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Solid Edge: Copy Sketch
John keeps plugging away with Solid Edge ST7, and brings you our next CAD tip: Copy Sketc [more...]
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Hundreds of Students Turn Out for ARCHICAD BIM Competition in Vietnam
GRAPHISOFT, the global leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions for architects, recently organized a second successful ARCHICAD BIM competition in collaboration with Hanoi Architectural University and Ho Chi Minh City Architectural University in Vietnam [more...]
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ENOVIA V6 Portfolio - Variant Management
The ENOVIA portfolio is organized into six themes directly impacting how a customer can achieve higher operating margins. Within these six themes, we have 183 specific processes or modules catering to those themes. The focus of this blog is Variant [more...]
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Car rendering using markers and Photoshop
In this video demo Sangwon Seok shows how he sketches a car using pencils and markers and then uses it as an underlay for finalizing the render in Photoshop [more...]
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Autodesk Aims to Redefine the Future of Design Education with the Autodesk Design Academy
It's no secret that CAD tools are among the most complex pieces of software to learn and - perhaps most importantly - use effectively with intent. Unsurprisingly, learning these tools... Read Autodesk Aims to Redefine the Future of Design Education with the Autodesk Design Academy at SolidSmack [more...]
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3D Printed Bridge
Robots will soon be 3D printing a steel bridge in Amsterdam. The pedestrian bridges exact location is set to be announced later this year, but it is rumored to be right in the center of the city, crossing over the waters of one of Amsterdams canals.  This is a major milestone in the world of engineering because the bridge will be printed onsite in mid-air. Up until now, 3D printing was typically done inside machines, one layer at a time.  Th [more...]
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AutoCAD 2016 - Missing Command line. - tip from Cadline
Lost or misplaced your command line? Luckily, there is an easy way of getting it back without resetting your Workspace or Profile settings. Here is how that can be achieved: https://www.cadlinecommunity.co.uk/hc/en-us/articles/203529902-AutoCAD-2016-Missing-Command-line [more...]
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Revit Technology Conference is upon us...Sign up today!
The Revit Technology Conference for North America is fast approaching, and Washington, DC will never be the same. RTC is a mini "AU" conference that focuses strictly Revit and its associated programs. This really helps the user get focused on the tasks we need to improve on, and gain more efficiency when using the tools. The event, scheduled for July 23nd-25th at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, and includes some awesome speakers, including Paul Aubin, Jim [more...]
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3DQuickPress V6 What's New - 6.0.4 Hotfix
With the new 3DQuickPress V6.0.4, Hotfix releases Customer driven Enhancements per request because we understand the importance of enhancements to customize the 3DQuickPress process or the features to meet Customer requests. This Hotfix will update 3DQuickPress version 6.0.0 to 6.0.4 [more...]
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The Rise of the Green Lego | Lego Announces $150 Million Plan to Replace All Oil-Based Plastics
Although the Lego brand hasn't yet found a solution for the inevitable rogue Lego brick that somehow always ends up being stepped on with a bare foot, the company has... Read The Rise of the Green Lego | Lego Announces $150 Million Plan to Replace All Oil-Based Plastics at SolidSmack [more...]
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PTC Creo View MCAD: Detect and Report Clash and Clearance Issues without 3D CAD
In a world where product designs include parts from different sources and designers, its not unusual to find pieces that collide or dont leave enough space. Thats why most 3D CAD systems include tools for finding interferences and checking clearances. But heres the problem. Most people who take part in design reviews and validation processes [… [more...]
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IFC GUID Access, Life Span and Cloning of Geometry
Today, let's talk about the life span of Revit geometry and accessing the IFC GUID of an imported element: Life span and cloning of solids and faces Accessing the IFC GUID of an imported wall First, I'll just mention that [more...]
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SolidSmack Radio | Extrude and Be Boss Pt. II
This week's Spotify-powered SolidSmack Radio Playlist brings an entirely new playlist of face-melting great music to help propel you through those laborious, tedious design tasks for the next few days.... Read SolidSmack Radio | Extrude and Be Boss Pt. II at SolidSmack [more...]
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Tutorial: RealFlow 101: Create a Simple Fluid Sim and Render in Maxwell Render
Watch on Vimeo Originally posted on CGMatters.blogspot.com: "A very simple intro to explain the basic paradigms of RealFlow for new users on how to get something working with a few clicks, from simulation to render with Maxwell Render inside RealFlow." Learn More | Demo | Purchase RealFlow   [via Toolfarm.com [more...]
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BUILD Book Review
BUILD shares reviews on some of the latest books to hit their shelves [more...]
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Materialise Forms 3D Printing Collaborations in China
3D Printing is going global, and as the technology is increasingly used in numerous industries around the world, we are expanding our collaborations with those users. Thats why we are delighted to announce both the signing of a collaboration agreement with Fuwai Hospital and another with Golden Laser in China. The two agreements ... Tags:  3D Printing , Materialise Chin [more...]
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Houzz for Residential Architects and Designers Part 2
Houzz.com is a platform for homeowners to find remodeling and home building ideas. It is also a... Continued on BusinessofArchitecture.co [more...]
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Updated Project Boulder for InfraWorks 360 available via Autodesk Labs
"When the flood calls You have no home, you have no walls In the thunder crash You're a thousand minds, within a flash Lord, here comes the flood We'll say goodbye to flesh and blood" "Here Comes the Flood," Peter [more...]
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The shortest path between two points on a network.
See Answer to the tip 10383: (ACAD) this is only a preview of a tip - for all CAD tips, block libraries and discussion visit www.cadforum.c [more...]
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Review: Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015
"Last year, as I was sprinting down the street trying to stay ahead of six angry bulls in Pamplona, Spain, I held my phone behind me to capture some video of the experience, all the while thinking, how am I going to color-correct this video? And then I looked up at the beautiful old buildings facing the street and thought, hey, that palette would really work well with the talking-head videos I had been editing in my hotel room the night before. But how to [more...]
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Update: Ableton Live v9.2 is now available
Latency compensation, better warping, and 64 pad mode for Push Live 9.2 brings refinements to Live's audio warping and introduces latency-compensated automation, a new Tuner device, and more. For Push users this update brings the ability to use all 64 pads to play drums - and quickly flip back to 16 pads for step sequencing. In addition, Max for Live now includes Max 7, the latest, most powerful version of Max. Use Live on two monitors. See the Session [more...]
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SeaHorse Hulls for Rhino
SeaHorse Hulls   (by vizible ) is a parametric modeling plugin for catamaran hulls.  The demo version exposes only a few parameters, limiting the family of possible shapes. The plugin exposes a single comand - shHulls. The default values produce a hull with a Cp around 0.64.  SeaHorse Hulls demo is free to use, however consider donatin g to support further development of the free version. Download at food4Rhino [more...]
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PDF Converter Elite
Software review by Ralph Grabowski PDF became the de facto exchange medium for drawings and documents because it is accurate (Adobe made sure of that when they first developed Acrobat), and because it is read-only: recipients can't modify the document [more...]
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News: Propellerhead Reason Version 8.3 Now Available!
What's New? New reverb effect! RV7000 is now MkII and gains a convolution mode, essentially allowing you to sample room characteristics. It truly sounds great, and opens up for a lot of new experimental possibilities. Try loading it up with a hand clap, a noise sweep, or even a drum loop and let it work its magic on your sounds! A ReFill with a collection of some of our favorite Impulse Response content available on the web, along with some unique sa [more...]
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How to add an instrument to a catalog and a spec
When clicking "Create New Component" in the Catalog Editor, it is not possible to select an instrument in the "Component Category" or in the "Piping Component" selection lists. Is there another way to make it possible to create an instrument [more...]
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E-on Software Ships Free Versions of VUE, PlantFactory 2015.2
BEAVERTON, OREGON e-on software, maker of solutions for Digital Nature, announced the immediate availability of the free versions of its recently released VUE 2015 and PlantFactory 2015 products [more...]
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Industry Momentum Building for OpenVX
The Khronos Group has announced the ratification and public release of the OpenVX 1.0.1 specification ,  a maintenance update to the open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform acceleration of computer vision applications.  [more...]
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Holographic Visualizations Help Win Design Contract
AUSTIN, TX   Zebra Imagings holographic display technology played a pivotal role in winning Britto Charette the contract to renovate the lobby of The Majestic Tower in Bal Harbour, Florida [more...]
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Academy Adjusts Rules for VFX, Animated Short Categories
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Board of Governors have approved the rules and campaign regulations for the 88th Academy Awards recently [more...]
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Tutorial: RealFlow Daemons 101: Filter & Melt Demo Scene
Watch on Vimeo Originally posted on cgmatters.blogspot.com: "The filter daemon is one of the most used and powerful tools available for controlling your RealFlow fluid simulations.  Things that prior to its appearence back in RF5 were only possible via scripting, are now just a few clicks away.  With this clip you will hopefully get the idea behind it, and end up experimenting with this wicked daemon. Don´t forget to check out the RealFlow demo scenes [more...]
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OneDesign: Blurring the lines between Architecture, Engineering and Contracting
This article by John Tobin, VP for Operations at EYP, explores the contrast between segmentation, and its alternative, specialization, has played out in different industries, including construction. It examines how the construction industry, in particular, has become progressively segmented over the past centuries, an aberration that has had real impact on the quality of the … Continue reading [more...]
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Yesterday
Learn to Say, "No!"
When Annmarie and I launched Fivecat Studio more than 15 years ago we had no projects, no clients and no money. We were two young architects seeking the freedom of our own firm. A friend helped start us off with our first project; a new local restaurant named Meetinghouse located in Bedford, New York. Meetinghouse led [… [more...]
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ACA: Classification Definitions, Applies To and Tagging
Classification Definitions have been around since Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2004. One use for them is to act as an additional filter for the AEC objects that can be included in a Schedule Table; unlike layer filters, Classification Definition filters can be built right into the Schedule Table Style, on the Applies To tab. You can also use them on Property Set Definitions to limit the objects to which you can attach a Property Set. I have been us [more...]
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Alphacam Raises Staircase Curtain for Innovative Timberworks Wales
Alphacam Raises Staircase Curtain for Innovative Timberworks Wales   It was like a curtain being in front of us until 2008. Then we installed Alphacam and the curtains opened. Those are the words of Gerwyn Lloyd, owner of family-run innovative joinery and CNC machining company Timberworks Wales. Alphacam has become completely indispensable. I [more...]
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STAAD.Pro V8i SELECTseries 6
I have great pleasure to inform you that we have launched the much awaited latest release of STAAD.Pro V8i. This new release has been designed around enhancing the user experience of our leading general analysis and design application and still continue to expand on the technical capabilities that are the basis of the programs continuing popularity. The following outlines some of the key developments that have been introduced with this goal in mind [more...]
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Being Human Is About Growing
I sat down with Jared From Super Giant Ninja for a quick interview at NAB this year. We talked a bit about how I got into all this animation stuff in the first place. And, about what you can do to move forward in whatever you are working on [more...]
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Can a Vehicle Following a Cyclist Change the Outcome of Tour de France?
Professor Bert Blocken, PhD student Yasin Toparlar, and Thierry Marchal may have uncovered something that could affect the outcome of the Tour de France (July 4-26). The real race will take place roughly a week from now, along the 3,360-kilometer route that stretches from Utrecht to Svres, but Marchal pointed out, "Part of the race [more...]
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Vectorworks 285 - X-Ray Mode
Beginner Holding down the B Key will make the fills on all objects transparent, allowing you to see through objects. This will allow you to select hidden objects. visit http://ift.tt/1oggtv [more...]
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PLM Workflow "California Roll" Style
Product Lifecycle Management software is obsessed with the idea of workflow. You can see it offered by all PLM vendors. To have a taste of traditional PLM workflows, navigate to my five years old blog post - PLM processes: flowcharts vs rule-based - it gives some ideas how PLM products are defining [more...]
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Electrical Engineer - Farnsworth Group - Denver - CO
Farnsworth Group, Inc. is a full-service engineering and architectural firm with offices and employment opportunities located throughout a nationwide network of offices. Farnsworth Group is an employee-owned company with a rich 100-year history that offers an impressive benefits and compensation program, in addition to excellent career development opportunities. We are always looking for exceptional and talented employees who are passionate about their cra [more...]
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MEP Modeler and Project Manager - Render IPDS - MA
Render IPDS (Integrated Project Delivery Services) is a BIM (building information modeling) company specializing in working with architects, engineers and contractors in the high end residential market. We have two positions available at our Amherst, Ma office: an MEP modeler and a Project Manager. The ideal MEP modeler will have at least 5-10 years of experience in using Revit or Archicad MEP software and a thorough working knowledge of commercial MEP sy [more...]
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Augmented Reality in AEC
I just read the Autodesk AEC blog post on Augmented Reality (AR) in the AEC industry. AR is a technology that will greatly enhance AEC and many other design and construction project needs to visualize the data over the existing structures. This is not to be confused with Virtual Reality (VR) which is a complete generated display where AR augments what you are seeing with other data and visuals. Read: Just-in-Place: The Case for Augmented Reality in AEC Che [more...]
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In Depth: Render Farms
This document will be updated as developers update information. Table of contents Setting Up a Render Farm Render Farm Management Plug-ins and Software on a Network Rendering System Setting up a Render Farm Creating the right storage and management can be a challenge but it's important to get that in place first. There are tons of resources out there but I'm keeping this short and sweet. If you have a great resource, let me know.  How [more...]
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Stratasys to Host Kansas Roadshow Series
This July, our partners at Stratasys will be hosting a series of roadshow events designed to showcase their PolyJet and Fused Deposition Modeling 3D printers and 3D production systems. These... 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...]
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Sale: e-on Software Now on Sale!
Right now through July 12th you can get 30% Off Full e-on Licenses and 20% Off Upgrades.  And you get 50% off the second (and subsequent) if you buy two or more of our products before July 12! Contact sales@toolfarm.com with your order # for a quote. Click Here to View All e-on Products Not One - But Two e-on Products Nominated for 2015 CGAward "We are extremely proud: both VUE and LumenRT are nominated for the 2015 CG Awards!" - e-on Software Click [more...]
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TheRevitKid.com Featured on ArchDaily!
Last week one of the most visited architecture websites featured an article titled "The Best Software Tutorials on the Web". I have followed ArchDaily for many years (probably longer than I have been publishing to this website) and was absolutely floored to find TheRevitKid.com featured on their list! What a great honor! Click here to keep reading! Posted by: Jeffrey A. Pinheiro, AIA at The Revit Kid.com [more...]
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SOLIDWORKS-Designed Technology Comes to the Rescue of Children in Developing Nations
In many rural or impoverished pockets of the world, doctors are scarce and healthcare facilities are few and far between, leaving large populations of people without the medical resources available to the developed world. Faced with severe resource limitations, medical … Continued Author information Barbara Schmitz Product Portfolio Introduction Manager at SolidWorks Loyal dog owner, travel bum, cool mom, and lover of h [more...]
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Sale: iZotope RX Final Mix $50 Off, Ends June 30th - Download an Extended 30 Day Trial
Every sound in its place!  Specifically created for audio post production professionals, RX Final Mix is the ultimate processor for stem and master buses.  Whether you are dealing with dialogue, production sound (ambience), sound effects, music, or your overall final out bus, you'll get aconsistent, audible, and intelligible mix that's incredibly smooth. Save time on the final stage of any radio, TV, film, or web production - and get to a great sound fast [more...]
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Ted Is Back and Bolder than Ever
Ted, the bold teddy bear, is talking again [more...]
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Jun 26, 15
Can't beam me the part? Ok, how about just the 3D printing instructions?
Need a part half way across the country or on the other side of the globe? In the past your only option was probably to make the part and ship it. Or perhaps find a local contract manufacturer, send them the design and manufacturing information, and have them make it for you. In the future, of course, you will simply make it and beam it to them using your transport (a la Star Trek - thank you, Scotty). But is there another way that might work for you in th [more...]
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