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AutoCAD Applications – Performance Monitor

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Use the Autodesk Performance Monitor to gauge the virtual memory utilized by running versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD-based vertical products.

The Performance Monitor is a Windows desktop gadget that provides a color-coded status bar indicating the level of usage of virtual memory by AutoCAD products.

Download and Information:

http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/acad_perf_mon/

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Inventor Part Files – Linking to Excel

Today I take a look at linking excel to your Inventor part models.  I show how create your excel sheet and link the parameters inside of your models to the spreadsheet itself.  I also have a little bonus material for your part list descriptions.  Take a look.

Video Link:
Inventor Part Files – Linking to Excel

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Inventor Tooling – Analysis Overlay

Inventor tooling has always allowed us to run a few different analysis on our plastic parts like:

  • Fill Time
  • Plastic Flow
  • Confidence of Fill
  • Quality Prediction
  • Air Traps
  • Weld Lines

When reviewing these reports in the past you had to look at each one independently.  When working with Inventor Tooling 2011 you now have the ability to use a overlay option that allows you to merge up to 3 different reports at once.  Let’s take a look.

Video Link:
Inventor Tooling – Analysis Overlays

AutoCAD 2011 Subscription Adavantage Pack – Must see for Apple Geeks

This year comes a new era when working with AutoCAD.  This recent release of the subscription advantage pack for AutoCAD allows you to take your dwg’s to the web and mobile devices.  It also contains some other nice features:

  • DWG conversion tool—Convert DWG files in batches to easily share newer drawings with colleagues using previous versions of the software, or quickly bring older file libraries up to date.
  • IGES import/exportImport and export IGES drawing files to share 3D content with clients, colleagues, and partners.
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    Must see video:

    http://download.autodesk.com/us/subscription/sap_2011/videos/autocad/pseb-sub-adv-pack-autocad.html

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    Check out 3D annotation for Inventor on Autodesk Labs

    Over the years I have had several requests to annotate 3D models rather than relying on 2D drawings to supply that information.  This functionality can be of particular concern to companies trying to get away from 2D documentation and paper drawings.  There is now a preview of 3D Annotation for Inventor on Autodesk Labs available HERE.

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