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Plot to a Scale from Model Space

Ellen Finkelstein, Mar 13, 2014

Starts PLOT command in AutoCAD, uncheck 'fit to paper' option from plot dialog box, choose scale, check preview

more AutoCAD model space tutorials

 

NVIDIA's K5100M Graphics Running on HP's ZBook 17

Jeff Mirisola, Mar 3, 2014

8GB of frame buffering, handles complex assemblies beautifully, rendering is much faster, available for $2,150

more graphics cards reviews

 

Eagle Point's Pinnacle Training and Support System

John Evans, Feb 28, 2014

Single location to find valid training for AEC, MEP software packages, Good feature coverage, impressive customization capability, pricing is available for business, user models

more CAD training articles, AEC articles

 

Keymark's BuildEdge PLAN

Rakesh Rao, Feb 25, 2014

User-friendly SketchUp add-on helps create quick visualization schemes, offers excellent support resources, available for $29, Q&A with professional user Roger Nelson on ROI of software

more AEC articles

 

How Polaris Designs Aggressive Looking Snowmobiles with solidThinking Software

Jeffrey Heimgartner, Feb 24, 2014

Added topology optimization to design tools, reduced number of design iterations, significantly reduced weight of designs, material cost

more solidThinking articles

 

Use and Control Multifunctional Grips for Faster Editing

Ellen Finkelstein, Jan 14, 2014

Select object, hover over grip, choose one of options that appears, control multifunctional grips with system variable in AutoCAD

more AutoCAD tips

 

IronCAD 2014 Review

Jeffrey Opel, Jan 7, 2014

Scene browser, Tri-Ball positioning tool, dual kernel helps handle many different file types, TraceParts, KeyShot integrated, can read point cloud files

more IronCAD reviews

 

Testing SmartVoice, Dynamic Blocks, CUI, and Online Workflow in ZWCAD+

Daniel Dobrzynski, Dec 18, 2013

Communicate interactively through SmartVoice, dynamic blocks improve drafting efficiency, customize ribbon through CUI dialog box, online update mechanism to update software online to latest version

more ZWCAD reviews

 

My Weekend with Vectorworks 2014

Bill Debevc, Dec 12, 2013

Clean UI, easy to learn, impressive snap loop, replace style commands, sketch mode, implements real-time OpenGL rendering, imports/exports DWG, DXF files, other common formats

more Vectorworks reviews

 

Autodesk Sim 360 for On-Demand FEA

Francis Sebastian, Dec 10, 2013

Web-based app can store multiple versions of simulations online, provides faster FEA results, easy learning curve, provides integrated communications for design collaboration

more Autodesk 360 articles, FEA articles

 

ZWCAD+ vs AutoCAD: DWG Compatibility, Cloud Workflow and Programming Support

William Forty, Dec 2, 2013

Size, appearance of DWF files in ZWCAD+ is similar to that in AutoCAD, ZWCAD+ Syble offers cloud services, mimics AutoCAD API impressively

more ZWCAD reviews

 

solidThinking Inspire in the Design Process

Francis Sebastian, Nov 26, 2013

Stand-alone software has basic solid-geometry creation toolset, optimization platform, easy-to-use interface, supports generic, industry-standard data formats, facilitates 3D printing

more solidThinking reviews

 

Transmittal Document Mastery with Adept 2014

Jason Brett, Nov 22, 2013

Preparation of transmittal documents is automated, easy to set up customized documentation sets for different customers, double-checks drawings for technical accuracy, impressive file tracking, markup process, version tracking

more Synergis Adept reviews

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: FEA with Solid Edge Simulation

Attilio Colangelo, Nov 19, 2013

Intuitive graphical interface, incorporated NASTRAN solver provides access to advanced features, has ability to change units display on fly, report generator echoes all user input in convenient format

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Sheet Metal Enhancements

Jeffrey Opel, Nov 18, 2013

Improved flatten command, support for deforming features across bends, impressive drawn cutout command

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: 2D Drafting Enhancements

Jeffrey Heimgartner, Nov 8, 2013

Usage of extended views, break lines functions when creating 2D layout drawings of 3D models, assemblies

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Better Surface Modeling

Daniel Dobrzynski, Nov 7, 2013

Tangency control handles, reflective planes, redefine surface command for creating new surfaces by replacing existing model faces with BlueSurf, support of curvature continuous end conditions, real-time previews

more Solid Edge reviews

 

BuildEdge Plan 2.0 Review

Rande Robinson, Nov 5, 2013

Draw 3D walls, doors, floors, windows, roofs with parametrics easily using SketchUp plug-in, but little documentation, commercial version available for $29 with 30-day money back guarantee

more SketchUp articles

 

TurboSite v1.3, Enterprise Edition, by IMSI/Design

Steve Stafford, Oct 31, 2013

Enhancements include automatic report generation, add-in apps that run inside Revit, AutoCAD, smart polygon tool, ability to export all of data as single, compiled PDF report

more TurboCAD reviews

 

Zoom Quickly and More by Controlling Your Mouse's Wheel

Ellen Finkelstein, Oct 31, 2013

3 system variables affect mouse wheel: ZOOMFACTOR, ZOOMWHEEL, MBUTTONPAN; mouse wheel actions available when MBUTTONPAN is set to 1

more AutoCAD tips

 

Solid Edge ST 6 First Look: Mass-Migrating Models From SolidWorks

Jeffrey Heimgartner, Oct 31, 2013

Impressive, user-friendly bulk data migrator utility to transfer old SolidWorks data into Solid Edge, provides customizable themes, ability to re-use existing data

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Sheet Metal Design

Chris McAndrew, Oct 29, 2013

Sheet metal features can be added to any part, flatten command to forms flat pattern easily, impressive solid feature set that complements main design software

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Generating 2D Drawings from Large Assemblies

Attilio Colangelo, Oct 22, 2013

Intuitive drawing/detailing portion of design cycle, context sensitive help via command finder, ability to delay rebuild of views by allowing multiple edits without interruption

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Easily Import Text and Dimension Styles From Other Drawings

Ellen Finkelstein, Oct 17, 2013

Use DesignCenter or content explorer in AutoCAD

more AutoCAD tips

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: New User Interface Functions in Synchronous Technology

Daniel Dobrzynski, Oct 14, 2013

Clearer graphical control in steering wheel, option to create assembly part synchronous features, hole pattern recognition ability, easier working with imported models

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Surfacing Refined

Jeffrey Opel, Oct 10, 2013

Impressive surface redefine command to creates surfaces by combining existing model faces, surface intersect command to extend/trim selected surfaces to common intersection

more Solid Edge reviews

 

TurboCAD R20 Review

Jeffrey Heimgartner, Oct 10, 2013

Intuitive, powerful UI, 3 new drag modes to select objects, associative dimensioning in viewports, stellated polygon tool, entity markers, impressive array of import/export options, available for retail price of $1,695

more TurboCAD reviews

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: New Commands for Working with Large Assemblies

Daniel Dobrzynski, Oct 8, 2013

Enhancements in simplifying large assemblies, dynamic part editing for ordered models at assembly level, ability to enhance modeling within assemblies

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Keymark's Parametric BuildEdge Software for SketchUp

Ralph Grabowski, Oct 9, 2013

Q&A with Aaron Dietzen about company's BuildEdge PLAN add-on for SketchUp users, AutoCAD, its ObjectARX, low pricing, future plans

more SketchUp articles

 

ZWCAD+ 2012 vs AutoCAD 2013 Comparison - Ralph Grabowski

Zuken's E3.series: Wired for Speed

Jason Brett, Sep 26, 2013

Students of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Hochscule Esslingen University developed professional-quality wiring harness for vehicles using Zuken's E3.series software to compete at Formula SAE competition

more MCAD articles

 

Draw a Donut in AutoCAD

Ellen Finkelstein, Oct 1, 2013

Launch DONUT command, specify diameters of hole, entire donut, specify center of donut

more AutoCAD tips

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Modeling and Editing Parts with Synchronous Technology

Scott Moyse, Sep 27, 2013

Enhancing patterning synchronously, recognizing hole patterns, bug while using 'suppress region' tool

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Optimization and Validation

John Evans, Sep 25, 2013

Improving chamber design using optimization process, validating bolt engagement design in assembly file

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Mesh Refinement and Storage

John Evans, Sep 25, 2013

New remesh command, 'show poor quality mesh' function, report generates off-the-chart nice, simple documents, has multi-body construction ability

more Solid Edge reviews

 

First Look: YouTubing Inside Solid Edge ST 6

Ralph Grabowski, Sep 23, 2013

Innovative ability to play videos from YouTube, to record CAD program's actions for sharing on YouTube, good balance, sufficient options are included to make feature useful

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Solid Edge ST 6 First Look: Goal Seeking and Model Validation in Simulation

Chris McAndrew, Sep 23, 2013

Better selection of options for part design, feature optimization, host of options are available to set up multiple simulations

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Simulation and Linear Static Stress

John Evans, Sep 24, 2013

Designing rifle's barrel chamber, studying linear static stress on parts, applying structural loads, constraints

more Solid Edge reviews

 

A First Look at Solid Edge ST 6

Ralph Grabowski, Sep 5, 2013

2D drafting is more automated, CAM is integrated, surfacing gets C2 curvature

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Solid Edge Mobile Viewer for iPad and Android

Ralph Grabowski, Sep 19, 2013

App operates, displays 3D models quickly, shares models as SEV files or raster screen grabs, Android version is better at receiving, sharing files

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Assemblies with Synchronous Technology

 Scott Moyse, Sep 23, 2013

 Ability to create synchronous geometry from assembly part features, Pathfinder enhancements, body support for simplified assemblies

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Solid Edge ST 6 First Look: Working with 2D Drawings

Scott Moyse, Sep 23 2013

Ability to attach, align, space balloons, annotation objects, enhanced Dimension alignments, native in-place editing of office documents

more Solid Edge reviews

 

How to Visualize Drawings and Models Using Synergis Adept EDMS

Francis Sebastian, July 24, 2013

Review in context of business process, workflow; features of AutoVue visualization component of Adept EDMS: reviewing, querying, commenting, comparing versions, printing

more Synergis Adept reviews

 

Synergis Adept Trumps Windows File Management

Scott Moyse, July 22, 2013

Q&A with Robert Hepper of GP:50 about maintaining folder structure for Adept, initial implementation, challenges faced, management of rollout of system to company

more Synergis Adept articles

 

How IronCAD's Hybrid Modeling Compares with Synchronous Technology in Solid Edge

Scott Wertel, July 15, 2013

IronCAD offers 2 modes to create geometry, offers parameterization on demand, live rules are not needed, can modify imported geometry just like native geometry

more IronCAD reviews, Solid Edge articles

 

Create Layer Overrides to Create Plot Variations

Ellen Finkelstein, July 16, 2013

Setting layer properties for viewport, removing override using layer properties manager in AutoCAD

more AutoCAD layer tutorials

 

How Zuken's E3.series Makes Better Buses

Jason Brett, July 11, 2013

bus, coach manufacturer, Alexander Dennis Limited from UK, adopted E3.series software, grew revenue by 300% in last 5 years

more MCAD articles

 

Free 3D Configurations and Collaboration with IronCAD Compose

Scott Wertel, July 9, 2013

Impressive, free app has 20 built-in catalogs, needs translator to import additional file formats at cost of US$195, suitable for front-end of design or sales cycle

more IronCAD reviews

 

TeamPlatform Takes on the Email-FTP-Dropbox Troika

Ralph Grabowski, July 8, 2013

Designed for engineers, TeamPlatform can view MCAD models, share files, organize communications, better than trying to use email and Dropbox

more cloud articles

 


Solid Edge Wants to Be the Best MCAD Program, That's All

Roopinder Tara, June 28, 2013

To call Solid Edge ST6 an update would be an understatement. It claims to have 1,300 user requested enhancements. Report from user conference, where its launch signals a desire to improve product based on user needs, not on high-end concepts

more Solid Edge articles

 

Insert Data from an Excel Worksheet

Ellen Finkelstein, July 2, 2013

Click table in annotation panel, select data link option, launch data link manager, create new Excel data link option to choose sheet for linking to named range in AutoCAD

more AutoCAD tips

 

Synergis Adeptly Handles Documents in a Multi-CAD World

Jeffrey Heimgartner, June 20, 2013

Adept can read, display, write to files in several proprietary formats, supports bidirectional attribute linking, separate display of CAD app from EDMS app on dual screen monitor setup

more Synergis Adept reviews

 

Change the Color of Almost Any AutoCAD Screen Feature

Ellen Finkelstein, June 20, 2013

Invoke OPTIONS command, open drawing window colors dialog box to alter color of any interface item, choose 3D parallel projection, camera clipping panes option to customize drawing

more AutoCAD customization tutorials

 

Synchronize Backups and Create a Quick PDF with the AUTOPUBLISH Command

Ellen Finkelstein, June 5, 2013

Set AUTODWFPUBLISH system variable value to 1 to keep DWF, DWFx, PDF files synchronized with AutoCAD drawings

more AutoCAD basics tutorials

 

ZWCAD+ 2012 - A Worthwhile DWG Editor

Steve Lynch, May 29, 2013

Easy-to-use UI, efficient working environment, has number of importing formats for DWFs, PDFs, attribute extraction wizard, useful eTransmit utility, system variable editor, layer translator

more ZWCAD reviews

 

Is Free DraftSight CAD Usable CAD?

Ryan Reid, May 24, 2013

DraftSight provides 2D tools with simple UI, premium version offers API to write LISP programs, responsive technical support, deployment wizard, worth a consideration software

more DraftSight reviews

 

Here's What It's Like to Start Up 3D Projects on TeamPlatform

Jeffrey Heimgartner, May 23, 2013

Setting up basic account, workspace, using embedded CAD viewer

more cloud articles

 

Designing Innovatively with IronCAD 2013

Daniel Dobrzynski, May 21, 2013

Overview of modules, 2 working environments, scene, drawing, CAXA draft options, impressive TriBall interface, ability to reuse geometry imported from other native CAD formats

more IronCAD reviews

 

Scia Engineer Review

John Evans, May 6, 2013

Complex, full featured structural analysis, design solution, stores all data in single file, impressive drawing environment, bi-directional BIM link to other software

more AEC articles

 

Zuken: Making the Machines That Make the Screens

Jason Brett, May 6, 2013

Friendly interface, object-oriented nature of E3.series helps combine electrical, pneumatic diagrams, communicates design intent

more MCAD articles

 

3D Printing Made Easy

Elise Moss, May 7, 2013

Parts should be printed for 3 reasons: to check for fit, to actually use, to sell idea or use as demo part

more rapid prototyping articles

 

Comparison of Cloud-Based CAD Collaboration Services: TeamPlatform vs Autodesk 360

Daniel Dobrzynski, May 2, 2013

TeamPlatform provides far more benefits, being project-oriented product, with exquisite collaboration tools, ability to handle variety of 3D CAD formats

more cloud articles, Autodesk 360 articles

 

MCAD Beginner Reviews IronCAD 2013

Rakesh Rao & Sanjay Jamalpur, May 2, 2013

Modern interface, lack of jargon make IronCAD surprisingly easy to learn, good bet for those considering 1st MCAD program

more IronCAD reviews

 

GRAITEC Advance Steel Does Stairs

Jeffrey Heimgartner, May 1, 2013

Industrial stairs with landings, railing, spiral stairs easy to create

more civil engineering articles

 

Label the Scale of Individual Viewports

Ellen Finkelstein, Apr 30, 2013

Specify 2 opposite corners of boundary box using MTEXT command, insert field inside text in AutoCAD

more AutoCAD basics tutorials

 

Creating Mold Bases with NX Expressions

Murat Ugur, Apr 29, 2013

Draw different size molds by changing values input to expression

more NX tutorials

 

Lenovo's Sexy Laptop Does CAD

John Evans, Apr 22, 2013

ThinkPad Carbon X1 Touch is light, thin laptop, surprisingly good performer for Inventor, even simulation, only lacking fast rendering

more Lenovo workstation reviews

 

Lenovo ThinkStation E31

Brian Benton, Apr 19, 2013

Solid and versatile machine with 3.3GHz Xeon processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive, low base price of $669

more Lenovo workstation reviews

 

Document Managers Need to be Vaulting, Says Synergis

 Ralph Grabowski, Apr 18, 2013

VP of R&D, Todd Cummings describes vaulting, encryption, Adept's storage system, exit strategy, moving documents in, out of vault

more Synergis Adept articles

 

Zuken's E3.series Intelligently Designs Powerful Diesel-Electric Locomotives

 Jason Brett, Apr 17, 2013

Eliminates logical-physical gap using object-oriented design, ships with library of thousands of standardized components, cables, connectors

more MCAD articles

 

Create a Thumbnail for Opening a Drawing

 Ellen Finkelstein, Apr 17, 2013

Set THUMBSAVE system variable to 1 to make AutoCAD drawing save thumbnail

more AutoCAD drawing tutorial

 

Autodesk 360 is a New Cloud-Based Workflow for AutoCAD Drawings

 Ellen Finkelstein, Apr 15, 2013

Access data easily using Autodesk 360 mobile app, add comments on DWFs, DWGs, download entire folder as single zip file

more Autodesk 360 articles

 

Xi's New MTower PCIe Workstation in a Stryker Tower

 Rande Robinson, Apr 12, 2013

Fast, well-engineered workstation with Intel Core i7 3770K processor, 16GB DDR3 RAM, 240 GB solid state disk drive, base price $1,119

more Xi workstation reviews

 

Use a Standards File to Bring an AutoCAD Drawing Into Line

Ellen Finkelstein, Mar 28, 2013

Creating standards file, testing it, specifying standards settings

more AutoCAD drawing tutorials

 

MecSoft's RhinoCAM Software Review, Pt 3

Daniel Dobrzynski, Mar 22, 2013

5-axis indexed machining, considering machine operation options, parameters, tool path simulation methods

more RhinoCAM reviews

 

MecSoft's RhinoCAM Software Review, Pt 2

Daniel Dobrzynski, Mar 18, 2013

Tools for flats roughing, parallel finishing, projection pocketing, horizontal hill machining, 4-axis hole making

more RhinoCAM reviews

 

MecSoft's RhinoCAM Software Review, Pt 1

Daniel Dobrzynski, Mar 14, 2013

Rhino plug-in has core technology for 5-axis continuous milling module, powerful new tool path generation methods

more RhinoCAM reviews

 

How to Automatically Display the Plotting Scale on Your AutoCAD Drawing

Ellen Finkelstein, Mar 18, 2013

Set scale for viewport, MTEXT command to access text editor, select object under field names, choose scale in property box

more AutoCAD plotting tutorials

 

Viewing, Sharing Revit and SketchUp Models with Vizerra Revizto

Ralph Grabowski, Mar 12, 2013

Revizto converts Revit, SketchUp models to visual information model format, helps view files output, stores VIM files on cloud

more AEC articles

 

Fix Old, Messy AutoCAD Drawings

Ellen Finkelstein, Mar 11, 2013

Check old system variables, fix objects not set to ByLayer, text, dimensions on multiple layers, styles

more AutoCAD drawing tutorials

 

Lattice Technology's Ultra Lightweight XVL Format and Software

Ralph Grabowski, Feb 7, 2013

Surprisingly small files make it models easier to view, yet accurate enough to measure, interview with product manager

more Lattice Technology reviews

 

Zuken's E3.series: Driving Automotive Evolution

Jason Brett, Feb 4, 2013

ESG Automotive uses object-oriented architecture of E3.series software to solve electrical, electronic design challenges

more MCAD articles

 

MecSoft's VisualMILL and VisualCAD Software for Computer-Aided Machining

John Callen, Feb 1, 2013

Fully configurable UI, VisualMILL can create standardized definitions, VisualCAD has good modeling capability

more VisualMILL reviews

 

MSC Software Offers e-Xstream Materials Engineering

Shaun Bryant, Jan 28, 2013

Q&A with Jan Seyfarth, product manager for Digimat, about line of products, composites tests, material modeling

more engineering analysis articles

 

GRAITEC Advance Steel Software

Jeffrey Heimgartner, Jan 29, 2013

Easy learning curve, powerful, intuitive quick cut, quick connection commands, good tech support but cumbersome 3D view manipulation, hiccup in OSNAPs, more tutorials needed

more civil engineering articles

 

Getting an Edge Over SolidWorks - Pt 5

Chris McAndrew, Jan 25, 2013

Smoother installation, intuitive layout, UI, intuitive modeling, editing with Synchronous Technology

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Working with 2D Files and Drawings in Solid Edge ST

Chris McAndrew, Jan 22, 2013

Entirely functional drawing module in communicating details of 3D models in 2D drawings, easy-to-use file management system

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Editing Engineering and Production Models with Solid Edge

Chris McAndrew, Jan 18, 2013

No construction sketches, ability to make changes to base geometry relationships, live rules to define, lock relations

more Solid Edge reviews

 

Cloud-Based Project Management with TeamPlatform

Phil Magenheim, Jan 17, 2013

Supports wide range of 3D formats, includes online visualization tools, can exports workspace data to Excel, $25/month per member for Pro Team version

more cloud articles

 

AMD FirePro Solutions: Eyefinity Graphics Workstation, Remote Graphics Server and Professional APU Tablet

Tom Lansford, Jan 15, 2013

Fujitsu 1-U remote graphics workstation with AMD FirePro W7000, FirePro-capable APU in tablet were displayed in 3DExperience event

more CAD hardware articles

 

Understanding Solid Edge ST5, Pt 1: Installing Solid Edge

Chris McAndrew, Jan 17, 2013

Basic installation includes help system, step-by-step tutorials, prompt bar provides in-context help, instructions

more Solid Edge reviews

 

How the New ZWCAD+ Differs from the Older ZWCAD

 Rakesh Rao, Jan 14, 2013

List of missing functions in ZWCAD+, has ability to import Excel data as entities or as single MTEXT, good handling of raster image files

more ZWCAD reviews

 

Monica Menghini on the New 3DExperience Platform

 Tom Lansford, Jan 14, 2013

Dassault's executive vice president for industry, marketing, communication talks about 3D experiences for Dassault customers, adding extensive information capture, presentation technologies

more CATIA articles

 

No Limits with Lenovo's ThinkStation D30

 John Evans, Jan 11, 2013

Two 8-core Intel Xeon E5 2687W CPUs, 16GB SDRAM, NVIDIA Quadro 5000 graphics card, impressive workstation for multi-purpose high-capability modeling, price over $8K

more Lenovo workstation reviews

 

AMD FirePro W5000 Graphics Card

 Dimitrios Karamanlidis, Jan 10, 2013

Installation procedure, 7.7 score on Windows benchmark, impressive results on AutoCAD benchmark, specifications

more graphics card reviews

 

GRAITEC Advance Steel: Connections & Joints

 James Finkel, Jan 8, 2013

Full-featured structural steel design system, 3 versions available, work within AutoCAD, bi-directional import/export function, provides country-specific, international shapes

more civil engineering articles

 

Geolus Shape-Based Searching for Reusing CAD Parts

 Melanie Perry, Jan 7, 2013

Has ability to digitize shapes, can compare indices, reports comparison of size of search part, resultant part as percentage

more PLM articles

 

CADPower for AutoCAD and BricsCAD

 Ralph Grabowski, Jan 3, 2013

Super charged version of express tools, provides identical set of commands, increases efficiency in drafting work at reasonable purchase price of $129

more AutoCAD articles, Bricscad articles

 

Lenovo C30 ThinkStation

 Ray Howard, Jan 2, 2013

Impressive hi-def display, lightning fast drive performance, limited storage space, 800-watt system runs quietly, built to perform, sustain for long product lifecycle,

more Lenovo workstation reviews

 

A Triple-CAM Software Review: MecSoft's VisualMILL, VisualMILL for SolidWorks, and FreeMILL

 Daniel Dobrzynski, Dec 18, 2012

User-friendly browser, wide range of post processors available, offers toolpath simulation, affordable price

more VisualMILL reviews

 

Zuken E3.WireWorks Review

 Jason Brett, Dec 18, 2012

Specifically optimized for use with SolidWorks Premium edition, has easy learning curve, manages to bring electrical, mechanical designs together nicely

more MCAD articles

 

Review of ZWCAD Mechanical

 Ron Green, Dec 17, 2012

Easy-to-learn UI, exhaustive library of mechanical parts, shaft, gear generator tools, part builder feature, supports commonly-used drawing standards

more ZWCAD reviews

 

IronCAD 2013

 Ryan Reid, Dec 11, 2012

Easy-to-learn, implement IntelliShapes, offers hybrid platform for direct modeling, feature-based modeling, has ability to move parts around different assemblies

more IronCAD reviews

 

Xi PowerGo XT Review - Matt Lombard

The Xi PowerGo XT

Matt Lombard, Dec 3, 2012

17.3" portable workstation with Intel’s Core i7 3840 QM 2.8/3.8GHz processor, backlit keyboard, 2 graphics boards, scores high on PassMark benchmark

more laptop reviews

AMD FirePro W7000 Video Card Review - Matt Lombard

AMD FirePro W7000 Video Card Review

Matt Lombard, Dec 13, 2012

Impressive 3D CAD video card with 4GB GDDR5 memory, has CrossFire capability, earns Windows Experience Index of 7.8

more graphics card reviews

Siemens Rulestream - Chris McAndrew

Designing Point of Purchase (POP) Displays for Consumer Packaged Goods with Rulestream

Chris McAndrew, Dec 10, 2012

Q&A with Rick Smith of Siemens about enhancing Rulestream for consumer packaged goods industry, integration with Teamcenter, complementing IT structures, justifying ROI

more engineering articles

Solid Edge Student Art - Matt Lombard

Students Using Solid Edge for Artful Contrivance

Matt Lombard, Dec 7, 2012

Utah State University students taking classes in 3D design, engineering graphics to create 3D printable parts

more Solid Edge articles

TurboSite for iPad - Shaun Bryant

IMSI TurboSite for iPad

Shaun Bryant, Dec 10, 2012

Survey app with easy-to-use, simple UI, GeoWalk, GeoNudge features for tracking locations, tools to measure dimensions on drawing, tally with actual site dimensions

more AEC articles

ZWCAD+ 2012 - Ray Howard

Review of ZWCAD+ 2012

Ray Howard, Dec 4, 2012

Impressive release with affordable price, writes native DWG format, includes DXF translation, full AutoLISP functionality, new ribbon interface, SmartMouse gestures

more ZWCAD reviews

Be Inspired 2012 - Going Mobile - Roopinder Tara

Be Inspired 2012 - Going Mobile

Roopinder Tara, Dec 4, 2012

Bentley is moving forward on mobilization of data but still respectful of desktop apps

more AEC articles

 

Kubotek KeyCreator Analysis - Ryan Reid

Keys to Analysis Creation: Reviewing Kubotek KeyCreator Analysis

Ryan Reid, Nov 27, 2012

imports directly translated 3D models, offers extensive list of translators, adequate capabilities of constraints, easy-to-access dynamic simulation tools, faster animation

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TurboSite iPad App by IMSI/Design - Rakesh Rao

Software Review: IMSI/Design's TurboSite for iPad

Rakesh Rao, Nov 21, 2012

Easy-to-use tablet-based software app. Drawing interface, layer support, named views, paper-space layouts, GeoNudge feature to fine-tune location, orientation of GeoMarks.

More AEC articles

 

Lenovo ThinkStation - Emmanuel Garcia

Lenovo ThinkStation E31 SFF Review

Emmanuel Garcia, Nov 16, 2012

3.3GHz Xeon E3-1230V2 CPU, NVIDIA Quadro 600 video card, 3 yr warranty, good performance

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Interview with Spatial CEO Jean-Marc Guillard

Roopinder Tara, Nov 12, 2012

managing 2 kernels, Dassault's CGM vs ACIS, functional parity, choice depends on what applications customer needs to interface with, more.

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3DMTP for 3D Printing of Architectural Models - Paul Munford

3DMTP For 3D Printing of Architectural Models

Paul Munford, Nov 8, 2012

Prints 3D scaled models at affordable price, accepts variety of formats, Q&A with 3DMTP executives

More rapid prototyping articles, AEC articles

 

IronCAD 2012 Introduction - Alexander Murray

Introduction to IronCAD 2012

Alexander Murray, Nov 5, 2012

Creating 3D model using 2D sketches, importing sketches from drawing

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Lenovo ThinkPad W530 Review - Matt Lombard

Hardware Review: Lenovo ThinkPad W530

Matt Lombard, Nov 1, 2012

Portable CAD workstation with Core i7-3920XM processor, latest Quadro K2000M card, 15.6" display with full HD, 2 USB 3.0 ports

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Lenovo ThinkStation S30 Review - Srihari Gangaraj

Lenovo ThinkStation S30: Power, Performance and Stamina

Srihari Gangaraj, Oct 29, 2012

midrange workstation with single core Xeon CPU, NVIDIA Quadro graphics card, 2 DVI ports, impressive performance, good option for CAE

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Luxion KeyShot Rendering Software Review - Chris McAndrew

An Engineer Reviews KeyShot Rendering Software From Luxion

Chris McAndrew, Oct 24, 2012

Clean startup screen with simple toolbar, pre-defined settings deliver powerful rendering package with short learning curve

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ZWCAD+ 2012 vs IntelliCAD 7 Comparison - Ralph Grabowski

ZWCAD+ 2012 vs IntelliCAD 7

Ralph Grabowski, Oct 24, 2012

ZWSOFT has always emphasized ZWCAD's compatibility with AutoCAD. With the "plus" rewrite, ZWCAD is well placed as a replacement for IntelliCAD-based CAD programs

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Vectorworks Cloud Services - Christopher Fugitt

Vectorworks Cloud Services

Christopher Fugitt, Oct 23, 2012

Exclusively for Vectorworks Service Select members, cloud service is easy to use; iOS app, Vectorworks Nomad available for taking field notes

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Rulestream Engineer-To-Order - Ralph Grabowski

Rulestream Engineer-To-Order

Ralph Grabowski, Oct 22, 2012

Meant for custom product manufacturers, helps in automating engineering processes by integrating with CAD, PLM, ERP systems

More engineering articles

ZWCAD+ 2012 Review - David Kingsley

ZWCAD+ 2012 Hands On Review

David Kingsley, Oct 17, 2012

Standard version offers populated set of tool palettes, solid, surface modeling options, VpMax command, SmartMouse feature, drawing tabs to navigate through multiple opened drawings

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ZWCAD+ 2012 vs AutoCAD 2013 Comparison - Ralph Grabowski

ZWCAD+ 2012 vs AutoCAD 2013

Ralph Grabowski, Oct 11, 2012

ZWCAD+ 2012 matches AutoCAD in command bar functions, impressive SmartMouseConfig command, supports command aliases; howevver, ZWCAD+ costs a quarter of AutoCAD

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E3 .series Electrical CAD Software Review - Jason Brett

E3.series Electrical CAD Software Review

Jason Brett, Oct 16, 2012

Handles wide range of electrical design tasks, has undockable interface windows, well-written, easy-to-search help files

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Linking Revit with Spreadsheets Using Ideate's BIMLink - Elise Moss

Linking Revit with Spreadsheets Using Ideate's BIMLink

Elise Moss, Oct 3, 2012

Sheet sorting, using BIMLink with hardware schedules, generating room numbers, names, managing occupancy loads, running spell check

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Spatial's 3D Insiders' Summit 2012 - Ralph Grabowski

Spatial's 3D Insiders' Summit 2012

Ralph Grabowski, Oct 2, 2012

Apps using InterOp R23 can extract tessellated data, graphical PMI from CAD files; future plans for CGM release 3

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ZWCAD+ 2012 vs AutoCAD 2013 Comparison - Ralph Grabowski

Q&A: Zuken

Ralph Grabowski, Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Hackney of Zuken about its history, E3.series, modules, E3.WireWorks for SolidWorks, customer base, competing against CAD vendors

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AMD Graphics Business Units & New Graphics Boards - Ralph Grabowski

Q&A: AMD's Graphics Business Unit and Its New Graphics Boards

Ralph Grabowski, Sep 24, 2012

Allen Bourgoyne of AMD about its history, Heterogeneous System Architecture, effect of cloud, new line of FirePro graphics boards

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Luxion KeyShot Q&A - Ralph Grabowski

Q&A: Luxion KeyShot

Ralph Grabowski, Sep 17, 2012

Windows, Mac support, lighting set up, future plans, features of KeyShot 3.3, KeyShotVR, Luxion Sabertooth technique, future of rendering developing

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Synergis Adept Engineering Document Management System Review - Rande Robinson

Introduction to Synergis Adept Engineering Document Management System, Pt 2

Rande Robinson, Sep 11, 2012

Synergis Adept comes with an easy-to-use client interface, concurrent licensing options, built in file viewer, markup, file versioning option, good documentation, support

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Synergis Adept Engineering Document Management System Review - Rande Robinson

Introduction to Synergis Adept Engineering Document Management System, Pt 1

Rande Robinson, Sep 4, 2012

Quick overview of Synergis Adept, hardware and software requirements, standard price list

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Ideate BIMlink - Ralph Grabowski

Q&A: Ideate BIMlink

Ralph Grabowski, Aug 27, 2012

background, working of BIMLink, deciding about data extraction, competitors, pricing

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GRAITEC Advance's BIM Capabilities for Structural Design - Protim Banerjee

GRAITEC Advance's BIM Capabilities for Structural Design

Protim Banerjee,  Aug 20, 2012

compatibility with Revit Structure 2012, export/import between Revit Structure and Advance Design, sharing models between GRAITEC products

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North American Eagle Using Modified Jet Fighter in Land Speed Record Bid - Rachel Park

North American Eagle Using Modified Jet Fighter in Land Speed Record Bid

Rachel Park,  Aug 13, 2012

Team aims to go faster than 763 MPH; CFD analysis running on Lenovo workstations is critical

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Solid Edge ST4 Review - John Evans

In-Depth Review of Solid Edge ST4, Pt 2

John Evans, July 24, 2012

In-depth review of Solid Edge ST4, discussing for example Explode-Render-Animate (ERA) and drawings environments

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GRAITEC Advance Steel Review - Dimitrios Karamanlidis

Advance Steel Review

Dimitrios Karamanlidis, July 12, 2012

Part of GRAITEC Advance suite, Advance Steel software is easy-to-learn, available for AutoCAD or stand-alone, compatible with Space PilotPro 3D mouse; however, documentation needs improvement

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Solid Edge ST4 Review - John Evans

In-Depth Review of Solid Edge ST4, Pt 1

John Evans, July 20, 2012

In depth review of Solid Edge ST4 covers aspects of synchronous technology, 3D modeling: smart dimensions, PMI, relationships, live rules, face relate, triad tool

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TEDCF Publishing's Training Bundle for Inventor - John Evans

TEDCF Publishing's Training Bundle for Inventor

John Evans, July 16, 2012

Courses' details, criteria, training on advanced topics for US$299.95, highly recommended

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TurboCAD LTE 4 and TurboCAD LTE 4 Pro Review - Emmanuel Garcia

TurboCAD LTE 4 and LTE 4 Pro Review

Emmanuel Garcia, July 6, 2012

Similar to AutoCAD Architecture's AEC smart parametric objects, API platform available for CAD developers, but 64-bit version unavailable, limited adoption of OS GUI features

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Vectorworks 2012 Review - Christopher Fugitt

What I Didn't Know About Vectorworks 2012

Christopher Fugitt, June 28, 2012

Veteran AutoCAD & Civil 3D user explores Vectorworks, finds gems, including impressive callout, site tools, ability to break up objects in drawings to layers, classes

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Synergis Q&A

Synergis Q&A

Ralph Grabowski, June 14, 2012

Scott Lamond, VP of sales and marketing, and Chris Fabri, director of solutions engineering at Synergis Software talk to us about the company, Adept, product and document management, competition and cooperation with CAD companies, more

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GRAITEC Q&A - Ralph Grabowski

GRAITEC Q&A

Ralph Grabowski, June 22, 2012

Alexandre Tartas, COO of GRAITEC, discusses promoting software for designing concrete, steel structures, market share, strategy to compete in US market

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GRAITEC Q&A - Ralph Grabowski

PC or Workstation - What's the Difference?

Ralph Grabowski, June 21, 2012

Detailed look at differentiating areas: CPU/GPU, expansion capabilities, quality

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TurboCAD Pro v19 Review - Ralph Grabowski

Review: TurboCAD Pro 19

Ralph Grabowski, June 15, 2012

Well-known TurboCAD Pro a competent replacement for AutoCAD 2D drafting, integrated architectural modeling

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Vectorworks Q&A - Ralph Grabowski

Vectorworks Q&A

Ralph Grabowski, June 12, 2012

Pioneering cloud for CAD users, interview with Jeremy Powell, Global Director of Product Marketing at Nemetschek Vectorworks

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Siemens Rulestream Engineer-to-Order - Ralph Grabowski

Q&A: Siemens Rulestream Engineer-to-Order

Ralph Grabowski, Apr 27, 2012

Being part of Siemens PLM, pricing cost, reasons to select Rulestream, training required, partly/entirely Web based

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Dell T-Series Workstations - Ralph Grabowski

Dell's New T-series Workstations

Ralph Grabowski, Apr 26, 2012

Have Xeon CPUs, run on 1300W power supply, reliable memory technology, starting price is $2,149

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CAD Geometry Comparison Tools - Matt Lombard

Overview of CAD Geometry Comparison Tools

Matt Lombard, Apr 3, 2012

Kubotek Compare, CapVidia, CCE EnSuite, ITI TranscenData CADIQ, Core Technologie 3D_Evolution, AutoVue, Sescoi WorkNC, TurboCAD Drawing Compare

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Solid Edge ST4 - Ease-of-Use Review

John Evans, Mar 13, 2012

CAD veteran puts Solid Edge to the test for ease of use, able to make parts, assemblies without help - almost

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The World That Changed the Machine - John Marchant

The World That Changed the Machine

John Marchant, Mar 7, 2012

Solid Edge used in design of Edison2, lightweight car winner of X-Prize

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Kubotek's KeyCreator Compare Review - Matt Lombard

Kubotek's KeyCreator Compare - Review

Article by Matt Lombard, Feb 2, 2012

Finds differences between two sets of geometric data, helps make changes to imported parts with ease. Suitably priced, but some usability issues remain.

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Introduction to Solid Edge & Synchronous Technology - Ralph Grabowski

Introduction to Solid Edge & Synchronous Technology

Article by Ralph Grabowski, Jan 30, 2012

Dan Staples provides an overview of Synchronous Technology and Solid Edge. Interview by Ralph Grabowski.

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Kubotek's KeyCreator Compare Review - John Evans

Kubotek's KeyCreator Compare - Review

Article by John Evans, Jan 31, 2012

Sub-set of KeyCreator, Compare allows you to compare parts or assemblies to find differences that may have developed over time.

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KeyCreator Compare - Ralph Grabowski

KeyCreator Compare - Interview

Article by Ralph Grabowski, Jan 16, 2012

Kubotek comes out with an app that compares one version of geometry with another and highlights changes. Interview by Ralph Grabowski.

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