 3D printing consulting firm, announced the publication of its Wohlers Report 2015. According to the report, the market for additive manufacturing grew 35.2% to $4.1 billion in 2014. The industry expanded by more than $1 billion in 2014, with 49 manufacturers producing and selling industrial-grade additive manufacturing machines. The full report is available for purchase from the Wohlers website.

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Opportunities & Honors

Contest Seeks 3D Watercraft Designs
CGTrader, a 3D model marketplace and design community, announced the CG Watercraft Challenge for 3D artists. According to the company, entries will be judged based on the quality of the watercraft model as well as the uniqueness, innovation, and general achievement of the design. The entry deadline is June 4, 2015.

IMAGINiT Technologies Receives Autodesk Platinum Club Award
Rand Worldwide, engineering design and information technology solutions provider, announced that its IMAGINiT Technologies division received a 2015 Autodesk Platinum Club Award at Autodesk's One Team Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. IMAGINiT earned this award by achieving the largest growth of any Autodesk partner in the United States. IMAGINiT provides technology consulting, implementation, training, and support services.

Creaform's HandySCAN 3D Wins Red Dot Product Design Award
Creaform, a measurement solutions and engineering services provider, announced the company's HandySCAN 3D handheld scanner was awarded with a Red Dot Award in the Product Design category for 2015. The HandySCAN 3D is a self-positioning metrology-grade scanner for industrial applications.

CAD Society Announces 2015 Award Winners
The CAD Society honored Jon Peddie, owner of Jon Peddie Research, with its Lifetime Achievement Award "in recognition of his outstanding lifelong pioneering, consulting, and analysis service dedicated to advancing the underappreciated pixel." The society also awarded the Joe Greco Community Award to Bob Deragisch, president of the Catia Operator's Exchange, and Jon Jarrett, technical director of PLM World, for their work in improving communication and developing community within the CAD industry.

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Books & Training

IMAGINiT Technologies and 4D Technologies Offer Self-Paced Video Training
Rand Worldwide, an engineering design and information technology solutions provider, announced its IMAGINiT Technologies division has partnered with 4D Technologies, a training video developer, to create an eLearning curriculum available to registered users through IMAGINiT's ProductivityNOW portal. The site provides access to more than 1,000 video demonstrations about CAD software solutions such as AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and Autodesk Revit.

ASCENT Releases Training Guides for Autodesk 2016 Software
Rand Worldwide, also announced that its courseware division, ASCENT — Center for Technical Knowledge, is releasing the Autodesk Official Training Guides (AOTG) for Autodesk 2016 software titles. The guides are available through ASCENT's online store at ASCENTeStore.com in both print and ebook formats.

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New Products

AEC: Renga Architecture
ASCON Group's Renga Architecture software solution for 3D AEC design has a full-scale 2D editor that operates in drawing mode and enables users to add required graphics to drawing layouts manually — such as lines and arcs, hatches and fills, elevation marks and sections, and dimensions. Drafting views are associated with the 3D model, and any change made to the model reportedly is reflected immediately in the geometry of the layouts.

Scanning: SmartWorks TOUCH Software
Colortrac released SmartWorks TOUCH, a scanning software program included with all SmartLF SC Xpress, Gx+ T56, and Professional MFP scanner solutions. According to the company, SmartWorks TOUCH has the ability to export to 13 file formats and includes unlimited scan length capability.

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Mark Your Calendar

3D Scanning Basics
April 14, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This NextEngine webinar will discuss how to measure physical objects using the company's scanning technology for the creation of 3D mesh models. Read more

3D Scanning for CAD
April 21, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This NextEngine webinar will demonstrate the workflow of scanning and converting mesh scan data into editable CAD solids using RapidWorks software. Read more

SolidWorks Top-Down Assembly Design Webinar
April 22 and 30, 2015
Various times
In this 25-minute SolidWorks webinar by SolidProfessor, attendees will learn how to control the display of components in Edit Part mode. Read more

COE 2015 Annual PLM Experience and TechniFair
April 26–29, 2015
Charleston, South Carolina
This COE event offers education, training, networking opportunities, and best practices presented by and for the users of Dassault Systèmes suite of Product Lifecycle Management software solutions. COE (formerly the CATIA Operators Exchange) is an international, professional organization dedicated to uniting the users of Dassault Systèmes software solutions. Read more

Wire / Harness Design Automation Basics II
April 29, 2015
2 p.m. ET
This Zuken webinar will discuss the physical aspect of the wire harness design process. Read more

CIMdata Simulation & Analysis Knowledge Council Workshop
April 29–30, 2015
Peoria, Illinois
At this event, CIMdata users will share the ways in which they have deployed simulation and analysis to facilitate product and manufacturing system development. 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

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IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Inventor's New Joint Connections
Inventor's Joint Connections are easier to use and have more flexibility compared to Constraints. Read more

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