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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 36)

5 Oct, 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.

Inventor Tip: Add a Spreadsheet to Your Model
Frequent tipster David Gaskill shows you how to add a spreadsheet to your part in Autodesk Inventor. This method also can be an easy way to add parameters to your model. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Remove a Participant
Have you ever had an assembly where you added a feature and wanted to remove the extrusion from one of the participants? This tip, also from David Gaskill, will show you how to exclude a feature added at the assembly level from one or more parts in Autodesk Inventor. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Create Multiple Sheets in a Single Inventor File
To complete this special Inventor-specific batch of tips, Alex Kaplan explains how to create views from selected assemblies or parts on assigned sheets in Autodesk Inventor. 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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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

Global BIM Market to Reach $7.56 Billion by 2020
Online market research firm Research and Markets has published "Global Building Information Modeling (BIM) Market — By Products, Regions and Vendors — Market Trends and Forecasts (2015–2020)" ($4,250, PDF, single user). The report states the global BIM market was worth $2.80 billion in 2014 and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 18%. The market is estimated to reach $7.56 billion by 2020.

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Deals & Freebies

Visual Integrity Offers Freebies with PDF-to-DWG Conversion Software Purchase
Software developer Visual Integrity is offering a bonus — a free extension, plugin, or support subscription for a PDF-to-DWG tool — with the purchase of its pdf2cad Anniversary Edition ($199 via download or $249 via USB drive). The pdf2cad software extracts objects and text from a computer-generated PDF drawing for use in AutoCAD and other CAD and CAM programs. The offer is available through December 21, 2015.

Free 30-Day Trial Available for Aras Innovator PLM Solution
Aras is offering a free 30-day trial of its cloud-based Aras Innovator on Azure product lifecycle management (PLM) software. In addition to the full subscription capabilities of the software, the trial reportedly includes training, customer support and more. The three-day training class will be held in Andover, Massachusetts, or in one of Aras's regional locations. For large, qualified groups, on-site training may be arranged.

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Opportunities & Honors

Zuken Innovation World 2016 Announces Call for Presentations
Zuken is now accepting presentation abstracts for its Zuken Innovation World 2016 user and technology conference. Topics may include user experiences as well as technology topics of interest to the general design community. The presentation abstract can be based on a case study, a design experience, a technology trend, or a solution to a common design problem. The deadline is December 11, 2015.

Autodesk Presents 2015 Autodesk Excellence in Infrastructure Award
Autodesk and CGarchitect announced this year's winner of the 2015 Autodesk Excellence in Infrastructure Competition, which recognizes building information modeling (BIM) applications. Arup, a professional services firm, was awarded the first-place prize for its MTR Shatin to Central Link project, a 17-km-long railway line expansion undertaken in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.

2016 Vectorworks Design Summit Seeks Presentations
Organizers of the 2016 Vectorworks Design Summit invite designers to apply to present one-hour educational sessions at the event. Acceptable topics include emerging trends, design solutions, projects, workflow strategies, and efficiency gains with Vectorworks software. The deadline is October 31, 2015.

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Books & Training

Webinar: Taming Cross-Site CAD/BIM Collaboration
Learn more about new options for cross-site CAD and BIM workflow and collaboration on files and models across geographically dispersed locations. Register for Cadalyst's Taming Cross-Site CAD/BIM Collaboration webinar, to be held Wednesday, October 7, at 1 p.m. ET. Sponsored by Panzura.

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New Products

PLM: CloudSAFE PLM Appliance
Aras and CloudSAFE launched CloudSAFE PLM Appliance with cloud-based backup and disaster recovery. This prepackaged product lifecycle management (PLM) infrastructure appliance allows customers to define the deployment method that best fits their corporate standards and requirements: on premise, in a public or private cloud, or in a hybrid model.

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Mark Your Calendar

Jet Engine Mechanism Simulation
October 6, 2015
9 a.m. ET
This webinar from Siemens PLM Software will discuss the need for complete solutions that address thermo-mechanical analysis on jet engines and associated components, including auxiliary power units. Read more

Simulation and Optimization of Electric Motor Noise
October 7, 2015
9 a.m. ET
This Siemens PLM Software webinar will provide insights in the complete simulation process to minimize noise and optimize sound quality in new electric machine designs, covering noise source–modeling techniques, accurate structural FE modeling, and analysis of the final acoustic signature. Read more

Minimizing Assumptions for Accurate Simulation and Testing Results
October 7, 2015
Bloomington, Minnesota
This Dassault Systèmes event will focus on correlating simulation efforts with measured results from the field and predicting performance before a prototype is built. Read more

ISW: Auditing your Revit Project with Ideate Explorer
October 8, 2015
11:30 a.m. PT
This Ideate webinar will take attendees through nine additional auditing processes to help keep Revit projects running smoothly. Read more

Zuken Innovation World 2016 Americas
April 18–20, 2016
San Diego, California
The two-day user conference will bring together Zuken software customers, partners, industry professionals, and technology experts to network and learn about the company's electrical and electronic engineering software. Read more

2016 Vectorworks Design Summit
April 25–27, 2016
Chicago, Illinois
At this Vectorworks user conference, professionals and students across the AEC landscape and in entertainment design disciplines can attend keynote presentations by Vectorworks executives and industry leaders as well as learn about Vectorworks software's future development cycle. 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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Video Tip: Three Ways to Put a Frame around Your Text in AutoCAD
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