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May 2013

How to Apply SketchUp for Tent Modeling - make basic design on paper before making drawing in SketchUp, save file by size ref, re-check values, don't go into decorative details, always keep hard copy of final design, Imran Ashraf, SketchUp UR Space, May 2013 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Prosumer is New King of CAD: Autodesk - Pradeep Nair of Autodesk India on Autodesk responding to cloud computing, opportunities due to proliferation of mobile devices, tools to improve design of infrastructure projects, Dileep Athavale, The Times of India, May 31, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

COMSOL Multiphysics 4.3b Introduces Single-Window Integration with Inventor and Excel, Five New Modules - 5 new modules: multibody dynamics, wave optics, molecular flow, semiconductor, electrochemistry; plug-in to conduct simulation scenarios with multiple parameters using Excel spreadsheets, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, May 30, 2013 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Layers, I Do Like Me Some Vectorworks Layers - components of basic layer structure, adding basic sheet layers to file, Kevin Lee Allen, KLAD, May 2013 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Dassault Acquires Apriso to Stake Out Manufacturing Operations Turf - acquired for $205 million in cash, Apriso FlexNet delivers visibility, controls across global manufacturing, product supply network, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, May 30, 2013 (more CATIA articles)

Autodesk Vault Ribbon Disappears When Starting a Component in Autodesk Inventor 2014 & a Fix - 2 instances of running EDM addin cause issue, find one with location mscoree.dll, uncheck option to load automatically, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, May 29 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

iLogic - Set Sheet Metal Rule in Assembly - use iLogic to control active sheet metal rule for entire assembly of parts all at once in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, May 30, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Manage Huge Assemblies - Inventor 2014 Express Mode - load file, model in express mode, access additional settings, Clinton Brown, CADline, May 30, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Need to Update an Old Schedule Trick for Revit 2014 - colorize cells to notify working schedule, build 'ZZ_1 Arial' text type to use in header, body in appearance tab for working schedule, Jarod Schultz, May 30, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit .NET Creations API: Create Window Into Wall, Pt 2 - creating window, inserting it into wall using relative location, Spiderinnet Blog, May 29, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit .NET Creations API: Create Window Into Wall - Pt 3 (At Center Middle of the Wall) - creating window, insert it at center, middle of wall using relative position, Spiderinnet Blog, May 30, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

SolidWorks EPDM Admin: How to Undo a Checkout - ask admin to perform undo check out, log in as admin, browse to files, highlight all, check option to undo checkout, Peer Larson, SolidNotes, May 30, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Knowing When to Contact Your Reseller for Support - SolidWorks customer center can assist with activation of products, basic installation support; activation issues involving license transfers are handled by reseller, Robert Benenato, SolidWorks Blog, May 30, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints, Pt 20 - large assembly mode provides ability to work on part or sub-assembly within context of greater assembly, giving 81% performance gain on typical machine, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, May 30, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

SolidWorks - Part Modeling Tips - building landing skid for toy helicopter, Matt Morgan of GoEngineer, YouTube, May 29, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

 

Bentley ProjectWise and Autodesk Vault Collaboration AEC: AECbytes Survey Results - comparative use of ProjectWise, Vault, users have higher levels of satisfaction for ProjectWise, plus more detailed feedback, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, May 29, 2013 (more AEC articles, Autodesk Vault articles)

Siemens and Bentley Extend Collaboration - relationship grows to include joint working relationships in creating interoperable software for factory construction, process plant engineering, operations, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, May 24, 2013 (more MicroStation articles)

Roland iModela - prototyping hardware can handle parts up to 86x26x55mm, machine out small, intricate parts in usable time frame, Al Dean, Develop 3D, May 23, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Building Material - digital equivalent of real building materials used in construction, easier management of material-related properties, ArchiCAD SADC, May 30, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Better Model Definition - Revit Structure 2014 features: rebar enhancements/control, steel framing geometry manipulation, multi-reference annotations, Philip Russo, AUGI Library, Apr 5, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Fixing Block Draw-Order in AutoCAD Drawings Exported by SmartSketch Using .NET - code to define WTB command to move any wipeouts to bottom of selected block, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, May 27, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

A Tour of Constraint Relationships in Autodesk Inventor 2014 - 'show relationship' feature in assembly to shows relationships between constraints in modeling window in graphical format, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, May 26, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Conquering the Quoting Challenge - adding right multi-CAD viewer to quoting process helps face common challenges: poor RFQ response rates, inaccurate initial quoting, requote rework headaches, excessive training costs, Andrea Giles, MoldMaking Technology, May 1, 2013 (more CAM articles)

Enhance Mold Precision by Going Five-Axis - look for high-performance design, consider control factor, Kyle Klaver, MoldMaking Technology, May 1, 2013 (more CAM articles)

Russian 3D-Kernel RGK: Functionality, Advantages, and Integration - solutions fully implemented in RGK project: multithreading, using calculations on GPU, multiple platforms, documents, solids, hybrid modeling tools, Leonid Baranov, Sergey Kozlov, Dmitry Semin, & Nikolay Snytnikov, isicad, May 24, 2013 (more MCAD articles)

Sheet Metal - K-factor - K-factor calculator to back-calculate K-factor from measurement data, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, May 29, 2013 (more MCAD articles)

Custom Toolbox Part - uncheck option 'make this folder the default search location for toolbox components' to stop SolidWorks automatically change custom toolbox parts with actual toolbox parts, Phil Whitaker, CATI Tech Notes, May 29, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Which Solver? FFEPlus vs. Direct Sparse, Pt 2 - Direct Sparse Solver in SolidWorks is more accurate, doesn't make any approximations for solution, no associated computational errors, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, May 29, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Linking SolidWorks Equations to an External File - using equation manager, YouTube, May 27, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

ZWCAD+ 2012 - A Worthwhile DWG Editor - easy-to-use UI, efficient working environment, has number of importing formats for DWFs, PDFs, attribute extraction wizard, useful eTransmit utility, system variable editor, layer translator, Steve Lynch, CADdigest.com, May 29, 2013 (more ZWCAD reviews)

ANSYS 14.5 Fluid Dynamics - ability to use TGrid preprocessing capabilities directly within Fluent interface, define, control motion in assembly, improved industry specific toolsets, Al Dean, Develop 3D, May 28, 2013 (more ANSYS reviews)

Tips for Converting CAD Data - remodel parts from scratch, use direct translators, exchange exported kernel files, or don't translate, just collaborate, GrabCAD, May 28, 2013 (more CAD translation articles)

8 Questions with Rex Chamberlain of Tetra Research - challenges facing CFD in next 3 years, career progression, advice for young people entering CFD field, list of favorite tools, resources, John Chawner, Another Fine Mesh, May 28, 2013 (more CFD articles)

BIM Takes Construction Beyond Three Dimensions - BIM offers collaboration, innovation, improved productivity in construction projects, making more architects, engineers to embrace BIM technology, Pete Swabey, Information Age, May 16, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Missing a Trick - quantity surveyors have been reluctant to invest in BIM to avoid profit reduction, missing out on rich data benefits involved, Rob Charlton, AEC Magazine, May 8, 2013 (more AEC articles)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Anchor Door/Window Reveal to Wall Core - anchor window to composite wall's core to check door/window element behavior, structural connections, ArchiCAD SADC, May 28, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Take AutoCAD Multifunction Grips to the Next Level  - hover over line to either stretch or lengthen lines, arcs at lightning speed using AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, May 28, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Raster Image Draw Order - send raster to back, assign transparency, check DRAWORDERCTL, TREEDEPTH variable, or ensure raster layer is at bottom, turn off raster layer using Civil 3D, Phil Borycens, Being Civil, May 28, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Installing AutoCAD 2014 - unpack installation files to start installation, accept license/service agreements, provide serial number along with product code, select type of installation, Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog, May 28, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Corporate Customization - create corporate electrical standards, ensure whether companies are using preferred numbering systems, manufacturers, element representations, title template borders using AutoCAD electrical, Miles Nicholson, CADline, May 28, 2013 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Update Associated File of Vault Item to the Latest Version - use update command in Vault explorer, call ItemService.PromoteComponents() to update file using API, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, May 28, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

How Does the Network License Know That I Can Run a Prior Version When I'm on Subscription? - check components section to run feature codes that will run if AutoCAD 2014 license file is available, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 27, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Watch If the Specific Parameter(s) Changed - apply ModelingEvents.OnParameterChange of Inventor API to check change in parameter, workaround is using global file to store last values of parameter, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, May 28, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor - Quick Orbit Animation - get correct pivot position for orbit, zoom, press ctrl+0 key to get rid of menus, start screen capture software once model starts spinning, Luke Davenport, CADline, May 28, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Sheet Metal Technique Using Boundary Patch - select lines that represent boundary, turn off sketch after applying first boundary patch, choose derive tool, thicken/offset tool on 3D model tab in Inventor, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, May 27, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor .NET API: Another Way to Reference Inventor COM Library - create COM interop assembly by pressing add button in Inventor object library, Spiderinnet2's Blog, May 18, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Reloading and Debugging External Commands on the Fly - replace 'external command lister' by reading byte stream from DLL, use ExternalCommandLister, Command Class enhancements to substitute RvtSamples functionality, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, May 28, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit .NET Creations API: Create Window Into Wall, Pt 1 - use Document.Create.NewFamilyInstance method to set relationship between window, wall in Revit, Spiderinnet Blog, May 28, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints, Pt 19 - check exterior faces, exterior components, all components options of part file to determine performance gain in SolidWorks, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, May 28, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

SolidWorks Macro Mania for Your Monday - recording macro for getting document properties with one keystroke, Tonia Lauer, Fisher/Unitech, May 28, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Direct Editing on Imported Geometry - use 'move face' feature to offset faces, move faces linearly or rotate faces in SolidWorks, Josh Spencer, 3D Vision Technologies, May 28, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Luxion KeyShot 4 Review - 3D rendering, animation program supports most current modelers, intuitive, user-friendly interface, small learning curve, impressive performance, Mindaugas Petrikas, Design and Motion, May 27, 2013 (more KeyShot reviews)

Chamfering Feeds and Speeds with G-Wizard Calculator - set up GW Calculator as tapered endmill, Bob Warfield, CNCCookbook, May 27, 2013 (more CAM articles)

DriveWorks - Xpress to Solo - importing DriveWorksXpress database to DriveWorks Solo database, Crystal Yazvac, CAPUniversity, May 24, 2013 (more DriveWorks articles)

AMD's Fireproof R5000 Remote GPU Brings Multitasking to a New Level - only one user can access cards GPU power at any given time, expensive solution for rendering at $1,000, Cabe Atwell, Design News, May 24, 2013 (more graphics card reviews)

For Graphisoft, ArchiCAD 17 is All About Details - focuses on model-based details; Eniko Pauko Q&A on ArchiCAD's control over automatic junction processing, limit to number of junctions in model, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, May 28, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Curved Beam - using beam tool to create beams for easy, faster modeling, consistent element creation, editing, ArchiCAD SADC, May 27, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: More Intuitive Element Creation in 3D Window - use graphic feedback, snap to story level when editing element elevation in 3D window, ArchiCAD SADC, May 27, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Behind the Scenes in AutoCAD MEP - use CUI file to build custom command, console mode command to load drawing faster, run CATALOGREGEN command, update PVC/plastic routing preference to determine custom sizes of catalog, Elisha Sage, AUGI Library, May 27, 2013 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Lynn Allen's Tips and Tricks - AutoCAD 2014 has command line, synonym suggestion options, ReCap tool for working with 3D laser scans, point cloud support, annotation timesavers, Lynn Allen's Blog, May 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

BIM 360 Glue - Glue helps stakeholders contribute, gain better project insight, improve project delivery, manage pre-construction conflicts, extends Navisworks functionalities, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, May 24, 2013 (more Autodesk articles, AEC articles)

Have Problem Downloading Your Autodesk Products - use download now, browser download or install now options to install media of 2014 product trials in just single machine, check virtual agent link to update products, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, May 27, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Showcase Tips & Tricks: Showcase 2014 Depth of Field  - use Autodesk Showcase to add DOF in viewport, set individual DOF using different settings while keeping DOF in viewport active/inactive, Marion Landry, YouTube, May 22, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

ACA: Imperial MVB in Metric Drawing - creating proper millimeter-based content file in AutoCAD architecture 2014, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, May 27, 2013 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Easy Simplified Catalog Database - check 'create project specific catalog database' in other tools drop down menu to create family tables in AutoCAD electrical, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, May 24, 2013 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Changing Spot Elevation Label Markers - select markers to be changed, change marker type by opening properties palette, update markers in Civil 3D, Jeff Morrow, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, May 24, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Instant AutoCAD Civil 3D Upgrades - check AutoCAD layer compliance by loading/restoring layer state files, import new styles from new templates except tweaked styles, Tench Tilghman, cadpilot, May 24, 2013 (more Civil 3D articles)

A Tour of Constraint Relationships in Autodesk Inventor 2014 - click show icon on assembly tab to show relationship, select components, right click on constraint glyphs to check operations, update assembly, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, May 26, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Importing an AutoCAD Title Block Into Inventor - explode, clean up original title block inside AutoCAD, set everything on single layer, invoke text command, get rid of default title block to insert new block, Stan Wile, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, May 24, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Load Your Own External Command On the Fly - set visual studio to load projects efficiently, use RevitRubyShell or RevitPythonShell, SharpDevelop IDE, AddInManager in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, May 27, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Three Minutes with Floor Sloping - use slope arrow if offset variety is known, define one edge as slope defining or define constant height using Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, May 25, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Predictions of a Present Future - Revit 2014 features: dockable window enhancements, temporary view properties, room calculation points, parameter enhancements, modified materials UI, Jay Zallan, AUGI Library, May 24, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Render Transparent Backgrounds in PhotoView 360 - open display manager, invoke PhotoView 360 'final render' command in SolidWorks 2012, whereas just save final rendered file as .PNG file using SolidWorks 2013, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, May 27, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Xpress Tools Available in SolidWorks Standard  - design validation for conveyor drive shaft using DFMXpress, learning about DriveWorksXpress, SimulationXpress, YouTube, May 22, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Reverse ScanTo3D - SolidWorks Premium utility helps open scan data from any 3D scanner in form of mesh or point cloud file, tip to save data as point cloud file from SolidWorks model, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, May 24, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

EPDM - Resetting 'sa' Password - start Microsoft SQL server management studio, log into SQL server, adjust server authentication to ‘SQL server and Windows authentication mode’ before restarting server, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, May 25, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Is Free DraftSight CAD Usable CAD? - DraftSight provides 2D tools with simple UI, premium version offers API to write LISP programs, responsive technical support, deployment wizard, worth a consideration software, Ryan Reid, CADdigest.com, May 24, 2013 (more DraftSight reviews)

Axe Marks the Spot - point cloud visualization technology from Bentley reveals Bronze Age engravings on Stonehenge, CAD User, Mar/Apr 2013 (more MCAD articles, cloud articles)

Solid Edge for SharePoint  - discussing PLM, PDM, setting up Solid Edge SP, transparent UI, SharePoint interface, added user benefits, YouTube, May 21, 2013 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Where, What, How? - cloud-based solution designed for analyzing performance of conceptual designs, Sefaira Concept has parametric capabilities, can handle multi-analyses from single set-up, David Chadwick, CAD User, Mar/Apr 2013 (more AEC articles)

Go with the Flow - 3D viewer by IES animates building evacuation, occupant movement; based on real human behavior, Simulex tool helps identify potential problems, bottlenecks to ensure comfortable level of movement within building for occupants, CAD User, Mar/Apr 2013 (more AEC articles)

What APIs and Developer Documentation are Available for AutoCAD? - available AutoCAD APIs: AutoLISP, ActiveX/COM, JavaScript, ObjectARX, Managed .NET, Lee Ambrosius, Hyperpics: Beyond the UI, May 23, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Mechanical Applications for AutoCAD Electrical - use attribute tools, apply title block update utility to update title blocks, invoke swap/update block, copy project, toggle NO/NC commands, run batch plot utility, batch block updates, Stan Wile, Cadalyst, May 23, 2013 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Getting the Most Out of AutoCAD Design Suite 2014  - tips on using UI, command line, file tabs, layers, Lynn Allen, YouTube, May 22, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Updating a Plug-In to Vault 2014 - revise file, assembly version numbers, reference for using Vault 2014 SDK DLLs, add references, modify class implementations, fix compile errors, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, May 23, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk Recap, Pt 2 - Key Features - edit point cloud data, use annotation, selection, window, fence tools, apply project navigator, limit box, display settings to control dataset display, Matt Miyamoto, Ideate, May 23, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

AutoCAD Mechanical 2014 - Inventor Link - locate application, select uninstall/change, choose add/remove features from installation media dialog, tick Autodesk Inventor link before hitting update button, Kim Hyde, CADline, May 23, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Importing Shape Files - type MapImport at command line, select SHP file, hit ok, choose import polygons, set attribute data, object data mapping fields in Civil 3D, Christopher Fugitt, Civil 3D Reminders, May 23, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials

Navisworks 2014 API New Feature - RenderPlugin - create class deriving from RenderPlugin, override any method from among public virtual void OverlayRenderModel, OverlayRenderWindow, RenderModel or RenderWindow, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, May 23, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

Effortless Extensible Storage - use extension to define special class by describing ExStorage schema, create instance of class, set properties, elements for attaching data to element in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, May 23, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Create a Back Reference View Title - pick view title, choose 'title block back reference' from edit type option, copy original view title family, change sheet number label to referencing sheet in Revit, Scott Chatterton, The Revit Jedi, May 23, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Use an Adaptive Component Line to Tag Ramp Slopes in Revit 2013 - workaround is creating adaptive family with 2 placement points, making spline between points, using 3D view to load family in project, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, May 21, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Tutorial - Export to Linked HTML File - open export, 'images and animation' option, pick selected views/sheets from export image dialog, specify output path, image options before exporting file, Jeffrey Pinheiro, Revit Kid, May 23, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

A New Feature I Love: Favorites Folder - maintain favorite features, sketch, reference geometry, components in handy folder using feature making them easily searchable in SolidWorks, David Mandl, SolidNotes, May 23, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Best Mating Practices, Pt 5: Don't Let Mating Take Any Longer Than Absolutely Necessary - apply smart mates trick by holding alt+drag to save lot of clicks, use copy with mates, replace mate entities, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, May 23, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints, Pt 18 - use SpeedPak utility to create simplified configuration of assembly without losing references, reduce complex assemblies into subset of parts, faces, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, May 23, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

Here's What It's Like to Start Up 3D Projects on TeamPlatform - setting up basic account, workspace, using embedded CAD viewer, Jeffrey Heimgartner, CADdigest.com, May 23, 2013 (more cloud articles)

Keeping Carbonation Bottled Up with FEA - exploring bottle shape, strength, reducing bottle weight using simulation, optimization software Abaqus, Isight, Chris Hardee, Design World, May 10, 2013 (more FEA articles, Abaqus articles)

Wizard Works Magic - ArchiWIZARD V2 analyzes performance envelope of building, can handle environmental setup, modify parameters, calculate 5 basic energy requirements in a building, CAD User, Mar/Apr 2013 (more AEC articles)

Belt/Chain Layout in a SolidWorks Sketch - position pulleys, calculate belt length, adjust pitch length, create belt model, Art Woodbury, CAPUniversity, May 22, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

The Future of Electrical Design - database driven EPLAN P8 has automatic error checking features, reference tools to compare incoming designs, high level of integration functions, Ken Christie of EPLAN, CAD User, Mar/Apr 2013 (more engineering articles)

ArchiCAD 17: New Feature - Core-Based Reference Line - use new modify wall reference line/slab reference plane dialogs to relocate reference line/plane without moving geometry, ArchiCAD SADC, May 21, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

ArchiCAD 17: BIM Lives in the Details - use standard building elements of new 'priority based connection system' to add greater detail to drawings, enhanced morph, energy evaluation tool to boost performance, Joshua Osborne, Cadimage, May 23, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Where are the Libraries Stored? - go to library manager to select libraries, explore embedded libraries within actual file, BIM server libraries inside BIM server in ArchiCAD, Jonathan Breen, Cadimage, May 23, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

AutoCAD Tip: How Do I Get the Old Array Version Back - use ARRAYCLASSIC command to get back classic ARRAY dialog, install SP1 or 2 while using AutoCAD 2012, Shaan Hurley of Autodesk, Between the Lines, May 22, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Print a Layer List in AutoCAD - open layer properties dialog, highlight required layers, copy layers to clipboard, open up excel to paste clipboard contents, Bill McKown, Synergis, May 22, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Convert AutoCAD Generated PDF's to DWG - use tool to convert preserves lines, arcs, scale presets, large files, but get rid of masking or wipeouts that get reproduced as hatches, Civil Digest, May 23, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Where is My Preview for DWG Files in Windows? - install Design Review 2013, DWG TrueView 2013 to avail components that will allow preview of .DWG files in web browser besides AutoCAD, David Lau, Up and Ready, May 22, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Display of Internal Part Numbers on Symbols - check ace_get_cat_data function in API section of help, confirm text in button of post, use c:ace_get_cat_data function to push data in list form using AutoCAD Electrical, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, May 22, 2013 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

So You Think You Borrowed a Network License - check if login name is different, try running different program like Civil 3D, laptop is connected to docking station, power saving options disables network card, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 22, 2013 (more Autodesk articles, Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil 3D Surface to Revit: That's Easy - use bridge modeling tools to import Civil 3D drawing, open file in Revit structure to adjust visibility/graphics override, but avoid adding breaklines/boundaries to Civil 3D surfaces, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, May 22, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Is There a Way to Determine If a Specific Style Object is In-Use? - StyleBase.IsUsed API informs if particular style is in-use in Civil 3D 2014, Partha Sarkar, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, May 22, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Being Content with Content: Configuring Revit Content Searching with Vault - install Revit plug-in for Vault Professional 2014 from Vault server, log into ADMS console to select, enable ‘Revit indexing service, Harlan Brumm, Revit Clinic, May 22, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Starting Views - specify view by going to manage project panel located in manage tab, select view, set starting view as project message board in Revit, Scott Chatterton, The Revit Jedi, May 22, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

New Room Calculation Point Functionality in Revit 2014 - turn on ‘room calculation point’ parameter within family type to enable room calculation point arrow in Revit, Ron Palma, Ideate, May 22, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Create Stirrup Rebar by Given Model Curves via Revit API - sketch up shape of stirrup within column using Revit API code, Joe Ye, AEC DevBlog, May 23, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Approach Disruptive Technologies with Caution - keep 64-bit Windows 7 on existing workstations, analyze risks involved in cloud file storage, emphasize on proper usage policy, keep plan in place before using cloud-based software configuration tools, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 22, 2013 (more CAD management articles)

Clean Machines More Quickly with System Mechanic - create Windows restore point, delete unnecessary programs, run system tools to delete temp, junk files, defrag hard drive, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 22, 2013 (more CAD management articles)

Designing Innovatively with IronCAD 2013 - overview of modules, 2 working environments, scene, drawing, CAXA draft options, impressive TriBall interface, ability to reuse geometry imported from other native CAD formats, Daniel Dobrzynski, CADdigest.com, May 21, 2013 (more IronCAD reviews)

A Digital Process - CADWorx, CAESAR II offer upgraded design, analysis tools for process plant industry, can create BOMs, ISOGEN, fabrication drawings efficiently, CAD User, Mar/Apr 2013 (more CADWorkx reviews)

Doodle3D Prints Designs from 2D Drawings - sketching tool provides app for creating 2D-based artwork, WiFi receiver that can be connected to 3D printer to instantly transmit finished drawings for wireless printing, Cabe Atwell, Design News, May 21, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

At the 2013 Bay Area Maker Faire - hot topic was 3D printing, exploration of architecture's potential future, forms for 3D printed architecture on massive scale demo'ed, Kevin Luu, Novedge, May 21, 2013 (more CAD show articles)

Save User Inputs as Default Settings - use GetString, SaveSetting functions to return value stored in Windows registry, store string values, Rod Wing, Envision CAD, May 20, 2013 (more MicroStation tutorials

NX 8.5 Helix  - using helix command, menu options in NX, understanding possible applications of helix, Rob Carver, YouTube, May 20, 2013 (more NX tutorials)

Displacement in Rhino 5 - use displacement command to create displaced mesh objects with procedural textures in Rhino 5, Brian James, Vimeo, May 2013 (more Rhino tutorials)

The Proof is in the Pudding - intra-version compatibility function to improve data flow, data sharing, pressure pipe network, corridor targets enhancements to increase Civil 3D performance, Andrew Walther, AUGI Library, May 21, 2013 (more Civil 3D articles)

Working with Raw Input from a User with AutoLISP - use GetInt, GetString, grread functions to limit return value to integer value, enter text string, Lee Ambrosius, Hyperpics: Beyond the UI, May 21, 2013 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Autodesk ReCap Point Cloud Review and Processing, Pt 1 - review, process large lidar datasets, select multiple data files at once, produce single .RCP project file that links back processed data, Matt Miyamoto, Ideate, May 21, 2013 (more Autodesk articles

AutoCAD WS Changes Its Name to AutoCAD 360 and Goes Pro - smart pen feature helps in creating basic geometry, Pro version allows files up to 30 MB for $4.99/month, storage space up to 25 GB, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, May 21, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

AutoCAD 360 - New Name and New Features - AutoCAD WS to be renamed as Autodesk 360, will continue as both mobile app, web app, John Evans, Design and Motion, May 21, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Autodesk Adds Features and Fees to AutoCAD 360 Mobile App - ability to start new projects from scratch, connectivity to 3rd-party storage, block palette, priority support available in AutoCAD 360 Pro for $4.99/month, Cadalyst, May 21, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

AutoCAD 360 Formerly Known as AutoCAD WS - becomes member of Autodesk 360 cloud-based family, offering AutoCAD 360 Pro mobile app plans, Jimmy Bergmark, JTB World Blog, May 21, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Apply Units Formatting for the Structural Shapes Lengths in Parts List - set default formatting in column format tab, enable value substitution button in substitution tab, define properties in ‘when exists, use value of' option in Inventor, Alessandro Gasso, Being Inventive, May 21, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Writing Inventor API Code That Modifies Multiple BRep Entities - store selected entries in custom data structure, accumulate ReferenceKeys of selected entities prior doing any modification to BRep, Philippe Leefsma, Manufacturing DevBlog, May 22, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Controlling Plot Thickness in Revit - go to manage tab to access, control object styles, override object appearance by using visibility/graphics overrides tool or filters, adjust line weights, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, May 21, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Setting Up True North for a Project - Best Practice - acquire, publish coordinates to ensure models from all disciplines locate correctly when related, link CAD site plan/Revit site model into building model before sharing coordinates, Veng Leong, Learning Revit, May 21, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Prompt to Save Positions After Moving AutoCAD Site Plan in Building Model - understanding implications that will result after selecting save now, ok, or cancel options in 'save position dialog box,' need for overwriting CAD file while defining shared coordinates in Revit, Veng Leong, Learning Revit, May 21, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Is Revit 2014 Multi-Threaded? - yes, multi-threading in Revit allows vector printing, 2D vector export, rendering, wall joins representation, element, file loading, point cloud data overlay, Michael Rotolo, The Mad Cadder, May 21, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Skip Template Selection Prompt When Using Make Drawing from Part/Assembly - set 'always use these default document templates,' make drawing from part/assembly, select novice option to adjust sheet format of drawing template using SolidWorks, Darcie Hall, Fisher/Unitech, May 21,2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

EPDM - Saving the Event Viewer Log - access event viewer by selecting 'view event logs,' sort log by severity, data, time, select save all events from action pull-down menu before sending copy of application, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, May 21, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints, Pt 17 - use large design review to open large assemblies quickly, navigate FeatureManager design tree, measure distance, create cross sections, hide/show components, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, May 21, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

Finding the Area of a Slab - open element information palette, choose area setting, select slab, or use slab label to adjust label type from text to dimension label in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, May 21, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

3D Systems CTO Charles Hull & Dale Dougherty: 3D Printing - talk about evolution of 3D printing technology, availability for consumer market, fora.tv, May 19, 2013 (more CAD show articles, rapid prototyping articles)

All the Fun of the Faire - UK Maker Faire showcased robotics, BattleBots, Printcraft service, Al Dean, Develop 3D, May 17, 2013 (more CAD show articles)

Autodesk Buys Tinkercad to Expand It's 123D Portfolio - TinkerCAD is capable of Boolean union of all mesh objects, making model suitable for 3D printing, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, May 20, 2013 (more Autodesk articles, MCAD articles)

Use the Power of the Command Line - enter required text in basic text program, copy, paste it into command line, create polyline, enter various settings to get different outputs in AutoCAD, Russell Koenig, Cadalyst, May 20, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoLISP: Purge Page Setups - use DEL_PAGESETUPS code to purge all page set-ups except current page, reduce setup count that is to be navigated, AutoCAD Tips, May 20, 2013 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

AutoCAD 2014 - Command Line Enhancements - check autocorrect, autocomplete, synonym suggestions feature, command help, content search enhancements to smoothen work process using AutoCAD 2014, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, May 18, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Get Your Vault Add-Ins to Show in Your Application - open add/remove programs from control panel, locate Autodesk Vault client application, right-click on it to uninstall, click add, remove features on splash screen, Clinton Brown, CADline, May 20, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Inventor 2014 to Revit 2014 - remove details, fill voids, define envelopes, recognize extrude, evolve to simplify model before exporting it as native Revit family with parametric, Gareth Spencer, CADline, May 20, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials, Revit tutorials)

4-Way Intersections - Maintain Both Crowns - curb assembly completes intersection between primary, secondary roads, take care while assigning correct assemblies in Civil 3D, Phil Zimmerman, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, May 20, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

3D Solid Civil Surfaces - show first surfaces as triangles, border, extract them, type command CONVTOSURFACE, select triangles, Jack Strongitharm, From the Ground Up, May 20, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Copy Title Block Prompted Entries from One Sheet to the Other - use GetResultText method to obtain final text, call TitleBlock.SetPromptResultText to set final text using Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, May 19, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Updating to a New Release of Autodesk Inventor - Refresh from Content Center - select 'refresh standard content' icon in manage tab, select components, click refresh icon to update contents from content center libraries, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, May 19, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

What's New in Inventor 2014, Pt 1 - use sketching, part enhancements to create straight/arc shaped slots, self-intersecting/non-tangent sweeps, respectively, Eric Schubert, YouTube, May 17, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Sheet Metal Techniques Including Split and Thicken/Offset Tools - avoid using extrude while adding/subtracting materials, use combination of appropriate face, cut, fold, bend, contour flange tools to model sheetmetal parts in Inventor, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, May 20, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor - Get Your View Labels Back in Whack - use CPS view relabeller app to iterate through all drawing views for labeling them sequentially in Inventor, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, May 20, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Renew Thumbnail of Document - use Document.SetThumbnailSaveOption, adjust camera to view, call Document.Save to renew thumbnail in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, May 20, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Running Programmatically a Specific Version of Inventor - use CreateInstanceFromProcess method to read registry entry, or CreateInstanceFromCLSID method to retrieve path of Inventor.exe from registry, Philippe Leefsma, Manufacturing DevBlog, May 17, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit: RomanS Font Issues - update all annotation in template, tags when font of text changes from Arial to default, use fonts that are similar to RomanS in Revit, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 20, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revisions & Keynotes & Worksets & Revit 2014 - check enhanced keynote, revision functionality in Revit 2014 where worksets are no longer borrowed, provides flexibility to project teams, Ryan Duell, Revit Clinic, May 20, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

This Fitting is Just Right: Ability to Embed .CSV File to Revit MEP Fitting Families - use size_lookup function to add pipe, conduit fittings, modify 'lookup table name' parameter, apply new lookup tables manage button to manage lookup tables, Bill Johnson, Ideate, May 20, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2014: Autodesk App Exchange - check civil structures, frame generator, SDNF import/export, composite design, excel based model generation, timber framing, grids generator, CIS/2 import/export extensions of Revit, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 16, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Adding Setback Distances to Your Multiple Radius Fillets  - use setback option to blend adjoining surfaces together, smoothen transitions on corners in SolidWorks, Chris Briand, YouTube, May 20, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Exploded View Alternate Directions - select component to be moved, click in assembly name box, choose new reference, or use sketch line instead of component face in SolidWorks, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, May 20, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Flex Feature  - understanding ways to deform complex bodies, using bend, twist, taper, stretch flex types to control feature in SolidWorks, Ian Jutras, YouTube, May 20, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Labeling Doors and Windows in Elevations - set label tool up, configure label settings for doors, windows in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, May 20, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Help - Autodesk ReCap is Crashing - open NVIDIA control panel, click 'manage 3D settings,' select 3D OpenGL stereo from global settings tab, adjust high-performance NVIDIA processor as graphics processor, Matt Miyamoto, Ideate, May 17, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Licensing Error: A Valid License Could Not Be Obtained by the Network License Manager - understanding Autodesk license errors that pop up on server while setting up LMTools utility, verify installed LMTools, reset utility, delete licpath.lic, cascadeinfo.cas to resolve issue, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 16, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Navisworks 2014 API New Feature - Dynamic Loading of Plug-In - using code to create 2 sets of plug-ins, place 1st set in binary to any folder, 2nd in 2 folders to check plug-in loading, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, May 19, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

Obtain the RGB Color Value from an AcDbEntity Using ObjectARX and RealDWG - understanding code to get RGB value from existing AcDb::kOpenForRead AcDbEntity in AutoCAD, Fenton Webb, AutoCAD DevBlog, May 17, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

How to Display My Custom Web Page in AutoCAD Help Dialog While Pressing F1 During Command - use AutoCAD 2014 that allows developers create registry keys to add own domain into it, Philippe Leefsma, AutoCAD DevBlog, May 16, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk at Maker Faire - Crazy Like a Fox - CEO Carl Bass champions children making things, giving away Autodesk software to help them, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, May 19, 2013 (more CAD show articles, Autodesk articles)

Autodesk CEO: How CAD Empowers Kids (and Other Makers) - video of entire Carl Bass presentation encouraging children, parents to be makers, fora.tv, May 19, 2013 (more CAD show articles, Autodesk articles)

Chasing Maker Gold - over a hundred thousand makers at Maker Faire signify market worth billions, draws CAD vendors, others, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, May 19, 2013 (more CAD show articles)

Focus on Engineering - leverage cloud-based energy analysis tools using Autodesk 360, check divide systems, specific angles, dockable window framework, schedule updates, cap-open ends, section enhancements in Revit 2014, Todd Shackelford, AUGI Library, May 17, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Create Revit Room Plans with Python Shell and Revit API - select room where floor plan view is to be generated, iterate python script over selected rooms to extract bounding boxes, add plain view to Revit document, Dima Chiriacov, DP Stuff, May 19, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

CouchDB Implementation and GitHub Repository - understanding navigation logic, nested asynchronous database call-back functions, screen snapshot on mobile device, Autodesk open source components used in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, May 17, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Speed - work in wireframe, open required worksets, purge crap out of linked Revit files, break model into smaller models to accelerate Revit, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, May 17, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

NVIDIA - The Only Winner in Q1 Graphics Market - overall market was down 2.9% sequentially: AMD revenue was flat, Intel slipped 5.3%, but NVIDIA increased by 3.6% quarter-to-quarter, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, May 17, 2013 (more NVIDIA articles, CAD hardware articles)

New Deadlines, Old Workstations - A Bad Combination - waiting time due to slow workstation performance is intolerable; dropping prices, increasing capabilities of workstations are making upgrades less costly, Aaron Goldberg, CAD/CAM Performance, May 16, 2013 (more CAD hardware articles)

How to Create Inspection-Ready Programs in NX  - discussing model driven CMM programming based on PMI, YouTube, May 16, 2013 (more NX tutorials)

How to Display and Analyze Inspection Measurement Results in NX  - evaluate 'as built' measurement in graphical environment, use analysis options to determine cause of part failure, generate reports, YouTube, May 16, 2013 (more NX tutorials)

NX CAD - Designing in the Context of the Assembly  - make work part vs make displayed part, create new component on imported bodies, YouTube, May 16, 2013 (more NX tutorials)

Exploded Views with Multi-Body Parts in 6 Steps - create new configuration, generate exploded view, explode steps, use auto-space components, edit explode steps, check finished exploded views in SolidWorks, Elliot Weber, The HRS Blog, May 17, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Best Mating Practices, Pt 4: Don't Mate Too Much - assume fully defined parts are one complex part, ignore floating parts that are not being mated using SolidWorks, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, May 17, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Section View Assist, Pt 2: Shortcutting Cutting Line Creation - create simple section views faster without drawing sketches, check 'auto-start section view' setting to avoid section view pop-ups in SolidWorks 2013, Matthew Lorono, SolidWorks Legion, May 17, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Importing Inventor Assembly & Part Files Into SolidWorks  - install Inventor view software before opening Inventor files, open assembly components to modify them in SolidWorks, Amgad Yacoub, YouTube, May 16, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Spider 3D Scanner Targets Small, Intricate Objects - lightweight, handheld scanner can scan sharp edges, small details in real time with great resolution, accuracy, priced at $20,500, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, May 16, 2013 (more reverse engineering articles, CAD hardware articles)

A Level of Development Specification for BIM Processes - reference document allows both interim, final models to be fully, clearly defined; explaining fundamental definitions, putting LOD specification to work, Jim Bedrick, AECbytes, May 16, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Beam Me Up - PDF-based collaboration tool, Bluebeam Revu 11 has intuitive interface, multiple levels of markup with ability to adjust properties of cloud curves, can import IFC files, has iPad enhancements, CAD User, Mar/Apr 2013 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

BIM for Construction - key advantages of BIM process offered at different construction stages, Bob Garrett of Excitech Ltd, CAD User, Mar/Apr 2013 (more AEC articles)

SmartGeometry Event Pushes Limits of Architectural Design - 'constructing for uncertainty' theme explored technologies to design spaces, buildings, cities; hands-on workshops displayed clusters, real-world applications discussed, role of Bentley Systems, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, May 16, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Calculating Cut and Fill Volumes - open solid elements operations dialog, apply subtraction with upward/downward extrusion on slab, go to ‘element information’ tab to obtain fill materials in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, May 16, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Autodesk Revenue Down 3% in First Quarter - revenue was  $570 million, flat on constant currency basis, net income was $55.6 million, down 29% from year ago, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, May 16, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

New Cloud Service Autodesk ReCap Photo - professional cloud tool can convert series of photos to textured 3D model of object, Vladimír Michl, CAD Studio Blog, May 15, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk and NetSuite Partnership to Link PLM to ERP - bi-directional linking of PLM, ERP products; 2 uses cases highlighting possibilities: create new vendor, create engineering change order, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, May 15, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articlesPLM articles

Shedding a Little Light on Things - creating, editing, displaying torus, repeating command in macro, selection options, AutoCAD 2014 enhancements, Michael Beall, CADTutor, May 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Create Mass Output with the Publish Command - create multi-page DWF, DWFx, or PDF file, batch plot to plotter, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, May 15, 2013 (more AutoCAD basics tutorials)

How to: Edit Block Attributes in Microsoft Excel - export data from AutoCAD using ATTOUT command, open file in excel to edit values, use ATTIN command to import values, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, May 16, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Inventor Open or Import AutoCAD DWG - open DWG files in Inventor, select, copy data to paste in Inventor or import DWG file by converting DWG into solids, surfaces, sketches, David Gate, CADline, May 16, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles, Inventor tutorials)

AutoLISP: Advanced Polyline Offset - use specific routine to create polyline between 2 polylines, handle polylines at different elevations, Greg Battin, AutoCAD Tips, May 15, 2013 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Model, Texture and Render a Realistic Light Bulb with 3ds Max & C4D - using combination of both powerful tools, techniques to create light bulb model in 3ds Max, Stefan Surmabojov, Cgtuts+, May 16, 2013 (more 3ds Max tutorials

Type Mismatch When Calling CalculateFacetsAndTextureMap - code to understand type mismatch exception in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, May 14, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Calling Rules from the Assembly Level - explore ways to control rules that are created in components using Inventor iLogic, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, May 15, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Display Truss Members in Revit - load structural framing families into project file, use load family function to select families, set framing type parameter for each chord, webs, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, May 16, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

View Templates 101 - click on 'manage view template' in view tab, choose template, rename it, customize template settings, categorize as presentation or construction in Revit, Chris McNiel, AUGI Library, May 16, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Clarity 2014 - My Favorite Unexpected Feature - edit data sheet template to add, remove information/graphics from any data sheet, add parameter to template by adding roomlink or itemlink in Revit, Joe Eichenseer, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, May 16, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Dell Extends Workstation Line with New Rack Mounted and Small Form Factor Models - 2U rack-mounted workstation, Dell Precision R7610 can be linked with Dell Wyse P25 Zero Client terminal for maximum security; entry-level Dell Precision T1700 SFF is 30% smaller in size, can drive up to 4 monitors, Tom Lansford, Graphic Speak, May 15, 2013 (more Dell workstation reviews)

Dell Launches New Entry-Level and Rack-Mountable Workstations - based on Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v3, Dell T1700 SFF targets budget-conscious segment, comes with performance optimizer software; rack-mountable workstation with PC-over-IP technology, Dell Precision R7610 launched, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, May 16, 2013 (more Dell workstation reviews)

SolidWorks Best Mating Practices, Pt 3: Don't Fight with or for Your Mates - check mates with red highlights in 'view mate error' dialog, choose appropriate mate to solve them using SolidWorks, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, May 16, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Keeping Older SolidWorks Releases in Peak Performance - subscribe SolidWorks, renew service packs subscription regularly to download latest SolidWorks enhancements, Ron Thogersen, SolidNotes, May 16, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints, Pt 16 - set envelope in component properties to reduce level of detail in SolidWorks parts, assemblies, Josh Altergott, SolidWorks Blog, May 16, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

5 SolidWorks Tips You May Have Never Seen Before - select edge of solid body to start sketch, use loop select feature, explode direction control, copy surfaces, move sketches easily, Darin Grosser, DASI Solutions Blog, May 16, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Take SolidWorks Part Modeling a Step Above Essentials  - understanding shortcuts, tips related to sketch geometry in SolidWorks, Lars Christensen, YouTube, May 15, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

COMSOL Multiphysics 4.3B Offers Breakthrough Analysis Tools - check new multi-body dynamics, wave optics, molecular flow, semiconductor, electrochemistry modules that provide CAD importing, meshing, geometry enhancements, Stacy Combest, Design World, May 15, 2013 (more engineering analysis articles)

New Potential Energy Savings Widget Helps You Focus on What Matters - use new GBS infrastructure with Revit 2014 modeling features to conduct multi-run, parametric energy analysis, use building chart to improve energy performance, David Scheer, Building Performance Analysis, May 15, 2013 (more AEC articles)

AutoCAD Doing the AutoCAD Twist - select drawing in modelspace, invoke DVIEW command, select option to choose object or press enter to select, rotate drawing objects, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 15, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2012 is Unable to Obtain the Building Design Suite 2012, 2013 or 2014 Network License - workaround is to uninstall AutoCAD from machines, reboot, install AutoCAD from Building Design Suite 2012 media or run newer version of AutoCAD, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 15, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Correcting Unresolved File References in Vault Explorer - avoid issues related to dangling relationships by using/installing ‘reference repair utility’ that is available in update 2, 1 for Vault 2012, 2013 respectively, Bob Felton, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 15, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Civil 3D 2014 Productivity Tools Issues with Installers - download .exe installer file, use unarchiver to extract files, rename files, ensure civil view file extensions are only xml, dll or pdf, Civil Digest, May 15, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Navisworks 2014 API New Feature - InputPlugin - capture, handle mouse/keyboard events using plug-in, apply View.PickItemFromPoint to obtain information about selected objects, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, May 15, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

Autodesk Shared Reference Point Tool  - install Civil 3D from subscription website, use Revit installer to add item in add-ins tab, Jack Strongitharm, YouTube, May 14, 2013 (more Autodesk articles

Inventor 2014 New API for Sketch Creation - check new objects to form sketch using API, create equation/intersection curves, control point splines from API, use add methods to create slots, Wayne Brill, Mod the Machine, May 15, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2014: Increasingly Social - improved UI of skills interactive tutorials, ‘linear and arched slots’ tool, sweep command, assembly, simulation joint conversion types, place component, interoperability, point cloud enhancements, John Evans, AUGI Library, May 15, 2013 (more Inventor reviews)

Delete Suppressed Features in iPart - open iPart factory document, run iPart code in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, May 15, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Suppress Constraints and Ground Components - decide constraints to be suppressed, edit sub-assembly to ground components, start suppressing from sub to top assembly to make loading faster in Inventor, John Kavusak, Synergis, May 14, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Routine for Suppressing Components - double-click on cube to edit rule cube’s size in assembly using Inventor iLogic, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, May 15, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

DWG Issues and Various Other Updates - implement AutoCAD add-in to access 3D coordinates in DWG import, use flag or embedded information in exported text to post-process information received from Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, May 15, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Point Cloud or Linked File Not Appearing in Revit - Shared Coordinates - apply ‘zoom to fit’ to view point cloud, model center together in screen, suitable for objects that are thousand kilometers apart, Ben Malone, BIMopedia, May 15, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Using the Revit API to Collect and Count Curtain Panels - use panel class to represent curtain panels, change filter to filter any additional instances in Revit, Harry Mattison, Boost Your BIM, May 15, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

SolidWorks Sketch Blocks - right click over CommandManager, choose blocks to activate, access them, sketch entities, choose ‘make block’ option to create insertion point, save block, Laura Weismantel, CAPUniversity, May 15, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Best Mating Practices, Pt 2: Don't Mate Your Relations - create in-context part, insert component in assembly level to edit part, avoid applying sketch relations to valve when it is unmated, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, May 15, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Creating Section Views in SolidWorks 2013 - use section view property manager tool to add offsets to views, create lines/arc to be added in relations, connect entities using ‘select chain’ option, Josh Altergott, SolidWorks Blog, May 15, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Moving BOM/Drawing View to New Sheet - highlight drawing view, activate destination sheet to paste view in SolidWorks, Prism Blog, May 15, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Cutting with Surfaces in SolidWorks - use feature to remove material from model using surface body, Prism Blog, May 15, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Parameters and Design Studies - define multiple what-if analysis scenarios, click button to run scenarios, save time instead of creating multiple studies in SolidWorks, Bill Reuss, 3D Vision Technologies, May 15, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Bluebeam Revu for iPad - PDF-based document viewer can access PDF-based CAD drawings, markup, redline documents, collaborate with others in real time using Bluebeam Studio, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, May 14, 2013 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

SolidWorks Best Mating Practices, Pt 1: Mate Before You Relate - use mates before applying any sketch relations to ensure greater stability with assembly in SolidWorks, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, May 14, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

KeyShot Tip: Using Labels to Create Special Material Effects - create multi-layered materials, adjust amount of light transmitted by label, get desired effect by adjusting features, KeyShot, May 14, 2013 (more KeyShot articles)

Dimension Your Building Quickly - select all walls, open 'automatic dimensioning' dialog box from document options, use dimensioning tool to dimension width of window openings in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, May 15, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

ArchiCAD Modeling Tips - using tube command instead of tracing section or path for modeling chimneys in ArchiCAD, Jared Banks, Shoegnome, May 14, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

With NetSuite Linkup, Autodesk Confirms That It's No Longer Just a CAD Company - Q&A about availability to PLM 360 subscribers, selling channel, CAD environment for PLM 360 users, pulling compliance data, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, May 14, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles, PLM articles)

Autodesk Partners with NetSuite to Take on ERP/PLM Integration in the Cloud - building bi-directional integration between systems for seamless data flow, examples include: approved vendor lists, vendors audits, intelligent change management, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, May 14, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles, PLM articles)

Autodesk Exchange Apps - App Submission Process Overview - submit app using app submission form, check summary, preview app in store, edit existing app, Virupaksha Aithal, AutoCAD DevBlog, May 14, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Change the Background Mask Property of AcDbMText Object Programmatically Using ObjectARX - use setBackgroundFill() member function of class AcDbMText in ObjectARX; in LISP, add group code 90 by setting it as 1 to turn on background mask, Fenton Webb, AutoCAD DevBlog, May 14, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Here's an Update on AutoCAD .dwg File Formats by Release - open DWG file in notepad to check if AutoCAD version is coded with first 6 characters of file, verify coded version number in DXF, Bob Felton, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 13, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD External Reference Fading - select external reference located at bottom of insert tab, choose fading button to turn on/off fading, use fading field slider to set fading value, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 14, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Get a Handle on Multifunctional Grips in AutoCAD  - use multifunctional grips to add vertex to polylines, non-associative hatch boundaries without using PEDIT command, Lynn Allen, YouTube, May 13, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Importing 3ds Max Design Objects to Showcase 2014  - use FBX to import objects, animate objects using direct key frame animation using move/rotate/scale deformation, check if materials are recognized by Showcase, Marion Landry, YouTube, May 14, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Copy, Copy Design, Design Copy, Design Assistant: So Many Choices - using copy design option in Vault to copy entire assembly structure, preserving all of relationships, iLogic design copy option, design assistant tool in Inventor, Jennifer MacMillan, ASCENT Blog, May 14, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials, Autodesk Vault articles)

How to Acquire Files - Vault 2014 API has Connection.FileManager.AcquireFiles class, benefits, drawback of acquiring files, suggested workaround, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, May 14, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

The One About Showcase and Entourage  - merging files from SketchUp, 3ds Max to create entourage inside of Showcase, David Beach, The Architect's Digital Design Guide, May 14, 2013 (more SketchUp tutorials, 3ds Max tutorials)

Creating a SectionView and Setting Its Elevation Range Using .NET API - add new SectionView property, set IsElevationRangeAutomatic property to false to adjust elevation range in Civil 3D, Partha Sarkar, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, May 14, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Generate a Layout for a View Frame Overview - set viewport frame type to 'undefined,' invoke regenall command to display view frames in layout view in Civil 3D, Karsten Saenger, Being Civil, May 14, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil 3D 2012 Slow Performance - use sysvdlg command to open system variables dialog for researching variables, check performance after adjusting settings, Justin Ralston, C3dXtreme, May 14, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil 3D 2012 Slow Performance, Pt 2 - accelerate speed of drawing by syncing sub surface regions of project, use SYNCHRONIZEREFERENCES at command line to perform sync, Justin Ralston, C3dXtreme, May 14, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

External Command Lister and Adding Ribbon Commands - use RvtSamples SDK application to read text file listing with any number of .NET assemblies in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, May 14, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Working with Type Catalogs - check if parameters, units are properly defined using new export family types feature, add/edit instance parameter values of type catalogs using Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, May 14, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2014 Optimized View Navigation  - enable 'optimized view navigation' tab to suppress display of fill patterns, element edges, shadows, mechanical/structural hidden lines, Daryl Gregoire, Revit Rocks, May 15, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Prints Charming - bureaus offering wide range of processes, materials, skills for 3D printing models with fine details, Stephen Holmes, AEC Magazine, May 9, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Kernel, Why CAD Systems Don't Play Well with Others - definition, simplifying usage of CAD system through kernel, translation challenges, role of STEP format, GrabCAD, May 14, 2013 (more MCAD articles)

Connecting to Non-Local Data: Hyperlinks and ArchiCAD, Pt 4  - replace URL with QR code that helps open, digitally, additional information on separate device, create, add QR code in ArchiCAD file, Jared Banks, BIM Engine Blog, May 13, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

G-Wizards Conversational Pocketing Wizard -  enter 3 Z levels, 3 groups of parameters to make rectangular pocket, CNCCookbook, May 13, 2013 (more CAM articles)

PTC Channel Doing Well, DS/SIMPOE Update - PTC's channel revenue across all product areas was up 7% in constant currency; Dassault has no plans to change any partner plug-ins or SIMPOE-Mold, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, May 13, 2013 (more PTC articles, SolidWorks articles)

Autodesk Subscription Center: How-To - getting product media, serial number, product key, cloud credits, product enhancements, technical web support, Jarod Schultz, May 13, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

AutoCAD Quick Access Toolbar - go to customize tab, expand quick access toolbar, locate command to add, drag, drop command next to quick access toolbar, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 13, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Make the Running Object Snap Modes Work for You - select useful snap models, avoid combining nearest snap mode with endpoint, midpoint, quadrant, tangent modes, use OSMODE system variable in AutoCAD 2014, Tawfik Shehata, Cadalyst, May 13, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Tip: My Delete Key, Double Click & Layer Control are Not Working - set PICKFIRST system variable at command line, adjust its value to 1, Shaan Hurley of Autodesk, Between the Lines, May 13, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Quick Tip: How to Hide and Isolate Work - click yellow light bulb in bottom right corner before/after selecting objects, click hide objects, go to isolate shortcut menu to isolate AutoCAD objects, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, May 13, 2013 (more AutoCAD layer tutorials)

AutoCAD 2014 Startup LISP and Autodesk New Security - AutoCAD now restricts apps being loaded unless found in list of AutoCAD's trusted paths, John Evans, Design and Motion, May 10, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

From PDF (Back) to DWG - free 'PDF to AutoCAD' webservice converts PDF files (upto 40MB) to AutoCAD DWG format, Stefan Boeykens, CAD, BIM & 3D, May 13, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Make an Individual Revit File from a Central File - open folder containing Revit central file, select central file, check detach from central box, avoid connecting to server, create individual Revit project file, Andrew Corley, Cadalyst, May 13, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Add an Offset Boundary Line to a Corridor - add LinkWidthAndSlope subassembly placed at end of daylight or LinkSlopeToSurface subassembly, omit link, name P2 point code appropriately in Civil 3D, Civil 3D Peanuts, May 13, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Geolocation Ribbon Tab in Civil 3D 2014 - open AutoCAD 2014, create new CUI file, drag geolocation ribbon tab from ACAD.CUIX file to new CUI file, load this file in Civil 3D, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, May 12, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How to Borrow a Network License in Inventor - access product license information dialog box, specify time period for borrowing license, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 13, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2014: Where's the Bill? - add missing bill of material command in quick access toolbar, or include it in marking menu or ctrl+RMB marking menu in Inventor, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, May 13, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Use PackAndGo of 2014 API - check Autodesk.PackAndGo.Interop.dll, configure Inventor application properly as it works as 32bits on 32bits OS, 64bits on 64bits, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, May 13, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Navisworks 2014: Autodesk Rendering - create point, spot, distant or web types of light, adjust environmental settings, use low, medium or high render styles to ray-trace on screen, Jim Cowan, Ideate, May 13, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

Navisworks 2014 API New Feature - Override Transformation - understanding 2014 .NET API options to transform whole model of object using Navisworks, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, May 13, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

The Indent Feature - An Underappreciated SolidWorks Tool - place spur gear in position that intersects package mode, select target body, tool body region for editing package using indent feature, Phil Grim, Fisher/Unitech, May 13, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Decorative Fillets  - turn on PhotoView 360, add decorative fillets to final rendering of model by adjusting its radius value to 1 mm, Jimmy Barrera, YouTube, May 13, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

General Performance Tips for SolidWorks Workgroup PDM - archive old revisions, obsolete projects,  enable 'indexing service search' from search tab, turn on rebuild vault option to detect errors in Vault, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, May 13, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Laser Scanning Hardware  - discussing plant field, BIM, civil/survey workflows, YouTube, May 9, 2013 (more reverse engineering articles, CAD hardware articles)

Simple Memory Allocations - constructors for math_* and TCollection_Array* classes to allocate data on stack, Roman Lygin, Open Cascade Notes, May 10, 2013 (more MCAD articles)

DriveWorks Live Example - Entrance Canopy - select 'entrance canopy' demo from website, choose desired font color, style, configure dimensions of canopy, DriveWorks Blog, May 10, 2013 (more DriveWorks articles)

Modeling Tips for Chimneys in ArchiCAD - draw basic body of chimney, use complex profiles, create 3D model, Jared Banks, Shoegnome, May 10, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Classes, You Can Never Have Too Many Vectorworks Classes - 2 classes in VWX doc: none, dimension; discussing good basic drafting practice, standard classes for various annotations, Kevin Lee Allen, ProLightingSpace, May 12, 2013 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Communication Failure Error When Trying to Install After Downloading the Autodesk Package - use 'download now' option to download browser again, double click .exe to extract install files to any location, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 12, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk Backburner Set-Up - consists of backburner manager, monitor, servers, increases 3d max rendering speed by breaking animation into smaller parts, works as standalone or render farm, Bill McKown, Synergis, May 10, 2013 (more Autodesk articles, 3ds max articles)

Placing an iFeature from Autodesk Vault 2014 - store iFeatures created in Inventor into Vault workspace folder, check in iFeature into Vault before placing it from Vault to part that needs it, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, May 12, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles, Inventor tutorials)

Localize Inventor .NET Add-In - localizing add-in registration information, resources used by add-in assembly, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, May 12, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Create Sketch Slot in Autodesk Inventor 2014 - 5 types of slot command: center to center, overall, center point, three point arc, center point arc, Sunith Babu, CAD Professor, May 11, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Beware - Using Frame Generator Merge Option will Report Wrong Member Length - locate merge option next to placement icons in FG insert window, check FG member mid plane length to choose placement position in Inventor, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, May 13, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Swept Blend Using Profiles in Adaptive Components - create adaptive component with 2D linework geometry, host 2 profiles of different size on arc reference line, select profiles, arc to create form in Revit, Tim Waldock, RevitCat, May 12, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Source Code Formatting and Google Prettifier - add reference to Google Prettify loader, prettyprint class to HTML 'pre' tags or include Google-code-prettify script load statement to format Revit API codes, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, May 11, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Removing Unused Mac Architectures, Languages and Files - use monolingual to remove unnecessary resources, Revit API architectures from disk, uncheck all languages in use to save disk space, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, May 12, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit View Underlay Property and Python - Annoying Problem - use python script to select views from browser, set Revit view underlay setting to none, Dima Chiriacov, DP Stuff, May 12, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

VB.NET and View.SetVisibility - use InvokeMember under type of view while using VB.NET to make compiler understand version of Revit API code used, Augusto Goncalves, AEC DevBlog, May 10, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Scheduling Apartments - use clean interfaces between elements in group, main structure of building, create simple generic model family, employ new variance parameter by group functionality in Revit 2014, David Light, Revit, Mar 9, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Space Frame with Spherical Layout in Revit Using Divided Surface, Adaptive Component and Pythagoras - use equations to form 4 corner points of round sphere in conjunction with adjacent components, build reference point, adaptive component to define top of sphere, Havard Vasshaug, May 11, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Simulation with PTC Creo  - experience structural, thermal, motion behavior of designs under real-life conditions, easy-to-follow process with intuitive UI, YouTube, May 9, 2013 (more Pro/E tutorials)

PTC Creo Layout in Action  - create, capture design intent, add tapered extrusions in single feature, YouTube, May 9, 2013 (more Pro/E tutorials)

What's New in SolidWorks 2013: Section View Assist, Pt 1 - quickly generate cutting lines for section views without drawing sketch entities, Matthew Lorono, SolidWorks Legion, May 10, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

Going with the Flow: Dassault Joins the Bid for Mold Simulation with Acquisition - acquires injection-mold simulation software maker Simpoe for simulating liquid flow, mold warpage, cooling, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, May 10, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

How Do I Delete the SolidWorks Registry Without Losing All of My Settings? - start SolidWorks Rx, use safe mode to identify video, options, or add-in issues, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, May 13, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

eDrawings Translators - check option to download 3D XML, Pro/E translators to avoid errors of invalid file types, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, May 10, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Setting Up the SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Viewer - follow IIS installation instructions, install on local hard drive, enter license key, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, May 10, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Examining Conic Curves and Surfaces, with Rick McWilliams - creating precision flowing shapes in SolidWorks, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff Blog, May 12, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

AMD Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition - 3 GB of GDDR5 memory, excellent memory bandwidth, supports OpenGL 4.2, can be solid investment for aging Mac Pro, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, May 9, 2013 (more graphic cards reviews)

Design Engineers Play Critical Role in Reducing Product Costs - product cost management tool tightly integrated with CAD helps in real-time cost assessments due to design changes, Julie Driscoll, Cadalyst, May 9, 2013 (more MCAD articles)

4Projects BIM in a Browser - based on xBIM, open source toolkit, 4Projects introduces capabilities of BIM viewing, reviewing, reporting, COBie data management tools to its cloud-based service, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, May 9, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Executive Guide to BIM, Pt 1 - definition, technology needed for BIM, misconceptions, industry drivers for BIM adoption, Paul Woddy, AEC Magazine, May 9, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Classifying Details - use marker heads on details to identify different disciplines in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, May 10, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

A Question of Labeling: Hyperlinks and ArchiCAD, Pt 3 - create uniquely searchable ID, label details as number/sheet number by setting up ID prefix, style from layout settings, Jared Banks, BIM Engine Blog, May 9, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Autodesk in Transition - improved Autodesk 2014 products, concentrating on developing cloud services, making data, tools accessible anywhere, while giving power of online analysis, rendering, Martyn Day, AEC Magazine, May 9, 2013 (more Autodesk articles, AEC articles)

Multi-Colored Dashed Lines in AutoCAD - type mline on command line or select multiline tool from format tab to access it, create multiline style before creating tool, John Flanagan's CADline, May 9, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Issue Rendering to the Autodesk 360 Cloud - log out of Autodesk 360 in Revit, delete browsing history, clear temp folder, sign into Autodesk 360 within Revit, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 9, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Changing the Orientation of an Inventor Model After Import in Showcase - change orientation of model after importing it in Showcase, open import status window to adjust model orientation, Marion Landry, YouTube, May 9, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Returning Data from .NET to JavaScript Inside AutoCAD - use TransformToWcs() method to return value to caller by serializing point data into JSON, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, May 10, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Take Five and Jump Ahead - check Jump Start, InstantOn Basic, Jump Kit, InstantOn Survey, Symbol Set, Blocks Only products to make Civil 3D more productive, Tench Tilghman, cadpilot, May 9, 2013 (more Civil 3D articles)

Civil 3D 2014 Bug: Layer State Manager Mess  - edit layer state to get rid of layers using layer state manager, Civil Digest, May 10, 2013 (more AutoCAD bugs articlesCivil 3D tutorials)

Add-In Wizards for Revit 2014 - understanding Revit add-in wizard usage by installing wizard zip files, copy zip files to matching Visual Studio project templates, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, May 9, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Working vs Sheet Views - cut section into parts to check plan, change section cuts to working section type to avoid cluttering with views, add temporary annotations in Revit, Kate Morrical, BIMmuse, May 9, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Groin Vaults for Your Single Groin Needs - find efficient ways of modeling by properly planning while using tools in Revit, Jay Zallan, Fear and Loathing in a CAD vs BIM World, May 9, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Enhancements Made to Structural Reinforcement Tools in Revit 2014 - assign rebar to disregard hooks, specify rounding parameters, adjust lap-slice stagger positions using reinforcement settings dialog box options, Shruti Harve, Ideate, May 9, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2014 Macros in Ruby - select Ruby in language option while creating macro using Revit 2014, Harry Mattison, YouTube, May 9, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Ramping Up to 5-Axis Programming - consider using integrated CAM solution, transition with training, master concepts of 4-axis, transition with 3+2 positioning, shorter tools, machine simulation,Al Depoalo, MoldMaking Technology, May 1, 2013 (more CAM articles)

Successful, Profitable Mold Design - challenges include: dealing with wide variety of file formats, organization of geometry within design system, missing customizable component libraries, Adam Rose, MoldMaking Technology, May 1, 2013 (more CAM articles)

Rebuilding Workgroup PDM Vault Metadata - log into VaultAdmin, go to Vault settings tab, hit 'locked' button under Vault lock, select rebuild now options in Vault management tab, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, May 9, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

VBMsgeBoxResult - use SolidWorks API class to declare variable as VbMsgBoxResult enumerator, set variable equal to value returned by MsgBox, Jeff Sweeney, 3D Vision Technologies, May 9, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

PowerSurfacing from IntegrityWare - SolidWorks add-in to extend surfacing capabilities, easy UI, but icons without labels in CommandManager, more live demo parts needed, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff Blog, May 9, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

Scia Engineer Review - complex, full featured structural analysis, design solution, stores all data in single file, impressive drawing environment, bi-directional BIM link to other software, John Evans, CADdigest.com, May 6, 2013 (more AEC articles)

SIMULIA Shines the Spotlight on Topology Optimization - Dassault acquires FE-DESIGN Group, releases TOSCA-based Abaqus ATOM, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, May 8, 2013 (more Abaqus articles, engineering analysis articles)

5 Essential Functions of 3D ACIS Modeler - creating, modifying, querying, managing, verifying, healing 3D models, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, May 8, 2013 (more MCAD articles)

Contextualizing Presentation Drawings - adjust elevation to show uncut surfaces, sun shadows, create radial gradient fill in background to illustrate sky effect using ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, May 9, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Link Element Height to Stories - automatically adjusts height of linked elements as story position changes, locates inverted elements, defines base elevation using ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD SADC, May 9, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Jigging AutoCAD Geometry in an Arbitrary UCS Using JavaScript - use Acad.Editor.CurrentViewport.ucsToWorld to transform picked center-point of circle into WCS in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, May 8, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

How to Report Pipe as Meters Instead of Millimeters in Report Creator - use report creator to set up calculated fields, change basic layout, font, colors, filter/group data in AutoCAD Plant 3D, Bob Felton, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 8, 2013 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles

A Collection of Hot Inventor Tips - understanding intricacies involved in work point, hole commands, level of details, blank slate templates, model complexities, detail attachment, text balloons, Mark Flayler, AUGI Library, May 8, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Controlling the Visibility of Multiple Sketches on an Autodesk Inventor Drawing - right click on sketch in browser, uncheck visibility option, control sketches individually, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, May 8, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Material Editor Enhancements in Revit 2014 - consolidated dialog box for material editor, material browser, ability to sort, assign and organize materials by class, show/hide library button in project material pane, Shruti Harve, Ideate, May 8, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Copy and Paste API Applications and Modeless Assertion - solving non-unique unique ID problem, managing materials in Adsklib, transferring groups between projects using Revit API, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, May 8, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Upgrade Revit Families and Files to 2014 Quick and Easy - check readme file in utilities folder that contains instructions for using ContentBatchUtility folder in Revit, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, May 8, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Create a Groin Vault Roof in Revit - create extrusion roof using half-round arc, draw another roof at 90 degree, use join roof command to connect them together using Revit 2014, Paul Aubin, Apr 30, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Lenovo ThinkPad W530 - Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU, NVIDIA Quadro K2000M GPU, island-style keyboard, full HD 15.6" backlit LED display, color-coded USB ports, impressive all round mobile workstation for mainstream CAD, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, May 8, 2013 (more laptop reviews)

AMD FirePro R5000 GPU - professional 3D graphics card with built-in Teradici PC-over-IP technology, includes 2 mini DisplayPorts to drive monitors directly, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, May 8, 2013 (more graphics card reviews)

Conduct a CAD Management Audit - perform audit in areas like CAD software use, licensing, standards, training, support, budgeting to adjust strategies while reducing costs, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 8, 2013 (more CAD management articles)

Think More, Work Less - examine situation methodically, think about task requirements, revise approach, methods, keep backup to attain success as CAD manager, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 8, 2013 (more CAD management articles)

Thumbnails: A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words - set SolidWorks system options to show thumbnail graphics in Windows Explorer, medium or large icons for pictures, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, May 8, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Simulation Tech Tip: The Impact-Test Cookbook - determine solution time, time-varying properties for non-linear, time-dependent case using SolidWorks Simulation, Keith Pedersen, CAPUniversity, May 8, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Two Handy Assembly Mouse Shortcuts - get another instance of SolidWorks part without having to find it with 'insert part' feature, drag underdefined component with right mouse button to rotate part, John Setzer, SolidNotes, May 8, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints, Pt 14 - turn off flexible subs to lessen extra calculations, minimize need of top level mates while structuring assemblies in SolidWorks, Josh Altergott, SolidWorks Blog, May 9, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

Lenovo C30 Workstation and NVIDIA's New Kepler-Generation Quadro K5000 and K4000 GPUs - small form factor dual-socket workstation with 16 GB DDR3 RAM, base price of $1,169, Quadro K4000 delivers 64% better price-performance than higher-priced K5000, Alex Herrera, Graphic Speak, May 7, 2013 (more Lenovo workstation reviews, graphic cards reviews, NVIDIA articles)

Top Five CAD Collaboration Fails - CAD software past its prime, too many presentation tools, endless cycle of file conversion, transfer, bad version control, communication breakdown, Andrew Divencenzo, GrabCAD, May 7, 2013 (more collaboration articles)

Zuken: Making the Machines That Make the Screens - friendly interface, object-oriented nature of E3.series helps combine electrical, pneumatic diagrams, communicates design intent, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, May 6, 2013 (more MCAD articles)

3D Printing Made Easy - parts should be printed for 3 reasons: to check for fit, to actually use, to sell idea or use as demo part, Elise Moss, CADdigest.com, May 7, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Getting to Know the VDF - composed of 4 DLLs with each DLL library object containing set of static methods, includes set of currency objects, supports complex Vault workflows, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, May 7, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Layers, I Do Like Me Some Vectorworks Layers - show, snap, hide, gray layers while designing sheets, add basic sheet layers including plan, sections, light plot, Kevin Lee Allen, ProLightingSpace, May 7, 2013  (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Automatic Model-Based Junctions - check ability to configure all construction elements, priority-based connections, improved dimensioning of structural components in ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD SADC, May 8, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

BIM for MFG - Open Revit Files in Inventor 2014 - select. RVT file, insert view, choose single composite feature or multi-body part to open feature quickly than multi-body solid, Clinton Brown, CADline, May 8, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Model Reference & Replace - save as both files, change model reference, click manage tab to obtain different version of drawing model with different filename in Inventor, Chris Turner, CADline, May 7, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

A Simpler Dockable Panel Sample - register panel in zero document state before it gets displayed, check commands in dockable panel once project is activated in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, May 7, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Structural Analysis SDK - First look - develop code to check model using .NET languages, check supporting material, allow VSCodeChecking add-in to update DLL references path in Revit, Augusto Goncalves, AEC DevBlog, May 7, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Calculate the Model Coordinates of Objects in a Linked/Imported DWG - use ImportInstance.Geomtry property to obtain object’ coordinates in Revit, Joe Ye, AEC DevBlog, May 9, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

New Schedule Functionality in Revit 2014 - use schedule title to support text input, formatting, represent tag symbols, content previews, merge title, header cells, schedule categories, Ron Palma, Ideate, May 7, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Simulation Workshop, Pt 1 - 'Coupled Eulerian Lagrangian' technique for solving multi-physics scenario featuring moving parts, non-linear response of flexible component to fluid dynamic, Laurence Marks, DEVELOP 3D, May 7, 2013 (more engineering analysis articles)

Two FEs, One Result: Low-Cost, Beam-Based FE Rises to Challenge - model of generator power-takeoff test stand analyzed in SolidWorks Simulation, GBW32 V5.0 software yielded same results, Greg Moneta & Erik Luczak, Machine Design, Apr 26, 2013 (more FEA articles)

Big-Picture Simulation is a Matter of Perspective - simulating whole system with all its moving parts, complicated physics to solve real-world engineering problems, David Vaughn, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2013 (more engineering analysis articles)

More Detail on the GW3D Blend - exploring blend feature in Surfacing add-on for SolidWorks, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff Blog, May 7, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

Trouble with the Curve: Not Anymore - How to Drive Your SolidWorks Assembly Pattern with a Curve - use curve driven pattern to outline hole, feature driven component command to pattern sub-assembly in SolidWorks, Brian VanderPloeg, Fisher/Unitech, May 7, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Strengthening Ribs in Sheetmetal - create rib tool as separate body in file, invoke indent command to form indentation, delete rib tool body before adding fillets using SolidWorks, Randy Simmons, 3DVision Technologies, May 7, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Getting Started with Surfaces  - understanding surface modeling, solids vs surfaces, typical workflow of complex modeling task in SolidWorks, Alan Sweetenham, YouTube, May 7, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Smarter EPDM Drop Lists Using SQL - populate drop lists based on SQL query results, provide users list of qualified suppliers from purchasing database, use PigeonHole to access more than one variable, Jeff Sweeney, 3D Vision Technologies, May 7, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Workgroup Viewer Error - Trusted Sights - select security tab in internet options, choose trusted sites, add PDMWorks workgroup viewer URL to list of trusted websites, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, May 7, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Basic Tutorial, Pt 2  - understanding elements to workgroup PDM setup, installing PDMSERVER to create fresh vault data folder on server, Toby Schnaars, YouTube, Apr 30, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Basic Tutorial, Pt 4  - explores user-configuration options, Toby Schnaars, YouTube, Apr 30, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Vendors Try to 'Rightsize' PLM for Smaller Businesses - 5 forces driving PLM market, making technology more SMB-friendly, addressing PLM's overhead issue, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2013 (more PLM articles)

ANSYS Beats Some Expectations, Lowers Others - total GAAP revenue was $198 million, up 7%, lease business grew 6% on non-GAAP basis, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, May 6, 2013 (more ANSYS articles)

Extrusions Dynamic Editing - apply different edit modes available in extrusion menu to dynamically edit path in ArchiCAD, Mark Horrocks, Cadimage, May 7, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Starting an Architecture Firm: Let's Discuss Software and Hardware Costs - choose right combination of office space, affordable computer/laptop, printer with worthy configuration, but don't compromise while selecting BIM software, Jared Banks, Shoegnome, May 5, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Create New Toolbars - invoke CUI command, double-click on pull-down toolbar menu to make toolbars visible, select, rename new toolbar, create new command in AutoCAD, Maria Tzanetakou, Cadalyst, May 6, 2013 (more AutoCAD customization tutorials)

Creating Keyboard Shortcuts in AutoCAD Electrical - use 'command aliases' command to locate, edit files, hover over icon to view full command name, or create backup of acad.pgp file, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, May 6, 2013 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Copying Objects from One 3ds Max Scene to Another Using 'Copitor' - free script reduces need to merge objects between scenes, dealing with complex scenes easily, Chandan Kumar, Cgtuts+, May 6, 2013 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Complementing AutoCAD's JavaScript API Using .NET - use drawCircle() function to draw circle with center, radius, implement clearCircle() function to remove transient graphics, dispose circle object in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, May 6, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Absolute Coordinates - override coordinate input setting when needed, or set DYNPICOORDS to 1 to adjust setting to absolute by default in AutoCAD, Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, May 6, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Migrating Templates to Autodesk Inventor 2014 Using Task Scheduler - select 'migrate files' option after opening task scheduler, configure migration settings, start file migration by closing migration options, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, May 6, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Automatic Pan and Zoom and Import/Export Query - review/edit figure using 'pan and zoom' option, right-click on survey queries in survey toolspace tab to view export query option in Civil 3D 2014, Almas Suljevic, Being Civil, May 6, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Using Parts in Autodesk Revit - use model-based delivery to convert system families into parts, create part from any layered assembly, modify/divide part into sub-parts, conduct phasing of parts, Bill Knittle, Synergis, May 6, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

My Cloud-Based 2D Editor Implementation and Status - use server-side scripting, CouchDB NoSQL database to move JavaScript, SVG handling to cloud-based data repository component in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, May 6, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Moving Stuff Around in Dynamo: Transforms, Lists and Making Real Revit Elements - moving abstract geometry inside dynamo, utilize abstract line to maintain relationship with dynamo graph, 'map and combine' functionality, Zach Kron, BUILDZ, May 6, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Batch Upgrade Utility - run upgrade_RFA.bat to create file list to upgrade, drag Upgrade_RFA.txt onto Revit icon to launch utility, delete backup files once upgraded, Scott Chatterton, The Revit Jedi, May 6, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Dominant Elements in Concrete Joins - use UnJoin geometry tool to manually alter join behavior rules existing between elements in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, May 3, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

 

CAD Wars Erupt in China and Russia, Pt 2 - new geometry kernel RGK by Russian government faces competition with 17-years old, privately-funded C3D kernel by ASCON, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, May 7, 2013 (more CAD industry articles, MCAD articles)

CAD Leaders Face China Threat, Pt 2: Does GstarCAD Have a Chance? - GstarCAD8 launched with fanfare, but privately funded company with only 400 employees might not be able to compete with current CAD industry leaders, CAD Insider, May 6, 2013 (CAD industry articlesAutodesk articles)

The Costs of the Cloud - primary benefits of outsourcing high-performance computing, challenges involve evolving costing/pricing model, submission model, moving data in, out of cloud, security, regulatory compliance, Frank Ohlhorst, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2013 (more cloud articles)

GrabCAD Workbench Beta: Browser-Based Project Management and Collaboration App - no installation, download, or thin client needed, has robust support for common 3D file formats, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, May 6, 2013 (more MCAD articles, cloud articles)

Sunglass.io Updates Collaboration Platform, Announces $20 PDM - free version includes viewing, versioning, check-in/out, project functionality, US$20/user/month version adds support, ability to host private projects, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, May 3, 2013 (more CAD development articles, cloud articles)

Manually Updating Toolbox for SolidWorks 2013 - maintain copy of existing 2012 toolbox as backup, ensure write accessibility of file, use UpdateBrowserData.exe utility to update SWBrowser.mdb file, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, May 7, 2013 (more SolidWorks Toolbox tutorials)

Enterprise PDM Tips and Tricks - understanding implementation settings, data routing approaches, linking ECOs with CAD data, optional interfaces, PDM add-ins, custom apps, Lou Gallo, SolidWorks:HEARD, May 5, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

SolidWorks Freeform Feature - use tool to create desired shapes by manipulating control curve in SolidWorks, Ian Jutras, YouTube, May 6, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Basic Tutorial - understanding use of Vault admin tool for installing, configuring workgroup PDM, Toby Schnaars, YouTube, Apr 30, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints, Pt 13 - remove excess detail from parts, assemblies once downloaded, combine solid bodies to attain detail free vendor part, Josh Altergott, SolidWorks Blog, May 7, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

Review: GeometryWorks 3D - Surfacing Add-On for SolidWorks - adds 2 toolbars, 2 menus, for $1000, it has specialized tools like revolve, wrap/tube, blend/multiblend, conic surface, project surface, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff Blog, May 6, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

Why Jon Hirschtick Loves CAD - SolidWorks founder says nothing definite of Belmont Technology plans but drops hints, Evan Yares, 3D CAD World, May 3, 2013 (more CAD development articles)

Hidden Gems in Solid Edge - document name formula, round selection options, Synchronous assemblies, Synchronous sketches, PMI visibility control, sketch relationship capture, Matt Lombard, On the Edge, May 5, 2013 (more Solid Edge articles)

Is Product Data Management Overkill for Small Design Teams?  - industry experts Jim Brown, Chad Jackson debate over need of PDM tools in small design teams, Engineering.com, May 2013 (more PDM articles)

Sheet Metal Enhancements in Creo Parametric 2.0 - restructured sheet metal tools into ribbon style interface with tabs, flat pattern preview, sketched form commands, Christina Zachry, ASCENT Blog, May 3, 2013 (more Pro/E reviews)

AutoCAD Stacked and Baseline Dimensions - invoke DDEDIT command to select dimension, edit text, add text below dimension value by entering \X, or use DIMBASELINE command, Shaan Hurley of Autodesk, Between the Lines, May 3, 2013 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

About Exchange App Installer Automatic Localization - understanding Autoloader PackageContents.xml localization, Exchange App installer localization, Your App localization in AutoCAD, Fenton Webb, AutoCAD DevBlog, May 2, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autoloader and Localization - use autoloader mechanism when application is multi-language, PackageContents to ensure only correct DLL is loaded on each system, check SupportedLocales markup using AutoCAD, Augusto Goncalves, AutoCAD DevBlog, May 2, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD's Floating Command Line - click on command prompt to access recently used commands, select options, dock line to its old position by dragging it to screen bottom, John Flanagan, CADline, May 1, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Civil 3D Purge StyleW - use purge styles command to remove unused styles in Civil 3D, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 3, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

COBie and Autodesk Revit - understanding COBie workbook, facility, floor, spaces worksheet, relation with Revit to generate data, enhance building models, Brian Renehan, BIM Fix Blog, May 5, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Inventor 2014 Frame Generator - New Features and Old Bugs - check filter in/out center lines, construction lines added in FG toolset, redesign frame sketch/FG members start plane to fix length errors, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, May 6, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Adding Multiple Components in iAssembly Table in Batch Mode - convert assembly to iAssembly, click 'edit member scope' in author section of manage tab, click exclude after selecting multiple components, Alessandro Gasso, Being Inventive, May 3, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Advanced Poly Modeling - Tassimo T-65 Home Brewing Station, Pt 4 - undertake series of complex cuts to create holes for spout, screws, LED lights using 3D Studio Max, Ben Tate, Cgtuts+, Mar 26, 2013 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Advanced Poly Modeling - Tassimo T-65 Home Brewing Station, Pt 5 - create inner, outer cylindrical piece, grating detail of cup stand portion of machine using 3D Studio Max, Ben Tate, Cgtuts+, May 3, 2013 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Bring Inventor or Revit to Life - use 3ds Max design 2014 to animate people into scenes, create rendered videos, employ Inventor/Revit workflows to make imports effortless, David Gate, CADline, May 3, 2013 (more Autodesk articles, 3ds Max tutorials)

GrabCAD Workbench: First Experiments - use viewer to access SolidWorks assembly, collaborate by sharing files, insert pins, comments, lacks basic security between parts, assemblies, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, May 3, 2013 (more MCAD articles, cloud articles)

MyCADBox - shares CAD models, syncs STEP, IGES files between PC, iPad, but lacks measure, explode, section, comment features with no direct upload access, Thomas Rambach, CADToolbox.com, May 4, 2013 (more MCAD articles, cloud articles)

What's in a Report? - include everything in clash groups to better find constructability issues, follow strict structure with codes, use content pane to customize specific information for Navisworks clash detection report, Michael Smith, AUGI Library, May 3, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

Dancing on the Ceiling in Navisworks - right-click in Navisworks main view, select ‘set viewpoint up’ located in viewpoint tab to adjust up direction in Navisworks, Lee Mullin, Beyond Design, May 3, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

6 Cool Ways to 3D Print Yourself - Cubify 3DMe printing service, Fabcafe Shibuya Tokyo Shop, 'D-Tech me' offering for girls, Shapeways pop up shop, Chris McAndrew, 3DEngr.com, May 2013  (more rapid prototyping articles)

Best Practice for 3D Printing Parts - use STL orientation feature, choose interior of models, select support fill, Chris Garceau, CAPUniversity, May 3, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Magnetic Lines - sketch magnetic line, insert balloons to snap them to line, drag arrow on either sides of magnetic line to lengthen line, scale item balloon spacing in SolidWorks, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, May 4, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

FeatureManager Design Tree Favorites Folder - organize specific features in design, add features to 'favorites' folder allowing team members locate exact features using SolidWorks 2013, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, May 3, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Post-Processing Refined - SolidWorks Simulation 2013 - run transient study, use 'show plot only on selected entities' option, render shell thickness option to make viewing intuitive, Dae Kim, The HRS Blog, May 3, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

How to Use SolidWorks Rx - use Rx tool to analyze system, suggest solutions, capture data for tackling diagnose problems in SolidWorks, Adam Rose, YouTube, May 2, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

EPDM - Adding a Viewer to EPDM - access group or user settings, add viewer, mention file extension(s) to be associated with viewer, enter full path to viewer application, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, May 5, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Get to Know the New GrabCAD Measuring Tools - measuring length or radius of edge, distance between faces, angle between faces, approximate distance between points, GrabCAD, May 2, 2013 (more MCAD articles)

Intersecting Multiple Pipes - model smooth intersection between multiple pipe surfaces in Rhino 5, Brian James, Vimeo, May 2, 2013 (more Rhino tutorials)

3D Printing 101, Pt 4: Software - 3D modeling for 3D printing, slicing 3D model into g-code, hosting app to make print, Michael Hackney, CNCCookbook, May 1, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles, CAM articles)

Hyperlinks and ArchiCAD, Pt 2 - maintaining layout books, publisher sets, Jared Banks, BIM Engine Blog, May 2, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

CAD Collaboration - Are You Taking the Best Path? - opt CAD software that allows file conversions without loss of fidelity, ensure security of files, strong access control before sharing them in cloud, Aaron Goldberg, CAD/CAM Performance, May 2, 2013 (more collaboration articles cloud articles)

Autodesk Faces a China Threat, Pt 1 - GstarCAD may be part of Chinese challenge to CAD current CAD industry leaders, CAD Insider, May 2, 2013 (CAD industry articles, Autodesk articles)

Jigging an AutoCAD Circle Using JavaScript - use EntityJig to define jig for single object, invoke CIRCLE command to pick current layer, linetype when it creates final circle in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, May 2, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

How to Install AutoCAD 2014 Without Autodesk 360 - copy installation media in hard drive, open setup.ini file to delete ADSYNC, remove ACADSKETCHUPIMPORT to avoid installing SketchUp import plug-in, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, May 3, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Use DrawingPrintManager from C++ - using DrawingPrintManager object to print active drawing document in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, May 2, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Using DWGs for Sketches in Inventor Professional 2013  - using 2D object data from pre-existing DWG created in AutoCAD to form 3D solid parts in Inventor, YouTube, May 1, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit 2014 SDK and Visual Debugging Tools - use export gbXML command to check inconsistencies with room, hall volumes, alternately use gbXML2dwfx.exe utility of Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, May 2, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Civil Structures Add-in for Autodesk Revit 2014 - define parameters, geometry of bridge, import road profile from LandXML file, use bridge modeling Revit extensions to create bridges, Tim Grimm, Revit Add-ons, May 2, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Convert Section View to Drafting View - workaround is using Document.Export() method to export view to dwg file, Document.Import() method to import dwg file to drafting view area in Revit, Joe Ye, AEC DevBlog, May 1, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Create a Simple Macro in Revit 2014 - open macro manager to create macro, check SharpDevelop open-source tool, show TaskDialog, compile build, run macro, Harry Mattison, YouTube, May 1, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2014 Electrical Power Lighting Wiring and Circuits - understanding wiring, circuits, system browser using Revit 2014, YouTube, Apr 30, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Lost in Simulation - standardizing process to manage expanding database of simulation result files, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2013 (more engineering analysis articles)

Dynamic Analysis - understanding natural frequencies, associated mode shapes, time-based, frequency-based solutions, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2013 (more FEA articles)

NVIDIA GRID VCA - visual computing appliance can turn any device into powerful virtual 3D workstation, targets small and medium business, 2 models available: base, max systems, DEVELOP 3D, May 2, 2013 (more NVIDIA articles, CAD hardware articles)

NVIDIA GTC 2013 - GRID visual computing device launched, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's keynote on remote graphics, SolidWorks presentation, customers shared experiences with GPU-based workflows, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, May 2, 2013 (more NVIDIA articles, CAD hardware articles)

Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints, Pt 12 - adjust display state, configuration for part/assembly, use faster hardware to enjoy real view appearance, Josh Altergott, SolidWorks Blog, May 2, 2013(more SolidWorks articles)

Link Cut-List Properties to Custom Properties at Part Level - select note, run macro, type property name, copy contents of note into property when macro rebuilds in SolidWorks, Adam Bridgman, Javelin Technologies, May 2, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Learn More About SolidWorks Using the Built-in Tutorials - check SolidWorks tutorials to learn un-used tools, click button located next to tutorial text to highlight SolidWorks interface, Duncan Crofts, SolidWorks Blog, May 2, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Basic Tutorial - understanding ways to install Workgroup PDM, configure users, assist users access vault to check in/out documents, Toby Schnaars, YouTube, Apr 30, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Comparison of Cloud-Based CAD Collaboration Services: TeamPlatform vs Autodesk 360 -  TeamPlatform provides far more benefits, being project-oriented product, with exquisite collaboration tools, ability to handle variety of 3D CAD formats, Daniel Dobrzynski, CADdigest.com, May 2, 2013 (more cloud articles, Autodesk 360 articles)

GRAITEC Advance Steel Does Stairs - industrial stairs with landings, railing, spiral stairs easy to create, Jeffrey Heimgartner, CADdigest.com, May 1, 2013 (more civil engineering articles)

Graphics Cards for CAD: PTC Creo 2.0 & SolidWorks 2013 - AMD FirePro W-Series, NVIDIA Quadro K series cards were tested; AMD gains edge in price/performance, Greg Corke, Develop 3D, Apr 30, 2013 (more graphic cards reviews, NVIDIA articles)

How to Create iPhone and iPad Apps Using 3DVIA - choose app design, add media, enter 5 email addresses, install 3DVIA mobile to view 3D model created using HTML5, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, May 1, 2013 (more 3DVIA articles)

Lagoa Offers Cloud Based Collaborative 3D Rendering - collaborative platform for creating, visualizing in 3D using web browser, uses Amazon Web Services, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, May 1, 2013 (more CAD development articles, cloud articles)

MCAD Beginner Reviews IronCAD 2013 - modern interface, lack of jargon make IronCAD surprisingly easy to learn, good bet for those considering 1st MCAD program, Rakesh Rao & Sanjay Jamalpur, CADdigest.com, May 2, 2013 (more IronCAD reviews)

GDL Error Handling 1 - When Good Scripts Turn Bad - restrict range of allowed input values to avoid errors related to bookshelf in ArchiCAD, Andrew Watson, Cadimage, May 2, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Will Machinists Capitalize on the PMI Opportunity? - product manufacturing information can be used to automate selection of tools, definition of feeds, speeds of NC toolpaths, increase machine utilization, Chad Jackson, Siemens PLM Software Community, Apr 2013 (more CAM articles)

AutoCAD 2014 Review: Improving Your Design Workflow - enhanced command line tool supports autocorrect, mid-string search, better file management, cloud-based connectivity with new ReCap application to create point cloud project file, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2013 (more AutoCAD reviews)

Autodesk Software Deployments 101 - consider need to create software deployments, create it following deployment dialog, manage software deployment folder, modify shortcuts, INI files, Pete Markovic, Cadalyst, Apr 29, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

iLogic - Scale Entire Inventor Part - keep all parameter relationships functioning in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, May 1, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

AutoCAD 2013 - Polylines and Grip Controls - hover over center grips to enable 'convert to arc' option, toggle ortho in status bar, mirror polyline about central horizontal axis, John Flanagan, CADline, May 1, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2014: Overview of New and Updated Features - new ReCap software, geo-location, design feed utility with improved security, customizable auto correct features, xref enhancements, updated ARC command, graphics, Bill McKown, Synergis, May 1, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles

Autodesk Navisworks 2014: Measurement Locks - use x-, y-, z-axis, parallel, perpendicular lock options to measure, check distances/areas in Navisworks 2014, Jim Cowan, Ideate, May 1, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

Civil 3D Funkiness - exploring tips related to alignment changes, pipe networks, corridors, 2D to 3D, 3D to 2D polylines conversion tricks in Civil 3D, Christopher Fugitt, AUGI Library, May 1, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Subassembly Targets: Having Fun Yet - apply subassembly object to corridor to set target, use BaselineRegion.GetTargets(), BaselineRegion.SetTargets() method of API to access/modify targets in Civil 3D, Isaac Rodriguez, Civilized Development, May 1, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Revit Contour Label Orientation - reverse contour direction for short distances by inserting points of slightly lower height, workaround is to underline label text making them appear obvious, Tim Waldock, RevitCat, May 1, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Model Elements on View Worksets - create new 3D view, turn on all visibility/graphic override categories, set discipline to coordination view, hide workset visibility setting in Revit, Ryan Duell, Revit Clinic, May 1, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Wall Layer Functions - consider layer function, position, material, thickness, structural material before structuring wall in Revit, Gareth Spencer, CADline, Apr 30, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Scope Box vs Project North - draw scopebox orthogonally to view, rotate selection box, place origin on grid intersection, assign gridlines to scopebox in Revit, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, May 1, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Gross Floor Area of a Mass - select minimum of one mass floor, access such setting by choosing mass element followed by mass floors in contextual tab of ribbon in Revit, James Van, HOK BIM Solutions, May 1, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

The One About Revit to Real, Pt 2  - send build, generate GCode, raft settings, connect ReplicatorG to Thing-O-Matic for printing roof, David Beach, The Architect's Digital Design Guide, May 2, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

When 3D is Not Needed - use simulation, analysis tools to build prototype, apply 2D, 3D design to configure CAD models, understanding properties of 0D, 1D, 3D models, Serdar Uckun, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2013 (more engineering analysis articles)

Create Elements Between Coincident Nodes in Femap - right-click in graphics area to use 'pick query' command, set spring/damper element type to define spring element, set/link co-incident nodes, Alastair Robertson, Cadalyst, Apr 30, 2013 (more Femap articles)

We Can Build Digital Prototypes of Everything: Bass - Autodesk CEO Carl Bass discusses future of 3D printing, Bloomberg TV, April 30, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

It's Not the Jetsons, But It May Be Coming Soon - additive manufacturing getting popular for 3D printing objects, futurists considering concept of 4D printing, Emi Kolawole, Washington Post, Apr 30, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Copy/Paste Sketch Based Features in SolidWorks - click to copy cut extrude feature located in SolidWorks feature manager design tree, paste on flat surface, check orientation feature of model, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, May 1, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Reuse Letters from Deleted Views - go to drawings in systems options, enable option to reuse view letters from deleted auxiliary, detail, section views in SolidWorks, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, May 1, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

What's the Story with License Ordering? - go to license order tab in license manager to view listed licenses, turn on simulation addin to check order of SolidWorks licenses, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, May 1, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Exercising Your Design Studies with SolidWorks Simulation 2013 - add sensors, link parameters to material properties, select constraints for design study, Paul Hagenow, CAPUniversity, May 1, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Section Properties - locate polar moment of inertia for beam by viewing its section properties in SolidWorks, Solid Professor, May 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Import Temperature Values from Excel Into Femap - select comma-separated analysis format while importing temperature from 'import results from' dialog, pick CSV file spreadsheet, temperature vector to create load definition, Alastair Robertson, Cadalyst, Apr 30, 2013 (more Femap articles)

Alibre Becomes Geomagic Design - 2013 release has consistency of operation, ability to produce high-quality 2D drawings, starts at $199, Evan Yares, 3D CAD World, Apr 24, 2013 (more Alibre articles)

GrabCAD Workbench - manipulate CAD file using in-browser viewer, explode assembly, section view tool with easy slider control, Thomas Rambach, CADToolbox.com, Apr 30, 2013 (more MCAD articlescloud articles)

Customizations and Upgrading Solid Edge - customizing ribbon, location of saved settings in ST5, Cory Goulden, Designfusion Blog, Apr 30, 2013 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Move Part of a Cell - moving text from bottom to top in bar scale cell using Stretch Elements command in MicroStation, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Apr 30, 2013 (more MicroStation tutorials)

ArchiCAD Template Basics: View Map and Layout Book - setting up project templates for creating template file, default views using sheets in ArchiCAD, Jared Banks, Shoegnome, Apr 29, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Creating Mold Bases with NX Expressions - draw different size molds by changing values input to expression, Murat Ugur, CADdigest.com, Apr 29, 2013 (more NX tutorials)

Label the Scale of Individual Viewports - specify 2 opposite corners of boundary box using MTEXT command, insert field inside text in AutoCAD, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Apr 30, 2013 (more AutoCAD basics tutorials)

DECO 2014 - design editor for custom objects has grid containing all linked children, view/add/delete links using UI created with DECO, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Apr 30, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Get and Set Layer and Entity Transparency Using LISP - calculate transparency value for entities using _LAYER command in AutoCAD, Adam Nagy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Apr 30, 2013 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Recap 2014 : ReCap's Update Fails Part Way Through - delete files in %temp%, check Windows installer, reboot, delete %temp% files again, type msiexec/update in command line, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Apr 30, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Importing 3ds Max Design Cameras Into Showcase 2014  - using FBX technology to import 3ds Max design in Showcase, add depth of field to imported cameras, Marion Landry, YouTube, Apr 30, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

How to Reverse Your Polyline When Text-Based Linetypes are Upside Down - rotate offending line by 180 degrees, or select line, pick 'convert to polyline' option followed by reverse option in AutoCAD, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Apr 25, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Creating Featureline Using COM API - using interop along with IAeccLandFeatureLines:: AddFromPolyline() to create featureline in AutoCAD Civil 3D, Partha Sarkar, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Apr 30, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Extracting Material Quantities - edit parts list from pressure pipe network contextual tab, assign pay item to part, load pay item file, extract quantity in Civil 3D 2014, Gaurav Bagga, Ideate, Apr 30, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Attach Documentation in Autodesk Inventor - right-click on central green dot of detail boundary to select geometry to be attached, use section view, create sketch command, break out view in Inventor, Mark Flayler, Cadalyst, Apr 30, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Check Geometry Type in C++ - use QueryInterface function, ITypeInfo to obtain type name of object in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Apr 30, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

The Inventor Content Center Libraries Install Differently for Vault Server 2014 - open 'install tools & utilities' tab while installing Inventor 2014 content center libraries, Bob Felton, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Apr 30, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Architecture Browser Organization - select elevation symbol, type properties, pick duplicate button, rename symbol to create separate external/internal elevations category, James Philip, CADline, Apr 30, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Transactions, Sub-Transactions and Transaction Groups - understanding transaction group vs transaction with sub-transactions, make modifications in transaction phase, control modifications in sub-transaction phase of Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Apr 30, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

User Interface and Selection Updates - use enhanced docking palettes to save screen space, combined material browser, material editor feature, sketch callout using non-rectangular crop regions in Revit 2014, Martha Hollowell, ASCENT Blog, Apr 30, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Enhanced Analytical Model in Autodesk Revit 2014  - provides better visibility, greater control over analytical model, helps solve round-tripping issues between Revit, structural analysis software, BIM and Beam, Apr 30, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints - adjust image quality setting at assembly level, propagate setting in sub-assemblies, part components, increase RAM to process image faster, Josh Altergott, SolidWorks Blog, Apr 30, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

SolidWorks Electrical: Working with Cabinet Layout Dimensions - open part properties window to adjust dimensions values of XYZ directions, cable duct, rail, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, Apr 30, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

   

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