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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 21)

15 Jun, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Inventor Tip: Reattach Centerlines
Have you ever opened a 2D drawing in Autodesk Inventor to find your centerlines are not attached and are creating errors? David Gaskill offers an easy way to solve this problem without recreating the centerlines. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Toggle the Visibility of 2D Lines
Sometimes Autodesk Inventor users may want to turn off the visibility of some lines in a view. Our favorite Inventor tipster David Gaskill explains how to change the visibility for specific lines in a drawing. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Add a Thread to a 2D Drawing
Just when Inventor users thought the party was over, David Gaskill offers another tip about showing threads in a 2D drawing. With just a few clicks, you can add a thread note to a feature. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

June Tips from Hot Tip Harry

Hot Tip Harry, Cadalyst's mysterious purveyor of customized AutoCAD code, has dispatched another bundle of great LISP tips from readers. View and download each of the latest tips using the links below, or get the entire June 2015 Hot Tip Harry batch at once.

Don't forget – you can share your favorite LISP tip and earn a $50 Amazon gift card. Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your AutoLISP routines.

Set Scale List Defaults Quickly
Michael Partenheimer offers a fast way to reset the scale list defaults in AutoCAD. "Note that this LISP routine does not set the scales in a particular drawing, but rather sets up the defaults that you see when you go to Options > User Preferences > Default Scale List." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Multiple Shortcuts for Saved Chamfer Distance Values
Building on a similar tip, Multiple Fillet Radius Values, frequent tipster Kent Cooper has shared a routine that works with the Chamfer command instead of Fillet. The commands C0, C1, C2, etc., can be defined for quick access to saved chamfer values. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Find Point at a Distance along an Entity
Kent Cooper took a request on the AutoCAD Customization Forum about finding a point on an object a specified distance from the endpoint, and he came up with an elegant solution. This routine will help you place something, or otherwise calculate a point, at a specified distance along an arc, a polyline that bends, a spline, or partial ellipse. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Easily Rename Blocks
This tip, also from Kent Cooper, improves on his previous block renaming routine. This updated version allows you to select the block before executing the command, then prompts you to rename the block in a dialog box rather than at the Command line. 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

SmarTech Publishes Metal-Based Additive Manufacturing Presentation
SmarTech Markets Publishing, an industry analyst firm for the 3D printing/additive manufacturing sector, has published a presentation with a review of the metal additive manufacturing industry in 2015 and a discussion about what is driving its growth. The presentation, titled "Metal Additive Manufacturing Trends," can be downloaded directly as a PDF.

Global Market Report Forecasts 7.84% Growth in AEC
Online market research store Research and Markets has published the results of an AEC market analysis of the Americas and the EMEA and APAC regions. "Global Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Market 2015–2018" ($2,500, electronic PDF, single user) estimates the global AEC market will grow at 7.84% during that period. The report also discusses major AEC design software vendors, including Autodesk, Bentley Systems, and Nemetschek.

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Deals & Freebies

Free 30-day Trial Available for Updated MEDUSA4 CAD Software
CAD Schroer is offering a free trial of its MEDUSA4 v6 CAD software. Recent updates include the ability to set favorites, place QR codes in a drawing, and work with P&ID catalogs. The trial version allows users to import DXF/DWG data. Prints will contain a watermark; restrictions are removed once a license is purchased.

PTC Offers 25% Discount on Online Mathcad Tutorials
PTC is offering a 25% discount on its Mathcad worksheet libraries, training, and software development kit for licensed users. The discount applies to more than 1,200 worksheets covering topics like mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering as well as eLearning modules or instructor-led training. The offer expires September 23, 2015.

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New Products

AEC: Autodesk FormIt 360 Pro
Autodesk launched Autodesk FormIt 360 Pro for building information modeling (BIM) projects. The updated web and mobile app extends the capabilities of the free version of the software with analysis and cloud-based collaboration capabilities. FormIt 360 Pro offers native Autodesk Revit integration, so users can connect their conceptual designs to downstream BIM processes for more fluid workflows.

AEC: Autodesk Dynamo Studio
Autodesk also released Autodesk Dynamo Studio, which was developed to help designers create visual logic to explore parametric conceptual designs and automate tasks. Now a standalone solution, Dynamo Studio reportedly can extend design into interoperable workflows for documentation, fabrication, coordination, simulation, and analysis to test and iterate designs.

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Mark Your Calendar

Manufacturing in PTC Creo Parametric
June 24, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This PTC webinar will discuss manufacturing in PTC Creo Parametric, how to directly cut and shape product parts using milling, turning, and wire EDM, and how this extension automatically incorporates design changes. Read more

Direct Modeling in the PTC Creo 3.0 Parametric Environment
July 2, 2015
1 p.m. PT
This PTC webinar will discuss the use of PTC Creo FMX in a multi-CAD environment, enabling users to handle late-stage design changes and simplify designs for downstream use. Read more

Capturing Reality
November 23–25, 2015
Salzburg, Austria
Capturing Reality Forum will bring together individuals with a shared interest in 3D imaging and visualization for presentations and an international exhibition of 3D imaging, laser scanning, and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) products and services. 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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