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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 29)

10 Aug, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Draw Clockwise Arcs and Fillet an Open Polyline to Itself in AutoCAD
AutoCAD loves to draw arcs counter-clockwise — but what if you need clockwise? Autodesk Evangelist Lynn Allen shows you how to insist on a clockwise arc with the push of one button and how to fillet an open polyline to itself! Watch the video

 

Plot Aerial Images
Good news, AutoCAD and Civil 3D users — Autodesk has reinstated the plotting facility of aerial maps for the 2015 and 2016 versions. This tip from Benzigar Peter explains how to use the GeographicLocation command to place and plot/print high-resolution satellite imagery from Bing Maps. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Adjust Point Display with DDPType
Ever open a drawing where the point display is so large, you can't see anything but a screen full of Xs? Tina Stimpson show us how to change the size and the style of AutoCAD point entities using the DDPType command. The size can be set in absolute units or relative to the screen. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Civil 3D Tip: Add Title to Section View Style Using the Band Label
In this tip, Buddhika Gunatilake explains how to add a section view title with the band label in AutoCAD Civil 3D. This tip comes in handy if you want to control section views in sheet layout spacing. 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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Deals & Freebies

E-SPECS Offers Free Training with Software Purchase
E-SPECS, a provider of e-SPECS for Revit and other specification automation solutions for AEC professionals, is offering free e-SPECS University training for customers who purchase software license(s) before the beginning of applicable e-SPECS University training classes. According to the company, the offer includes up to three hours of webcast instruction as well as Q&A time with trainers.

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Opportunities & Honors

GrabCAD Seeks Entries for Drone Accessories Design Challenge
Engineering community GrabCAD and 3D printing solutions provider FATHOM are seeking entries for the third part of the Make the Unmakeable Challenge, which focuses on 3D-printable accessory designs for drones. The deadline for entries is August 31, 2015.

SolidWorks World 2016 Issues Call for Presentations
The organizers of SolidWorks World 2016 have issued a call for presentations on topics related to the use of SolidWorks 3D design software. The conference is scheduled for January 31–February 3, 2016, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Texas.

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Books & Training

TEDCF Releases Inventor 2016 Drafting Course
TEDCF Publishing, a producer of multimedia software training courses, announced the availability of Autodesk Inventor 2016: 2D Drafting and Customization. This 6.5-hour course describes how to create 2D drawings for parts and assemblies, along with all the commands associated with 2D drawings. This course is the third in the company's nine-course series for Autodesk Inventor 2016.

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New Products

AEC: Autodesk Stingray
Autodesk released the Stingray real-time engine, designed to create 3D games or for use in the AEC industry to make building information modeling (BIM)-informed 3D visualizations in 3ds Max interactive in a real-time environment. According to the company, changes made in 3ds Max can occur immediately in the Stingray engine.

AEC: BendWorks
Greenlee introduced its BendWorks software for Autodesk Revit and Revit MEP, which reportedly helps designers optimize conduit runs more efficiently. According to the company, BendWorks combines electrical trade knowledge and Greenlee bending parameters to help users create export-ready conduit runs for prefabrication or on-site bending.

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Mark Your Calendar

ExactFlat Version 3
August 12, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This Tri-D Technologies webinar will demonstrate the features of the company's recently released ExactFlat v3 3D-to-2D CAD software that allows users to flatten, pattern, and nest 3D models. Read more

Intake/Exhaust Performance Simulation
August 12, 2015
2 p.m. ET
This Siemens PLM webinar will give an overview of different applications for intakes and exhausts and highlight how the technologies integrated in LMS Virtual.Lab Acoustics are applied to efficiently study the noise from intake and exhaust systems. Read more

Introducing the New I GET IT Live
August 12, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This i GET IT webinar will introduce the company's i GET IT Live training sessions on CAD-related topics. Read more

Essentials for Excellence in Automotive
August 13, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This Siemens PLM Software webinar will discuss the use of the company's Teamcenter product data management (PDM) solution in the automotive industry. Read more

Clean Up Imported Files in Inspire
August 13, 2015
2 p.m. ET
This 20-minute tip from solidThinking will discuss how to use Inspire modeling software tools to clean up imported geometries. Read more

Solutions for Plant Design and Detailing: Making the Move
August 18, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This Autodesk webinar will discuss the tools available to help users make the switch to AutoCAD Plant 3D and Advance Steel for plant design. Read more

Rapid.Tech International Trade Fair and Users' Conference
June 14–16, 2016
Erfurt, Germany
The Rapid.Tech conference tracks process development with rapid technologies from the prototype until the generative manufactured final product. 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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