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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 33)

14 Sep, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Enter to Win an Amazon.com Gift Certificate
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. Learn all about CAD Tips prizes here.

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Get AutoCAD to Set Your Current Layer for You
Let's face it, we are constantly changing our current layer while drawing. What if we could get AutoCAD to change our current layer for us? Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how you can get AutoCAD to do some of the work for you — saving you some valuable drawing time! Watch the video

 

Five Uses for the Object Selection Filters
Tawfik Loutfy offers five ways to use AutoCAD's Filter command to perform selection operations that can't be done otherwise. "You can perform much more complex object property filtering with this command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Fillet Feature in an Inventor Assembly File (IAM)
This tip from Charles Parnell outlines his solution for creating a fillet in an IAM file that he didn't want to be cut by a CNC machine. This tip creates a sketch in the IAM solid surface file so the fillet will stop along a single edge. 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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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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Deals & Freebies

DesignSpark Electrical 3D CAD Parts Library Available for Free Download
RS Components announced its DesignSpark Electrical 3D CAD component library, comprising more than 250,000 part numbers, is now available for free download. DesignSpark Electrical integrates TraceParts electrical component catalogs containing components with smart electrical data such as 2D footprints, electrical symbols, and electrical pin definitions.

KIM Offers Discounts on AutoCAD Plug-ins
Kompano Information Modeling (KIM) is offering a limited-time discount on the company's AutoCAD plug-ins. Divide Area AutoCAD for slicing polygons into equal areas is on sale for $69 (normally $99) and Area Measure AutoCAD to measure polygons is on sale for $20 (normally $50). In addition, customers who buy Divide Area AutoCAD can receive Area Measure AutoCAD for free with the code 775884 when purchased from the company's online store. The offer is valid through September 30, 2015.

IMAGINiT Launches Utilities for Autodesk Civil 3D, Vault Client, Vault Server
IMAGINiT Technologies released IMAGINiT Utilities for Civil 3D 2016, IMAGINiT Utilities for Vault Client 2016, and IMAGINiT Utilities for Vault Server 2016, all of which are compatible with Autodesk 2016 products. The tools are free to customers who purchased their Autodesk maintenance or annual desktop subscription through IMAGINiT. Users who are not IMAGINiT clients can request a free 14-day trial of IMAGINiT Utilities for Civil 3D.

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Opportunities & Honors

Submissions Sought for Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Autodesk announced they are seeking submissions for the second Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge. Participants are eligible to submit their design after completing the free, two-hour online course, Designing Cradle to Cradle Certified Products for the Circular Economy. Submissions are due December 1, 2015.

Club W Receives Award for Use of Product Lifecycle Management Software
Club W received the August Autodesk Inventing the Future award for its use of Autodesk PLM 360 software to enable its product team to work in a collaborate environment. Club W is a personalized wine club where members can receive a curated selection of wines developed for the company by winemakers.

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Books & Training

InterSpec Offers Free e-SPECS University Group Training
InterSpec is offering free group training via webcast for every e-SPECS license ordered before training classes commence. Each Web-based session of e-SPECS University reportedly includes as many as three hours of instruction as well as Q&A time.

TEDCF Launches Two Training Courses in Autodesk Inventor 2016 Series
TEDCF Publishing, a developer of interactive, multimedia training courses, has released "Autodesk Inventor 2016: Tube and Pipe Routed Systems" and "Autodesk Inventor 2016: Inventor Studio Made Simple." The training courses are the fifth and sixth parts of the company's nine-part Autodesk Inventor 2016 video training tutorial series.

ESTECO Unveils Online Training Center
ESTECO, a developer of numerical optimization solutions, has launched an online training center for students, researchers, and professors. As an introductory offer, students and researchers can try ESTECO Academy for free by signing up for a temporary membership. The program includes access to training materials, dedicated events, and a free one-year modeFRONTIER license.

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New Products

Hardware: AMD Multiuser GPU
AMD introduced the AMD Multiuser GPU solution, which reportedly enables a virtualized workstation-class experience with full ISV certifications and local desktop-like performance. According to the company, IT pros can easily configure these solutions to support as many as 15 users on a single AMD graphics processing unit (GPU). Users have access to native AMD display drivers for OpenGL, DirectX, and OpenCL acceleration.

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Mark Your Calendar

Essentials for Excellence in Electronics and Semiconductor Design
September 15, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This Siemens PLM webinar will discuss the company's NX applications for development processes from concept design and styling, detailed design, simulation, drafting and documentation, and CAM. Read more

Ideate BIMLink for RMEP Projects
September 16, 2015
11:30 a.m. PT
This Ideate webinar will explore several ways in which Ideate BIMLink can effect changes to a Revit MEP model. Read more

Editing Surfaces in Evolve
September 16, 2015
10 a.m. ET
This 20-minute solidThinking tip explains how to edit surfaces in Evolve industrial design software. Read more

Essentials for Excellence for Engineering Collaboration in Machinery and Heavy Equipment
September 17, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This Siemens PLM webinar will discuss how to use product data management (PDM) to centrally manage information for the entire development team, and streamline the design release process. Read more

One-Click 3D Model Creation with the Multidrive
September 18, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This webinar from NextEngine will explain how to fully automate the scanning of 3D objects using the NextEngine Multidrive. Read more

11th Annual COMSOL Conference
October 7–9, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts
This COMSOL user conference focuses on advancing cross-discipline simulation and application design via the company's multiphysics modeling software. Read more

Northern California Bentley Bash
October 16–17, 2015
Sacramento and Berkeley, California
This two-day, hands-on training event organized by Archway Systems and local Bentley Systems user groups will enable users to test out new Bentley products, get a refresher on techniques, and see the changes in recent updates. 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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