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January 2012

Kubotek's KeyCreator Compare - Review - sub-set of KeyCreator, Compare allows you to compare parts or assemblies to find differences that may have developed over time, John Evans, CADdigest.com, Jan 31, 2012 (more KeyCreator reviews)

iPad Apps for AEC, Pt 2 - Autodesk Cloud, Design Review app, iVisit 3D from Abvent, Inception app from Architactile, Lachmi Khemlani, Architecture Week, Jan 25, 2012 (more AEC articles)

CAD: 3 Quotes CAD Managers Can Learn From - focus on progress instead of perfection, help CAD professionals evolve, The Kung Fu Drafter, Jan 30, 2012 (more CAD management articles)

PLM for AEC: A Better Way to Manage Buildings - Autodesk 360 for BIM announced, considering 3D imaging benefits of BIM, Peter Bilello of CIMdata, AECCafe Blogs, Jan 24, 2012 (more Autodesk 360 articles, AEC articles)

Mix Up Your AutoCAD Ribbon Panels - detach/reattach panel, create floating toolbar, Micro Concepts, Jan 31, 2012 (more AutoCAD customization tutorials)

Autodesk University 2011 - Autodesk 360 Nexus announced, Project Spark Project Storm were launched, design computation symposium organized, Martyn Day, AEC Magazine, Jan 30, 2012 (more Autodesk articles)

Hatch a Plan - understanding hatch creation contextual tab on ribbon in AutoCAD, Elvis Sverko, ASCENT Blog, Jan 27, 2012 (more AutoCAD articles)

Civil 3D is Not Responding When Switching Between Model Tab and Layout Tabs - workaround is setting WHIPTHREAD system variable to 3, LAYOUTREGENCTL system variable to 2, Tatiana Machado, Being Civil, Jan 30, 2012 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Inventor - Creating CNC Cut Files From Your Inventor Models, Pt 2 - exporting face of part, sketch in part as dxf/dwg file, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Jan 31, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Part Number and Description Always in Synch for Frames - replace in column property expression "{PARTNUMBER}" with "=<Part Number>" in Inventor, Being Inventive, Jan 31, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Auditorium Seating Via Rail Object in Revit - using railing object with nested chairs as baluster panels, nested arm rests as baluster posts, Richard Binning, Beside the Cursor, Jan 27, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

New Look of RegEdit Launcher of Revit Addin/API Wizard - UI can specify Revit version, flavor to inspect particularly about registry, Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 23, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit .NET API Ribbon Creator: Schema of Revit Ribbon Definition - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 30, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit .NET API Ribbon Creator: New Year New Look - new features are Revit ribbon definition schema invention, ribbon creator row/item edition, Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 28, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

PTC Faces 2012 with Cuts, Reorganization - $320 million in revenue generated in Q1, restructuring to 5 market sectors: CAD, PLM, ALM, SCM, SLM, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Jan 31, 2012 (more PTC articles)

From the PTC Q1 Earnings Call Transcript - CEO James Heppelmann on Creo, upcoming reorganization at PTC, cost cutting steps, commentary on Seeking Alpha transcript, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Jan 31, 2012 (more PTC articles)

How Do You Know If Your Spline is Uptight? - check if relax spline button at bottom of spline PropertyManager in SolidWorks is active or grayed out, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Jan 31, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

The SolidWorks 'Black Hole' Feature - wrong order of fillet, shell feature brings black hole result in part, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Jan 30, 2012 (more SolidWorks articles)

The Bentley Pointools Vision: Making Point Clouds a Fundamental Data Type - Descartes app to extend point cloud viewing capabilities of MicroStation, will include ability to drape lines on point clouds, to extract planes from point cloud, Brock Haroldson, MicroStation Connections, Jan 25, 2012 (more MicroStation articles)

When is a Point Not Necessarily a Point? - introducing 'HappyPathPoint' object to make internal interfaces more robust in ACIS project, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, Jan 27, 2012 (more MCAD articles)

BIM - Explained in Less than 3:30 (We Promise) - BIM helps in 3D visualization, automatic updates of design data in each view, building simulation, data management, BIM Engine Blog, Jan 27, 2012 (more AEC articles)

AutoCAD Quick Tip - Create Multileader Style with Right Click - Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Jan 27, 2012 (more AutoCAD tips)

Quicker AutoCAD Selection with Fastselect - select piece of geometry, then automatically pick all geometry touching it, Micro Concepts, Jan 30, 2012 (more AutoCAD tips)

3 Construction or Reference Objects We Rarely Use - creating quick reference using XLINE, ray, point, macro to create horizontal/vertical XLINE quickly in AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Jan 30, 2012 (more AutoCAD tips)

An AutoCAD Hip Tip on Speeding up the Break Command - selecting object to break at exact location using BREAK command, Lynn Allen's Blog, Jan 27, 2012 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Defining Alternate Dimension Units in AutoCAD - Ellen Finkelstein, AutoCAD Tips Blog, Jan 29, 2012 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET: Commit Transaction or Not When Reading - it is not necessary to commit transactions for object reading access, always commit transactions after starting, Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 27, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Auto-Generate AutoCAD .NET DynamicLinker Event Handlers Using Wizards - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 27, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Auto-Generate AutoCAD .NET LayoutManager Event Handlers Using Wizards - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 28, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Object & Sub-Object Selection Sets in 3D Studio Max - save specific object selections, sub-object selections, Ben Tate, Cgtuts+, Jan 28, 2012 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Inventor - Creating CNC Cut Files from your Inventor Models, Pt 1 - pros, cons of exporting flat patterns, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Jan 27, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor - Shaft Generator Calculations - design tab to add, specify feature; calculation tab to apply various forces, supports to shaft; graphs tab to groups all results into graphic form, John Evans, Design and Motion, Jan 30, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Using Annotation from Linked Views & Troubleshooting Missing Annotation - check if linked view is parallel to host view, linked model is rotated, visibility/graphic overrides set is visible in Revit, Ryan Duell, Revit Clinic, Jan 27, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Eliminating Compiler Warnings and Deprecated Calls - using FindReferencesWithContextByDirection instead of FindReferencesByDirection to reduce warnings in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 30, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Parameter Grouping - be consistent to show all content same grouping in Revit project, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Jan 27, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

The Five Stages of Revit Users - gets basic understanding of Revit, beginner starts working within model, produces drawings, explores, leads BIM projects, Jason Grant, AUGI Library, Jan 27, 2012 (more Revit articles)

Revit View Range - understanding view range settings for plan views, Paul Aubin, YouTube, Jan 29, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

PTC First Quarter Revenue Up 19%; Plans Internal Re-Organization - revenue of $318 million led by Windchill, contributions of recent acquisitions, but CAD revenue flat, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Jan 26, 2012 (more PTC articles)

Organic Modeling Made Simple with Curviloft - connecting 2 profiles using Curviloft's 'loft by spline' tool, setting offset profile in 2D, Aidan Chopra, SketchUp Blog, Jan 26, 2012 (more SketchUp articles)

Does PLM Belong in the Cloud? - learning about 4 cloud-based PLM strategies, 3 segments of cloud-based technology: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, Eric Marks, Cadalyst, Jan 26, 2012 (more PLM articles)

Why 3D Printing Will Go the Way of Virtual Reality - ignoring natural substances, 3D printers use plastic to create products, can't replace complex manufacturing processes, Christopher Mims, Technology Review, Jan 25, 2012 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Puzzles with Grasshopper - slicing existing Rhino model into series of flat puzzle pieces using Grasshopper, Brian James, Rhino Tech Tips, Jan 26, 2012 (more Rhino tutorials)

HOK's 2nd Annual BIM Awards - Oceanwide City Plaza, Bryant Park HOK Office in New York, Bengaluru International Airport T1 Expansion, Kavuklar Mixed Use projects were declared as winners, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Jan 26, 2012 (more AEC articles)

Interview: A Dozen Questions with Autodesk Labs VP Brian Mathews, Pt 1 - background, role at Autodesk, corporate responsibility, encouraging STEM education in US, Curt Moreno, The Kung Fu Drafter, Jan 26, 2012 (more Autodesk articles)

AutoCAD Text Height Automatically - 3 buttons for annotative scaling show current annotation scale, objects for current scale only, automatically adds objects to new scales, Mark Petrucci, Applied Software, Jan 26, 2012 (more AutoCAD basics tutorials)

The AutoCAD CAL Command - use as plain calculator, create circle with 2 specified points, define line, parametric position, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, Jan 26, 2012 (more AutoCAD basics tutorials)

ACA Structural Member Styles, Pt 2 - structural member wizard to create necessary structural member shape definitions, structural member styles in in AutoCAD Architecture, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Jan 27, 2012 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

New Family Browser Product - BIMlist enables users to locate Revit families, but less impressive as compared to similar product, KiwiCodes, Stafford, Revit OpEd, Jan 26, 2012 (more Revit articles)

Scripting the Generation of Hyperbolic Tessellations Inside AutoCAD - Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 27, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

A Point Out of The Cloud - Point Cloud Feature Extraction for Civil 3D helps extract plane boundary as polyline, export point cloud objects to PCG files, Kenneth Driscol, Applied Software, Jan 25, 2012 (more Civil 3D articles)

Filling Curve Using Volumes Dashboard - using 2 surfaces: existing ground, filled in surface in Civil 3D, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, Jan 26, 2012 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Automatically Update Export for Solar Radiation - add check box to Ecotect solar radiation tool to allow automatic update of exported .csv file in Project Vasari 2.1, Autodesk WikiHelp, Jan 24, 2012 (more Vasari articles)

Dynamo for Vasari - placing, modifying array of cubes, finding optimal orientation relative to sun, Autodesk WikiHelp, Jan 24, 2012 (more Vasari articles)

EPDM Tech Tip: Hyperlinking to Documents in the Vault - getting, using project, document IDs, adding ID column to view, using IDs to create link, Jenn Pouliot, CAPUniversity, Jan 25, 2012 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

SolidWorks Simulation - Pinned-End Support (Beam Elements) - 'use reference geometry' panel in fixtures, GoEngineer, YouTube, Jan 23, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Defining Reference Points in Machine Definition - defining default reference points for both ID, OD operations in Mastercam, Mastercam Xtras, Jan 25, 2012 (more Mastercam articles)

Understanding Parametric Constraints - geometric, dimensional constraints, methods for designing with constraints, using constraints with blocks, xrefs, removing/relaxing constraints in AutoCAD Architecture, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Jan 25, 2012 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Achieving Realistic Depth Of Field in 3D Studio Max & After Effects  - achieving in camera DOF in 3D Studio Max, improving quality, control focus using camera's target distance, Chandan Kumar, Cgtuts+, Jan 19, 2012 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Synchronize with Central - closing active document by executing SendKeys call in separate thread in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 25, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Analyzing HGL with Tail Water Condition - analyzing any tail water with hydrodynamic routing method in SSA, Matt Haokip, Being Civil, Jan 25, 2012 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Auto-Generate AutoCAD .NET DocumentCollection Handlers Using Wizards - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 24, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET RibbonServices Events - RibbonPaletteSetCreated - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 24, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET BlockTableRecord Events - BlockInsertionPoints - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 25, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor Tip: Center a Hole on a Face - using linear hole, sketch placement methods, placing work feature on face with irregular geometry, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Jan 25, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

3D Annotations in Inventor 2012 - defining model properly before creating 2D detail drawings using Autodesk Labs utility, Ben Curtin, CAD Geek Speak!, Jan 10, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

The Minimalist's Guide to CAD Software Upgrade Decisions - document evaluation process, calculate financial impact of implementation, find ROI, argue management depending on ROI calculations, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 25, 2012 (more CAD management articles)

Dust Off Those Standards - keep standards written to bare minimum, break document into topical sections, provide good index, use software screenshots, send it out for review, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 25, 2012 (more CAD management articles)

Knovel: Modernizing the Engineering Library - web-based app to help engineers search, find, interpolate engineering technical information; build in analytics tools make technical information interactive, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Jan 24, 2012 (more engineering analysis articles)

InfiniteZ zSpace - holographic display system has 24" HD LCD panel in desktop-based housing, offers high quality display, integrated pen with buttons for 3D operations, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 24, 2012 (more virtual reality articles)

From France, Its iPocketDraw, Now with DXF Editing - full 2D CAD app for iPhone, iPad, can open DXF files upto 20MB only, doesn't handle complex objects like splines, hatches, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jan 24, 2012 (more CAD industry articles)

Use of *TREAD and *VREAD to Read in Data from an External File - bringing data from file into ANSYS program: fixed format of F8.3 into array, CSV format into table, CSV format of 3 or more columns into array, ANSYS, Jan 24, 2012 (more ANSYS articles)

Getting Extensive Performance Improvements from AIM - setting model extent in Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler to reduce regen times significantly, Eric Chappell's Blog, Jan 24, 2012 (more Autodesk articles)

Set Default System Variables in acaddoc.lsp - loading automatically AutoLISP file, inserting file path, file name from command line due to change in FILEDIA system variable in AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Jan 24, 2012 (more AutoCAD tips)

Importing Excel Data - methods for linking excel with AutoCAD while importing data, Christopher Fugitt, Civil 3D Reminders, Jan 24, 2012 (more AutoCAD articles)

Create a 3D Model of Your Head - .OBJ file generates 3D model from photos in Autodesk 123D Catch, .STL file helps print head in ABS plastic on 3D printer, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, Jan 24, 2012 (more Photofly articles)

Little Dana, PE, Does Volume Analysis and Uses Project Silverstar - using built-in design warnings when roughing-in layout profile during road design from point A to point B in Civil 3D, Dana Probert, BIM on the Rocks, Jan 24, 2012 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Generating Hyperbolic Tessellations Inside AutoCAD Using .NET - introducing Polygon Engine to generate polygons for particular pattern, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 25, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET Layer State Manager Events - Post Operations - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 20, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Auto-Generate AutoCAD .NET Document Event Handlers Using Wizards - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 21, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET Ribbon Palette Set Events - Some Typical - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 22, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

More Color Stairs - change color scheme location from background to foreground in floor plan properties in Revit, David Light, Revit, Jan 24, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Color Fill Legends Mixing with Stairs and Railings - making stairs transparent creates issue during test print in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Jan 23, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Reordering an Assembly Feature Tree - hold down Alt key until drag, drop has completed while reordering any item in assembly feature manager tree in SolidWorks, Jim Krivoshein, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 24, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Vary Pattern in SolidWorks - Ben Edie, Solid Jott, Jan 25, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Back to School and a New SolidWorks Option in 2012 - updating normal model view to sketch plane with auto rotate option in SolidWorks, John Setzer, SolidNotes, Jan 24, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

You've Heard About Slow Food. What We Really Need is Slow Design - taking initiatives to reduce impacts of development on environment, considering 6 values of slow design, Michael Bardin, Co.Design, Jan 2012 (more AEC articles)

Form-Z 7 Prepares to Launch Parametric Modeling Point Blank in Your Face - single-click workspace setup with tools specific to task of modeling, drafting, visualization, easier NURBS modeling, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Jan 23, 2012 (more MCAD articles)

MX V8i How to Add Cut and Fill Hatching to Plans and Longsections - using isopachyte triangulation models, Jason Walsh, Bentley Colleague Blogs, Jan 23, 2012 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Microdesk Predictions 2012 - BIM, Collaboration, As-Built Models - Microdesk executive on companies offerings, bringing in BIM models from competing CAD companies, Susan Smith, AECCafe, Jan 23, 2012 (more AEC articles)

Femap Tips and Tricks: Equation Based Loading - defining equation based loads in Femap, applying hydrostatic loading to water tank, Siemens PLM, YouTube, Jan 23, 2012 (more Femap articles)

Hardware Review: 3DBOXX 3970 XTREME Workstation - Intel i7 quad core CPU, 20 GB cache SSD, NVIDIA Quadro 4000 video card with 2GB memory, offers impressive design, build quality with high levels of performance, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Jan 23, 2012 (more BOXX workstation reviews)

How to Assign Items to Multiple Files with the Same Part Number - before assigning item to assembly, assign item to one of children first in Vault, Richard Rankin, Cracking the Vault, Jan 20, 2012 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Fields for Math in AutoCAD - linking between numeric values: make formula field, add field to it, select object for field, show contents of object in field, ARCHIdigm, Jan 2012 (more AutoCAD basics tutorials)

Oh Oh, More Bugs in AutoCAD Architecture 2012 - fillet command trims wrong side of selected walls, missing swing line in 2D projected elevations, disappearing cross hairs, ARCHIdigm, Jan 2012 (more AutoCAD Architecture articles)

3ds Max: The Learning Curve - earning certifications for 3ds Max, training, education programs by AUGI, AREA community, Dario Passariello, AUGI Library, Jan 23, 2012 (more 3ds Max articles)

Volumes with Cloud Optimization - disadvantages of using mass-diagram approach, using cloud-based vertical profile optimization in Civil 3D, Kenneth Driscol, Applied Software, Jan 23, 2012 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Inventor - Constraining Design Accelerators - don't try to reuse automated assembly constraint, delete constraint, create new mate manually, John Evans, Design and Motion, Jan 23, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Change the Default Templates for the Assemblies and Parts Created with Make Components - Inventor tutorial, Being Inventive, Jan 23, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Color a Stair - workaround is assigning color override to stair, same as color fill of room in Revit, David Light, Revit, Jan 23, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Color Underlay Elements Showing White - adding color scheme to plan view, checking visibility graphics settings for all offending categories in Revit, Brian Mackey, Mackey Consulting, Jan 23, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Family Formula Examples and Tricks - tips for creating formulas in Revit family, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Jan 23, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Split Sections in Revit - using split segment tool, Gareth Spencer's Blog, Jan 20, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Point Cloud Unit Conversion - implementing IPointCloudAccess interface GetUnitsToFeetConversionFactor method, assuming point cloud data is given in millimeters, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 23, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Export a Shared Parameter - adding parameter to current shared parameter file in Revit using export option via family/schedule, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Jan 23, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

About the Freeze Bar - users discussing pros, cons of using freeze bar in SolidWorks 2012, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Jan 23, 2012 (more SolidWorks articles)

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips, Pt 15 - specifying default line for drawings, feature manager design tree helps in assigning parts in assembly plains, controlling, copying sketch, Lars Christensen, cadcamstuff.com, Jan 23, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Design Intent and Rotating a Part - rotating part from top plane to front plane in SolidWorks, Solid Professor, Jan 23, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Support Monthly FAQ - methods to save large assembly as single part, saving Toolbox settings in SolidWorks 2012, Robbie Liotta, SolidWorks, Jan 20, 2012 (more SolidWorks articles)

Borrowing a SolidWorks License Got Easier - license manger shows only purchased licenses, procedure to borrow standard license, Dave Padelford, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Jan 23, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

The Future of 3D Printing - 3D printer makers Makerbot, 3D Systems talk about their offerings, future of manufacturing, Rafe Needleman, CNET, Jan 18, 2012 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Simulation & Rendering with Maximus - workstation with GPU compute technology dedicates 6 CPU cores, a Tesla GPU, offers faster simulation, visualization, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 23, 2012 (more graphic card articles)

SpaceMouse Pro - central 'controller cap' with internal sensors facilitates 3D model manipulation, customizable function keys, packaged in very slick, black exterior, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 23, 2012 (more mice reviews)

iPad Apps for AEC, Pt 1 - AutoCAD WS, Sketchbook Mobile, Autodesk Design Review, Buzzsaw Mobile, BlueStreak, iVisit 3D, Graphisoft's BIMx, Lachmi Khemlani, Architecture Week, Jan 18, 2012 (more AEC articles)

Select with Default and No Default Options - differentiating between 'select with default,' 'select no default' options when working in Creo Direct, Darcy Parker, LearningExchange, Jan 2012 (more Pro/E tutorials)

3DVIA Composer Pivots and Gizmos - moving, rotating actors around selected location or in specific direction, YouTube, Jan 20, 2012 (more 3DVIA articles)

Can't Open AUTOCAD, Getting License Error - either firewall is blocking access or IPv6 being used on server, Applied Software, Jan 19, 2012 (more AutoCAD articles)

You're Not a Failure No Matter What AIM Says - adding raster image in Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler, Eric Chappell's Blog, Jan 20, 2012 (more Autodesk articles)

Survey Figures with Linetype Gen - Sort of - putting text labels on survey figure, creating marker style that displays piece of text in Civil 3D, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, Jan 22, 2012 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Curved Analytical Model Approximation and Etabs Link - using Tessellate method in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 20, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Generating Hyperbolic Geometry on a Poincare Disk in AutoCAD Using .NET - creating simple hyperbolic triangle using HGT command, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 23, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating Custom Content for Autodesk Inventor Content Center, Pt 4 (Hint: Editing Family Tables) - adding some stainless steel variations to wood screw, removing unneeded column, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 22, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor Task Scheduler - can publish DWF files, export files, shrinkwrap assemblies, group any number of tasks into one task, Steve Bedder, Autodesk Manufacturing Northern Europe, Jan 20, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Syncing Associative Data: Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Inventor Publisher Data - determining if source data has changed, updating model data, Jennifer MacMillan, ASCENT Blog, Jan 19, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Moldflow Advisor Add In for Autodesk Inventor 2012 - evaluate manufacturing feasibility, cost efficiency, environmental impact, highlight potential design problems, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Jan 20, 2012 (more Inventor articles)

Adopting Lean Practices in the Architectural/Engineering Industry - focus of Lean Six Sigma, best practices for utilizing BIM in Lean Design workflow, David Haynes of AIA, AECbytes, Jan 18, 2012 (more AEC articles)

Get 'Em While They're Young - 'Educate to Innovate' initiative by US president aims to improve STEM literacy in American children; CAD vendors support educational institutions, students, Heather Livingston, Cadalyst, Jan 19, 2012 (more jobs and careers articles)

Solid Edge Subscriptions - Questions from the Blogosphere - Q&A about Solid Edge for Local Motors community, $300/month for Solid Edge Premium, designing car using Solid Edge Design1, Mark Burhop, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Jan 19, 2012 (more Solid Edge articles)

User Defined Functions (UDFs) - Q&A on compilers supported for compiling UDFs, ANSYS FLUENT support for free compilers from Microsoft, Diana Collier, ANSYS, Jan 19, 2012 (more ANSYS articles)

Aras Corp: Different PLM and New Open Office - Enterprise Open source business model of Aras decreases cost of sales, helps build community of customers, partners, Oleg Shilovitsky, PLM Think Tank, Jan 19, 2012 (more PLM articles)

Seamless Integration of Design, Manufacturing, and Inspection - PAS Technology Inspection Lifecycle Management Suite consists of 3 modules: CMM Viewer, CMM Engineering, CMM Inspection, American Machinist, Jan 19, 2012 (more CAM articles)

Autodesk Takes on PLM with Nexus - Autodesk 360 Nexus offers easy-to-use, customizable workflow creation tools, clean UI, Q&A on Nexus, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 19, 2012 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Have You Used Parametric Design in AutoCAD? - parametric design is too complex, limited to 2D, works for current model space only, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Jan 19, 2012 (more AutoCAD articles)

KETIV's 2011 Autodesk Manufacturing Academy Recordings are Out - importing Inventor files, changing environments, assigning, changing materials, adding lights to Autodesk Showcase environment, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 19, 2012 (more Autodesk articles)

ACA Structural Member Styles, Pt 1 - modeling W24x76 steel beam using structural member catalog in AutoCAD Architecture, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Jan 19, 2012 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Set Your Drawing View Labels to Use the Model Part Number - changing view label default to use iProperty from Inventor model, Curtis Waguespack, From the Trenches with Autodesk Inventor, Jan 19, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Accuracy of Autodesk 123D Catch - accuracy assessment of aboriginal cave re-measurement project, Jim Chandler & John Fryer, Iboro.ac.uk, Dec 1, 2011 (more Photofly articles)

Why Does My Model Look Sectioned? - workarounds to deal with clipping issues in Navisworks, Beyond Design, Jan 16, 2012 (more Navisworks articles)

AutoCAD .NET Graphics Manager Events - View Related - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 19, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Cleaning Up Revit Files for Export to Navisworks - create new view in Revit specifically for Navisworks, delete unused families from model, Beyond Design, Jan 11, 2012 (more Revit tutorials, Navisworks articles)

Revit Rendering Materials: Sharing Amongst Home, Office and the Cloud - storing rendering materials in custom folder under project folder, add path location for Revit, Jarod Schultz, Jan 19, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Structure, Under the Hood - Revit helps in changing current design paradigm, acts as management engine in design/drafting, analysis of projects, Jeremiah Bowles, AUGI Library, Jan 19, 2012 (more Revit articles)

Rulers - turning on drawing mode rules in SolidWorks to display drawing location of mouse cursor on screen, Matthew Lorono, SolidWorks Legion, Jan 19, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips, Pt 14 - changing components to transparency mode while editing in assembly, controlling sketch relations, feature definitions, modifying curvature in spline, Lars Christensen, cadcamstuff.com, Jan 19, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

New Parts List Architecture - adding title to parts list, modifying individual columns, creating indented item numbers in Solid Edge ST, John Pearson, Design Fusion Blog, Jan 17, 2012 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SolidWorks Tech Tip: Even Better Than 'Normal To' - creating view of angled surface of odd shaped part with hole in it, Crystal Yazvac, CAPUniversity, Jan 18, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Creo View Interface for ECAD - creating .eda files, storing in Windchill as alternative to using ECAD workgroup manager, Mark Caradonna, LearningExchange, Jan 2012 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Cloud Computing Offers New Possibilities to Design Engineers - CAD vendors like Autodesk, Dassault offering cloud-based apps for simulation, synchronization, rendering, modeling capabilities, minimizing hardware requirements, Justin Cunningham, EUREKA, Jan 17, 2012 (more cloud articles)

ECF 2011: Dassault Systemes Debuts New Sketch Tool - CATIA Natural Sketch helps users draw editable, malleable spline objects in 3D space, Justin Cunningham, EUREKA, Jan 17, 2012 (more CATIA articles)

Extending Bricscad Through User-Written .net Commands - SWEEPX, LOFTX commands sweep, loft solids and surfaces, SSBS slices solids, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jan 18, 2012 (more Bricscad articles)

Learning CAD: The Good Old Days - author shares his experiences about lack of tutorials, suggested practices in old days, self-training on AutoCAD, being part of oldest AutoCAD user group, Bill Fane, Cadalyst, Jan 18, 2012 (more AutoCAD articles)

Inserting Components Using Composite iMates Names - name of first component should be in top of match list of second component composite iMate properties in Inventor, Being Inventive, Jan 17, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Building Property Pages - customizing property views in Vault explorer, setting up custom tabs for defining property name, displaying property value, managing view of text box, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Jan 18, 2012 (more Vault articles)

WPF and Revit Addin/API: Host DatePicker Control of WPF Toolkit - hosting DatePicker control of WPF Toolkit in user control, in turn WPF Window, Spiderinnet's Blog, Jan 16, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET OpenMode.ForRead/ForWrite and Performance - handling situation when opening object unnecessarily ForWrite, Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 18, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET Document Editor Events - Selection Related - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 18, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Mastercam's Release Has 'Significant New Capabilities' - Mastercam X6 offers 64-bit support, machining stock model feature, 3D high speed toolpath function, blade expert add-on simplifies toolpath creation for any multi-bladed parts, Robert Brooks, American Machinist, Jan 19, 2012 (more Mastercam articles)

Making the Move to a 5-Axis VMC - consider machine configuration, repeatability, accuracy, control features, Maggie Smith, MoldMaking Technology, Jan 1, 2012 (more CAM articles)

Let Your Engineers Engineer - PDM/PLM systems lessen burden of engineers: no need to repeatedly demonstrate design intent, collect feedback, no redistribution of latest drawings, Chad Jackson, Cadalyst, Jan 14, 2012 (more PLM articles)

Mitigate the Engineering Brain-Drain Threat - understand progression of design, advancement of product characteristics, process timeline; automate change orders easily with PDM, PLM systems, Chad Jackson, Cadalyst, Jan 14, 2012 (more PLM articles)

PLM and Process Tools: Opportunity or Complication? - Kenesto trying to simplify process of integration with existing CAD, PLM, other enterprise tools through cloud, Oleg Shilovitsky, PLM Think Tank, Jan 18, 2012 (more PLM articles)

3-3 PolyArc from Series - create a curve of continuous polyarcs through series of points using Grasshopper, Rhino, Design Reform, Jan 13, 2012 (more Rhino tutorials)

3-4 Controlling Vectors and Tangents - adjusting geometry by setting new tangent vector using Grasshopper, Rhino, Design Reform, Jan 13, 2012 (more Rhino tutorials)

Training the Technical MEP User - understanding key elements: expected delivery method, goal, timeline of training, David Butts, AUGI Library, Jan 17, 2012 (more CAD training articles)

WiFi for the CAD Workstation, Pt 1: WiFi-G and WiFi-N - 802.11n compliant WiFi-N wireless networking technology is 6 times faster than WiFi-G, Curt Moreno, CADspeed, Jan 17, 2012 (more CAD hardware articles)

Why CAD Will Wither on Apple - Apple needs to understand lacking feature in iPad to serve CAD industry: sufficient RAM, full OpenGL implementation, intimate access to graphics chip, speedy development, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jan 17, 2012 (more CAD industry articles)

Interview with GrabCAD CEO Hardi Meybaum - talk about origins of GrabCAD, inspiration behind it, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Jan 17, 2012 (more CAD industry articles)

Obscure Object Snap That Saves The Day - drawing line coming out from center of circle in AutoCAD, keeping it parallel with existing edges, Jarod Schultz, Jan 17, 2012 (more AutoCAD tips)

Cannot Remove Selection with SHIFT+Pick - uncheck 'Shift+Left Click Image Select' option from MAPIOPTIONS, IOPTIONS settings in AutoCAD, Almas Suljevic, Being Civil, Jan 17, 2012 (more AutoCAD tips)

Mask Multiline Text - keeping mask size equal to text size, tips for creating, editing multiline text in AutoCAD LT, Kate Morrical, LT Unlimited, Jan 17, 2012 (more AutoCAD LT tutorials)

Elephants and Donuts: Boolean Operations in Revit and Vasari - making basic layout of parametric toroidal section, panelizing it to demonstrate certain structural efficiencies, Zach Kron, BUILDZ, Jan 17, 2012 (more Vasari articles, Revit tutorials)

Drag and Drop to Revit - MouseMove event handler to initiate 'drag and drop' operation, populate DataObject appropriately, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 16, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Up the Garden Path - creating roads, footpaths in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Jan 15, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Ribbon API & VB.NET: ComboBox and ComboBoxMember - Spiderinnet's Blog, Jan 14, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Ribbon API & VB.NET: TextBox and Separator - ribbon TextBox is data collector to show small editor to users; ribbon separator is vertical thin line to separate 2 ribbon items/groups left, right, Spiderinnet's Blog, Jan 12, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Ribbon API & VB.NET: PushButton and Separator - ribbon PushButton is reaction item that will trigger command, Spiderinnet's Blog, Jan 11, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Model Ifugao Mask in Google SketchUp - create Philippine mask, trace outline, use push pull, offset tool, autofold function, Nomer Adona, SketchUp UR Space, Jan 2012 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Components Made of Components - drawing finial made of 4 components in SketchUp, keeping size of complex models within acceptable dimension, Luca Dal Molin, SketchUp UR Space, Jan 2012 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Padded Modeling by DB Renders - import reference image, use Bezier plugin, rotate, scale using Fredo scale script, use extrusion tools explode surface together with Bezier lines, SketchUp UR Space, Jan 2012 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Ultimate Igloos and Cool Engineering - creating basic dome structure using 2D simplification tool in SolidWorks Simulation, Stephen Endersby, SolidWorks Blog, Jan 11, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Assembly Visualization - The Search for the Missing File Properties - finding any parts in assembly without material specified, Jeff Sweeney, 3D Vision Technologies, Jan 17, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Creating High Resolution Images from SolidWorks  - creating advanced JPG or TIF images from SolidWorks using perspective option from view, Mike Spens, YouTube, Jan 13, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Having Trouble Finding a Tool in SolidWorks? - navigate to search bar, use search commands, or hit 'W' key within search command, Dale Rice, SolidNotes, Jan 17, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

KeyCreator Compare - Kubotek comes out with an app that compares one version of geometry with another and highlights changes, interview by Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Jan 16, 2012 (more KeyCreator articles)

Delcam Adds 3D Tools to ArtCAM Insignia - app to include high-quality decorative items in CAD/CAM environment, features include: shape editor, 2-rail sweep, smooth relief, sculpting, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Jan 16, 2012 (more ArtCAM articles)

Leaner, Greener Mastercam X6 Documentation - robust Mastercam Help file, 250MB of documents are removed, fewer documents are installed, simplifying file maintenance, Mastercam Xtras, Jan 16, 2012 (more Mastercam articles)

sgCore from Geometros - benefits of sgCore solid modeling library, availability for Mac, Windows, Solidgraph as functioning CAD system, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Jan 17, 2012 (more MCAD articles)

TurboViewer SDK for iOS - Q&A about price, availability of software development kit, conversion of files on cloud, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Jan 17, 2012 (more TurboViewer articles)

NASA Open Sources Conceptual Aircraft Design Application - NASA to release OpenVSP under open source license, includes library of standard components/primitive geometric building blocks common to all aircrafts, Canadian Manufacturing, Jan 16, 2012 (more CAD development articles)

Navigating the Library Assembly Minefield - saving changes in assembly using 'rebuild all' command in Vault, tips for checking, modifying iAssemblies, Scott Moyse, AUGI Library, Jan 13, 2012 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Profiling Different Methods for Testing AutoCAD Curves Using .NET - Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 16, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Designing Revit Content - What is Interference? - detecting hard, soft clashes using clash detective feature in Navisworks, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Jan 13, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Creating Custom Content for Autodesk Inventor Content Center, Pt 3 - managing central components, customizing component in Inventor to publish iPart to read/write library, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 15, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Creo Direct 1.0, A Brand New Direct Modeler from PTC - robust part, assembly modeler offers push, pull, drag faces, features to create concepts or edit imported geometry, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Jan 13, 2012 (more Pro/E reviews)

Creating the Frame and Weights on the Verge and Foliot Clock  - Creo Direct Modeling Express tutorial, Using Creo, Jan 16, 2012 (more Pro/E tutorials)

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips, Pt 13 - use of interference detection for avoiding components to intersect each another in assembly, handling hide/show items, modifying sketch, customizing drawing template, Lars Christensen, cadcamstuff.com, Jan 16, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

New in SolidWorks 2012: Improved Placement of Section View Labels - placing letter easily to different locations by dragging, hovering to arrow tip/bending it to cutting plane, Matthew Lorono, SolidWorks Legion, Jan 16, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks 2011: Grids - creating large structures, buildings, different sketch patterns, handling spacing controls in drawings, Graham Swan, YouTube, Jan 12, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks 2011: Piping - adding routing connection points, plain id, tips for handling new functionality, Graham Swan, YouTube, Jan 12, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Search Goes Mobile with Inforbix iPad App - semantic technology-based cloud app helps in retrieving manufacturing, engineering product data, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Jan 12, 2012 (more PDM articles)

PLM Startup Targets Efficiency - cloud-based process automation tool, Kenesto offers security for intellectual property while improving audit ability, Beth Stackpole, Design News, Jan 11, 2012 (more PLM articles)

Simulation Tech Tip: Using Color and Deflection Scale to Make Your Point - calculating default color scale, deformation scale automatically in SolidWorks Simulation, Jason Pancoast, CAPUniversity, Jan 11, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Managing Point Clouds as a Fundamental Data Type - leveraging point clouds across infrastructure lifecycle, employing point clouds as fast, accurate, secure mapping/land surveying technique, Richard Zambuni & Benoit Fredericque, GEOconnexion International Magazine, Jan 2012 (more MicroStation articles)

Kinect Enters the CAD World Through Geomagic - Geomagic is adapting Studio software to read 3D point data generated by Kinect, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jan 12, 2012 (more Geomagic Studio articles)

New Toolpath Strategy in Delcam 2012 - PowerMill 2012 has flowline machining capabilities; FeatureCAM has programming software for 2.5D, 3D, 5-axis machining; PartMaker 2012 includes module for simulating vertical, horizontal machining centers, Robert Brooks, American Machinist, Jan 12, 2012 (more CAM articles)

Mass-Produced Design - Local Motors is relying on crowdsourced design to create race car, Heather Livingston, Cadalyst, Jan 12, 2012 (more collaboration articles)

Q&A with CADspeed: Remote Graphics vs Virtual Desktop - FirePro remote graphics solution can be used in 1-1 remote solution or 1-N multiple VMs remote solution, Tony DeYoung, CADspeed, Jan 12, 2012 (more graphic card articles)

In the Trenches with BIM - technological roadblocks, organizational issues that can be encountered during BIM implementation, Scott Sedam, Professional Builder, Dec 28, 2011 (more AEC articles)

New Wave of BIM Modeling - universities collaborate on their BIM projects, share what students, mentored by industry professionals, learned, accomplished, James Grundvig, The Epoch Times, Jan 10, 2012 (more AEC articles)

BIM Adoption From a Supplier's Point of View - steel joist supplier, New Millennium, shares experiences during BIM software selection, file-exchange, process definition, Ricky Gillenwater, Modern Steel Construction, Jan 2012 (more AEC articles)

ACA: Model Views and Annotation Scale - redefining model view with correct annotation scale set current prior to redefinition in AutoCAD Architecture, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Jan 12, 2012 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Auto-Generate AutoCAD .NET Database Event Handlers Using Wizards - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 11, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET Transaction and Performance - manipulating AutoCAD DBObject, entity instances, good practices for creating new entity, Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 12, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Labeling with Math Functions - convert any numbers to strings before passing it to string label due to enhanced labeling functionality in Civil 3D 2012, Phil Borycens, Being Civil, Jan 11, 2012 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Volumes Dashboard Extension for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 - tools to aggregate results of multiple volume calculations, Dana Probert, BIM on the Rocks, Jan 12, 2012 (more Civil 3D articles)

Working with External iLogic Rules - configuring search paths for external rules on 'tools' ribbon within Inventor, Steve Bedder, Autodesk Manufacturing Northern Europe, Jan 12, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Show Off Showcase - creating 3D presentation videos, rendering programs with Autodesk Inventor in Showcase, Mark Petrucci, Applied Software, Jan 12, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Creating Custom Content for Autodesk Inventor Content Center, Pt 2 - creating custom libraries in Inventor, forming read/write library to make modifications using desktop content center, Autodesk data management server, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 11, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Preparing for a Hands-on Revit API Training - tips to beginners for getting started with programming, .NET, or C#, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 12, 2012 (more Revit articles)

Upstairs Downstairs - using system stair tool to explore different tread shapes, creating amphitheatre in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Jan 12, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Clearance Zones in Revit Families, Pt 1 - creating/utilizing clearance path standard in Revit family for handling equipments, Applying Technology to Architecture, Jan 12, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Clearance Zones in Revit Families, Pt 2 - analyzing clearance zones for planes in Revit family, setting dimensions for clearance zones, Applying Technology to Architecture, Jan 12, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Autodesk, Pitney Bowes Partner for AEC - initial target markets are local governments, transportation, natural resources companies, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, Jan 11, 2012 (more Autodesk articles, AEC articles)

New Layer - Color Change Not Applied as Expected - complete process of changing layer name before changing layer color in AutoCAD, Silvia Menon, Without a Net, Jan 11, 2012 (more AutoCAD tips)

Open AutoCAD with a Specific Template - command line switch helps in launching AutoCAD with new template, executing/customizing statement using switches, Ellen Finkelstein, AutoCAD Tips Blog, Jan 11, 2012 (more AutoCAD customization tutorials)

Where Do AutoCAD Dimensions Belong? Paper Space or Model Space? - setting value for specific dimension style while working in paper space, dimensioning in model space will have only one paper space tab in file, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Jan 11, 2012 (more AutoCAD model space tutorials)

Mask Dimension Text - enabling background mask/fill color in dimension style in AutoCAD LT, Kate Morrical, LT Unlimited, Jan 11, 2012 (more AutoCAD LT tutorials)

An AutoCAD Hip Tip on a Secret Dimensioning Command - selecting angle for dimension edge of part, choosing destination for two extension lines, Lynn Allen's Blog, Jan 11, 2012 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET UserConfigurationManager Events - Current Profile Related - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 9, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Auto-Generate AutoCAD .NET Application Event Handlers Using Wizards - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 7, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET Command Flag: CommandFlags.InProgress - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 8, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Using Inventor iLogic to Save Multiple Formats - building rule to create different formats required for each 2D drawing automatically, Steve Bedder, Autodesk Manufacturing Northern Europe, Jan 11, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Setting the Filename, Browser Display Name and Part Number for Content Center Parts on Insertion - Inventor tutorial, Alessandro Gasso, Being Inventive, Jan 11, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Modeling 3D Fractals with Autodesk Inventor 2012 - constructing elementary geometry by forming curves without tangents, making 3D version of Koch Snowflake in Inventor, Loren Welch, Manufacturing Toolbox, Jan 11, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

2012 Predictions for CAD Managers - technology trends to watch for: BIM demystification, cult of cloud hype, great hardware values, increasing CAD software upgrade momentum, fusion of IT, CAD departments, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 11, 2012 (more CAD management articles)

CAD Management: 10 Ways to Train (Without the Training Part) - provide flexible options, be flexible, keep communication team-focused, centralize resources, make use of social media, local user groups, Brian Andresen, AUGI Library, Jan 11, 2012 (more CAD management articles)

Clean Up Your Network Drives - alert users about cleanup, delete junk files, publish list of problems, repeat cleaning cycle few times, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 11, 2012 (more CAD management articles)

3D Printing Coming to the Manufacturing Space - and Outer Space - NASA plans to create additive manufacturing facility for International Space Station, Rachael King, Bloomberg Businessweek, Jan 9, 2012 (more rapid prototyping articles)

CES 2012: 3D Printer Makers' Rival Visions of Future - Replicator printer for 3D printing customized objects; Cube by 3D Systems is more user friendly, utilizes cartridges, Leo Kelion, BBC News, Jan 11, 2012 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Hide - An Accidental Short Cut Discovery - SolidWorks Tip - select part with left mouse button, leaving cursor over part, select 'tab' key to hide part, Michael Lord, Jan 11, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Projected Curve - sketching circle onto curved surface like cylinder in SolidWorks, Solid Professor, Jan 11, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Dropbox Preview for SolidWorks Setup - exporting files using SolidWorks Task Scheduler, Lou Gallo, SolidWorks:HEARD, Jan 11, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Frequency Analysis, It's Not Just for Breakfast Anymore - start SolidWorks model in frequency study, drag, drop constraints, connections over to static analysis, David Roccaforte, FISHER/UNITECH, Jan 11, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

PLM and the Evolution of Integration - importance of integration will rise due to need to deliver solutions faster, introduce new web technologies, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Jan 10, 2012 (more PLM articles)

The 3D Revolution Gains Pace with Two New Printers Announced - Makerbot releases Replicator ($1,749) with faster, finer resolution; 3D Systems unveils personal 3D printer, the Cube ($1,299), Martyn Day, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 10, 2012 (more rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD WS for Facilities Management - Pt 3: Managing Your Room Changes from the Cloud - sharing design changes across different time zones from full AutoCAD using AutoCAD WS plug-in, Shan Bryant, CADspeed, Jan 11, 2012 (more AutoCAD WS articles)

Breaking Up isn't Hard to Do: Revit MEP - breaking-up model by discipline, troubleshooting to find issues affecting overall performance of model, Dennis Howell, Applied Software, Jan 10, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET Application Events - Dialog Displaying Related - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 4, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET Command Flag: CommandFlags.NoNewStack and CommandFlags.NoOem - CommandFlags.NoNewStack may indicate that command will not be put onto new command stack, Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 6, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Using C# to Print Out Properties of AutoCAD .NET DBObject or Entity - using reflection technology, Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 6, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Inventor Part Files Too Big to Attach or Email? - roll 'end of part' marker up in tree to makes 8MB into less than .5MB, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Jan 10, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor and Showcase - visualizing glass table from Autodesk Inventor in Showcase, Steve Bedder, Autodesk Manufacturing Northern Europe, Jan 10, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

When Deployment Images have a Short Memory - always check 'remember my credentials' option when creating deployment images in Inventor, Being Inventive, Jan 9, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Capabilities of the SolidWorks Shell Command - considering cases of shell failure due to internal cavities inside block, curvature issues, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Jan 10, 2012 (more SolidWorks articles)

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips, Pt 12 - removing geometry from imported body, disabling automatic inferencing, changing solid body to surface body, Lars Christensen, cadcamstuff.com, Jan 10, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

IMSI/Design to Release TurboViewer SDK - considering success of AutoCAD openness for 3rd party customization, IMSI/Design to release software development kit for mobile development platform, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Jan 10, 2012 (more TurboViewer articles)

IMSI/Design to Release Free TurboViewer SDK - plans to create mobile app ecosystem around TurboViewer app, offering software developer kit to CAD developers can be game changer, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Jan 10, 2012 (more TurboViewer articles)

PTC Mobility - PTC plans to launch mobile apps this year: Windchill Mobile, Arbortext 3D Service Information for the iPad, SocialLink, Creo View, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Jan 9, 2012 (more PTC articles)

Why BIM? Again? - characteristics of BIM helpful in solving modern operational, economic issues: efficiency, sustainability, ability to integrate processes, standardize, support for facility management, Pete Zyskowski, Applied Software, Jan 5, 2012 (more AEC articles)

Clone Yourself in 3D, Powered by 3D Systems and Geomagic - Kinect-to-3D technology allows users to scan, 3D-print model of themselves, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Jan 9, 2012 (more rapid prototyping articles)

TurboViewer App Enhances CAD Experience - exposing 2D, 3D viewing capabilities, displaying CAD files including .DWG, .DWF, .DXF, .SKP, PDF in both single/multi-page formats, GPS capabilities, Beth Stackpole, Design News, Jan 9, 2012 (more TurboViewer reviews)

Navisworks: From Design to Construction and Back - building relation within design/construction, training to identify true issues, project teams issue resolution, Michael Smith, AUGI Library, Jan 9, 2012 (more Navisworks articles)

Scuplteo Releases 3D Printing App. Make a Vase of Your Face and More - Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Jan 9, 2012 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Searching Excel with iLogic - managing, adding new customer database in existing list, saving spreadsheet in project path, modifying, applying values to Parameters in Inventor, Carl Smith, If This Then That, Jan 9, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Point Style for Visual Inspection Tip - horizontal tolerance checking using point style in Civil 3D template, John Evans, civil4d.com, Jan 5, 2012 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

#1 Don't Schedule Regular Property Reindexes - good Vault practice otherwise it might consume significant CPU, RAM, disk resources, Richard Rankin, Cracking the Vault, Jan 5, 2012 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Quadrifying Objects - simplifying geometry from unnecessary faces in 3ds Max Design, Michael Zeeveld, Applied Software, Jan 6, 2012 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Testing Whether a Point is on Any AutoCAD Curve Using .NET - Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 9, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET Command Flag: CommandFlags.Defun - secondary command flag indicates that command can be invoked from LISP code as parameter-less function, Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 3, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET Command Flag: CommandFlags.Undefined - secondary command flag indicates that command cannot be invoked by its own name directly, Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 3, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Identifying Wall Compound Layers and Parts - converting compound structure layers to parts, accessing wall by fixing width, materials in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 9, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

WPF and Revit Addin/API: Host DataGrid Control of WPF Toolkit - hosting DataGrid control of WPF toolkit in user control, in turn WPF Window, Spiderinnet's Blog, Jan 3, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Our Lady Up the Hill - modeling pilgrimage chapel using photos, drawings in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Jan 8, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Showing All Assembly Mates Between 2 Parts - using feature manager, property manager in SolidWorks, Art Woodbury, CAPUniversity, Jan 4, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Hole Patterns Without the Hassle - using cosmetic hole patterns appearance in SolidWorks model, Shuvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, Dec 28, 2011 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

TurboViewer Pro 2.0 for iPad - view numerous popular CAD file formats faster, provides easier mobility, spin 3D models around effortlessly, easy to understand icons, viewing options, X-ray mode, full layers management control, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Jan 8, 2012 (more TurboViewer reviews)

Surrogates Promise Better, Faster Designs - approximation models are helpful in accelerating development timeframes, reducing time, cost while maintaining accuracy of models, John Edwards, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2012 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Leading in the Age of BIM - BIM workflows involve collaboration, offers leadership opportunities to emerging professionals, Randy Deutsch, Design Intelligence, Jan 5, 2012 (more AEC articles)

Training: Why are You Waiting for 'Training' from Someone Else - economical sources of training like YouTube, blog, training manuals, DVD sets are helpful for users in self-training, Kung Fu Drafter, Jan 4, 2012 (more CAD training articles)

Modifying Your Geometry in Creo Direct Modeling Express - making 'Verge and Foliot' clock, Using Creo, Jan 6, 2012 (more Pro/E tutorials)

Dassault Release Streamlines Simulation Workflows - Isight 5.6 provides suite of visual tools for creating simulation process workflows, Beth Stackpole, Design News, Jan 5, 2012 (more engineering analysis articles)

SolidWorks 2011: Simulation 2D Simplification - 3D models with constant cross sections or solids of revolutions can be modeled in 2D, Jon Doyle, YouTube, Jan 5, 2012 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Autodesk Supports T-Splines for Rhino/SolidWorks - Autodesk assures Rhino, SolidWorks users after acquisition of T-Splines, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, Jan 5, 2012 (more T-Splines articles, Autodesk articles)

How to Increase Your Productivity with the AutoCAD Properties Palette - opening properties palette editing geometry, individual objects properties in AutoCAD, undoing properties palette edits, Paul Munford, CAD Setter Out, Dec 2011 (more AutoCAD model space tutorials)

ForceEffect at Autodesk University - free 2D static engineering calculation tool for iPad has simple, sketch-like interface, calculations are updated in real-time, results can be printed, John Evans, Design and Motion, Jan 6, 2012 (more Autodesk articles)

Testing Whether a Point is on an AutoCAD Polyline Using .NET - Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 6, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating Custom Content for Autodesk Inventor Content Center, Pt 1 - building parts, keeping content libraries in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 8, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Missing Coordinate Systems in Units and Zone Tab - omission of geospatial coordinate systems, missing/corrupted Coordsys.CSD in Civil 3D creates issue, Almas Suljevic, Being Civil, Jan 6, 2012 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Hacking at Railings Again for 3D Grids - creating profile for railing, analyzing new type for grid name, adding curves to grid in Navisworks, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Jan 6, 2012 (more Navisworks articles)

Not For Your Eyes - securing designs, availability to special groups, selecting keywords, renaming it to 'secure contract,' managing security projects in Vault, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Jan 6, 2012 (more Vault articles)

Dynamically Dimensioning 3D Models - understanding various dimension settings available in applet, Andrew Marsh, Performative Design, Dec 28, 2011 (more MCAD articles)

Fast 3D Vector Text in Processing - overlaying 2D labels pointing to 3D model positions, Andrew Marsh, Performative Design, Jan 7, 2012 (more MCAD articles)

Do-It-Yourself Business Process Management with Kenesto - cloud-hosted SaaS offering with simple, easy-to-use interface, built-in viewer supports 250 common office, drawing file types, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Jan 6, 2012 (more PLM articles)

Process Simplification - The Next Goal for PLM Companies? - efficient user experience, right level of flexibility in PLM systems needed for simplifying process management, products by Nexus, Kenesto, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Jan 6, 2012 (more PLM articles)

Supporting PLM and Workflow - Solumina provides oversight, control of supply chain quality management, manufacturing, aftermarket services operations, Jim Romeo, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2012 (more PLM articles)

GrabCAD: Community, CAD, and Goodwill Prove a Winning Formula - GrabCAD helps publish 3D models to site, meet users of similar interests with each other, use social connections to get potential assignments, job leads, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Jan 4, 2012 (more CAD industry articles)

RAID for the CAD Workstation - redundant array of independent disks provide reliability, data security, Alex Herrera, CADspeed, Jan 6, 2012 (more CAD hardware articles)

Access to Building Codes Via Technology - International Code Council website has online library for free viewing of all sections of both international, state adopted codes, Applying Technology to Architecture, Jan 5, 2012 (more AEC articles)

The Eco-Friendly Prototype - recyclable, biodegradable additive manufacturing materials provide options to build sustainable prototypes, Debbie Sniderman, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2012 (more rapid prototyping articles)

How do I Get My Nonlinear Contact Model to Converge? - program must satisfy compatibility condition to satisfy convergence criteria, John Doyle, ANSYS, Jan 5, 2012 (more ANSYS articles)

3-2 Intro to Series - setting up series of points that will become 'wavelengths' for Hannover Pavilion modules using Rhino, Design Reform, Jan 5, 2012 (more Rhino tutorials)

Dr. Who and the CAD Manager, Pt 2 - manual board drafting, AutoCAD modeling, drafting benchmark, comparison, Patrick Hughes, AUGI Library, Jan 5, 2012 (more CAD industry articles, AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD .NET Command Flag: CommandFlags.NoUndoMarker - secondary command flag indicates that command will not be marked for UNDO mechanism, Spiderinnet1's Blog, Dec 31, 2011 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET DynamicLinker Events - Module Load Related - Spiderinnet1's Blog, Jan 2, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating a Basic iLogic Rule with an Event Trigger - Inventor tutorial, Curtis Waguespack, From the Trenches with Autodesk Inventor, Jan 5, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

2D to 3D Tool for Inventor - using 2D CAD part drawings from AutoCAD within Inventor, Jason Miles, Applied Software Blog, Jan 4, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Jump Start BIM: A CADworks MEP BIM Integration Suite Product Review - includes content web app, Revit piping productivity pack, BIM execution plan, set of Revit MEP project templates, AUGI Library, Jan 5, 2012 (more Revit articles)

WPF and Revit Addin/API: Host Calendar Control of WPF Toolkit - hosting calendar control of WPF toolkit in user control, in turn WPF Window, Spiderinnet's Blog, Dec 27, 2011 (more Revit tutorials)

Materials Collection and Filtering - materials collection may contain null entries, slip invalid material entries before sorting them, material filtering using LINQ, filtered element collectors, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 6, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

How Not to CAD - File Paths and Name Changes - always place file path in drawings, use field over plot stamp, don't change files name or move file, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Jan 5, 2012 (more CAD management articles)

CAD Management: Happy Old Year - looking back, reviewing old year can help learn lessons, make most out of new year, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Jan 5, 2012 (more CAD management articles)

Print Organizer Overview - MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries) print organizer dialog, settings, Envision CAD, Jan 5, 2012 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Importing Graphics to a Surface  - importing MicroStation graphics into InRoads surface DTM, Envision CAD, Jan 5, 2012 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Clean Up After Yourself - ExitMacro routine unloads any forms, sets all public objects to nothing, Envision CAD, Jan 5, 2012 (more MicroStation tutorials)

What's New in SolidWorks 2012: Magnetic Lines - adding magnetic line to drawing with magnetic line command from annotations toolbar, Matthew Lorono, SolidWorks Legion, Jan 5, 2012 (more SolidWorks articles)

Surfacing Top 10 - users' wish list regarding surface feature in CAD software, improvements in SolidWorks, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Jan 5, 2012 (more CAD development articles, SolidWorks articles)

Smart and Fast - 3DBOXX 3970 XTREME workstation has Intel Core i7-2600K quad-core CPU with built-in HD Graphics 2000, ASUSTek P8Z68-V Pro motherboard, offers incredible performance at suitable price, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2012 (more BOXX workstation reviews)

Solid Edge Has a Little Something, Can You Guess What It Is - easy-to-use EcoDesigner is tightly integrated into Solid Edge interface, offers life cycle impact assessment methods, Solid DNA Blog, Jan 4, 2012 (more Solid Edge articles)

Creo Direct Modeling Express (DME) Tutorial, Joining, and Patterning  - making 'Verge and Foliot' clock, Using Creo, Jan 4, 2012 (more Pro/E tutorials)

SofTech's Reinvention Continues - SofTech announces registration statement, company's share marketplace is upgraded, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, Jan 4, 2012 (more MCAD articles)

Evolving & Adapting, PLM Captures New Market - adaptability, flexibility, scalability of PLM solutions is attracting pharmaceuticals, apparel, food and beverages, AEC, construction industries, Peter Bilello, CIMdata, Dec 23, 2011 (more PLM articles)

File Naming Conventions are Really Data Management Rules - arranging particular file in proper place/time, naming files with saved location, differentiating data, drawing files in AutoCAD, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Jan 4, 2012 (more CAD management articles)

BIM: Not Just for New Buildings - Ohio State University Medical Center is converting 55 Medical Center buildings from AutoCAD to BIM to improve quality, speed of decision making, Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Building Design & Construction, Jan 2012 (more AEC articles)

3D Printing - It's Print But Not As We Know It - 3D printer uses compressed layers of fine powder to reproduce any object within printable area, Martyn Dolbear, xcaliba, Jan 4, 2012 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Software Assists Quieting Noisy Turbine - FEA program helps in studying eigenfrequency to determine gearbox resonance, Brett Marmo & Barry Carruthers, Windpower Engineering & Development, Dec 27, 2011 (more FEA articles)

A Happy New Year Tip on Translating Layers in AutoCAD - changing name/properties of layers in AutoCAD using LAYTRANS command, Lynn Allen's Blog, Jan 4, 2012 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET Command Flag: CommandFlags.NoHistory - secondary command flag indicates that command will not be added into command history list, Spiderinnet1's Blog, Dec 28, 2011 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET DBObject Events - Layers as Samples - command TestDBObjEvents monitors various aspects of layer zero, Spiderinnet1's Blog, Dec 27, 2011 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD .NET Command Flag: CommandFlags.NoBlockEditor - secondary command flag indicates that command will not be allowed in block editor environment, Spiderinnet1's Blog, Dec 24, 2011 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Colors to Use for Contextual Ribbon Tabs in AutoCAD - Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 4, 2012 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Setting the Level of Detail with iLogic - create rule 'Level of Detail,' populate with code, then activate it in Inventor, Carl Smith, If This Then That, Jan 4, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor iLogic: Sort Browser, Collapse Browser, Return Home, and Zoom All - sort browser tree in descending order, collapse any browser nodes left expended in browser tree, Curtis Waguespack, From the Trenches with Autodesk Inventor, Jan 4, 2012 (more Inventor tutorials)

Basin Street Blues - draw closed loop in mass family, use this as profile to generate forms using conceptual massing tools in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Jan 4, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Opening Geometry - retrieving first element of enumerable sequence using LINQ, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 4, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Resolving Locking Issues with Revit Server - clearance of lock files, closing local servers as well as Revit Server Autosync to make certain changes, Dave Baldacchino, Do U Revit, Jan 4, 2012 (more Revit tutorials)

Installing Multiple Versions of SolidWorks - create separate directory for each major release of SolidWorks, after installation clear registry, launch in reverse order, Toby Schnaars, Prism Blog, Dec 21, 2011 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Installation and Update Guide for SolidWorks 2012 - points to remember when installing on client machine, migrating existing toolbox into SolidWorks 2012, upgrade Workgroup PDM, Toby Schnaars, Prism Blog, Dec 30, 2011 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Kenesto: What is it? - Mike Payne, a founder of PTC, SolidWorks, SpaceClaim 'unretires' to head cloud-based PLM, Kenesto similar to Autodesk 360 Nexus, Ray Kurland's Blog, Dec 18, 2011 (more PLM articles)

Make Me a System with Everything - collection of hardware, software to give single product design system to facilitate smooth data exchange, collaboration, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2012 (more collaboration articles, cloud articles)

   

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