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Create and Delete Internal Terminal Jumpers

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Today’s post is a continuation of my last couple when working with AutoCAD Electrical. Today I am taking a quick minute to look at creating and deleting terminal jumpers. I will be editing the block properties of a terminal to add an internal jumper between two levels of a multilevel terminal. You will see it is as simple as a right click on a terminal to edit the component.

Let’s Take a Look!!!
http://www.screencast.com/t/jGViiTcJ

Created by Dave one of the Cad Geeks

Alias rendering in DOS…. (the super geek post!)

Alias comes with a bunch of command line rendering tools, such as renderer, raytracer, powercaster, and powertracer. These programs allow your to render without Alias running in order to take advantage of all the horsepower you machine has to offer. These programs have been around for a long time and were a favorite of mine back in the Unix days. I would remotely log into machines that weren’t being used in the studio and run my renderings on those machines.

So today I will walk you through this process. To start we need to save an SDL file out of Alias. This file stores all the rendering information from the Render Globals, Shaders, Lights, etc. needed to render the file.

Go to File -> Export -> SDL

Next we will need to open up a Command Window.

Go to Start -> Run -> type Cmd -> Enter

Once in the command window navigate to the appropriate project directory.

Next we use one of the following commands to render the sdl file I named test_01:
renderer – this renders a raycast image
raytracer – this renders a raytraced image
powercaster – this renders a raycast image on all available processors
powertracer – this renders a raytraced image on all available processors

Type the appropriate command: renderer sdl/test_01

This tells the computer to use the renderer program to raycast the file “test_01″ in the sdl directory.

Once the file is rendered you can view the results by using the fcheck command.

Navigate to the pix directory

Type the following command: fcheck test_01.tif

You image will appear in a new window.

That is all there is too it. Not to bad. If you want to get even more indepth there are many options you can include in the rendering commands. You can view these command in the Alias Help docs under Command Line Options.

Created by Aaron… Your Alias CAD Geek!

Web based User Groups Next week

AutoCAD Electrical – In’s and outs of building your own symbols

Tuesday at 10 am est

http://www.tatatechnologies.com/global/EventDetails.aspx?MenuCode=234&Event-Id=252

Autodesk Inventor – Calculators, Analysis and Simulation…oh my

Wednesday at 11:30 am est

http://www.tatatechnologies.com/global/EventDetails.aspx?MenuCode=234&Event-Id=238

Autodesk Data Management – AutoCAD Title block workflows and integration with Autodesk Vault

Thursday at 11:30 am est

http://www.tatatechnologies.com/global/EventDetails.aspx?MenuCode=234&Event-Id=253

Autodesk Alias – Taking concept designs into Autodesk Inventor, and of course what happens when stuff changes!

Thursday at 2:00 pm est

http://www.tatatechnologies.com/global/EventDetails.aspx?MenuCode=234&Event-Id=320

Fast Vault Searching – Directly from your CAD interface

Most people are aware many of the searching techniques that can be used to locate data in Vault, but did you know most of this can also be done directly from AutoCAD or Inventor?

When in the “Open from Vault” dialog box this is Find command in the upper-right corner of the dialog box:

This gives us all of the same searching capability as the Find command in the full Vault client, but can be used directly from the CAD software without switching to another window:

By double-clicking the file located in the Find dialog, it is automatically located and populated in the Open dialog so you can verify the proper file and location:

Contributed by Ben of the CAD Geeks

***Alias User Group – Web Chapter***

August 6th, 2009 | 2:00-3:00 PM EST

Topics to be discussed:
Alias & Inventor workflows
We will show how surface models created in Alias can be natively opened in Inventor, modified, and later updated after changes take place back in Alias.

As always a Q&A session will follow the demonstration allowing all attendees to discuss topics relating to Alias.

Click HERE to register

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