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July 2011

A CAD Manager's Letter to IT - CAD manager asking for login privileges, 2-way communication, involvement with IT department while taking crucial decisions, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 27, 2011 (more CAD management articles)

Four Practical Approaches to Improving SolidWorks Performance - take care of software, hardware performance, keep updating cycle of software, hardware, Josh Mings, CADspeed, July 27, 2011 (more SolidWorks articles)

SolidWorks Tech Tip: How Did You Make That Picture? - PhotoView 360 add-in to create picture, applying appearances to model, CAPUniversity, July 27, 2011 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Tekla BIMsight 1.2 - free, easy-to-use software for spatial co-ordination, performing visual checks, automated clash detection, includes markup tools to aid collaboration, Stuart Wilkes, AEC Magazine, July 26, 2011 (more AEC articles)

Oasys MassMotion - impressive crowd simulation and analysis engine can simulate from individual pedestrians to massive crowds, but highly priced, Martyn Day, AEC Magazine, July 25, 2011 (more AEC articles)

Design Tool Sector Soars - CIMdata reports 9.7% growth in PLM market in 2009; other major trends predicted for future, Beth Stackpole, Design News, July 27, 2011 (more PLM articles)

That Free DraftSight Keeps Getting Better - runs more OS than does AutoCAD, one command can place every kind of dimension, dimensions can be placed in sheet view, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 27, 2011 (more DraftSight articles)

The Future of CAD Without Files? - CATIA system connects directly to ENOVIA back-end, AutoCAD WS on cloud trying to minimize need of CAD files on disc, Oleg Shilovitsky, PLM Think Tank, July 27, 2011 (more CAD industry articles)

Draw 2D Isometric Views - SNAP or DSETTINGS command in AutoCAD, LT is Still AutoCAD, July 27, 2011 (more AutoCAD tips)

Formatting Text in Layout on a Mac - default ruler at top of screen in SketchUp shows some hidden typographic controls, Aidan Chopra, SketchUp Blog, July 27, 2011 (more SketchUp articles)

Is My Drawing a Civil 3D Drawing? - check 'named object dictionary' in database, look for object named 'root', Isaac Rodriguez, Civilized Development, July 26, 2011 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Crazy for Management - managing Civil 3D object styles, labels, data shortcuts, survey, templates, Christopher Fugitt, AUGI Library, July 2011 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Importing Styles Into Civil 3D Drawings - 'import style' command in Civil 3D 2012 to import styles from desired source drawing or template, Rick Ellis, Cadapult, July 2011 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2012: Taking Steps to Unite Freeform, Direct, and Parametric Modeling - ability to perform freeform edits to parametric part, symmetry command for creating complex surfaces, smooth, manageable workflow with Fusion, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, July 27, 2011 (more Inventor reviews)

Inventor iLogic (Mass to Custom iProperties) - populating custom iProperty with lbs, kg units, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, July 27, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Constraint Persistence: My Best Friend. My Worst Enemy - constraint inference vs persistence, toggling constraint persistence, Paul Munford, CAD Setter Out, July 28, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

PTC Q2 Beats Guidance - And It's Not Due to MKS - $292 million revenue generated, license revenue up 21%, 27 large deals reported, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, July 26, 2011 (more PTC articles)

PTC Sets 3rd Quarter Revenue Record - net income for quarter up 44%, North America revenue generated $105 million, sales recovering in all sectors, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, July 27, 2011 (more PTC articles)

Creating Bend Features - Creo Parametric 1.0 tutorial, Adam Haas, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Placing UDFs - placing user defined feature in Creo Parametric model, Adam Haas, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Creating Coincident Constraints Using Geometry - Creo Parametric 1.0 tutorial, Adam Haas, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

A Lack of Trust in Drawings and 3D - mistrust of architect drawings among builders prevents them from using digital design data, delaying construction projects, Robert Jamieson, AEC Magazine, July 25, 2011 (more AEC articles)

Achieving Global Collaboration - open approach to ISO 15926 data standard is needed to achieve multidiscipline interoperability, ROI, greater collaboration, while keeping costs down, Anne-Marie Walters, AEC Magazine, July 26, 2011 (more collaboration articles)

Design Apps Hit the iPad - TurboViewer, AutoCAD WS, 3DVIA Mobile HD, Teamcenter Mobility are available, Beth Stackpole, Design News, July 25, 2011 (more MCAD articles)

Changing How Selected Faces Highlight in Shaded Mode - disabling shaded face highlighting in SolidWorks model, John Setzer, SolidNotes, July 26, 2011 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Graphisoft ArchiCAD 15 - element-level renovation tools, ability to import MEP IFCs, integrate MEP elements within system, support for 'passive' building performance, Martyn Day, AEC Magazine, July 26, 2011 (more ArchiCAD reviews)

3D Systems Acquires Alibre - acquisition targeting 'maker' market will become bright spot in American manufacturing industry, Beth Stackpole, Design News, July 22, 2011 (more Alibre articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Democratization Debate - An Interview with Bob Williams - Autodesk executive on democratization of engineering software, learning curve vs ease of use of simulation software, achieving accuracy in product design process, John Evans, Design and Motion, July 26, 2011 (more Autodesk Simulation articles, engineering analysis articles)

Filter Selection with Selection Set - creating program to run, select dimensions in drawing, moving it to annotation layer in AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, July 2011 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

An AutoCAD Hip Tip on Turning Splines into Plines - SPLINEDIT or PEDIT command, Lynn Allen's Blog, July 26, 2011 (more AutoCAD tips)

Translating Tooltips in AutoCAD, Inventor and Revit Using .NET - Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 26, 2011 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Mass Summation in Part Lists for Components with Same Part Number But Different Lengths - Inventor tutorial, Being Inventive, July 26, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

The In-Canvas Display - introduction to mini-toolbar, dynamic interface on in-canvas display in Inventor, TEDCF Publishing, YouTube, July 7, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Water Line Best Practices - using pipe networks for modeling waterlines in Civil 3D, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, July 26, 2011 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Linked Element Geometry Access - Instance.GetTransform, Instance.GetTotalTransform methods in Revit 2012 API to analyze geometry of linked files, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 26, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Importing Google Earth Topography to AutoCAD and Then to Revit - turning Google Earth terrain into Revit topography, Marti Broquetas, CAD Addict, July 27, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Worksets at a Glance - enabling, using worksets, preparing, creating central file, creating local copy of central file for editing purposes, Daryl Gregoire, Revit Rocks!, July 23, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Lecture Theatre Presentation Plans - 2D, 3D section view, plan view, Daryl Gregoire, Revit Rocks!, July 21, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Some Questions Answered About PTC's Creo 1.0 - Creo integration with industrial design, CAM, Windchill-Creo interaction, direct modeling capabilities of Creo, upgrade path, associated cost, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, July 25, 2011 (more PTC articles)

Sketcher Workflow Enhancements - Creo Parametric 1.0 tutorial, Adam Haas, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Using the Reference Viewer to Display & Break Dependencies - break dependencies in Creo Parametric 1.0 before models are checked into PDM system, Mark Taddonio, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Using the Curvature Analysis Tool - analyze, edit curvature of model at its curve, surface connections in Creo Parametric 1.0, Mark Taddonio, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

The Road Ahead - Bentley on challenges in maintaining InRoads, Geopak, MX tools, products changes since 1980s, growth potential for transportation software globally, Martyn Day, AEC Magazine, July 24, 2011 (more InRoads articles)

Spatial CGM Capabilities Webinar - Q&A on CGM complimenting ACIS, platforms for CGM, interface with 3DXML, developing scripting interface, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, July 26, 2011 (more CATIA articles)

The Future of 3D PDF - with other firms, Adobe launched 3D PDF Consortium to help guide development of 3D PDF, PRC file format, Martyn Day, AEC Magazine, July 25, 2011 (more PDF articles)

Updating CivilB - avoiding design interferences, soft vs hard clashes, explaining irregularly shaped corridors using CivilB, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, July 26, 2011 (more civil engineering articles)

Knovel: 600 More Mathcad Worksheets Go Online - worksheets offer content for electrical engineering, power systems engineering, finite element basics, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, July 25, 2011 (more Mathcad articles)

Utilizing Command Tools on Palettes in AutoCAD Architecture - adding command tool to palette, modifying properties of command tool, Applying Technology to Architecture, July 25, 2011 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Dynamic Blocks, Pt 8 - Entry to Polar Parameters - locating polar parameter, polar stretch action in AutoCAD, Erhan Toker, Daily AutoCAD, July 26, 2011 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Translating Tooltips in Both AutoCAD and Revit Using .NET - Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 25, 2011 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Turn Off Parts in Views Without Using View Representations - Autodesk Inventor tip, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, July 25, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Optimize AutoCAD Civil 3D Performance: Hardware, Operating System and Workflow Upgrades - use code set styles, avoid option to grid clip profile views, use single-label components, Karen Weiss, CADspeed, July 21, 2011 (more Civil 3D articles)

Cannot Uninstall and/or Reinstall - remove registry keys to allow installer to remove/reinstall Civil 3D, Almas Suljevic, Being Civil, July 25, 2011 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk Revit 2012 - support for 3DConnexion devices, CAD export improvements, Revit Server introduced, Paul Woddy, AEC Magazine, July 25, 2011 (more Revit reviews)

Up-front Organization - managing Revit template files, family library, details, schedules, David Raynor, AUGI Library, July 2011 (more Revit articles)

3Dconnexion Invasion of Planet Revit - facts about 3Dconnexion, controller cap, 6 degrees of freedom sensor, features of SpaceExplorer, SpaceNavigator, choosing right model, Michael Anonuevo, Club Revit, July 25, 2011 (more mice reviews, Revit articles)

Revit Implementation: Workflow Tricks - editing Revit.ini file, keeping files in parent Revit directory, AUGI Library, July 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Top Faces of Sloped Wall - identify wall elevation profile, access each face of wall, go through all of its edges in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 25, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Telehandler Family Tire Creation - modeling tires, rims in Revit using revolve command, Marcello Sgambelluri, Simply Complex, July 21, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Some Fun Direct Modeling with Chain and Sprocket - Creo Elements/Direct modeling tutorial, Paul Hamilton of PTC, July 25, 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials, MCAD articles)

Creating Dimension, Direction and Axis Patterns - pattern tool in Creo Parametric 1.0, Mark Taddonio, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Automatically Adding and Removing Material - overview of graphical changes in Creo Parametric 1.0, Adam Haas, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Creating Draft Surface Connections - draft connections for curves in Creo Parametric 1.0, Mark Taddonio, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Creo 1.0: Creo Parametric Sketching and Editing Demo'd - fast access to sketching environment, on-the-fly reference picking, dynamic preview, unified editing capabilities, Geoff Hedges, Creo, May 3, 2011 (more Pro/E articles)

Set Up an Online Backup System for Your CAD Data, Pt 3 - The Enterprise Solution - Barracuda Backup Service offers hardware/service solution for local/off-site backup of CAD data, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, July 21, 2011 (more CAD management articles)

Kubotek's ECO Manager: A Usable Difference Report? - helps visualize, organize differences between 2 models, automatically generating visual change report for user, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, July 22, 2011 (more MCAD articles)

Creating Siding (Weatherboards) in Vectorworks 2010-2011 - Frangisole plug-in to create sunshades, Jonathan Pickup, Archoncad, July 22, 2011 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

How to Create a Meaty Mid-Plane (Boundary) Sweep in SolidWorks - Josh Mings, SolidSmack, July 21, 2011 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Autofill AutoCAD Table Data Like You Do in Excel - copying data along row or column, automatically creating incremental data, Ellen Finkelstein, AutoCAD Tips Blog, July 21, 2011 (more AutoCAD tips)

Overview of UCS Control Options - modifying UCS in AutoCAD 2012, Robert Green, AutoCAD Exchange, July 2011 (more AutoCAD UCS tutorials)

Rotated But Not Aligned - working with isometric drawings that are not perfectly square using AutoCAD, Isaac Harper, AutoCAD Exchange, July 2011 (more AutoCAD drawing tutorials)

New Bid Express Extension for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 - downloadable extension from subscription center helps estimate cost of construction projects based on custom pay item lists, Jason Hickey, Being Civil, July 21, 2011 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

ACA: Adding a Style-Based Property Set - creating style-based property set in AutoCAD Architecture, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, July 23, 2011 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Multiple Plotter Support File Paths - option available for printer configuration (PC3), printer description (PMP), plot style table (CTB/STB), Kate Morrical, LT Unlimited, July 22, 2011 (more AutoCAD LT tutorials)

Event Scope - getting events from all Vault clients on computer, Vault Explorer scope, CAD application scope using plug-in, 'application X' scope without using plug-in, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, July 22, 2011 (more Vault articles)

A Look at 3ds Max and Autodesk Project Photofly 2.0 - creating 3D model from 2D images, importing to 3ds Max to optimize resultant mesh, Jamie Gwilliam, Jamie's Jewels, July 21, 2011 (more Photofly articles, 3ds Max tutorials)

3ds Max Quick Tip: Make an Object See-Through - use Alt+X shortcut key or object properties, Jamie Gwilliam, Jamie's Jewels, July 21, 2011 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

3dsMax Quick Tip: 16>32-Bit Files - benefits of float/half-float data, Jamie Gwilliam, Jamie's Jewels, July 22, 2011 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Emboss Text in an iPart - pros, cons of using iPart + Excel + VBA, iPart + VBA, iLogic methods in Inventor, Being Inventive, July 21, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

How to Avoid Ambiguity When Customizing the Marking Menu - replacing 'project geometry' command in 2D sketch marking menu by point creation command in Inventor, Being Inventive, July 20, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Vault Not Available in Inventor? - Vault type project file should be active in Inventor, check if Vault add-in is loaded, must be logged into Vault, Thomas Rambach, CADToolbox.com, July 21, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

RTC 2011 North America - Autodesk CEO Carl Bass on infinite computing, resources, 3D scanning, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, July 21, 2011 (more Revit articles)

Revit Keyboard Shortcuts: Just For You - And You Know Who You Are - Jay Zallan, Fear and Loathing In a CAD vs. BIM World, July 22, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2012 Export to IFC Does Not Include Columns - workaround is creating view for each level before IFC export, Ryan Duell, Revit Clinic, July 22, 2011 (more Revit articles)

Retrieve Railing Elements - using filters in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 21, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Using Annotations and Saving Annotation Sets - creating annotation type markups, saving in annotation set in Creo View 1.0, Mark Taddonio, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Rolling Ball Method - Full Rounds - creating round geometry in Creo Elements/Pro 5.0, Daniel Bringman, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Quick Start to Integrating Multiple Models into Single Design - identifying differences between multiple designs in Creo Parametric, John Peng, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Windchill SocialLink Quick Tour - brief review of product communities linked to Windchill to share knowledge, leverage people during product development, YouTube, July 21, 2011 (more Windchill articles)

What Will Alibre CAD Become? - 3D Systems focusing on increasing DIY customers for selling their low-end 3D printers, Scott Sweeney, Kubotek, July 20, 2011 (more Alibre articles, rapid prototyping articles)

SolidWorks Tech Tip: Symmetry vs. Circular Symmetry in Simulation - CAPUniversity, July 20, 2011 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

CAMWorks Makes eDrawings One Cut Better - easy markup tools in eDrawing for adding dimensions, notes to SolidWorks part, Lars Christensen, cadcamstuff.com, July 20, 2011 (more SolidWorks articles)

Podcast Assembly Mode Tips 2 - animating arrow using assembly groups, associative paths in 3DVIA Composer, YouTube, July 18, 2011 (more 3DVIA articles)

'Engineering Cloud' Promises to Modernize Manufacturing - Fujitsu offers specialized cloud computing platform hosting CAD, analytic software, using remote virtual environment computing technique, Charles Babcock, InformationWeek, June 22, 2011 (more cloud articles)

Publish Your 3D Model to an iPad - supported CAD formats include: Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, Pro/E, YouTube, July 18, 2011 (more MCAD articles)

Femap Tips and Tricks: Model Bounding Box - significance of Femap model bounding box, YouTube, July 20, 2011 (more Femap articles)

Dell Precision T1600 Workstation - 3.4-GHz quad-core Xeon processor, NVIDIA Quadro 2000 graphics card, supports dual monitors, 4 GB of 1,333 MHz, DDR3 SDRAM, quiet workstation, highly praised by author, Art Liddle, Cadalyst, July 20, 2011 (more Dell workstation reviews)

Top 5 AutoCAD Productivity Apps - Clipboard Manager, OffsetinXref, DWF/PDF Batch Publish, FacetCurve, DimensionPatrol, Gil Cordle, CAD Clues, July 19, 2011 (more AutoCAD articles)

SAC: LaneOutsideSuperWithShoulder - subassembly composer in Civil 3D to provide backing for paving, Christopher Fugitt, Civil 3D Reminders, July 20, 2011 (more Civil 3D articles)

Alternate Units - Seriously? - options to show alternate units in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, July 18, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Alternate Units - Pt 2 - setting type parameters, setting units from within type parameters in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, July 19, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Translate Revit Tooltips - tooltip translation mechanism uses AdWindows.dll to translate tooltips into 35 different languages, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 20, 2011 (more Revit articles)

Revit Local Server Down: Next Steps and Data Collection - verify central server is online, try to connect via Revit server administrator or remote desktop, Ryan Duell, Revit Clinic, July 14, 2011 (more Revit articles)

Creating a Cam Follower Connection, Spring & Damper - cam follower connection changing mechanism action in Creo Parametric 1.0, Mark Taddonio, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Assembling a Mechanism Using Connection Sets - moving assembly parts with different degrees of freedom in Creo Parametric 1.0, Mark Taddonio, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Using Workspace Frames - undo and/or redo actions in Creo Elements/Pro CAD data management Windchill session, Marty Garnsey, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Windchill articles)

New AIA Docs Web App: AIA Talks to Architosh About Its New Plans - benefits of online version of AIA Contract Documents software, compatibility with iPad, iPhone, multi-party support, better security, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, July 19, 2011 (more AEC articles)

Set Up an Online Backup System for Your CAD Data, Pt 2 - The Freelancer and the Small Business Owner - free Dropbox is good option for freelancers; small business can opt for Carbonite service, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, July 20, 2011 (more CAD management articles)

SIMULIA Abaqus6.11 - interactive mapping feature, expanding multiphysics capabilities, assembled fasteners, new types of physics models introduced, improved visualization, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, July 19, 2011 (more Abaqus reviews)

Asking the Crowd How to Make Something - unlike traditional manufacturing, crowdsourcing involves community of people who provide ideas about designing products, Cindy Waxer, Technology Review, July 19, 2011 (more CAM articles)

Simpler, More Efficient Programming in Latest GibbsCAM Release - tagging, color recognition, preservation capabilities, enhanced hole making feature, drill cycle options, operation modifier, support for B-axis, American Machinist, July 14, 2011 (more GibbsCAM reviews)

Visualizing Your Design: SolidWorks and Your Graphics Card - impact of tessellation, OpenGL, rendering functions on performance, Lars Petersen, Hawk Ridge Systems Blog, July 14, 2011 (more SolidWorks articles)

A Gigaplane: a Boeing 737 Shown in Gigapixels (Video) - 'GigaPan' method used to capture high-resolution images that were stitched together to give 360-degree interactive view of airplane, Boeing.com, July 18, 2011

AutoCAD Gets 'App'y - Autodesk Exchange Companion Apps - apps tab to search, preview applications, purchase apps, install direct from AutoCAD Exchange, RobiNZ CAD Blog, July 19, 2011 (more AutoCAD articles)

Daren Thomas's RevitPythonShell in Vasari - installing, running RevitPythonShell using IronPython in Vasari, Zach Kron & Nathan Miller, YouTube, July 15, 2011 (more Vasari articles)

Cool Revit Presentation Plans - Daryl Gregoire, Revit Rocks!, July 20, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Bugs: Things That Revit Stairs Don't Do Right #01 - wrong area calculations for stairs, their materials, lacks capacity to behave like floors, Marti Broquetas, CAD Addict, June 14, 2011 (more Revit articles)

An Introduction to Viewing 3D Models in Creo View - spin, zoom, fly, pan model in model viewer; change colors of model, model background, Mark Taddonio, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

An Introduction to Sectioning - tool to view internal components of model without altering any geometry in Creo View 1.0, Mark Taddonio, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Moving and Exploding Parts - move parts using location tools, exploding parts using smart explode in Creo View 1.0, Mark Taddonio, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Acquisition Happy - 3D Systems buys 17 businesses in 19 months, latest is Alibre, purchased to expand reach of modeling and 3D printing, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, July 19, 2011 (more Alibre articles, rapid prototyping articles)

3D Systems Acquires Alibre - 3D Systems CEO Abe Reichental on acquiring Alibre, rebranding it, Alibre's pricing strategy, Autodesk 123D initiative, Deelip Menezes of 3D Systems, Deelip.com, July 19, 2011 (more Alibre articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Direct Print: 3D Systems Acquires Alibre - acquisition will help 3D Systems democratize 3D printing, optimize systems for CAD, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, July 19, 2011 (more Alibre articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Manufacturers Turn to 3D Printing - advantages, disadvantages of 3D additive manufacturing, Lauren Cox, Technology Review, July 18, 2011 (more rapid prototyping articles, CAM articles)

Best Practices: How to Choose the Right 3D Design Tool - consider ease of use, cost, product-specific requirements, import/export capabilities, try before buying, ask questions, Barb Schmitz, Creo (by PTC), July 18, 2011 (more MCAD articles)

COMSOL Upgrades Acoustic Module: Can You Hear Me Now? - add-on to COMSOL Multiphysics can perform thermoacoustic simulations, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, July 18, 2011 (more COMSOL reviews)

Configuring Assemblies - configuration parent/child setting for making new versions of assemblies, configurations of SolidWorks parts, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, July 18, 2011 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Simulation - Non-Zero 'Fixtures' and Reaction Force - deform structure by applying non-zero displacement, Tony Botting, YouTube, July 15, 2011 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Updating CivilB - Autodesk executive clarifies inaccuracies, misperceptions about Civil 3D, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, July 19, 2011 (more Civil 3D articles, civil engineering articles)

Arup MassMotion - pedestrian simulation and crowd analysis software requires 3D models, generates density plots, graphs, can be used to judge impact on retail space like placement of corridors, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, July 19, 2011

AutoCAD 2012 Overview - Lynn Allen, Autodesk, July 2011 (more AutoCAD articles)

Caching Translations of AutoCAD Tooltips Using .NET - TRANSTIPSSRC command to set source language, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 18, 2011 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD Tip: Text Alignment Technique - using ROTATE command to align AutoCAD text to angled object, Brian Curran, CAD Notes, July 2011 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD WS and 123D Integration - publish 3D models as 2D drawings in AutoCAD WS, video to tell about integration, Daniel Swords, AutoCAD WS Blog, July 14, 2011 (more AutoCAD WS articles, 123D articles)

Assembly Types and Superelevation - assembly type warns about incorrect information while working on complex corridor design in Civil 3D 2012, Jason Hickey, Being Civil, July 15, 2011 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Did You Know? - DIMANGULAR command in AutoCAD LT can create angular dimensions larger than 180 degrees, Dean Saadallah, LT IS STILL AUTOCAD, July 13, 2011 (more AutoCAD LT articles)

How to Get a Previous Version Use on Your Autodesk Software - software need to be on subscription in order to get previous release, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, July 18, 2011 (more Autodesk articles)

The Secrets of Successfully Copying an Autodesk Inventor Assembly - 6 methods: using Vault 'copy design' tool, Inventor 'copy assembly' tool, Inventor Design Assistant, iAssemby, iCopy, copy design tool from SDK, Paul Munford, CAD Setter Out, July 19, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Patterns on Cylindrical Parts - adding holes to flat plate, then using bend part command to make cylinder in Inventor, David Melvin, TEDCF Publishing, July 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2012 Marking Menu Customization - customizing radial menu, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, July 18, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Stress Analysis and Thin Parts - set smaller value for average element size in mesh settings in Inventor, Being Inventive, July 18, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

The Difference Between Join and Attach - attach occurs when geometry of wall touches floor; join occurs when floor intersects wall in Revit, Steve, Revit OpEd, May 9, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2012 View Control Bar - learning about modifications to 'view control bar,' Daryl Gregoire, Revit Rocks!, July 18, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Create Gable Wall - using Revit API functionality, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 18, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Changing the PLM Landscape: PTC's Acquisition of MKS - understanding details of acquisition from business and personal perspective, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, July 18, 2011 (more PTC articles)

Direct Modeling and Variant Design - adding design intent to model using Creo Elements/Direct Modeling, Paul Hamilton of PTC, July 18, 2011 (more Pro/E articles)

Making Measurements in Creo View - making model measurements, creating construction geometry, deleting model measurements, Mark Taddonio, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Set Up an Online Backup System for Your CAD Data, Pt 1 - opt for off-site backup system to save data securely at location away from workstation, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, July 14, 2011 (more CAD management articles)

ArchiCAD 15 - shell tool for freeform BIM modeling, revamped roof tool, 3D interface enhancements, improved support for renovation, retrofit projects, lacks dedicated conceptual design environment, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, July 14, 2011 (more ArchiCAD reviews)

Vuuch 4.5: Growing Up Before Our Eyes - more security, storage, computing power through Amazon EC2 platform, granular follow options, effective dealing with files, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, July 12, 2011 (more Vuuch articles)

Making Doors Look Right in Different Ortho Views - creating combination door component, using layers to control component visibility, setting up scenes to control layer visibility, Aidan Chopra, SketchUp Blog, July 16, 2011 (more SketchUp articles)

Annotative Scale, Dimension Styles, Text Styles and Tool Palettes in AutoCAD - inability to manage styles through library file, to create annotative scaled tool from dimension or text style object, ARCHIdigm, July 2011 (more AutoCAD bugs articles)

AutoCAD Stacked Dimension Override Text - overriding automatic dimension text to add extra information in AutoCAD 2012, RobiNZ CAD Blog, July 17, 2011 (more AutoCAD tips)

Autodesk Design Review QuickShare - send dwf file quickly, upload design, use embed tag to place design, viewer anywhere, JTB World Blog, July 14, 2011 (more DWF articles)

AutoCAD/AutoCAD Architecture, Render Materials and Xrefs - dealing with issues of render material settings in render file configured by Xref's, ARCHIdigm, July 2011 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

AutoCAD 2012 vs. AutoCAD Architecture 2012 - AutoCAD Architecture 2012 doesn't provide option to have workspaces listed on quick access toolbar; plug-ins, online tabs are blank, ARCHIdigm, July 2011 (more AutoCAD Architecture articles)

Job Queue Priority - using priority feature correctly in Vault, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, July 11, 2011 (more Vault articles)

Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2012: iLogic Powered Assets - modeling table, adding parameters for length, width, leg height, Loren Welch, Manufacturing Toolbox, July 15, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Publisher - It's a Matter of Timing - adding descriptions, adjusting timing in storyboard, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, July 17, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor - Finally Gets Its Cloud Optimization Back - optimization process filters results based on specified criteria, John Evans, Design and Motion, July 16, 2011 (more Inventor articles)

InventorCAM - Basic Machine Tool Movement Troubleshooting - generating G-Code, editing template, template tool changes, tool height, John Evans, Design and Motion, July 13, 2011 (more Inventor articles, CAM articles)

Have the BIM Truth Talk with Your Boss, Pt 4 - reader shares experiences of training, IT roadblocks, other challenges of implementing BIM, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 13, 2011 (more CAD management articles)

DIYLILCNC V2: Growing Beyond 'Cute' - low-cost, open-source desktop CNC mill project is supported by School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jeffrey Matthias, SolidSmack, July 13, 2011 (more CAM articles)

Podcast: Mobile PLM Applications - A Tech-Clarity Snapshot - advantages of mobile PLM to engineering, in product, program management, key considerations when taking PLM mobile, Jim Brown, Tech Clarity, July 12, 2011 (more PLM articles)

IMSI/Design Debuts First 3D DWG Viewer for iPhone - free TurboViewer supports both 2D, 3D CAD DWG files for iOS platform, AutoCAD linetypes, Cadalyst, July 12, 2011 (more TurboViewer articles)

MicroStation 3D Tutorial: Create Solid by Revolution - creating closed profile of table, revolving profile, creating revolution, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, July 2011 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Standard or Customized? - pros, cons of standard, customized courseware content for staff training, Paul Burden, ASCENT Blog, July 12, 2011 (more CAD training articles)

Accelerating Innovation in Product Design - asking questions, generating ideas through open innovation, developing selection, filtering criteria, using customer feedback in innovation process, Barb Schmitz, Creo (by PTC), July 13, 2011 (more PDM articles)

Watermarking with Creo View and Windchill - Mark Caradonna, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Create a Surface from an Equation - drawing individual curves from XYZ points, using them as guidelines for boundary surface in SolidWorks, Solid Professor, July 13, 2011 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Overview of the Many Ways to Use RAM Connection V8i - design a simple shear connection, moment connection in RAM Elements model, Jason Coleman, BE Communities, July 13, 2011 (more STAAD articles)

Autodesk Does About-Face on PLM - Autodesk working on cloud-based product for product data management, work processes management, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, July 13, 2011 (more Autodesk articles, PLM articles)

Autodesk Design and Product Design Suite Review - designing wireless desktop speaker using powerful, comprehensive suite of tools, Benjamin Lloyd, core77, July 12, 2011 (more Autodesk articles)

Testing Autodesk Lab's Latest 'CAD in the Cloud' Solution - Project Quickshare - takes HTML 5 DWF viewer from Project Nitrous, uploads DWF file without downloading any software, Paul Munford, CAD Setter Out, July 13, 2011 (more Autodesk articles)

AutoCAD Snap - No Longer a Drawing Mode to Avoid - snap mode turns off automatically in AutoCAD 2012, easy-to-expand grid display can display snap grid as X,Y grid, dotted grid, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, July 13, 2011 (more AutoCAD articles)

Automatic Translation of AutoCAD Tooltips Using .NET - Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 13, 2011 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating Angled Holes in Inventor - using on point option in hole command, Being Inventive, July 13, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Subassembly Composer 101: Codes - defining input parameter, displaying codes in preview pane in Civil 3D, Kati Mercier, Civil4d.com, July 12, 2011 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Point Cloud Snap and Freeze - snapping to individual points in point cloud, preventing accidental moves of point cloud in Revit model, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 13, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2012 - Reporting Parameters in CW Panels - David Light, Revit, July 12, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Common Edges and Hidden Lines - using visibility graphics override to fine tune common edges, Daryl Gregoire, Revit Rocks!, July 14, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Wide Angles - 36" printer from Canon, imagePROGRAF iPF 755, has resolution of 1200x1200, automatically switches to finer resolutions when needed, selects appropriate amount of ink to be used, David Chadwick, CAD User, May/June 2011 (more large format printer reviews)

The Best Machine Design Features of Solid Edge ST4 - range relationship for constraining assembly, center-plane relationship finds midplane, drafting enhancements, Scott Wertel, SolidSmack, July 12, 2011 (more Solid Edge articles)

CATIA Revision Supports Functional Mockups - CATIA V6R2012 offers multidisciplinary design methodology, interoperability with Simulink, functional digital mockup to improve internal engineering methods, Beth Stackpole, Design News, July 12, 2011 (more CATIA articles)

How to Build a Faster 3D CAD PC - cores vs higher speed, selecting graphics card, hard drives, Scott Bruins, GrabCAD, July 12, 2011 (more CAD hardware articles)

Optimizing Assembly Translation with 3D InterOp - tips on extracting product structure, assembly translation overview, Stefanie Kenny, Spatial.com, July 2011 (more MCAD articles)

IFC Made Easy - ArchiCAD provides options to work with IFC files, communicating with consultants effectively, Matthew Brewster, BIM Engine Blog, July 1, 2011 (more ArchiCAD articles)

SolidCAM Claims New Technology Wizard Reduces Cutting Time Up To 70% - iMachining milling software can cut deep features in single turn, avoids sudden direction changes, sharp corners, eliminates air cutting, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, July 12, 2011 (more SolidCAM articles)

Objet Geometries Adds New 3D Printer to Connex Lineup - Object260 Connex has ability to jet 2 materials simultaneously while building 3D models, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, July 7, 2011 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Rapid 2011 Review - rapid prototyping technologies demonstrated, additive manufacturing branding initiative meeting held, Steve Robbins, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The World as Your Workstation - mobile computing apps give liberty to design products anywhere through Internet, Bertrand Sicot, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011 (more CAD industry articles)

Photo Scene Editor v2 Evaluation 1 - instructional video for creating 3D model from 2D images, Arthur Hughes, YouTube, June 27, 2011 (more Photofly articles)

Photo Scene Editor v2 Evaluation 2 - creating models using real world scenes from neighborhood using Project Photofly, Arthur Hughes, YouTube, July 8, 2011 (more Photofly articles)

Guide to Getting Help at AutoCAD WS - tutorials covering basics of mobile app for AutoCAD WS, offline usage, AutoCAD WS for web, keyboard shortcuts, Daniel Swords, AutoCAD WS Blog, July 12, 2011 (more AutoCAD WS articles)

Autodesk Inventor: Quick Tip - Tolerances, Pt 3 - setting general tolerances within document settings, applying these standard values to 3D model automatically, Steve Bedder, Autodesk Manufacturing Northern Europe, July 13, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Marking Menu Customization.avi - Inventor 2012 tutorial, TEDCF, YouTube, June 23, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Working with Surface Properties - implementing 'CDS_TinSurfacePropertiesDemo' command to prompt user for TIN surface in Civil 3D, Isaac Rodriguez, Civilized Development, July 12, 2011 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Unexpected Quantities in Schedules - volume of material at corners is counted twice while measuring full width of box in Revit, Chris Aquino, Revit Clinic, July 12, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Don't Ever Edit a Central File - save central file as local file, then synchronize with central again in Revit, Steve, Revit OpEd, July 12, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Surface Contact 101: Block and Ramp with Friction - solving simple problem of nonlinear static analysis with pen, paper, then cross checking results using FEA software, David Dearth, Machine Design, July 7, 2011 (more FEA articles)

Dassault Reveals V5R21 and V6R2012 - Fabien Fedida of Dassault Systemes on V5-V6 compatibility, downwards compatibility, openness in V6 R2012, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, July 12, 2011 (more CATIA articles)

Updating CivilB - CivilB software checks for clearances in 4 civil engineering aspects: horizontal, vertical clearance, boundary setback, cover depth, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, July 12, 2011 (more civil engineering articles)

Finding the Speed for Multiple Designs - simulating multiple design scenarios using high-performance computing environment, Jason Ghidella, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011 (more engineering analysis articles)

A Force to Reckon with in the 3D World - modo 501 has real-time render preview, bump map, displacement map engines, impressive animation system, new set of procedural textures, 'worth the cost' release, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011 (more modo reviews)

Google+. Collaborative Portfolio, Yes. Product Design, Not So Much - platform for discussion, collaboration, unique features, using Google+ for product design collaboration, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, July 11, 2011 (more collaboration articles)

Creo 1.0: More Evolutionary Than Revolutionary - Creo Parametric has top-level UI ribbon bar, flexible modeling extensions; Q&A session from PTC event, Steve Wolfe, Graphic Speak, July 11, 2011 (more Pro/E articles)

Removing a Surface from a Solid or Quilt - Creo Parametric tutorial, Mark Taddonio, LearningExchange, July 2011 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Solid Edge ST4 Collaboration Demo Multi-CAD Using Lightweight JT - adding JT assembly from PTC to Solid Edge assembly in stand-alone structure editor, YouTube, July 11, 2011 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

A Tale of Two ThinkDesign Suites - trustee managed Think3 releases ThinkDesign Suite version 2011.1 while Versata released version 2011.4, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, July 12, 2011 (more think3 articles)

3D Primitive Solids Slab and Pyramid - building street light using slab solid, pyramid solid tools in MicroStation, Envision CAD, July 2011 (more MicroStation tutorials)

MicroStation GetInput - VBA CadInputQueue.GetInput method to convert MicroStation user commands to VBA, Envision CAD, July 2011 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Import LandXML to Create a Surface in InRoads V8i - Envision CAD, July 2011 (more InRoads articles)

Autodesk PLM: Fast Second? - Autodesk is opting for 2nd mover approach in case of PLM development, Oleg Shilovitsky, PLM Think Tank, July 11, 2011 (more Autodesk articles)

AutoCAD WS: Go Mobile and Collaborate in Real Time - sharing drawing file through AutoCAD WS is very secure, Lynn Allen of Autodesk, CADspeed, July 12, 2011 (more AutoCAD WS articles)

Photofly, a Free App, Makes 3D Models Out of Your Snapshots - Photofly uses photogrammetry technique to extract 3D shape of scene from 2D images, John Pavlus, Co.Design, July 2011 (more Photofly articles)

Software Fireworks - creating associative array, adjusting row count, spacing, editing source object in AutoCAD 2012, Michael Beall, CADTutor, July 2011 (more AutoCAD tips)

An AutoCAD 2012 Nudge to Get Going After Vacation - Ctrl + arrow key to nudge selected object few pixels at a time, limited to orthogonal moves only, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, July 11, 2011 (more AutoCAD tips)

Modifying AutoCAD Tooltips Using .NET - prefixing tooltips with fixed string, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 11, 2011 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Dynamic Blocks in AutoCAD - When and Why? - defining block, inserting dynamic blocks, Ellen Finkelstein, AutoCAD Tips Blog, July 11, 2011 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Stacked Fraction Options - modifying stack properties in AutoCAD LT 2012, Kate Morrical, LT Unlimited, July 8, 2011 (more AutoCAD LT tutorials)

Fix Hatch Angle in Section View - Inventor tutorial, Being Inventive, July 11, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Conceptual Design: Working with Surface Pattern - dividing surface, using curtain panel family, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, July 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

ImportExport Update - implementing options button click handler in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 12, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Introducing Surfaces - types of surfaces in Civil 3D: TIN vs. grid surfaces, terrain vs. volume surfaces, Isaac Rodriguez, Civilized Development, July 6, 2011 (more Civil 3D articles)

Subassembly Composer - Point and Link Codes - locating appropriate codes, Christopher Fugitt, Civil 3D Reminders, July 11, 2011 (more Civil 3D articles)

Avoid Common Mistakes When You Set Up Vectorworks - dealing with plug-ins problems, skittish selection tool, cursor cue issues, Juan Almansa, CADspeed, July 8, 2011 (more Vectorworks articles)

The Future of Design - designers will create customizable products, will receive royalties as consumers 3D print desired product, Scott Harmon of Z Corp., MCAD 3D Printing & Prototyping, July 6, 2011 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Altair Heads to the Cloud with HPC & CAE Capabilities - HyperWorks simulation suite offers flexible licensing system with pay-per-use system, Beth Stackpole, Design News, July 7, 2011 (more engineering analysis articles)

The Utility of 3D - Bob Beatty of American Water Engineering shares his experiences of using 3D CAD, challenges involved, benefits, advice to users moving to 3D, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, July 7, 2011 (more 2D to 3D articles)

Dassault Systemes V6R2012: In Cloud, In App Store - cloud-based V6R2012 PLM platform released; online 3DStore offers collaboration, social media-inspired apps: 3DSWYM, n!Fuze, n!Volve, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, July 7, 2011 (more CATIA articles)

Episode 339 - SolidWorks n!Fuze - re-introduction of n!Fuze, SwYm community interface, sign up process for n!Fuze trial, plug-in installation for n!Fuze web portal, quick overview of n!Fuze release notes, pricing, Lou Gallo, SolidWorks:HEARD, July 10, 2011 (more SolidWorks articles)

Dassault Pushes 3D Printing for the Masses - Dassault Systemes partners with Sculpteo to help users 3D print online versions of 3DVIA-hosted models, Beth Stackpole, Design News, July 6, 2011 (more CATIA articles)

Render with KeyShot. the New Features and What's to Come - KeyShot 3 will have animation add-on module, reflection, specular maps, ability to export textures, bump maps, library layout, material library, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, July 7, 2011 (more KeyShot articles)

3D Laser Scanners: the Ongoing Quest for Portability - self-positioning, portable 3D scanners are compact, accurate, use optical tracker, reflectors, Daniel Brown, Inside Metrology, July 6, 2011 (more reverse engineering articles)

AVEVA Making Steady Progress - interim statement reports strong demand from oil, gas sector, experts expecting 12% increase in revenue, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, July 7, 2011 (more CAD industry articles)

Seeking Good Advice - look for experts in field, keep focused list in mind, let conversation flow, ask for more, listen when others talk, Mark Kiker, AUGI, July 2011 (more CAD management articles)

Computers for MCAD - defining workstation, comparing high-end desktop PCs with entry- level workstations, Renganathan Subramanyam of HP, Machine Design, July 7, 2011 (more CAD hardware articles)

Mark Sherman, Femap Development - Siemens executive on Femap's origins, its future, YouTube, July 7, 2011 (more FEA articles)

AECOsim for Interdisciplinary Building Design and Simulation - AECOsim Building Designer supports IFC format; AECOsim Energy Simulator calculates fuel consumption, carbon footprint, cost of fuel; AECOsim Compliance Manager available as SaaS, online cloud subscription, Susan Smith, AECCafe, July 11, 2011 (more AEC articles)

A Builder Cries Out for Better BIM - integrated project delivery compensation structure can help architects receive more fee for creating better BIM model, collaborative project, openingdesign, July 2011 (more AEC articles)

BIM: Designing Tomorrow - collaborative approach lets prototype building virtually, pushing boundaries to design better models, David Light of HOK, Building.co.uk, May 27, 2011 (more AEC articles)

ArchiCAD and Pyramids - creating spatial structure pyramid, Javier Farratell, ArchicadWiki, July 6, 2011 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Why It's Better to Upload with AutoCAD - uploads xrefs, support files automatically; drawings are always updated online, Tal Weiss, AutoCAD WS Blog, July 7, 2011 (more AutoCAD WS articles)

Create a Custom Keyboard Shortcut - AutoCAD customization tutorial, Ellen Finkelstein, AutoCAD Tips Blog, July 4, 2011 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

Creating Linetypes Tool - 'make linetype' command in AutoCAD, Gil Cordle, CAD Clues, July 7, 2011 (more AutoCAD tips)

Civil 3D - Subassembly Composer Goes Live on Subscription - stand-alone app to develop cross sectional shapes; composer layout interface, workflow, warnings, awareness, John Evans, Design and Motion, July 6, 2011 (more Civil 3D articles)

Subassembly Composer is a Reality - available in 2 flavors, informative online help file, curves can be used, daylight rounding links, Matt Kolberg, Civil4d.com, July 5, 2011 (more Civil 3D articles)

SPECapc Releases New 3ds Max 2011 Benchmark - updated tests based on new functionality in 3ds Max, improved UI to configure, run tests, automated benchmark results compilation, Randall Newton, GraphicSpeak, July 7, 2011 (more 3ds Max articles)

Turning off Section Markers Based upon View Scales in Revit - making visibility adjustments, Applying Technology to Architecture, July 7, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor: Quick Tip - Tolerances, Pt 2 - re-evaluating 3D parts at different tolerances, Steve Bedder, Autodesk Manufacturing Northern Europe, July 8, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

iLogic to Save PDF Files to a New Subfolder - saving PDF of Inventor drawing file in folder based on path of current drawing file, Curtis Waguespack, From the Trenches with Autodesk Inventor, July 7, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor Publisher - If You Don't Write It Down, It Didn't Happen - inserting 3D model, creating timeline in Inventor Publisher, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, July 10, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Expands Eco Materials Adviser - full release supports in-depth study of materials options, considers eco impact of complete product lifecycle, Beth Stackpole, Design News, July 6, 2011 (more Inventor articles)

On the Road Again - Autodesk Inventor Publisher Viewer - quick, interactive Inventor Publisher Mobile can inspect assembly operations closely, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, July 5, 2011 (more Inventor articles)

Altair's Building Something Big - HyperWorks 11.0 available for download, overview of HiQube, rebranded offering aimed at streamlining analyst workflow, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, July 1, 2011 (more engineering analysis articles)

A New Point of Origin - toolbar-driven OriginPro 8.5.1 helps analyze data, create multiple types of richly formatted plots, painless organizing, archiving, sharing, Vince Adams, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011 (more engineering analysis articles)

Learn the Two-Step - 2-step optimization is crucial in reducing manufacturing variability, Jerry Fireman, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011 (more engineering analysis articles)

Winds of Change - Windchill 10.0 has user-friendly, intuitive interface, analytical tools, cost analytics tools, 3D data visualization tools, CAD User, May/June 2011 (more Windchill reviews)

PTC Pushes PLM Progress and Vision at PlanetPTC 2011 - event focused on Creo, Windchill 10 updates, MKS acquisition, Jim Brown, Tech Clarity, July 6, 2011 (more PTC articles)

Avoid 100,000 Errors - WebCAD Publishing Technology helps design engineers find, download exact parts, minimizing errors, speedy delivery to market, Jim Romeo, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011 (more engineering articles)

Citrix-Ready Autodesk Applications - Autodesk executives on company vision for Citrix embrace, products tuned for Citrix, profile for end user, handling license, AUGI Library, July 2011 (more Autodesk articles)

Final: No Joy for Autodesk as USPTO Continues to Agree that DWG is Not Registerable - DWG is description of file type only, Autodesk doesn't control use of DWG by others, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 6, 2011 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk and SharePoint: Collaboration with No Compromises? - Autodesk announces Vault-SharePoint collaboration, trying to find alternative to PLM collaboration, Oleg Shilovitsky, PLM Think Tank, July 6, 2011 (more Autodesk articles)

Easy Access to Add-Ons - accessible through AutoCAD 2012, Autodesk Apps tab help users purchase, sell, rate AutoCAD add-on apps, Brian Benton, AUGI Library, July 2011 (more AutoCAD articles)

Dynamic Blocks, Pt 6 - Stretch Action - stretching table using linear parameter in AutoCAD, Erhan Toker, Daily AutoCAD, July 6, 2011 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Dynamic Blocks, Pt 7 - Linear Parameters Cont'd - linear parameter properties: property labels, value set, miscellaneous, Erhan Toker, Daily AutoCAD, July 7, 2011 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

How Do You Share DWG Files? - ETRANSMIT command packages set of DWG files, plot style tables, reference files for transmission, distribution, Dean Saadallah, LT IS STILL AUTOCAD, June 29, 2011 (more AutoCAD tips)

Getting Eco Advice from Autodesk Inventor 2012 - Eco Materials Adviser provides sustainability analysis, verifies designated material, manufacturing process, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, July 6, 2011 (more Inventor articles)

iLogic: Export Parts List with Options - code using export options to specify custom XLS file template in Inventor, Curtis Waguespack, From the Trenches with Autodesk Inventor, June 30, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor: Fillet Frenzy - filleting 3D model, Loren Welch, Manufacturing Toolbox, July 6, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Cylindrical Cams with Autodesk Inventor - bend part command, David Melvin, TEDCF Publishing, July 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Creating Door Swing Angles in Revit - Velina Mirincheva, AUGI Library, July 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Text Size - changing text size programmatically in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 5, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Refresh Element Graphics Display - refreshing graphics display of individual elements in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 6, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

SolidWorks Tech Tip: Why Would I Master Model? - creating robot assembly using master model technique, CAPUniversity, July 6, 2011 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Batch Printing in SolidWorks - select tasks from SolidWorks task scheduler, print files, Courtney Freeland, CATI Tech Notes, July 6, 2011 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

One Black Coffee Please - simulating thermostat using SolidWorks Simulation, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, June 30, 2011 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Where is the Anti-Trust in CAD? - users react to proprietary data formats, maintenance contracts, software pricing, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, July 5, 2011 (more CAD industry articles)

The Advantages of Eyefinity for CAD, Pt 3: Rules of Thumb - enabling VGA/DVI/HDMI monitors, supporting dual-link DVI monitor, VGA monitors, Tony DeYoung, CADspeed, July 5, 2011 (more graphic card articles)

A Complete Renovation - ArchiCAD 15 can revamp old buildings, creating BIM for building, deconstructing it digitally, installing desired, sustainable features, CAD User, May/June 2011 (more ArchiCAD reviews)

CAM Increases Multiaxis Machining Speed and Finish - Mastercam X5 introduces 8 triangular mesh multiaxis toolpaths to support surface, solid, STL inputs, has tool axis control, unified interface, maintenance update, American Machinist, June 23, 2011 (more Mastercam reviews)

Dassault Moves 3D Authoring and PLM to the Cloud - executive on 3DStore for designing, product development, V6 on cloud, SLA guarantee, role of VAR, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, July 5, 2011 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

n!Fuze Review - registration takes time, difficult to understand interface, unorganized links, users find it worthless to test, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, July 4, 2011 (more SolidWorks articles)

Creo Freestyle Exposes Its Shape - freeform surface modeling capability in Creo Parametric, builds high-quality geometry quickly, Ray Kurland's Blog, July 5, 2011 (more Pro/E articles)

PTC Creo Revealed - Creo 1.0 launched with 9 apps, features of Creo Parametric, strategy behind it, pricing, Josh Mings, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011 (more Pro/E articles)

NVIDIA Raises the Bar - high-end Quadro 4000, 5000, 6000 boards incorporate dual copy engines; entry-level Quadro 600 has gigabyte of DDR3 memory, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011 (more graphics card reviews, NVIDIA articles)

Save Printing Supplies with the Display as Printed Option - Solid Edge tutorial, Russell Brook, Cadalyst, July 5, 2011 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

AutoCAD 2012 Review - in-canvas viewport controls, ability to create associative arrays, integrated Inventor Fusion, improved raster, DGN file support, point cloud capabilities, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011 (more AutoCAD reviews)

How to Load an AutoLISP Program - AutoCAD LISP tutorial, Sanjay Kulkarni, AutoCAD Tips Blog, July 5, 2011 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Dynamic Blocks, Pt 5 - Creating a Dynamic Block with a Simple Example - moving objects within blocks in AutoCAD, Erhan Toker, Daily AutoCAD, July 5, 2011 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Do You Know How to Use Snap Parallel? - activate line/polyline, parallel object snap, hover above line to make it as reference in AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, July 2011 (more AutoCAD basics tutorials)

The Survey Database Does Not Exist and Could Not Be Recreated - workaround is repairing Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 to be able to create survey database in Civil 3D, Almas Suljevic, Being Civil, July 5, 2011 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Simulation - Tips for New Users with Load Curves - importing load curve in Autodesk Simulation, John Evans, Design and Motion, July 4, 2011 (more Autodesk Simulation tutorials)

Simulation - Missing Sub-Dialog Workaround - modal dialog gets trapped in background, pick simulation app top bar, hit escape in Autodesk Simulation, John Evans, Design and Motion, June 29, 2011 (more Autodesk Simulation tutorials)

Walls: Applying Functions to Compound Layers - 'priority' system functions regarding layer functions in Revit, Revit Zone, July 5, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor: Quick Tip - Tolerances - adding tolerance values to 3D part model, using it in 2D drawing for manufacturing, Steve Bedder, Autodesk Manufacturing Northern Europe, July 6, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Simulation 2012 and Inventor Fusion - a Delicious Autodesk Combo Meal - integrated with Inventor Fusion, Autodesk Simulation can help modify, simplify 3D CAD geometry, regardless of source, Loren Welch, Manufacturing Toolbox, June 27, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Prepare Semi-Unintelligent Parts with Suppression and Sculpt Wrapping - Inventor tutorial, Mark Flayler, Cadalyst, June 29, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

Plot Date Stamp in Title Block - iLogic rule in Inventor, Being Inventive, July 4, 2011 (more Inventor tutorials)

ANSYS to Acquire Apache - Who? - Apache products analyze, optimize power usage in modern devices, ANSYS expecting smooth integration, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, June 30, 2011 (more ANSYS articles)

ANSYS to Buy Apache Design Solutions - $310 million deal to acquire simulation software provider for low power solutions in electronics industry, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, June 30, 2011 (more ANSYS articles)

'True Cloud' Solution and PLM Competition - cloud computing in various forms, offering PLM on cloud, Oleg Shilovitsky, PLM Think Tank, July 2, 2011 (more cloud articles)

SharePoint, Social and the Enterprise - SocialLink tools allow to kick off conversation; SharePoint users have direct access to engineering data within Vault 2012, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, June 30, 2011 (more PTC articles, Autodesk articles)

Solid Edge ST4 Melds Direct, Feature-Based Modeling - 3D modeling relationships, commands, automated 'live sections' capability, features to improve assembly relationships, web network synchronous command, Beth Stackpole, Design News, June 30, 2011 (more Solid Edge articles)

Create Helical Sheet Metal Parts and Unfold Them  - SolidWorks tutorial, Solid Professor, June 30, 2011 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

BIM Advancements for Rhino/Grasshopper - demo of IFC tree data viewer in Rhino, Jon Mirtschin, Geometry Gym, June 30, 2011 (more AEC articles)

How Building Information Modeling (BIM) Helps Buildings Go Green - BIM software being used to build sustainable Miami science museum building, Jill Fehrenbacher, inhabitat, June 30, 2011 (more AEC articles)

There's an App for That in AutoCAD 2012 - apps tab in AutoCAD 2012 to browse, purchase more than 100 apps for free or small fee, Beth Stackpole, Design News, June 29, 2011 (more AutoCAD articles)

From Photo to 3D Model With Autodesk Photofly - web-based service uses at least 40 pictures to create 3D model, which can be printed using 3D printing technology, Beth Stackpole, Design News, July 1, 2011 (more Photofly articles)

How to: Embed Image to AutoCAD Drawing - open drawing in any image viewer, copy, paste image in it, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, June 2011 (more AutoCAD tips)

Change the AutoCAD Layout Background Color to Black - changing UI element colors, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, July 1, 2011 (more AutoCAD tips)

Dynamic Blocks, Pt 3 - Using the Block Editor - creating dynamic blocks, editing existing block in AutoCAD, Erhan Toker, Daily AutoCAD, June 30, 2011 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Dynamic Blocks, Pt 4 - Parameters and Actions - functions, types of parameter, action in AutoCAD, Erhan Toker, Daily AutoCAD, July 4, 2011 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Optional Points in the LaneOutsideSuper and LaneInsideSuper Subassemblies - enabling optional points in Civil 3D 2011, Jason Hickey, Being Civil, June 30, 2011 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Can't Stop Talking About Project Neon - cloud rendering service to quickly produce high quality renders of Revit 3D views, Derek Wielkopolski, Ideate (Autodesk reseller), June 30, 2011 (more Revit articles)

Building Maker: Curtain System by Face - creating curtain system from faces of mass element in Revit, Revit Zone, July 4, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

MEP Placeholders - create the placeholder elements, converting to real ductwork in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 4, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Basic Parametric Cube Family Tutorial - changing family category from 'generic model' to 'air terminal' in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 1, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Section Head Bubble CADclip - modifying Revit section head bubble, Daryl Gregoire, Revit Rocks!, June 29, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2012 Roof Cricket CADclip - creating roof cricket around roof penetration, Daryl Gregoire, Revit Rocks!, June 24, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Hardware Review: ThinkPad W520 Notebook - spill resistant keyboard, quiet cooling fans, impressive battery life, capable, portable workstation for MCAD users, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, July 4, 2011 (more laptop reviews)

The Advantages of Eyefinity for CAD, Pt 2: Adapters to the Rescue - use of active vs passive adapter, Tony DeYoung, CADspeed, June 30, 2011 (more graphic card articles)

The (Kinda) Anti-Benchmark NVIDIA Quadro 2000 Review - mid-range, Fermi-based graphics card doesn't include ECC memory, painful dual monitor set-up, comparing with Quadro FX 1800 card, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, June 30, 2011 (more graphics card reviews, NVIDIA articles)

Mercedes Benz, Brought to You by Jeff Patton and NVIDIA - computer graphics artist using iray with NVIDIA Quadro 6000, Tesla C2070 GPUs to create higher quality images in lesser time, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, June 30, 2011 (more NVIDIA articles)

Spatial Unveils CGM - availability of modeling kernel, convergence geometric modeler, as well as set of data translation libraries announced, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, June 29, 2011 (more CATIA articles)

Dassault Systemes to Deliver Amazon Web Services for V6 Users - cloud technology to provide: on-call high-performance computing, geographic reach, online storage of design data, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, June 29, 2011 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

The Future is Here Today with Dassault Systemes Cloud Initiative - PLM, 3D software to be offered on cloud; V6 online solutions being offered as flexible subscription model, Anna Wood, SolidMuse, June 29, 2011 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

Dassault Enters Cloud Era with Caution, Works with Amazon - Dassault Systemes products to become available on Amazon's EC2 cloud platform, Mikael Ricknas, CIO, June 30, 2011 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

Dassault Releasing CGM Kernel Through Spatial - native B-rep interoperability with V5 models being offered, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, July 4, 2011 (more CATIA articles)

My Experience with Dassault V6 PLM Cloud on Amazon - n!Fuze has fresh, easy-to-use interface, doesn't show preview for images, can build network, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, July 1, 2011 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

   

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