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CAD Tip: Start your CAD Design the right way

For some reason we have no patience with getting lines and arcs created on our CAD system. Many times resulting in going down the wrong path with our design. Resulting in recreating way to many things. This week’s tip is to slow down and maybe make sure you think through a few questions before drawing your first lines.

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Podcast Episode 10 – Quick & Dirty Tip, A National Test for Manufacturing & CAD News


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Quick & Dirty Tip, A National Test for Manufacturing… & CAD News!

Show notes:
20 Google search tips
How good are your CAM skills? A National Test will find out
Welcome the AutodeskAEC podcast channel
Lawsuit against 3D Systems
Lawsuit against Makerbot
Makerbot at Sams Club
Autodesk’s update/upgrade to Fusion360
SolidWorks 2015 Service Pack 4.0 is available.
CAMWorks 2015 for Solid Edge ST8 is available.

Other news that did not make it:
Why the apple watch is flopping
How does a driverless car see the road
Here’s how the internet has almost run out of space
In-house manufacturing of the machined direct-drive drum pedal

Quick Inventor Tip: Direct editing

A quick Inventor tip that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

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3 Quick HSMWorks Tips (REV5)

A few HSMWorks tips that might make you CAM life even easier

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Quick Inventor Tip : Clean screen & View cube

A Quick Inventor Tip that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

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5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-20)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.To dimensions from tangent edges of an arc or circle, hold Shift and select the tangent edge closest to the desired placement.

2.You can create parts in the context of the assembly. This is known as top-down design.

3.If your default units are inches, you can enter metric values in value boxes (for example, enter 25mm). SolidWorks automatically converts the value to the default units.

4.You can copy all of the referenced files of an assembly to a new directory. Click File, Find Reference, Copy Files.

5.You can create a sketch point at the virtual intersection of two entities. Ctrl-select the entities and click Point(Sketch toolbar). To change the appearance of the point, click Tools, Options, Document Properties, Virtual Sharps.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-19)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.You can press the space bar to bring up the Orientation dialog box.

2.When dimensionsing, right-click to lock the orientation of the dimensions (inside/outside angle or horizontal/vertical/parallel). Then you can drag the value to position the text wherever you want without the orientation changing.

3.The entitity selection filter toolbar can be turned off/on by pressing F5, and active filters can be turned off/on by pressing F6.

4.In order to view multiple sheets in a drawing at once, go to Window, New Window, and then tile the windows. You can select a different drawing sheet in each window.

5.Use the filter field at the top of the FeatureManager design tree to search for features of a part, assembly, or drawing.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-18)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.


1.When you create a new projected, section, or auxiliary view, by default it is aligned with the parent view. To break the default alignment, hold down Ctrl as you select a location for the view.


2.You can control whether you want to see the contents of a drawing view while dragging a view. Click Tools, Options, System Options, Drawings to set the ‘Show contents while dragging drawing view’ option.


3.You can specify whether drawing views update automatically when referenced model changes. Use the shortcut menu on the drawing name in the FeatureManager design tree to set the Automatic view update option.


4.You can format a dimension in a drawing using the heads-up Dimensions Palette. Select the dimension and hover over the Dimension Palette icon.


5.You can switch between diameter and radius dimensions on a circle or arc. Select the desired option in the dimension’s shortcut menu.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-17)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.You can create blocks from commonly used sketches and easily reuse them in sketches, drawings, and models to quickly copy a sketch.

2.Use the Sketch Picture command to insert a reference image into a sketch.

3.Pressing the G key to display the magnifying glass.

4.You can use derived sketch to copy an existing sketch into several locations.

5.You can click Window, New Window to open a new instance of the file you are viewing. You can now use one window to zoom in for precision work and see it update in the other window.

5 Productive SolidWorks Tips (REV-16)

5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

1.Click the Show in Folder icon next to recent documents in the File menu to browse to their location.

2.You can pin files in the recently used documents list in the File menu.

3.You can pre select a specific entity type (e.g. faces, edges) and then use the Select All command (Ctrl+A) to select all instances of that entity.

4.You can change a documents units directly from the status bar.

5.You can Auto Insert Center Marks for all holes, fillets, or slots in an entire view.