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Cleaning Out the Closet - Print and Plot Setups
When you decide it's time to clean up a project, assuming it isn't an ongoing task. Don't forget that we can accumulate many saved printer settings and plot sets. While we are at it, it doesn't hurt to take a closer look at View Templates and View Filters. These can also quickly proliferate in a project and then we're left wondering how many are relevant anymore [more...]
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Autodesk Webinar Series
You're invited! Please join us for the Autodesk AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Webinar: Precision Drafting: Object Snaps and Object Tracking Date & Time: July 31 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM PT For more [more...]
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Coordinates, Base Points, Surveys and Making a Toposurface
This is a repost from four years ago with some updates... If you browse through the forums, blogs, how-to videos and books you will find a wealth of information on the above titled subject. And it's all conflicting. It's just about the most confusing subject you will encounter in  Revit . I will now add my voice to the many others. The method I'm proposing can be boiled down to a common point which is graphically represented in all files. You will [more...]
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RhinoShoe 2.0 - new service release
A new service release of RhinoShoe 2.0 is available now. This  Rhino 5  plug-in for scaling and correcting shoes and patterns,  now includes:  Scale3D: fixed various random crashes Scale2D: issue fixed when circles were deformed when offset Now takes the dimensions of all the soles Non-scalable objects can be added Ready for Windows 8.1  Discard the open curves and points bug fixed Language corrections Try RhinoShoe [more...]
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Pioneers in 3D Printing : Four Stories
Get inspired by these four entrepreneurs who used 3D printing technology to build successful businesses.             Related Stories Specials and New Releases - July 21, 2014 The Best of the FIFA 2014 World Cup for Designers Specials and New Releases - July 7, 2014 [more...]
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New Vault Management tool in SolidWorks Workgroup PDM 2014
With SolidWorks Workgroup PDM 2014 comes a much easier way to management your vault server. A new tab "Vault Management" let users validate, rebuild and even reboot their server without having to remote into their server. 1. Change validation of [more...]
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World-Class Graphics Performance with PTC Creo 3.0
Good news. You can now get world-class graphics performance to go with your world-class PTC software. With PTC Creo 3.0, AMD and PTC have continued to ensure superior graphics performance- fully optimizing software and hardware. During PTC Live Global, CADplace talked with AMD's Jon Clark and PTC's Sandy Smith about AMD FirePro solutions as well [… [more...]
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PLM vertical PaaS strategies
SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, DMaaS, … I'm sure marketing folks are having lots fun of new xaaS acronyms. The amount of publication about various strategies of services is skyrocketing. EDACafe article - The Platform-as-a-Service Provides European Aerospace & Defence OEMs and Partners with Greater Collaboration Capabilities brings a story of "AirDesign - the European aerospace and defense [… [more...]
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Volunteers Sought to Review Student Reels
Walk up to any computer graphics professional at SIGGRAPH and ask about the first time they attended the conference. Odds are good that their earliest experience was as a student volunteer. Student volunteers are critical to success of the SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia conferences. In exchange for guiding attendees, manning booths and performing myriad other tasks, student volunteers are exposed to a wealth of knowledge, insight and hands-on experience not av [more...]
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Epson Large Format Printers
Did you know I can copy and paste? I know its kind of hard to believe that I can, but its true. To prove it to you I present you some information I received recently from Epson about their new next generation large format printers. This is a product I dont have room for, nor is it in my budget to get one but it would be nice to have one. Catering directly to the printing needs of CAD/engineering/GIS, Epson today launched its next-generation family [more...]
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Friday Smackdown: The Teeth and Fur Were Lit
The lenticular chasm of shifting light made the fur around their teeth jump even closer. There were waves of them. Chirping as the foraged upon the bodies. But wait, these... The post Friday Smackdown: The Teeth and Fur Were Lit appeared first on SolidSmack.com [more...]
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Help Shape Industry PDF Guidelines!
A year ago, the GC Coalition started an All PDFs Created Equal initiative to build PDF creation guidelines that will better streamline digital project communication among all stakeholders from designers and contractors to owners and facilities. The new Guidelines for Construction PDF Documents have now been jointly created by the GC Coalition and Design Coalition. [… [more...]
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An Introduction To Modernizr
Modernizr is a JavaScript library that detects HTML5 and CSS3 features in a user's browser. It makes it easy for you to write conditional JavaScript and CSS to handle any situation, whether a browser supports a feature or not. In this post, we'll feature Ben Jaffe's introduction to Modernizr training videos to help get you [… [more...]
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referrals 
Dear architect, how do you get projects? In some way, they all come from referrals. Dear client, how do you find an architect? In some way, you get a referral. This is a basic component of our civilized culture. We trust the advice of a friend or family membersimple. Most of my work comes from [… [more...]
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Friday Roundup
Wow, the last few months have been busy for Tinkercad. So we are bringing back Friday Roundups to share with Continue reading [more...]
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Change AutoCAD Layout Background Color to Black
So you want you AutoCAD Layout to be black just like you model space background for whatever reason or preference you have? Simple to do and here is how to do it. I this video Autodesk Screencast you can see the command steps I use in real-time and hear my voice instead of just looking at images and and text explanation. The post I wrote back in 2007 & 2010 on this topic is one of the top ten read [more...]
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Maker Galaxy E27: Designing the Mellow Smart Sous-Vide Machine (Zé Pinto Ferreira)
Were always talking about the future of design, the future of technology, the future of MAKING. In a world where 3D printed museum replicas allow visitors to interact with valuable... The post Maker Galaxy E27: Designing the Mellow Smart Sous-Vide Machine (Z Pinto Ferreira) appeared first on SolidSmack.com [more...]
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DIY Weekend Smack 05: Show Your Date How Much You Love Him/Her With a Death Star Vase
Few things go better together than true love and a bag of Quikrete. Well, perhaps we can sit on that one for awhile but in the meantime, this Death Star... The post DIY Weekend Smack 05: Show Your Date How Much You Love Him/Her With a Death Star Vase appeared first on SolidSmack.com [more...]
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Can 3D Technology Spawn Better Athletes?
Over the last few decades, technological advancements in sport have been moving the benchmark of human limitations. Some ways are easy to understand: fiberglass poles became more flexible allowing vaulters to reach new heights; replacing wooden tennis rackets with ones made of fiberglass and graphite improved accuracy; swimming bodysuits were developed to reduce drag. But [more...]
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NX CAD and CAE Community Wrap Up
Exciting new posts are continually added to the NX CAD and CAE communities. Here are the highlights you may have missed from the past two weeks in the NX Design and Simulation forums. This weeks wrap up from Siemens PLM contains event previews, success stories, a woman who followed in her namesake's footsteps to make history, and more! [… [more...]
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Materials, IP and collaboration: International Conference for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing
The three key topics this year were IP, collaboration and materials The 9th International Conference for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing was a hotbed of future technology, business models, medical developments, industrial design and intellectual property. Priding itself on bringing together industry experts, the event was packed with more than 300 people in attendance hailing from more than 20 countries, all getting involved with three key to [more...]
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Cool Tools of Doom n' Stuff: Episode 52
Brought to you this week by the pores in Smoth Mealer's chin squirting freshly-steamed tortillas, be sure to check out the all new episode of Cool Tools of Doom n'... The post Cool Tools of Doom n' Stuff: Episode 52 appeared first on SolidSmack.com [more...]
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Behind the Scenes at RapidFit+
Cars, cars, cars. Even from a young age Ive always been passionate about cars. When I was a child and my mother had me in the childs seat on her bike, I would just point to all the cars around and say the make and model. I love their look, driving them and, most of ... Tags:  RapidFit [more...]
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Featured Guest Post on Entrepreneur Architect
If you follow me on Twitter you know that I post a lot of Mark R. LePage's Entrepreneur Architect Podcast Episodes and Articles. I have A LOT of respect for Mark as a Man, as an Architect and for what he's doing for his fellow Architects and for our Profession. You can find me on… Read More » The post Featured Guest Post on Entrepreneur Architect appeared first on Architect of the Internet | Social Media Uniquely for Architects [more...]
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Johns Hopkins Engineer: PTC Creo 3.0 Unite Technology is Great
Unite technology in the all new PTC Creo 3.0 allows users to open non-native CAD from directly within PTC Creo Parametric, and its really great, according to Dmitry Ushamirsky, a CAD Applications Support Engineer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. I spoke with Ushamirsky at the recent PTC Live Global conference in Boston, Mass. [… [more...]
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New CINEMA 4D Tutorials at Greyscalegorilla
CINEMA 4D enthusiast website and add-on developer Greyscalegorilla has a new sub-surface scattering (SSS) tutorial plus a link to their winners of the Five Second Winners contes [more...]
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Recently in…3D Printed Food
Science fiction has wet our appetites with visions of what will be served for dinner in the decades to come. These culinary prognostications range from the realistic, food packets and … Continued Author information Mike Fearon Senior Manager Brand Offer Marketing, Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS. Video game world champion and whisky advocate. I like turtles [more...]
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My Weekend Trip to Cambria, California
On Thursday night of last week, my wife and I drove to Cambria, California to meet some long-time friends. The drive took about 4 hours. Our plan was to: see the sea: visit Hearst Castle: taste wine at local wineries [more...]
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Kingston University top Formula Student 2014 UK electric rankings with new designs
The Kingston University electric race team at Silverstone Last summer we popped over to Kingston University's Roehampton campus and had a nose around it's automotive engineering department with a view to look at its new Formula Student project. Its aim was to crack the electric race car category, one gaining much more attention as automotive engineers look to the future of motorsports like FormulaE . Safe to say we were happy to hear that the t [more...]
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Fashion and apparel industry trends: in the digital age
Inspired by a recent Webinar by industry insider and Lectra's director of fashion and apparel marketing Anastasia Charbin, this post covers some of the most pertinent trends, influences and factors which are currently having, or will in the near future have, an impact on our industrie [more...]
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STAAD.Pro V8i SELECTseries 5, build 20.07.10.64
I am excited to announce the latest new release of the STAAD.Pro V8i SELECTseries 5* has been published on the Bentley SELECT server and is now available for download. This version has undergone extensive QA testing and this version will be delivered shortly to accounts that entered the QA&R programme with the required supporting documentation so that it can be used on nuclear projects. Build 20.07.10.64 builds on the enhancements delivered in the ea [more...]
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Internet search engine for 3D shapes launched
3Dshap.es allows users to search using shape as the query 3Dindustri.es (3DI) has launched 3Dshap.es , a search engine that navigates 3D content on the Web by shape and sourcing of 3D printable files. Powered by proprietary 3D search algorithms that organise and search by shape and form, it offers an alternative to navigating 3D content compared to conventional search engines. In this way, it also overcomes differences in language, labeling and namin [more...]
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Autodesk Inventor 3D Sketch Bends Ease Tube Transitions
Do you need a boost in routing tubing transitions or similar off-axis swept features? Take a look at using 3D Sketch bends with Work Features in Autodesk Inventor with the John [more...]
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AJA Delivers Spot-On Recording for BlueScreen Productions
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Delcam reseller SEACAM to launch new CAD and CAM at Brazil user meetings
Delcams Brazilian reseller, SEACAM, will hold a series of free user meetings in August with demonstrations of the 2015 versions of Delcams PowerSHAPE Pro CAD system for modelling for manufacture and reverse engineering and the PowerMILL CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining [more...]
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Who will make PLM sexier?
Cool factor is trending in software these days. The time when software was ugly is probably in the past. Everyone wants to have a "cool app" - on the picture above you can clearly see the trend. Does it apply to enterprise software and PLM? It is a good question. Back in 2012, I asked [… [more...]
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Converting from shop to student lounge
Photos by Michael Moran Studio Now the Sullivan Family Student Center, this University of Wyoming building was originally a conversion from a shop building. The floor plan consisted of nondescript and ill-defined open floor areas crisscrossed with circulation. In the rehab, the architect pushed the circulation to the perimeter, then used screens to separate it from the main student lounge area. The perforated bamboo panels are about 40 percent open [more...]
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What's Happening in Engineer to Order (ETO) and Design Automation?
Engineer to Order is a great way to increase sales and improve margins for some and a business reality for those in industries that demand products that fit into their customers' environments. It's also one of my favorite topics because I have seen the issue from the ERP / sales configurator side of things as well [… [more...]
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What Matterport's 3D Platform and 16M Funding Means for Designers and Engineers
Imagine working on a project, modeling and simulating the design, in the very environment. A 100% dimensionally accurate environment that you shot with your mobile device. It's an ability we've... The post What Matterport's 3D Platform and 16M Funding Means for Designers and Engineers appeared first on SolidSmack.com [more...]
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Filled Regions and Arc or Radial Dimensions
Alex at RFO brought up a quirky dimension issue when we use Filled Regions. We can apply aligned dimensions to a finish region's sketch but if you want to use a Radial or Diameter dimension on a arc segment, after finishing the sketch, Revit turns a blind eye to it. The dimension tool doesn't recognize the arc segment of the finished filled region. Alex told me to fix it , so this squeaky wheel post is my contribution to fixing it. :) For now the work- [more...]
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#WeekendMake | 3D Printed Utility Meets Your Creativity
It's common for functionality and creativity to overlap in the world of 3D printing, and we're capturing that dynamic in this weeks #WeekendMake. The Wall Mount Paper Clip by Thingiverse user Tosh lets you hang sketches, grocery lists, and childrens doodles without leaving pinholes in the paper. DOWNLOAD FROM THINGIVERSE. This weekend, your challenge is to print out a wall mount (or [… [more...]
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Update: Synchro Arts ReVoice Pro 2.6
The Synchro Arts ReVoice Pro 2.6 update is free of charge for Revoice Pro (V1 and V2) owners.  Uses same iLok License as Revoice Pro (V1 and V2).   Revoice Pro can automatically and instantly transfer the timing, pitch, intonation or loudness features from one signal to another. This is perfect for matching the timing and tuning of double tracks or syncing ADR. And because you control the tightness of the corrections, you keep it sounding natural. Wha [more...]
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