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July 2013

How to Clear ArchiCAD's Library Cache - delete cache of libraries, add-ons, force ArchiCAD to rebuild it with latest library, Joshua Osborne, Cadimage, July 30, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Update to Grasshopper Graphic Programming Tool - new version requires only 'room name' column in spreadsheet for producing masses once data is entered, LMNts, July 24, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Autodesk Fusion 360 - sculpt mode has integrated t-splines technology, patch mode for repairing, knitting surfaces, model environment for solid modeling operations, supports collaboration, range of formats, available for $25/month/user, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, July 30, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Printing Layer List from AutoCAD - open layer properties dialog, highlight layers, copy layers to clipboard, open excel to paste layers from clipboard, Jarod Schultz, July 30, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

All You Need to Know About AutoCAD SECURELOAD AU - understanding security issues related to AutoCAD, changed load rules for acad20xx.lsp, acad20xxdoc.lsp, SECURELOAD file types, TRUSTEDPATHS, TRUSTEDDOMAINS, warning messages, Fenton Webb, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 30, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2014: Nothing Shows in the Properties Palette - uninstall, reinstall Autodesk program, open file setup.ini in notepad, save file after making changes in POSTREQUISITE=ACAD line, implement changes in deployment.ini file, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 30, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Revit Sections of 3D AutoCAD Drawings - import 3D .dwg file into new family before loading family into Revit project, Justin Doughty, CADline, July 29, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Working with Primitives Within Inventor - select start place for primitive to create profile, choose work plane to create sketch, pick center point, add extrude value to shape, Robert Reid, Synergis, July 30, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2014 API: Set Part Material - code to adjust desired material from Autodesk material library to active part, Vladimir Ananyev, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 30, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Mesh Converter for Inventor 2013+ - utilize mesh enabler application to convert mesh features into solid base/surface features, right click on imported mesh features to convert them into base features, Micro Concepts, July 30, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor API: Intersection of 2 Bodies - create Transient1, Transient2 based on Occ1, Occ2, utilize kBooleanTypeDifference to execute Boolean between Transient1, Transient2, create NonParametricBaseFeature based on result in Inventor, Vladimir Ananyev, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 29, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Why LEDAS Labs and Its Geometry Comparison - LEDAS cloud-based geometry comparator project uses stable, reliable technology, is up to 10,000 times faster, provides informative results though user-friendly GUI, API, offered at much lower price, David Levin, isicad, July 29, 2013 (more MCAD articles, cloud articles)

ST6: Splines and Keypoint Curves - enhanced curve, polygon edit points, key point curves to control, evaluate splines in Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, July 30, 2013 (more Solid Edge articles)

Does LISP Influence Your C++? - knowledge of LISP makes programming easy, mathematical proofs are easily given in terms of induction/recursion, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, July 26, 2013 (more MCAD articles)

PTC Says 'We Told You So' with So-So Third Quarter Revenue Results - total revenue was $314.9 million, license revenue was down 4.6%, only North America showed year-over-year sales growth in Q3, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, July 26, 2013 (more PTC articles)

DS' Q2 Ahead on Some Metrics, Not on Others - IFRS total revenue was up 4% y/y, PLM software revenue was up 4%, revenue from Asia was up 7% but overall growth is slowing, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, July 30, 2013 (more CATIA articles)

8 OpenRoads Myths Expelled - it is common technology, doesn't require MicroStation SS3 as CAD platform, SS2 to SS3 is profound change, easier to process survey data, import, export, synchronize with existing geometry, Ron Brys, Envision CAD, July 30, 2013 (more MicroStation tutorials, civil engineering articles)

Fixed Slope Across a Surface  - displaying graphic at defined cross slope relative to surface in MicroStation, Ronald Brys, Envision CAD, July 30, 2013 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Testing for the Existence of a File - create FileExists function by utilizing VBA function that requires existing file, employs VBA's error handling capability, reference Windows script host object model in MicroStation, Rod Wing, Envision CAD, July 30, 2013 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Pivoting with SolidWorks Simulation - select faces, apply axis as reference, fix axial, radial directions to create pivoting fixture condition in SolidWorks, Brandon Donnelly, SolidNotes, July 30, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Marble Roller Coaster Create Start of Loop, Pt 6  - open start part, insert sketch, locate online picture of clothoid spirals, employ spline tool to click on points along path provided, show curvature combs before creating spline in SolidWorks, Adam Bridgman, Javelin Technologies, July 30, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Create Mobile Presentations Using 3DVIA Spotlights & Your 3DVIA Composer Content - email 3DVIA Spotlight link to yourself, view 3D models on mobile device, install 3DVIA Mobile HD app, create own 3DVIA Spotlight presentation through basic free account on 3DVIA.com, 3D Mojo, July 23, 2013 (more 3DVIA articles)

Dell Precision M3800 is 'Thinnest and Lightest Workstation Ever' - 18mm thick, weight starts at 2.04Kg, Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, 3200x1800 pixel display with multi-touch capability, expected price between $1700 and $2000, Mark Tyson, Hexus, July 26, 2013 (more laptop articles)

The Vectorworks Clip Tool - snap to points, center circle in circle or snap to points on any kind of objects, tab into floating data bar, set specific parameters, Kevin Lee Allen, ProLightingSpace, July 29, 2013 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

4 Ways to Modify Block Definition - explode, recreate block, reinsert updated block, utilize block editor located in context menu, apply REFEDIT command to edit AutoCAD block in-place, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, July 29, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Multiple Uses for Fields - reference fields to object, insert fields, formulas, choose object to point to line, add fields in text-type object in AutoCAD, Vladislav Bronin, Cadalyst, July 29, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Tip - Disable or Delay AutoComplete - keeping suggestion list delay time to 1-5 seconds while using AUTOCOMPLETE command in AutoCAD helps high speed typists, Shaan Hurley of Autodesk, Between the Lines, July 29, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

The ATTDIA Attribute Dialogue System Variable - change value of system variable from 0 to 1 to display dialog box that makes editing attributes easier in AutoCAD, Martin Phelps, CADline, July 29, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Changing RasterImage Name - create new RasterImageDef, associate all existing RasterImages to it, disable RasterImage reactors while old RasterImageDef is unloaded or erased in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 29, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Keeping a Ribboncombo In-Sync with System Variable - code to list values for LUNITS system variable in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 29, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

ACAD/ACA/AMEP: Fuzzy Text When Plotting to PDF - download DWG to PDF driver, Adobe PDF driver, CutePDF driver, PDFLite driver to test within plot dialog box, change OLE plot quality into monochrome, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 29, 2013 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Vault - Copy Design to a Flat File Structure - select top level assembly in Vault before executing copy design option, select reuse file, find, replace all occurrences of path in Vault, Chris Turner, CADline, July 29, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Model the Canon EFS 55-250mm Zoom Lens in 3D Studio Max, Pt 2  - add realistic textures, materials, build scene lighting to prepare model for rendering in 3D Studio Max, Stefan Surmabojov & Andrew Surmabojov, Cgtuts+, July 29, 2013 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

iLogic - Add Standard Virtual Parts from an Excel File - open .xls iLogic rule, enter quantity for virtual part before adding virtual part occurrences to assembly in Inventor, Curtis Waguespack, From the Trenches with Autodesk Inventor, July 29, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Tips for Creating Large Assemblies Using Inventor API - create in-process program like add-in, generate assembly with invisible assembly document, work planes, apply substitute level of detail representation in part files, identify repeated subassemblies, Vladimir Ananyev, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 28, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Transferring View Templates, Not in 2014 - copy selected element to clipboard, switch to target document, paste aligned to current view after utilizing macro to select template in Revit, Harry Mattison, Boost Your BIM, July 29, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Transferring Just 1 View Template from Project to Project - understanding Revit 2014 functionality to copy elements from 1 document to another, Harry Mattison, Boost Your BIM, July 26, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Report from SIGGRAPH 2013 in Anaheim - hardware, software vendors zSpace, Cintoo3D, Heterogeneous System Architecture, Thinkbox, Dell, Leonar3Do were present; Jon Peddie indicates decreasing attendance, vendor participation at event, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, July 30, 2013 (more CAD show articles)

zSpace Interacts with 3D CAD - large monitor resting on desk at angle, pair of infrared cameras are built into the bezel, polarizing glasses help interact with 3D model, price starts at $6000, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 26, 2013  (more CAD show articles, CAD hardware articles)

Cintoo3D Compresses CAD Models - offers multi-resolution lossless compression, uses wavelet-based CODECs, compresses meshes, textures 50x or more for transmission, storage, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 26, 2013 (more CAD show articles)

ST6: Holes, Threads, and Pattern Recognition - creates simple, threaded, tapered, counterbored, or countersunk holes, apply threads to any internal/external cylindrical face, edit pattern or holes using hole recognition feature in Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, July 25, 2013 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

ST6: Synchronous Patterns - creating rectangular, circular patterns in Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, July 25, 2013 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SolidWorks: Similar Weldment Profiles - understanding side, front rails, check weldment profile, member lengths to determine folder structure, add couple of holes to front rails to pull out member without holes, Phil Whitaker, CATI Tech Notes, July 29, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Projected vs True Dimensions  - projected dimensions measures length of line in drawing unlike true dimensions that measures length of line in SolidWorks model, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, July 29, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture Running on a Dell U3014 Monitor - 30" display has aspect ratio of 16:10, max resolution of 2560x1600, 'easy arrange' option to maximize window in highlighted space, auto mode to customize display settings, ARCHIdigm, July 2013 (more large LCD monitors reviews)

AutoCAD DWG-AC1021 Heap Corruption - details of security hole in Autodesk's DWG file format that affects AutoCAD 2014, binamuse.com, July 24, 2013 (more AutoCAD bugs articles)

An Introduction to Autodesk Configurator 360 - obtain template that can be configured, upload design to Configurator 360, edit configuration, click access, parameter tab to control access permissions, parameter order respectively, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, July 28, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

XRef Unload/Detach Event in .NET - export method from .arx that employs function pointer for notification, implement editor reactor in ObjectARX module, execute callback method in .NET plug-in in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 26, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Get Started with NwCreate, Pt 1 - understanding LiNwcAPI, LiNwcLoader, callable NwCreate stdcall interface for Navisworks, deploy binary dll, lib for features in SDK folder, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, July 26, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

Setting the Point Style Marker Size and Scale Using AutoCAD Civil 3D .NET API - create/access point style object to modify, set SizeType property that employs MarkerSizeType enum values, set scale value accordingly in Civil 3D, Partha Sarkar, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, July 26, 2013(more Civil 3D tutorials)

Supporting Roles - 3rd party apps for AutoCAD Civil 3D: SincPac, Steltman Software, Savoy Computing, Transoft Solutions, Standards Manager, MapWorks, Christopher Fugitt, AUGI Library, July 26, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Add-in with Event Example to Replace Auto-Run Macros in 2014 - utilize add-in with OnSaveDocument event to include AutoSave macro in Inventor, Wayne Brill, Mod the Machine, July 26, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor - Delete Coincident Constraints 'Easily' - right click on end of single geometry, select 'delete coincident constraint' option, but doesn't work perfectly with Inventor 2014, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, July 26, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Row Planting - embed double-nested planting family in line-based generic model template, create balustrade, use 'egg & dart' molding, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, July 24, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Switch Join Order - pick join geometry from modify tab to select slab, employ switch join order tool followed by slab, individual beam to switch way in which concrete cleans up in Revit, David Light, Revit, July 26, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Sydney Revit API Training and Vacation - purge all zero-area rooms, spaces, pick, extract complex beam edge curve, customize text displayed by tag, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 26, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Alpha Numeric Revisions - open titleblock file for editing, expand schedules section in project browser, pick revision schedule to view schedule properties, rename heading in 'issued to' field available in formatting tab, James Philip, CADline, July 26, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Generic Blank Schedule in 2014 - go to view tab, select schedule quantities option, pick un-used category, uncheck 'show headers' text option in appearance tab, choose title cell followed by merge/unmerge button in Revit, Jarod Schultz, July 26, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Compiling and Using RevitLookup for Revit 2013 - install Revit 2013 SDK along with RevitAddinManager, open Sharpdevelop, drag, drop RevitLookup.csproj to projects panel before compiling RevitLookup.dll, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, July 29, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Scalable Spline Tree Family - scale spline by dragging its end points, utilize vertical reference planes, width parameter to control splines, create multiple tree types varying in shape, height, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, July 28, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Bradley Revit Family Secrets: Voids Affect File Size - include voids within extrusion as closed loops to avoid creation of individual voids, sculpt family model efficiently in Revit, Daniel Hughes, Bradley BIM, July 28, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

3D Standing Seam Metal Roof in 6 Minutes  - open material with surface pattern, select roof, 'paste aligned to same place' option to create actual standing scenes of roof in Revit, YouTube, July 26, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

SIGGRAPH Attendance Falling Despite Rise in M&E Graphics - Jon Peddie Research showed that vendor participation is falling faster, mobile devices are at tipping point, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 26 2013 (more CAD show articles)

Why Can't They Just Get Along? CPUs and GPUs - Phil Rogers of HSA discusses functions of free, documented API to make use of both CPUs, GPUs, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 26 2013 (more CAD show articles, CAD hardware articles)

Thinkbox - Changing Point Cloud Processing by Orders of Magnitude - FROST software can render 40 billion points in 28 minutes, turn into meshes, but needs supports of solid state drives to hold all that data, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 26 2013 (more CAD show articles, reverse engineering articles)

How to Make a Quick Fixture in SolidWorks to Build in Your Stratasys 3D Printer - draw overall size of base of fixture, draw out shapes, locations of posts, select 'up to body' option for end condition, keep 'merge result' box unchecked, Dave Belanger, CAPUniversity, July 26, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

EPDM - Adding a Folder with Templates - right-click on template node to select new template, pick template variables option to associate folder names with serial numbers, run template in SolidWorks EPDM explorer vault, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, July 28, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Sketching Wires in SolidWorks Electrical 2D: The Basics - right-click on document book to create new scheme, apply draw multiple wires command, sketch wires by left-clicking in schematic page, connect wires, symbols in SolidWorks, Elliot Weber, HRS Blog, July 27, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Electrical: Importing Components from a Bill of Material - select import wizard to bulk load components, choose data source, define data range, field data, perform data comparison before importing data, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, July 26, 2013

Marble Roller Coaster Create Straight Segment, Pt 5  - create new library part, insert sketch on largest face of female connector, draw circle on rails, edit move/copy bodies before adding coincident constraint to position male connector in SolidWorks, Adam Bridgman, Javelin Technologies, July 27, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Dassault CEO Explains His Latest Plan for the Future of SolidWorks - to continue SolidWorks development using parasolid kernel from Siemens PLM, write add-ons for SolidWorks that use Dassault's own CGM kernel, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 26, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

Dimension Styles in a SolidWorks Drawing - create dimension style using dimension property manager, add/update style, save it to any location, use style for any other drawing, Brian Adika, CATI Tech Notes, July 26, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

How to Visualize Drawings and Models Using Synergis Adept EDMS - review in context of business process, workflow; features of AutoVue visualization component of Adept EDMS: reviewing, querying, commenting, comparing versions, printing, Francis Sebastian, CADdigest.com, July 24, 2013 (more Synergis Adept reviews)

Life on the Open Road - talk with Ron Gant, Bob Mankowski of Bentley about OpenRoads technology, dynamic civil cell technology, design-time visualization feature, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, July 22, 2013 (more civil engineering articles)

HP Expands Z Workstation Portfolio, Launches Z Display Line - HP Z22i, Z23i, Z24i LED displays are built with in-plane switching generation 2 panels, DisplayPort 1.2, DVI, VGA inputs; HP Z230 workstations has legacy PCI slot, 400W power supply, 4U rack-mountable chassis, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, July 25, 2013 (more HP workstation articles)

The 2013 State of 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Report - landscape of 3D-based initiatives, common exchange practices for design data in supply chain, enabling technologies, most prevalent apps of model-based deliverables, Chad Jackson, David Prawel & James Acron, Lifecycle Insights, July 2013 (more collaboration articlesCAD translation articles

Solid Edge ST6 Introduced at SEU2013, Pt 2 - improved steering wheel, solution manager, faster display, create in-place enhancements, enhanced alignment control, dimension auto-arrange, John Pearson, Design Fusion, July 25, 2013 (more Solid Edge articles)

SketchUp Basics - how to: draw line, draw building with gable roof/hip roof, create multiple copies, use 'follow me' tool, place SketchUp model in Google Earth, Frank Fheitzma, SketchUp UR Space, June 2013 (more SketchUp tutorials)

BIM Libraries - BIMObject.com provides free downloadable BIM components of real-world manufacturers products, catering to needs of designers for quickly creating useful models, AEC Magazine, July 22, 2013 (more AEC articles)

BIM for Manufacturers - standardized range of components is needed to be managed into individual supply chains, manufacturers can offer components in digital format to maximize potential of BIM, AEC Magazine, July 22, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Combining Joints in Inventor 2014 - insert constraint, cylindrical, rigid joint with appropriate number of mates, hover over joint name to obtain information on degrees of freedom that joint allows, Luke Davenport, CADline, July 25, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Using the Autodesk Inventor Variable-Radius Fillet - model plate design, go to modify panel to select fillet, adjust position, radius values before clicking on variable, Robert Reid, Synergis, July 25, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

VBA of Inventor 2014 Cannot Work - close Inventor session to manually install VBA7 from Inventor source media or deploy VBA7 installer to client, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 25, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Pass Arguments to GetReferenceKey() and BindKeyToObject() Methods in a .NET - initialize array before passing it to function, pass C# required type variable as ref or out parameter in Inventor, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 25, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 3D Connexion Registry Hack - go to display, 3D navigation option to take screenshot of settings, type regedit to launch app, update DWORD to hexadecimal value of 21 before opening Inventor to check tools setting, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, July 26, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Handy Tools for Quick Modification to Model in View - apply linework tool to override line style in model, masking region tool to draw mask on top of view, override graphics in view by element or by category in Revit, Veng Leong, Learning Revit, July 25, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Concrete Steps - apply stepped option to create steps, include riser not a boundary sketch segment at end of stair in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, July 25, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Leonar3Do Go Bird a Steal for Sculpting Models - Go Bird consists of 2 parts: polarizing glasses to see models in 3D, bird-like 3D mouse for editing 3D model, selecting commands from screen, available for $500, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 24, 2013 (more CAD show articles, CAD hardware articles)

Dell Whispers of the Biggest Monitor and the Highest Resolution for Laptop - M3800 mobile workstation has 17" display with 3200x1800 resolution; UP-32 is 32" monitor with 4K resolution, supports graphics boards with DisplayLink ports, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 25, 2013 (more CAD show articles, CAD hardware articles)

SolidWorks Modeling Methodology, Pt 2 - define sketch before mirroring, utilize double distance dimensions by dimensioning between centre line, sketch entity, avoid sketch mirror application to add/delete lines in SolidWorks sketch, Josh Altergott, SolidWorks Blog, July 25, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Designing Machines? Does Event Based Motion Ring a Bell? - understanding time-, event-based motion studies, utilize event-based motion capability to simulate machine sequencing in SolidWorks, Delphine Genouvrier, SolidWorks Blog, July 25, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Marble Roller Coaster Create a Library Start Part, Pt 4  - create new roller coaster segment, apply command search, select save bodies option to create part files, generate part as new library file before adding design library in SolidWorks, Adam Bridgman, Javelin Technologies, July 25, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

The Intersect Tool in SolidWorks 2013  - time-saving tool to streamline feature tree; putting logo on imported part, finding internal volume of bottle, Adam Rose, YouTube, July 25, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Power Surfacing First Look  - tool combines flexibility of organic Sub-D modeling that works with simple drag, drop options while providing consistency of SolidWorks parametric design, Jesse Sprague & Derek Welker, YouTube, July 25, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Synergis Adept Trumps Windows File Management - Q&A with Robert Hepper of GP:50 about maintaining folder structure for Adept, initial implementation, challenges faced, management of rollout of system to company, Scott Moyse, CADdigest.com, July 22, 2013 (more Synergis Adept articles)

Create CAD Training Videos Using the Latest Technology - choose studio location, gather equipments, test audio hardware, set video recording parameters, consider video storage, user access, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 24, 2013 (more CAD training articles)

About the STL Out Add-On - 2 kind of representations for STL format in ArchiCAD 17: ASCII; importing/exporting STL files, tips, limitations, Binary Katalin Borszeki, ArchiCAD Wiki, July 22, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Siemens Solid Edge ST6: What's New - high quality display mode, multiple closed profile support, improved key point curve command, new simplify assembly environment, John Evans, Design and Motion, July 2, 2013 (more Solid Edge articles)

Women in Engineering - initiatives, schemes are helping to encourage women into engineering, examples of female role models are motivating, Tanya Weaver, DEVELOP 3D, July 24, 2013 (more engineering articlesmore jobs and careers articles)

Five Tips for Selecting Quality Apps - consider potential ROI for utility, training needs, trouble shooting or tech support, history of providing updates by developer, credential of developer to produce quality products, Monica Petersen, AUGI Library, July 24, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

What are You Hiding? - go to systems tab inside options dialog, click hidden messages settings button to open, view dialog with hidden options, rectify hidden message options in AutoCAD, Todd Shackelford, The Lazy Drafter, July 24, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Screen Planting - start with planting template to form new family, utilize reference planes to mark out square, form extrusion within square before nesting it into other planting family in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, July 24, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

ACA/AMEP: How to Change Tags on Devices or Swap Out a Device in the Entire Drawing - choose tags/devices in drawing, select device or multi-view block references to implement changes in device type, block references, or click quick select icon, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 24, 2013 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Vault Mirror 2014 - apply -WF, -noFail command line options to download files based on working folder settings, move download error to next file respectively, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, July 24, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Occurrences, Contexts, Definitions, Proxies - understanding part, SubAssembly with reference to vertex, VertexProxy, VertexProxy's Point in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 24, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

NVIDIA Launches the Quadro K6000 for High End Graphics - K6000 can help animators preview near final-frame quality in near realtime, to be available in September in price range of $2,500, Ralph Grabowski & Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, July 23, 2013 (more NVIDIA articles, graphics card articles)

Vicon's Infrared Cameras Have CAD Application - hand controller, polarizing glasses are used to control view of 3D model, available for $15,000, more affordable solution than CAVE environments, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 23, 2013 (more CAD show articles)

Christie HoloStation - Keeping It Real - designed as turnkey installation, HoloStation uses 4 Christie LCD projectors to display 3D image onto 5 orthogonal surfaces, reads 3D models from CAD programs, converted into OBJ format, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 23, 2013 (more CAD show articles)

Why the 3D Hype of SIGGRAPH 2011 Failed by SIGGRAPH 2013 - customers found technology weakening imagination, unnecessarily expense, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 24, 2013 (more CAD show articles)

Hidden Smart Mate Command - click SmartMates icon in move component property manager, double click on face of component to mate, rotate model before confirming mate in SolidWorks, Chris Snider, 3D Vision Technologies, July 24, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Correctly Scaling Models for SolidWorks Simulation - invoke scale command to scale down/up body that recreates physical scale model, adjust simulation forces to correctly pattern actual forces of scale model in SolidWorks, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, July 24, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Help Your Shop Cope with Complex Pipe Copings  - produce 1:1 scale print-out, cut out remaining portion with scissors before wrapping them around end of pipe in SolidWorks, Chris Briand, Javelin Technologies, July 24, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Flow Simulation - Graphing Flow Variables  - check flow from left to right into channel, out of expansion area in flow domain, implement graphing function to draw lines after analysis is complete, Tony Botting of GoEngineer, YouTube, July 22, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Simulation Going Beyond Static Stress Analysis, Pt 1  - handling issues like buckling, resonance, impact, fatigue while conducting static stress analysis in SolidWorks, YouTube, July 19, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Getting Started in SketchUp - understand 5 core concepts, select template, navigate 3D environment, create geometry, tips to execute SketchUp commands, Michael Brightman, Architecture Week, July 10, 2013 (more SketchUp articles)

Architectural Technologist - Setting Up a Vectorworks Database - go to resource browser, add new resource, add link from each text on symbol to data, Steve Scaysbrook, Konstrukshon CPD Weblog, July 23, 2013 (more Vectorworks articles)

GrabCAD Integrates Autodesk Tools Into Cloud Collaboration Environment - GrabCAD Toolbox offers cloud-based access to 3rd-party design tools like AutoCAD 360, Fusion 360 to edit CAD models, Elizabeth Montalbano, Design News, July 23, 2013 (more MCAD articlescloud articlesAutodesk 360 articles)

How to Create, Edit and Manage AutoCAD Blocks  - set block definition name, base points, specify objects before inserting block in drawing, pick layer to edit, manage basic blocks in AutoCAD, Jim Law, Synergis, July 23, 2013 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Managed Debugging Assistant DisconnectedContext Error - run message loop to dispatch message so that it avoids blockage of main thread in AutoCAD, Marat Mirgaleev, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 23, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD for Mac 2013 SP1 + Corrupted Fonts = CER Crash - log in as admin user, open font book from applications menu, click 'all fonts' option, select validate fonts before launching AutoCAD, David Lau, Up and Ready, July 23, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

What's New in Revit MEP 2014: Ability to Assign Temporary View Templates in Revit - select view template to modify view templates properties, apply temporary view properties feature to update view properties without affecting saved view state in Revit, Bill Johnson, Ideate, July 23, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Open from Vault Dialog Searches in Inventor - go to detail/list view to change file presentation, pick 'choose columns' option to add information, drag, drop properties into header, type any search criteria to search in Vault Inventor add-in, Chris Turner, CADline, July 23, 2013 (more Inventor tutorialsAutodesk Vault articles)

Quantification in Navisworks - add resources to items to build up picture of quantities of materials, export out quantities to Excel spreadsheet for using in estimating software, run change analysis to know more about changes in Navisworks, Lee Mullin, Beyond Design, July 18, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2014: Populate Tips, Pt 5 - Creating Character Snapshot  - create wider idle area with animated characters, shortlist animated character by noticing them carefully, add more definition into mesh to make character look definite, Marion Landry, YouTube, July 23, 2013 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Autodesk's Fix for Slumping Special Effects Industry - Autodesk seeks to standardize production cycles, exchange data to sustain in challenging animation market, releases Autodesk FBX Review, extends Creative Commons licensing to all M&E contents, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 23, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Use DisabledCommandTypes to Turn Off Commands - set document property to disable entire classes of commands in Inventor, adjust part behavior similar to part in content library, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 23, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

ModelingSettings.TappedHoleDiameter Applies to All Hole Features - apply ModelingSettings.TappedHoleDiameter document setting property that applies to all hole features in Inventor, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 23, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Recording a Section View Going Through an Assembly - name iLogic parameter, save view rep before doing multiple cuts through assembly in Inventor, Stan Wile, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, July 23, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

NVIDIA's New Graphics Board Probably Holds More RAM Than Your Computer - based on Kepler architecture, Quadro K6000 has 12GB RAM, 2 terraflops of computer performance for improved real-time visualization, takes 2 slots, is very quiet, uses 225W of power, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 23, 2013 (more NVIDIA articlesgraphics card articles)

NVIDIA Unveils Newest High-End GPU - NVIDIA Quadro K6000 has 12GB ultrafast GDDR5 graphics memory, 2,880 streaming multiprocessor cores, support for 4 simultaneous displays, ultralow latency video I/O, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, July 23, 2013 (more NVIDIA articlesgraphics card articles)

HP Helps You Hide Your Dongle - targeted for AutoCAD, SolidWorks user, new Z workstations have built-in handles, green touch points inside units, 14 USB ports, can power up to 3 displays, price starts at at $995, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, July 23, 2013 (more HP workstation articles)

HP Displays Play to the Whole Room - HP Z22i, Z23i, Z24i displays can show 10:1 contrast ratio, supports wide angle viewing; Z-monitor stand raises, lowers, swivels 90 degrees, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, July 23, 2013 (more HP workstation articles)

Why Do My Files Open in Separate Sessions in SolidWorks 2013? - close sldworks.exe sessions via task manager, start SolidWorks 2013 to restore file associations, browse to sldprt file before clicking SolidWorks Launcher, Vic Frauenfeld, SolidNotes, July 23, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Tech Tips: Finding the Center of Mass - open part model, select insert pull-down option to locate reference geometry, add centre of mass icon in design tree, apply measure tool to determine distance relating to center, Paul Kutolowski, Fisher/Unitech, July 23, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Clean Uninstall Prep - export/rename registry key items, apply copy settings wizard to export out registry key settings, create new location, directory for all templates before uninstalling SolidWorks listings, Mike Sande, Symmetry Solutions Blog, July 23, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Marble Roller Coaster Save Template, Pt 3  - save template as neutral file format or apply save bodies feature while creating template, select parasolid (.X_T) as output type, save parasolid in same folder as part in SolidWorks, Adam Bridgman, Javelin Technologies, July 23, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Helical Features - workflow for helical protrusion/cutout, sweep (with twist option) tools in Solid Edge, methods to finish off threads, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, July 22, 2013 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

PDM, Pt 1: Product Data Management's Journey to the Cloud - brief history of product data management, current state of PDM, difficulties in adopting PDM system, GrabCAD, July 22, 2013 (more PDM articlescloud articles)

Easily Use Your Drawing Frames for Technical Illustrations Just with 3DVIA Composer Standard Functions - creating standard A4 drawing frame with text fields in 3DVIA composer, 3D Mojo, July 22, 2013 (more 3DVIA articles)

Bluebeam Revu Tips: Aligning and Flipping Markups - select markups, click toolbar buttons to align left, top, right or bottom to align markup, choose annotations before clicking flip horizontal/vertical button, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, July 22, 2013 (more AEC articles

Missing Bluebeam Plugins in Revit or AutoCAD - load Bluebeam administrator, select checkboxes located next to applications before clicking ok to install plug-ins, Bill Debevc, CloudsCarsCameras, July 22, 2013 (more AEC articles

NZ ArchiCAD Select Objects - click search icon to search on BIM components portal or both, 'download and embed' desired object in ArchiCAD, Mark Horrocks, Cadimage, July 23, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Design Using Autodesk Fusion 360, Pt 1 - use sketch tool to develop shape of product, click on edit shape command, select face selection filter, apply manipulation axis along with alt button to extrude, distort box, Mindaugas Petrikas, Design and Motion, July 22, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Choosing Layer Colors in AutoCAD - color recommendations for single/multiple component drawing in AutoCAD, Jim Swain, Synergis, July 22, 2013 (more AutoCAD layer tutorials)

Backstop Backstory - cable routine in AutoCAD to create cable within context of backstop assembly, SearchAndDestroy( ) routing to find, delete existing cable, Larry Daubenspeck, AUGI Library, July 22, 2013 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

AutoCAD: ConvertCTB - open AutoCAD, invoke CONVERTCTB command, browse to locate folder where CTB file exists, open file before saving new STB file, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 22, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2014: Align & Scale Objects Simultaneously - draw objects, select align tool located in modify panel of ribbon, check command prompts to align, scale objects drawn in AutoCAD, John Flanagan, CADline, July 22, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Changing Your Current Layer at Lightning Speed in AutoCAD  - 3 different ways to change current layer: list of layers in ribbon, layer properties manager dialog box, LAYMCUR command, Lynn Allen's Blog, July 22, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

What's New in AutoCAD MEP 2014: What is Your Standard - Enhanced Layer Standard NCS 5.0 - check field, layer value enhancements along with new layer standard drawing features that allows easy creation of correct layer names, layer standard, layer key styles, Bill Johnson, Ideate, July 22, 2013 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Update on Vault Plot Stamp Issue - utilize visualization DWF file that speeds up plot job processing time, requires no CAD license to print sheet set, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, July 22, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Revit 2014 Schedule Footer Alignment - select alignment settings in schedule properties, formatting tab or column index in schedule view to format columns in Revit 2014, Ryan Duell, Revit Clinic, July 22, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Using BoundingBoxContainsPointFilter with Rooms & Filled Regions -  employ BoundingBoxContainsFilter to locate filled region that is on top of each room in Revit, Harry Mattison, Boost Your BIM, July 22, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Tips for Passing the CSWA Exam - review exam criteria, watch YouTube videos, Take a practice exam, be comfortable while interpreting detailed drawings, practice sketching, learn to set units, compute mass properties, use SolidWorks help, when needed, Laura Weismantel, CAPUniversity, July 22, 2013 (more SolidWorks articles)

Another Fine Mesh - Sketch Pattern vs Feature Pattern - creating guarding for machine using mesh screen in SolidWorks, using feature pattern, rebuild time is improved (from 63 seconds to 0.9 seconds), Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, July 22, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Plastics: Interpreting Results  - learn about basics, taking additional measurements, Bertan Atamer, SolidWorks Blog, July 22, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Solid Edge ST6 Introduced at SEU2013, Pt 1 - ability to install multiple versions on same computer, YouTube search, upload feature, updated command finder, John Pearson, Design Fusion, July 12, 2013 (more Solid Edge articles)

Synchronous Assembly Modeling Boolean Commands in ST6 - use faces, bodies from other assembly occurrences directly when executing Boolean operations, removing inter-part copy step, John Pearson, Design Fusion, July 3, 2013 (more Solid Edge articles)

Unigraphics-NX 8.5 - Core & Cavity Extraction, Mould Wizard  - creating mould for bezel, carrying out mold volume region analysis, post region analysis, YouTube, July 12, 2013 (more NX tutorials)

Sean Flaherty Talks to Architosh: On BIM and Vectorworks in Asia - effects of lagging in BIM in Japan, Germany on Vectorworks development, payoff for BIM in Asia, architectural market in China, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, July 22, 2013 (more AEC articles, Vectorworks articles)

A 2D/3D Hybrid Symbol Made from Only 2D Objects - creating end seat symbol in Vectorworks, Kevin Lee Allen, ProLightingSpace, July 21, 2013 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Grid Display and the Editing Plane - access 'grid & editing plane' option from view menu in ArchiCAD to change sizing, color of grids, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, July 22, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

We Interview Autodesk About HSM Express for Inventor, Beta - Anthony Graves about CAD-neutral CAM platform's integration with Inventor, impact of multi-core CPUs, 123D CNC, Microsoft's anticipated foray into rapid prototyping, availability of products, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 19, 2013 (more Autodesk articles, CAM articles)

Points for Style - Creating an Offset Workplane and Sketch in 1 Step in Autodesk Inventor - start work plane tool to create offset work plane, place sketch on work plane before using 2D sketch tool to generate both sketch, plane at same time, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, July 21, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Integrating Paper.js with Leap Motion Using JavaScript - add few manual calls to paper.js framework, change PaperScript code to replace arithmetic operation between points, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 22, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Aligning Entity Using 3 Points - arranging entities based on 3 sources with corresponding destination points in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 18, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials

A New Version of DesignScript on Autodesk Labs - employ DesignScript studio to generate graphical views of existing DesignScript files, click action to display code representation of selected subset in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 18, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Unhandled Access Violation Reading 0x0000 Exception at bcbdad73h - reset program, rebuilt user profiles in Windows, uninstall/reinstall .NET, turn off hardware acceleration, update drivers to address fatal errors in AutoCAD products, Shaan Hurley of Autodesk, Between the Lines, July 19, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Autodesk InfraWorks Tips and Tricks: JavaScript Support - start InfraWorks model with building footprint information defining areas that building will occupy, apply randomization script to adjust height, facade, roof styles to buildings based on pre-defined criteria, Matt Miyamoto, Ideate, July 19, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Assign Coordinate Systems to an AutoCAD Civil 3D DWG File Using API - select, apply geographic coordinate system to current DWG file in Civil 3D, Partha Sarkar, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, July 18, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Creating Custom Coordinate Systems in AutoCAD Civil 3D - select 'planning and analysis' workspace located in quick access toolbar, choose create coordinate system option in map setup tab, specify starting point page before opting BritishNatGrid coordinate system, Michelle Rasmussen, ASCENT Blog, July 19, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Adventures with Revit Plug-ins - exploring Revit Extensions 2013, Roombook, Areabook, Model Review, Smart Sheets, Chameleon, Geometry Gym, Shaun Farrell & Rory MacTague, AUGI Library, July 19, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Scaling Families: Empirebim - create family using nested plant family approach in Revit, load plant family into curtain wall panel, lock, align it to reference level, David Light, Revit, July 19, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

User MEP Calculation Sample - understanding built-in external services consisting of add-in manifests, .NET assemblies, UserMepCalculation sample, sample concepts, use cases, migration of pre-alpha version in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 19, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Net and Gross Wall Area - applying Document.Regeneration(), Transaction.Rollback() code to obtain area of wall in Revit, Harry Mattison, Boost Your BIM, July 19, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Working with DWG Files in Revit - check distance of CAD geometry from 0,0,0, review layers in AutoCAD, purge any unused layers, blocks, styles from DWG, link/import DWG files onto separate workset, Patrick Davis, Tampa Revit, July 19, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Autodesk Vasari Tips and Tricks for Customizing and Editing Conceptual Energy Models - chaining surface values or manually drawing of openings, glazing areas in Revit, Daniel Nielsen, YouTube, July 9, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Decimal Precision for Custom Properties in SolidWorks - create custom property for mass, formulate equation to round custom property before forming 2nd custom property to display rounded number in SolidWorks, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, July 19, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Electrical : Cross Reference Settings on a Title Block - select title block properties, set 1st, 2nd cross reference offset at 15, 0 respectively in SolidWorks, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, July 19, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Re-Activating Your EPDM Licenses After an Update of Your EPDM System - open, login to EPDM admin tool into Vault, double-click on license node to view Vaults available in server, check various licenses available within EPDM system, Chris Briand, Javelin Technologies, July 20, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

3D Printing DIY - choose 3D printer depending on usage of models, invest in software for data preparation, combine 3D printing, augmented reality to add data to static 3D printed model, Stephen Holmes, AEC Magazine, July 17, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Unifying Your Directory Structure - start with plan, communicate, educate, rationalize, enforce project directory structure in early stages of project, consolidate, archive various aspects of file system, Reuben Stone, AUGI Library, July 18, 2013 (more CAD management articles)

Mouse Alternative Promises a More Comfortable Click - stationary, ergonomic input device, RollerMouse Re:d has tracking technology, dual laser sensors for precise cursor control, compatible with Windows 7/8/Vista/XP/ME/98, Apple OSX, Apple Mac OS 8.1, available for $265, Cadalyst, July 18, 2013 (more mice articles)

Implementing the 3DVIA Composer Player ActiveX in Windows Presentation Foundation - benefits of using WPF over Windows Forms, creating WPF project using 3DVIA Composer Player, 3D Mojo, July 18, 2013 (more 3DVIA articles)

Optimizing Tool Stickout from the Tool Holder - factors limiting stickout: clearance, coolant access, length of flutes; strategies for optimization: minimum stickout with clearance, standardized stickouts to facilitate chatter management, Bob Warfield, CNCCookbook, July 18, 2013 (more CAM articles)

Importance of DWG Drawings and 2D - industries like civil and electrical engineering still embrace 2D drawings, GrabCAD Workbench helps edit any 2D model in browser with AutoCAD 360, GrabCAD, July 18, 2013 (more MCAD articles, cloud articles)

Trimble Steps Up - owning more than 500 products, Trimble plans to have its own building ecosystem, launched Trimble Buildings website, big development plans underway using SketchUp, AEC Magazine, July 17, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Tekla Structures 19 - 'auto union' feature automatically merges 2 concrete objects into 1, object browser for viewing/enquiring into properties of selected objects, model organizer to break down models into logical areas, AEC Magazine, July 17, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Adding an Accurate Location - go to 3D projection settings from view menu, click 'more sun' button, project location button to enter GPS coordinates in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, July 19, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Understanding the Autodesk Content Browser, Pt 6 - manually update tool palette, apply refresh method to automatically refresh palette, avoid deleting palette in content browser to maintain associativity between palette, content browser, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, July 18, 2013 (more AutoCAD Architecture articles)

Change Plotter When Publishing with AutoCAD - adjust plotter setup before applying publish command, workaround is to publish sheets to DWF before publishing them or change plotter in publish dialog, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, July 18, 2013 (more AutoCAD plotting tutorials)

Extracting the Raw Geometry from Plant3D Objects - explode Plant3D object before receiving Solid3D objects, use BREP API to extract boundary representation of solids, or create custom WorldDraw, ViewportDraw classes, Fenton Webb, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 18, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

9 AutoCAD Tips to Increase Productivity and Make Your Life Easier - LIMITS command to define limits of area in drawing, use AutoCAD ARRAY command without using ribbon, create blocks/objects collection, quickly access design centre, adjust zoom direction in AutoCAD, Nick Williams, CAD Setter Out, July 2013 (more AutoCAD tips

Removing the 2500 Object Limit on the Ribbon in AutoCAD - set RIBBONCONTEXTSELLIM system variable to set variable as high as 32767, Lynn Allen's Blog, July 18, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

How AcDb3dSolids are Drawn When Using a Custom Derived AcGiWorldDraw - call AcDb3dSolid::WorldDraw(), obtain node in solid3D history, generate regen type commands in AutoCAD, Fenton Webb, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 18, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Sharing Folders Securely in Autodesk 360 - locate folder/file to be shared, add email address, choose access rights in dropdown box before clicking 'save and invite,' Clinton Brown, CADline, July 18, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

DECO - Tips and Tricks  - make adjustment to behavior of UI, edit UI to make dialog work better when resized in Vault, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, July 18, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Inventor: Insert Standard and Custom iParts - Occurrences.AddiPartMember() method to add iPart member, Vladimir Ananyev, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 18, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Events Using .NET - 3 Examples - handling ApplicationEvents.OnActivateDocument event using VB.Net, C#, Wayne Brill, Mod the Machine, July 18, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Modeling Best Practice Tip - model walls before building them regardless of narrow/wider BIM usage in Revit, David Light, Revit, July 18, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Modeling Best Practice Tip, Pt 2 - take care while editing sketch profile, ensure good wall clean ups, quality IFC exports while modeling walls in Revit, David Light, Revit, July 18, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Snake Oil Rig - equalize 2 reference planes with length parameter, place points where new planes cross existing axis, check movement of points when length is changed in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, July 18, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Why SolidWorks Surfacing Users Should Learn the API - connect to modeldoc, partdoc, bodies, faces, loops, edges, add code after Set swEdge = vEdges(l) to select all outer edges in SolidWorks, Adam Bridgman, Javelin Technologies, July 18, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Do 3 Things at Once: Intersect Command, Pt 2 - invoke intersect command to select surface body, avoid selecting any regions to exclude, turn on 'consume surfaces' option at bottom in SolidWorks, Randy Simmons, 3DVision Technologies, July 18, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Benefits of Fully Shattered Conversion - 3DVIA Composer has 2 main conversion types available: monolythic mode, fullyshattered mode; advantages of fully shattered assemblies, working with project files, 3D Mojo, July 18, 2013 (more 3DVIA articles)

Highlights of the R24 Release of 3D InterOp - ability to import Solid Edge files, provides full associativity with owning model geometry, datum/datum targets, 64-bit support, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, July 17, 2013 (more MCAD articles)

AIA: Notes on Altair's Appearance at AIA and solidThinking 9.5 - Altair is partnering, collaborating with architectural giant SOM with its FEA technology, planning to add advanced engineering computational-based technologies into simplified workflows, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, July 16, 2013 (more AEC articles, solidThinking articles)

BricsCAD: MASSPROP Command, and the Properties Tab - compute, show mass properties of solids, can be listed in properties tab also, Rakesh Rao, Smart Ways to Work with .dwg CAD, July 18, 2013 (more BricsCAD articles)

Executive Guide to BIM, Pt 2 - understanding implications of adopting BIM through buildingSMART MacLeamy curve, AEC Magazine, July 17, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Digital Concept Design - vendors are offering conceptual massing design tools to assist ideation needs of architects: Autodesk Dynamo, Vasari, Rhino, Grasshopper, SketchBook Pro, Bonzai3D, Martyn Day, AEC Magazine, July 17, 2013 (more AEC articles)

ArchiCAD 17 - enhanced ability to hold, display, manage BIM details, supports background processing, priority-based connections, has Real-time 3D cutting planes, improved morph tool, AEC Magazine, July 17, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Demystifying Your Autodesk 360 Account: Account Access and Syncing - sign into Autodesk 360 account to manage account settings, access options to sync desktop to cloud or vice versa, manage online account, adjust user profiles, download mobile app, Kate Ming, Ideate, July 17, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Navisworks .dwfx Rotation Problem - right click on .dwfx file to select 'units and transform' option, rotate model to correct orientation, Justin Doughty, CADline, July 17, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

Vault 2014 - IExplorerUtil VB Example - call GetExplorerUtil or LoadExplorerUtil to apply IExplorerUtil in Vault, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 16, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Add a New Custom Pane and Add Node from a Default Browser Pane - create new browser pane, insert default node to custom browser pane in Inventor, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 17, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

iLogic - Optimize Loop Length in Sketch - enter target length for loop in sketch to modify chosen parameter, ensure iLogic code works with 1st sketch in part, existence of loop in Inventor file, Luke Davenport, CADline, July 17, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Creating Plastic Features in Inventor: Ribs - utilize rib tool to create free-standing, connected thin walls, check normal to sketch plane, extend profile, draft, boss tab, options of rib tool in Inventor, Jim Swain, Synergis, July 17, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor: Demystifying Self-Intersecting Sweeps - understanding single-face, circular path segments self intersection, face-face intersections regarding sweep, coil features in Inventor, Clinton Brown, CADline, July 17, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Families: How to Know Where to Load a Family - check systems, architecture, insert, annotate, massing, site tabs to load family into model, go to properties panel in create tab to view family category, parameters, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 17, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2014: Navisworks Exporter Not Showing on Ribbon - turn off firewall, virus protection, open Navisworks Manage to accept agreement, reinstall NW exported through control panel, verify visibility of add-in in Revit before turning on firewall, virus protection, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 17, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Curve Length, Idling, Units and RevitPythonShell - understanding curve length vs ApproximateLength property, potential SetRaiseWithoutDelay workaround, unit handling improvements in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 17, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Network Deployments - Include Additional Software - insert additional software details while creating network deployment to include additional .ms, .exe software, click add button to select Revit add-on instead of specifying any command line parameters, Patrick Davis, Tampa Revit, July 17, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Mirroring a Plan View in Revit - duplicate floor plan, rename it for orient to view resource, adjust view range settings before creating new 3D default view in Revit, Chris Perry, A Word on BIM, July 17, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit: Rotating the Section Box - cut model in non perpendicular angle, make sure to be in plan view, Marti Broquetas, CAD Addict, July 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

How Do You Simulate a Welded Structure with Beams on Top of Beams? - mesh weldment as solid element and not beam element, obtain weldment to combine all structural members into 1 member, check accuracy of beam properties in SolidWorks, Ketul Patel, CATI Tech Notes, July 17, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Streamline Algorithm in Flow Simulation - create surface plot, click on 'evenly spaced lines' option under streamlines to pick parameter, color of model in SolidWorks, YouTube, July 8, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Imported Bodies Video Series, Pt 3: Repairing an Imported Model - re-create planar surface with very complex boundary by creating new macro in SolidWorks, Alin Vargatu, Javelin Technologies, July 17, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

CAM Design in SolidWorks - circular cam tool to make cam groove on flat face, wrap feature to make groove wrap exactly around cylinder, Art Woodbury, CAPUniversity, July 17, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

How IronCAD's Hybrid Modeling Compares with Synchronous Technology in Solid Edge - IronCAD offers 2 modes to create geometry, offers parameterization on demand, live rules are not needed, can modify imported geometry just like native geometry, Scott Wertel, CADdigest.com, July 15, 2013 (more IronCAD reviews, Solid Edge articles)

If You Haven't Discovered ArchiCAD Favorites, You Haven't Discovered BIM - set up 'favorites' to allocate elements to particular layers, share geometry correctly using IFC, set up IFC description field in favorites, Rob Jackson, Shoegnome, July 16, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

SketchUp Pro for Set Design: A Conversation with Andy Walmsley - designing sets for shows, working with 3D modeling software, 3D in set design, addressing glossy floors issue with SketchUp, advice for other SketchUp users, Mark Harrison, SketchUpdate, July 16, 2013 (more SketchUp articles)

HP Z820 Workstation - 2 Intel Xeon E5-2667 CPUs, 64GB ECC memory, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 GPU, ease of maintenance, exceptional workstation at higher price, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, July 16, 2013 (more HP workstation reviews)

Converting External Reference Path Types with Action Macro's - navigate to manage ribbon tab to create new action recording, type -XREF to start external references command, select pathType, relative functions, apply action macros in AutoCAD, Donnie Gladfelter, The CAD Geek, July 16, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips

Space Invaders in AutoCAD 2014 - install express tools, apply TSPACEINVADERS command to locate overlapping entities that invade area of drawing text objects, select objects, text entities that touch other geometry, add TEXTMASK command, Dennis Collin, CADline, July 16, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Open AutoCAD Drawings as Read Only Using Right Click from Explorer - run notepad to create script file, Huong Charles, CAD Notes, July 16, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Autodesk Fills Out 360 Cloud Portfolio - implement cloud based tools like Mockup 360, Configurator 360, Sim 360 to create markup while checking interferences, deliver online product catalog, access more than single physical workflow respectively, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, July 16, 2013 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Create Hatch Objects Using Trace Boundaries Using .NET - apply Editor.TraceBoundary function to set boundary geometry as polylines, add polylines to database, append each polyline as separate loop, Fenton Webb, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 16, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

What are the Load Controls in AutoCAD OEM - utilize ObjectARX AcadApp::LoadReasons enum to define demand loading for module in AutoCAD, Fenton Webb, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 16, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

More Knots in Tinkercad Using JavaScript - understanding cinquefoil knots of (2,5), (5,2) variations, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 17, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Showcase Tips & Tricks: Adding Behavior to a Storyboard Slide  - implement basic play button to play behavior from beginning to end, press U to open story board menu, create storyboard slides to add behavior, Marion Landry, YouTube, July 16, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2014: Populate Tips, Pt 4: Working Efficiently with Populate  - tips to hide populate characters, environment objects while rendering viewport preview animation for fine tuning placement, flow of characters, Marion Landry, YouTube, July 16, 2013 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Understanding the Autodesk Content Browser, Pt 5 - browse location in content browser to add existing palette, select new palette icon to include new palette, choose 'generate tool catalog' option to create drawing tools for catalog, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, July 16, 2013 (more AutoCAD Architecture articles)

ActiveX and AutoLISP Programming, Pt 1 - apply vlax-dump-object function in Visual LISP console for ActivePViewport object to check inverse of CustomScale property, employ vlax-get-property function to obtain properties in AutoCAD architecture, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, July 16, 2013 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials, AutoLISP tutorials)

Copy Then Paste a Level - create new level by opening elevation view, apply paste aligned, aligned to selected levels option to place levels in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, July 16, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in Autodesk Revit 2014? - Schedule Enhancements - add schedule view interface, modify schedule appearance, adjust parameter values, columns/rows, title, headers, schedule appearances in Revit, Martha Hollowell, ASCENT Blog, July 16, 2013 (more Revit articles)

What's New in Revit MEP 2014: Parameter Variance for Groups - Ability to Have Parameters Vary for Groups - edit parameter value for element in group instance without changing value for corresponding elements in other groups, Bill Johnson, Ideate, July 16, 2013 (more Revit articles)

SolidWorks Tech Tip: Indexing in Enterprise PDM - turn on indexing on SQL server, enable indexing from EPDM administration tool, Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, July 16, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

SolidWorks Sketching Tips - Keeping Trim - hold down 'shift' key while dragging mouse across objects in power trim mode to trim entities, Sam Hochberg, SolidNotes, July 16, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Enterprise PDM: Frequently Asked Questions, Pt 1 - blue color of EDPM folders, options to recover file, recover accidently deleted drawings, InFlow Technology, July 16, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Workgroup PDM: Frequently Asked Questions, Pt 1 - installing Vault admin tool, moving workgroup server to different machine, moving vault to different location on same server, InFlow Technology, July 16, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Weldments in a Nutshell  - understanding weldment tools designed to layout part, add structural members, trim, extend, add plates, gussets, end caps in SolidWorks, Solid Professor, July 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Trying to Work Out Roof Framing? Try Using the Wizard - setup structure of roof using roof wizard from design menu in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, July 16, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Through the Looking-Glass of Senior Management, Pt 2 - CAD-managed solution for achieving smooth design process, upheld company reputation, client satisfaction, Lisa Polonski, EnvisionCAD, July 12, 2013 (more CAD management articles)

AutoCAD: Convertpstyles - apply COVERTPSTYLES command to solve issues related to color/name dependent drawings, files, click ok to displayed warning to convert file to opposite plot style method, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 15, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Take Advantage of Command Options - press shift while setting radius to fillet option to obtain 0 radius, add multiple insertion points to block, go to block editor interface to insert point parameters in AutoCAD 2014, Danny Korem, Cadalyst, July 15, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Create Layer Overrides to Create Plot Variations - setting layer properties for viewport, removing override using layer properties manager in AutoCAD, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, July 16, 2013 (more AutoCAD layer tutorials)

Direct All Autodesk Applications to New Server for Obtaining Licenses - select among single, distributed, redundant server models to set up license manager, choose advanced tab located inside system properties, click environment variables option to set variable information, Darin Green, Synergis, July 16, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Minor Update to the DGN Purge Command - understanding rebuilt C# code that forms basis for republish tool in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 15, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Applying Material to a Cylinder - code to create cylinder, set material map parameters based on dimensions of image in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 12, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

SettingsObjectLayerType Enumeration Includes More Object Types in 2014 Release - explores SettingsObjectLayerType enumeration in Civil 3D, Partha Sarkar, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, July 12, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Removing ProfileXXXLabelGroup Using AutoCAD Civil 3D .NET API - identify profile label group type, list ProfileCrestCurveLabelGroup type as AECC_VALIGNMENT_CRESTCURVE_LABEL_GROUP when employing list command in Civil 3D, Partha Sarkar, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, July 15, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Getting Started with InfraWorks, Pt 5: Sharing with the World - click green plus sign to create new scenario, select BBox option to select area in Civil 3D, publish scenario, choose collaborate ribbon tab to open scenarios online, Eric Chappell's Blog, July 15, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Improved Stair Functionality in Revit 2014 - adjust width of stair before/after stair creation, modify landing shape, control landing reshaping behavior, automatic landing creation, snapping reference improvements, Ron Palma, Ideate, July 15, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Football and Space Adjacency for Heat Load Calculation - apply CmdSpaceAdjacency command to add adjacent space to segment class, GetSpaceData method to retrieve space data in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 15, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2014 OBJ Exporter and New SDK Samples - apply DisableMismatchWarning utility to fix the processor architecture mismatch warning, check new API features, SDK sample features available in Revit 2014, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 16, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Communicate During the Design Process with SolidWorks Part Reviewer - cycle through only features having comment, timestamp comment to make it part of ongoing conversation, keep comments for future reference, Jordan Lemley, HRS Blog, July 15, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Marble Roller Coaster - Designing Connectors, Pt 2 - key characteristics of marble sketch, splitting part into 2 separate bodies in SolidWorks, Adam Bridgman, Javelin Technologies, July 10, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Let's Get 'Smart' Together - learning to use SolidWorks smart tools including smart fasteners, smart mates, smart components, YouTube, July 10, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Plastics: Meshing - meshing case designed for iPhone 5, analyzing, comparing different types of mesh, YouTube, July 15, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Imported Bodies Video Series, Pt 2: Repairing an Imported Model - selecting open edges in order to create missing planar surface, heal solid body in SolidWorks, Alin Vargatu, Javelin Technologies, July 16, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Implementing 3D Models in PowerPoint - save .smg, .pptx files in same folder, turn on developer tab within PowerPoint to import content, connect ActiveX window with .smg file, Dominick Gallegos, 3D Mojo, July 11, 2013 (more 3DVIA articles)

RTC Day 2: BIM for Small Firms; Also, Cloud-Enabled Structural Analysis - 6 steps for strategic implementation of BIM, presentation by Aaron Maller on structural analysis using online Autodesk Robot analysis connected to Revit, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 12, 2013 (more AEC articles, CAD show articles)

Exhibitors at RTC: Looking at TurboSite 1.3 - list price reduced to $499 permanently, new link to Revit added, customized report generator produces PDF, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 11, 2013 (more TurboCAD articles, CAD show articles)

How Zuken's E3.series Makes Better Buses - bus, coach manufacturer, Alexander Dennis Limited from UK, adopted E3.series software, grew revenue by 300% in last 5 years, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, July 11, 2013 (more MCAD articles)

Making the Work Plane Tool in Autodesk Inventor Stick and Stay on Until You're Done - start work plane tool, check repeat command option to make work plane command stay activated until settings is changed, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, July 14, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Associating Standards File with the Current Drawing - add XRecord to 'AcStStandard' dictionary under 'named object dictionary,' Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 12, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

How to Set the View in a DWF File Using Design Review API? - apply EPlotSection.SetView() function to set view for current section of DWF file based on specified paper-based coordinates in AutoCAD, Partha Sarkar, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 9, 2013 (more AutoCAD DWF articles)

Migrating Spec Catalog References - install '7zip' zip editor, open archive, locate CatalogReferences.xml file, set Foxe as default xml editor in AutoCAD, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, July 11, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Complex Line Numbers in Isometrics - understanding calculated property, its format, create LineSuffix property on PipeRunComponent class, map property to apply it in isoconfig.xml in AutoCAD, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, July 12, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk InfraWorks 2014 Proposals and Scenarios - access proposals dialog box to create proposal components by adding InfraWorks object, implement scenarios dialog box to create, delete, edit, copy, publish scenarios in Civil 3D, Kate Ming, Ideate, July 12, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Using InfraWorks to Check the Effect of Kawneer Versoleil SunShades - place sample Revit building model into small town model, add Versoleil SunShades, navigate inside building to use shadow analysis in Civil 3D, Dana Probert, BIM on the Rocks, July 12, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials, Revit tutorials)

Revit Add-in Unit Testing - launch TestRunner external command, select directory containing .NET assemblies, run tests, reloading, reparsing, retesting tests in Visual Basic without leaving or restarting Revit, achieve unit testing with RvtUnit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 12, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Tricks to Force Trigger Idling Event - indicate preference for non-default idling frequency, trigger idling event subscriber by calling SetRaiseWithoutDelay() method, Joe Ye, AEC DevBlog, July 11, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2013 Ribbon Issue - bug makes tools like 'mode & draw' disappear, workaround is installing latest service pack, Gareth Spencer, CADline, July 12, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Automatically Synchronize with Central Every Hour - apply synchronizeWithCentral method to automatically coordinate with central at desired interval in Revit, Harry Mattison, Boost Your BIM, July 13, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Live Link Between Parameters in Model & Detail Families - select model, detail component, copy parameter value from model to detail component in Revit, Harry Mattison, Boost Your BIM, July 13, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Compare Configuration Mode - SolidWorks Flow Simulation - comparison can be presented as numerically, graphically; right click on results folder in Flow Simulation analysis tree to access feature, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, July 12, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Exporting SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Vault Settings - select export command, choose settings to be exported, save export file to save all settings to .cex file, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, July 13, 2013 (more SolidWorks PDM articles)

Restore Associativity Between Imported CAD and FEA Models - select menu option to modify associativity, set to automatic, select all elements, solids, verified by expanding geometry constraint to associated FEA entities, Alastair Robertson, Cadalyst, July 11, 2013 (more Femap articles)

3D Laser Scanning: Different Type of Scanners - basis of scanning terms: 3D scanner, 3D object scanning, LiDAR, point cloud; different types of 3D laser scanners: airborne, mobile, phased-based, time of flight, Eugene O'Day, Ideate, July 11, 2013 (more reverse engineering articles, CAD hardware articles)

Create, Edit & Share with Google SketchUp - importing AutoCAD Architecture file into SketchUp, creating walls, adding doors, windows, making component dynamic, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, July 11, 2013 (more SketchUp articles)

AIA: Autodesk Introduces Computational Modeling Tool Dynamo for Its BIM Workflow - scripting, visual programming tool has node-based UI, supports Python, helps implement numerical data to affect change in model's forms, like generative components, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, July 11, 2013 (more AEC articles, Autodesk articles)

Finishing Off Your Walls - select wrapped end option from wall end tool settings to finish off walls properly in ArchiCAD, Tate Gibbes, Cadimage, July 12, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Xline to Line and LTSCALE Override - override LTSCALE value before invoking HATCH command, apply code to snap xline outside block in AutoCAD, Adam Nagy, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 11, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Open a Particular Sheet in a DWF File Using Design Review API - apply AdCommon.IAdCollection sections collection to obtain, set named section in AutoCAD, Partha Sarkar, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 10, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Showcase Tips & Tricks: What is the Difference Between Publishing a Shot or a Slide?  - understanding shot options to publish shot as movie with reference to presentation of storyboard slide in Showcase, Marion Landry, YouTube, July 11, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Revolving Sketch Profile Which is Closed - apply ProfilePath.Closed to check if profile is closed or not, iterate ProfilePath object to find all ProfileEntity object in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 10, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Working with Constraint Limits Within Inventor - download pillow block, create 2 axially constraints with holes, standard mate, add limit to constraints to override difference between 2 parts in Inventor, Robert Reid, Synergis, July 11, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Thursday Morning Session at the Revit Technology Conference - BIM management session discussed issues faced by BIM managers, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 11, 2013 (more Revit articles, CAD show articles)

RTC Afternoon Sessions: Fractals with Revit - Tim Waldock's presentation on fractals patterns, 2D nested repeater patterns, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 11, 2013 (more Revit articles, CAD show articles)

RTC Day 1: Keynote Addresses - Lee Crockett on 'living on the future edge: the age of disruptive innovation,' Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 11, 2013 (more Revit articles, CAD show articles)

Furniture Fritz - discuss design, extrusions, geometry, visualizations required for drafting series 7 stacking chair, modular sofa set, office tables in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, July 11, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Graphic Programming - Revit Tags In - apply room name, number to create mass, opt for last specified values for department, room type, invoke align masses, mass to room command to manage masses, map information respectively, Tim Logan, LMNts, July 10, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Five Minutes Working with Rotated Views - turn on, rotate workplane, activate workplane visibility, rotate crop region of view, associate views to scope boxes, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, July 11, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Controlling the Visibility of Voids with an On/Off Parameter in Revit - create new hosted family, generate void through solid geometry, save uncut void family before creating another instance of same family, choose family type parameters in Revit, Johnny Furlong, BIMopedia, July 11, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

ADN Mesh Data Custom Exporter to JSON - understanding ADN mesh data format, tetrahedron sample JSON data, curved wall in JSON, custom exporter, export context implementation, ADN mesh data class, JSON serialization in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 11, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Isolate Simulation Results in an Assembly - select model tab, choose invert selection from shortcut menu, right click on highlighted component to select hide, or create, activate exploded view in SolidWorks, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, July 11, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Imported Bodies Video Series 1: Troubleshooting an Imported Model - apply check tool for troubleshooting, identify topological entities that are invalid using appropriate tools in SolidWorks, Alin Vargatu, Javelin Technologies, July 11, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

How to Quickly Fully Define Your SolidWorks Sketch - copy, paste SolidWorks sketch geometry, use fully define sketch PropertyManager to apply dimensions, relations, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, July 12, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Free 3D Configurations and Collaboration with IronCAD Compose - impressive, free app has 20 built-in catalogs, needs translator to import additional file formats at cost of US$195, suitable for front-end of design or sales cycle, Scott Wertel, CADdigest.com, July 9, 2013 (more IronCAD reviews)

Overcoming FEA Roadblocks - Creating a Useful FE Model - dealing with major roadblocks: mesh creation and control, boundary condition definition, solver integration, Scott Wertel, Engineering.com, July 9, 2013 (more FEA articles)

CD-adapco Brings HEEDS In House - acquires Red Cedar Technology for multidisciplinary design optimization software helpful in solving simulation problems, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, July 9, 2013 (more engineering analysis articles)

Technology Product Highlights from AIA 2013 Expo - Autodesk showed FormIt, design scripting app Dynamo; AutoDesSys showed formZ 7.0, bonzai3d 3.0; Nemetschek offered cloud service offering overview; SketchUp Pro 2013 launched, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, July 10, 2013 (more AEC articlesCAD show articles)

Create a Complex Stair Group - create stairs, change landing setting to single tread stair, modify index number of 1st tread of each element, assemble stairs while adjusting rise arrow in ArchiCAD, Cadimage, July 11, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Migrating to ArchiCAD 17: Tips for Better Intersections in Migrated Projects - define wall/slab core as reference line/plane, adjust elements to slab, link tops of walls, columns, zones to story in ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD SADC, July 10, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Unable to Save to Drawing - save drawing in local drive in case there are any network issues, ensure reliability of network connection, check for limited write, delete access in AutoCAD drawing file location, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, July 10, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Background Mask for Dimensional Text - select DIMSTYLE followed by modify dimension style standard, text tab, fill color options, choose background to set background mask in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen’s Blog, July 10, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Phase Aware Exporting to AutoCAD - go to export in application menu, scroll down to options to select DWG export settings, choose add/edit modifiers button, locate phase status in new dialog, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, July 10, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

AMEP: While Routing Pipe the Parts Catalog Keeps Popping Up - type options in command line, click on files tab to expand template setting, default template files name for QNEW, or select pipe routing preference, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 10, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Create a New LineGroup in Plant3D - manually create line groups, take existing one in AutoCAD Plant3D, Fenton Webb, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 10, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD Layer Translator Saves Time Converting Files to CAD Standard Layers - invoke LAYTRANS command, go to manage tab ribbon, CAD standards panel to select layer translator, adjust settings to save mapping data, Shaan Hurley of Autodesk, Between the Lines, July 10, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Use InwOpStateEvents in C# - understanding C# code to use COM event in Navisworks, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, July 7, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

Drawing a Figure 8 Knot Inside Tinkercad Using JavaScript - modifying shape script code by Brandon Cole, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 10, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Inventor System Properties Not Updated with Jobserver in Vault 2014 - go to mapping tab to change create option from no to yes to allow Vault property to be written successfully to Inventor system property, Kevin Jaufmann-Ludwig, Cracking the Vault, July 9, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2014: Populate Tips, Pt 3 - Populate Skin Options  - add skin into stick figures to understand motion of characters, populate custom skin, crowd skin, high res skin options with multi/sub-object materials, Marion Landry, YouTube, July 9, 2013 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Scale Drawing Dimensions for Multiple Drawing Views - C# Example - collect dimension related to view, obtain text origin of dimension in sheet space, compute text origin, scale text coordinates while computing new scaled position in Inventor sheet space, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 10, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

A Break Down of the Features Inside IMAGINiT Utilities for Vault Client - apply batch checkout tool to enter file names, reference list of Excel files, create folder templates, export customized BOM, utilize PDF creator, lifecycle event editor in Inventor, Stan Wile, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, July 10, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2014 - Custom Material Libraries - create project, open part file with part fixed point template, create features before opening material browser, YouTube, July 8, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Solving Incorrect iPart Member Filenames - go to iPart table, right click on any column before selecting 'file name column,' generate parts again, delete unnecessary files with incorrect filenames in Windows folder in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, July 9, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Simplify Your Families, Nest It - create Revit host, nested family, insert door, panel as component, associate nested panel parameters to host parameters, control visibility, create linework, varieties of door panels, Bill Knittle, Synergis, July 10, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Live Blogging RTC Day 1: Design Technology Conference - session on CAD/BIM management, attendees said that most manage people, only few manage data primarily, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 10, 2013 (more Revit articlesCAD show articles)

Live Blogging RTC's Design Technology Conference: Afternoon Sessions - attendees talked about problems of staff, cloud, running Revit remotely; session on scaling innovation to whole team, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 10, 2013 (more Revit articlesCAD show articles

Seven Pitfalls to Avoid as You Transition to 3D Modeling - don't believe sales pitch, don't move to 3D methods under peer pressure or hype, don't underestimate time required, don't forget hardware updates, don't train everybody at once, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 10, 2013 (more CAD management articles)

Vacation Planning for the CAD Manager - communicate well in advance, establish separation, set office hours, turn off phone, note interruptions, step away from laptop, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 10, 2013 (more CAD management articles)

SolidWorks Opening Multiple Sessions - install creativelement power utility, launch file type doctor before locating .sldprt, .sldasm, .slddrw files, select export followed by delete to remove extensions, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, July 10, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

The Easiest Animation Tool You'll Ever Use - SolidWorks Composer - apply create view function to set up view, model appearance, go to animation mode, drag views into timeline to play animation along with document, Sam Hochberg, SolidNotes, July 10, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

How Would a CSWE Design a Marble Roller Coaster, Pt 1 - find specification for bolt, create helix by making circle using helix command, set value for number of revolutions, select curve, end point to generate normal plane in SolidWorks, Adam Bridgman, Javelin Technologies, July 10, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Simulating Fiber-Reinforced Composites: It's a Multiscale World - use specialty software like ANSYS Composite PrepPost, Siemens PLM FiberSim, or Autodesk Helius:Composite Pro for laminated composites, Evan Yares, Design World, July 3, 2013 (more engineering analysis articles)

Through the Looking-Glass of Senior Management, Pt 1 - CAD-managed solution for project delivery with least overhead, timely project completion, Lisa Polonski, EnvisionCAD, July 9, 2013 (more CAD management articles)

ArchiCAD 16 vs Revit 2013 - End User Customization - any command can be put on ArchiCAD tool bar while tools can be added to quick access toolbar, but not all commands can be used, Scott MacKenzie, Life in a Virtual Building, July 6, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles, Revit articles)

Linux Beats Microsoft to 3D Printer Support, Maybe - steps for converting 3D CAD model into 3D product, discussing 3D printing capabilities of Linux Fedora v19, Microsoft Windows 8.1, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, July 9, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Behind the Design Process: The Space Dock 3D Mouse Dock for the Space Navigator Mouse - interview about solving design problem, design tools used, development process, Simon Martin, SolidSmack, July 9, 2013 (more mice articles)

Understanding the Autodesk Content Browser, Pt 4 - pick add catalog option to insert catalog to library, follow 'publish tool catalog steps' to make catalog available to users from server, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, July 9, 2013 (more AutoCAD Architecture articles)

Copy and Paste to Original Coordinates - apply PASTEORIG command located under clipboard panel to move objects between maps, maintain same location in AutoCAD 2014, Samuel Lucido, Cadalyst, July 8, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Inaccurate Modeling vs Accurate Modeling - clean up wall/slab junctions using attach top/base tool, select slab above wall to connect wall to underside of floor slab in AutoCAD, John Flanagan, CADline, July 9, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Adding Custom Scales to AutoCAD Mechanical's Scale List - go to preferences tab under options dialog box, click on system button to expand AutoCAD/M list, open, edit scale list according to preferred ratio, Jim Swain, Synergis, July 8, 2013 (more AutoCAD Mechanical tutorials)

Swapping Entire Symbol Libraries Project Wide - maintain backup of project, test selections on active drawing, set appropriate library scale style in AutoCAD Electrical, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, July 8, 2013 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Plant SDK: For an Entity in the Ortho View, How Can I Find the Same Piece of Equipment in the 3D Model? - GetModelObjectId() method to define new command called 'from ortho to model,' Marat Mirgaleev, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 9, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Playing with Blocks - Visibility States - attach visibility set to block before adding states, add other parameters, actions, constraints to block to make visibility state unique in Civil 3D, Justin Peper, Envision CAD, July 9, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Creating Civil 3D Projects in Vault Professional 2014 - select new folder option while creating project inside Civil 3D, check project in context of greater project folder structure once created, From the Ground Up, July 9, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil 3D - Configuring Vault Database - log into ADMS console as admin on Vault server, choose import configuration, select .cfg file from ADMS professional 2014 folder, Malcolm Fernandes, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, July 8, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Change the Icons of Existing Categories in Content Center in Inventor 2014 - install update 1 to edit category properties of existing category, change icons in Inventor 2014, Alessandro Gasso, Being Inventive, July 9, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials

Inventor Change Centre of Rotation - apply orbit command to rotate view, adjust rotation position by clicking anywhere, or hold down shift key with middle mouse button to gain access to free orbit in Inventor, David Gate, CADline, July 8, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials

Switch to Next Representation - code to switch to next positional representation in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 9, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials

Delete Constraints of Selected Occurrences C++ Example - store entities to be changed before resetting set, apply ObjectCollection to store selected entities in Inventor, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 9, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials

Texture Bitmap and UV Coordinates - obtain texture UV coordinates, texture bitmap access, calculate, mark shaded areas in BIM, nested family predicate, IFC viewer in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 9, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Be Consistent - Wall Location Line - ensure external facade walls are set to same location line, flip direction of wall when applying wall centerline in Revit, David Light, Revit, July 9, 2013  (more Revit tutorials)

I Can't Modify Revit Visibility/Graphics - modify view template, go to properties palette to change view template option to none in Revit, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, July 9, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

SolidWorks Quick Tip: Parametric Studies in SolidWorks Flow Simulation - turn off 'use CAD geometry' option, refine mesh while applying automatic settings or manual mesh refinement, increase small solid feature refinement level to 3, Christopher Ma, HRS Blog, July 9, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials

SolidWorks Electrical: Creating Custom Connectors - import manufacture part information, add circuit to component, open 3D part in SolidWorks to inspect mating/cable side of part, create connection points in 'electrical component wizard' before applying pins, Shao Liu, Javelin Technologies, July 9, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials

Image Quality and Assembly Visualization for SolidWorks 2013 - go to evaluate tab of command manager to switch on assembly visualization tool, add graphics triangles, check image quality utilized in parts, Jay Pinheiro, Fisher/Unitech, July 9, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials

About the Edge Selection ToolBar When Making Fillets  - activate fillet command, go to fillet expert tab, check fillet edge selection toolbar to determine edges selected in SolidWorks, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, July 6, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials

TeamPlatform Takes on the Email-FTP-Dropbox Troika - designed for engineers, TeamPlatform can view MCAD models, share files, organize communications, better than trying to use email and Dropbox, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, July 8, 2013 (more cloud articles, MCAD articles)

Stratasys Materials, Their Properties and Your Models - print ABSplus, create stable, cheap models with FDM dimension line of printers, check ABS-M30, ABSi, ABS-M30i, ABS-ESD7 models to print varied 3D printing parts, Chris Garceau, CAPUniversity, July 5, 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

TurboSite Draws a Crowd - iPad-based app helps view building plan, mark up drawing, add notes, uses GPS to locate position of user in plan, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, July 8, 2013 (more TurboCAD articles)

Understanding the Autodesk Content Browser, Pt 3 - right click in open area of content browser to select/change to different library, make content browser look at different library by default, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, July 5, 2013 (more AutoCAD Architecture articles)

ActiveX Access to ACA/AMEP Drawing Settings - apply undocumented vla-GetInterfaceObject function to access object model elements, subroutine to return proper string indicating version of release of ACA/AMEP running, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, July 4, 2013 (more AutoCAD Architecture articles)

Hard Edges of Lights and Soft Edges - create gobo texture or use Vectorworks light object to soften hard edged beams, Kevin Lee Allen, ProLightingSpace, July 8, 2013 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Migrating to ArchiCAD 17: How to Enable New in ArchiCAD 17 - turn off legacy intersection method located under project preferences in construction elements tab to make model junctions appear different, ArchiCAD SADC, July 8, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

My Dimensions Show Incorrect Value in Viewport Layout - set DIMLFAC value to 1 for drawing in 1:1, set DIMASSOC variable value to 2 in AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, July 4, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Settings and Savings - create custom view, add path to trusted locations, copy layout tab from another drawing in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, CADTutor, July 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Quick Tip: Make a Copy of a Qleader Arrow - set layer to current, invoke QLEADER command, open settings dialog box to adjust 2nd segment to horizontal before specifying points of leader in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, July 8, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

VP Freeze - Freeze Layers in Vports - 'new VP freeze' property freezes layers in all subsequently created viewports in AutoCAD, Cliff Young, AutoCAD Insider, July 8, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Unsupported: AutoCAD 2014 on Windows Vista - download AutoCAD 2014 as browser download on Windows, install .NET 3.5 SP1, run program in compatibility mode using setup.exe, now install AutoCAD 2014 on Vista, David Lau, Up and Ready, July 4, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Using Bluebeam Revu to Assist in Upgrading a Revit Project - create backup of work related data, check central files of project, start upgrade with files having least number of links, use Revu to compare PDF files created earlier, Bill Debevc, Club Revit, July 7, 2013 (more AEC articles, Revit articles)

Updating the InfraWorks Project Thumbnail - navigate model until viewing it from best side, click thumbnail command to make project thumbnail more attractive in Civil 3D, Eric Chappell's Blog, July 5, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Getting Started with InfraWorks, Pt 4: Adding a Road - make draw strip available, click points along existing road to assign elevation from terrain in Civil 3D, double-click last point to end command, Eric Chappell's Blog, July 8, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Using LINQ with AutoCAD and Civil 3D APIs - select all arcs on model space, use LINQ to filter arcs close to alignment, order arcs in Civil 3D 2014, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, July 5, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How to Create a Theme in Autodesk InfraWorks - The Theme - connect DEM to InfraWorks model, configure solid shape file data, create coverage theme from configured coverage in Civil 3D, Phil Zimmerman, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, July 5, 2013 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How to Save on the Disk the Thumbnail Image of an Inventor File - understanding code to save thumbnail image as .jpg, change filename, ImageFormat enum to save file to other formats in Inventor, Philippe Leefsma, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 3, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Creating a Ribbon Item for Inventor - insert .ico on project folder, select 'build action,' apply GetICOResource method to receive resource name in Inventor, Augusto Goncalves, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 3, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2014 Activation Error - fixing errors while launching Autodesk Inventor factory options from zero document state, YouTube, June 25, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Breakout Selection from Another View - create sketch for breakout, select view before invoking sketch command in Inventor, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, July 8, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Create a Filled Region to Use as a Mask - FilledRegion.Create method in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 6, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Shared Coordinates - setting up shared coordinates by 'specifying a coordinate' at a point in Revit, David Light, Revit, July 8, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Managing Revit Data in Excel - exporting data to Excel, linking that data to another Excel workbook, David Light, Revit, July 5, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Graphics Pipeline Custom Exporter - explores CustomExporter, IExportContext, render node classes, CameraInfo classes of custom export, custom exporter to XML, Collada, OBJ, JSON in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 8, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Recent Files and Worksharing - open projects link if recent files page is being used, check create new local option, specify option to determine order of worksets in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, July 8, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Create Runners in SolidWorks Plastics  - create plane at middle of part, right click on plane to choose sketch, click line tool to sketch line, fully define sketch in SolidWorks, Bertan Atamer, YouTube, July 8, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Displaying Mass Using Different Units on a SolidWorks Drawing - go to global variables to add, define new global variable for different mass unit, create, link custom property to global variable, link note in drawing to custom property, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, July 8, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Design Optimization Using SolidThinking Inspire - digital morphogenesis feature, parameters to configure design optimization runs, clean, intuitive UI, well-written tutorials, runs on Windows, Mac, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, July 5, 2013 (more solidThinking reviews)

What Not to Do: Outside Engineering Experts Weigh In - identify objectives, estimate capabilities, don't engage without process, don't be too late, Randy Frank, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2013 (more engineering analysis articles)

Compute Upgrading for Performance - upgrading to solid state hard drives, overclocked CPUs, large/multiple monitors might deliver performance boost, plan, execute regular benchmarking strategy, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2013 (more CAD hardware articles)

Singapore 48 Hour BIM Challenge - Update 3 - create IFC type objects from NBS Create, keep properties out of NBS Create into design model, Stephen Hamil, Construction Code, July 2, 2013 (more AEC articles

Singapore 48 Hour BIM Challenge - Update 4 - authoring BIM objects, specifying performance in NBS Create, embed IFC model by driving specification system, Stephen Hamil, Construction Code, July 3, 2013 (more AEC articles

ArchiCAD 17 Goes Deep with Intelligent Building Materials - correct graphical representation in sections, element surfaces in 3D views, thermal properties throughout building energy evaluations are ensured, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, July 5, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Where Are My Express Tools? - check whether CUIX is listed in MENULOAD command, if found select express, click unload button before loading it back, click load button to load ACAD2 file successfully in AutoCAD, Jarod Schultz, July 3, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Right Click Menus in AutoCAD 2014 - right click in open space to access short-cut menu, repeat previous active command, activate line command again by left clicking repeat LINE from top of menu, John Flanagan, CADline, July 3, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

WPF Implementation to Mimic Color/Layer Controls - understanding code for viewModel class, collection classes for color control in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 3, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Disable Task Dialogs Programmatically - click hidden messages settings button to access previously hidden dialogues, apply FixedProfile.aws to disable/enable specific dialog in AutoCAD, Fenton Webb, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 3, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Dimensions vs Lengths in BOM for AutoCAD Structural Detailing - choose tables styles button from settings panel on ASD drawing tab, modify selected ‘material summary’ table, select total length field to view units update, Kyle Pope, Process Design from the Outside, July 3, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD Command Line Below the Ribbon - apply workspace command to set default Civil 3D workspace current, apply drag, drop process with script file to avoid waiting for alternate workspace before switching back to custom workspace, Matt Miyamoto, Ideate, July 3, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles, Civil 3D articles

Converting Revit to 3D PDF - A Product Review - 3D PDF Converter for Revit add-in has easy installation setup, quick export option, uses Acrobat to view converted 3D PDF, Marcello Sgambelluri, AUGI Library, July 4, 2013 (more Revit articles)

Dismiss the Dialog When Opening a Copied Central Model File - register DialogBoxShowing event in Application.OnStartup() method, dismiss copies central model dialog by imitating to click close button in Revit, Joe Ye, AEC DevBlog, July 4, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Recursively Disable Architecture Mismatch Warning - disable mismatch warning utility, understand project file header, property group, string constraints, file processing, recursive directory traversal with reference to other enhancements, warnings in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 4, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

IMAGINiT Revit Utilities: Element Renumber Customization - make copy of original config file before making modifications, check parameter category name to avoid tool working problems, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 3, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamically Hide and Display a Ribbon Panel - set read-write RibbonPanel.Visible property to false to hide panel, save RibbonPanel instance in global variable to switch state at will in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 3, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Get Parameters of iFeature - code to dump parameters of ide in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 4, 2013  (more Inventor tutorials)

iLogic - Add Standard Virtual Parts From a Text File - input quantity of virtual part before adding such occurrences to assembly in Inventor, Curtis Waguespack, From the Trenches with Autodesk Inventor, July 3, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Vault 2014 API Language Pack - includes every language that Vault supports, select folders with language codes to be placed under exe folder, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, July 2, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Recalling an Old Filename for a File Renamed in Autodesk Vault - choose custom view by right clicking on custom bar of preview pane, select fields icon to locate 'file name (historical)' field, add it to title bar in Vault, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, July 7, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

How to Replace the Viewport Compass with Your Company Logo - import 3D company logo into 3DVIA composer, create geometry file, go to 'compass in collaboration pane' to choose compass, search logo geometry file location in SolidWorks, John Lam, TMS CADCentre, July 2, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Creating Your Own Sheet Metal Forming Tool - design library forming tools in SolidWorks, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, July 5, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Irfan's Pick of the Day: Transient Sensors  - supported in SolidWorks Simulation Professional, transient sensor replaces existing response plots, creating sensor icon, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, July 4, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Electrical: The Archive Environment, Pt 2 - packaging project using archive environment wizard, Shao Liu, Javelin Technologies, July 3, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Large Design Review Mode: What is It? - open very large assemblies very quickly while conducting review of SolidWorks assembly, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, July 3, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Whodunnit ? - feature properties provide user name, date of file inception, last modification, Elba-Gloria LaFleche-Erazo, CAPUniversity, July 3, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Capturing the Workstation Speed Crown - 3DBOXX 8980 XTREME is fastest, most expensive workstation tested, $10,029 base price, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2013 (more BOXX workstation reviews)

Luxology modo 701 - faster replicator array tool, contour, continuous bridge tools, color coding available on all layers, improved graph editor, Python support, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2013 (more modo reviews)

Bluebeam Talks: Why They Do AEC Collaboration Better - Don Jacob of Bluebeam Software on flagship product Revu, tackling document, collaboration challenges in AEC industry, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, July 2, 2013 (more AEC articles)

How to List the Wall Surface - create zone, select any kind of solid element operation, choose zone to convert selection to morph(s), delete upper, lower surface of morph in ArchiCAD, Judit Boros, ArchiCAD Wiki, July 2, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Singapore 48 Hour BIM Challenge - Update 1 - providing specification support besides looking into IFC object creation, combined IFC export, IFC stamping, filling IFC property sets at design time, Stephen Hamil, Construction Code, July 1, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Singapore 48 Hour BIM Challenge - Update 2 - generate IFC directly from NBS Create, import property sets from it, Stephen Hamil, Construction Code, July 1, 2013 (more AEC articles)

Creating a Grid of Columns Inside Tinkercad Using JavaScript - click on 'shape scripts' section to create shape scripts based on existing sample, JavaScript code will get executed once empty script is created against Gen6 geometry kernel, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 3, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Checking AutoCAD Files into Vault for the 1st Time  - open drawing in AutoCAD from local folder, log in to Autodesk Vault from AutoCAD, specify Vault as AOTGVault, check-in drawing into Vault, click refresh icon to update display, Mark Flayler, YouTube, July 2, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles, Autodesk Vault articles)

Action May Be Required for Change in Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suites Migration Policy - Autodesk withdraws offer to automatically upgrade to Infrastructure Design Suite Premium/Standard, instead provides option of selecting to upgrade, Ideate, July 2, 2013 (more Autodesk articles)

Making a Game of Model Navigation - setting up Xbox controller for Navisworks, using Xpadder to assigns keystrokes, macros to Xbox 360 controller, Kevin Miller, AUGI Library, July 2, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

AutoCAD: Shortcuts Using PGP - open ACAD.PGP file in notepad, go to 1st section of commands, start new line section bottom, type shortcut text followed by comma, asterisk, command name, save file in AutoCAD, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 2, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD: What Happened to the Command Line - press ctrl key along with digit 9 to turn off/on command line each time it is used, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 2, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Connecting Equipment to Equipment in Plant3D - close error, move piece of equipment once 2nd piece of equipment is moved into place, choose 'connect component to adjacent' before/after selecting equipment pieces in AutoCAD, Kyle Pope, Process Design from the Outside, July 2, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

Fixing Cutback Elbow Callouts on 45s for Plant 3D - edit isoconfig.xml file to locate, expand, adjust angle property of CutbackElbow filter in AutoCAD, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, July 2, 2013 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

VBA Setting Reflectivity and Self-Illumination in Appearances - rename file extension in .BAS, go to VBA editor to import file, modify library name, remove comment signs, change reflectivity values before running code in Inventor, Being Inventive, July 2, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2014: Populate Tips, Pt 2 - Creating Idle Areas  -  regions separate from the flows where people congregate, such as a park or traffic island, Marion Landry, YouTube, July 2, 2013 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Family API - Nested Type, Instance and Symbol Retrieval - understanding Revit API scenarios based on instance, symbol retrieval, nested type modification, retrieving specific family symbols, instances, display of available door panel types, modifying nested family type, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 2, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Solid Edge University Wrap-Up - Solid Edge ST6 unveiled, breakout sessions on drawings, surfacing, hybrid modeling technique, rendering, animation, Solid Edge embedded client, Scott Wertel, Engineering.com, July 2, 2013 (more CAD show articlesSolid Edge articles)

Siemens Solid Edge University 2013 Experience - Karsten Newbury discussed in-context learning, upcoming monthly rental capability, new partnership with GrabCAD; CEO Chuck Grindstaff discussed Solid Edge's business progress, strategy, initiatives, John Evans, Design and Motion, July 2, 2013 (more CAD show articlesSolid Edge articles)

Color Options in SolidWorks Drawings - go to colors in system options tab to customize drawings including paper color, visible model edges, tangent edges, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, July 2, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

How to Use VBA Code with SolidWorks - click new in macro, tools menu to override default save functionality so that saving drawing will publish PDF of drawing, Adam Bridgman, Javelin Technologies, July 2, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

How to Get an EPDM License File - create account in customer portal, register EPDM serial number to obtain SolidWorks EPDM license file, Peer Larson, SolidNotes, July 2, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Do 3 Things at Once: Intersect Command, Pt 1 - replace need to offset, trim, knit, thicken surfaces to create solid by using intersect tool in SolidWorks, Randy Simmons, 3DVision Technologies, July 3, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Tech Tip: Symmetry Fixtures on Shell Elements - select symmetry edge, use symmetry fixture for anything defined with shell elements in SolidWorks, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, July 2, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Simulation for Small Businesses, Pt 1 - SolidWorks, Autodesk, PTC, Siemens PLM Software are offering CAD packages with embedded simulation functions, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2013 (more engineering analysis articles)

New to Finite Element Analysis - experience software in real world, consider vendor-based training, find mentor, experiment to develop FEA skills, follow career plan, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2013 (more FEA articles)

Reuse 3D CAD Models - PLM systems provide repositories, search capabilities for storing 3D CAD models; community sites like GrabCAD help reuse CAD models in crowd, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2013 (more CAD development articlesMCAD articles)

Reporting from the Second Solid Edge User Conference - major enhancements of Solid Edge ST6 include: surface modeling, integrated CAM, targeting industrial designers, SolidWorks users, CAM shops, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, July 2, 2013 (more CAD show articles, Solid Edge articles)

Adjusting Graphics Profile for Your Environment - access application preferences in 3DVIA Composer/3DVIA Composer Player, choose option from profile selection box for stable operations, 3D Mojo, July 1, 2013 (more 3DVIA articles)

AIA: Pictures from the Show Floor and Around the Convention, Pt 2 - HP DesignJet T1500 with rear printer tray drawing support mechanism, SketchUp 2013, add-on software like SUPodium were also showcased, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, July 1, 2013 (more AEC articles, CAD show articles)

First Firefox Phones Launch on Dominion Day - FireFox phone runs any web page, but no support for Flash; Json3D Gallery, GrabCAD, Revisto, Sunglass.io, TeamPlatform work fine, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, July 2, 2013

Insert Data from an Excel Worksheet - click table in annotation panel, select data link option, launch data link manager, create new Excel data link option to choose sheet for linking to named range in AutoCAD, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, July 2, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Draw a 2D Line with LISP - apply point filter .xy to draw polyline at Z=0, employ OSNAP to pick point using AutoCAD 2014, Clayton Harrison, Cadalyst, July 1, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

ACAD/ACA/AMEP: How to Bring in Your Custom Profiles and Cuix - save old customizations, install/reinstall Autodesk software, open 'customize user interface editor' to check 2 panels, click on open icon to navigate to acad.cuix in AutoCAD MEP, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 1, 2013 (more AutoCAD customization tutorials)

Use Paragraph Settings in MText to Control Display of Text - start MText, right click in typing area to select paragraph, adjust paragraph tab to 5/8 before clicking add, set left, hanging indent, paragraph alignments in AutoCAD 2014, Leonid Nemirovsky, Cadalyst, July 1, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Document Database, Pt 1 - organize data in SQL database format, apply NavisworksCommand, NavisworksDataAdapter, NavisworksConnection, NavisworksTransaction to create table in Navisworks, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, July 1, 2013 (more Navisworks articles)

Generate an FEA Report in Inventor Professional 2014 - make linear static analysis assumptions, use legend settings, report formats, publish results as DWF, DWFX, PDF documents, Radu Stancescu, Cadalyst, June 30, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials, FEA articles)

Inventor 2014 API - Solid Imprinting - apply TransientBRep.ImprintBodies method to split faces where bodies connect, run CreateImprintFromAssembly() to select 2 parts with coincident faces, Wayne Brill, Mod the Machine, July 1, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Customizing Inventor's Ribbon - go to 2D sketch tab, customize user commands option, select commands, turn on check mates, create user commands panel to add bolted connection tool, Jim Swain, Synergis, July 1, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

ComponentOccurrence: The DrawingCurveSegment - understanding code to locate ComponentOccurrence of assembly in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 1, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Propagate Extents in Revit - add elbow to adjust view by clicking jog symbol, disable crop region, scope box to propagate 2D extents, select grids or levels before clicking propagate events button, Jarod Schultz, July 1, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Family API - Create Type, Select and Modify Instances - select, modify family instances by creating new type of loaded family, create new family type, implement pre-/post-selection handler class in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 1, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

BIM Coordinator for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 and Revit 2014 - launch export shared reference points, set origin point, specify DWG units, save XML file in Civil 3D, select import shared coordinates tool, origin point, apply location command in Revit, Autodesk Revit Structure, July 1, 2013  (more Revit articles, Civil 3D articles)

Integrating Revit-API and GBS-API to Optimize Building Energy Performance - access UI inside Revit to generate new design options, create gbXML files for each design option, update BIM model to provide simulation results to users, Mohammad Rahmani Asl & Wei Yan, Building Performance Analysis, July 1, 2013 (more Revit articles, AEC articles)

Ensure Correct Drawings with Design Checker - select build checks option, create new standards file, verify options while choosing checks, click 'check active document' option to check files in SolidWorks, Jennifer Bahnsen, Symmetry Solutions Blog, July 1, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Multiple Leaders and How Awesome is SolidWorks Help - select multiple leaders from detailing, drawings option in help menu, or hold ctrl key to pick another edge before setting down annotation, Tonia Lauer, Fisher/Unitech, July 1, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Configurations or Display States Preparing for Simulation - specify hide show states, appearances, display modes, transparencies for part/assembly, create multiple variations of part within single document in SolidWorks, Robert Warren, 3D Vision Technologies, July 1, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Changing Configurations in SolidWorks Plastics - open configuration manager, double click on 2nd configuration to apply tests, check if modifications resulted in any improvements, Bertan Atamer, SolidWorks Blog, July 1, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Highlights from the NAFEMS World Congress 2013 - emphasis on leading importance of CAE in automotive industry, new Professional Simulation Engineer (PSE) designation, scheme introduced, Dennis Nagy, Desktop Engineering, June 19, 2013 (more engineering analysis articles)

Solid Edge Wants to Be the Best MCAD Program, That's All - latest release emphasizes  user productivity not high end concepts, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, July 1, 2013 (more Solid Edge articles)

Perspectives on the 2013 AIA Best of Show Awards - perspectives on industry change in information technology, offering transformational opportunities in architectural practice, Pete Evans, Architosh, June 28, 2013 (more AEC articles, CAD show articles)

AIA: Pictures from the Show Floor and Around the Convention, Pt 1 - Altair showed 'form finding,' conceptual engineering technology, HP on printing on textiles technology, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, June 28, 2013 (more AEC articles, CAD show articles)

Looking at Graphisoft ArchiCAD 17 - ability to keep BIM model 'live,' priority based connections, intelligent building materials, real-time 3D cutting planes, floor plan-based 3D documents feature, more IFC support, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, June 29, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Review of Better Detail Marker by Master Script - object helps adjust how tail will look while removing arrow at markers' head, Willard Williams, Shoegnome, June 28, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Migrating to ArchiCAD 17: How to Keep Old Intersections: Legacy Mode for Migrated Files - control legacy mode by using construction elements option, click info button to determine effects of checkbox on intersections of different construction elements, ArchiCAD SADC, June 28, 2013 (more ArchiCAD articles)

What Elements Can Not Have a Renovation Status - use renovation filters option of ArchiCAD renovation tool to depict project in different stages of construction, Jonathan Breen, Cadimage, July 1, 2013 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Property Set Definitions - open drawing created in MVPart example, manage drawing, add formula property definition, use DEFINETAG, MVPART to select object for tagging, add Bosch speakers using AutoCAD MEP, Elisha Sage, AUGI Library, June 28, 2013 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Walking a Pipe in Plant3D - .NET, C++ coding to iterate pipe network in Plant3D, Fenton Webb, AutoCAD DevBlog, June 28, 2013 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD: Walking the Layers - layer walk command steps through layers by turning off display of unselected layers, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 28, 2013 (more AutoCAD tips)

Autodesk InfraWorks: New File Type Support - .RVT file option directly imports, places Revit files into InfraWorks model, applies 'proposals and scenarios' option to create realistic visualizations, renderings while incorporating Revit models, Matt Miyamoto, Ideate, June 28, 2013 (more Civil 3D articles)

Creating Monochrome DWFs for Vault Visualization Files - locate, open TrueViewSetup.dwg setup file to adjust DWF6 ePlot.pc3 to plot using monochrome or use Autodesk Vault client located under publish options, Bob Felton, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 28, 2013 (more Autodesk Vault articles, Autodesk articles)

Finding an AutoCAD Spline Between Two Others Using .NET - select splines, create transaction, open splines, get Ge equivalents of 2 splines, find middle curve, create spline from it, add new spline to database, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 1, 2013 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Running a LISP, or Command, on File Open - Fix_Me - LISP utility sets wd.env file, type fix_me code to run script that zooms in first block named fix_me in AutoCAD Electrical, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, June 30, 2013 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Surfing a Project Using Wild Cards - Fix_Me 2 - create fix_me symbol, add fix_me- to TAG1 attribute, start surfer from project tab, use wild cards for searching AutoCAD Electrical project for components, catalog, wire numbers, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, June 30, 2013 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Putting Isometric Dimensions on the Right Plane - click on dimensions, select 2 edges, annotation plane to obtain RMB menu, use 'show all part work planes' option to select part using Inventor, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, July 1, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

Conditional Feature Suppression in Autodesk Inventor - Turning a Feature On & Off Automatically - rename parameter defining head size of bench dog, open properties dialog box to select if checkbox followed by Dog_Width in pull-down menu, repeat steps to suppress parameter, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, June 30, 2013 (more Inventor tutorials)

View Templates and Linking Views - uncheck V/G overrides RVT link in view template if views are linked from various linked models in Revit, Mark Cronin, Better Revit, June 30, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Programmatically Load a New Symbol from an Existing Family in a Revit Project - implement IFamilyLoadOptions interface to use 3rd version of overloaded method in Revit, Gopinath Taget, AEC DevBlog, June 28, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Family API Add-In: Load Family and Place Instances - create nested family structure to insert family instance into family document, load family, place instances, locate database element by type, name, access newly placed instances using Revit API, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 28, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

Coordinating Projects Using Shared Coordinates - consider 2 approaches in Revit: small project, large project; examine survey file, prepare site project file, import survey file, define coordinates, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, June 28, 2013 (more Revit tutorials)

The Most Successful Crowd Funded 3D Printers, Pt 1 - Formlabs Form 1, eMaker Huxley, OpenBeam Kossel Pro, Pirate 3D, Chris McAndrew, 3DEngr.com, June 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Most Succesful Crowd Funded 3D Printers, Pt 2 - 3Doodler, Gigabot, Filastruder, Pirate 3D Buccaneer, Chris McAndrew, 3DEngr.com, June 2013 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SolidWorks Composer - 4 Steps for Animation with Multiple Camera Angles - animate scene, specify time at which scene changes from one camera to another, animate camera independently like actor, animation continues to play with active camera, Scott Woods, HRS Blog, June 28, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Creating Styles in SolidWorks Composer  - YouTube, June 21, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

SolidWorks Electrical: The Archive Environment, Pt 1 - 2 methods are used: packaging select list of manufacturing parts, packaging project, Shao Liu, Javelin Technologies, June 28, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

How to Export High Resolution Videos in SolidWorks Composer - choose multiple with video export option, upload video to Windows Movie Maker, export video in several different file types, Matt Campbell, Javelin Technologies, June 28, 2013 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

   

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