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Why I can never become an accountant
Here is the transcript from a conference call held earlier this year with financial analysts. I won't report which CAD vendor said this, but this is the kind of talk that prevents me from becoming an accountant: So, the $50 [more...
TOTO Is The First Plumbing Manufacturer To Validate Its Products' Environmental Performance With New SM Transparency Reports
Company Innovates a Solution and Goes Beyond Compliance in Response to LEED v4's 'Building Product Disclosure and Optimization' Option MORROW, Ga., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TOTO announced today that it is introducing an innovative, new way to report product transparency that enables customers to earn LEED v4 credit for select high-efficiency toilets. Committed to environmental leadership that exceeds compliance, TOTO discovered that it was unable to comply with LEED v4's disclosure option to provide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its high-efficiency toilets. The company could not do this because there is no Product Category Rule for toilets (PCRs define the requirements of EPDs for each product category). EPDs are required for its building industry customers to earn the highest number of LEED points for purchasing TOTO products. To solve this problem, TOTO, already using Sustainable Minds' LCA software to help it design sustainable products, turned to the company to help it solve this problem marketing [more...
Sustainable Minds' New Tool Adds Approachability to Product Life Cycle Transparency
Image : toto-lca.jpg via sustainablebrands.com The first company to publish its product lifecycle information with SM Transparency Reports is leading plumbing manufacturer TOTO USA. The need for a new solution became evident when TOTO was not able to comply with the new LEED v4 disclosure option to provide EPDs, for customers to earn the maximum available product credits for purchasing selected TOTO products. The company discovered there is no Product Category Rule (which defines the requirements for EPDs of a certain product category) for toilets, just as there are no PCRs for hundreds of other types of products used in building and construction [more...
Playing with an ultra compact PC, part ii
While waiting for the mSATA solid state drive to arrive, I researched this strange tiny beast I had bought. An ultra compact PC was unlike any other computer I had purchased. First off, I discovered there is very little information [more...
Revit Phasing and Demolition: Required Reading
The need for a demolition phase has been a topic of discussion in my office. I do not see the need, in general, and feel that it creates more work to show essentially the same thing. Steve Stafford says it better than I can, so if you are dealing with this issue as well, you may want to read his article on the subject . There is additional discussion in the comments on that article, so be sure to read those, as well [more...
Sort Order Revisited
Earlier I wrote THIS POST about sorting nested families so they appear in a logical order when swapping them out in a project via their host family. I've since stumbled on a subtle way to maintain some sense of order. Success will vary depending on the naming conventions used naturally.Using Insert > Load from Library - I found I can get alphabetical order behavior if I select the last family first and then select the first family after pressing SHIFT to select everything between the first pick and the second pick. If I start at the top of the list and pick the last file Revit won't honor the order.In my case I was loading panel families from A-W. Picking last first and first last I get A-W in the pull down list. If I pick first and last I get W first followed by A-V (specifically the pull down list inside the properties of a host family that allows me to swap panels). That's probably unique to my particular situation but I found it interesting that the pick order during import affected the outcome. I'd be interested to learn if readers concur with my findings in their own content projects [more...
Today In Flow Technology NewsWHAT'S NEWSOLIDWORKS ENTERPRISE PDM 2014
A summary of the exciting new features! • Automated Cache Management : New options for managing user and group caches are available. Clear the cache on logout and refresh on login (Get Latest Version on folder contents) provide often requested [more...
New in SolidWorks 2014: Assembly Features (Part 3/4)
These are a few of my favorite things... in SolidWorks 2014(Part 3 of 4: Assembly Improvements)Welcome to Part 3 of 4 of some of my favorite new things happening in SolidWorks 2014! Here I want to...Do you want to know how to create sections in 3D? How about forgotten sketch techniques? Visit my Blog and learn these and more valuable SolidWorks Tech Tips [more...
Creating a Symbol in SolidWorks Electrical
From time to time users must create customized symbols from scratch within SolidWorks Electrical. The following tutorial will outline the tips and tricks to getting the right results faster for user customized symbols. Step 1 Choose the Library tab within [more...
GE Open Innovation Google+ Hangout on-demand
GE Open Innovation Google+ Hangout on-demand Last Friday GE held a live Google+ Hangout that featured a panel of Open Engineering thought leaders including GrabCAD CEO, Hardi Meybaum and GE Executive Director of Global Innovation, Steve Liguori. The discussion highlighted GE’s 3D Printing Design Quest which challenged the GrabCAD Community to redesign an aircraft engine bracket, among other topics. The hangout [… [more...
Architectural Technologist – Trace 2.0
You see an app and you just can’t get it out of your head, that so annoying game Dots is one in mind, it’s so hard to put down. Same goes for Trace 2.0, an App for the iPad that is supposed to mimic the way we use a 10? roll to trace, sketch and […] The post Architectural Technologist – Trace 2.0 appeared first on Konstrukshon CPD Weblog [more...
How to recover and fix problematic or corrupt DWGs in AutoCAD
This is a great resource for AutoCAD users. Troubleshooting corrupt DWG files - TS22753433 Usually there is a way to correct drawings with technical problems. IssueAn AutoCAD DWG file cannot be opened and causes AutoCAD to show error messages or alerts, or to freeze or crash. Open Drawing - Damaged File - The drawing file requires recovery. Errors were detected in the drawing. The file cannot be opened without being recovered. Drawing file is not valid. CausePossible causes of file corruption: Network (transmission errors, file locking, latent writing of data) Storage media degradation (bad sectors on a hard drive) Defective or failing RAM Operating system issues Power surges 3rd - party applications running inside the Autodesk product DWGs created or saved by non-Autodesk non-RealDWG products AutoCAD terminated while saving DWG (less frequent) Recommendation: Audit and purge before saving SolutionIf a file cannot be opened, take the following steps: RECOVER command--Recovers a selected drawing file--If successful, open and run AUDIT command--Evaluates drawing integrity and possibly more error correction--Set system variable AUDITCTL=1 to create a report of audit results RECOVERALL command (introduced in AutoCAD 2008 )--Recovers a selected drawing file--Attached and nested xrefs are also opened, repaired, resaved, and closed INSERT and EXPLODE Start a new DWG with no template--Run INSERT and selected the corrupted drawing--Check the “Explode” option If a file can be opened but still shows signs of corruption, take the following steps: RECOVER and AUDIT PURGE command Copy and Paste into a new drawing AECTOACAD (-EXPORTTOAUTOCAD)--Exports to a pure AutoCAD file in selected drawing version--Strips potentially corrupt custom objects WBLOCK command--Set all layers ON, THAWED and UNLOCKED WBLOCK all objects in the drawing to an external block file INSERT the resulting file as block into a new drawing (check the “Explode” option or EXPLODE the block after inserting) AUDIT and PURGE DXFOUT/DXFIN--DXFOUT to create a new .dxf file--Start new drawing and DXFIN to import the new .dxf file--Also try exporting as AutoCAD 12 DXF XREF into a new drawing and BIND See also Recover damaged drawing when RECOVER command not successful - TS19369 Using Windows Explorer or the Windows Find feature, search the entire hard disk for autosave (SV$) files or backup (BAK) files with the same name as the drawing. Rename those files so that they have a DWG extension, and you may be able to open them. (By default, SV$ files are in the %TEMP% folder and BAK files are in the same directory as the DWG file.) Use WBLOCK command to insert the corrupt drawing into a new drawing. Insert at the 0,0,0 coordinate. Open the drawing in a previous release of the software, if available (AutoCAD only). Export the drawing as a DXF™ file, then import the DXF file. If the drawing was last saved in an older format, try using partial open to load the drawing one layer at a time until you find a layer containing an error. Then repeat, skipping that layer next time. See related documents for instructions on using the partial open feature (AutoCAD only). Drawing Recovery Manager (command DRAWINGRECOVERY)Displays a list of all drawing files that were open at the time of a program or system failure. You can preview and open each drawing or backup file to choose which one should be saved as the primary DWG file. After a program or system failure, the Drawing Recovery Manager opens the next time you start the application. Drawing Recovery Manager displays a list of all drawing files that were open. The System Variable RECOVERYMODE controls whether drawing recovery information is recorded after a system failure and whether to show the Drawing Recovery Manager or not. If you want to help yourself, Autodesk and other AutoCAD users make sure to send in any errors to Autodesk when you see the Customer Error Report dialog box (CER). Finally a solution that sometimes helps if AutoCAD cannot fix the problem is to try to fix the drawing in another program that can open and save DWG files. The more users having the similar problem the better chance it will be fixed in a service pack or future version. Eventually you might get an email saying the problem is fixed. You may find JTB World’s SmartPurger useful to batch process drawings that needs to be fixed. It includes Audit and Purge functionality as well as a lot more [more...
A Week in Review - BIM After Dark
BIM After Dark has now officially been public for one week. So far, the response from this little Revit/BIM community we live in has been fantastic and exceeded my expectations. You guys and girls rock! I thought I would share what some notable Revit community members have said about my very first culminated video series:The infamous Paul Aubin , of the recently released "Renaissance Revit" , was kind enough to review the videos and write an great post about it: "If you just finished your first Revit project, but found the graphics just fell a little flat, this course is perfect for you. And if you are a Revit expert, there is certainly some little gems in there for you too. I picked up more than a few such tidbits myself." ... Continue reading Paul's post... Luke Johnson, of What Revit Wants (if you don't follow him... you should), published a very nice piece about BIM After Dark after he reviewed the videos. Luke talks about the sample files: "The plethora of included content and samples are also of very high quality, so if you can get access to them, I recommend that you do so. It includes texture, background and entourage images, Revit library files and some Photoshop PSD files too." ... Continue reading Luke's post... Michael Anonuevo ( Club Revit , Little Details Count ), who has created a very nice eBook about Revit Family Creation, published a detailed, information packed, review of BIM After Dark. Michael breaks down the entire process from launching the BIM After Dark website, to purchasing, downloading, and viewing the videos. He hit most of the points and understood fully how I hoped this first video series would be portrayed. Some notable quotes: "...The unique thing about how he explained certain topics is that he left his mistakes (admittedly) such as clicking the wrong menu or inadvertently choosing a wrong option. Thereafter, he explains how to get out of the mistakes. His explanations are detailed and to the point..." "...I definitely recommend these videos. It is a must have for beginners and a welcome addition to advanced and professional users." ... Continue reading Michael's post.... I am very happy and inspired by the reactions to BIM After Dark and I am looking forward to 2014 as being a big year for The Revit Kid.com. In addition tot he work I've put in for BIM After Dark, I have plenty of draft posts for the blog. So look for new content here as well!I want to thank everyone for their support, feedback, kind words, and encouragement. You are truly the best blog readers around ;) Posted by: Jeffrey A. Pinheiro, LEED AP at The Revit Kid.com [more...
FSG: Improving Client Relationship by Consolidating CAD
There’s a level of security in keeping all those old college t-shirts in the top of your closet. The reality is, it just clutters everything and you don’t really wear them. Such is deciding to consolidate your CAD processes into a single solution. It’s a scary step to “out” the old and “in” the new, [… [more...
Today MasterCAM Official BlogSuperMold To The Rescue
ASH Industries (Lafayette, LA) is taking advantage of recent advancements in Mastercam software to dramatically streamline its processes for making the tools used for molding medical parts. The first CNC programs for cutting mold plates can be delivered to the shop floor in as little as 15 minutes after the completion of the mold design. In some cases, the advanced cutting strategies incorporated in these programs make it possible to mill all of the mold plates within a single day. These improved manufacturing efficiencies are the basis for the company's SuperMold Program that offers a production quality mold (guaranteed for life) and 1000 molded parts for a set price. SuperMold parts are available within three different size envelopes and pricing varies accordingly. Small parts that fit within a 2" x 2" cylinder start out at $4900. First articles for these are delivered in three weeks. Larger SuperMold parts take longer, up to eight weeks. However, shorter lead times are negotiable under special circumstances. According to ASH Industries' president Hartie Spence, the ability to get molded parts so quickly and inexpensively is making medical device manufacturers think twice about using intermediary processes like stereo lithography and 3D printing for prototyping. The big advantage of this approach is that the medical device company can have a production mold ready to go as soon as necessary approvals have been obtained. He said that improved manufacturing efficiencies that allow his company to offer such competitive pricing and fast turnarounds derive from a very skilled and focused manufacturing staff in combination with advanced features that began to appear in its Mastercam around 2009 [more...
BIM. After Dark.
BIM. After Dark. (B.A.D.) is the brainchild of Mr. Jeff Pinheiro, the Revit guru who owns and runs revitkid.com. It is the culmination of his efforts _putting together unique, relevant and useful Revit presentation techniques in a video-style tutorial format [more...
AU 2013, it's a wrap
Another Autodesk University has come and gone. The week after Thanksgiving seems to pass much more quickly than the same week back at our jobs. Attendees wait all year for that day in late summer when registration opens and then patiently tide the time away until Thanksgiving. But did you know that Autodesk University is in operation in some form or fashion the other 51 weeks of the year also? The planning for the next AU begins even before the current AU takes place. The event planners are busy booking the venues, planning the schedule, and evaluating our feedback from prior AU's. The call for class proposals goes out in the spring and an AU team starts working on compiling what hopes to be a successful set of classes and other activities. Although AU in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA is the largest AU, it's certainly not the only one. In 2013, the U.S. AU was the last of 6 AUs around the world . Japan started off the year in September, Russia and Brazil in October, then China and Germany in November. These 5 international AU's hosted over 8000 participants combined, which added to the estimated 9,400 users at the U.S. AU, means over 17,000 users worldwide experienced AU in person in 2013. Another 35,000 logged in to watch streaming sessions. At one of the first streaming classes at the U.S. AU this year, there were 300 participants in the room and some 600 watching online. Over 200 of those watching online were from outside the US. There are many ways to keep up with AU year round The AU blog AU on Twitter AU group on LinkedIn AU on Facebook Autodesk University 2014 USA will be December 2-4 in Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. We'll leave you with some snapshots of AU2013 Tags: Autodesk University AU201 [more...
Updated Project Khan Now Available
Project Khan is our free technology preview where we partnered with Donya Labs AB to get your feedback on a new experimental plug-in for Maya that allows you to generate optimized versions of your 3D model assets on the Autodesk [more...
Architectural Technologist – MuCEM – Can Concrete Be Beautiful?
Last year, the . The artefacts and secrets it held were supposed to inspire and instil debate but, in fact, what it was made of caused more controversy: concrete. Unfortunately, concrete is far too intrinsically linked to high rise flats and pre-fabricated houses these days and, as a building material, it does not get the […] The post Architectural Technologist – MuCEM – Can Concrete Be Beautiful? appeared first on Konstrukshon CPD Weblog [more...
Crowdsourcing and PLM consultant’s future?
Have you heard about crowdsourcing? If not, do it quickly and now. It was coined back 6-7 years ago. Wikipedia is giving yo a good jumpstart – navigate to the following link. Here is a good wikipedia passage explaining that: Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from [… [more...