Saturday, March 28, 2015

Inventor Topix

Inventor Topix

Inventor 2016 System Requirements

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 11:00 AM PDT

Here are the system requirements for Inventor 2016: Please make sure that you are installing the appropriate version of Autodesk Inventor software for your operating system. Inventor provides separate installers for 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. Note that a 64-bit version of Inventor cannot be installed on a 32-bit system and vice versa. Operating System: Recommended: 64-bit Microsoft

Friday, March 27, 2015

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

NuGet packages now available for AutoCAD 2016

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 01:56 AM PDT

Some time ago we posted the NuGet packages for AutoCAD 2015's .NET API. The packages for AutoCAD 2016 are now live, too. Here's the report from the NuGet console (accessible in Visual Studio via Tools –> NuGet Package Manager –>...

AutoCAD Insider

AutoCAD Insider

AutoCAD 2016: Ribbon

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 05:00 AM PDT

The ribbon in AutoCAD 2015 offers flexibility for displaying ribbon galleries. When the new GALLERYVIEW system variable is set to 1, thumbnail preview images of blocks as well as dimensions, mleaders, and tables display in the Ribbon.

AutoCAD 2016 Ribbon1

When it's set to 0, the Insert dialog box is displayed to access Blocks and traditional style lists are displayed in the Ribbon to access dimension, mleader, and table styles.

AutoCAD 2016 Ribbon2

See the changes to the ribbon and other user interface enhancements.

Inventor Topix

Inventor Topix

Inventor 2016 - What's New

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 09:00 AM PDT

Here we are again, a new release of Autodesk Inventor. Inventor 2016 has a lot of new features and some tweaks to some old ones that make working much easier. They include improvements to Inventor Studio, text input, 3D printing (Additive Manufacturing), Sheet Metal Parts, Freeform Parts, Standard Part design, Sketching,  Assembly, Drawing Enhancements, and also a revamped Representations. Hope

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Buzz About BIM: MADE Expo Attendees Ask How New Tech Can Help Them

Buzz About BIM: MADE Expo Attendees Ask How New Tech Can Help Them

Buzz About BIM: MADE Expo Attendees Ask How New Tech Can Help Them

Posted: 26 Mar 2015 06:00 AM PDT


As the MADE Expo opened at the Rho fairgrounds in Milan on March 18, 2015 BIM was already the buzzword of the event.

The biannual exhibition of MADE Expo attracted in 2015 more than 200,000 professionals from all parts of the Architecture, Engineering & Construction industry, from architects to manufacturers to contractors — making it no wonder that attendees had a focus on BIM (Building Information Modeling), itself a virtual meeting place for all design and construction parties.

"Everyone is talking about BIM," found Edmondo Occhipinti, director of 3-im Virtual Projects, a 3D design consultancy and Dassault Systèmes business partner. "The public has a rising interest in this technology and the way it works, and they want to understand more: what does it do for us? How does it work?"

Tweet: The public has a rising interest in how #BIM works, and what it can do for them. @treiemme @3DSAEC @MADEexpo #AEC to tweet: “The public has a rising interest in
how #BIM works, and what it can do for them.”

The conversation at the event was not on a single solution but the overall benefits that leveraging 3D can provide to all parties. That provided representatives within the Dassault Systèmes booth the opportunity to provide real world examples of how BIM can solve the most complex design and construction challenges.

A Trend Made New Again

Although MADE attracts an international audience, Occhipinti noted that Italy provides a unique focus for companies such as 3-im's new consultancy, because the use of BIM is just emerging among local contractors.

"Italy is a strong market for construction companies," Occhipinti said. In the last two decades, the nation's expert general contractors have expanded services internationally, and supported the growth of a number of highly technical Italian façade contractors.

This global collaboration has set the perfect stage for these Italian contractors to move from 2D to 3D design and construction.

"At the point, the Italian Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry is starting to understand the value of creating 3D content and designing buildings through 3D technology," Occhipinti said. "The opportunity for a collaboration of data—which is the key to BIM—is likely to arise in a couple of years."

An Evolving Solution

As the push for collaboration begins among Italian contractors, Occhipinti and 3-im are uniquely situated to provide solutions for design challenges.

We've been working on 3D and BIM for more than ten years, and in the beginning the real challenge was getting companies to switch from the digital drafting table and 2D CAD systems to 3D," Occhipinti said. "Over the years, as this content became common, the next big question became 'how do we share this data? How do we collaborate? How do we make sure all of this information is streamlined for the use of the entire supply chain?'"

Reaching that question was a decade-long evolution for an Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry. But having experienced that evolution once, Occhipinti is preparing now to answer those questions for his Italian customers.

A Partner in the Process

With his background in putting BIM to use, and guiding others in the process of using it, Occhipinti was prepared for the variety of questions from curious onlookers at the MADE Expo.

"People came to the technology section of the event because they were very curious about what solutions are out there that can address their current needs," Occhipinti said.

For 3-im and Dassault Systèmes, the answer was not only a product, but also real world examples of how 3D technology can improve the construction process across the entire supply chain. Façade Design for Fabrication Industry Solution Experience helps develop from conceptual models to fabrication providing a seamless and efficient design process. . Lean Construction Industry Solution Experience offers sophisticated project management and a platform for collaboration and data sharing.

"We put on the table real solutions we've found for challenges, and our real experience from working on some of the most complex projects in the world," Occhipinti said.

Tweet: Buzz About #BIM: @MADEexpo Attendees Ask How New Tech Can Help Them @3DSAEC @Dassault3DS #AEC to tweet this article.

Related Resources:

AEC Collaborative and Industrialized Construction

Lean Construction Industry Solution Experience

Façade Design for Fabrication Industry Solution Experience

3Dconnexion created a true CadMouse, is it worth it?

Posted: 26 Mar 2015 01:45 AM PDT

If you search “computer mouse” on Amazon, you end up with a search result a hair over 51,000. Now, we all know that half could be trash, so adding a few key words, such as “programmable” and “Scroll wheel” you get a more comfortable number. Thinking that we all expect to get what we pay for, and assuming that if you have read this far, you will agree that anything under $25 is probably not worth our time. Then we end up with 153 different computer mouses ranging from $25 to $100. None of these will claim that they are specifically for CAD; for that you will have to go and visit 3Dconnexion.


There have been a few 3Dconnexion items reviewed here on and I will have to say that I’m a fan. But, this CadMouse of theirs is going head-to-head with my trusted Logitech Performance Mouse MX (that is a $99 match) and my other CAD champion, Logitech M705 (battery life is 2+ years). Don’t give me pretty pictures and stainless steel; when it comes down to a mouse for CAD, it’s all about performance and functions. My test: modeling parts and assemblies, fixtures, work holding and programming using Autodesk’s Inventor and Inventor HSM for the 2016 launch. 2 weeks of burning deadline of CAD and CAM.

Antone from wrote a great article back in August 2014 “Best mouse for CAD” This was written before 3Dconnexion released their CadMouse. Antone broke his article down into the following categories:

  • Wireless or USB
  • Scrollwheel
  • Brand
  • Ergonomic
  • Mouse resolution DPI
  • Thumb button (extra buttons)
  • Mouse sensitivity
  • Going the extra mile

I think Antone has defined a pretty good standard for a mouse used with CAD so I’m going to borrow that.

Wireless or USB
The CadMouse is USB. Frankly, I was a little surprised; I thought every mouse today was wireless. But, I have been told that there is places where IT do not approve of the wireless option. I have to admit, that after two weeks I have no reason for specifically wanting wireless. Of course, when traveling, it is different. I will still take my M705 with me when going on the road.

Antone points out “The wheel, as you may know, is incredibly helpful for panning and zooming.” The 3DConnexion Cadmouse’s scrollwheel does this as good as any other brand, but the CadMouse comes with an undoubtedly big advantage: a middle (third) mouse button just for these functions. The only way I can explain this enhancement is that after 2 weeks it feels utterly stupid to use the standard scrollwheel on a regular mouse for panning and zooming.

I have been a pretty loyal Logitech user for the past 6 years, after a less favorable experience with a Microsoft mouse that cost me a fortune in batteries. I guess the test of time will paint the picture for the CadMouse, but if the other 3Dconnexion products should be indicators, I’ll say things are looking good.

The CadMouse has a good fit for my hand, but this is one thing that I truly believe is a preference. As Antone puts in his article, the best mouse is the one that feels good in your hand.

The higher DPI, the more precise and the faster reaction. I did a little research, and it seems like Logitech is working on a 12,000 dpi model, but most online gamers are claiming the anything around 4000 dpi is more than anyone needs. The CadMouse has 8200 dpi. When was the last time you complained about the accuracy of your mouse? I have to admit I don’t remember complaining about this since I had a mouse with one of those roller balls that always needed to be cleaned.

Thumb buttons (extra buttons)
Beside the awesome middle mouse button mentioned earlier, the CadMouse has two buttons above the thumb. Factory has their default programmed as zoom +/-. I did find the zoom-out helpful a few times, but the zoom in seems useless. Luckily, every button can be customized on this thing. There is also a button located on the top of the mouse, behind the scrollwheel. This button has a real cool circle menu (see beneath) that also can be customized to pretty much any function you’d like. I guess my biggest complaint is the placement of this button (same as for Logitech). I have never been able to find a comfortable way to click it.
middle button wheel

Mouse sensitivity
Antone suggests adjusting the mouse sensitivity in Windows. You can also do this from within the 3Dconnexion interface that comes with the CadMouse. Personally, I run my mouse super fast. My preference is that I can reach from one corner of my monitor to the opposite corner with a swing of my wrist.

Going the extra mile
$99 is a lot of money for a mouse, especially since most computers ship with one for free. However, if you are doing CAD all day, you are going to hold hands with this device all day. In this case, I believe that the money spent on a good mouse is worth it.

So, is the 3Dconnexion CadMouse worth it? I believe it is. It’s very comfortable to use, and is beautifully designed. Also, it has a few functions that raise it above a standard mouse, like the dedicated middle mouse button for panning and rotating. However, if you are already using a high-end mouse, like the Logitech Performance Mouse MX, the extra functions might not be beneficial enough for the upgrade. A test drive might be in order.

Antone’s review on
3DConnexion CadMouse
Logitech Performance Mouse MX

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Fusion 360’s API Webinar

Posted: 25 Mar 2015 03:05 PM PDT

This morning, here in slightly rainy Oregon, I presented a webinar about the Fusion 360 API.  For those of you that missed it, the entire presentation is now available on YouTube and you can also download the PowerPoint slides that I used for the presentation. 


You can learn more about the Fusion 360 product and also install it to get a better understanding of how it works and what it can do. I welcome any comments about the API at the Fusion 360 API and Scripts forum.


Novidades GraphicSpeak

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Latest Bentley acquisition offers construction management in the cloud

Posted: 25 Mar 2015 02:20 PM PDT

The myriad details of construction are organized into dashboards charts that update in real time. Bentley's most recent acquisition is a cloud-based approach to construction management. EADOC, based in Oakland, California, provides software to systematically track construction project documentation including design clarifications, inspectors' daily reports, special inspections, memos, action items, deficiency items, and schedules. The [...]

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AutoCAD Insider

AutoCAD Insider

AutoCAD 2016: Status Bar

Posted: 25 Mar 2015 05:00 AM PDT

The Status bar in AutoCAD 2016 can now automatically wrap onto two rows when there are more icons than can fit into a single row. At any given time, the model tab and at least one layout tab are always displayed.


Isolate Objects and Lock UI have been added to the Status bar customization menu.


The Lock User Interface tool on the Status bar enables you to check and uncheck multiple UI elements at one time instead of having to reopen the flyout each time. Click the icon to enable or disable UI locking.


Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

AutoCAD 2016: Calling commands from AutoCAD events using .NET

Posted: 25 Mar 2015 03:46 AM PDT

It's time to start looking in more detail at some of the new API capabilities in AutoCAD 2016. To give you a sense of what to expect in terms of a timeline, this week we'll look at a couple of...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Novidades AutoCad 2013

Novidades AutoCad 2013

AutoCAD 2016 - Part Tres!

Posted: 23 Mar 2015 03:27 PM PDT

Have you ever tried rendering in AutoCAD just to find yourself intimidated by all the gzillion different settings and variables?  I certainly have.  Those of us who don't have an advanced degree in photography will love the new low-stress and friendly Rendering in AutoCAD 2016!

Render Engine

The new render engine knows how to talk to us "average Joes" who just want to create an awesome rendering.  It's simpler and yields better results - who wouldn't vote for that?  The tooltips are super user friendly and check out the new Render Presets list that explains ever-so-clearly how much time it's going to take to render!  Do you want a quick render that lasts about as long as a Coffee-Break?  Or are you ready for the commitment of an Overnight render?




New Image Based Lighting (IBL) options make it easy for you to put your model in a cool environment like a plaza, a village or a Snow Field!



And check out the results! 


There are many more Render improvements in AutoCAD 2016 - just realize that the bottom line is rendering is easier to do and yields better results!  

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Bathroom Vanity

Posted: 24 Mar 2015 08:00 AM PDT

I previously made a post about a some VBA code I had written to help layout the boards from a woodworking project so I could create cut sheets.  I just looked up that post and couldn't believe it was almost five years ago. 

In that post I had an image of a bathroom vanity that I had started to design and used as the example.  I did complete the design in Inventor and finally finished building it a few months ago.  Here are some images of the final project.  Having the CAD model helped a lot in laying out the curved legs and matching the curves on the door and drawer fronts.  I didn't do anything in Inventor for the handles but sketched them out and hand carved them.  These pictures aren't the greatest, but I'm happy with how it turned out.




Join Me for the Fusion 360 API Webinar

Posted: 23 Mar 2015 11:14 AM PDT


The webinar is coming up later this week and I hope you'll join me for a brief introduction to the Fusion 360 API.  Here are some of the things I'll be explaining and demonstrating:

  • The languages supported and choosing a language
  • Scripts and the new add-in functionality
  • Creating a new script or add-in
  • The Fusion 360 Object Model
  • Debugging scripts and add-ins
  • Fusion 360 API Documentation

The webinar is on March 25 at 9:00 AM Pacific time and there's still time to register.  To attend , please register for Get started with Fusion 360 API at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Novidades GraphicSpeak

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Autodesk turns Modio into Tinkerplay

Posted: 23 Mar 2015 05:15 PM PDT

Previously undisclosed acquisition becomes new consumer-class app for 3D design-print of characters. Autodesk has converted a recent acquisition into a new app to expand its line of consumer-class apps for 3D design and printing. Tinkerplay joins Tinkercad in a growing line aimed at younger or inexperienced users of 3D software. Tinkerplay has its origins in [...]

ODA updates Teigha for Android

Posted: 23 Mar 2015 11:18 AM PDT

A variety of software products are coming to market on Android using Teigha code. Open Design Alliance (ODA) today releases support for the Android 5 mobile operating system in the latest release of Teigha, the ODA's software development platform for engineering applications. Built against the latest Android NDK 10, the new release is designed for [...]

Monday, March 23, 2015

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

AutoCAD 2016 for developers

Posted: 23 Mar 2015 04:20 AM PDT

After our quick look at AutoCAD 2016 from a user perspective, let's now spend some time looking at the things important to developers in this latest release. Compatibility Off the bat it's worth stating that AutoCAD 2016 is a DWG...

AutoCAD Insider

AutoCAD Insider

AutoCAD 2016: Layouts

Posted: 23 Mar 2015 05:00 AM PDT


Layouts offer some small but intuitive enhancements in AutoCAD 2016. You can now drag and drop layouts to move or copy them to positions that are hidden in the overflow menu. As you drag the selected layouts to the right or left edge of the layout tabs they automatically scroll, enabling you to drop the layouts into the proper position.


New controls in the right-click menu enable you to dock the layout tabs in line with the status bar or above it.


Inventor Topix

Inventor Topix

AutoCAD 2016 System Requirements

Posted: 23 Mar 2015 07:08 AM PDT

Here are the system requirements for AutoCAD 2016: Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Pro Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium CPU Type: Minimum Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor Memory: For 32-bit AutoCAD 2016:  2 GB (

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Novidades GraphicSpeak

Meerkat emerges as the breakout tech at SXSW Interactive

Posted: 22 Mar 2015 01:36 PM PDT

Streaming video via Twitter is now officially a thing. Meerkat seems to be the preferred live-stream app for stars and politicians and Twitter has acquired the competition Periscope.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Latest Update to Sheet Metal Extents Add-In

Posted: 20 Mar 2015 05:39 PM PDT

Several years ago I wrote an add-in that creates custom iProperties and parameters that contain the length and width of the flat pattern.  (Actually it creates the parameters and sets the "Export Parameter" setting so Inventor will automatically created the iProperties.)  It also creates an iProperty with the name of the sheet metal style.  There had been a couple of problems reported and everything that I'm aware of has now been fixed.

I know there are several people making use of this add-in but since I originally wrote it Inventor has added additional new native capabilities that should eliminate the need for my add-in in many cases.  One of these capabilities, that's not widely known, is the ability to define expressions for parameter values.  This is demonstrated in the picture below where the value of the iProperty named "SheetMetalWidth" has the value "=<Sheet Metal Width>".  The name can be anything but the value is important. The "=" sign signifies that the iProperty value is an expression and the "<>" sign wraps around a known name.  In this example I'm using "Sheet Metal Width" and "Sheet Metal Length" as the known names.



You can also create a single parameter that combines several values in the expression such as "=<Sheet Metal Length> x <Sheet Metal Width>", which results in the value of the iProperty named "Full Size" as shown below.  You can also use the names of iProperties in expressions to create the other example shown below where I've used the iProperties "Title" and "Author" to create the iProperty named "New Title".  The value of the Title property in that document is "Extent Sample" and Author is my name.  When you edit iProperties that use a function, by default the result is shown in the Value field but clicking the "fx" button to the right of the field will display the original expression and allow you to edit it.



Installing Sheet Metal Extents Add-In

If you still want to use my add-in you should first uninstall any existing Sheet Metal Extents add-ins you might have installed.  If you installed it using an installer then you can uninstall it using the standard uninstall tool.  If it was installed some other way you can manually delete it.  To know what to delete, open the Add-In Manager, choose the Sheet Metal Extents add-in and look at the folder in the location field at the bottom, as shown below.  You can delete the entire "Sheet Metal Extents" folder in the ApplicationPlugins folder.



To install the new add-in download and install the add-in from the link below:

Sheet Metal Extents 3.5

After you've installed the new add-in you can verify you have the latest version by looking in the Add-In Manager again and checking that the add-in has the name "Sheet Metal Extents 3.5" as shown below.



If you find any problems or have suggestions for improvement, please let me know at