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Dassault’s SolidWorks 2014 End of Life Convention Soon
Well probably not totally but certainly for many an existing user. SW recorded declining income recently and I had an experience that demonstrated why in my shop this week. My nearby machining shop buddy broke part of his Renishaw tool … Continue reading [more...
CAMWorks for Solid Edge Update
At this time there are a few things to announce. Apparently the API required for integrating assemblies has taken more work than they thought so the timeframe I was told for this to be done is probably January of next … Continue reading [more...
On to Autodesk University in Dubai and Mumbai!
Phew! I barely got a chance to catch my breath after a whirlwind week of Autodesk University in Las Vegas and now I'm on my way to AU extension in Dubai and India (Mumbai).So...if you are anywhere close to either [more...
Scheduled Downtime for Autodesk Freewheel on December 14
This is my once-a-month copy/paste blog posting to let you know when Autodesk Freewheel will be unavailable. Years ago Project Freewheel graduated from Autodesk Labs. Project Freewheel users are now using Autodesk Freewheel — the production version. With our focus [more...
Experience what's in the box
Christmastime is coming and we all know the feeling and excitement that come along when youopen your presents. We are curious to know what's inside, how it works, etc... Thiswas the challenge faced by our partners AMD and Dell :demonstrating the power of their respective 3Dgraphics cards and workstations working together. Partnershipis all about joining forces to deliver the best to the market. This is why AMD, Delland 3DVIA teamedup to demonstrate that the AMD FirePro W7000 graphic card coupled with the Dell PrecisionT7610 workstation is the ultimate combination for CAD and engineering professionals. Thedemonstration enables users to easily step through the 3D experience which identifiesthe key features of each component, while also explaining how the products operateand are installed. (download the whitepaper by clicking on the image on the right) This is the perfect toolfor the companies' sales teams to use and get from a general overview of the productto very small but important details. Customers now have a coolexperience to understand better the interaction between AMD FirePro graphic cardsand Dell workstations. And the use of both technologiesto run Dassault Systèmes' 3DVIAComposer is the perfect proof of the power andcapabilities of this combination [more...
ACA: Formula Property to Determine if a Block Instance is a Dynamic Block
You can use the following code in an AutoCAD ® Architecture Formula Property in a Property Set that applies to Block References to determine if the Block Reference is a Dynamic Block. set acadApp = GetObject(,"AutoCAD.Application")set obj = acadApp.ActiveDocument.ObjectIDToObject( [ObjectID] )RESULT = obj.IsDynamicBlock As in the previous example , [ObjectID] is a properly created property reference to an automatic property in the same Property Set, named ObjectID , which references the Object ID automatic property source. This formula will return a value of TRUE if the block reference is a Dynamic Block and FALSE if the block is a "regular" block. The property can be used as the condition for an IF Statement , if you need another Formula property to take different actions based on whether or not the block reference is a dynamic block [more...
Yesterday ACM Siggraph NewsDeadline for Distinguished Artist Award Nominations Approaching
Nominations for the 2014 ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Arts are due by December 23, 2013. Since the award's creation in 2009, it has been presented annually to an artist whose substantial body of work has significantly advanced aesthetic content the field of digital art.Past recipients of the award are: Roman Verostko, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Yoichiro Kawaguchi, Charles Csuri, Jean-Pierre Hébert, and Manfred Mohr (photo, right -- Mohr accepting the award at SIGGRAPH 2013).ACM SIGGRAPH members are invited to nominate individuals by contacting the Artist Award Chair through the SIGGRAPH website. Only those nominations submitted through the contact form on SIGGRAPH.org will be considered.All nominations should include: Name(s) of the individual(s) being nominated (address and/or phone number and/or email address are also appreciated). References to websites with the artist's works and texts when applicable (multiple references are welcome). Nominator's name, address, telephone number, fax number, and email address. A statement by the nominator describing the significance of the artist's contributions according to the following criteria (not all criteria are mandatory): The artist has been contributing internationally to the digital arts for more than 20 years. The artist has produced important work(s) that is(are) referenced in digital art history/theory papers/books. The artist has established an unexplored area in the field of digital art/media art. The artist has been advancing the use of digital technologies in creative expression. The artist has contributed to the history and/or theory and/or practice of digital art through writing and presentations at conferences and symposia [more...
Model Mania Tips and Tricks - Solidworks World
This article is a guest post by Jim Lucas SolidWorks World is coming in January ! I just found out that I get to go. I’m a competitive guy, and enjoy challenges like Model Mania. It’s too bad they only happen once a year and that you have to go to the conference, because it motivates me to do a “skills/habits” analysis on my weak areas.Instead of just showing up and taking it (like I would normally do), I’ve decided to start preparing and training. I have 2 friends who are also attending and going to compete. We are going to be accountability partners and do things like design our own test parts to test each other. I’ll be sharing my insights and strategies along the way. Please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions. My email is Jim.Lucas@i-elf.com .Is it too late to get ready? Not really- from the studies I’ve read, optimal preparing for a test takes about a month. More than that leads to diminishing returns and a “comfort” with the test (you actually want to feel a little uncomfortable when you take a test- it makes you more alert to tricks and errors). These studies deal more with SAT, ACT and other college-entrance exams. This is a slightly different beast. This is an all-or-nothing sprint. However- there are a few things that I’m sure would be good… Here they are: Top 3 foundation suggestions: Set-up and practice with the configurations you plan on using on the exam. Simulate testing conditions. Time yourself. If you are on subscription, you can download the parts from here: https://forum.solidworks.com/community/solidworks/parts_and_features/blog/2011/12 I can’t emphasize this enough. My tendency to practice is to go slow, and maybe peak ahead at the change. Set a 10-minute countdown timer. Most of the winners were under this time. Testing conditions include: About 3 minutes to study a print out of the initial part. One monitor. Default factory settings for SW2014. Review “Modeling for speed” and adjust it to your style. You should be using hot keys and mouse gestures. Set-up a training plan. Mine is below: Countdown Plan: Week 4: Set-up the foundation. Work through the problems at the rate of one per day. (MM2000-MM2005) Research test-taking techniques based on this type of exam. Week 3: Design (1) test question. Work through 3 questions. (MM2006-MM2008) Study how others did their parts. (MM2000-MM2003) Week 2: Try to talk to someone who has won or place in a recent Model Mania. Work through 3 questions. (MM2009-MM2011) Study how others did their parts. (MM2004-MM2007) Take partner’s challenge- part #1. Week 1: Finish up the questions. (MM2012-MM2013) Study how others did their parts. (MM2008-MM2011) Take partner’s challenge part- part #2. Week 0: Study how others did their parts. (MM2008-MM2011) Take the test. And here we go. Let me know if you’re going to SW World. Learn How To Pass The CSWE - See The Complete Article Series Jim is a CSWP and on the road to getting his CSWE. He works for HawkRidge Systems, an authorized reseller of SolidWorks. Jim also runs i-elf, a product development consulting company. He can be reached at Jim.Lucas@i-elf.com [more...
Yesterday Graphisoft NewsTeachers: Free ArchiCAD Software and FREE Curriculum!
Teachers: Free ArchiCAD Software and FREE Curriculum! Graphisoft is proud to provide the fastest and most powerful BIM software to the education community for FREE. Please visit the registration page to receive your free one-year personal license! Licenses can be renewed annually and you still pay nothing *. It couldn't be easier to start teaching BIM today! In conjunction with the free software, Graphisoft has developed a free curriculum to assist in teaching ArchiCAD to students. This semester-long curriculum consists of 11 semina [more...
Yesterday Graphisoft NewsArchiCAD Educational Software Program
ArchiCAD Educational Software Program Recognizing a need to provide architecture students with the tools they need to enrich their academic curriculum, GRAPHISOFT, the developers of ArchiCAD, have created the ArchiCAD FREE registration page and interactive training guide. This download can be used, free of charge, by any student or professor for the period of one year (renewable annually). In additional to ArchiCAD, you can also download these programs for FREE with your student or professor license: Artlantis Tekla BIMsight Solib [more...
Clayoo 1.0 New Service Release!
Enjoy now the latest update of Clayoo. A new update to improve your Clayoo models! Release Notes Improvements and bugs fixed: • Copy and Paste behaviour don’t work in some cases • Kernel performance improved and some bugs fixed. • Bridge command duplicates surfaces in some cases • Sweep 1 rail internal bugs [more...
Nemetschek Vectorworks Wins Industry Leadership Award for BIM Camp Events
Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is pleased to announce that we received a 2013 Product Innovation Award (PIA) in the Industry Leadership category from Architectural Products magazine for our BIM Camp events, which help architects and designers learn the skills they need to adopt BIM workflows in their practices. “We are pleased to receive this honor from [more...
UAVs Manufactured On the Fly with FDM
UAV Solutions Inc. in Jessup, Maryland, specializes in UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and UAV control systems. According to company CEO Bill Davidson, when the company bought their first Stratasys Dimension 1200es 3D Printer, they thought that it was an impressive [more...
L&T Komatsu India: Tunnelling with PTC Creo
Watching a construction site is like observing a huge sandbox. Perhaps half an hour goes by before you realize your sole accomplishment was that you witnessed the creation of a giant hole. No worries. It was a nice break, right? But then you have to get back to your own sandbox. For L&T Komatsu Limited, [… [more...
What’s wrong with using Dropbox to share CAD files?
What’s wrong with using Dropbox to share CAD files? “I’m just going to send that CAD file with Dropbox.” No! Wait! Stop! There’s a better way! Just because you can’t afford the collaboration features of a PDM or PLM system, doesn’t mean you have to settle for a general file sharing solution. Even if (ESPECIALLY if) you need to share CAD info with someone [… [more...
RhinoGold 4.0 Service Release 8 out!
Enjoy now the latest update of RhinoGold 4.0: service release 8. More improves to work faster, better so efficiently! Release Notes • Azure directions bug: Fixed. • Finding selector buttons didn’t work: Fixed • Prong editor in Rhino interface was not displayed correctly. • Copy-Paste beheaviour • Scale by ring, crash with no material [more...
SMART User Group Meeting - Milwaukee, WI Thursday December 12, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013Location: Milwaukee MakerSpace2555 S. Lenox St., Milwaukee, WI, 53207SPECIAL NOTES ON PARKING:On street parking is the only parking that is avaialble for...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...
POV Dispatch: How I Spent My Summer Vacation
When children return to grade school, often their first assignment is to write an essay entitled "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." Heather Kerrick is one of our Autodesk interns from Stanford. Though Stanford is no grade school, and it [more...
Get going with SolidWorks Sheet Metal Gauge Tables
SolidWorks Sheet Metal Gauge Tables… Time to do a quick filter through options and get going with using Sheet Metal Gauge Tables. How do you use Sheet Metal tables in SolidWorks? Where do you start? Why do you need them? … Continue reading [more...
Saving a New Central File to Revit Server
One topic brought up at Scott Conover's worksharing roundtable was the question of how to save a new Revit central file to a Revit Server. Participants even questioned whether this is possible at all with the current API. Well, it [more...