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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 8)

9 Mar, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Give the AutoCAD Ribbon a Second Chance
If you're still fighting the ribbon and using the AutoCAD Classic workspace, it's time to make a change! This video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, Autodesk evangelist, will show you the advantages of moving to the ribbon, as well as some tips for making the transition as easy as possible. Watch the video

 

AutoCAD Performance Enhancement on Windows 7 Computers
Michael Partenheimer knows why your Windows 7 AutoCAD performance might feel a bit sluggish. "Windows 7 Aero desktop themes may look pretty, but that beauty comes at the expense of peak computer performance." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Copying Settings between Autodesk Inventor Systems
David Gaskill shows us how to export and import Autodesk Inventor application options settings from machine to machine. "A very useful tip on migrating settings from one machine to another." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Display Extended Part Information in Autodesk Inventor
This Autodesk Inventor tip from David Gaskill shows us how the browser can relay more information about the features in a part. "This tip will display extended information after the feature name in the browser." 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

BIM Project Management Webinar Available On Demand
A recorded presentation titled, "Big BIM: Managing Very Large As-Built BIM Projects" is now available for viewing by anyone who registers. In the video, Phil Tapp at Bury Associates presents his recently completed building information modeling (BIM) project of a large university campus in the United Kingdom. Then Siavash Mohseni of Hensel Phelps presents one of that firm's recent Big BIM projects, a large hospital facility in the western United States.

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Deals & Freebies

Early Bird Rates for American Institute of Architects Convention Will End Soon
Those planning to attend the AIA Convention 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, must register by March 18 to get the early bird rate. Other discounts include the young professionals' discount for members 40 and younger and the student discount, which buys entry for $25. New AIA members can register for free (restrictions apply).

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Opportunities & Honors

CGTraders Hosts 3D Sci-Fi Art Challenge
Organizers of the CGTraders' 3D Sci-Fi Challenge are seeking 3D artists to create mysterious, visionary proposals of alternative universes and life forms. Submissions will be accepted through April 17, 2015.

Submissions Sought for Easter-Themed 3D Printing Challenge
CGTrader has launched the Easter 3D Printing Challenge for 3D artists to submit their designs for related products and unusual decorations. Submissions will be accepted through April 21, 2015.

Engineering Student Wins Design Award for Antique Steam Engine Model
A Utah State University student won the Siemens PLM Student Design Contest for his rendering of an 18th century steam engine once owned by Henry Ford. Using only photographs for reference, Charles Roos created a reproduction of the Newcomen steam engine using Solid Edge software. His rendering is slated to be part of a Siemens calendar that will be published for 2016.

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Books & Training

InterSpec Offers e-SPECS Revit Integration Training
InterSpec is offering its e-SPECS Revit Integration webinar for $250 per company. E-SPECS for Revit automates the creation of specifications while allowing users to access those specs and other related files directly within Revit-based applications. The training class also will be recorded and provided as a downloadable video. The e-SPECS Revit Integration webinar is scheduled for Thursday, March 19, at 1–4 p.m. ET. Contact e-SPECS for more information.

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New Products

3D Printing: Rhino3DPRINT 2015
MecSoft has introduced a plugin for the Rhinoceros 5.0 3D CAD system. According to the company, Rhino3DPRINT 2015 offers automatic tools for preparing 3D data that otherwise cannot be 3D printed. The plugin includes file import functionality and data preparation tools that enable users to print models from almost any input source and any major 3D format.

MCAD: Numerical Cloud
Numerical Innovations announced the Numerical Cloud subscription plan, which offers access to all the company's software tools for one monthly subscription fee ($74.99 for a single user). The subscription to Numerical Cloud comprises computer-aided machining (CAM), printed circuit board (PCB) design, and other tools including FAB 3000 — GerberCAM/DFM, ACE 3000 — CAD/EDA/3D Translator, and more.

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Mark Your Calendar

SOLIDWORKS Plastics: Faster to Market
March 10, 2015
2:00 p.m. ET
Learn about predictive software tools that help facilitate faster time to market in this Fisher/Unitech webinar. Read more

Wire / Harness Design Automation Basics I
March 11, 2015
11:00 a.m. PT
This Zuken webinar will cover the logical part of the wire harness design process. Read more

Essentials for Excellence in Industrial Machinery: Fast and Efficient Design
March 17, 2015
10 a.m. CT
This Siemens PLM Software webinar will discuss how NX software design tools can help industrial machinery manufacturers. Read more

Essentials for Excellence in Electronics: Assembly Manufacturing
March 18, 2015
10 a.m. CT
This webinar from Siemens PLM Software will explore how Tecnomatix digital manufacturing solution can help create leaner, more efficient processes. Read more

Stress and Frequency Analysis with Simulation Professional
March 24, 2015
2:00 p.m. ET
This Fisher/Unitech webinar will explore how vibration analysis in SolidWorks Simulation can help determine which designs will vibrate less and last longer. 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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