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Attending Valuable NX Webinars Is the “CAM Logical” Thing to Do

by Bill Martin-Otto on 26 Jun, 2012 in NX

nx Lately I’ve been singing the praises of the educational information you can find through third-party resellers of Siemens NX. The people who work at these companies have to know the software inside and out, so they can be valuable resources for improving your performance. And you never know, you might find someone as inspiring as that one great teacher who got you into the engineering business in the first place. Read full article »






The Top 5 New Features in CATIA V6R2013

by Bill Martin-Otto on 20 Jun, 2012 in CATIA

catia As you probably know, I’m a big proponent of upgrading your CAD software on a regular basis. Vendors like Dassault Systèmes spend a great deal of time and effort building productivity enhancements into each new release, and CATIA V6R2013 is no exception. I know it can get expensive, but the productivity gains you can achieve by keeping up with the latest CATIA editions can more than make up for the extra cost.

Here are my five favorite features in CATIA V6R2013, along with some thoughts on how they can increase your performance: Read full article »






FISHER/UNITECH Offering 12 SolidWorks Tips in 2012

by Bill Martin-Otto on 14 Jun, 2012 in SolidWorks

solidworks Brian VanderPloeg, a senior applications engineer at FISHER/UNITECH in Troy, Michigan, has started a campaign to offer 12 free SolidWorks tips in 2012.

“My goal is to provide a handy tip each month that addresses questions I’ve been hearing from many of my SolidWorks customers here at FISHER/UNITECH,” VanderPloeg writes.

Three of the 12 tips taken from real-life customer issues have been posted so far. Each includes a written explanation and an accompanying video. Read full article »






AutoCAD WS Teams Up with Google Drive

by Bill Martin-Otto on 13 Jun, 2012 in AutoCAD

autocad A couple months ago, AutoCAD WS announced that it was one of the official launch applications available on Google’s new cloud file storage offering, Google Drive. As most of you likely know, AutoCAD WS is a cloud-based CAD editor from Autodesk.

What this announcement means is that you can directly store your DWG and DXF files from AutoCAD WS safely in the cloud, access them wherever you are and whenever it’s most convenient, and share them with others who have Google Drive accounts. According to the AutoCAD WS blog, “Just like AutoCAD WS, Google Drive goes beyond mere file storage giving you access to your files on the Web, in your home, at the office and on the go.”

The video below shows you how it works: Read full article »






“Lunch Bytes” Video Series Serves Up Overlooked NX Features

by Bill Martin-Otto on 12 Jun, 2012 in NX

nx If you’ve got 30 minutes for lunch, you can enjoy live online mentoring sessions—plus free food from Subway (see below)—dedicated to making you a better NX user, thanks to Cincinnati-based Ally PLM Solutions Inc. The events, which just started this past March, are generally held on the second Thursday of each month, from 12:30–1:00 p.m., Eastern Time. If you can’t catch the sessions live, they’re archived for your convenience, and I’ve embedded the first three sessions in this post so you can catch up.

The NX Lunch Bytes sessions are designed to help you learn new tools, use shortcuts, and generally make your life easier. They briefly explore NX features you may have overlooked, or that might be easier to use with a guided introduction. Read full article »

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