Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 4)2 Feb, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Use ScriptPro to Edit Multiple Drawings in a Batch Process
Michael Partenheimer sent this helpful tip for using the free ScriptPro tool for AutoCAD. "I once used ScriptPro to automate changes to more than 10,000 project files in a batch process over one weekend." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Create Annotation and Associative Hatches
Frequent tipster Levi Connolly wants AutoCAD users to know about yet another time saver: "I've been a big proponent of using associative hatches for some time now." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Inventor Tip: Add a Feature Lower in the Hierarchy
If you've ever been working with an Inventor part design that has an array and tried to add a feature that is lower in the hierarchy in the browser, then take a look at this tip from David Gaskill. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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Pointers Available Online for Iray+ Users
Lightworks has launched a series of articles about Iray+, the company's interactive, photorealistic rendering software based on NVIDIA's global illumination Iray technology. The company will post a new article each month throughout 2015. The first Iray+ feature article focuses on the core functionality of the Iray+ render modes, detailing the advantages offered by each.
Opportunities & Honors
GrabCAD Challenges Members to Design Clamp for NASA
The newest design challenge from GrabCAD, an online community for engineers, asks participants to design and print a handrail clamp assembly to be used by astronauts at the International Space Station. The printed part will be analyzed to study the effects of microgravity on the fused deposition method of manufacturing. Entries must be submitted by February 17, 2015.
AMUG Offers Scholarships to Additive Manufacturing Conference
The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) is accepting applications for two scholarships for additive manufacturing and 3D printing education and professional development at AMUG's annual conference. The scholarships will cover travel, lodging, meals, and conference registration fees. Applications must be received by February 27, 2015.
European Revit Conference Issues Call for Abstracts
The third Revit Technology Conference (RTC) Europe invites potential presenters to submit an abstract to be considered for the RTC Europe 2015 program. Successful applicants will present in either a 75-minute session or a 75- or 150-minute lab. Abstracts must be submitted by February 19, 2015.
MCAD: Aras Flow
Aras, a provider of enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM) software, announced the release of Aras Flow, an integrated mobile tablet app for Aras Innovator v11. Aras Flow enables users to collaborate and work remotely. The Windows 8 app also provides mobile-specific capabilities such as picture taking, video capture, and audio recording.
Mark Your Calendar
Hello RhinoGold 5.0 — The latest CAD for Jewelry
February 11, 2015
11 a.m. PT
Viewers of this Novedge webinar will get to know the latest version of RhinoGold v5, which includes new quick jewelry builders, a professional render engine, and more. Read more
Vectorworks Design Summit
April 27–29, 2015
This Nemetschek Vectorworks conference will include product training, best practices, networking, entertainment, and more. Read more
Revit Technology Conference (RTC) Europe
October 29–31, 2015
Those who attend the third European RTC will hear from experts in the field and learn tips and tricks, practical methods, and fresh ideas. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s New at Cadalyst.com
SolidWorks Tutorial: Map Materials in SolidWorks 2015
In this tutorial from Matt Perez of Infinite Skills, you'll see how to work with some of the built-in options for mapping materials in SolidWorks 2015. Watch the video
Navisworks Tutorial: Use Switchback to View Navisworks Files in AutoCAD or Revit
Author Brian Meyers shows how to use the program's Switchback feature to quickly view a project in AutoCAD or Revit within a comprehensive workflow. Watch the video
CAD Manager's Toolbox: Get Organized with Total Folder Monitor
Start the year off right by getting your network folders organized. Read more
CAD Management Predictions for 2015
During the next year, you'll see a variety of technology trends in your workplace. What will happen with BIM, the cloud, and more? Read more