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December 2003

Better Structural Simulation of Welded Assemblies - Pro/ENGINEER tip, David M. Reid, Pro/Clues Digest, December 9, 2003

Loading and Constraining Models in Static Equilibrium - Pro/ENGINEER tip, John Buchowski, Pro/Clues Digest, December 9, 2003

Rediscovering "Good Modeling Practices" - tips on using modeling techniques that enhance the usability and robustness of the model, Synthesis Engineering Systems, December 2003

Parts List Rollup Options - Inventor tutorial offers guidelines on how to do a very basic BOM rollup and summation, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, December 29, 2003 (pdf)

Control Your Autodesk Inventor Models with Linked External Parameters - tutorial on how to control an assembly or a part file from one master location, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, December 16, 2003 (pdf)

Software Glitch Brings Y2K Deja Vu - PTC is scrambling to patch a glitch that will render most of its products inoperable after January 10, 2004, David Becker, CNET News.com, December 22, 2003

How to Launch Apps From a Toolbar in CATIA - CATIA tips, Ray Anderson, CATIA Digital Digest, December 16, 2003

Autodesk Inventor Continues Strong Sales - Robert "Buzz" Kross, Autodesk VP, Manufacturing Solutions Division, replies to comments by industry experts about Autodesk's recent press release announcing a quarter-million Inventor users, CADwire.net, December 15, 2003

Tip for Checking Interferences Within Assemblies - SolidWorks tip, Hariharan Chandrasekar, Solid Solutions Advanced, December 16, 2003

Inventor R8 Fundamentals: Pattern Component - tutorial on using Feature Patterns in Inventor, Elise Moss, Moss Designs, December 15, 2003 (pdf)

Autodesk Inventor - Assembly Mirroring in Inventor 8 - streaming tech tip demonstrates the new Assembly Mirroring capability of Inventor 8, Mike Ikenberry, Avatech Solutions, December 11, 2003

Autodesk Inventor Continues Strong Sales - commentary on Autodesk's recent press release that celebrated a milestone in reaching the quarter-million Inventor user mark in four years - three years less than it took SolidWorks to reach the same mark, Martyn Day and W. Bradley Holtz, CADwire.net, December 10, 2003

Creating Custom Weldment Profiles - SolidWorks tutorial explains how to add to supplied profiles, Josh Altergott, CATI Technical Newsletter, December 2003

Better Structural Simulation of Welded Assemblies - Pro/E tips, David M. Reid, Pro/Clues Digest, December 9, 2003

Loading and Constraining Models in Static Equilibrium - Pro/E tips, John Buchowski, Pro/Clues Digest, December 9, 2003

November 2003

Making Parts Lists More Intelligent - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Multi-CAD Magazine (hosted on Envision Solutions website), November 2003

Relation-Driven Family Tables - Pro/ENGINEER tips on using family tables to create multiple versions of similar parts, Kenneth S. Johnson, ProfilesMagazine, Winter 2003

Managing Workspaces in Pro/INTRALINK 3.0/3.1 - how to transfer a Pro/INTRALINK workspace created in one system to another, Natarajan K. Murali, ProfilesMagazine, Winter 2003

Solving 2D Electrostatic Problems Using the Thermal Module of Pro/MECHANICA -  Pro/MECHANICA tips, Johannes Tredoux, ProfilesMagazine, Winter 2003

2003 Pro/E Salary Survey - no major change from last year's  numbers: typical respondent is a married male 26 to 35 with 5 years of Pro/E experience, earns $58,000 per year, enjoys the challenge of the job and is positive about job security, Jason Turk, ProfilesMagazine, Winter 2003

Work Smarter, Not Harder - Pro/ENGINEER techniques to help you be more productive when modeling high feature-count models, Ron Grabau, ProfilesMagazine, Winter 2003

Linking Model Notes and Parameters to Display Family Table Instance Information - Pro/E tip on combining model parameters and dimensions into a single note that will then be displayed in parts as well as drawing tables, Jim Wehner, ProfilesMagazine, Winter 2003

How to Improve CAD Interoperability Through Routine System Maintenance - SolidWorks tips, SolidWorks Express, November 2003

How to Simplify the Design Process with Drawing Tables - SolidWorks tutorial, SolidWorks Express, November 2003

Creating a Wire Whisk - Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire tutorial, Karavasilis V. Christos, Pro/E Central, November 2003

How to Simplify the Design Process with Drawing Tables - SolidWorks tutorial, SolidWorks Express, November 2003

How to Maximize Your Use of Fillet Features in SolidWorks - tech tip explores why some fillet features fail, what to look for to diagnose filleting problems, and how to get difficult fillets to work, SolidWorks Express, November 2003

How to Use Finite Element (FE) Modeling to Exploit Planes of Symmetry or Anti-Symmetry - SolidWorks tutorial, SolidWorks Express, November 2003

Avoid Creation of CATProduct When You are Starting CATIA V5 - CATIA tip, CATIA Digital Digest, November 18, 2003

Inventor - Drawing Dimensions Enhancements - streaming tech tip shows how enhancements in Autodesk Inventor 8 can significantly shorten the process of placing dimensions on a drawing, as well as additional improvements that will increase efficiency and productivity, Jason Lane, Avatech Solutions, November 12, 2003

Tip for Exporting DWG Files - SolidWorks tip, Chetan Dahiwal, SOLID Solutions Advanced, November 18, 2003

Rotate about a Selected Edge, Point, or Vertices - SolidWorks tips, Keith Schaefer, CATI Technical Newsletter, November 2003

Inventor - Mirrored Assemblies - streaming tech tip shows how to mirror parts and subassemblies in Inventor 8, Shawn Turek, Avatech Solutions, November 12, 2003

MCAD Industry View - What Did the Last Quarter Bring? - explores how the major MCAD vendors performed during the third quarter of 2003 and discusses how they might fare the rest of the year and beyond, Russ Henke and Jack Horgan, MCADCafe, November 13, 2003

Using Envelopes to Simplify Large Assemblies - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial shows how to reduce memory usage by using envelopes for simplified representations of parts and subassemblies, Lino Tozzi, PTC Express, November 2003

Managing Non-Pro/ENGINEER CAD Data in Windchill PDMLink - learn how Windchill CAD workgroup managers extend Windchill’s data management capabilities into a wide range of MCAD and ECAD design tools, Chad Hawkinson, PTC Express, November 2003

Using Microsoft Excel to Sort Global Interference Check Information from Pro/ENGINEER - Pro/E video tips, PTC Express, November 2003

Rotating Around an Object in CATIA v5 - CATIA tips, Steve Stigall, CATIA Digital Digest, November 11, 2003

PTC's Design Solutions Find Solid Demand - the number of PTC clients has been growing consistently in South Korea, where the company's software is deployed to design numerous consumer goods, Korea Times, November 12, 2003

What's New in R8 - a look at some of the most useful new features in the latest version of Autodesk Inventor, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, November 6, 2003 (pdf)

Reordering Components in an Inventor Assembly - Autodesk Inventor tips, CAD Forum, November 5, 2003

Unigraphics Tech Tips - a large collection of users tips, Cadpo, November 5, 2003

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: Formatting with Drawing Text - tips on working with Text Style functions, Synthesis Engineering Systems, November 2003

Converting Your 2D CATIA V4 Drawing to V5 - CATIA tips, CATIA Digital Digest, November 4, 2003

Downward Compatibility of CATIA V5 Files - CATIA tips, CATIA Digital Digest, October 21, 2003

October 2003

Creating Complex Shapes with VarSecSweep and Relations - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial illustrates how to use the Variable Section Sweep option to create complex shapes, S.K. Nawaz, Pro/E Central, October 2003

Inventor - Break Out Views - streaming tip shows how to make a Break Out View in Autodesk Inventor IDWs, Erik Kurek, Avatech Solutions, October 23, 2003

AutoCAD Mechanical: Virtual Memory Settings - What Should I Set It To? - tips on defining the minimum and maximum Page File Size, Comtrex Corp., October 16, 2003

Clean, Controlled IGES Files - Just Say YES! - CATIA tips,  K.C. Takacs, CATIA Digital Digest, October 14, 2003

View Multi-CAD 3D Models (Heterogeneous File Formats) - AutoVue SolidModel tips, Novedge, October 13, 2003

Computing the Volume using AutoVue SolidModel - AutoVue tips, Novedge, October 13, 2003

Measuring Cross Sections with AutoVue SolidModel Professional - AutoVue tips, Novedge, October 13, 2003

Constraining a Part to the Origin - Autodesk Inventor tips, KETIV Technologies, October 10, 2003

Loading VBA Macros in Inventor - Autodesk Inventor tips, KETIV Technologies, October 10, 2003

SolidWorks 2003 Tech Tips - a half-dozen SolidWorks tips on various topics, Computer-Aided Products, October 10, 2003

Component Interfaces - Pro/E Wildfire tutorial explains how to use component interfaces to define assembly constraints in the part model before assembling the component into the assembly, CADQuest, October 10, 2003 (pdf)

Involute Gears - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial explains how to create an involute gear, CADQuest, October 10, 2003 (pdf)

Layouts - Pro/E Wildfire tutorial explores creating layouts, which are like engineering notebooks, containing key design information and rules and allowing you to create parameters that control the model, CADQuest, October 10, 2003 (pdf)

Recent Happenings at VX Corp. - a look at the new products VX has released this year and a review of what's been going on from a business point of view, Joe Greco, CADENCE MCAD Tech News #106, September 18, 2003

Autodesk Inventor: The Best Table in the House - exercises illustrate how to link Excel spreadsheets to Autodesk Inventor parts and assemblies, Bill Fane, Autodesk.com, October 3, 2003

Drawing Production - Solid Edge tutorial explores the process of formally documenting the design of a part or an assembly, J. Fred White, CADENCE, October 2003

Pro/DESKTOP Tips - tutorial explores using the Sweep functionality to generate 3D models from 2D sketches, Ties Magazine, September 2003 (pdf)

Drawing Styles and Standards - Autodesk Inventor tutorial explains how to modify drafting standards to match your employers' or customers' criteria, Jeff Wymer, CADENCE, October 2003

Pro/E Standard Practices - discusses both standard practices and recommended practices for Pro/ENGINEER and PT/Modeler, Chris Andrews, Illustrative Design, September 4, 2003

2D Drawing - Basic - thinkdesign tutorial is designed to help you learn the basic commands to create and edit 2D geometry, think3, October 3, 2003

GUI Concepts 2 - in this thinkdesign tutorial you'll rebuild the support piece for a watermill by sketching the outline of the solid then adding a cut, a slot and a protrusion, think3, October 3, 2003

Parametric Modifications - in this thinkdesign tutorial you'll repair a Roman lock bolt and retrieve the connecting rod, think3, October 3, 2003

Ice Cream in Yorkshire - a UK ice cream manufacturer used Ashlar-Vellum's Cobalt surface and solid modeling software to design an ice cream dispenser for use in convenient stores, Brian Gott, e4engineering, September 25, 2003

Managing Repetitive Tasks - the SolidWorks Task Scheduler is a utility that allows for offloading tasks to non-peak hours as well as automating certain tasks that can be performed on a group of files, Greg Jankowski CADENCE, October 2003

Pro/E Search Paths for Dependent Reference Files - Pro/E tips on how to tell Pro/E where to find components not in the standard location, Synthesis Engineering Systems, October 2003

Complex Shapes Made Simple - new technology added to Solid Edge gives it surfacing functions that could reshape how designers create complex surfaces and ergonomic forms, Dan Staples, Machine Design, September 18, 2003

A Dream of "Paperless" Architecture - CATIA has helped architect Frank Gehry create some of his most famous structures, including his most recent, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Yahoo News, October 2, 2003

September 2003

Taking the Time Out of Time-consuming Tasks - SolidWorks tutorial shows how to use the Task Scheduler to automate reiterative non-design work, SolidWorks Express, September 2003

Inventor - Creating Reference Geometry - streaming video tip explores the method for creating reference geometry in a 2D drawing to illustrate range-of-motion or alternate assembly positions, Carl Smith, Avatech Solutions, September 30, 2003

Competitors Target CADKEY Customers - three CAD vendors - EDS/Solid Edge, Dassault/SolidWorks and Autodesk/Inventor - are making pitches to seduce CADKEY users to switch to their products, and CADKEY CEO Robert Bean says these ploys are intended to create fear and uncertainty, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, September 30, 2003

SolidWorks TechTips - a large collection of tips to enhance your productivity, Graphics Systems Corporation, September 30, 2003

Using Batch Files to Automate Your Administrative Tasks - SolidWorks 2004 tutorial explores a number of useful functions you can run from a command line or simple batch file, SolidWorks Express, September 2003

Simplify the Creation of Sheet Metal Concepts - SolidWorks 2004 tutorial examines the special features and functions specifically geared to sheet metal parts, SolidWorks Express, September 2003

SolidWorks Utilities - Furthering Analysis and Re-use of Your Design Information - tutorial explores a variety of timesaving functions derived from utilities, SolidWorks Express, September 2003

Understanding the CommandManager - SolidWorks 2004 tutorial explores a handy new user interface tool, Greg Jankowski, CADENCE, September 2003

CATIA V5 Ramps Up Third-party Applications -with the 12th release of CATIA version five has come an explosion of third-party applications as Dassault Systèmes has added 55 new programs to the CATIA Application Architecture for V5 roster, CADCAMNet.com, September 29, 2003

Working with Drawing Symbol Groups - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial explores the Detail mode, which enables you to create symbols that include pre-defined groups of text, lines and more, Ed Muirhead, Pro/E Central, September 2003

Using Family Tables to Create Similar Solid Models - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial illustrates how a generic part can be created by modifying various characteristics of the solid model, PTC, September 17, 2003

Settings for Commonly Used Appearances - provides a set of Appearance settings to be used for Pro/ENGINEER Photorender, PTC, September 17, 2003

Searching the Product Structure and Color Coding the Results - Pro/ENGINEER tips on how to use complex queries to locate items that fulfill specific criteria, and how to color code results when running multiple searches simultaneously, PTC, September 17, 2003

Autodesk Mechanical Desktop: a Stroll Down the 3D Path - examines the 3D Spline Path dialog box, Bill Fane, Autodesk.com, September 16, 2003

Autodesk Mechanical Desktop: Integrating Toolbodies into Your Design Flow - tutorial shows how to use toolbodies to create models of molds, patterns and other tooling directly from the model of the part you want the tooling to produce, Bill Fane, Autodesk.com, September 16, 2003

Autodesk Mechanical Desktop: Annotation Standards - tutorial explores the annotation standards available in Mechanical Desktop Releases 4 and 5, Bill Fane, Autodesk.com, September 16, 2003

Solving Engineering Problems with BMX - Pro/E Wildfire exercise on getting started with BMX, PTC, September 12, 2003

Creating an Involute Gear - Pro/ENGINEER tips, PTC, September 12, 2003

Creating Image Effects - Pro/ENGINEER tips, PTC, September 12, 2003

Searching Made Easy, with Pro/LOCATE - Pro/ENGINEER tips on how Pro/LOCATE helps find data in the Pro/INTRALINK Commonspace, Rodger Premeau, PTC Express, September 2003

Adding Constraints to Windchill PDMLink Soft Type Objects - simplify your use of Windchill PDMLink's Soft Type mechanism, including adding constraints, Bruce Hulse, PTC Express, September 2003

Using a User-defined Analysis and Behavioral Modeling Extension to Maximize Projected Areas - Pro/ENGINEER streaming video tips, PTC Express, September 2003

Using Swept Wall Features To Create Barrel Shaped Geometry - Pro/ENGINEER tip describes how to create barrel shaped geometry using a swept wall feature, and how to unbend the feature once created, PTC, September 12, 2003

Using Effects to Display Notes in ProductView Animations - Pro/ENGINEER tips on how to add notes to an animation using Effects, PTC, September 12, 2003

How to Use Flexible Components in Wildfire - Pro/ENGINEER tips on using flexible components to allow a model to be presented within the assembly in different states, PTC, September 12, 2003

Reducing the Workload of Pro/E Administration - tips on automating tasks, Edwin Muirhead, Profiles Magazine, Fall 2003

Need to Get a Head in a Hurry? - exercise offers surfacing tips for beginners, John Driscoll, Profiles Magazine, Fall 2003

Shedding a Little Light on the Matter - how to change and save a more desirable setting for the default light, Profiles Magazine, Fall 2003

Documenting Your Design: Parts List and Balloons - Inventor tips on how to define a parts list, customize the output to meet your specific needs and balloon your assembly components, Jeff Wymer, CADENCE, September 2003

Bentley Does It - Pro/ENGINEER helped Team Bentley Speed 8 cars place first and second at the 2003 Le Mans race, CAD User, August/September 2003

Understanding the CommandManager - SolidWorks 2004 tutorial explores a handy new user interface tool, Greg Jankowski, CADENCE, September 2003

Creating Sheet Metal Walls - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial explores the  Pro/SHEETMETAL module and how to create Flat, Extruded, Twisted, Swept and Extended Walls, FroTime, September 8, 2003

Evolve to 3D - provides Solid Edge users with a step-by-step system to move to 3D at a comfortable pace, J. Fred White, CADENCE, September 2003

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: Overcoming the 30 Degree Draft Limitation - Satyanarayana Raju, Synthesis Engineering Systems, September 2003

The Dos and Don'ts of Family Tables and Pro/INTRALINK - tips on using family tables in a Pro/INTRALINK environment, David Graham, Profiles Magazine, Fall 2003

PDF Creation Using GhostScript, FreeDist and Pro/BATCH - how to convert a Pro/ENGINEER drawing to Portable Document Format (PDF) so that the file can be distributed easily and securely, Anthony Troglio, Profiles Magazine, Fall 2003

Spinning and Fixing a Component's Placement During Assembly - Pro/ENGINEER tips, Keith Ebling, Profiles Magazine, Fall 2003

What is Inventor Professional? - discusses the differences between Inventor v7 and the new Autodesk Inventor Professional Series release and the brouhaha surrounding the latter's release, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, September 2, 2003

August 2003

Derived Parts - Autodesk Inventor tutorial offers illustrated guidelines for creating, using and modifying derived parts, Autodesk.com, August 26, 2003 (pdf)

Associative Shrinkwrap Using Envelopes - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial explores a special kind of part called an envelope, which can be used to represent a pre-determined set of components, PTC, August 25, 2003

Loading and Constraining Models in Static Equilibrium - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial highlights a technique for loading and constraining models that are part of a linkage with no clearly defined constraints to ground, John Buchowski, PTC, August 8, 2003

Modeling Gears in Pro/ENGINEER - offers step-by-step instructions for modeling a gear in Pro/Engineer, Daniel Grattan, The Gear Industry Homepage, August 29, 2003

The Reverse Engineering Silence - explores the issues of "shrinkwrap" licenses to prevent unauthorized reverse engineering of computer software, in light of a recent legal skirmish involving CADKEY, Steve S. Chang and Frederic M. Meeker, Darwin, August 2003

V5i GPN - MSC.Nastran within CATIA V5 - tutorial shows how to create a simple simulation model, run a MSC.Nastran linear static analysis and perform simple postprocessing of the analysis results, COE NewsNet, August 2003

AutoCAD Mechanical - Custom Layers - streaming video illustrates how to make AutoCAD Mechanical do things your way by customizing the layers, Avatech Solutions, August 28, 2003

Autodesk Inventor - Emboss Feature - streaming video tip shows a simple yet effective way to emboss or engrave sketched shapes at uniform depths into complex part surfaces, Avatech Solutions, August 28, 2003

CATIA V5 - Legacy, Beyond the Green Field! - examines the current state as it applies to using older or newer systems in the sense of the Legacy versus the Green Field, John M. Switlik, COE NewsNet, August 2003

Racing By Design - Pro/ENGINEER helped Team Bentley win its first LeMans in seven decades, Demir Barlas, Line56, August 14, 2003

Document Types, File Types, and User Types - managing different filetypes in SolidWorks, Greg Jankowski, CADENCE, August 2003

Embracing Different Views - creating 2D views with Inventor, Jeff Wymer, CADENCE, August 2003

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: Working in Multiple Windows of the Same Pro/E Drawing - Madhusudhana Rao Pinnu, Synthesis Engineering Systems, August 2003

July 2003

Translate from Pro/ENGINEER to CATIA with IronCAD/Inovate - a step-by-step slide show illustrates the import and export capabilities of Inovate, Novedge Newsletter, July 2003

Feature-Based Interoperability Makes Noise in Pro/ENGINEER World - explores some of the new approaches available that allow engineers to share feature-based Pro/E models with design teams working with other CAD applications, Ken Klapproth, ProfilesMagazine, July 2003

Using Wildcards in Pro/INTRALINK Object Operations - how to use wildcards when finding Pro/ENGINEER objects in Pro/INTRALINK, Keith J. Ebling, ProfilesMagazine, July 2003

Four Tips on Shrinkwrap - Pro/E tips on using the shrinkwrapping functionality, John Randazzo, ProfilesMagazine, July 2003

Solving Engineering Problems with BMX - Pro/E Wildfire tutorial offers help on using the BMX tools, PTC E-Newsletter, July 28, 2003 (pdf)

Speedy Activity Creation - Pro/ENGINEER tips for quickly creating a project plan in the ProjectLink interface if you are not using the Microsoft Project integration, PTC E-Newsletter, July 28, 2003 (pdf)

How to Align a View to the Pulling Direction - CATIA tips, Heiko Oldendorf, CATIA Digital Digest, July 29, 2003

Autodesk Inventor: Moving Right Along - tutorial explains how to use the Transitional constraint to analyze a mechanical assembly to ensure that your parts will function correctly and demonstrate the function to other users, Bill Fane, Autodesk.com, July 25, 2003

CATIA Tips and Techniques: Selecting V5 Objects - how to select all points, COE NewsNet, July 2003

CATIA Tips and Techniques: Leveraging Your PDM System to Track Data Versions and Revisions - COE NewsNet, July 2003

CATIA V4 and V5 - What Does the Difference Mean? - John M. Switlik, COE NewsNet, July 2003

Save as a Part - SolidWorks tip for large assemblies, Jim Middleton, SOLID Digital Digest, July 23, 2003

5th Annual CATIA Solutions Salary Survey - despite a slow economy  salaries are holding, Andrea Braverman, CATIA Solutions, Summer 2003

Procedure to Create an Oblique Cone - Autodesk Inventor tips, Inventor Digital Digest, July 22, 2003

Autodesk Inventor - Collision Detection - streaming media tip explains how to calculate clearance distances between components, Gray Carlson, Avatech Solutions, July 16, 2003

Autodesk Inventor - Tolerancing on 3D Models - streaming media tip shows how to apply tolerances to part model dimensions to ensure form, fit and function, Chris Dimler, Avatech Solutions, July 16, 2003

Autodesk Inventor - 3D Sweeps Using Grounded Work Points - streaming media tip shows how to route a cable in 3D using grounded work points and the sweep tool, Mike Ikenberry, Avatech Solutions, July 16, 2003

Creating BOM Balloon Symbols - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial shows how to create new user-defined symbols and how to use them as BOM balloons, Karavasilis V. Christos, Pro/E Central July, 2003

Disable the Automatic Alignment of Notes - SolidWorks tips, Jeff Parker, SOLID Digital Digest, July 16, 2003

SolidWorks 2004 Media Event - a report from the recent unveiling of the latest version of SolidWorks, including highlights of some of the program's 250 new features, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, July 15, 2003

Lance Armstrong Goes for Tour de France Win on Bicycles Designed with StudioTools - Alias|Wavefront's software enabled Trek Bicycle to create, in a record five months, the two bicycles Lance Armstrong is riding in this year's Tour de France, CADdigest.com, July 15, 2003

Advanced SolidWorks Tips - advice on selecting geometry on imported data and KeyPad macros, Erin L. Lambert, SOLID Solutions Digest, July 15, 2003

How to Recenter the Model With the Rotate Tool - Autodesk Inventor tips, Jerry Berns, Inventor Digital Digest, July 15, 2003

Stream/XP Usability - explores this Solid Edge interface, which helps users more rapidly learn the program's functionalities, J. Fred White, CADENCE, July 2003

A True Shortcut - SolidWorks tip on using the Grid icon on the Sketch toolbar, Jeffrey Stitt, SOLID Digital Digest, July 9, 2003

Making the Most of Model Tolerances - Inventor tips on how to set up model tolerances, update your model to specific tolerances and document these tolerances at the drawing level, Jeff Wymer, CADENCE, July 2003

Learning to Play Well with Others - explores the options that help define the standards and settings in SolidWorks, Greg Jankowski, CADENCE, July 2003

Comparing Part Geometry - Pro/ENGINEER tips on using the analysis tool in Pro/E to compare part geometries, Eric Horn, Pro/Clues, July 8, 2003

Reordering Components - Autodesk Inventor tip, Lisa Brady, Inventor Digital Digest, July 1, 2003

June 2003

Constraining a Part to the Origin - Autodesk Inventor tip, Mike Gauvin, CADsoft Consulting, June 27, 2003

SolidWorks Tips and Tricks - a collection of tips dealing with emailing files, exploded views, and ISO views, Shounco Design Studios, June 27, 2003

Customizing CATIA V5 with Accelerator Keys - tutorial shows how to program your own accelerator keys for functions that you frequently use, Ajay Chavali, COE NewsNet, June 2003

Autodesk Inventor: Content Style Guide - discusses tools and techniques for generating and managing component libraries in Inventor,  Neil Munro, Autodesk.com, June 26, 2003

Hanging Hardware on Your Tree - SolidWorks assemblies tips, Brad Johnson, SOLID Digital Digest, June 25, 2003

2D Sweep Tutorial - Autodesk Inventor tips, Nicole Morris, Inventor Digital Digest, June 24, 2003

Attaching a Balloon to a Part with No Geometry - SolidWorks tips, SOLID Solutions Advanced, June 24, 2003

Create a Pyramid - CATIA tips, Vladimir Ilic, CATIA Digital Digest, June 24, 2003

Outsourcing the GM Way: Staying Organized - to streamline its efforts and avoid technological chaos, GM has reduced its number of CAD systems (which numbered 26 in the 1980s) down to just one - Unigraphics, Stan Gibson, eWeek, June 23, 2003

Managing Inventor Files with the Design Assistant - tutorial on renaming, moving or copying files using Inventor's Design Assistant, R. Eric France, Inventor Digital Digest, June 17, 2003

More on Finding a Part in the Feature Tree - SolidWorks tips, SOLID Digital Digest, June 18, 2003

Zoom Hint - CATIA V4 tip, K. S. RamNath, CATIA Digital Digest, June 17, 2003

Telescope Technologies Ltd - a UK company uses Autodesk Inventor to model its telescopes that use lenses up to 2 meters in diameter, Al Dean, CADserver, June 12, 2003

Dynamic Balancing of a Rotating Mechanism - tutorial explains how to optimize geometry and eliminate both static and dynamic imbalance by using Pro/E Mechanism Dynamics in conjunction with Behavioral Modeling design studies, Michael Shay, PTC Express, June 2003

Windchill PDMLink Desktop Integration with Microsoft Office - how to save time and simplify engineering-grade document management using Windchill PDMLink’s desktop integration with Microsoft Office, Tom Ladka, PTC Express, June 2003

Pre-defining Simple and Multi-level Cables - Pro/E video tip shows how to increase accuracy and accelerate the design process by pre-defining cables, PTC Express, June 2003

Autodesk Inventor - Motion Constraints - streaming video tip shows you how by using Motion Constraints to relate the movement of one part to another in your assembly, Shawn Turek, Avatech Solutions, June 10, 2003

Autodesk Inventor - Adding Equations to Your Dimensions - streaming video tip examines how equations can be added to dimensions to symmetrically align or adjust features in your design, Jason Lane, Avatech Solutions, June 10, 2003

AutoCAD Mechanical - Auto Detailing Components - streaming video tip shows how to create Detail Drawings of components from within a current assembly drawing, Chris Dimler, Avatech Solutions, June 10, 2003

Finding a Part in the Feature Tree - SolidWorks tip, SOLID Digital Digest, June 11, 2003

RAND Sues PTC - it's no more Mr. Nice Guy as Rand sues PTC for $100 million in damages, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, June 10, 2003

Creating Surfaces with Variable Section Sweeps - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial presents seven examples of surfaces using variable section sweeps, Karavasilis V. Christos, Pro/E Central, June 2003

Adding a Recursive Purge as a "Right-click" Option in Windows - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial, EERN, June 6, 2003

Using Pro/Batch to Create PDFs of Many Drawings at One Time - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial, EERN, June 6, 2003

On Freedom and Constraints - Autodesk Inventor tutorial illustrates how to assemble parts with assembly constraints, Jeff Wymer, CADENCE, June 2003

Communicating With eDrawings - tutorial on using SolidWorks eDrawings to view, measure, mark-up, and print different file formats to enhance collaboration with other team members, vendors and or customers, Greg Jankowski, CADENCE, June 2003

How to Create Quick Associative Curves for Swept or Through Curve Mesh Features in Unigraphics - Unigraphics tip, Simon Cawthan, NX Digest, June 5, 2003

Skeleton Definitions - users respond to the question: what is the working definition of a SolidWorks "skeleton"?, SOLID Digital Digest, June 4, 2003

Opening Pro/ENGINEER Files in Solid Edge - how to use Solid Edge's built-in translators to import Pro/E designs, J. Fred White, CADENCE, June 2003

Selecting Multiple Elements When Relimiting - CATIA tips, Phil Hittepole, CATIA Digital Digest, June 3, 2003

May 2003

think3 Tip: Creating Custom Commands To Save And Restore Coordinate Systems - Chris Kotyra, autoinformer, Solid Caddgroup, May 15, 2003

Broken Out Section Views - Autodesk Inventor tutorial on how to create broken out section views, Bill Bogan, sDotson.com, May 17, 2003 (pdf)

Autodesk Inventor: Shape-Description Tools - Part 2 - tutorial continues an exploration of splitting surfaces in Inventor 7, Neil Munro, Autodesk.com, May 29, 2003

Creating Another Section View - SolidWorks tips on how to create a section view in another sheet than your parent view, SOLID Digital Digest, May 28, 2003

Understanding CATIA Packaging - explains Dassault's confusing CATIA package options - how they work and why they can create unexpected costs for buyers, CADCAMNet, May 15, 2003

SolidWorks in Drawing Mode - dealing with bill of materials when using a skeleton for an assembly or sub-assembly, Harry A. Hughes II, SOLID Digital Digest, May 21, 2003

Auburn U. Wins Mini Baja - an Auburn University team using Solid Edge won first place for engineering design at the Mini Baja East off-road racing event, SOLID EDGE Digital Digest, May 21, 2003

Autodesk Inventor - Adding Cut Lengths to Your Bill of Material - streaming video tip discusses managing parameters to create a common reference to all parts in an assembly that require a cut length, Rob Cohee, Avatech Solutions, May 13, 2003

More on Measuring Center to Center of Diameter - SolidWorks tips, SOLID Digital Digest, May 14, 2003

So You're Doing Mechanical Design? Do it Faster! - streaming video (about 45 minutes) presents highlights of the new AutoCAD Mechanical 2004, with its more than 700,000 standard parts and automatic Bill of Materials creation, Rusty Belcher, Avatech Solutions, May 15, 2003

Inventor Presentation - tutorial shows how to create exploded assembly drawings and animations intended for assembly and maintenance of products, Jeff Wymer, CADENCE, May 2003

Autodesk Inventor - Split Surfaces - streaming video tip demonstrates the integration of split surfaces in the design of parts in Inventor Release 7, Avatech Solutions, May 13, 2003

AutoCAD Mechanical - Creating Associative 2D Views - streaming video tip on how to use the 2D Structured Drawing environment along with Intelligent 2D mechanical content to generate three associative views of a Drill Block, Avatech Solutions, May 13, 2003

Better Structural Simulation of Welded Assemblies - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial shows how to achieve better assemblies in fewer steps, David M. Reid, PTC Express, May 2003

Using Windchill PDMLink to Customize Parts - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial explains how to add a new attribute to a Part Object, Satish Ponnaluri, PTC Express, May 2003

Improved Form Features in Sheetmetal Design - Pro/ENGINEER streaming video explores using UDF to create and place form features more quickly and efficiently, PTC Express, May 2003

Curve Balls - explores the mysteries of b-splines and provides a run-down on software developers supplying the tools that enable them to be used in the creation of smooth, complex surfaces, David Chadwick, CADuser, May 12, 2003

MCAD Industry View - Is the Turnaround Near? - the high-tech sector is still mostly steeped in financial gloom, but there are signs that an important MCAD recovery is near, Russ Henke, MCADCafe, May 8, 2003

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: Sign Changes and other Relations Issues - how to handle certain problems that crop up with the Relations functionality, Synthesis Engineering Systems, May 2003

April 2003

Comments on Silkscreen and Artwork Drawings Tip - SolidWorks users respond to a recent tip about creating artwork for the vendor right in your drawings, SOLID Digital Digest, April 30, 2003

Pro/TOOLKIT: Setting Up Your Environment in VC++ .NET - the first in a series of tutorials on using Pro/TOOLKIT to enhance Pro/E to customize the standard user interface, automate repetitive steps, apply design rule verification and drawing automation and more, Vojin Jovanović, CADdigest.com, April 30, 2003 (Part 1)

Multiple Dimension Changes All At Once - Autodesk Inventor 7 tips, Autodesk.com, April 21, 2003

Tips for Assemblies - a collection of general assembly tips for Autodesk Inventor, Sean Dotson, April 28, 2003 (pdf)

Analysis During Design Reduces Cost and Time - Finite element analysis can solve for stress in a part, reduce prototyping, shave weight, save design time and much more - so why isn't everybody using it?, Suchit Jain, CADdigest.com, April 29, 2003

Dassault Q1 Conference Call - despite a rather gloomy - and somewhat confusing - first quarter report, the world's largest CAD company is determined to increase its market share in 2003, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.ezine, April 27, 2003

Migration Frustration - CATIA users explain some of the main reasons why they're resistant to upgrading to CATIA V5, CADCAMNet, April 10, 2003

Silkscreen and Artwork on Drawings - SolidWorks tips to create artwork for the vendor right in your drawings,  Brad Johnson, SOLID Digital Digital, April 23, 2003

PTC Q2 Conference Call - despite its gloomy financial situation, the company does have some good news to report about its products, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, April 22, 2003

Tapping Knowledge Vault's Engineer's Notebook - Inventor tutorial explains how to use the Engineer's Notebook tools for capturing design intent, tracking decisions and keeping a model history, Jeff Wymer, CADENCE, April 2003

Using SolidWorks Mate References - tutorial explores the mate reference functionality, which pre-defines a mating scheme for a part or assembly, Greg Jankowski, CADENCE, April 2003

Extending the "Edge" with Solid Edge Draft - covers some of the new functionalities in the latest Solid Edge Draft to dramatically increase productivity, J. Fred White, CADENCE, April 2003

Converting Part Files to CATIA V4 Without STEP License - CATIA tips, Ravi Chandra Phani T., CATIA Digital Digest, April 8, 2003

Autodesk Inventor - Automate 2D Annotations with Symbols Inside Inventor Drawings - streaming video tips show how to define your own custom Symbols and use them to automate redundant drafting tasks, Chris Dimler, Avatech Solutions, April 15, 2003

Modeling an Impeller - SolidWorks tip on how to generate a shape from curve data files, Kevin R. Krebs, SOLID Digital Digest, April 16, 2003

CATIA V5 Incorporates Functional Modeling - the upcoming version of CATIA will include innovative functional modeling tools developed by CAD startup ImpactXoft, CADCAMNet, April 3, 2003

Launching External Applications from Pro/ENGINEER - Pro/E tutorial shows how to create mapkeys to launch external applications from your Pro/E session, without getting locked out of Pro/E at the same time, Jason Turk, Pro/E Central, April 2003

Inventor - Automating your Design Process - streaming video shows how to change Inventor models by altering parameter values in an Excel worksheet, Avatech Solutions, April 15, 2003

AutoCAD Mechanical - Use of the Structure Browser - streaming video tip explores the use of the structure browser to capture the assembly hierarchy of a 2D drawing, Avatech Solutions, April 15, 2003

Autodesk Inventor: Shape Description Tools - Inventor 7 tutorial explores some of the new and improved tools that make creating geometry much easier than in earlier versions of the software,  Neil Munro, Autodesk.com, April 14, 2003

A Fresh Look at Surface Modeling - an overview of surface modeling including its history and a comparison between surface and solid modeling to help explain the role of modern surface modelers, Robert White, Machine Design, April 3, 2003

And Now, Our Feature Presentation - a series of brief video clips demonstrating Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire's new functionalities, Lou Murphy, Pro/ENGINEER Express, April 2003

Imported Data with Downstream Applications - Pro/E tutorial explains how to import data, such as geometry, and successfully assimilate it into your design, Pro/ENGINEER Express, April 2003

Shaking Hands Again - a look at the software packages that one company uses to enhance collaboration between industrial designers and mechanical engineers, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, April 2003

Using Windchill ProjectLink to Collaborate on Files in Pro/INTRALINK - explores how to collaborate on a design stored in Pro/INTRALINK when you’re working on a Windchill ProjectLink project, using Pro/E, Pro/ENGINEER Express, April 2003

Surfacing: More Than Skin Deep - more and more automakers are turning to surface modeling tools to enhance workflow and speed decision-making, Kermit Whitfield, Automotive Design & Production, April 2003

2-D Repeat Regions for Family Tables - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial explores what to do if you must create a repeat region of parts that are members of a family table and you want to show the parameters of these parts in a 2D repeat region, Karavasilis V. Christos, Pro/E Central, April 2003 (may require free registration)

Offset Palette Feature - SolidWorks tips, Avihay Menashe, SOLID Digital Digest, April 9, 2003

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: Putting the Extras in Drawing Notes - add various control character extras to spruce up your drawing notes, Synthesis Engineering Systems, April 2003

Additional Layers for Model Mode - Mechanical Desktop tips, Bill Fane, Autodesk.com, April 2, 2003

Basic Design Automation with Pro/PROGRAM - tutorial explores the basic concepts of using Pro/PROGRAM to manipulate and automate a model, Jason Turk, Pro/E Central, April 2003

A Brief Guide to ADM -  3D Systems has set up Advanced Digital Manufacturing centers at Renault F1 and Boeing, which promise to bring a whole new stream of manufacturing processes and capabilities, CADserver, April 4, 2003

"Turnkey" Race Car Turns Heads in Daytona - a race car designed in Solid Edge wows Grand Am Racing fans, CADdigest.com, April 3, 2003

Visualizing Cross-Sections - Autodesk Inventor 6 tips, Russ Beeman, Autodesk.com, February 28, 2003

Autodesk Mechanical Desktop Tutorial: Can You Take the Stress? - how to use the Power Pack finite stress analysis tool to analyze load, strain and stress in MDT, Bill Fane, Autodesk.com, April 2, 2003

Autodesk Mechanical Desktop Tip: Mirroring Assemblies - a workaround to permit mirroring an assembly in MDT, Kevin Terry, Autodesk.com, April 1, 2003

Blocks and SolidWorks 2003 - tips on how to handle blocks in the latest version, Wayne Tiffany, SOLID Solutions, March/April 2003

Pervasive 3D Viewing for Product Data Management - a stand-alone solution lets users access MCAD 3D models on a PDA, Bruce D’Amora and Fausto Bernardini, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, March/April 2003 (pdf)

The Mystery Behind SolidWorks Sheet Formats and Drawing Templates - tutorial aims to end the confusion surrounding the differences between the sheet format and the drawing template, Paul Gimbel, SOLID Solutions, March/April 2003

Best Use of SolidWorks BOM - offers two methods for getting more from the SolidWorks bill of material (BOM) function, Kingsley Burn, SOLID Solutions, March/April 2003

March 2003

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: Dimensioning Curvature for Continuity - how to dimension curvature at the end of a spline, Paul Delong, Synthesis Engineering Systems, March 2003

Autodesk Inventor Tip: Creating Taper Reamed Holes - how to create taper reamed holes using the HOLE command and Countersink option in both Inventor and Mechanical Desktop, James Motyka, Autodesk.com, March 31, 2003

2002: A Year in Review - an irreverent look back at the MCAD industry in 2002, CADserver, March 2003

Autodesk Inventor: Creating and Reusing Design Elements - tutorial shows how to create a basic shape as a block, and then reuse it in a new drawing, Elise Moss, Autodesk.com, March 28, 2003

Autodesk Inventor: Motion Assembly Constraints - tutorial explores Inventor's motion constraints, which provide yet another way to make sure your assemblies are operating correctly, Bill Fane, Autodesk.com, March 26, 2003

Cosmetic Threads in An Assembly - SolidWorks tips, Wayne Tiffany, SOLID Digital Digest, March 26, 2003

EDS Ousts CEO - departing CEO defends severance package by claiming "expensive wife," Ralph Grabowski, up.Front.eZine, March 24, 2003

Errors 1328 and 2203 During Inventor 5.3 SP 2 Installation - advice on dealing with download problems in the latest Inventor service pack, IMAGINit Technologies, March 21, 2003

Autodesk Mechanical Desktop: Tabling Your Assemblies - tutorial explores using design variables within assemblies, including driving them with an Excel spreadsheet, Bill Fane, Autodesk.com, March 20, 2003

Autodesk Inventor: Using Projected Geometry in Assemblies - tutorial illustrates the use of projected geometry to include geometry from existing parts when creating a new part in an assembly, Neil Munro, Autodesk.com, March 19, 2003

Collapsing Items - SolidWorks tips on how to collapse all the items in the FeatureTree, Wayne Tiffany, SOLID Digital Digest, March 19, 2003

Autodesk Inventor: Dynamic Assembly Constraints - tutorial shows how to use the dynamic assembly constraint analyzer to determine if your assemblies are working properly and are properly constrained,  Bill Fane, Autodesk.com, March 18, 2003

IronCAD 6.0 Key New Features - an in-depth look at some of the new enhancements introduced in the latest release, with numerous videos illustrating the key features, IronCAD.com, March 17, 2003

NDES 2003 - highlights of the recent conference, with a look at some of the new CAD players who demonstrated their wares, Joe Greco, CADENCE MCAD Tech News #92 (March 13, 2003)

Get All "Geared Up" with Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire - video tips explore the kinematic gear functionality in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire and how to extend into the real dynamic world with Mechanism Dynamics Option, PTC Express, March 17, 2003

Project Template Functionality in Windchill - video tips illustrate how Project Templates can be used to automate a repeatable procedure, such as a Six Sigma DMAIC process, PTC Express, March 17, 2003

Using Project Templates in Windchill ProjectLink - Pro/E tips show how automating repeatable processes with project templates can increase productivity, PTC Express, March 17, 2003

Design Intent and iMates - explores Autodesk Inventor's iMates functionalities and how to use them to automate the assembly of standard components within an Inventor assembly, Jeff Wymer, CADENCE, March 2003

Autodesk Mechanical Desktop: Twisted Features - tutorial shows how to use 3D sweep paths to easily produce complex, free-form 3D shapes to add realism to an assembly model, Bill Fane, Autodesk.com, March 14, 2003

Put an End to Endless Iterations With Behavioral Modeling - Pro/ENGINEER tips, Dana Coombs, Profiles Magazine, Spring 2003

Autodesk Mechanical Desktop: Your Table Is Ready - tutorial shows how to connect an Excel spreadsheet to a Mechanical Desktop, Bill Fane, Autodesk.com, March 13, 2003

Getting Rid of Those Pesky Ghost Objects - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial on how to banish virtual files that contain metadata but no physical file, Karen Dougherty, Profiles Magazine, Spring 2003

Import Multiple Versions of Pro/E Data Into Intralink While Maintaining Version History - Pro/ENGINEER tips, Keith J. Ebling,  Profiles Magazine, Spring 2003

Inventor - Using Inventor's Dimensioning Tools - streaming video offers several dimensioning tips, including how to change individual arrowhead styles, Avatech Solutions, March 10, 2003

Putting Models in A Scene - SolidWorks tips on how to place realistic-looking models in a scene without resorting to PhotoWorks, Kingsley Burn, SOLID Digital Digest, March 12, 2003

Tips on Reducing File Size - Solid Edge tips to dramatically reduce the size of files (temporarily) for the purpose of email transmission and related tasks, R.H. Rick Mason, SOLID EDGE Digest, March 12, 2003

Mechanical Desktop - Solids Editing - streaming tutorial explores importing a neutral file format model (IGES), Surfacing Stitching, to an MDT part definition and performing several Solids Editing operations on the translated part, Avatech Solutions, March 10, 2003 

Is SolidWorks the New Autodesk? - the scrappy challenger has become the established leader in MCAD with the right product at the right time. TenLinks looks at the role of SolidWorks in the growing acceptance of 3D design. Roopinder Tara, TenLinks, March 10, 2003

National Design and Engineering Show 2003: Highlights - a report from the recent NDES, where the focus was on finding the tools and strategies to make companies more competitive, Amy A. Rowell, MCAD Cafe Weekly Review, March 10, 2003

Contour Selection - SolidWorks tutorial explores the contour-selection function, which allows for regions to be selected with a single click, Greg Jankowski, CADENCE, March 2003

Inventor - Feature Suppression with I-Parts - streaming video tip demonstrates how I-Parts allow users to create a family of similar parts driven by a single Inventor part file, Avatech Solutions, March 10, 2003

Inventor - Tabulated Drawings in Inventor - this AVI illustrates how to get the value for Tabulated drawings, Avatech Solutions, March 10, 2003

How to Cut a Part at a Plane - Pro/ENGINEER tip, Erik Sherwood, Profiles Magazine, Spring 2003

Creating a Constant Cross-Section Twist - Pro/ENGINEER tip, John McDougall, Profiles Magazine, Spring 2003

Combined View: Shaded and Wireframe - SolidWorks tips on how to see some components or features in Shaded mode and others in Wireframe, Babak Ghobadi, SOLID Digital Digest, March 5, 2003

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: Dimensioning Curvature for Continuity - a Sketcher tip to help with curvature continuity, Paul Delong, Synthesis Engineering Systems, March 2003

February 2003

Renaming Browser Elements - Autodesk Inventor 6 tips, Neil Munro, Autodesk.com, February 28, 2003

Rejecting Part Modifications - Autodesk Inventor tips, Neil Munro, Autodesk.com, February 28, 2003

Tip for Placing Assembly Constraints - Inventor 6 tip, Neil Munro, Autodesk.com, February 28, 2003

Using Simplified Parts for Generating Burnouts - Solid Edge tips for creating burnouts, Leonard Lane, Solid Edge Digital Digest, February 26, 2003

Inventor - Assembly Features - streaming video walks you through the steps to place assembly features in Inventor, Avatech Solutions, February 24, 2003

Mechanical Desktop - Working with Mating Parts - streaming video explores some options for creating a mating part in the context of an assembly, Avatech Solutions, February 24, 2003

Fast Parts Breakthrough - a new process called shaped metal deposition, which allows components to be designed from a base plate and built upwards using CAD images, could produce aerospace and automotive components, and even replacement hip joints, in a fraction of the time it once took, e4engineering, February 20, 2003

More Short Cuts - SolidWorks keyboard shortcuts to enhance your productivity, Christopher Dundorf, SOLID Digital Digest, February 12, 2003

Using Simplified Parts for Generating Burnouts - Solid Edge tips, Leonard Lane, SOLID EDGE Digital Digest, February 19, 2003

Adaptivity 104 - Inventor tutorial illustrates how to create flexible and deformable objects in the content of an assembly and how to drive the assembly to simulate this movement, Sean Dotson, February 12, 2003 (pdf)

Cool Tricks - a collection of IronCAD tips, from creating real-time animation to using 2D geometry in 3D Space, Long Island IronCAD Owners Network, February 2003

CATbench Update 2002: The Arrival of a New Chipset and Faster Processor - the IBM IntelliStation M Pro 3.06GHz set a CATIA benchmark record, and the Compaq EVO N800w tested so well it's now the champion among laptops, Phil Harrison, CATIA Solutions, Spring 2003

IronCAD Data Translation - tutorial gives an overview of data translation within IronCAD so users can choose the best 3D/2D translation format for a variety of applications, IronCAD, February 2003 (pdf)

Regional User Groups (RUGs) - all about CATIA user groups - what their purpose is, how they operate and how to start one, Peter Van de Bogert, CATIA Solutions, Spring 2003

The CATIA Certification Program - a Dassault official expounds upon the who, what, where, when and how of the new international CATIA program, Andrea Braverman, CATIA Solutions, Spring 2003

The MCAD/PDM Connection - examines how each of the major high-end and mid-range MCAD applications integrates PDM tools (functions that allow users who don't have the authoring application to preview, open and share documents), Joe Greco, DE Online, February 2003 (may require free registration)

Capturing Design Intent with iParts - Inventor tutorial shows how to use the program's iParts technology to build a library of parts, Jeff Wymer, CADENCE, February 2003

Schematic-driven Piping Technical Tips - tips on using Pro/E Wildfire schematic-driven piping functionality, which provides the ability to re-use information from a pipeline schematic to create 3D pipeline assemblies, Danae Isakov, Pro/E Express, February 2003

More Short Cuts - SolidWorks keyboard shortcuts to enhance your productivity, Christopher Dundorf, SOLID Digital Digest, February 12, 2003

Start with a Stand-Alone Profile Sketch - Solid Edge tips for working with sheet metal components, R.H. (Rick) Mason, SOLID EDGE Digital Digest, February 12, 2003

Let's All Work Together - PTC's online collaboration tool,  Pro/COLLABORATE, allows PTC maintenance customers to create shared virtual workspaces to share Pro/E designs and other project information, Mark Clarkson, Pro/E Express, February 2003

Ford Fight: EDS, IBM Claim Software Wins at Automaker - dueling announcements claim victory in the wake of Ford's new contracts, Linda Rosencrance, Computerworld, February 6, 2003

Physical Simulation? - SolidWorks tutorial shows how to use the Physical Simulation function, which offers many of the features of a dynamic-motion package, Greg Jankowski,  CADENCE, February 2003

Introducing Solid Edge Rendering - tutorial explores the view and faces styles in Solid Edge for applying photorealistic rendering effects, J. Fred White, CADENCE, February 2003

Rivalry Between IBM/Dassault and EDS PLM Solutions Puts Ford Motor Company in the Driver's Seat - the automaker emerges as the real winner in the deal since it can now utilize the strengths of each of its partners, Amy A. Rowell, MCAD Weekly Review, February 10, 2003

Parts Database Competition Heats Up - the battle of the electronics parts databases is escalating as demand for better information increases and as the technical capabilities of the databases grow, Ed Sperling, Electronic News, February 10, 2003

Ford's New PLM System - IBM and Dassault Systemes's contracts with Ford emphasizes the carmaker's "multi-CAD vision," Demir Barlas, Line56, February 6, 2003

IBM Wins Ford Motor Services Contract - does IBM's new deal with Dassault mark the end of EDS's hold over U.S. automakers?, Lisa Gill, E-Commerce Times, February 6, 2003

EDS Wins PLM Contract from Ford - a commentary on Ford's new contracts with IBM and EDS - both of whom are claiming victory with the new arrangement, W. Bradley Holtz, CADwire.net, February 5, 2003

Details of Ford’s Plans Emerge - an analysis of Ford's new deals with EDS and IBM, CADserver, February 6, 2003

Mechanical Design Synthesis - a variety pf new tools are becoming available to address the issue of conflicting engineering requirements in the design of parts and assemblies, John Krouse, Engineering Process Journal, Fall issue 2002

Short Cuts Help - suggestions for creating keystrokes for frequently used commands, Christopher Dundorf, SOLID Digital Digest, February 5, 2003

SolidWorks World 2003 Shows Strength of SolidWorks - a report on the recent SolidWorks gathering, TechniCom eWeekly, January 30, 2003

Pro/ENGINEER Workstation Benchmark Update - find out how well your computer is performing with Pro/E, Brian D. Havens, Pro/E: The Magazine, January/February 2003

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: Creating Model Animations That Anyone Can View - tips on showing how a model works by using animations, Synthesis Engineering Systems, February 2003

SolidWorks 2002 Salary Survey - SolidWorks users' salaries worldwide - and in all U.S. regions except the West and Northwest - have steadily increased since last year, SOLID Solutions, January/February 2003 (pdf)

Checking Drawing Revisions - SolidWorks tutorial provides a macro to efficiently compare two similar drawings, Jeremy Krocak and Wayne Tiffany, SOLID Solutions, January/February 2003

January 2003

Settlement and Other Issues - an update on the thorny divorce between PTC and Rand, Martyn Day, CADserver, January 31, 2002

Pro/E: The Magazine's 2002 Salary Survey Results - although the U.S. economy as a whole was shaky in 2002, the average salaries for Pro/E users worldwide have steadily increased since last year, Pro/E: The Magazine, January/February 2003

How to Determine Required Motor Torque - tutorial explores using CATIA V5 and MSC.Dynamic Designer to understand how much motor torque is necessary to drive an assembly through its range of motion,  MSC.Software, January 2003

Two Tips on Fillets - SolidWorks tips, Nathan R. Garrett, SOLID Digest, January 29, 2003

Pro/ENGINEER Hints - a large collection of Pro/E tips ranging from general issues to advice on views, dimensions, text and printing, University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering, January 28, 2003

Model Tips - Pro/ENGINEER advice dealing with model tree, calculating weight, patterning and groups and user defined features, Edwin Muirhead, January 28, 2003

Comparing Part Differences - Pro/ENGINEER streaming video tip (created by KinetiVision), Pro/E Central, January 28, 2003 (may require free registration)

Feature Tips - Pro/E tips examine center of gravity, graph-based features and references, Edwin Muirhead, January 28, 2003

Creating Features Based on Graphs or Equations - a Pro/ENGINEER tutorial, Ed Muirhead, Pro/E Central, January, 2003

Upgrading SolidWorks - tips on planning and implementing a software update, SolidWorks Express, January 2003

Healing Imported Geometry - SolidWorks tips about what to do when files don't come in cleanly and how they can be fixed, SolidWorks Express, January 2003

Adaptivity 101 - in this Inventor tutorial series on ways to use adaptivity, you'll explore basic assembly and create a part that will be used adaptively in the assembly (part 1 of 3), Sean Dotson, January 5, 2003 (pdf)

Adaptivity 102 - Inventor tutorial covers multiple feature adaptivity in one part (part 2 of 3), Sean Dotson, January 7, 2003 (pdf)

Adaptivity 103 - Inventor tutorial illustrates how to construct a pipe flange spacer in the context of an assembly (part 3 of 3), Sean Dotson, January 15, 2003 (pdf)

SolidWorks World 2003 - a look at some of the new products that will be unveiled at next week's SolidWorks gathering, Heidi Hill, Arnie Williams, and Kenneth Wong, CADENCE, January 2003

Capturing and Reusing Design Intent - Inventor tutorial shows how to use the iFeatures functionality, Jeff Wymer, CADENCE, January 2003

Inventor - Using Inventor Surfaces to Create 3D Paths - streaming video tech tip shows how to use the surface intersection tools in Inventor 6 to create 3D paths, Avatech Solutions, January 9, 2003

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: Moving the Scale & Rotate Center Icon - how to use this icon to unconditionally manipulate a sketch, Synthesis Engineering Systems, January 2003

Ask the PLM: What is Design-in-Context? - Pro/ENGINEER advice on how to use design information created by an outside (non Pro/E) source, Asa Trainer, PTC Express, January 2003

The Product Development Process - a step-by-step analysis of getting a new product to market - from refining your idea and market research to prototyping and production, Synthesis Engineering Systems, January 2003

The Year in Review, the Year Ahead, and Other Wandering Thoughts - a look back on  2002's major MCAD-related events and trends and predictions for the industry in 2003, Joe Greco, CADENCE MCAD Tech News #87 (January 9, 2003)

Powell’s Performance Pointers - Speed Tips for Rendering with MicroStation - rendering performance tips dealing with modeling, settings, memory and materials, Andy Powell, January 6, 2003

Why Moving to Solids Makes Sense - it's puzzling why only about 25% of the engineering community uses solid modeling since it's the best way to automate the creation of 2D production drawings and also allows an unprecedented degree of PC-based design control, Machine Design, January 9, 2003

Inventor - Inventor 6 Project Files - streaming video tip walks you through Inventor 6 workgroup project files and how to include them in a personal project file, Avatech Solutions, January 8, 2003

Inventor - Inventor 6 3D Sketch/Piping - streaming video tip demonstrates how to create a 3D sketch and make it into a pipe feature in Inventor 6, Avatech Solutions, January 9, 2003

Inventor - Using Inventor Surfaces to Create 3D Paths - streaming video tip shows how to use the surface intersection tools in Inventor R6 to create 3D paths, Avatech Solutions, January 9, 2003

Inventor - Creating and Unfolding Offset Linear Transitions with the AIS - streaming video tip demonstrates how to model and flatten complex transitions, Avatech Solutions, January 6, 2003

Computer-Aided Inspection (CAI): A Six Sigma Tool for Getting Closer to Zero Defects - although CAI is in its early development, it's destined to become mainstream for its ability to eliminate the time-consuming need to generate 2D drawings for parts and tools, Ping Fu, Raindrop Geomagic, January 3, 2003

Ambidextrous Configurations - SolidWorks tips on how to create a part file that contains left- or right-handed configurations of parts, Greg Johnson, SOLID Digital Digest, January 1, 2003

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