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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 45)

14 Dec, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


Tips & Tools Weekly will take a holiday break for the rest of 2015. Wishing our readers a safe and happy holiday season, and a very happy New Year.

This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: A Couple of DText Tips
We often work with drawings that contain single line text (dtext). It can be a little frustrating when you need to add another text string underneath the existing dtext strings. Join Lynn Allen as she shows you a couple of clever dtext tips that will make working with single line text so much easier! Watch the video

 

AutoCAD Tip: Export Layout to Model
Jeanie Pederson shared this solution for creating a DWG file when the main drawing includes xrefs and the Save File command doesn't work. The Export Layout to Model command will generate a useable DWG in just a few steps. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Restructure Parts or Assemblies within the Inventor Browser
This submission from frequent tipster Alex Kaplan explains how to restructure parts or assemblies within Autodesk Inventor's Browser, helping users save time with just a few keystrokes. 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

Siemens PLM Publishes On-Demand Webinars
Siemens PLM Software has published several on-demand product lifecycle management (PLM) webinars. Available titles include Automotive Suppliers Today Must Collaborate Effectively, Advanced Manufacturing Solutions for Electronics Manufacturers, and How To Manage the Increased Complexity In Today's Electronics Manufacturing. The company's website includes a searchable database of all webinars.

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Deals & Freebies

Graebert Offers Half-Price Coupon for ARES Commander 2016
Graebert is offering a 50% discount on its ARES Commander 2D/3D CAD package. The discount is available with the coupon code CYBER50 on the company's website or from a reseller. The coupon expires on December 18, 2015.

SolidProfessor Announces SolidWorks Training Program Discount
SolidProfessor is offering a 15% discount on annual memberships to the company's SolidWorks online training program. The courses comprise video lessons and downloadable part files. Some subscription levels include preparation courses for SolidWorks CSWA, CSWP, and CSWE certifications.

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Opportunities & Honors

Revit Technology Conference Europe Issues Call for Presentations
Organizers of RTC Europe 2016 announced a call for presentations for the conference to be held October 20–22, 2016 in Porto, Portugal. Suggested topics include architecture, building information modeling (BIM), business strategy and leadership, civil, coding, content and customization, multi-discipline, MEP, construction and fabrication, estimation, simulation and analysis, and visualization. The deadline is January 8, 2016.

Certiport Launches 2016 Autodesk Certified User World Championship
Certiport, a test delivery solution provider, has launched the 2016 Autodesk Certified User World Championship to recognize students with marketable 2D and 3D design skills. Qualified students will be invited to complete an online design challenge in one of three project categories using Autodesk software: architectural design, manufacturing design, or digital storytelling. The deadline is August 1, 2016.

Autodesk Seeks Submissions for Entrepreneur Impact Program
Autodesk is accepting submissions for its Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Program. Eligible entrepreneur organizations must be less than five years old, have less than $1 million (USD) in revenue, and be innovating for positive environmental or social impact. Qualified organizations will receive as many as five licenses of Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate, Autodesk Fusion 360, and Autodesk Building Design Suite Ultimate.

Tekla Names Global BIM Awards Winners
Tekla announced the winners of the Tekla Global BIM Awards, which recognized outstanding users of the company's building information modeling (BIM) software. The recipient of the Best Total BIM award was Finnmap Consulting Oy for its OP-Pohjola Vallilla 2015 project in Helsinki, Finland.

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Books & Training

Pinnacle Offers AutoCAD P&ID Training
Eagle Point Software released Autodesk AutoCAD P&ID materials for its Pinnacle Series training program subscribers. The program includes workflows with interactive step-by-step procedures as well as cheat sheets, videos, and recorded training classes. Users also will have access to live AutoCAD P&ID training classes and technical support.

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New Products

Visualization: Publish 3D
Theorem launched its Publish 3D suite for publishing 3D CAD data from CATIA, Creo, NX, or JT data. Publish 3D products reportedly support the processing of model-based definition (MBD) information when publishing 3D PDF documents from native CAD and visualization data.

Printers: Q300 3D Printer
Quant 3D introduced its Q300 3D Printer with a build volume of 10 x 8 x 8" (255 x 205 x 205 mm). It is equipped with a HEPA filter to remove airborne contaminants and fumes. The Q300 prints in both PLA and ABS plastic with printing resolutions at 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, and 400 microns.

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Mark Your Calendar

Fundamentals of Fatigue
December 15, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This Siemens PLM webinar will discuss fatigue, ways to interpret typical fatigue-related curves, and common approaches for fatigue estimation. Read more

Using Onshape Mobile
December 15, 2015
1 p.m. ET
This company webinar will explain how to use the Onshape mobile app to access and edit CAD models from anywhere. Read more

CAD Power + Mobility — You CAN Have It All
December 15, 2015
1 p.m. ET
Learn about the advancements in NVIDIA graphics, Intel processors, connectivity, and other features that enable a mobile workstation to help CAD users deliver their best. Read more

Advanced Part Modeling in Onshape
December 17, 2015
11 a.m. ET
In this webinar, hosted by Onshape, company representatives will discuss advanced part modeling techniques such as sweep, loft, patterns, and multi-part modeling. Read more

KeyShot 6 Advanced Material Control
December 17, 2015
10 a.m. PT
The third of six training webinars in this series from Luxion will discuss material control in the company's KeyShot 6 3D rendering and animation software. Read more

GEO Business 2016
May 24–25, 2016
London, United Kingdom
This two-day conference will explore how geospatial solutions can enable projects to run more efficiently, ensuring that they are delivered on time, while saving money and reducing risk. 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

Webinar: CAD Power + Mobility — You CAN Have It All
Learn about the advancements in NVIDIA graphics, Intel processors, connectivity, and other features that enable a mobile workstation to help CAD users deliver their best. Join us on Tuesday, December 15, at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT. Presented by Cadalyst, and sponsored by Lenovo and NVIDIA. Read more

Build a Plugin Command for AutoCAD Architecture
Use Visual Studio.NET to customize vertical applications. Read more

Circles and Lines Tutorial: Revamped Revision Clouds in AutoCAD 2016
Unlike the old RevCloud command, the new version creates symmetrical revision clouds with easy-to-use grips for editing. Read more

Autodesk Expands Photorealistic Rendering Options
After several years of acquisition and development, two ray-tracing engines reach the market — one in standalone format, and the other as part of existing Autodesk software products. Read more

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