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AutoCAD

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AutoCAD Civil 3D

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  • Civil 3D 2016 - enhanced translation of point clouds into surfaces, ability to extract surface as AutoCAD solid, allows importing InfraWorks models directly into Civil 3D, includes new tool to fix broken references without leaving Civil 3D, Russ Nicloy, MasterGraphics, Apr 15, 2015
  • Civil 3D 2016 - What's New - added capability manages data shortcuts, replaces DWG objects, targets alignment by layers, section view controls direction of section, offers subassembly composer loop geometry support, exclusionary catchments, pressure pipe labels in section views, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, Apr 13, 2015
  • Classy Pipe Labels - opt to build parts list using previous versions like Civil 3D 2014 before applying method to bring them into Civil 3D 2015, Mick Reynolds, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Apr 15, 2015
  • I Can Name That Part In - visit pipe network defaults, change ‘use size name from parts list as description' to yes to call part size name into pipe label style via description component in Civil 3D, Mick Reynolds, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Apr 13, 2015
  • InfraWorks 360 - How to Improve the Quality of Your Aerial Photos - download model from model builder, select imagery in data sources tab, click configure, raster tab before visiting Bing maps section to pick/change ground resolution of imagery, Cristina Savian, From the Ground Up, Apr 16, 2015
  • InfraWorks 360 - Model Builder - New Polygon Import Functionality - create new dwg file using Civil 3D, define coordinate system, turn on OnlineMaps, apply MAPPOLYLINETOPOLYGON to convert rectangle/closed polyline into polygon, MAPEXPORT to export polygon into .shp file, Cristina Savian, From the Ground Up, Apr 15, 2015
  • InfraWorks 360 Web: Your Model in a Browser - visit portal page to find, open model, generate model view for entire model, form scenario location, extents in context of whole model, Markus Briglmeir, BIMagination, Apr 19, 2015
  • More New Things in Civil 3D 2016 - ability to select corridor alignment targets by layer, control direction of section views, subassembly composer supports loop creation, option to make areas exclusionary while creating catchment areas, Russ Nicloy, MasterGraphics, Apr 20, 2015
  • New Features in the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 API - new alignment parameters, pipe network properties are added to .NET API library, update object version to 10.5 from 10.4 to check COM API changes, reference new libraries, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Apr 15, 2015
  • Slope Stake Report Through XREF - rename C3DReport.dll file to something else or move it to another location, locate C3DReport.dll in download zip file list, copy it to location where old report dll file was located, Christopher Fugitt, Civil 3D Reminders, Apr 16, 2015
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Autodesk 360

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  • Lab3: Field API Web Intro - insert common field REST calls under field folder, copy folder to web application, employ Web Forms instead of Win Form when choosing project in Microsoft Visual Studio, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Apr 14, 2015
  • Lab4: Field API Web Intro Ex - iterate list of issues, check value of status in each issue, add up counters for each status, employ Field API intro app to re-visit issue list before adding chart to web page, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Apr 16, 2015
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Autodesk, Products

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Autodesk Inventor

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  • Delete the Base View and Keep the Projected Views - right-click on base view to be deleted, select delete, press << on dialog box, check if View3 is tied to base view before deleting column in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Apr 13, 2015
  • Inventor 2016 Improvements - allows copying parameters to user parameters, import/export external rules configuration for iLogic, in-canvas text rotation, thickness detection, large assembly performance, faster drawing creation, centralized external sketch symbol library features, Scott Hallmark, Applied Software, Apr 16, 2015
  • Inventor - Improve Render Times by Preparing Your Model - apply shrinkwrap tool to remove model complexity while retaining outer appearance in Inventor, David Gate, CADline, Apr 15, 2015
  • Manage Stock Size Data and Other Downstream Information with iLogic - set rule to run in response to ‘before save document' event, create iLogic form containing properties required to fill out, replace line from original rule that displays message box with rule, Forrest Judd, Hagerman & Company Blog, Apr 16, 2015
  • What's New in Inventor 2016 - Sheet Metal - option to create multiple sheet metal bodies in single part file, form bend with zero radius, auto detects material thickness on import, punch tool shows number of instances when placing them, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Apr 17, 2015
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Autodesk Revit

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  • Automatic Modeling - check ‘area and volume computations' checkbox to allow room to continue up until it is fit for room bounding element, ceiling or floor in Revit, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Apr 19, 2015
  • Curved Wall Elevation Profile and Creator Class Update - identify issues in creator.CreateModelCurve method by checking curve types, test if curve is line, arc or ellipse, else create multiple lines from tessellated curve points in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Apr 10, 2015
  • Dynamo Barrel Vault Brace, Pt 5 - load parts before launching Dynamo, open adaptive component placement family, load 4 point AC brace family, get acquainted with Dynamo interface before aligning nodes, creating new nodes or toggling geometry/node visibility, Richard Binning, Beside the Cursor, Apr 14, 2015
  • Dynamo Barrel Vault Brace, Pt 6 - create new Dynamo graph or workspace, place adaptive components by points, add family type node in graph, generate pipeline for data from one node to other before running project in Revit, Richard Binning, Beside the Cursor, Apr 16, 2015
  • Dynamo Surface Area Calculations - create dynamo file, check green arrow number slider to control row number that allows inserting data in Excel, select faces before pressing finish to check surface area, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Apr 14, 2015
  • Easy Editing of Type Catalogues from Revit Using Microsoft Excel - start Excel application, open blank spreadsheet, import shared parameters text file into it, hit finish to bring catalogue in to easily editable Excel row, column format, Dennis Collin, CADline, Apr 17, 2015
  • Exporting 3D Element Geometry to a WebGL Viewer - retrieve pre-selected element, determine bounding box, geometry, loop through geometry objects, solid faces, request triangulated mesh for each face before adding indices of resulting vertex to face definition list in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Apr 14, 2015
  • Filters for Quality Control - understanding filters, project parameters, adding new filter in project, apply overrides to graphics once filter is applied to view in Revit, Philip Russo, AUGI Library, Apr 13, 2015
  • How to Get the Revit Version and Build Number Using DynamoBIM - open DynamoBIM, add file path node, select Revit project, include file.frompath, file.readtext node before adding specified string, extract second entry in list, Marcello Sgambelluri, Simply Complex, Apr 11, 2015
  • Merge Surface - ensure that topos overlap or share edge to make tool work, but if both topos overlap, merge will actually discard any boundary points that are within overlap in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Apr 16, 2015
  • New Best Practices for Plumbing - add additional sheets to set, place vent view over waste view on same sheet, include enough sections, 3D views to provide required clarity needed to Revit drawing, David Raynor, AUGI Library, Apr 16, 2015
  • Regular Polyhedrons - apply folding method to create regular polyhedrons except 20-faced Icosahedron, else cut sphere by planes that are aligned at each faces of polyhedron in Revit, HyunWoo Kim, Enjoy Revit, Apr 13, 2015
  • Revit 2015 - Transfer Gridline Configurations to Different Views Using Propagate Extents - select all grid lines to activate propagate extents button on ribbon, pick level where grid layout is to be transferred to configure it as first level, James Philip, CADline, Apr 16, 2015
  • Revit 2016 New Features - offers improvements to energy analysis tools for architects, reinforcing updates for structural engineers, new set of schedules, filters, splits, hangers, show disconnect options for MEP engineers, Nicholas Bowley, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Apr 17, 2015
  • Revit 2016 New Features - A First Look - improved UI adds modeling, analysis, documentation, collaboration capabilities, new open sheet option quickly accesses view sheets, adds MEP fabrication content required for detailing besides documentation, analysis, collaboration enhancements, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Apr 15, 2015
  • Revit 2016 - Place Rooms Automatically - visit architecture tab, room and area panel, click on rooms to open button that allows placing rooms automatically in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Apr 15, 2015
  • Revit 2016's New Physical-Realistic Rendering Engine - Autodesk introduces its own Raytracer engine, enhanced technology of existing RaytraceVisual style before incorporating into rendering dialog for 3D views, new selection tool in view panel creates section box around selected elements, Dan Stine, AECbytes, Apr 13, 2015
  • Revit 2016 What's New - A Commentary - major improvements were included in Dynamo, A360 collaboration for Revit, Project Solon, site designer, minor features, enhancements were added in core functionality, architectural, structural, MEP, Chris Price, Revit Rants, Apr 14, 2015
  • Revit API: ScheduleDefinition.GetSchedulableFields() Returns More Fields than UI - verify if ParameterId of SchedulableField is greater than 0 before assuming it as shared or project parameter, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Apr 14, 2015
  • Revit MEP - Circuit Length Calculation - create schedule focused on electrical circuits, sort schedule by panel, circuit, provide header for panel, footer for totals before adding parameter for length factor, calculated parameter for total estimate, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Apr 17, 2015
  • Revit Structure 2016 - New Features - major structural improvements are structural steel profiles, release and member forces, trusses, reinforcement features includes addition of host mark, category, count parameters, check special element for rebar that offers enhanced rebar performances, Autodesk Revit Structure, Apr 15, 2015
  • Shared Coordinates and Collaboration for Revit - insert location markers if publish coordinates fails to link, align master site in each building files, apply acquire coordinates to pick master site that will pull correct shared coordinates into building model, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Apr 11, 2015
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CAD Hardware

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CAE

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CAM

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Onshape

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  • 10 Things to Know About Onshape Drafting - integrates third-party add-on into Onshape, drafting technology is based on Xenon, offers full associativity between 3D model, 2D drawings, dimensions, 2D layout module is available for free, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 16, 2015 ()
  • Develop3D Live Talks - Onshape Chairman Jon Hirschtick - discusses ways to tackle challenges with brand new approach, how fully leveraging latest cloud/web/mobile technologies can improve way products are designed today, shares lesson that Onshape learnt from building new full-cloud CAD system, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 14, 2015
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Rapid Prototyping

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Solid Edge

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SOLIDWORKS

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  • Adding Duct Path to Reports in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - open reports in projects tab, select ‘list of wires by line style,' visit columns tab before clicking on column management icon, check duct path option before updating drawings, Loretta Stiurca, Design Point Solutions, Apr 13, 2015
  • Bicycle Frame Design Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation - optimize frame geometry, define shape of tubes using surfacing, static analysis before adjusting aerodynamic efficiency of tube shapes in SOLIDWORKS, Waleed Al-rabeh, HRS Blog, Apr 16, 2015
  • Colors, Layers and the Color Display Mode Button - select document properties, choose drawing item, layer, click on ‘change layer' button, pick ‘-per standard-' option to avoid new dimensions from getting added onto current layer in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Apr 3, 2015
  • Develop3D Live Talks - Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO SOLIDWORKS - address ways to anticipate how shifts in technology, society creates enormous opportunities, challenges for engineering industry, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 16, 2015
  • Flexible Sub-Assemblies - select icon in context sensitive toolbar to make sub-assembly flexible, check if any degrees of freedom allowed in sub-assembly is available in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Apr 10, 2015
  • Grouping Annotations - select multiple annotation in drawing, group them so that they moves together when dragged, delete group or ungroup annotations to make them move independently in SOLIDWORKS, Jon Weston-Stanley, Solid Solutions, Apr 16, 2015
  • How Dimension the Undimensionable SOLIDWORKS Drawing - find, show sketch in drawing, add required dimensions before hiding sketch in drawing, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Apr 16, 2015
  • How to Create a Sphere in SOLIDWORKS - create new sketch, draw circle with line intersecting it directly through center point, trim one side of circle, create revolve boss/base or revolved surface before setting direction angle to 360 degrees, Jack Wilson, CADtek Blog, Apr 15, 2015
  • How to Enable Xpress Products in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - generate product code by logging into SOLIDWORKS customer portal account, launch Xpress tool before accessing, logging into MySolidWorks, copy, paste product code into SOLIDWORKS window to have full access of Xpress product, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, Apr 14, 2015
  • How Well Do You Know Your Mates? - discusses functionalities of commonly used mechanical mates - cam, slot, hinge, gear, rack pinion, screw, universal joint mates in SOLIDWORKS, Grant Davidson, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Apr 2, 2015
  • Manage Your Projects with 3DEXPERIENCE Dashboards - provides completely configurable online view of important information, multiple pages in dashboard delivers internal platform metrics, external news feeds, visit blog, model feed widgets to determine if project is progressing, Stephen Endersby, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Apr 14, 2015
  • Restore File Associations Command - visit options, file explorer page to click on ‘restore file associations' command, right-click SOLIDWORKS file to choose default program from open flyout before selecting SOLIDWORKS launcher program, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, Apr 17, 2015
  • Show All Hidden Bodies and Components - activate ‘show hidden bodies' command to temporarily remove visible geometry from view, apply show hidden components to make selected components visible even after command is exited in SOLIDWORKS, Sanja Srzic, Javelin Technologies, Apr 16, 2015
  • SOLIDWORKS Composer - Creating Navigational Hotspots - tips to set up groups of parts that will highlight together, link to almost anything when clicked on in Composer Player, Kirkwood Hines, YouTube, Apr 14, 2015
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical: The Archive Environment and Saving Your Setup - select among custom, all objects, objects modified by user, 'objects modified by user since' options to archive file that is used for restoration of database after upgrade, Corey Kubichka, CATI Tech Notes, Apr 15, 2015
  • SOLIDWORKS EPDM 2015 Duplicate File Name - click on file warning to generate list of duplicates, open vault view in separate window to rename file, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Apr 13, 2015
  • SOLIDWORKS EPDM Preview Tab Performance - open EPDM Vault view showing data card tab, check contents of preview tab, set EPDM display to default to faster performance BMP preview before setting ways to obtain both options of performance, Jim Krivoshein, InFlow Technology, Apr 16, 2015
  • SOLIDWORKS - Multi-Body Sheet Metal - YouTube, Apr 15, 2015
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation - How to Simulate a Fluid Container  - tips to analyze container filled with fluid using distributed pressure load in SOLIDWORKS, Waleed Al-rabeh, YouTube, Apr 13, 2015
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Will It Bond? - simplified bonding tolerance allows applying local mesh refinement to obtain more elements for greater accuracy in T-area, more accurate bonding technique is exact but slower option for filling in gaps, Keith Pedersen, CAPUniversity, Apr 15, 2015
  • Status Bar - located at bottom of SOLIDWORKS window status bar provides information related to function being performed currently, Jon Weston-Stanley, Solid Solutions, Apr 16, 2015
  • Turning Cones into Sheet Metal in SOLIDWORKS - create cone using revolve feature, apply shell tool to generate thin walls before adding cut extrude to produce seam, Solid Professor Blog, Apr 14, 2015
  • Using SOLIDWORKS EPDM Data Cards to Update Excel Documents - automate documentation of ECOs in multiple documents using EPDM variable fields, enter ECO data in single EPDM data card to update numerous documents, link metadata fields between EPDM data card, Excel, Prism Engineering Blog, Apr 15, 2015
  • Using the SOLIDWORKS Note Feature to Improve 2D Drawings - open drawing, add driving/driven dimensions to drawing views, create new note to type text, move mouse out onto screen, left click desired dimension to add dimension info into note text, Toby Schnaars, Prism Engineering Blog, Apr 15, 2015
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