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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 43)

23 Nov, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


Tips & Tools Weekly will take a holiday break next week and will resume publication Monday, December 7. To our U.S. readers: Have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

This Week's Software Tips

Congratulations to Our $150 Quarterly Prize Winner!
Cadalyst congratulates tipster Joey Price, who won the Cadalyst CAD Tips prize drawing for the third quarter of 2015. The next drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card will be held in January, and you can start qualifying now; the more CAD and LISP tips you submit, the better your chances of winning. Submit your tips now!

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Lengthen AutoCAD Arcs at Lightning Speed
The Lengthen command is a handy tool for lengthening many objects in AutoCAD. Join Lynn Allen as she shows you the ins and outs of the Lengthen command as it relates to arcs for maximum productivity! Watch the video

 

Inventor Tip: Add a Leader to a Dimension
Frequent tipster David Gaskill explains how to add a leader to a dimension in Autodesk Inventor. This tip comes in handy when you want to add a dimension that does not fit between other dimensions, and you want to pull the dimension away from its placed location. View the complete tip and post your feedback.


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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

G2 Crowd Releases Fall 2015 CAD Software Review Report
G2 Crowd, a business software review platform, published its Fall 2015 General-Purpose CAD Software Grid report. The report compiles customer satisfaction data with social and public data to determine vendor market presence. Based on a combination of these scores, the report categorizes each software solution as a leader, high performer, contender, or niche product.

Synergis Publishes Engineering Data and Document Management Ebook
Synergis, a developer of engineering data and document management solutions, has published Answers to the Top Ten Challenges of Engineering Data and Document Management. The 13-page ebook discusses the management of document searches, security, versions, files, and collaboration. The document is available free to users who register on the company's website.

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Deals & Freebies

Proto Labs Offers Free 3D Printing White Paper and 2016 Calendar
Proto Labs, a provider of injection molding and CNC machining services, published its 3D Printing Technologies for Prototyping and Production white paper, which discusses the use of 3D printing technologies — SL, SLS, DMLS, FDM, PolyJet, and others — for product development. The company also is offering a free 2016 Cool Parts calendar to North American customers, while supplies last.

Trimble Releases SketchUp 2016 Pro Trial
Trimble is offering a 30-day trial of its SketchUp 2016 Pro 3D modeling software, which now integrates with Trimble Connect, a cloud-based collaboration platform for building information modeling (BIM) projects. The 2016 SketchUp Pro licenses can be used on either a Mac or a PC.

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Opportunities & Honors

RTC North America Announces Call for Abstracts
Organizers of RTC North America 2016 are seeking abstracts for speakers to present at the conference, which is scheduled for July 14–16, 2016, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sessions can be labs, technical presentations, or facilitated forums. Case studies demonstrating innovative or well-developed practices also are appropriate. The deadline to submit an abstract is December 18, 2015.

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Books & Training

Luxion Offers KeyShot 6 Training Series
Luxion announced a series of six training webinars for the company's KeyShot 6 3D rendering and animation software, which creates images from 3D models. According to the company, the Keyshot 6 Master Series will discuss lighting, material control, and advanced feature capabilities. The webinars will be held at 10 a.m. PT on December 3, 10, and 17, and January 7, 14, and 21.

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New Products

CAE: Marc 2015
MSC Software released its Marc 2015 software for nonlinear and multiphysics simulations of engineered products ranging from automotive parts to rubber components to medical and consumer electronic devices. According to the company, Marc 2015 includes material models for elastomers, thermoplastics, and metal plasticity as well as updates to its element technology, contact, adaptive meshing, and user interface.

CAE: Digimat-RP/Moldex3D
E-Xstream Engineering released Digimat-RP/Moldex3D, an OEM version of Moldex3D embedded in Digimat-RP for injection molding simulation. The solution provides structural engineers with an estimate of fiber orientation for finite element analysis (FEA). The fiber orientation estimate within Digimat-RP is based on integrated Moldex3D technology for meshing, flow simulation, and fiber orientation computation.

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Mark Your Calendar

3D Scanning for CAD
November 24, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This NextEngine webinar will demonstrate the workflow of scanning and converting mesh scan data into editable CAD solids using RapidWorks software. Read more

Using Onshape Alongside Your Current CAD
November 24, 2015
1 p.m. ET
This company-sponsored webinar will discuss how to use Onshape cloud-based 3D CAD software with other CAD systems. Read more

RhinoCAM 2016
November 25, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This webinar, hosted by MecSoft, will provide an overview of RhinoCAM 2016, the company's CNC programming software for Rhinoceros 5.0. Read more

Onshape Sketch Tools
December 1, 2015
1 p.m. ET
This Onshape webinar will walk through the basics of sketching in the company's cloud-based 3D CAD software. Presenters will discuss the software's sketch tools and show examples where they can be used. Read more

BIM for the Design-Oriented Firm
December 2, 2015
11 a.m. PT
Novedge hosts this webinar to discuss general strategies for successfully transitioning to building information modeling (BIM), with an emphasis on the use of Vectorworks in the small architecture practice. 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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