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How to Quickly Set Color to All Machined Surfaces - Pro/E Wildfire 2.0 tip on how to use the Search Tool to assign different colors to machined surfaces, Florin Neamtu, Pro/E Community, December 2004 (requires free registration)

Autodesk Inventor Tip: Controlling Layers of Parts in a Drawing - Ryan Small, The Autodesk Informer, December 21, 2004

SimDesigner Fatigue for CATIA V5: Fatigue Analysis for the Analyst, Part 2 - examines the final stages of product development where the design/engineer and analyst need to work together to optimize the part or product assembly and perform some additional fatigue investigation of the design, Adarsh Pun, Mark Bacchetti and Antoine Reymond, COE NewsNet, December/January 2004

Revolved Section View - how to create a section view in Solid Edge Draft, Solid-Tools.com, December 2004

Data Transfer - Beyond Pure Geometry - key industry figures give their views of the recent launch of 3D XML, a new 3D standard that features meta data, CADserver, December 2004

Efficiently Working with Large Assemblies - Solid Edge tutorial, Leading Edge, December 2004

Gaining Insight on Web Components - how to use the Insight web components in Solid Edge Version 16 to share documents, Leading Edge, November 2004

Moving to 3D: Tips to Consider During the Transition - advice on making the difficult move from 2D to 3D a bit more manageable, Don LaCourse, 3DCADTips.com, December 20, 2004

Solid Modeling Implementation: Preparation Tips - advice on how to select the most appropriate solid modeling tools for your needs and how to get your company ready to implement them, Don LaCourse, CADdigest.com, December 17, 2004

Joe Greco: Writer Extraordinaire, Colleague, Friend - Joe's name under the title of a review was as close as we in the CAD industry had to a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, Roopinder Tara, CADdigest.com, December 14, 2004

Repair & Modify Tips - SolidWorks tips, Scott Baugh, ScottBaugh.com, Scott Baugh, December 12, 2004

Comparing Drawing Revisions in SolidWorks 2005 - learn how to use a new robust tool for comparing two revisions of a drawing, David Ptak, SolidProfessor, December 13, 2004

SolidWorks Helps to Provide Super Human Strength for BLEEX Exoskeleton - SolidWorks software is helping to design critical parts of an "exoskeleton" that will someday help soldiers, firefighters, rescue workers and others carry back-breaking burdens without feeling the weight, SolidWorks, December 9, 2004

Using the Isolate Command in Assemblies - Autodesk Inventor tip, Jeff Gale, Envision Solutions, November 16, 2004

Krasnoyarsk Delegation at ECF 2004 - a report from the recent European CATIA Forum held in Paris, Maxim Likhachev, isicad, December 8, 2004

Solid Modeling Database Issues: Database Errors & Reliability - tips to help 3D CAD users identify and resolve database errors, Don LaCourse and Don Meagher, CADdigest.com, December 7, 2004

Entering "x" in Inventor Dimension Text Displays "dp" - Autodesk Inventor tip, cadforum.cz, December 6, 2004

Solid Modeling Database Issues: Good Practices - tips to help you understand, evaluate and apply good database practices, Don LaCourse and Don Meagher, CADdigest.com, December 6, 2004

View Clipping with Cross Sections - Pro/ENGINEER tip, Synthesis Engineering Services, December 2004

Feature Manager Design Tree in 2005 - SolidWorks 2005 tip shows how to add comments to the Feature Manager Design Tree, David Ptak, SolidProfessor, December 3, 2004

Placing Text on a Solid Model - UGS NX tip provides a workaround to put text on a model without having to edit every view on the drawing where you don't want the text to show, Kevin Carter, UGS Community, December 1, 2004 (requires free registration)

SUU's Cozzens Translates Text for Tokyo School - a CATIA manual has been translated into Japanese for students at the University of Tokyo,Jennifer Weaver, The Spectrum, December 2, 2004

How to Quickly Set Color to All Machined Surfaces - Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0 tips, Florin Neamtu, Pro/E Community, December 1, 2004 (requires free registration)

Creating a Section View in an Additional Sheet - SolidWorks tip, Jon Gifford, SolidWorks Community, November 30, 2004 (requires free registration)

Autodesk Inventor - Learn in 24 Hours - a series of instructional videos for Inventor beginners, Sunith Babu, November 30, 2004

Precision of B-splines in Flat Patterns - Solid Edge tip explores using the Sheetmetal environment to create folded sheetmetal parts, Solid-Tools.com, November 30, 2004

Making the Leap from AutoCAD to Autodesk Inventor - an introduction to the world of Inventor, Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, November 1, 2004

Locate Troublesome Assembly Constraints in Autodesk Inventor - Inventor tip, Ryan Small, The Autodesk Informer, November 23, 2004

2D to 3D and Data Management - perhaps the greatest benefit of moving to 3D is enabling manufacturers to manage their own design process, Start, November 22, 2004 (requires free lengthy registration)

2004 Education and Training Roundup - Pro/ENGINEER user training resources and information on PTC's menu of training solutions, ConnectPress and contributors, Pro/E Community, November 2004 (requires free registration)

When Modifying Surfaces - provides tips on modifying surface geometry, both locally and globally, to develop trouble-free solid geometry, Don LaCourse, CADdigest.com, November 18, 2004

Only Connect - thoughts on improving the product design process, Joel Orr, Machine Design, November 4, 2004

Surface Techniques and Tips - offers tips for surface construction that can ultimately affect their usage in solid models, Don LaCourse, CADdigest.com, November 17, 2004

2004 Education and Training Roundup - an overview of Autodesk's many training options for Inventor users, ConnectPress Staff, Inventor Connections, November 16, 2004 (requires free registration)

Autodimensions in SolidWorks 2005 - tips for detailing dimensions, David Ptak, SolidProfessor, November 17, 2004

When Modifying Curves - offers tips on what to expect when creating and modifying geometry during curve construction for their subsequent use in solid models, Don LaCourse, CADdigest.com, November 16, 2004

3D Curve Techniques and Tips - provides tips for curve construction that can ultimately affect their usage in a solid model, Don LaCourse, CADdigest.com, November 15, 2004

Sketch-Based Modeling - IronCAD tips, Magnacad Design, November 15, 2004

Direct-Face Modeling - IronCAD tips, Magnacad Design, November 15, 2004

Overview of Autodesk Vault - offers insights into the capabilities of Autodesk Vault, Ryan Small, The Autodesk Informer, November 12, 2004

MCAD Modeling Methods: Mechanical CAD Today - mechanical CAD technology has come a long way, with tools such as object-based context sensitivity, integrated and highly specialized design environments and self-analysis and topology healing, Don LaCourse, Cadalyst, October 2004

IronCAD's "Cruising Behavior" - tip shows how to align IntelliShapes keypoints, which users have coined "Cruising," dynamically by simply holding the Shift Key, Magnacad Design, November 12, 2004 (swf file)

Dimensioning Arcs - SolidWorks tip on how to add dimensions between circles and arcs, David Ptak, SolidProfessor, November 11, 2004

Advantages of Using PDMWorks Advanced Server - SolidWorks tips, SolidWorks Express, November 2004

Alternative to Removing Material - IronCAD tutorial on how to remove material from a part where simple cut shape cannot meet the needs, IronCAD.com, November 11, 2004 (zip file)

Create Accurate Flange Bend to Cutout Relationship - IronCAD demo on how to make a metal flange match its respective cutout, Magnacad Design, November 11, 2004 (swf file)

Dynamic Fastener Creation - IronCAD demo on how to place fasteners automatically through IronCAD's dynamic SmartAssembly Technology, Magnacad Design, November 11, 2004 (swf file)

Top 10 Underused Features in SolidWorks - highlights useful but neglected capabilities, SolidWorks Express, November 2004

How to Collaborate Using a Multi-document System - SolidWorks tips, SolidWorks Express, November 2004

Creating Part Draft - how to add draft inside IronCAD in part design, IronCAD.com, November 10, 2004 (pdf)

Pattern with TriBall - video tip on how to create patterns in IronCAD using the TriBall, IronCAD.com, November 10, 2004 (zip file)

Dim2CustomData - IronCAD demo shows how to create an associative CUT LIST using the IronCAD add-on, Magnacad Design, November 10, 2004 (swf file)

Working With "On the Fly" Representations in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire - tips on creating Simplified Reps, Display Styles and Explode States on the fly using an object/action technique, PTC Express, November 2004

Using Pro/ENGINEER Design Conferencing with Lotus Notes - Pro/E tips, PTC Express, November 2004

AEC Feature: Autodesk Inventor and AEC - a UK  reseller, Excitech, has been successfully pairing architects with a CAD tool - Autodesk Inventor - traditionally associated with the design of mechanical components, Lawrence Hooker, CADserver, November 5, 2004

3D Grows; Here is Why - lifelike representations and savings on design time and costs are reasons why value-priced 3D solid modeling software is experiencing rapid growth, Paul Teague, Design News, November 8, 2004

'Skunk Works' Suddenly Smell Sweet to SolidWorks - Cosmic Blob - which allows kids to mold playful, 3D images on their own computers - is the first product created by SolidWorks' new unit devoted to experimental software, Alexander Soule, Boston Business Journal, November 5, 2004

Symbols in Notes - SolidWorks 2005 video tip on how to add a symbol to a note, David Ptak, SolidProfessor, November 8, 2004

Creating STL Files - Pro/ENGINEER tip, Synthesis Engineering Services, November 2004

A Vote for Software-Based Design - engineers used SolidWorks and COSMOSWORKS for the design and analysis of a voting machine that enables handicapped people such as the blind to vote unassisted, Paul Teague, Design News, November 8, 2004

Easy Designer - Brian Case got the job to create CAD drawings for a $45,000 motorcycle but there was one problem--he didn't have a CAD program. Luckily MCAD programs are getting cheaper and easier to use. Forbes, November 1, 2004

University of Florida Uses Virtual Prototyping To Improve Knee Replacement Designs & Surgery - Geomagic Studio is among the tools being used to help better understand how and where stress and movement produce wear on the knees, Raindrop Geomagic, October 22, 2004

Comparing Two Versions of the Same Part with Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0 and Pro/INTRALINK 3.4 - Pro/E tips, Victor Gerdes, PTC Express, October 2004

Loading Assemblies Using wt.load.LoadFromFile in Windchill PDMLink - Pro/E tips, PTC Express, October 2004

Autodesk Inventor: Place Multiple Components into an Assembly - Inventor tip explores the Place Component command, Ryan Small, The Autodesk Informer, October 21, 2004

Creating a Loft with Relimitation - CATIA tip on how to create a loft with two cross sections and a point, Gouri Prasad Praharaj, CATIA Community, October 19, 2004 (requires free registration)

Perimeter Circle - SolidWorks 2005 video tip explains what the Perimeter Circle is, how to use it and how to benefit from this enhancement, David Ptak, SolidProfessor, October 19, 2004

Centered Dimension Text After Parametric Changes of Inventor Geometry - quick Inventor tip, cadforum.cz, September 24, 2004

Slow Mouse Motion in Revit and Inventor - quick tips, cadforum.cz, September 23, 2004

Inventor: Borrow a Network License - streaming tech tip shows the most consistent way to borrow a network license from within the application, Rob Henriksen, Avatech Solutions, October 14, 2004

Easy Designer - newer mid-range MCAD applications - such as think3's thinkiD - offer cheaper seats with more user-friendly interfaces, enabling even CAD novices to work in 3D and thus save time and production costs, Christopher Steiner, Forbes (hosted on Yahoo), October 14, 2004

Running Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0 Disconnected From the Network Linked to a Pro/INTRALINK Workspace - Pro/E tips, Florin Neamtu, Pro/E Community, October 14, 2004 (requires free registration)

Suppress IntelliSketch - Solid Edge tip, Solid-Tools.com, October 15, 2004

Environment Variable to Turn On Dynamic Extrude - NX 2 tips on how to make the dynamic extrude function available, Joanne Green, UGS Community, October 14, 2004 (requires free registration)

Autodesk Set to Deliver MechSoft to Inventor Subs - Autodesk is about to offer subscribing customers the first part of its new MechSoft functionality, which will allow complex mechanical assemblies to be created without ever having to draw a sketch, model a part or create a workplane, Martyn Day, martynday.com, October 11, 2004

Removing the User Interface from an eDrawing Web Page - SolidWorks tip on how to save an eDrawing as a Web page and post it onto your website without the eDrawing user interface, Rod Mackay, SolidWorks Digital Digest, October 13, 2004 (requires free registration)

Programming for Solid Edge in Visual Basic - explores some of the helpful resources available for VB programming, Mike Superville, Solid Edge Digital Digest, October 13, 2004 (requires free registration)

Top-Down Design - A Method for Pro/ENGINEER User - provides a summary of Pro/E's top-down design toolset plus guidelines for planning and implementing a TDD approach, Jason Clark, Profiles Magazine, Fall 2004

Working With Decals - Pro/E tips on shortcuts for making decals easier to use and of better display quality, John Randazzo, Profiles Magazine, Fall 2004

Creating a Straight Instance of a Bent Tube - Pro/E tips, Dan Moran, Profiles Magazine, Fall 2004

Customize the Pro/ENGINEER Environment with Hot Key Embedded Mapkeys & Drop-down Menus - Pro/E tutorial, D.N. Reddy, MCAD Central, October 2004

Automatically Publishing DWF Files from Inventor - Autodesk Inventor tip, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, September 14, 2004

Setting Object Defaults Within the Style Library - Autodesk Inventor tip, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, September 14, 2004

Opening Multiple Models Simultaneously- Pro/ENGINEER tip, John Scranton, Profiles Magazine, Fall 2004

Automating Pro/INTRALINK with UI Scripts - Pro/ENGINEER tip, Mattt Meadow, Profiles Magazine, Fall 2004

Identifying The Current Components in A Directory - UGS NX tip, Cary Kinder, UGS Community, October 6, 2004 (requires free registration)

Selecting 3D CAD Software - advice on purchasing the right 3D software for your needs, Don LaCourse, CADdigest.com, October 7, 2004

Inventor 9 Sheet Metal Drawing Export - examines exporting a sheet metal drawing to a DWG file, Jerry Burns, Inventor Connections, October 5, 2004 (requires free registration)

New Tools for Detailing Electrical Cable and Harness Routes - examines the new capabilities to SolidWorks Routing, which include electrical cabling and harness design tools, SolidWorks Express, September 2004

Creating Sheet Metal Walls - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial explores Sheet Metal Wall creation and bend reliefs, FroTime, October 6, 2004

Determining Correct File Location - CATIA tips on how to remember the correct file location when trying to save your work, Kevin O’Riley, CATIA Community, October 5, 2004 (requires free registration)

Increasing SolidWorks Productivity - tips to increase your efficiency and effectiveness, SolidWorks Express, September 2004

SolidWorks 2005 Offers Advanced Modeling Features - advice on how to create complex shapes and improve your handling of existing geometry, SolidWorks Express, September 2004

Documenting Design Intent - tips to make your design more re-usable and easier to modify later, SolidWorks Express, September 2004

USA: Carmakers' Shift to CATIA V5 'Requires Suppliers to Adapt or Lose Business' - DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Honda and Toyota are among the auto makers incorporating CATIA V5 into their daily product development, yielding accelerated development cycles with greatly reduced effort, just-auto.com, October 4, 2004

Autodesk Inventor Tip: Disable Auto-constraining When Sketching - how to prevent Inventor from performing auto-constraining as you create sketch geometry, Ryan Small, The Autodesk Informer, October 1, 2004

13 Potential Benefits of 3D CAD - examines the potential profits awaiting companies moving to 3D CAD technology, Victor Bradley and Thomas Riddle, CADdigest.com, September 30, 2004

Balloonists Beware! - SolidWorks tip explores the Balloon tool, Jon Gifford, SolidWorks Community, September 28, 2004 (requires free registration)

Maximising the Wildfire Window on Startup - Pro/ENGINEER tip, Edwin Muirhead, Pro/E Community, September 29, 2004 (requires free registration)

Drawing Performance Optimisation - Solid Edge tip, Simon Dass, Solid Edge Community, September 28, 2004 (requires free registration)

From UNIX to Windows - Toyota's relationship with PTC and its Pro/E Wildfire software is instructive as to how MCAD software could be developed in the future, Arnie Williams, Cadalyst, September 15, 2004

Inventing New Bridge Designs - Autodesk Inventor helped to accelerate the design, calculation and review processes for a London redevelopment project, Bob Garrett, Exitech Design Productivity Journal, September 2004 (requires free registration) (pdf)

2005 Interface Changes - SolidWorks 2005 streaming tips, SolidProfessor, September 27, 2004

Design Library - SolidWorks 2005 streaming tips, SolidProfessor, September 27, 2004

Select Other - SolidWorks 2005 streaming tip explores the Select Other command, SolidProfessor, September 27, 2004

SolidWorks Rx: The Computer Doctor Is In - how to use SolidWorks Rx, designed to reduce the burden on the user when technical questions arise and provide the support person with more complete information, Greg Jankowski, Cadalyst, September 22, 2004

Streamlining Structural Frames - Solid Edge tips on how to build the foundation for your machinery or process equipment design, Adrian Scholes, Cadalyst, September 22, 2004

Working with Drawing Tables in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire - Pro/E tutorial on how to use drawing tables to accelerate and automate your 2D documentation, PTC.com, September 23, 2004

Drive Geometry with 2D Graphs - Pro/E tutorial explores a variable section sweep and the use of trajpar to use a graph to set sketcher dimensions, PTC.com, September 23, 2004

Faster Identical Patterns with Surface - Pro/E tutorial demonstrates how the use of surface copies and solidify features can speed up regeneration on large feature count identical patterns, PTC.com, September 23, 2004

Optimizing Solid Edge Display Performance - how to best display 3D data while using Solid Edge, Leading Edge, September 2004

How to Add a Custom Material to Your Model - CATIA tips on how to make models more lifelike by adding materials, Jonathan Cullen, CATIA Community, September 21, 2004 (requires free registration)

The Future Brightens for MCAD-to-CAM Connectivity - new ISO and ASME standards and enhanced MCAD interoperability initiatives are helping to improve communication between MCAD and CAM systems, Louise Elliott, Desktop Engineering, September 2004

Interview with Alibre's CEO Greg Milliken - Alibre may only have 1% of the mid-range MCAD market, but the company looks like it's here to stay, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, September 15, 2004

Using Auto Ordinate Dimensions in Wildfire 2.0 - Pro/ENGINEER tips on how to create ordinate dimensions automatically on views in Drawing Mode, Florin Neamtu, Pro/E Community, September 16, 2004 (requires free registration)

Creating Associative Curves for a Through Curves Feature - tips on how to create a parametric transition body between two defined solid bodies, Aravind Ravisekar, UGS Community, September 16, 2004 (requires free registration)

How to Maximize Autodesk Inventor 9's Content Library, Part 1 of 2 - how to create your own library of standard parts, Kevin Schneider, Cadalyst, September 15, 2004

SolidWorks Helps Canadian Bicycle Maker Achieve Victories at Tour de France and Olympics - Cervélo Cycles has standardized on SolidWorks 3D mechanical design software to create carbon fiber bicycles ridden to victories in this summer's Tour de France, Olympic Games and Ironman Triathlon, CADdigest.com, September 16, 2004

SolidWorks 2005 Tech Tip: New Collaboration Settings - explores the new settings in the multi-user environment, Keith Schaefer, CATI Technical Newsletter, September 2004

Import CATIA V4 models in SolidWorks - tutorial shows how to import a CATIA V4 file into SolidWorks using FormatWorks 2004, NOVEDGE, September 16, 2004

Trimming a Corner - SolidWorks tips on using the extend tool to extend two lines to meet at an intersection, Max Leadley-Brown, SolidWorks Community, September 13, 2004 (requires free registration)

Working with Intralink Scripts - tutorial on scripting in Intralink, which is similar to mapkeys in Pro/E or macros in other programs, CADmin.co.uk, September 15, 2004

How to Create a BOM Table in Wildfire - Pro/ENGINEER tip, CADmin.co.uk, September 15, 2004

Family Table Verification - Pro/ENGINEER tip, CADmin.co.uk, September 15, 2004

Creating a Closed Corner in Inventor Sheet Metal - Autodesk Inventor tip, Brian Roepke, Inventor Connections, September 13, 2004 (requires free registration)

Displaying Text Fields from the Tree - CATIA tip, Shaun Wyvill, CATIA Community, September 9, 2004 (requires free registration)

Backing Up Shortcuts and Video Settings - CATIA tip, CATIA Community, September 3, 2004 (requires free registration)

Inventor Tutorials - five Inventor tutorials covering a variety of topics, from centerlines to revision blocks, William Bogan, B2 Design, September 10, 2004

Cross Release Interoperability - streaming Pro/ENGINEER tip, PTC Express, September 2004

Learning to Use Your Pro/INTRALINK Briefcase - Pro/ENGINEER tip, PTC Express, September 2004

Pro/DESKTOP and Text - tutorial explores text on curved surfaces, Nev O'Brien, INTAD, September 9, 2004 (pdf)

Making Assemblies "Flexible" - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, August 25, 2004

Sharing Parts Between Projects Within the Same Vault - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, August 25, 2004

Creating Text That Fits - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, August 25, 2004

Creating LH/RH Parts Using WAVE in NX1 - how to create left or right-hand components in an NX assembly by using WAVE to mirror them, Jane North, UGS Community, September 1, 2004 (requires free registration)

New Item in Service Pack 4 - SolidWorks tips on a new option called "Print breaklines in broken view," Josh Altergott, CATI, September 2, 2004

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: A Troubleshooting Trick for Sketcher - how to discover missing or poorly assigned Sketcher Constraints, Synthesis Engineering Systems, September 2004

Creating Annotation Features in Wildfire 2.0 - Pro/ENGINEER tip, Florin Neamtu, Pro/E Community, September 1, 2004 (requires free registration)

Material Linking in PhotoWorks 2 - SolidWorks tips on how to link PhotoWorks Material to a file in multiple part and assembly documents, Rod Mackay, SolidWorks Community, August 31, 2004 (requires free registration)

Easy File Exchange with PCF - Solid Edge tip on emailing PCF files, Solid-tools.com, September 2004

Drafting Tip: Multiple Break Lines - Solid Edge tip on how to create multiple break lines for annotation objects, Tushar Suradkar, Solid Edge Community, August 31, 2004 (requires free registration)

Constraining a Part to the Origin - Autodesk Inventor tips, Nicole Morris, Inventor Connections, August 16, 2004 (requires free registration)

Saving A Flat Pattern (Export to .dwg, .dxf or .sat) - Autodesk Inventor tips, Dennis Jeffrey, Inventor Connections, August 23, 2004 (requires free registration)

Exporting Part Parameters - Dennis Jeffrey, Inventor Connections, August 30, 2004 (requires free registration)

Exporting and Importing a Style in Inventor R9 - Inventor R9 tutorial, Elise Moss, CADdigest.com, August 30, 2004

1-Click PDF Generation for SolidWorks - tutorial shows how to create PDF files from SolidWorks using Pushbutton PDF for SolidWorks, Novedge Newsletter, August 30, 2004

Autodesk Inventor Tutorial: Creating a Mirrored Part - Inventor tutorial explores the "derived component" functionality, Ryan Small, The Autodesk Informer, August 24, 2004

MCAD Industry View - An August 2004 Update - analysis of the financial performances during the second quarter of calendar 2004 of Autodesk, PTC, UGS, ANSYS, Dassault, Moldflow, Tecnomatix, ESI Group and MSC.Software, Russ Henke and Jack Horgan, MCADCafe, August 23, 2004

The Wheel of Fortune - SolidWorks tips on using the mouse wheel, Jon Gifford, SolidWorks Community, August 24, 2004 (requires free registration)

Using the Join Command - SolidWorks tip, Jon Gifford, SolidWorks Community, August 3, 2004 (requires free registration)

Publishing Centerlines - CATIA tip, Kevin O'Riley, CATIA Community, August 23, 2004 (requires free registration)

Inventor: Mapping Options Changes - streaming tech tip discusses the new Styles and Standards, contained in XML files, which control the export mapping options, Jerry Berns, Avatech Solutions, August 20, 2004

Professional Soapbox Racing Car Wins on Strength of Composites - CATIA software was used to design a soapbox racer that clocked record speeds in a recent competition, Composites World, August 2004

License Simplification with Pro/E 2001 - Pro/E tips, Eric Horn, Pro/E Community, August 18, 2004 (requires free registration)

3D Modeling Shortens Pump-Design Cycle - to design sleeker, quieter, more powerful pumps for its new generation of Sleep Numbers beds, Select Comfort deployed Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire from PTC for the 3D product design, Design News, August 19, 2004

Opening a CATIA V4 Model File in UGS NX 1 - tips for translating a V4 model file into UG NX or vice versa, Erick Martinez, CATIA Community, August 16, 2004 (requires free registration)

Assembly Tip - Place a Part Without a Relationship - Solid Edge tip, Tushar Suradkar, Solid Edge Community, August 10, 2004 (requires free registration)

Standardizing with V8 Seminar Series - webcasts provide details on MicroStation V8 2004 Edition, including support for Adobe PDF, enhanced DWG interoperability and digital security, MSM Online, August 18, 2004 (requires free registration)

Reap the Advantages of a Virtual Design - how to use Solid Edge v16 to define the key elements of a product's structure before you commit any geometry to paper, Adrian Scholes, Cadalyst, August 16, 2004

Add Reference Components to Your Assemblies - Autodesk Inventor tutorial demonstrates an automatic way to add reference elements without the risk of passing them on to the manufacturing team, Kevin Schneider, Cadalyst, August 16, 2004

Working with the Task Pane - SolidWorks tutorial examines the use of the Task Pane to help you work with several different resources at once, Greg Jankowski, Cadalyst, August 16, 2004

CAD, PLM Helps Small Companies Make Their Big Dreams Known CATIA and SmarTeam PLM software helped design a faster sailboat, Michelle M. Lang, Design News, August 16, 2004

Jon Hirschtick Bet Big - and Won - on Windows Native CAD - SolidWorks co-founder Jon K. Hirschtick discusses the future of 3D solid modeling, Bruce Pilgrim, Solid Digital Digest, August 10, 2004 (requires free registration)

Why Constrain a Section Line? - Solid Edge tip, Solid-tools.com, August 2004

Downloading VBA Macros - Autodesk Inventor tip, Nicole Morris, Inventor Connections, August 10, 2004 (requires free registration)

Complex Assemblies Made Simple by Design - Pro/ENGINEER tips on adopting a top-down method to centralize information so that teams can work concurrently on individual tasks, Lou Murphy, Pro/E Community, August 4, 2004 (requires free registration)

Sheetmetal Flat Walls in Wildfire 2.0 - Pro/ENGINEER tips for quickly creating flat and flange walls, Florin Neamtu, Pro/E Community, August 4, 2004 (requires free registration)

Deeper Than Designs - consumer-products companies use CAD and PLM tools to simplify product design and production, Beth Bacheldor, Information Week, August 9, 2004

Placing Features Along a Path - Autodesk Inventor tutorial shows how to place features along a path to produce complex and intricate shapes, Rusty Belcher, Inventor Connections, August 3, 2004 (requires free registration)

Sharing SolidWorks Settings - SolidWorks tips, SolidWorks Express, July 2004

Quick and Easy Upgrade to SolidWorks 2005 - SolidWorks tips, SolidWorks Express, July 2004 (

Deploy SolidWorks More Easily with Administrative Director - SolidWorks tips, SolidWorks Express, July 2004

A Quicker Connect - Solid Edge tip on using the Connect geometric relationship, Tushar Suradkar, Solid Edge Community, July 27, 2004 (requires free registration)

CAD Companies Spar Over Translations - Autodesk and SolidWorks disagree over the DWG editor in SolidWorks 2005, Design News, August 3, 2004

Using the Associative Topology Bus to Achieve Backward Compatibility Between Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire and Pro/ENGINEER 2001 - Pro/E tips, PTC Express, July 2004

Apply Pro/Web.Link Customizations to Pro/ENGINEER - Pro/E tips, PTC Express, July 2004

Dropping the Pro/ENGINEER File Extension from Objects Created in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire While Working in Windchill PDMLink 7.0 - Pro/E tips, PTC Express, July 2004

3D Models: Worth a Thousand Words in Chinese - Windchill ProjectLink allows engineers at a design firm in Scottsdale, Arizona to explain things to manufacturers in China through 3D rendered images and animations, Machine Design, July 2004

SolidWorks 2D Position Paper - Autodesk's official paper discusses why the company believes the new IntelliCAD-based DWG Editor featured in the upcoming SolidWorks 2005 is a bad idea, Autodesk, August 2004

SolidWorks 2D Position Paper: A Response - an analysis of Autodesk's official position on the new IntelliCAD-based DWG Editor and some possible errors in the company's statements, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, August 2, 2004

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: A Quick Validation of Assembly Mass Properties Calculations - Pro/E tip, Synthesis Engineering Systems, August 2004

Creating Your Own Custom Text Font - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial, Randy Hull, Pro/E Community, July 28, 2004 (requires free registration)

The Future of CAD: Driving Revolution in 3D - according to John McEleney, CEO of SolidWorks, the future of CAD will be presented not just by 3D CAD but revolutionary input and output devices, such as holographic displays, Machine Design, July 27, 2004

Inventor Part Detailing in AutoCAD Mechanical DX - explains how to make Inventor drawing files associative with the new Companion File capability in AutoCAD Mechanical DX, Michael Ikenberry, Inventor Connections, July 6, 2004 (requires free registration)

Overcoming the 2GB memory Limit - Part 3 - there are ways around the 2 GB memory limit in SolidWorks, but turning the 3GB switch on leads to other issues, Wayne Tiffany, SolidWorks Community, July 20, 2004 (requires free registration)

A Whole New WRL - CATIA tutorial explores the world of Virtual Reality Modeling Language or VRML, Scott M. Natario, CATIA Community, July 19, 2004 (requires free registration)

Using the Select Filter Tool - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, July 14, 2004

Using the Intersect Operation within the Extrude - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, July 14, 2004

Using Browser Filters - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, July 14, 2004

Solid Edge Makes Short Work of Parts Standardization - tutorial explores how to define, store, select and place commonly used components, Adrian Scholes, Cadalyst, July 15, 2004

Copying Dimension Text Among Multiple Dimensions - SolidWorks tip for working with drawings, SolidWorks Community, Jon Gifford, July 13, 2004 (requires free registration)

Three Tips Re: Cosmetic Threads - SolidWorks tips for putting cosmetic threads on a part, as opposed to actual threads, SolidWorks Community, Jon Gifford, July 13, 2004 (requires free registration)

Using Concurrent Offline Licenses in Releases Prior to R13 - CATIA tip, CATIA Community, July 8, 2004 (requires free registration)

Adding Hot Key Embedded Mapkeys and Drop-down Menus - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial explores how to customize your user-interface by adding your own hot key embedded mapkeys and drop-down menus, D.N. Reddy, Pro/E Central, July 2004

Inventor: Creating 3D Sweeps Using 3D Sketches - streaming tip shows how to use a Grounded Work Point, include existing 2D geometry and create a 3D bend to finish your swept part, Dan Brown, Avatech Solutions, July 2004

View a Drawing Without Having a Model in Session - Pro/E tip to save time when you need to open, view and/or print a drawing, R. Swamynathan, Profiles Magazine, Summer 2004

Using Pro/ENGINEER's Analysis Feature Effectively - Pro/E tip explains how to use the analysis feature to help you automate your design process, Asim Rashid, Profiles Magazine, Summer 2004

Designing Lance Armstrong's Racing Bike - StudioTools and SolidWorks on AMD workstations help push the limits of race bike design, John Virata, DigitalCAD, July 8, 2004

"Reverse Engineering" Your Pro/ENGINEER Models for Top-Down Design - demonstrates how to add top-down design features to enhance legacy Pro/ENGINEER models, Jason Clark, Profiles Magazine, Summer 2004

Creating a Parametric Note Block - Pro/ENGINEER tip, Kenneth S. Johnson, Profiles Magazine, Summer 2004

Using Relations to Assign Different Materials and Mass Properties for Family Table Instances - Pro/ENGINEER tip, Dwaraka Nadha Reddy, Profiles Magazine, Summer 2004 

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: Setting a Material Parameter to Read from a Material File - Pro/E tip, Synthesis Engineering Systems, July 2004 

Controlling View Sizes in Drawings Automatically - Pro/ENGINEER tip, Sandeep Vashisht, Pro/E Community, July 7, 2004 (requires free registration)

Set Action to Update - Solid Edge tip explores the Revision Manager and selecting files in long lists, Solid-tools.com, July 2004

Updating a Simplified Drawing in Wildfire - Pro/ENGINEER tip explains how to convert an "old-style" simplified drawing (with suppressed features) into a Wildfire-compatible drawing using family tables, Edwin Muirhead, Profiles Magazine, Summer 2004

Driving a Table-Driven Pattern Through Relations - Pro/ENGINEER tip explores using table-driven patterns to create, duplicate and place features, Dwaraka Nadha Reddy, Profiles Magazine, Summer 2004

Pro/DESKTOP Graphics Modeling - numerous tutorials and exercises on 2D and 3D modeling, Dubbo College, July 7, 2004

Building a Better Bicycle - Pro/ENGINEER analysis and MCAD tools help Santa Cruz Bicycles improve bike design and profits, Louise Elliott, DE Online, July 2004

Manipulate "End of Part" Marker in Inventor - Autodesk Inventor tip, Ryan Small, The Autodesk Informer, July 5, 2004

Engineers Cite Pro/ENGINEER Features They Like Best - behavioral modeling and simulation tools are among the things that users cite as their favorite Pro/E's capabilities, Design News, June 21, 2004

The 2004 CATIA Version 5 Annual Workstation Benchmark - a look at how well three workstations - the Dell 650 Precision Workstation, the Dell Precision M60 Mobile Workstation and the IBM IntelliStation M Pro 6230-36U - perform with CATIA Version 5, Phil Harrison, CATIA Community, July 2, 2004 (requires free registration)

CAD, PLM Helps Small Companies Communicate Big Dreams - using CATIA and SmarTeam, a French regatta champ and his small design crew face the same challenges as engineers working for the shipbuilding industry - trying to keep a boat afloat, Michelle Lang, Design News, July 6, 2004

The Mechanics of Woods - a mechanical engineer is using finite element analysis tools to develop new materials and products from small-diameter trees that loggers typically leave behind in forests, Mechanical Engineering, July 2004

Modelling Cuts Fuel-tank Development Time - a new process for modeling fuel tanks is delivering greater design accuracy and saving automotive supplier VITEC up to 40% in product development time, Jill R. Aitoro, e4engineering, July 2, 2004

How to Adjust the QuickPick - Solid Edge V15 tip, Solid-tools.com, June 2004

How Do You Say "Bling Bling" in French? A Demonstration of SolidWorks Surface Tools and Volume Tools - demonstrates the design of an unusual shape - a ring in the shape of a moebius ribbon, where a single face is both the interior and exterior, Sebastian Desbois, SolidWorks Community, June 29, 2004 (requires free registration)

Trek Bicycle Corp: Tour de Force - using SolidWorks, 3D modeling software from Alias and PCs running Opteron processors from Advanced Micro Devices, designers worked to simultaneously produce bikes that would give Lance Armstrong an edge in two consecutive Tours, Tom Steinert-Threlkeld, Baseline, June 28, 2004

2004 MCAD CADDIES - the results of the annual student design competition, where the winner created an MP3 music player using 3ds max and CorelDraw, Laracella Sheridan, Cadalyst, June 15, 2004

Using the End of Part to Insert Features - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, June 17, 2004

Changing the Vendor for Content Library Parts - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, June 17, 2004

My Experience at PTC/USER Conference 2004, Nashville, TN - a report from the recent annual gathering, where Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0 received a good deal of the focus, Florin Neamtu, Pro/E Community, June 23, 2004 (free registration required)

There's a BOM in Your Briefs! - Using Your Pro/INTRALINK Briefcase - how to use the Briefcase function for parts, assemblies and drawings you constantly access, PTC Customer Newsletter, May 31, 2004 (pdf)

Transferring Loads From Mechanism Dynamics into Mechanica - how to  transfer loads gathered in Mechanism Dynamics and pass them over to Mechanica Structure and run an analysis, PTC Customer Newsletter, May 31, 2004 (pdf)

Select and Configure a CAD System - how to select and configure your CAD system to get the most out of SolidWorks, Greg Jankowski, Cadalyst, June 18, 2004

Software Maker Runs Screaming from Itanium - why PTC stopped supporting the Intel Itanium systems for Pro/ENGINEER, Pro/INTRALINK and Windchill, Ashlee Vance, The Register, June 18, 2004

Maximize the Power of Autodesk Vault - tips for using Autodesk Vault to enhance design reuse and increase file security, Kevin Schneider, Cadalyst, June 15, 2004

How to Create a BOM Table in Wildfire - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial, Edwin Muirhead, CADmin.co.uk, June 16, 2004

How Do I Find the Filename of an Item in the Vault? - Pro/INTRALINK tutorial, Edwin Muirhead, CADmin.co.uk, June 16, 2004

Use Templates to Automate Drawing - Solid Edge tutorial explores using Quicksheet templates to expedite drawing creation, Adrian Scholes, Cadalyst, June 15, 2004

Creating a 3D Sweep in Inventor - how to create a variety of 3D sketch features in Autodesk Inventor, Daniel Brown, Inventor Connection, June 14, 2004 (requires free registration)

Detecting Interference in Weldments - SolidWorks streaming tip on how to prevent interferences from going by unnoticed, SolidProfessor, June 15, 2004

New Pro/SHEETMETAL Functionality Using Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0 - tutorial explores the new Pro/SHETMETAL command options and directional patterning, Louis Gary Lamit, CADdigest.com, June 14, 2004

Using the Warp Feature in Wildfire 2.0 - Pro/E tips on using the Sculpt and Spine tools, Florin Neamtu, Pro/E Community, June 14, 2004 (requires free registration)

Using Directional Patterning in Wildfire 2.0 - Pro/E tutorial covers some of the patterning enhancements in the latest version, Florin Neamtu, Pro/E Community, June 14, 2004 (requires free registration)

Proof Positive: Enforcing 3D CAD Standards - Inventor streaming tip discusses the benefits of Proof Positive and how 3D CAD standards are vital to mechanical design, Scott Hale, Avatech Solutions, June 8, 2004

CAD Acquisition Shocker: UGS Buys D-Cubed - if this acquisition is a sign of new aggressiveness from UGS, then the MCAD industry is headed for interesting times, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, June 10, 2004

UGS to Buy Industry-wide 3D Specialist, D-Cubed - UGS has announced an agreement to acquire D-Cubed, a world-renowned supplier of core 3D geometry technology used by most of the world’s CAD application developers, Martyn Day, CADserver, June 10, 2004

Creating a Multi-configuration BOM Report Table - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial shows how to create additional columns in a table to reflect multiple configurations, PTC Express, June 2004

Performing a Preference-based Search in Windchill PDMLink - Pro/E tutorial, Jim Sweeney, PTC Express, June 2004

2D Models in MECHANICA - video tip, John Buchowski, PTC Express, June 2004

AutoCAD Electrical: Useful Commands for Sharing - streaming tip explores how Electrical can create a report of changes made since the last update, Carl Smith, Avatech Solutions, June 8, 2004

Data Options - Adding a New Database - SolidWorks tutorial, Scott Baugh, scottjbaugh.com, June 2, 2004

Sharing a Sketch Across Multiple Features within a Single Part - Autodesk Inventor tip, Andrew de Leon, May 28, 2004

Adding a Material to Content Library Steel Shapes - Autodesk Inventor tip, Andrew de Leon, May 28, 2004

Setting Up and Using Power Snaps - AutoCAD Mechanical, Andrew de Leon, May 28, 2004

DWF Viewer or Volo View 3? - AutoCAD Mechanical, Andrew de Leon, May 11, 2004

Surface Replacement Using Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0 - tutorial covers new dashboard command options for surface replacement, Louis Gary Lamit, CADdigest.com, May 28, 2004

Replace Component Trick - Inventor tip shows a simple way to replace a component in an assembly without losing constraints, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, May 18, 2004

Toggle All Work Features In a Keystroke - Inventor tip on how to turn ON/OFF visibility of Work features in an assembly or Part file, Gareth K, sDotson.com, May 19, 2004

Selection Filters in Drawings - Autodesk Inventor tip, Jeffrey Wymer, In the Machine - Autodesk Inventor Blog, May 13, 2004

Parts for Publication - SolidWorks tutorial explores creating files for regular use in company or public part libraries, John Nolin, SolidWorks Community, May 25, 2004 (may require free registration)

Cannot Make a Part Adaptive - Inventor advice on why adaptivity might be grayed out on a part in an assembly, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, May 18, 2004

Managing Inventor Files with the Design Assistant - Autodesk Inventor tutorial, R. Eric France, Inventor Connections, May 21, 2004 (may require free registration)

Feet & Inches - Inventor code to convert a decimal inch variable into a feet & inch formatted string, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, May 17, 2004

Direct Modeling with Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0 - tutorial explores two new and efficient capabilities, using what PTC calls direct modeling, Louis Gary Lamit, CADdigest.com, May 25, 2004

Special Characters in Text Boxes - Inventor tip explains how to get superscripts, subscripts and other special characters in text dialogs, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, May 18, 2004

Create Custom Toolbar Buttons - Inventor tutorial demonstrates how to create custom toolbar buttons and have them fire you custom macros, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, May 19, 2004

Create Simple Macros Using SendKeys - Inventor tutorial provides some simple macros, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, May 19, 2004

Multi-Language iParts - Inventor tip to allow people who don't use the same language to share iParts, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, May 18, 2004

Strange Characters in iPart Children Filenames - Inventor tip explains how to fix iPart children that have strange characters in their filenames, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, May 18, 2004

A Quick Way of Changing Precision of Dimensions in IDW - Inventor tip, Gareth K, sDotson.com, May 19, 2004

Make Models Rotate Automatically - Inventor tip to make models rotate by themselves, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, May 18, 2004

My Inserted Images Show Up as Icons - Inventor tip to solve the problem of images not showing up in IPTs or IDWs, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, May 18, 2004

Prevent Parts From Showing in the Parts List -  Inventor tip to prevent some parts from showing in the parts list in an IDW, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, May 18, 2004

Equations, Shared Values, and Design Tables - SolidWorks tutorial explores three options to help drive and share values within a drawing, Greg Jankowski, Cadalyst, May 17, 2004

Marking Components in an Assembly as Reference Only - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, May 11, 2004

Reversing the Mouse Scroll Direction for Zoom-In - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, May 11, 2004

Designing in Plastic, Part 2 - learn how Solid Edge can help you put the function behind the form of plastic parts design, Adrian Scholes, Cadalyst, May 17, 2004 (part 2 of 2)

Working in Another Dimension - Autodesk Inventor tips on creating advanced dimension types, Kevin Schneider, Cadalyst, May 17, 2004

What's the OldVersions Folder Used For? - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, May 11, 2004

Creating Sub Assemblies on the Fly - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, May 11, 2004

Data Management Basics - SolidWorks tutorial explores the importance of data management, disaster recovery, collaboration, document management and design history, SolidWorks Express, May 2004

PDMWorks Revision Schemes - SolidWorks tutorial illustrates how some commonly used schemes can be achieved, SolidWorks Express, May 2004

Reference and Save Utility - SolidWorks tutorial explores a utility created within the Visual Basic environment, SolidWorks Express, May 2004

Adapting 2D Geometric Drafting Skills to 3D Parametric Sketching - SolidWorks tutorial, John Nolin, SolidWorks Community, May 10, 2004 (may require free registration)

Drafting Tip - Exporting to DWG with Automatic Layers - Solid Edge tip, Tushar Suradkar, Solid Edge Community, May 10, 2004 (may require free registration)

Six Easy Steps to Create a Mold in Autodesk Inventor - tutorial shows how to create a two-part mold, Jason Lane, Inventor Connections, May 10, 2004 (may require free registration)

Tooling Split - SolidWorks tutorial, Scott Baugh, scottjbaugh.com, March 18, 2004

Custom Weldment Profiles - SolidWorks tips, Scott Baugh, scottjbaugh.com, March 18, 2004

What to Backup Before Reinstalling - SolidWorks tips, Scott Baugh, scottjbaugh.com, March 18, 2004

SolidWorks and Computer Maintenance - SolidWorks tips, Scott Baugh, scottjbaugh.com, March 18, 2004

Trouble Shooting a Crash Prone System - SolidWorks tips, Matt Lombard, scottjbaugh.com, May 4, 2004

Getting Help from Tech Support - SolidWorks tips, Matt Lombard, scottjbaugh.com, May 4, 2004

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: A Simple Trick to Make the Required Dimension - Pro/ENGINEER tip, Synthesis Engineering Systems, May 2004

Incorporating Design Tables In Drawings - streaming SolidWorks tip explains how to introduce a design table into your drawing and how to customize the look and feel of the table, Solid Professor, May 2004)

Embedding A Drawing Into A Word Document Using Express Viewer - tutorial explains how to paste an AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, Mechanical Desktop or Inventor drawing into a Microsoft Word file, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, May 5, 2004

Defining Aliases for Commands - CATIA tip, Syed Sahir, CATIA Community, April 30, 2004 (may require free registration)

Dimension Following The Mouse - CATIA tip, Syed Sahir, CATIA Community, April 30, 2004 (may require free registration)

Knowledge Architecture - A Fundamental Approach - explores the fundamentals of Knowledge Architecture and the major elements required to create a Knowledge Management System, Ray Anderson, SolidWorks Community, April 27, 2004 (may require free registration)

Understanding Materials, Catalogs and Inheritance - CATIA tutorial, Cedric Simard and Franck Poisson, CATIA Community, April 9, 2004 (may require free registration)

Geometry Behind a Showroom But Visible When Rendering an Image - CATIA tip, Cedric Simard and Franck Poisson, CATIA Community, April 9, 2004 (may require free registration)

Command Prompt Navigation - SolidWorks tutorial explores a method for simplifying your entry into the command prompt, Adrian Fanjoy, CATI Technical Newsletter, March 2004

CATI-SolidWorks Tool-Room Series Part 3: SplitWorks & ElectrodeWorks - demonstrates how SplitWorks and SolidWorks create a completely integrated environment to cover all the phases needed by the mold designer to create cores and cavities, Robert Konczal, CATI Technical Newsletter, March 2004

An Interview with Alex Sharlot, Design Leader of the U.S. Marines Carousel Project - Pro/ENGINEER was deployed to help design container carousels that provide high-density storage and dedicated locations for materials for U.S. marines, Alexandra Pratt, Pro/E Community, April 23, 2004 (may require free registration)

Dallara Automobili Uses Pro/E to Make Better Racecars - one of only two companies that build cars for the Indy 500 uses Pro/ENGINEER to continually raise the benchmarks for safety, speed and performance of their cars, Alexandra Pratt, Pro/E Community, April 23, 2004 (may require free registration)

Inventor: Drawing Dimensions Enhancements - Inventor 8 streaming tech tip demonstrates how to shorten the process of placing dimensions on a drawing, Avatech Solutions, April 21, 2004

Machining of Runners Using Trajectory Milling - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial demonstrates how to machine a runner using the trajectory milling NC sequence, Asim Rashid, Pro/E Central, April 21, 2004

PTC Finances Improve - PTC turned a profit in the last fiscal quarter and expects to repeat the success next quarter, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, April 21, 2004

AutoCAD Electrical: Easily Create 3-Phase Circuits - streaming tech tip illustrates how to use line objects to quickly and easily create the three-phase circuits commonly used in motors, Avatech Solutions, April 21, 2004

Aligning Text on a Drawing - Autodesk Inventor tip, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, April 14, 2004

Using the Derived Component Command: Part 3 - Sketches and Work Features - more on how to take a single part and split it up using the derived component command, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, April 14, 2004

Associative 2D Hide Creation - AutoCAD Mechanical tip on how to produce a hidden line detail between any two or more items in a drawing, Jeff Gale, Envision Solutions, April 14, 2004

Creating Loops Easily Using Pro/PIPING in Pro/E Wildfire - how to create a coil loop in Pro/PIPING, including specifying sizes and numbers of coils, Florin Neamtu, Pro/E Community, April 14, 2004 (may require free registration)

Tips on Importing Images into WORD - tips on capturing SolidWorks images to use in reports and documentation, Matthew Poster, SolidWorks Community, April 12, 2004 (may require free registration)

Building (Better Drawings With) Blocks - SolidWorks tutorial on how to supply DWG files with specific block attributes to your customers, John Nolin, SolidWorks Community, April 12, 2004 (may require free registration)

"Pining" For a New Look? Texturing with SolidWorks 2004 - how to use the new texturing feature to make models look more realistic, David Baird, SolidWorks Community, April 12, 2004 (may require free registration)

Assembly Weight in the Drawing - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial explains how to calculate the weight of individual components, the combined weight of components assembled more than once and the weight of the assembly as a whole, in order to insert it as a note in the drawing, D.N. Reddy, Pro/E Central, April 2004

Using the Trim Tool as An Extend Tool - SolidWorks tip, John Gifford, SolidWorks Community, April 12, 2004 (may require free registration)

Automatic Title Block Insertion for Model Space Entities - AutoCAD Mechanical tip, Envision Solutions, April 14, 2004

Designing in Plastic, Part 1 of 2 - Solid Edge tutorial helps you create stylized surfaces in plastic part designs, Adrian Scholes, Cadalyst, April 1, 2004

Pioneering Hybrid Approach for 2D to Solid Model Conversions, Saves Automotive Supplier Time and Money - CADCAM-E helped an automotive supplier convert 2D CATIA drawings to Unigraphics solid models using data translation methods that combine automated and manual techniques, Jerry Fireman, CATIA Community, April 13, 2004 (may require free registration

Checking Part Files In and Out in Inventor R8 - Inventor tutorial to help you control which versions are in use during multi-user projects, Elise Moss, mossdesigns.com, April 12, 2004 (pdf)

User Interface Tips - SolidWorks tips to help save time and boost productivity, Greg Jankowski, Cadalyst, April 9, 2004

Changing Workspaces in INTRALINK - Pro/ENGINEER tips on changing workspaces in INTRALINK without shutting down and restarting a linked session of Wildfire, Glenn Reid, Pro/E Community, April 6, 2004 (may require free registration)

Getting to the Good Parts - Autodesk Inventor tips on using the Assembly Find and Component Select tools to help search for and locate parts, Kevin Schneider, Cadalyst, April 1, 2004

Racing Start for SEAT - ICEM Surf surface modeling, analysis and visualization software enabled Spanish automotive manufacturer SEAT to move from sketch to full-scale prototype in just two months, CADserver, April 6, 2004

3D Data Exchange Tips - Pro/ENGINEER tip, Customer PTC E-Newsletter, February 29, 2004 (pdf)

Creating a New Profile for the EFX Library - Pro/ENGINEER tip, Customer PTC E-Newsletter, March 31, 2004 (pdf)

How to Drop the Pro/ENGINEER File Extension from PDMLink Objects Created with Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire - Pro/ENGINEER tip, Customer PTC E-Newsletter, March 31, 2004 (pdf)

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: Dimensioning Schemes for Saved Sketcher Sections - Synthesis Engineering Systems, April 2004

The Engineers Notebook - Autodesk Inventor tutorial explores the functionality to create notes and store them as part of a model, Envision Solutions, March 2, 2004

Placing Tolerances on the Model Rather than Adding Them to the Drawing - Autodesk Inventor tutorial, Envision Solutions, March 26, 2004

Rounds: The Continuing Single Round - Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire tutorial explains various methods for selecting edges and start and stop points to create rounds, Steve Burke, Pro/E Community, March 30, 2004 (may require free registration)

Power Dimensioning - AutoCAD Mechanical tutorial explores one of the Power commands, Envision Solutions, April 1, 2004

Using the Derived Component Command: Part 1 - Sharing Parameters - Autodesk Inventor tutorial, Envision Solutions, March 2, 2004

Using the Derived Component Command: Part 2 - Creating Assemblies from a Master Part - Autodesk Inventor tutorial, Envision Solutions, March 26, 2004

Tips for Setting the Display of Dimensional Constraints in V5 - CATIA tips for enhancing productivity in the design environment, Eric Hildebrand, COE NewsNet, March 2004

Recipe for Flexible Design Collaboration at Black & Decker - with manufacturing operations in 10 countries and design operations in four, Black & Decker chose ImpactXoft's IX tools, combined with CATIA V5, to enhance communication and collaboration in its global operations, Louise Elliott, COE NewsNet, March 2004

Introduction to Freeform Surface Modeling in Autodesk Inventor Series v8 - a series of 10 tutorials, J.D. Mather, March 26, 2004

Flexible Components - Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire tutorial explores the functionality that allows you to change a solid object into a flexible object that can exist in different states inside an assembly, Stan Balish, Pro/E Community, March 18, 2004 (may require free registration)

Using the Twist Warp Option - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial explains how to use the Twist option of the Warp tool, using the example of a bottle, Deepak Maini, Pro/E Community, March 18, 2004 (may require free registration)

SolidWorks Advanced Tips - topics cover adding an axis to a circular pattern, adding features using the Fold and Unfold commands and changing the plane on which a hole was created, SOLID Solutions Digest, March 16, 2004

Easy And/Or Quick Ways to Save Graphics into WORD Files - SolidWorks tips, SOLID Solutions Digest, March 16, 2004

The Perils of Trying to Overcome the 2GB Memory Limit, Part 2 - SolidWorks advice on utilizing the 3GB switch with Windows XP, Wayne Tiffany, SOLID Solutions Digest, March 16, 2004

Mating Call - SolidWorks tutorial explains how mates (geometric relationships between two parts or subassemblies) can help you build functional assemblies, Greg Jankowski, Cadalyst, March 15, 2004

Best Practice for Machining of Corners - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial explains how to avoid deflection and vibration when machining corners, Asim Rashid, Pro/E Central, March 2004

AutoCAD Electrical: Easy Title Block Management - streaming tech tip shows how to save time by using AutoCAD Electrical's tools and functionality to manage the title blocks on any or all of the drawings in a project, Carl Smith, Avatech Solutions, March 10, 2004

Inventor: Interactive Contact - streaming tech tip illustrates how to use contact sets to check for collision and simulate component interaction in Inventor 8 assemblies, Mike Ikenberry, Avatech Solutions, March 10, 2004

How to Convert 3D Models from Architectural Desktop to Autodesk Inventor - ADT/Inventor tip, CAD Forum, March 9, 2004

"Reverse Engineering" Your Pro/ENGINEER Models for Top-Down Design - how to add top-down design (TDD) features to enhance legacy Pro/E models, Jason Clark, Profiles Magazine, Spring 2004

Step-by-Step Wildfire Installation - tips to ensure a successful install of Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, Mark Fischer, Pro/Clues Digest, March 9, 2004 

Creating a Parametric Note Block - Pro/ENGINEER tips on using parameters residing in your part file to generate drawing notes, Kenneth S. Johnson, Profiles Magazine, Spring 2004 

Flexible Components - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial on a new functionality that gives added capabilities for assembly management, Stan Balish, Pro/Clues Digest, March 9, 2004 

Using Relations to Assign Different Materials and Mass Properties for Family Table Instances - Pro/E tips explain how to access parameters from one of the many material files defined in the generic model to drive family table instances, Dwaraka Nadha Reddy, Profiles Magazine, Spring 2004

The Future of 3D Mechanical Design - the heads of four established CAD software firms and one startup - PTC, Autodesk, SolidWorks, UGS PLM Solutions and Sensable - discuss where they want to take their products in the future, CADCAMNet, March 8, 2004

Autodesk Claims Inventor/Inventor Series Reigns For Three Years Running - although Autodesk's claim that its Autodesk Inventor Series is the world's best-selling 3D mechanical design software is true, SolidWorks actually generated $21 million more in revenue last year, Jeffrey Rowe, MCAD Weekly, March 8, 2004

How to Model a Watch and Export it into the VET Format for Web 3D Display Streaming - solidThinking video tutorial shows how to use the Make Manifold modeling tool and publish the model on the web using Viewpoint Experience Technology, solidThinking.com, March 8, 2004

How to Model a Hair Dryer Using Lathe, Trim and Blend Tools - solidThinking video tutorial illustrates the flexibility of a "Construction History"-based modeling approach, solidThinking.com, March 8, 2004

SolidWorks Mold Design Workflow Tools - tutorial explores some tools to decrease design time while eliminating errors and reducing the need to build costly prototypes, SolidWorks Express, March 2004

Sharing Data and Import Diagnostics - SolidWorks tips on collaborating on a design project, SolidWorks Express, March 2004

Increase Your Overall System Performance - tips on making SolidWorks run faster by tweaking your operating system, computer-related settings and SolidWorks settings, SolidWorks Express, March 2004

NDES 2004 Roundup - at last week's annual MCAD gathering, SolidWorks unveiled product updates, Autodesk announced its purchase of MechSoft and Solid Edge demonstrated its new integrated Mold Tooling application, Joe Greco, Cadalyst MCAD Tech News #115, February 26, 2004

Let Engineers Do Engineering - design teams can work more efficiently when they have 2D and 3D CAD with data-management functions available, Daniel Meyer, MachineDesign, February 19, 2004

More on CATIA Shortcuts - CATIA tips, CATIA Digital Digest, February 24, 2004

PDM Manages MCAD Data - explores PDM (product data management) and how it helps to manage the design data explosion, Don LaCourse, Cadalyst, February 1, 2004

Using the Hole Wizard - SolidWorks tutorial explores the tool to insert the right type of hole based on the selected fastener, Greg Jankowski, Cadalyst, February 16, 2004

Tools for the Team - Solid Edge's built-in view and markup capabilities (called Insight Connect) foster design team communication, Adrian Scholes, Cadalyst, February 16, 2004

VX Moves Migration from Solids Modeling to Hybrid Modeling - VX Corporation touts hybrid modeling for its ability to produce more complex, stylish and in-demand products more efficiently, CADdigest.com, February 19, 2004

Inventor: Creating Presentation-Quality Images - streaming tech tip explains how to quickly create images for presentations using Inventor, Rusty Belcher, Avatech Solutions, February 17, 2004

SolidWorks World Boston Report - includes a discussion with SolidWorks CEO John McEleney about the company's future and a sneak preview of SolidWorks 2005, Martyn Day, CADdigest.com, February 17, 2004

The Perils of Trying to Overcome the 2GB Memory Limit - advice on how to override the 2GB limit on your computer and enable the 3GB switch to provide more power for SolidWorks, Ed Eaton, SOLID Solutions Advanced, February 17, 2004

Import Electrical Intent into Autodesk Inventor Professional - explores the basics of setting up a wire harness design, Amy Bunszel, Cadalyst, February 13, 2004

Customizing Shortcut Commands - CATIA tip, Andre du Plessis, CATIA Digital Digest, February 17, 2004

Pro/TOOLKIT: Learning to Walk - tutorial explores Pro/E geometry objects, Vojin Jovanovic, February 12, 2004

Fantastique! Multimaterial Design in 3-D - a small cosmetics molder switched to think3 and Moldflow tools to broaden its design capabilities, Michelle Maniscalco, Injection Molding Magazine

Solid Edge Tips and Tricks - a collection of modeling, drafting and productivity tips, Tushar Suradkar, SeGuruCool, February 11, 2004

Extrusions with Open Sketches in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire - Pro/ENGINEER tips, Steven J. Frey, Pro/Clues Digest, February 10, 2004

Dragging Sketched Entities - It's All in the Dimensions! - Pro/ENGINEER tips, Kim Cheatham, Pro/Clues Digest, February 10, 2004

How To Run Analyses Serially In A Non-Interactive Mode Using the "Batch" Command in Pro/MECHANICA - Pro/ENGINEER tips, Nikesh Gnanasekaran, Pro/Clues Digest, February 10, 2004

Design Here, Manufacture There - tips on using Windchill ProjectLink for smooth collaborations when manufacturing is outsourced to third-party companies, John Fatteross, PTC Express, February 2004

Your Product Development Process: Patchwork or Productive? - advice on streamlining the product design process, John Fatteross, PTC Express, February 2004

Reverse Engineering Fine-tunes NASCAR Engine - using Raindrop Geomagic and Pro/ENGINEER, engineers have created a 3D digital model of GM's SB2 (Small Block, Second-Generation) engine to help squeeze the most horsepower and torque possible out of the engine, Bob Cramblitt, MachineDesign, February 5, 2004

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: When Ref Patterns Get Confused - Pro/E tips, Synthesis Engineering Systems, February 2004

Preselection Navigator - CATIA tip on cycling through overlapping elements, Syed Sahir, CATIA Digital Digest, February 3, 2004

Error: "DLL is Not a Valid Windows Image" When Starting Mechanical 6 in Windows XP - AutoCAD Mechanical/Mechanical Desktop tip, CAD Forum, February 3, 2004

How to Publish Multi-sheet DWF Files from Inventor - Inventor tip, CAD Forum, February 2, 2004

Using an Offset Constraint When Things are in Contact in an Assembly - CATIA tips explain how to save time when things are in contact in an assembly, Tom Cisler, COE NewsNet, January 2004

How to Import a .BRD, .BDF, or .IDB File in Inventor - Inventor tip, CAD Forum, January 30, 2004

SolidWorks World 2004 - the highlight of the show was the presentation of a pre-alpha version of SolidWorks 2005, whose new features and enhancements ought to make mold designers, design engineers and consumer product designers happy, Joe Greco, MCAD Tech News, MCAD Tech News #113, January 24, 2004

The Power of Cobalt Feature Reordering - interactive tutorial explains the effects of feature re-ordering when exploring different design options in Ashlar's Cobalt, Novedge Newsletter, January 2004

Design Classes Open 24/7 on the Web - think3 offers more than 200 online lessons, including a range of instructions including simple text files, e-seminars and more complex lessons that involve interactive modules, Paul Dvorak, Machine Design, January 28, 2004

Down: PTC's Q1 2004 Financial Results - PTC's revenues from CAD were down 4% and revenues from PLM were down 6%, but the company hopes to see a net profit soon, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, January 27, 2004

Multi-layer DWGs Produce Multiple Sketches - Inventor tip, CadSoft, January 7, 2004

This Week In Boston - a report from the recent SolidWorks gathering, including what's coming in SolidWorks 2005, Jeffrey Rowe, MCAD Cafe, January 26, 2004

SolidWorks World Report: Day 2 - the second general session of SolidWorks World revealed more details about SolidWorks 2005 and a demonstration of a 3D photography product designed using SolidWorks, Sara Ferris, Cadalyst, January 20, 2004

SolidWorks World Report - highlights of the first day of  the SolidWorks 2004 conference included a sneak preview of SolidWorks 2005 and the announcement that SolidWorks licenses have reached the 300,000 mark, Sara Ferris, Cadalyst, January 20, 2004

Downward Compatibility Utility in CATIA V5 - tips for converting CATParts, Harpreet Singh Arora, CATIA Digital Digest, January 20, 2004

DriveWorks & FISHER/UNITECH Partner - the development and increasing availability of "smart" design tools and related technologies are paving the way to more efficient product design, Amy Rowell, CADwire.net, January 20, 2004

A Non-Programmers Guide to Using Macros - Inventor tutorial explores ways to load and run macro files and how to assign custom toolbar buttons to macros for easy access, Sean Dotson, sDotson.com, January 19, 2004 (pdf)

Creating Raised Text in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire - a step-by-step tutorial, Asim Rashid, Pro/E Central, January, 2004

Cross-Release Interoperability in Pro/ENGINEER - streaming tips for Pro/E users, PTC Express, January 2004

Hospital Superstructure Snaps Together with EFX - Pro/E's Expert Framework Extension is a module that saves money by modifying the information flow to identify errors in the drawings before they are sent out for bid, and by providing a truly rapid prototyping tool, Sarah Griffith, PTC Express, January 2004

Basic Lighting in Pro/ENGINEER - how to set up lights for a rendering in Pro/E, Bill Taylor, PTC Express, January 2004

Creating Annotations in Windchill PDMLink - how to create annotations for documents, drawings, images and models, Jim Sweeney, PTC Express, January 2004

Plastic Part Modeling 1 - think3 tutorial how to create a plastic coffee maker housing using solid modeling, surfaces modeling, Boolean and GSM techniques, think3, January 14, 2004

Plastic Part Modeling 2 - think3 tutorial covers a new feature of thinkdesign 8.0 called "Derived Model" and other new modeling techniques, think3, January 14, 2004

Inventor: Correct Mistakes with Restart Instead of Escape - streaming tip explores the Restart option, available in the part sketching and drawing environment, Jerry Berns, Avatech Solutions, January 13, 2004

Cast Part Modeling - think3 tutorial explains how to manage solids from different profiles and how to manage draft angles starting from different draft solids, then joining them with Booleans, think3, January 13, 2004

Basic Surfing Techniques - think3 tutorial explores the basics of curve and surface creation and modification by creating a teapot from scratch, refining its shape and turning its surfaces into a solid, think3, January 13, 2004

AutoCAD Mechanical: Use Templates to Eliminate Excessive Mouse-Clicks - streaming tip illustrates the use of screw connection templates, Carl Smith, Avatech Solutions, January 13, 2004

Single Side Shutoff Creation - IronCAD plastic part design tutorial shows how to create a feature with uniform wall thickness, endmill radii and side sealing shutoff relationships, Tom Lehnhaeuser, Magnacad Design, January 12, 2004 (2.8MB swf file)

Sizing Hardware - tips on choosing the right hardware components for your solid modeling tasks, GoEngineer.com, January 8, 2004

Geometry Behind a Showroom But Visible When Rendering an Image - CATIA tips about using a showroom from a catalog with CATIA Photo Studio, Cedric Simard and Franck Poisson, CATIA Digital Digest, January 8, 2004

Is PLM the New PDM? - Martyn Day interviews Dassault VP Pascal Daloz with the goal of penetrating through all the hype to uncover what Product Lifecycle Management really is, Martyn Day, CADdigest.com, January 7, 2004

One for the Little Guy - small to midsize enterprises are linking their manufacturing and engineering departments with technology formerly reserved for the largest companies, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering Online, January 2004

Exporting Data to an Excel Spreadsheet - learn how to export hole data from a part into an Excel spreadsheet, Elise Moss, excerpt from "Autodesk Inventor R8 Intermediate Level: Mastering the Rubicon," January 6, 2004 (pdf; requires Adobe Reader 6.0)

Adding a Shortcut - Inventor tips on creating shortcuts, Elise Moss, excerpt from "Autodesk Inventor R8 Intermediate Level: Mastering the Rubicon," January 6, 2004 (pdf)

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: Making a Pro/Intralink Workspace Mobile - how to move your Pro/Intralink workspace to another computer, Natarajan Murali, Synthesis Engineering Systems, January 2004

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