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June 2013

Simulation Workshop, Pt 2 - modeling impact scenario using explicit solver to track deflections, stresses, strains, velocities, accelerations, Laurence Marks, DEVELOP 3D, June 27, 2013 (more engineering analysis articles)

How Stratasys' FDM 3D Printing Technology Works - builds parts layer-by-layer by heating thermoplastic material to semi-liquid state, extruding it according to computer-controlled paths, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, June 27, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Lighting Device Parameter, the OIP, and Label Legends - managing Vectorworks Spotlight preferences, keeping OIP simplified, focused on tasks, Kevin Lee Allen, ProLightingSpace, June 27, 2013 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Collaborative 'CAD in the Cloud' from Autodesk and GrabCAD Starts Today with Free Trial - AutoCAD 360, Fusion 360 to run natively in GrabCAD workbench, collaborating in open, heterogeneous environment, John Hayes, Engineering.com, June 27, 2013 (more MCAD articles)

Create a Finial with Extrusions - save finial half cut drawing as preset, create small circle using polyline tool, select 'extrude along selected element' option, search saved profile to view finial profile in ArchiCAD, Cadimage, June 28, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Migrating to ArchiCAD 17: Working with Hotlinks - What Happens to the Attributes - use identical set of attributes in both host, hotlinked files, migrate all hotlinked files in same version, avoid updating building material names in files, ArchiCAD SADC, June 27, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

DGN Clean-Up Tool on Its Way - strip stroke objects that are active, referenced by linetypes using AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, June 28, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Removing Problem Printer Settings and Print Styles in AutoCAD - click publish in application menu, launch 'create transmittal' dialog box, select transmittal setups to modify, choose default printer to none before creating transmittal, Synergis, June 27, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

How to Resolve Drawing Bloat Due to Many Unpurgable Linetypes - save drawing as DXF if imported line carries numerous linetypes, open file to locate DGNLSDEF in AutoCAD, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 27, 2013 (more AutoCAD drawing tutorials)

The New External Reference Tools You Didn't Know About in AutoCAD 2014 - change xref attachment type by clicking on external references drop down list, right click on file name in external reference manager to modify path types, Donnie Gladfelter, The CAD Geek Blog, June 27, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips

Know Your BIM 360 Glue Units - select model, use 'adjust units' before selecting appropriate unit, input linear units under advanced tab in options menu to change units of measurement, Thomas Schwaiger, Beyond Design, June 27, 2013 (more Autodesk articlesAEC articles)

Getting Started with InfraWorks, Pt 3: Setting the Model Extent - open model settings in InfraWorks, uncheck 'use entire model' to enable BBox/polygon menu, click BBox option before saving, closing model setting dialog box, Eric Chappell's Blog, June 28, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Create Civil 3D Surface from Data Via InfraWorks - employ bounding box tool selection to define area in map, apply jpg, arcgrid to format data, set elevation, export elevation data from InfraWorks to Civil 3D using imx file, Civil Digest, June 27, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

I Can Label Through Xrefs? Yep - apply vault, data shortcuts, AutoCAD xrefs to share Civil 3D data throughout project, use lines/curves, survey figures, feature lines, alignments to create tables from xrefs, Nick Harper, What's the Word on Civil 3D, June 24, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

New in 2014: Introduction to Autodesk InfraWorks 2014 - easy to use communication, visualization, collaboration tool with enhanced road styles, feature options, shared Autodesk material libraries, point cloud data compatibility, Matt Miyamoto, Ideate, June 27, 2013 (more Civil 3D articles)

Lumpy Diagrid - take open ended splines, box them out to form closed loop, create solid block with wavy top surface in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, June 27, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Invisible Reference - set IncludeNonVisibleObjects option of element geometry to true to include invisible geometry in Revit, Mikako Harada, AEC DevBlog, June 27, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Design Options & Phases, Pt 1 - understanding role of workset, design options, phase container that is used while placing elements into view, using split elements, linework, reasonable, design options, phases redundancy in Revit, Revit Beginners, June 27, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Solid Edge University 2013, Pt 1: Solid Edge ST6 Adds 1300 User-Requested Features - new surfacing functions, sheet metal capabilities, simulation tools, support for easier importing of SolidWorks files, automatic design optimization capability, YouTube docking pane, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Jun 27, 2013 (more CAD show articles, Solid Edge articles)

Solid Edge Comes Out Swinging at Annual User's Conference - Solid Edge ST6 release focuses on attracting new customers by improving productivity, extending collaboration, boasting 1300 user-requested improvements incorporated into latest release, Jamie Gooch, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2013 (more CAD show articles, Solid Edge articles)

How Can I Get Angle of Displacement in SolidWorks Simulation? - display tangential displacements with respect to axis, apply arc length formula to get angular displacement, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, June 27, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

What Happened to My SolidWorks Add-Ins? - modify installation through SolidWorks installation manager to turn on add-ins, Phil Whitaker, CATI Tech Notes, June 27, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Live Blog: Solid Edge University 2013 Day 2 - Solid Edge ST6 has built-in CAM system, CAMWorks, which uses patented automated feature recognition, treats imported CAD models like native Solid Edge files, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, June 26, 2013 (more CAD show articles, Solid Edge articles)

Solid Edge ST6 - stronger surfacing, sheetmetal features, preview has clear thumbnails in relation browser, search parts based on numbers, properties, YouTube, June 24, 2013 (more Solid Edge articles)

The Failed Promise of Parametric CAD: Going Horizontal - best practice is horizontal modeling: create base feature, bunch of datum planes, attach all child features to datum planes to avoid parent-child problems, Evan Yares, 3D CAD World, June 25, 2013 (more MCAD articles, CAD industry articles)

6 Retail 3D Printing Shops - iMakr, Makerbot, BluBin, Inside 3D Printing Chicago, Deezmaker, Staples, Chris McAndrew, 3DEngr.com, June 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

G-Wizard Editor Gets New Backplot Navigation Toolbar - functions include: rotate, pan, zoom in/out, zoom extents, Bob Warfield, CNCCookbook, June 26, 2013 (more CAM articles)

Save a Profile as a Preset - draw profile using fill tool, save it as custom profile preset, select profile type in ArchiCAD, Cadimage, June 27, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Migrating to ArchiCAD 17: What to Do About Attributes in a Migrated Project - maintain backup copy of project, go to attribute manager to remove unnecessary attributes, review element defaults, favorites before migrating project, ArchiCAD SADC, June 26, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Migrating to ArchiCAD 17: What to Do About Attributes in a Migrated Project, Pt 2 - review building materials to remove unnecessary attributes, check, modify building material names, use delete, replace feature, find, select option, interactive schedules to reduce generated attributes, ArchiCAD SADC, June 26, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

IES Simulation Assists LEED Certification - architects can get running tally of LEED certification points as building is modified in design phase using IES TaP, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 26, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Simulation Mechanical: Natural Frequency Modes and Gravity - gravity plays no part in modes of plate when it is directed normal to sheet, John Evans, Design and Motion, June 26, 2013 (more Autodesk Simulation articlesengineering analysis articles)

Understanding the Autodesk Content Browser, Pt 2 - structure of content browser contains: library, catalog, category, palette, tool, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, June 26, 2013 (more AutoCAD Architecture articles)

How to Assign a Viewport Override - activate viewport to edit layer colors, select layers to receive viewport override for color property, click color swatch of one of selected layers from VP color column, Michael Beall, CADTutor, June 2013 (more AutoCAD layer tutorials)

Linking Dimensions and Parametric Values Into Excel - create data Link using existing Excel file, create AutoCAD table using data link, extract dimension values into AutoCAD table, Darin Green, Synergis, June 26, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Creating a Block with Multi-Line Attribute Definition - understanding code to generate block reference in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, June 26, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Who Do You Trust? - use 'trustedpaths' system variable to command line trusted locations, click on 'executable file settings' button located in system tab to choose top selection in AutoCAD, Todd Shackelford, The Lazy Drafter, June 26, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips

Match AutoCAD Objects to the Correct Layer  - using LAYMCH command to change layer of selected object to match destination layer, Lynn Allen, YouTube, June 25, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Getting Started with InfraWorks, Pt 2: Draping Imagery - unzip files to extract data from National Map Viewer, use drag, drop capability of InfraWorks to sort image files in folders, Eric Chappell's Blog, June 26, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

2014 Infrastructure Design Suite Modules - 'roads and highways' module in InfraWorks to design road with various curve radii, Brian Allen, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, June 26, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Comparative Civil 3D Surface QC - understanding surface operation 'edit stack,' generating differential surface by creating TIN volume surface between start, current surface, use comparative surface analysis to determine surface property, Tench Tilghman, cadpilot, June 26, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Key Concepts of the Family Editor - explores family editor families, types, workplanes, constraints, parameters, elements, templates, building parametric family with reference to complete slide decks, Revit family API topics, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 26, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Show Specific Design Options to Revit Views - duplicate views for each option, change visibility graphic of views, design options in schedule, place views to Revit sheet once view configuration is done, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, June 26, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Positioning of Linked Models, Pt 1 - apply Cartesian coordinates to locate objects in digital space, use unclipped project base point to locate fixed origin in Revit project, setting up shared coordinates model, Dave Baldacchino, HOK BIM Solutions, June 26, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Type Catalogs and MEP Parameter Syntax - understanding common/structure data type syntax in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, June 26, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Wall Sweeps and Navisworks - select wall with sweeps, choose create parts from modify/walls ribbon panel in Revit, turn on 'convert construction parts' option in Navisworks, Joe Eichenseer, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, June 26, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Meet Your Managers' Expectations - write shorter reports, update budget, review progress regularly, describe problem in business-focused terms, motivate, develop staff, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 26, 2013 (more CAD management articles)

How to Handle Employee-Provided Tools in the Workplace - create uniform policy addressing employee-owned devices, consider issues like network connectivity, storage, password, data protection, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 26, 2013 (more CAD management articles)

Traveling Textures: How to Embed Appearances into Your SolidWorks Part - send part, .p2m version of image file, enable option to include custom decals, embed textures, enable store appearance before saving part, Al Zullo, CAPUniversity, June 26, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Adding Parametric Intelligence to Imported DWG Geometry - open dwg file in SolidWorks, import dimensions, add constraints to geometry, define origin to finish import process in SolidWorks, Chris Briand, YouTube, June 21, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

What's Inside? Solid Edge ST6 - relation browser previews all documents related to part, ability to record design session, upload it to YouTube, sheet metal features can be placed on ordered parts, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, June 25, 2013 (more Solid Edge articles)

NX CAD - Surfacing - general surface modeling workflow, creating control drawings, developing character curves, using surfaces with solids, YouTube, June 24, 2013 (more NX tutorials)

solidThinking Inspire Takes Structural Concepts to New Level - v9.5 simplifies design optimization process, has extrude draw direction feature, displacement, stress constraints, available single license for $6,495, network license for $7,995, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Jun 25, 2013 (more solidThinking reviews)

How Stratasys' Polyjet 3D Printing Technology Works - Polyjet 3D printers jet layers of liquid photopolymer onto build tray, curing with UV light to create prototype; Objet Connex 3D printers can jet multiple materials in single print run, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, June 24, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Use 3D Text to Stamp a Wall - create wall, make 3D text object overlap wall by approx 50mm, open solid element operations tool to select wall as target, 3D text as operator in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, June 26, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Migrating to ArchiCAD 17: What Happens When You Migrate a Project to ArchiCAD 17? - building materials are generated, assigned automatically, ArchiCAD SADC, June 24, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Bluebeam Tip: Callouts and Leader Lines - adding leader lines, removing leader, moving both text box, leader together, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, June 25, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Good Enough - Podium Renders SketchUp Models - plug-in for SketchUp creates high-end renderings, includes library of models, materials, available for $198, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 25, 2013  (more SketchUp articles)

Fusion 360 Goes Live - easy to use, learn interactive direct modeling of solid objects, complex surfacing capabilities, keeps track of model version information, has social collaboration tools, John Evans, Design and Motion, June 25, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

AutoCAD 2014: Shortcut Keys - press alt key to activate tools denoted with letters in ribbon tab of quick access toolbar, type letter combination representing tool in AutoCAD, John Flanagan's CADline, June 25, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Using Project Falcon with a ReCap Photo Model, Pt 2 - use Autodesk exchange apps to fill gap in particular workflow, search for OBJ file import to bring .obj model into AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, June 26, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Civil 3D - Back to Basics 8 Surface Boundaries  - creating boundaries available for surfaces using Civil 3D, Graham Riddleston, Cadline, June 24, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2014: Populate Tips, Pt 1 - Creating Flows and Intersections  - click on populate tab to access tools required for adding animated characters to scene, Marion Landry, YouTube, June 25, 2013 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Drawing List Report Fields in AutoCAD Electrical - assign MYATTR value to adjust title block update so that it never changes value on attribute, Pat Murnen, Point-to-Point, June 25, 2013 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Use VB.NET Dialog in iLogic - create VB.NET class library project, add form with single-line textbox, combo box, multi-line textbox, assign, update parameters values to controls, prepare parameters before creating rule in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 25, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

What is Design Options? - open design options dialog box from manage tab, create option set, add elements to option, switch between options for editing before making final selection in Revit, Veng Leong, Learning Revit, June 25, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Ribbon Headaches After Installing Revit 2014 - minimize, cycle through ribbon until tools are visible if contextual ribbon fails to update or show appropriate tools, Edwin Guerra, BIM blog.ca, June 25, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Russian 'RGK' 3D Kernel is Presented to the International CAD Community - experts appreciated geometric kernel, its innovative aspects like multithreaded computations, thread safety, use of GPU graphical devices for general-purpose computations, Leonid Baranov, Sergey Kozlov, Sergey Kuraksin, & Nikolay Snytnikov, isicad, June 17, 2013 (more MCAD articles)

Spatial Announces Major Releases of Their 3D Components - R24 release has ability of Faceter to create global meshes in addition to local per face meshes, improved performance in local operations, hybrid meshes, new 'graphical' components for Solid Edge, STEP added, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, June 25, 2013 (more MCAD articles)

The Failed Promise of Parametric CAD: From the Beginning - history of Pro/E's success, fundamental problem with parametrics, Evan Yares, 3D CAD World, June 25, 2013 (more Pro/E articles, CAD industry articles)

The Failed Promise of Parametric CAD: The Problem is Editing - modeling vs editing in parametric CAD system, dealing with parent-child dependencies, creating complex yet resilient CAD models, Evan Yares, 3D CAD World, June 25, 2013 (more Pro/E articles, CAD industry articles)

The Failed Promise of Parametric CAD: The Direct Solution - apply direct modeling system that uses standard construction techniques like modeling, feature inferencing to solve model weakness, Evan Yares, 3D CAD World, June 25, 2013 (more Pro/E articles, CAD industry articles)

SolidWorks Tech Tips: The Width Tool, Assemblies, and You - select 4 faces to be used in width mate using ctrl key, choose mate icon from fly out toolbar in SolidWorks, Paul Kutolowski, Fisher/Unitech, June 25, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials

SolidWorks Electrical: Working with Custom PLCs - create, add new manufacturing part, define user library, assign circuits, set circuit properties, YouTube, June 25, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials

How to Create a Louvre in SolidWorks - use wire-frame sketch to set rectangular hollow section, apply beams to sketch element drawings, Magnus Whittall, YouTube, June 20, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

High Quality Illustrations on Tessellated 3D Geometry - use ellipses generation option for refinement in 3DVIA Composer, YouTube, June 24, 2013 (more 3DVIA articles)

Must Have App: TreeSketch 3.0 - Procedural Modeling of Trees - features include: OBJ export, hybrid growth algorithm, shadow, light rendering, multi-touch branch bending, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, June 24, 2013

HP T1500 - Camel of CAD Printers - 25% faster than T1300, T1500 large format inkjet printer has front loading roll paper input, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 22, 2013 (more large format printer articles)

Referencing Consultants Drawings - create standard detail markers for architectural drawings, assemble independent details, assign marker head shapes based on project disciplines in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, June 25, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Migrating to ArchiCAD 17 - use building materials attribute of ArchiCAD 17 to assign attributes to elements, simplify element settings, improve model consistency, efficiency, surfaces, ArchiCAD SADC, June 24, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Features: Integrated ArchiCAD Help Center - type query into search field to view material resources, watch tutorial to understand complex feature faster, easier using feature, ArchiCAD SADC, June 24, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Migrating to ArchiCAD 17: Improved Junctions in ArchiCAD 17 - adjust intersection priority within building material to work among construction elements, collide elements, change partial structure display, ArchiCAD SADC, June 24, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

What BIM Can't Do - problems listed by architects, project-specific problems that are driving up costs of 3 AEC projects in Germany, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, June 24, 2013 (more AEC articles)

BuildEdge for SketchUp - plug-in for SketchUp creates roofs on models quickly, treating walls as entities, available for $29, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 22, 2013 (more SketchUp articles)

Using AutoCAD Efficiently - standardization, automation, training on AutoCAD setup help increase efficiency, consistency, accuracy, Walt Sparling, AUGI Library, June 24, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Can't See .ctb Files: CONVERTPSTYLES - invoke command if drawing shows .stb plot styles instead of .ctb files while plotting in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, June 24, 2013 (more AutoCAD plotting tutorials)

How to Purge DGN Linetypes in DWGs - use SmartPurger along with DGNPURGE command to purge numerous drawings in AutoCAD, Jimmy Bergmark, JTB World Blog, June 24, 2013 (more AutoCAD drawing tutorials)

Using Project Falcon with a ReCap Photo Model, Pt 1 - load hidden .3dp file in 123D Catch to transfer project, generate .rcs, .obj, .fbx, .ipm files using standard/maximum mesh quality in ReCap photo, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, June 26, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Getting Started with InfraWorks, Pt 1: Building the Existing Terrain - zoom area, use bounding box option to draw box around area, select types of data, checkout to obtain raw data that is used to create project using Autodesk InfraWorks, Eric Chappell's Blog, June 24, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

AutoCAD DGN Clean Tool - automatically purges large list of unwanted linetypes in AutoCAD, Justin Doughty, CADline, June 24, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Controlling AutoCAD Selections with PICKSTYLE - control behavior of associative hatches, boundaries, grouped objects using PICKSTYLE variable in AutoCAD, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, June 23, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Adding Basic Troubleshooting Tools to Your Ribbon - use PURGE RegApps, SCALELISTEDIT feature to purge background information, reset annotative scales respectively, open CUI editor, create new tab, panel to use AUDIT, RECOVERALL, SCALELIST EDIT, PURGE commands in AutoCAD, Darin Green, Synergis, June 21, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Inventor Assembly Part Wireframe - go to appearance panel tab to locate switches that turn on sketches, textures, perspective views, make part semi-transparent/un-selectable or adjust appearance color to wireframe only main body, David Gate, CADline, June 24, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Constraint an Assembly Workplane with a ComponentOccurence Workplane - set oAssyPlane.Grounded to true before AddMateConstraint, adjust grounded back to its original value in Inventor, Augusto Goncalves, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 24, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Spiral Rigging - open generic model adaptive template, draw reference line, spokes from centre point to circumference, change measurement type, add precision, solid geometry to create geometric spiral in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, June 24, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit MEP Template - set labels, grids, annotations, manage starting view, dimensions, callouts, sections, view titles, symbol families, worksets, electrical settings, project views, Phil Pleiss, MEP-BIM-Guru, June 24, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Visibility Graphics of Linked Mechanical Model - open visibility graphics dialog box, add new filter from filters tab, create new filter, change projection/surface lines, cut lines to black in Revit, Scott Chatterton, The Revit Jedi, June 24, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

BIM-tastic - divide circular surface using rectangular pattern, create custom pattern-based family for individual paver stones, select tiles, border components to build patio using Revit, Paul Aubin, June 23, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

How Simple is Too Simple? - studying differences in stress, displacement of 3 configurations of wing, time spent in calculations using SolidWorks Simulation, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, June 24, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

EPDM - The Template Node - provide name for template, specify permissions to be granted when files and/or folders are created, assign template cards, define folder structure for new project in SolidWorks EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, June 24, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Admin Image Option Editor - add new groups/machines to make changes for specific users of these machines, change serial number to be used for each of machines/groups in SolidWorks, Dave Padelford, Symmetry Solutions Blog, June 24, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Introduction to SolidWorks Plastics, Pt 1: Parameters and Analysis  - setting parameters, running flow analysis of plastic to fill part, YouTube, June 24, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Introduction to SolidWorks Plastics, Pt 2: Results  - saving, viewing results of analysis, YouTube, June 24, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

5 Computer Aided Design (CAD) Communities - My.Solidworks, Blender user community, Solid Edge community, AutoCAD Mosaic, GrabCAD, Chris McAndrew, 3DEngr.com, June 2013 (more CAD industry articles, MCAD articles)

Why Adobe's 'Cloud' Software Doesn't Work for Customers - issues related to monthly payments, monthly license checking while upgrading from InDesign CS5 to CS6, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, June 21, 2013 (more cloud articles)

Luxology modo 701 - full-fledged pro-grade animation pipeline tool, impressive modeling tools for building complex organic form, fine control over lighting, individual reflections, cameras, Adam O'Hern, DEVELOP 3D, June 21, 2013 (more modo reviews)

A Quarter of PTC Users on Creo, Goal is 50% by End of Year - introduced with much fanfare, only 25% of Wildfire users have converted to Creo after 2.5 years, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 21, 2013 (more PTC articles)

Stratasys to Acquire MakerBot for $403 Million - Stratasys needed to make progress in newer desktop space, MakerBot needed growth opportunities, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, June 19, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

BricsCAD BIM Screenshots - BricsCAD BIM module automatically generates user defined plans, sections, elevations, creates all kinds of roofs, Rakesh Rao, Smart Ways to Work with .dwg CAD, June 21, 2013 (more BricsCAD articles)

CADWorx Equipment Palette - _CADWORXEQUIPMENT command top open Equipment palette, AutoCAD Tips, June 21, 2013 (more CADWorkx articles)

Take Advantage of Annotations - keynotes to annotate different types of drawings, using notes, labels, dimensions, hatches in AutoCAD Architecture 2013, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, June 21, 2013 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Features: Performance - work on floor plan view while application calculates geometry of elements, conduct faster navigation with OpenGL, improve SEO performances, double-quick library loading times, handle library parts' 3D models faster, ArchiCAD SADC, June 21, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

AutoCAD: Fillet and Chamfer Clean Up - set D for chamfer distance or R for fillet radius to 0, select 2 lines to clean up edge, invoke chamfer, fillet command, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 21, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Purging Unwanted Linetype Bloat - hotfox tool by Autodesk removes mysterious linetypes, bloats from infected AutoCAD drawings, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, June 21, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Property Wizardry at Its Finest - Inventor add-in, iPropWiz simplifies management of component properties, has improved property feedback, smart list types, exported properties support optional 2nd format rule, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, June 2013 (more Inventor articles

Another Sheetmetal Corner Technique - use lofted surface, boundary patch, apply derive tool to bring in surface model, create bends, place run of fillets around top edge, employ derive, thicken/offset tool in Inventor, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, June 24, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Changing the View Cube Zoom Behavior in Autodesk Inventor - open view cube options dialog box, uncheck 'fit-to-view on view change' option to reduce amount of zooming in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, June 23, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Simplify Your Inventor 2013 Models Further Than Shrinkwrap - simplify assembly by including/excluding components, define components, subassemblies as full, partial envelope, edit view rep, combine components into simplified part, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 21, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Set Visibility of Sketch in Sub Assembly - use CreateGeometryProxy to bring object in context of main/top assembly in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 21, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

More on Structural Analysis Code Checking - adjust code parameter, element type parameter settings, type parameter assignments to elements, execute, explore reports, graphical results in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 23, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit to CAD - Nothing to Fear - provide backgrounds, sheet layouts that are identical to standard 2D files, modify export setup, map Revit categories to layer names, colors in CAD, Jay Holland, BIM Aficionado, June 22, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2014: Options for Double Click - select options located under ‘user interface’ to change customization options that control behavior of mouse in Revit, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 21, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Cut and Isolate Areas with Scope Boxes in Revit - select scope box to create box on floor plan, use 'coins auto-section box' add-in to isolate scope box, apply hide/isolate to view option to hide element, Ben Malone, BIMopedia, June 21, 2013  (more Revit tutorials)

New Additions to Revit and Vasari's Energy Analysis 'Results & Compare,' Pt 1 - potential energy savings chart, ability to open Green Building Studio directly, project/run sorting feature, Ian Molloy, Building Performance Analysis, June 23, 2013 (more Revit articlesVasari articles)

Apply vs 'Apply' and View Templates - project browser setting matches view template settings but view remains independent; properties palette option to 'apply' view templates makes view template in charge of view in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, June 21, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Add the Type Selector to the Modify Ribbon - right click on type selector, choose option 'add to ribbon modify tab' in Revit, Todd Shackelford, The Lazy Drafter, June 21, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

SolidWorks Quick Tip - 4 Things to Do Before Every Flow Simulation Analysis - force rebuild with 'verification on rebuild' turned on, check entity, check geometry for invalid contacts, detect interference, import diagnostics, Christopher Ma, The HRS Blog, June 21, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Filetypes in Your Design Library Folders - hover over file to preview pop-up that displays file name with extension, choose assemblies folder located inside any design library folder to view assembly filetypes in SolidWorks, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, June 23, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

EPDM - Automatically Renaming of Files with Serial Number - right-click on serial number code to create serial number, adjust 'next counter value,' select vault, serial number on SolidWorks EPDM menu, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, June 22, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

SolidWorks Electrical: Setting Up a Title Block & Working Template - open new project, import existing DWG title block, adjust project settings, grid setting parameters before saving template, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, June 21, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Synergis Adeptly Handles Documents in a Multi-CAD World - Adept can read, display, write to files in several proprietary formats, supports bidirectional attribute linking, separate display of CAD app from EDMS app on dual screen monitor setup, Jeffrey Heimgartner, CADdigest.com, June 20, 2013 (more Synergis Adept reviews)

Contex IQ 4490 - high-quality 44" wide-format scanner digitizes documents easily, has optical resolution of 1,200 dpi, good warranty, sturdy construction, available for $8,995, Curt Moreno, Cadalyst, June 20, 2013 (more Contex scanner reviews)

SolidThinking Inspire 9.5 Adds Stiffness Optimization, Deflection Control, Violation Explanation, and More - option to open up violation table, inspect several columns of listed reasons when computation fails, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Jun 20, 2013 (more solidThinking articles)

DFMPro Puts Manufacturing Experience in a Box - DFMPro can spot several problems before a part is made, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 20, 2013 (more engineering articles)

Newforma Model Viewer - Revit add-in allows Revit files to be easily published to viewer, sophisticated compression technology makes navigation easy, smart data structuring capability, but works only with Revit, AutoCAD 3D files, interface not intuitive, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, June 20, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Collaborating Standards - modifying 'industry standard' WIC casework component for company standards: applying visibility settings to each piece of geometry, drawing detail lines for coarse view to show correctly, Brian Andresen, AUGI Library, June 20, 2013 (more AEC articles, collaboration articles)

Zones in Rooms with Internal Walls - open 'listing and labeling settings' after selecting walls, change relation to zones option to show no effect on zones in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, June 21, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Library Parts & Objects Enhancements - understanding general library developments, coordinate dimension object, stairs, railings, RoofMaker elements, multileader label symbol, zone stamps, door/window developments, ArchiCAD SADC, June 20, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

How to Edit Palette Properties Using Text Editor - edit xml file in AutoCAD text editor, file name should be palette name followed by codes, in .atc format, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, June 20, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD: Ever Use Design Center to Insert Your Blocks - There is a Easier Way - open design center command line, navigate to file, highlight block headers, blocks, select 'tool palette' to create palette out of design center, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 20, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Create a Plug-in for AutoCAD - using transactions concept to create AutoCAD entities programmatically, generate plug-in with visual studio.NET, implement CommandMethod attribute to define, execute CreateMyCircle command in AutoCAD, Andrew Roe, Cadalyst, June 20, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD OEM Support for AutoLISP/LISP - compile LISP applications using inbuilt AutoCAD OEM application, avoid using vlax functions, VLIDE, APPLOAD commands, Fenton Webb, AutoCAD DevBlog, June 19, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating Blended Surface Associated with Edges - create 2 extruded surfaces, use edge information of surfaces to make loft profile that in turn generate blended surface in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, June 20, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

ACA/AMEP: Autodesk Content Browser is Empty - verify whether user account control settings is set to 'never notify,' anti-virus software is not blocking Autodesk software, content is installed properly, else close active Autodesk programs to reset settings, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 20, 2013 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Vault Filestore Server - explores new Vault architecture issues, filestore, database services, use WebServiceManager or connection to avoid concerns while selecting services, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, June 20, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Flip That Alignment Label - choose labels, hold Ctrl key, pick label that is pointing to wrong direction, or use ribbon content sensitive to change direction of label in Civil 3D, Tatiana Machado, Being Civil, June 20, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Conceptualissimo: Vasari Beta 3 and Dynamo 0.5.0 - better background contrast with node wires, improved handling of lists, preview background controls, Zach Kron, BUILDZ, June 20, 2013 (more Revit articlesVasari articles)

Behind the Scenes of the NBS Revit Add-in - drag-and-drop support from National BIM Library, controlling Revit from modeless dialogues, docking panel prototype, Stephen Hamil, The Building Coder, June 21, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

5 Steps to Create a SolidWorks Rx Capture - open SolidWorks Rx, select 'problem capture' option, record video, zip saved information, describe problem, save package files to specified location, Ashley Johnson, DASI Solutions Blog, June 20, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

View Selector - SolidWorks 2013 utility helps visualize different default model views available to user, hold Alt key down to select back edge, back bottom corner faces, Brian McElyea, CADFanatic Blog, June 20, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

BricsCAD BIM - Key Features - intelligent parametric modeling, open, extensible info, has native .dwg support, 3D rooms, control surfaces, frame builder tools, Rakesh Rao, Smart Ways to Work with .dwg CAD, June 20, 2013 (more BricsCAD articles)

SketchUp Tools: Push/Pull - increase/decrease volume of solid, exactly pushing or pulling face, SketchUp UR Space, June 2013 (more SketchUp tutorials)

The Random City Object for ArchiCAD Site Models - options to place buildings, set building types, different elevation style, roof type, building elements, Endre Ilauszky, Shoegnome, June 19, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

What is the Purpose of Your Walls? - go to 'tags & categories' tab of wall settings dialog box to assign functions to slabs, walls, stairs, roofs in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, June 20, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Energy Evaluation - create thermal blocks in effortless way, streamline management of structure/opening data, conduct model-based solar irradiation study, assign multiple building systems, avail custom operation profiles, detailed energy reports, ArchiCAD SADC, June 19, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Understanding the Autodesk Content Browser, Pt 1 - examples of usages: custom product/project type palettes, project specific content, custom AutoCAD Architecture styles, standard AutoCAD block library, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, June 19, 2013 (more AutoCAD Architecture articles)

Controlling Layer Visibility Using Autodesk Design Review API - access layer property from DWF Viewer control object, select visible property to true/false to adjust visibility of specific layers in AutoCAD, Partha Sarkar, AutoCAD DevBlog, June 19, 2013 (more AutoCAD DWF articles)

xZoom & Center to a Lat/Lon Location Using Autodesk Design Review API - use 'center to coordinates' UI tool to position center of map with specific coordinate values in AutoCAD, Partha Sarkar, AutoCAD DevBlog, June 19, 2013 (more AutoCAD DWF articles)

Comparing 123D Catch with ReCap Photo - easy-to-use stitching tools in ReCap provide higher resolution imagery, better results, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, June 19, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk Vault - Edit Selected Properties - select 'edit selected properties' option in Vault client, pick multiple properties from grid to save time required for adding property fields, Chris Turner, CADline, June 19, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Change the Color of Almost Any AutoCAD Screen Feature - invoke OPTIONS command, open drawing window colors dialog box to alter color of any interface item, choose 3D parallel projection, camera clipping panes option to customize drawing Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, June 20, 2013 (more AutoCAD customization tutorials)

What's in Your Profile? - set up profile in Civil 3D, define boundaries, add patterns to profile using profile view properties, add name, detailed description to shape style, Sam Lucido, AUGI Library, June 18, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

AutoCAD Civil 3D and Pressure Pipe .NET API, Pt 1 - use GetPressurePipeNetworkIds method to obtain ObjectIdCollection of PressurePipeNetworks in Civil 3D DWG file, Partha Sarkar, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, June 19, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

InfraWorks - Advanced Settings - check default settings of surface exported to XML file from Civil 3D, change UCS, database coordinate values to make surface appear same in InfraWorks as in Civil 3D, Brian Allen, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, June 19, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

IMAGINiT Launches Health Check for Civil 3D Firms - experts interview team members, examine data sharing/project workflows, evaluate CAD standards to assess Civil 3D utilization while aiming to boost profitability of organization, Cadalyst, June 19, 2013 (more Civil 3D articles)

Improved Recording Output in Inventor 2014 - locate constraint, select show button to obtain visual indication of orientation, right click on constraint to select 'drive,' press record button to record AVI or WMV file, Luke Davenport, CADline, June 19, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Assembly - Relationships or Constraints - check 'relationships' folder to view constraints, joints that are useful in level of assembly, use tick box on assembly options, adjust visibility of light bulbs by right-clicking on constraints, David Gate, CADline, June 19, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2014: Puzzle Cube Assembly and Drawing Creation - bring part 1 into assembly, design additional part, constraint them together to create drawing sheets, Tom Singer, YouTube, June 19, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2014: Puzzle Cube Part Creation - create puzzle cube style part, use geometric constraints, dimensions to size part in Inventor, Tom Singer, YouTube, June 19, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Sun Direction, Shadow Calculation and Wizard Update - use Boolean operations for 2D polygons to paint shaded areas of model, apply sun, shadow element to calculate sun direction for shadow calculation in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 19, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Vasari and Dynamo Updates - improved collaboration, easy installation with proper Autodesk installer, enabled cloud rendering, energy model settings, displace elements inherited from Revit 2014, Sean Burke, Paradigm Shift, June 19, 2013 (more Revit articlesVasari articles)

Conduit Connector Gone Rogue - load connector into project, select it to check bizarre value that keeps unchanged even if connector size changes in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, June 19, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Drawing Views vs Configurations - linking projected views configuration to parent views configuration in SolidWorks, Al Zullo, CAPUniversity, June 19, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Equation Reordering in SolidWorks 2013 - drag, drop or use automatic equation solver option, apply dimension view, equation view, order view to equations, Chris Briand, YouTube, June 19, 2013  (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Hockey Puck Key Chain - use cylindrical extrusion, knurl pattern, helix feature to model hockey puck in SolidWorks, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, June 19, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Modeling Methodology, Pt 1 - introduction to modeling process of acrylic napkin, silverware holder, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, June 20, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

The Hardware Timeline of CAD - proprietary systems in 60s, mainframes, minicomputers, UNIX workstations in 70s, 80s, personal computers, elastic and mobile computing, GrabCAD, June 13, 2013 (more CAD development articles, CAD industry articles)

NVIDIA GRIDs Have Power to Share - GRID K1 board can support 32 users, high-end K2 board can support 16 users, NVIDIA virtualized workstations show reduced latency with patented technology, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 18, 2013 (more NVIDIA articles, graphics card articles)

Virtual Reality: You Can DIY or Call Virtalis - Virtalis has high-end ActiveCube systems, all expertise to deliver virtual reality system, enough to surrender DIY urge of users, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 5, 2013 (more virtual reality articles)

iSEEK Shape Search Going Mobile - ability to take picture of part with Android phone, then searching it using mobile app will be introduced soon, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 18, 2013 (more CAD development articles)

CadFaster Collaborate for iPad - works with most BIM tools, 3D model compression technology to greatly shrink BIM model files, 3 impressive viewing modes, supports annotation markup, but limiting Google OpenID system, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, June 3, 2013 (more AEC articles, cloud articles)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Duplicate Elements in Section - drag, mirror copy, multiply copy before rotating it for morph, shell or curtain walls using ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD SADC, June 18, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Features: Open BIM - check support for multiple IFC standards, model view definitions, IFC publishing, IFC related improvements, ArchiCAD SADC, June 18, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Place Your DWG File on a Diet - AUDIT, PURGE, -PURGE, OVERKILL commands to clean up AutoCAD drawings, reduce file size, Shaan Hurley of Autodesk, Between the Lines, June 18, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

A Spin on Using the Assemblycode and Assemblylist Fields (AutoCAD Electrical) - add children parts, quantities in catalog data assembly field in insert/edit component dialog, add additional subassembly items separated by semicolon, Todd Schmoock, Synergis, June 18, 2013 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Inserting a Specific Excel Sheet as an AutoCAD Table Using .NET - indicate sheet to link into DataLink's ConnectionString property, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, June 18, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD MEP 2014: Creating a Piping System  - check OSNAP settings before drafting layout, set routing preference definitions, select equipment to pipe layout, settings, piping preferences, YouTube, June 12, 2013 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Processor Architecture Mismatch Warning and Key Hook - consider possibilities to deal with warning occurred while migrating sample material from Revit 2013 to 2014, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 18, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Trouble Shooting Inventor iLogic - Error Handling - create new part file, rule, apply Feature.IsActive () to create error, use iLogic code to capture errors in Inventor, Clinton Brown, CADline, June 18, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Create LeaderNote.FormattedText with Document Model Properties - using code to set FormattedText of LeaderNote in Inventor, Augusto Goncalves, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 18, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2014 Knurl Appearance - select component, use Inventor appearance settings to adjust display units to metric, update relief pattern, custom image, sample size, Dave Whiteley, YouTube, June 14, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Use | 'OR' with DefaultAcquisitionOption to Download & CheckOut with AcquireFiles - understanding update to downloadFile functions in VaultBrowser SDK, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 18, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

RestrictionsOccurred [1387] - enforce locktime of 30 minutes before editing item to avoid multiple user edits that may allow Vault to overwrite 2nd user edits, Richard Rankin, Cracking the Vault, June 18, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Nice Design - What Does It Feel Like? - ensure that part fits correctly along dimensions created, use form, determine functions of new part while designing it using SolidWorks, Sandy Ayliffe, SolidWorks Blog, June 17, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

The Reaction Moment on a Fixed Face - select 'center of face' option to create point at geometrical center of face, create reaction moments with orientations, select free body force option in SolidWorks, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, June 18, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

What Marketing Gives, Engineering Takes - Intel Haswell processor runs at slower clock speed, has only 4 cores, doesn't have faster graphics, users can't upgrade easily due to new socket designs, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, June 18, 2013 (more CAD hardware articles)

Autodesk and Adobe's Cloud-Based Subscription Models - What's the Deal? - cloud, subscription will mean: limited piracy, consistent revenue, identifiable customers, traceable usage; software firms will get better deal, rather than customers, Martyn Day, DEVELOP 3D, June 18, 2013 (more cloud articles)

Vectorworks Fog is Sexy - create new Renderworks background, select default fog density, assign background to design layer, add spotlight lighting device, Kevin Lee Allen, ProLightingSpace, June 17, 2013 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

IPD with Autodesk - Phil Bernstein of Autodesk on safe building design, ability to withstand natural disasters, Kristin Dispenza, Buildipedia.com, June 13, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Autodesk Product Updates: What Do I Have Installed? - select down arrow located on top right of software, go to 'about Autodesk product,’ view installed updates, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 17, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Afraid to Use Network Licensing Because You Don't Want to Lose Your Work If the Server Goes Down? - leave Revit open, avoid saving/closing file, fix communication problem, run another instance of Revit on same machine, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 17, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Mapping Magic in Civil 3D 2014 - log in to Autodesk 360, use GEOGRAPHICLOCATION command to determine location, invoke GEOMAP command to generate aerial, road or hybrid image, Eric Chappell's Blog, June 17, 2013 (more Civil 3D articles)

Multifunction Grips on AutoCAD Dimensions - move text on line, reset text position, quickly remove mleader, Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, June 17, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Dork Side Tips: Speel Chocker - SPELL command to check spellings, customize dictionary in AutoCAD, Melanie Perry, Mistress of the Dorkness, June 17, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Dork Side Tips: Lay It All Out - importing layouts into AutoCAD drawing for another level, Melanie Perry, Mistress of the Dorkness, June 18, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Select Osnaps with Your Left Hand - assign keyboard shortcuts to different osnaps using AutoCAD CUI, Perry Pattiz, Cadalyst, Jun 17, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Create PDF C++ Example - using PDF translator in Inventor API help file to create PDF for single/multiple sheets, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 17, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Why Can't I Preview My Inventor Assembly Constraints - go to assembly tab under application options to uncheck defer update option, 'edit constraint' to select show preview again, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 17, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Capture Escape Key on Revit - use Win32 APIs with SetWindowsHookEx method to track keys in Revit, Augusto Goncalves, AEC DevBlog, June 17, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

7 Great New Features in the NBS for Autodesk Revit Plug-in 2.0 - drag, drop objects direct from National BIM Library, synchronize design guidance, create outline specification, improve specification navigator, object navigation, enhance association report, combine IFC generation, Stephen Hamil, Construction Code, June 17, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Spikey Stuff - load SketchUp file as link to keep both SketchUp, Revit open, implement changes in skp, save, reload in Revit, change cut pattern of material, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, June 17, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Overcoming FEA Roadblocks - Leverage Existing CAD Data - benefits of simulation, recreate failure mode, optimize design, analyze parameters of trade study using simulation, consider roadblocks, Scott Wertel, Engineering.com, June 13, 2013 (more FEA articles)

ESI Q1: Buoyed by BRIC and OpenCFD - license revenue up 6% in constant currencies, up 15% in constant currency in Americas, revenue from Asia down 5%, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, June 17, 2013 (more CFD articles)

SolidWorks Electrical: 10 Steps to Creating a Complete Symbol Using a BlackBox - draw black box, turn snap on, add connection points, edit symbol using snap on, open connection points before deleting original black box from sheet, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, June 17, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Perform a Clean Uninstall of SolidWorks - use copy settings wizard to keep backup of existing SolidWorks settings, local customized files, transfer license before uninstalling SolidWorks, Ashley Johnson, DASI Solutions Blog, June 14, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Creating and Using Cameras in SolidWorks  - go to display manager, select camera section, right click to add camera, set target points, rotation, position in camera tools menu, Matt Campbell, YouTube, June 17, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Deform Feature - Surface Push Deform  - using tool body to deform target body in SolidWorks, Ian Jutras, YouTube, May 24, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

How to Create a Variable Focus in SolidWorks Animations - use extra mated object to make focus vary, adjust depth of field settings to create animations with PhotoView, YouTube, June 14, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Sketching with Auto Dimensions - adding dimensions while creating sketch to speed up sketching process using SolidWorks 2013, Stewart Nankivell, YouTube, June 13, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Instant 3D Springs - creating spring that can stretch, compress using instant 3D in SolidWorks, Solid Professor, June 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Teamcenter - Simplifying PLM - platform, apps separation provide simplified approach, Teamcenter Rapid Start delivers pre-configured Teamcenter solution, glimpse of 'Active Workspace' client for Teamcenter, Robert Hidajat, Siemens PLM Software Blog, June 14, 2013 (more Teamcenter articles, PLM articles)

DriveWorks Tutorial: Specification Flow, Pt 5 - Release Documents - use conditions editor to edit conditions needed for item, open context menu by right-clicking on state, edit teams based on operations, transitions, Adam Bridgman, Javelin Technologies, June 14, 2013 (more DriveWorks articles)

Delcam FeatureCAM 2013 - easy collision checking against fixtures, improved fixture avoidance 2.5 axis machining, updated part transfers in mill/turn operations, Al Dean, Develop 3D, June 17, 2013 (more FeatureCAM reviews)

3D Systems Moves into Metal, Snaps Up Phenix - acquires Phenix Systems for direct metal selective laser sintering printers, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, June 14, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

zSpace Integrates with Teamcenter Visualization Mockup - interacting with model using 3D glasses seems easy, duplicated compass icon, buttons on stylus perform different functions, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 16, 2013 (more CAD hardware articlesTeamcenter articles)

SpaceController - Best 3D Input Device You Haven't Heard Of - 34 customizable commands, more ergonomic design, preset commands for major MCAD software, available for $309, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 14, 2013 (more mice articles)

Simulation Mechanical: Midplane vs Thin Layer in Thin Structures - midplane solution gives ability to use finer mesh, more consistent, accurate results in thin sheet, plate materials, John Evans, Design and Motion, June 16, 2013 (more Autodesk Simulation articles, engineering analysis articles)

Use Align Space to Easily Align a Viewport View - draw reference line in model, paper space, activate viewport to rotate view, invoke ALIGNSPACE command, select 2 points each of viewport, paper space using AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, June 14, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Raster Design: Licensing Options - checking product licensing methods that would work with raster design of Autodesk, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 14, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

The Plot Thickens with Vault Plot - start plot manager, highlight window in plot manager, select exclude from toolbar, add assy file, view list of IDWs, configure 'include plot stamp' options, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, June 17, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk Inventor 2014 Review - robust part modeling tools, express mode for handling large assemblies, joint assembly definition tools, new raster mode to place drawing views based on bitmap image of various views, Al Dean, Develop 3D, June 17, 2013 (more Inventor reviews)

Inventor: Batch Spell Check - go to tools tab to download spell checker, visit default install location to access help for exchange app, click add-ins tab to run batch spell checker, Robert Reid, Synergis, June 14, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Keeping It Current - Updating Materials in and Autodesk Inventor Part - open material library, use update icon located on manage tab of 'styles and standards' panel to refresh new with old library materials, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, June 16, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

ADN Training Material for Revit Structure 2014 - testing NewRstLab code, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 14, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Getting the Area of All Major Faces of a Host - using concat method to create single list with references to both top, bottom faces in Revit, Harry Mattison, Boost Your BIM, June 14, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Engineers Cheer Multi-CAD Strategy - PTC's announcement of next Creo release to use data from other systems like SolidWorks, CATIA, NX received great cheers from attendees at PTC Live Global 2013 event, Charles Murray, Design News, June 14, 2013 (more PTC articles, CAD show articles)

PTC Joins the Ranks of Companies Enabling Virtualization - more efficient integration between Windchill line of PLM products, Creo design tools, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, June 14, 2013 (more PTC articles)

EPDM - Preview Options in Local Vault View - select 'show bitmap for SolidWorks files' from display pull-down menu to view bitmap image of selected file, or launch eDrawings to preview file, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, June 16, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

EPDM - Using Link to Content to Define Custom File Properties in Excel - select, link cell or range of cells to custom property, define name, select scope, choose advanced properties option of Excel to assign value to property, link contents, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, June 15, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Scenes, Lights, and Simulation Results in SolidWorks - use 'apply scene flyout menu' from heads-up view bar to change scene, apply DisplayManager tab of FeatureManager to change scene, lighting, adjust directional lights to edit ambient light, Dae Kim, The HRS Blog, June 14, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

DriveWorks Tutorial: Specification Flow, Pt 4 - State Conditions - edit originating state to limit viewing transition, go to state items to check tree header that represents current state, Adam Bridgman, Javelin Technologies, June 13, 2013 (more DriveWorks articles)

Handling Uncertainty in Material Properties - consider known cross-section, force, displacement to test modulus of elasticity, provide material data along with typical tolerances, obtain reliable material data, Brandon Donnelly, SolidNotes, June 13, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials, FEA articles)

Q&A with Francesc Salla - Workflow and Architectural Design with VisualARQ for Rhino - plug-in cost for students, information exported with IFC-file, creating interaction rendering with cutting plane, integrity of model/surfaces, Aurora Meneghello, Novedge, June 13, 2013 (more Rhino articles)

Convert It, Fix It, Reuse It with ITI TranscenData - CAD data exchange software can handle incompatible features when converting between MCAD programs Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 11, 2013 (more CAD translation articles)

Aligning a Texture - select object, go to design, align 3D texture option to set origin point for texture in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, June 14, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

ArchiCAD Template Creation - use well set-up ArchiCAD template to manage expanding office that handles multiple projects, organize template based on international standards, layers, office principles, Arne Heeres, Shoegnome, June 13, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Conceptual Design - use workflow that is result of modeling flexibility of morph tool combined with listing capabilities of interactive schedule within ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD SADC, June 13, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: One-Step Renovation Status Update for All Elements - go to renovation menu to invoke reset renovation status command that update/delete elements by status or leaves them unchanged, ArchiCAD SADC, June 13, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Integrated Connections with Google Earth, SketchUp - use file special option to send model to Google Earth, apply imported location coordinates or retain ArchiCAD project location data while merging model to ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD SADC, June 13, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Dork Side Tips: Selection Selection - invoke ISOLATE command to assemble objects for mass editing, QSELECT command to select objects, filter, SELECTSIMILAR commands to open objects selection filter, select similar dialog box in AutoCAD, Melanie Perry, Mistress of the Dorkness, June 14, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Managing the AutoCAD Recent Documents List - select AutoCAD product, choose product to view recent document list, check .DST files in right pane of list, pick items to delete by pressing 'remove selected items' button, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, June 13, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

ETabs to Revit - The Failures - load various Revit structure sections before importing ETabs model into Revit, use CSiXRevit tool to map names easily, check family names to be loaded in Revit template prior importing, Glenn Jowett, Revit ST, June 13, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Feature Recognition for Inventor 2013-2014 Now on Autodesk Exchange Apps - install feature recognition enabler to convert neutral 3D CAD models like STEP, SAT, or IGES solids into models with native Inventor features, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 13, 2013 (more Inventor articles)

Create Simplified Part by API - create DerivedAssemblyDefinition, configure relevant options, use DerivedAssemblyComponents.Add to insert it to new part in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 13, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Trouble Shooting Inventor iLogic Error Messages - check if current file is saved earlier, include permission to write file to location, save path is existing, or set model to LOD before running any rules, Clinton Brown, CADline, June 13, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2014 Application Options Settings - explores changes in application options that can be saved, exported using XML file to other machine, Dave Whiteley, YouTube, June 12, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

PTC Live Global 2013, Pt 1 - CEO Jim Heppelmann discussed 7 macroeconomic forces driving massive transformation in manufacturing market: digitization, globalization, regulation, personalization, software-intensive products, connectivity, 'servitization,' Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Jun 13, 2013 (more PTC articles, CAD show articles)

PTC Live Global 2013: This is Your Car, Reminding You to Change Oil - PTC executive Andrew Wertkin demoed smart products like dirt mover, WorkSight, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Jun 13, 2013 (more PTC articles, CAD show articles)

Siemens PLM Connection 2013 - presentation on NX 9: 2D profile sketches supports ST mechanisms, fully customizable ribbon interface; review of Curiosity rover project, Bill Fane, Cadalyst, Jun 13, 2013 (more NX articles, CAD show articles)

Tools to Simplify CAD Management - navigate to frequently accessed projects instantly, capture screenshots, video, use tools for benchmarking, VPN, sharing files, Cadalyst, Jun 12, 2013 (more CAD management articles)

PTC Live Global 2013 Special Edition  - Brian Thompson of PTC on Creo roadmap, new features in Creo 3.0 features, 3D printing apps, vimeo, June 12, 2013 (more CAD show articles)

The Power of 2D Dimensional Constraints in BricsCAD - creating intelligent design for smart phone, tablet, discussing dimension vs dimensional constraint, Bricsys Blog, June 6, 2013 (more Bricscad articles)

Am I the Only One That Thinks This Way? Concept Engineering Example - create, manage basic geometry from requirements, consider essential components of system model, Matthew Loew, Engineering.com, June 7, 2013 (more engineering articles)

First Peek Into Solid Edge ST6 - reflective display mode shows symmetrical reflection of model, command to automatically arrange stacked or linear 2D drawing dimensions, Scott Wertel, Engineering.com, June 4, 2013 (more Solid Edge articles)

ArchiCAD 17 - priority based connections feature, real-time 3D cutaways, expanded IFC model view definitions, but associativity not implemented on horizontal plane, limited capability of automatic junctions feature, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, June 12, 2013 (more ArchiCAD reviews)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Features: Export ArchiCAD Model to STL Format - use STL file to convert ArchiCAD projects to real physical models, present design intents to clients, transfer models into commonly used prototyping devices, ArchiCAD SADC, June 12, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

New Features and Enhancements in CFD - Autodesk Simulation CFD has mouse navigation feature, new ribbon interface, trigger scripts, mesh adaptation improvements, advanced turbulence models, expanded visualization capabilities, John Evans, AUGI Library, June 12, 2013 (more Autodesk articles, CFD articles)

AutoCAD 360 Post-Launch Feedback - Q&A about price, optional AutoCAD 360 Pro mobile app plans, new features in free AutoCAD 360 mobile app, fixing issues, AutoCAD 360, June 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles, AutoCAD WS articles)

AutoCAD Plotting - Device Not Found - open Autodesk DWG Trueview, select DWG convert, create setup that sets plot device to none, open conversion setup to modify it, Darin Green, Synergis, June 12, 2013 (more AutoCAD plotting tutorials)

The Grid Control - understanding select entity dialog in VDF, components, VaultBrowserControl that is available in Autodesk Vault 2014 SDK, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, June 12, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Embedding a 123D Catch Scene in an HTML Page - create scene to publish it using 123D Catch gallery, click on embed icon in 123D Catch website to customize HTML fragment, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, June 12, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD 2012: How to Hack Your Way to Getting 2012 Installed on a Machine with DotNet 4.5 - open setup.ini file into notepad, locate 'PREREQUISITE=IE;SSE;DOTNET20' line to delete mention of DOTNET, save file, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 12, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

The Final Frontier for Multifunctional Grips in AutoCAD - select dimension, hover cursor over grip to select stretch, continue dimension, routine dimension, flip arrow dimensioning options, Lynn Allen, YouTube, June 10, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Why Can I Not Convert Linear Edges to Lines? - use LineSegment object to represent RootPoint, direction of straight line in Inventor, Augusto Goncalves, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 12, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor to Revit Family BIM MEP Connector Tricks - use flat circular faces or circular edges to create connectors instead of cylindrical faces, apply trial, error to export connectors properly while checking reports after export, David Gate, CADline, June 12, 2013  (more Inventor tutorials)

Coordinating Your Autodesk Revit Structure Project with Other Revit Disciplines - understanding coordinate systems in Revit structure, project base point vs survey point, linking Revit files to Revit structure model, coordination, copy/monitor tools, coordination review, interference check, Lisa Willard, Brian Quinn, & Betsy Werra, Structural Engineer, June 2013 (more Revit articles)

Python and Ruby Scripting Resources and the Sharp Glyph - recommended sources, books on basic concepts, link to free Python learning book, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 12, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Revit Step Pattern Repeaters, Pt 2 - create new pattern type, place centered/offset type box on nodes, use repeater command to obtain 2D step pattern, or place adaptive component on 3 nodes, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, June 12, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Where are Simulation Study Results Saved? - save study tree in CWR file, open/run model to recreate file, check study properties to verify location of CWR file using SolidWorks, Jason Pancoast, CAPUniversity, June 12, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Sketch Quickly and Accurately in SolidWorks with Grid/Snap - adjust document properties under SolidWorks system options to enable grid/snap, easily snap sketch points with accuracy, CAD Graphics BlogWorks, June 12, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Simulation Plot Results Enhancements - understanding improvements in view results using simulation in SolidWorks 2013, Jimmy Barrera, YouTube, June 10, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Siemens PLM Software: 'In Russia We Work with Customers Who Want to be Leaders' - interview with CEO Сhuck Grindstaff: managing acquisitions, unified 2D/3D environment, releasing Synchronous Technology as separate application, growth rate, Dmitry Ushakov, isicad, June 10, 2013 (more CAD show articles, Teamcenter articles)

Couldn't Get to Vienna? Recap of SIMULIA Conference - CEO Bernard Charles talked about acquisitions, Abaqus enhancements include edge-to-edge, tube-in-tube contacts, calibrating material in model with iSight, discreet element modeling for continuous media, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, June 11, 2013 (more Abaqus articles, engineering analysis articles)

System Models for Better Products - system modeling allows integrated simulations of multiple component types in one place, open-source software like Modelica simulate mechanical, thermal, electrical, electronic, hydraulic components, Laurent Bernardin of Maplesoft, Machine Design, June 6, 2013 (more engineering analysis articles)

Canon Mixes Up Your Reality - MREAL virtual reality system can show NX model inside existing, real world environment, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 5, 2013 (more virtual reality articles)

Making a Zone Legend - select zone, 'explode into current view' in reshape option, choose option to keep drawing primitives only to display zone area as standard fill in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, June 12, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: PDF/A Support - save/publish views, layouts, publisher sets in PDF/A format allowing easy publishing with click of button from navigator, ArchiCAD SADC, June 12, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Management of Hotlinked Modules - define custom master ID to every hotlinked module, zones in source hotlink module, or connect zone ID with zone number to display information in zone stamp, ArchiCAD SADC, June 11, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Express Tool: EXPLAN - Improved PLAN Command - square up view based on object selected without doing zoom extents, go to tools panel on 'express tools tab' to use EXPLAN command in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, June 11, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Help: My Products are Expiring Soon - renew subscription contract before it expires to avoid extra expenses to get back to subscription, disruption in office production, request updated license from Autodesk reseller once renewed, Darin Green, Synergis, May 31, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Unhandled Access Violation in AcVMTools.arx - handling machine related error caused due to failure of machine's video display driver, Bob Felton, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 11, 2013 (more Autodesk articles, CAD hardware articles)

Insert Content Center Part - examine whole content center content to find specific part based on display name in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 11, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Several Tips for ETO - considering issues: DirectoryNotFoundException using ETO server R2, can't establish client connection after installing ETO 2013 server R2, Wayne Brill, Mod the Machine, May 31, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Family Templates and View Orientation - understanding front/labeled exterior view of templates, exterior/interior, placement side labels, create bullet shaped mullion profile for profile mullion template using Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, June 11, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Animated Tilted Surface Patterns in Revit - use tan-function to host simple disc on reference line that tilts according to angle, position 2nd reference line with line associated with number parameter, Havard Vasshaug, June 11, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Who's in Charge of Your Revit Project? - assign roles to specific people in Revit project team: job captain, BIM captain, detail captain, detail captain, project support technicians, Scott Chatterton, The Revit Jedi, June 11, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo: Formulas - using formulas in Dynamo, driving geometry into Vasari, Zach Kron, YouTube, June 11, 2013 (more Revit tutorials, Vasari articles)

Login Vault Problem: Vault is Not Compatible with the Following Applications - check whether Vault server edition matches Vault client edition, communication from server to client via Port 80, Kevin Jaufmann-Ludwig, Cracking the Vault, June 11, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Get WebServiceManager in a Vault Event Handler - use IWebService to create WebServiceCredentials that can be used to generate new instance of WebServiceManager using Vault, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 11, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

DriveWorks Tutorial: Specification Flow, Pt 2 - Transitions - inserting transitions between states in workflow, Adam Bridgman, Javelin Technologies, June 11, 2013 (more DriveWorks articles)

DriveWorks Tutorial: Specification Flow, Pt 3 - Adding Another State - add new state with transitions, save changes before running new specification, Adam Bridgman, Javelin Technologies, June 12, 2013 (more DriveWorks articles)

How to Insert Dowel Pin Holes in SolidWorks - using hole specification property manager in hole wizard, consider options for automatic creation of all dowel pin symbols, automatically inserting dowel pin symbols for dowel holes, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, June 12, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

How to Apply Appearances to Your Models - applying, copying high gloss plastic appearance to different faces of model, filter option to change appearance color, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, June 10, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Making Custom Patterns for LayOut - use LayOut to manually draw sample of pattern in SketchUp Pro 2013, outline single tile with rectangle, fill 'tile outline' rectangle with bright color, turn off its stroke, SketchUpdate, June 10, 2013 (more SketchUp tutorials)

HP's Newest Large-Format Printers Were Designed by Users - 36" DesignJet T920 ($5,395), T1500 ($7,495) have 30% smaller footprint, front loading rolls, 6 colors, 32GB virtual memory, 320GB hard drive, 4.3" touch screen, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, June 11, 2013 (more large format printer articles)

DriveWorks Tutorial: Specification Flow, Pt 1 - States - start with blank specification flow, add at least 2 states, set start to initial state, paused to finish state, Adam Bridgman, Javelin Technologies, June 10, 2013 (more DriveWorks articles)

Taking It to the Masses - MakerBot Industries' CEO Bre Pettis on opening company's store in New York, building low-cost prototypes, rise of 3D printing, Stephen Holmes, AEC Magazine, June 7, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

eBOM and mBOM Configuration Management  - Teamcenter can manage manufacturing, engineering BOMs, check impacts of design change on manufacturing processes, Siemens PLM Software Blog, June 10, 2013 (more Teamcenter articles)

Do I Have Options to Control OFFSET Result? - use OFFSETGAPTYPE system variable to obtain filtered offset result at corners in AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, June 10, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Autodesk Exchange App Store - New Apps for Subscription Customers - mesh enabler app converts mesh to solid base features or surface features; feature recognition app converts neutral 3D CAD models into full-featured Inventor models, Jamie Ditsworth, Inventor Topix, June 10, 2013 (more Inventor articles, Autodesk articles)

How Do I Change the Default Styles of Points in AutoCAD Civil 3D Using .NET API? - adjust SettingsPoint object, update style, label style values to modify default style values, Partha Sarkar, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, June 10, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Creating a Table of Contents or Drawing List Report - create new project file, enter drawing properties after adding drawing to project, generate drawing list report, change report format, or customize drawing list table using AutoCAD electrical, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, June 10, 2013 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Overruling Osnaps of BlockReference - using .NET code to add center point of BlockReference as osnap point in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, June 9, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Importing Named Layout in an AutoCAD DWG File Using LISP - select DWG file to import layout, execute LISP code in AutoCAD to perform operation, Partha Sarkar, AutoCAD DevBlog, June 10, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Model the Canon EFS 55-250mm Zoom Lens in 3D Studio Max, Pt 1 - creating 36-sec fake video advertisement for Canon EFS zoom lens, using poly modeling, subdivision techniques, Stefan Surmabojov, Cgtuts+, June 10, 2013 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Execution is Key to Implementation - importing existing CAD details into Revit, creating Revit resource file for details, points to consider when creating new workflow, implementing Revit Structure, Philip Russo, AUGI Library, June 10, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo: Visual Programming for BIM - features node-based interface similar to Grasshopper, helps customize Revit, control model information, design with BIM, Nathan Miller, The Proving Ground, June 9, 2013 (more Revit articles)

IMAGINiT Clarity 2014: How to Change the Location of the Backups - check if user configured to run Clarity Web app has access to configured folder, user that runs task server has access to configured folder, before changing path, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 10, 2013 (more Revit articles)

What's New in SolidWorks 2013 - Center of Mass - insert center of mass into model, select 'insert reference geometry' to display center of mass in drawing, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, June 10, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Deform Feature - Curve to Curve Deform - deforming initial curve into specified target curve, Ian Jutras, YouTube, May 24, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Modeling with Patterns - The Instance to Vary Option  - activate linear pattern command, select direction, features to pattern, use vary option using SolidWorks 2013, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, June 10, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Tutorials - 2013 - Using the Search Feature  - locate parts, features using search function in SolidWorks 2013, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, June 10, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

My Second Look at Vectorworks Nomad, Pt 2 - short tool bar in UI switches modes between viewing, redlining, measuring, offers 4 sharing options, better cloud services than Dropbox, but doesn't do 3D, no caching, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, June 10, 2013 (more Vectorworks reviews)

Vectorworks Class Overrides for Best Practice Drafting - best practice for publishing drawings is to create viewports of design layers, place them on sheet layers for printing or exporting to PDF, Kevin Lee Allen, ProLightingSpace, June 10, 2013 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Does the CAD World Need Another Geometry Kernel? - history of geometry kernels, development process of C3D, RGK kernels, Ascon sounds promising, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, June 6, 2013 (more CAD industry articles, MCAD articles)

My Second Look at Vectorworks Nomad, Pt 1 - Vectorworks' severs generate PDFs, including rendered drawings, Nomad records redline-style markups made to PDFs, provides better online environment for storing drawings, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, June 7, 2013 (more Vectorworks reviews)

PTC Sides with AMD, Gives Graphics Vendor Victory Over Archrival NVIDIA - claims AMD FirePro W7000 is up to 17 times faster than NVIDIA Quadro K4000, credits PTC of exclusive access for 1 full year, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 9, 2013 (more graphics card articles)

Lenovo - Learning to Love the Tablet - ThinkPad Tablet 2 runs CAD, offers portability, freedom to access designs while in field, base price starts at $600, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 5, 2013 (more laptop reviews)

Where on Earth Am I? - set correct location for ArchiCAD project to create renders for sun studies, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, June 10, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Is It Possible: Stratasys 3D Printers Merge Into One Machine - not exactly, cost, efficiency of such application will be questionable, users can try package deal options currently available, EJ Nordstrom, CAPUniversity, June 7, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

AutoLISP: Great Dialog Box to Turn on Layers from Various States - check box next to Xref layers to control frozen, locked layers in AutoLISP, AutoCAD Tips, June 8, 2013 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Job Processor Updates in 2014 - use new .vcet.config to allow metadata in form of key/value pairs, set username, password, server from command line, make JobProcessor.exe constant using Vault 2014, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, June 7, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk Software: Product Update Notice Within the Software - set permissions correctly, adjust compatibility view settings, check pop up blockers, ActiveX controls, software updates if explorer page opens blank while installing updates, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 7, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Why is Showcase Not Vault Enabled? - load model file, set lighting, background, select directory path along with compressed archive while saving file, click file/import after closing file to import file into Autodesk Showcase, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, June 10, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

ACA/AMEP: Question Marks in the Schedules - select objects in drawing, click on 'add property sets icon' located in properties tool palette or right-click to add all property sets, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 7, 2013 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Advanced Poly Modeling - Tassimo T-65 Home Brewing Station, Pt 6 - technique to work on back portion of machine, tackling water tank's base using 3D Studio Max, Ben Tate, Cgtuts+, June 7, 2013 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

What's New in Autodesk Inventor 2014 - Creating Self Intersecting Sweeps - use swept feature to calculate, create self intersecting sketch without any problem, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, June 9, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Why I Cannot Delete Surface from Prospector - if surface is dependent on other objects, locked or created by dependent files; delete surface by selecting it in drawing, clicking on 'delete' key on keyboard or typing ERASE command in Civil 3D, Almas Suljevic, Being Civil, June 7, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Revit Ribbon Reset - drag panels into varied positions to customize ribbon, tear off panel, turn off discipline specific panels, Gareth Spencer, CADline, June 7, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Correct Detail Component Rotation in Elevation View - imitate actual rotation action in API to correct reported value errors, use GetRotationAngleOfInstance to calculate rotation angle, RotateInstance to rotate instance using view direction in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 7, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Opening Linked Models for Editing - avoid using right-click option, navigate to original linked central file, open in same session, or use Revit launcher to create local file for linked model, Dave Baldacchino, HOK BIM Solutions, June 7, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

A Workaround: Revit Renders Smooth Curves with Facets, and Other Revelations - apply split tool to split circle in family editor, Craig Barbieri, iRevit, June 9, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Staying Synchronous Key to Success at Siemens PLM Software - keynote speech by CEO Chuck Grindstaff on Mars Curiosity Rover mission, using NX 3D CAD, Teamcenter for it, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, June 7, 2013 (more CAD show articles, Teamcenter articles)

RTT - Making Cars Into Objects of Desire - RTT uses rendering software, DeltaGen for Teamcenter, to create photo realistic renderings of new car models, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 5, 2013 (more CAD show articles, Teamcenter articles)

SolidWorks Quick Tip - Complete Uninstall Made Simple - compares uninstall process available in 2011 vs 2013 versions, use installation manager, advanced options of SolidWorks 2013 to simplify uninstall process, Jeff Brown, The HRS Blog, June 7, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Mirror, Mirror, Where's My Sheet Metal Notes? - workaround for mirrored sheet metal part to make both updating, sheet metal notes work on drawings: duplicate sheet metal bodies, not whole part in SolidWorks, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, June 7, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

EPDM - SQL Memory Settings - log-in to SQL management studio, enter maximum value in memory tab located in server properties, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, June 9, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

EPDM - Indexing the Vault for Content Searching - set EPDM index server on SQL server that hosts Vault database, check EPDM admin to view index Vault archives, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, June 8, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Civil 3D 2014 Round-Tripping with Corridors - open subdivision grading design base drawing containing lines, grading groups, surface, alignments, profiles, create simple corridor using Civil 3D 2014, Tony Carcamo, Tony's Civil 3D World, June 7, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Maybe You Don't Need to Spend an Arm and a Leg on CAD/CAM Tools - user shares success story of using Geomagic Design, Alibre CAM software, Evan Yares, Design World, June 6, 2013 (more Alibre articles)

Top 9 BIM Myths in India - BIM is process, not recent or underdeveloped technology, not difficult to learn, has reasonable price with more benefits, BIM is needed in every building construction, Shivang Rajvir, Shoegnome, June 6, 2013 (more AEC articles)

BIM Workflows Connected with Glue - check improved UI, BIM viewing, coordination, Glue integration with Navisworks, access latest model versions to perform greater coordination, merge models to create federated models just as done using Navisworks, Paul Walker, Beyond Design, May 16, 2013 (more AEC articles, Navisworks articles)

Multi-Family Housing Concepts - determine varied unit shape, size, level or exposure of multifamily housing that includes windows, railings, balconies, assemble entire building from groups or linked files using modeling notes, Jay Holland, BIM Aficionado, June 3, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Placing Objects - set anchor point to match insertion point, click on insertion point to select it, determine place of objects using placement method in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, June 7, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Improved Zone Creation and Editing - keep new zone area fixed while editing using new 'fixed area' option located in pet palette, ArchiCAD SADC, June 6, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Smarter Attribute Management - define attribute that replaces another attribute when it is deleted, move elements onto different layer, ArchiCAD SADC, June 7, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Reporting, on a Curve - use path divided method to create spline, apply divide path command, change layout, create 'stand in' or stunt parameter, proxy elements, applications of path divided method in Revit, Marcello Sgambelluri, AUGI Library, June 6, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Import AutoCAD 2D Drawing to Your Revit Model - open floor plan view of file, select 'link CAD' option located in insert tab, bring CAD file under positioning, select 'auto-origin to origin' option, locate project base point, Veng Leong, Learning Revit, June 6, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Step Pattern Repeaters - create single point adaptive component with box centered on point, surface with visible nodes, use repeater command to separate interlocking repeaters, or create step pattern with gaps, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, June 6, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Scale a Family - use planting template to scale family by changing category to 'planting,' nest planning family to another family to make it scalable in Revit, Kelvin Tam, Revit SWAT, June 2, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Security & CAD Workstations - basic sign-on functionalities should be in place, up to date anti-virus, anti-malware, other basic security tools must be installed, use disk encryption to protect data, Aaron Goldberg, CAD/CAM Performance, June 6, 2013 (more CAD hardware articles)

Workstation Market Not Feeling Same Pain as Broader PC Market - Dell looses share (31%) while Lenovo gains; HP holds steady, with 42% of units sold, Graphic Speak, June 6, 2013 (more CAD hardware articles)

HP Adds More Wide-Format Printer Offerings to Designjet Lineup - 36" Designjet T920, T1500 ePrinters have integrated output stacking tray, front-loading media rolls, visible printing zone, 4.3" color touchscreen, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, June 6, 2013 (more large format printer articles)

SolidWorks: DraftXpert - Quick Selection of Multiple Faces - using draft analysis tool, YouTube, June 6, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Irfan's SW Simulation 2013 Pick of the Day: Symmetry for Shell Elements - check symmetry plane selection icon while imposing symmetry boundary condition in SolidWorks 2013, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, June 7, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

The Misnomer of Feature-Based Machining - geometry-based machining is more appropriate term, automatically creates NC tool paths to machines, Chad Jackson, Siemens PLM Software Community, May 31, 2013 (more CAM articles)

The Implications of the Cloud for Simulation - both Autodesk, Dassault Systemes announced CAD in cloud offerings that provide integrated PDM functionality, expected to extend offerings to simulation, Chad Jackson, NAFEMS Blog, June 4, 2013 (more cloud articles)

Connection 2013 - Tecnomatix Day 3 Recap - presentations by Al Hufstetler on latest enhancements in Tecnomatix 11, Kishan Chalumuri on value of virtual manufacturing in factory development, Siemens PLM Software Blog, June 5, 2013 (more CAD show articles)

The ODA Rolls Out Teigha 3.9 - support for multi-threaded loading of .dwg files, multi-threaded rendering, updated ACIS support, production release of Teigha for Java released, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, June 5, 2013 (more CAD development articles)

First Acer Workstations Now Available - 3 models of Veriton P Series launched, featuring Intel Xeon processors, NVIDIA Quadro or Tesla graphics, 80 Plus Gold power supplies, targeted for advanced applications like CAD, base price $999, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, June 5, 2013 (more CAD hardware articles)

Intel Haswell Signals Shifting Focus with Mobile Readiness and Power Efficiency - Haswell product lineup for desktop, mobile spaces, workstations, preparing for multitouch, mobile, better parallel processing, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, June 4, 2013 (more CAD hardware articles)

Repetitive Printing: Create a Publisher Set - open organizer, set left, right hand column to layout book, publisher respectively, create new publisher set, click publish button in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, June 6, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Floor Plan-Based 3D Document - define projection by setting cut plane height, set projection direction, create shaded floor plan views for presentation/interior design, ArchiCAD SADC, June 5, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Adding Objects from the 3D Warehouse - using rotate tool in SketchUp to fit objects into house model, YouTube, May 20, 2013 (more SketchUp tutorials)

How to Create a Fur Material in Vray for SketchUp - using displacement map, noise texture, Goran Glisic, SketchUp UR Space, May 2013 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Referencing Vectorworks Files for Collaboration - sharing, referencing symbols, organization palette to control, update referenced symbols, Kevin Lee Allen, KLAD, June 5, 2013 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Autodesk Project M3D: View, Mark-up and Edit 3D Models on Your iPad - view 3D designs, create 3D views, add markups, annotations, share, publish mararkups, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, June 5, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Error 1325 is Not a Valid Short File Name - go to registry location in regedit, change personal registry key, or create new admin user through Microsoft management console, Devin Brady, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 5, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Working with ToolPalette Groups Using .NET - use mixed managed code to create tool palette group, add palette to group, remove tool palette group in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, June 5, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials

Access Object Properties and Control Visibility Using Design Review API - use Autodesk DWF viewer API to load file, obtain object properties of DWF model, control visibility of component, Partha Sarkar, AutoCAD DevBlog, June 5, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Navisworks 2014 API New Feature - ToolPlugin - create class deriving from implicit plug-in with no interface, override methods, click mouse to record selected object, draw custom graphics, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, June 5, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

Find Components Displaying in Section Drawing View - code to iterate through occurrences of top level assembly, or iterate all DrawingCurves in specific view in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 5, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Swift Prints for Inventor - use swift prints option from add-ins menu to bring dialog, set printer configuration, paper size to print, Thomas Rambach, YouTube, June 4, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Planting Tips - create trees with adaptive components using divide path, repeater, share nested family to avoid properties from being controlled by parent families in Revit, Kelvin Tam, Revit SWAT, June 5, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Scaling Profiles - launch generic model adaptive template, uncheck 'shared' box, change family category to planting, use model lines to draw profile, conduct 1st, 2nd level nesting in Revit, Kelvin Tam, Revit SWAT, June 5, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Tuscan Rig - set 3D snapping on to form horizontal rungs, create form, draw reference on top of reference lines to complete profile, adjust height, width parameters in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, June 5, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Extend Design Intent to Detailing with SysQue for Revit MEP - create model built from integrated managed content database, improve collaboration, model system with materials using SysQue pipe, duct, data, BOM, spool, Tim Grimm, Revit Add-ons, June 4, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Roll Back a Revision in Enterprise PDM - use rollback command to roll back selected version or all versions created before removing selected entry in SolidWorks, Jay Thompson, CAPUniversity, June 5, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Where's the Center of Mass? - check option 'create center of mass feature' to turn on function in assembly, enable option under reference geometry section to access point inside drawing file in SolidWorks, Bryan Pawlak, CATI Tech Notes, June 5, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

How to Make a Sheet Metal Edge Flange Perpendicular to a Face - select face to make newly created flange perpendicular or parallel in SolidWorks, Vic Frauenfeld, SolidNotes, June 5, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

How to Count Individual Parts and Display Userforms - using VBA macro to run on assembly to display total number of components, assemblies, parts, unique parts, CAD Systems Help, June 4, 2013 (more CATIA tutorials)

Revit 2014 & ArchiCAD 17, Please Meet Your Friend SketchUp Pro 2013 - SketchUp 2013 has full screen presentation mode for LayOut, extension warehouse, free version re-branded as 'SketchUp Make,' Jared Banks, Shoegnome, June 3, 2013 (more SketchUp articles)

Vectorworks Tool Settings, Preferences, and Modes - broad view of work space, basic selection tool, locating tool preferences, Kevin Lee Allen, ProLightingSpace, June 4, 2013 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Where Has My Fill Gone? - apply drafting, cover, cut fill categories to fills by going to fill types option in ArchiCAD element attributes, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, June 5, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Enhanced Composite/Profile Workflow - select composite/profile element of view, access relevant setting to ensure convenient workflow, increase productivity, ArchiCAD SADC, June 4, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Limiting Layers - select Xref in left panel, check 'invert filter box' to navigate layers existing in AutoCAD drawing, Todd Shackelford, The Lazy Drafter, June 4, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips

Hatching Open Areas in AutoCAD Using a Gap Tolerance - add temporary line work to drawing to close area before using HATCH command, set gap tolerance function to hatch offices of floor plan, Donnie Gladfelter, The CAD Geek Blog, June 4, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips

Synchronize Backups and Create a Quick PDF with the AUTOPUBLISH Command - set AUTODWFPUBLISH system variable value to 1 to keep DWF, DWFx, PDF files synchronized with AutoCAD drawings, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, June 5, 2013 (more AutoCAD basics tutorials)

How to Use Subscript and Superscript in Your Text - tweak stack feature to display subscripts/superscripts, remove numerator from fraction, add power-off to number to make it subscript, superscript in AutoCAD, Ishka Voiculescu, YouTube, June 4, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips

Creating Offset Alignments Using Civil 3D .NET API - use CreateOffsetAlignment() method to create offset alignment in Civil 3D, Partha Sarkar, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, June 4, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Nested Families and Parameter Controls - nest track head family into generic family to add visibility parameters, create controls to flip each instance of track head, control number of track heads, length parameters in Revit, Cassandra Watts, AUGI Library, June 4, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Tech Summit and More AutoExport Considerations - use AutoExport utility that is controlled by registry keys specifying XML configuration file path, pseudo Boolean flag, fire Revit Idling event to open configuration file, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 4, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo: Data Types and When a Point is Not a Point - understanding difference between data types in dynamo, geometry with Revit stuff, Zach Kron, BUILDZ, June 4, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2013 - Project Points, Survey Points, Revit Coordinates - properly adjust project point in Revit, adjust survey point in plan, elevation, YouTube, May 31, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

CCE SolidWorks CATIA Translator is Free - SolidWorks CATIA translator available in 32 bit, 64 bit version, fills void left by Dassault, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 4, 2013 (more CAD show articles, CATIA articles)

HP Tablet Connects with Your HP Workstation - HP ElitePad runs Windows 8, includes keyboard, able to control and access workstation remotely, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 3, 2013 (more CAD show articles, CAD hardware articles)

HP Optimizes Your Workstation for NX - HP offers HyperTune utility to optimize workstation for software being used, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 3, 2013 (more CAD show articles, HP workstation articles)

8 Questions with Stanford's Juan Alonso - bottlenecks in designing futuristic aerospace systems, releasing 'Stanford University unstructured' suit as open source, list of favorite tools, resources, John Chawner, Another Fine Mesh, June 4, 2013 (more CFD articles)

Exa's Q1 is Back on Track - total revenue for FQ1 was $12.5 million, up 11% y/y, license revenue was $11 million, up 7%, but loses $500,000, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, June 4, 2013  (more CFD articles)

Simulation Tip: SolidWorks Simulation Verification Problems - check simulation add-in, select 'validation' in SolidWorks Simulation menu, select among verification problems, NAFEMS benchmarks, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, June 4, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Could Top Down Assembly Modeling Save You Time? - use top down modeling to create parts in context of assembly, add new part, select reference planer face, save new components to external files using SolidWorks, TMS CADCentre, June 4, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints, Pt 21 - optimize SolidWorks options, set OS visuals for best performance, adjust modeling methods to improve modeling environment, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, June 4, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

Vero Software's View of the CAM Industry - Q&A with Marc Freebrey about kernels used in Vero product portfolio, importance of solid modeling in CAM, acquisitions, company goals, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, June 4, 2013 (more CAM articles)

Large-Format Printing for Small Businesses - printer manufacturers are focusing on ease of use, mobility, costs of large format printers to attract small- and medium-sized businesses, Jamie Gooch, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2013 (more large format printer articles)

Autodesk CEO on 3D Printing Technology  - Carl Bass on 3D printing as fabrication technology, effect on manufacturing industry in US, creating custom parts, designing prototypes, Fox Business, June 3, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Change Brewing in the Computer Power Game - Intel Haswell promises low power, longer battery life, driving slim-computing vision for professional workstations, high-performance computing markets, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2013 (more CAD hardware articles)

Controlling the Origin of a Copy/Paste - use power selector/element selection tool to create selection set of elements, snap origin, view elements on clipboard, paste element information in drawing model using MicroStation, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, May 30, 2013 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Quick Creation of Door and Window Markers in Elevation - open each elevation, place door, window markers that match plan markers, select all windows, tick window label option, adjust label types, Mark Reid Rowland, ArchiCAD SADC, June 3, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Creating 2D Symbols for ArchiCAD Objects - allow object to morph back to object route, save new object from floor plan with appropriate 2D symbol to update existing object with 2D/3D split, Jared Banks, Shoegnome, May 30, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Improved Door/Window Placement - use feedback to preview opening location, anchor point, reveal side, opening direction of file, ArchiCAD SADC, June 3, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

ArchiCAD 17 - New Feature: Easily Editable 3D Cutting Plane - define 3D cutaway section of models, create graphical cutting planes in floor plan/section/3D window, rotate planes to limit 3D model view, ArchiCAD SADC, June 3, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

AutoCAD Tip - Create a Seamless Wood Grain Hatch - draw rectangle, divide it into quadrants, draw wood grain, make 3 copies, trim wood grain, copy quadrants, clean up wood grain, join all polylines, convert to splines, Cliff Young, Between the Lines, June 3, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

The Big Three: Layers, Text & Blocks - merging layers in AutoCAD 2014, adding center line symbol to Dtext, creating .DWG from block, Michael Beall, CADTutor, June 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

DVIEW with a Twist: Rotating a Viewport View - apply VPROTATEASSOC method to rotate entire viewport rather than DVIEW method, use LIST or DISTANCE command to locate angels of objects in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, June 3, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Plant 3D Message: Project Currently in Use - delete IsoPart.xml.plck, OrthoPart.xml.plck, PipingPart.xml.plck, PnIdPart.xml.plck files after closing Plant 3D/P&ID to open/edit project, Bob Felton, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 3, 2013 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

AutoLISP: Purge Missing SHX Files - type PSHX in command line, press enter to view unresolved shape files removed from drawing, AutoCAD Tips, June 3, 2013 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Don't Use NCS Layers and Standards: Who Cares - check platform system that is designed around set of standard keys, employ styles, standard keys with PDCA loops in Civil 3D, Tench Tilghman, cadpilot, June 3, 2013 (more Civil 3D articles)

Spline Sailing - modifying end point of spline, making Tuscan columns in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, June 2, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Auto PDF Print from Revit 2014 - open document in Revit 2012 to initiate tool using UIControlledApplication Idling event, employ task scheduler, Revit API idling event to automate tasks, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 3, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

New Feature: StartupScript in RevitPythonShell - invoke script when initializing Revit plug-ins using IExternalApplication.OnStartup event, Daren Thomas, Daren at Work, Mar 30, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Connection 2013 - Tecnomatix Recap Day 1 - keynote speech by CEO Chuck Grindstaff on complexity of massive volumes of data; Zvi Feuer talked about future of manufacturing, significant challenges, Siemens PLM Software Blog, June 3, 2013 (more CAD show articles)

Microsoft's Big Screen - You Want This for Your Design Review - interactive screen 'Perceptive Pixel' recognizes many finger tips at once, helps mark up design with handwriting, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 3, 2013 (more CAD show articles, CAD hardware articles)

Granta Design Centralized Material Database - interfaces nicely with Teamcenter; Eco Footprint app calculates energy cost of material used to make part, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 3, 2013 (more CAD show articles, Teamcenter articles)

Customize Gestures and Shortcut Bars in SolidWorks - customizing command menu, add new commands to shortcut bars by dragging, dropping, Jonathan Culm, Canadian Manufacturing, June 3, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Selecting Configuration When Opening - pre-select configuration before opening both part, assembly files, create new configuration with suppressed components in SolidWorks, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, June 3, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Creating an Admin Image - open installation manager for either 32 or 64 bit, select 'administrative image' in welcome page, create new image, choose SolidWorks components to install, Dave Padelford, Symmetry Solutions Blog, May 30, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

FeatureManager Design Tree 'Flat Tree' Option - New for SolidWorks 2013 - features are shown in order of creation, instead of hierarchy; in flat view, curves, 2D sketches, 3D sketches are not absorbed into features, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, June 3, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

SolidWorks Tip of the Day: Check Your Status - initiate status bar, choose 2 line segments, status bar automatically calculates total distance, John Burrell, Fisher/Unitech, June 3, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Creating Product Assembly Instructions Without Words  - using SolidWorks composer to create easy to understand interactive instructions for end-users, Rod Mackay, YouTube, May 29, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Deform Feature: Point Deform  - use feature to deform single surfaces or bodies, adjust radius of deform region to effect larger area, Ian Jutras, YouTube, May 24, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Review: Eurocom Panther 4.0 Mobile Workstation - 17.3" full-HD display with resolution of 1920x1080, full-size backlit keyboard, based on Intel Sandy Bridge-E X79 Express chipset, supports up to 3 standard hard drives, abundant configuration options, incredible performance, base price is $3,210, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2013 (more laptop reviews)

Conduct Fatigue Analysis Using FEA - analyzing stress state with loading, environmental factors for potential crack initiation, discussing high-cycle vs low-cycle fatigue, unscrambling load history, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2013 (more FEA articles)

Choosing the Best AM Materials - consider kind of application, material properties, system variables, post-processing steps, additive manufacturing material comparison, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Fancy Selecting Using Vectorworks - magic wand tool in basic toolset, 'find and modify' command offer many options to select spotlight lighting devices, Kevin Lee Allen, ProLightingSpace, May 29, 2013 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Bentley Pointools V8i - stand-alone product has point-cloud differencing, clash detection functions, can arrange data into more logical layers, used for analysis in Stonehenge heritage project, Eric van Rees, Geo Informatics, June 2013 (more MCAD articles, cloud articles)

Navisworks Joins the Material Family - Navisworks 2014 has ray trace feature, ability to navigate model with ray trace active, quantify model, dynamic function in catalogs, iterative take-offs, ReCap tool support, Michael Smith, AUGI Library, May 31, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

Adding the Missing Manufactures to AutoCAD Electrical's Catalog Database - access 'uninstall program' dialog from Windows control panel, select 'add or remove features' option, select all desired manufactures, point installer to downloaded files, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, June 2, 2013 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

AutoCAD Plotted Layer List - open layer properties palette, highlight, copy layers to clipboard, paste layer in excel, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 30, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Add Profile View Description to the Profile View Style Title Component - copy appropriate code from another Civil 3D object, modify it to match requirement, Civil Digest, June 1, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Showcase Tips & Tricks: Showcase 2014 Depth of Field, Pt 2 - using depth of field in combination with ray tracing, Marion Landry, YouTube, May 31, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Controlling Orientation of a Placed Component in Autodesk Inventor 2014 - place components by clicking left/right, select 'place grounded at origin' option to reorient component during placement, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, June 2, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Sheetmetal Internal Corners Using Contour Flange - use CT tool to add material width to original face, ensure that extra width is greater than part thickness, bend radius in Inventor, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, June 3, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Python Mac Pasteboard Access - Mac version of the color-coded HTML CopySourceAsHtml output cleanup script in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 2, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Hide Workset Backup Folders - check 'hidden' in properties of workset project's backup folder in Revit, select 'don't show hidden files' option from Windows Explorer settings, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, May 31, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Copy Family Between Documents Via API - using Revit API code to transfer family between documents, copy picked family instance's family, Joe Ye, AEC DevBlog, May 31, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Structure: Schedule Framing Total Weight in Tons - add calculated value to schedule, create structural framing schedule to add parameters, deselect 'itemize every instance' on sorting tab, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 31, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Adding Ramp Slope Arrow and Stair Path Arrow - click on slope arrow to modify slope boundary, select 'spot slope' to move slope annotation to ramp, stair path to add stair path arrow in Revit, Veng Leong, Learning Revit, May 29, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Planting Columns - control height of planting element using 'built-in' height parameter, nest another planting family into base planting family in Revit, Paul Aubin, June 2, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2014 - New Rebar Tools  - ability to select bar segment, constrain it to another target, visualize bar diameters quickly, rebar table added, Autodesk Revit Structure, May 24, 2013 (more Revit articles)

What's New in Revit Structure 2014: Reinforcement Rounding - specify rounding to structural rebar, calculated bar lengths, bar segment lengths, fabric sheet dimension values, Shruti Harve, Ideate, May 31, 2013 (more Revit articles)

New Alternate Dimension Functionality in Revit 2014 - create dimension strings with alternate dimensions in aligned, linear, radial, diameter, arc length, spot elevation dimensional unit formats, Ron Palma, Ideate, May 30, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Revit Architecture 2014: Selection Enhancements - check all 4 selection options with 2 states each, expand drop-down menu under modify tool, John Flanagan, CADline, May 30, 2013 (more Revit articles)

SolidWorks Simulation - Force Balance with Statics - create geometry with 3 part assembly, use fixed-hinge constraints, pin connectors to connect links to clamp for predicting clamp force, Christopher Ma, The HRS Blog, May 31, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Paint, Grease & Other Consumables in SolidWorks' BOM - create custom property for part, name property, assign value .005 to this custom property, select it in BOM quantity field of custom or configuration specific tab of part, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, May 31, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

EPDM - Office Templates - create office document, check template into Vault before launching SolidWorks EPDM admin, select new template, appropriate permissions for creating files for template, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, June 1, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

   

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