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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 39)

26 Oct, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Submit. Publish. Spend!
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 original tip, you can earn an Amazon gift card — it's that easy! Learn all about CAD Tips prizes here.

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Clean Up Lines with AutoCAD's Change Command
The Change command is an old command, but a trusty one (especially if you work on drawings created by AutoCAD amateurs). Join Autodesk Evangelist Lynn Allen as she shows you how to quickly clean up lines that don't meet perfectly, and how to force lines to be orthogonal. Watch the video

 


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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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

Artec 3D and 3D Systems Offer Discount on Scanner and Software Bundle
Artec 3D, a developer of 3D software and hardware, and software developer 3D Systems are offering a discount on a product bundle that includes either Artec's Eva or Space Spider handheld scanner with 3D Systems' Geomagic Design X reverse engineering platform and a one-year subscription to Artec Studio 10 3D scanning and data processing software. The promotion ends Spring 2016. For details, email sales@artec-group.com.

Free Trial Available for solidThinking's Click2Cast Software
Manufacturing software developer solidThinking is offering a free trial of its Click2Cast casting process simulations software. The company also offers a recorded Click2Cast introduction webinar with more information.

Synergis Offers 0% Financing on Document Management Software and Services
Software developer Synergis is offering 0% financing for 24- or 36-month terms on its Synergis Adept engineering document management solution and/or Synergis Adept professional services for implementation or training. The financing application deadline is December 27, 2015, and the loan must be closed on or before December 31, 2015.

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Opportunities & Honors

Vectorworks Awards Design Scholarship to Berlin Student
Software developer Vectorworks announced that Benno Schmitz from the Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, won the Richard Diehl Award — the grand prize of the Vectorworks Design Scholarship program, worth a total of $10,000 — for his project, the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Bonn. The Vectorworks Design Scholarship program received more than 2,000 entries this year from students worldwide.

Allegorithmic Launches Procedural Material Contest
Allegorithmic, a developer of 3D texturing software, launched its Procedural Material Contest, which challenges designers to create original digital materials within five categories: nature, urban, fantasy, sci-fi, and stylized. The procedural materials can range from pure substances — such as metal, dirt, or cloth — to complex composited materials, such as a door or a vine-covered building façade. The submission deadline is November 12, 2015.

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New Products

MCAD: ACE 3000 3D
Numerical Innovations has released its ACE 3000 3D translator for converting between 3D and EDA formats including STEP, IGES, ACIS, STL, DXF, GDSII, Gerber, and ODB++ as well as postscript and PDF files. The 3D files output from ACE 3D reportedly are compatible with SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, PTC Creo, Rhino 3D, SketchUp 3D, and other programs.

Design Visualization: CONNECTExplorer
Pictometry launched CONNECTExplorer, a web-based application that works with the company's CONNECT GIS and analytical visualization software so users can view and analyze files remotely. CONNECTExplorer enables users to view Pictometry imagery including obliques, standard and AccuPLUS orthomosaics, and EarlyAccess imagery as well as third-party mosaics.

General: Autodesk Graphic
Autodesk announced the release of Autodesk Graphic, a vector illustration application for Mac OS X and iOS. Formerly called iDraw, the app enables product or industrial designers to create product mockups, illustrations, and print-based designs. Autodesk Graphic can import and export commonly used design file formats, including PDF, SVG, PSD, AI, and EPS.

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Mark Your Calendar

Onshape Basics
October 27, 2015
1 p.m. ET
Focused on new Onshape cloud-based 3D CAD software users, this webinar will discuss Onshape's interface, as well as basic part, assembly, and drawing creation. Read more

Visual3DPRINT 2016 & Rhino3DPRINT 2016
October 28, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This webinar will discuss Visual3DPRINT 2016 and Rhino3DPRINT 2016 features, including working with point clouds, mesh repair, mesh modeling, mesh modification, and 3D print functions. Read more

Leveraging the Cloud
October 28, 2015
1 p.m. ET
Presenters from IMAGINiT will discuss what's available in the cloud today and how the right cloud approach can help engineers improve collaboration, efficiency, and time to market. Read more

Onshape Drawings
October 29, 2015
11 a.m. ET
Company representatives will discuss the basics of creating Onshape drawings including drawing views, dimensions, and templates. 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

Autodesk Simulation Mechanical and SimStudio Tools: Making Design Changes on the Fly
This IMAGINiT Tricks tutorial explains how to use Simulation Mechanical with SimStudio tools to make design changes while setting up and running a simulation. Watch the video

Applying Materials and Finishes to a Staircase in Revit
This tutorial demonstrates ways to give your design a more realistic look and feel. Watch the video

Creating Exploded Views of a 3D Model in Revit
Learn how to create a view that slices a 3D model into its main components. Watch the video

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