Sunday, November 19, 2017

2017 Gift Guide for CAD Users

The 2016 holiday season is officially upon us here in the United States which means it’s time for my annual gift giving guide. I used to panic every year whenever my spouse, parents, and siblings asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I needed to give them an idea otherwise I’d end up with an ugly sweater or some random gadget I would never use.

So to help alleviate some of my stress I started compiling my own holiday gift guide. It’s kind of like the big toy catalog you used to get as a kid, only this is for adults. I’ve made a list of items I think would be very useful or exciting for your fellow CATIA users, sorted by different categories. Some of these items I already use on a daily basis and others are things that are on my own personal wish list. Enjoy!

If you want to learn how to program CATIA macros, check out VB Scripting for CATIA V5

To improve your CATIA V5 design efficiency read CATIA V5 Tips and Tricks.

The CATIA V5-6R2015: Introduction to Surface Design student guide introduces the fundamentals of creating wireframe and surface geometry. This guide takes an in-depth look at process-based modeling techniques used to develop robust and flexible surface geometry. With the design intent as the focus, students learn about shape and continuity settings for simple and complex geometry types.


CATIA V5 Macro Programming with Visual Basic Script shows you, step by step, how to create your own macros that automate repetitive tasks, accelerate design procedures, and automatically generate complex geometries. Filled with full-color screenshots and illustrations, this practical guide walks you through the entire process of writing, storing, and executing reusable macros for CATIA® V5. Sample Visual Basic Script code accompanies the book’s hands-on exercises and real-world case studies demonstrate key concepts and best practices.

OTHER BOOKS WORTH READING

Excel 2016 Power Programming with VBA is fully updated to cover all the latest tools and tricks of Excel 2016. Encompassing an analysis of Excel application development and a complete introduction to Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), this comprehensive book presents all of the techniques you need to develop both large and small Excel applications. Over 800 pages of tips, tricks, and best practices shed light on key topics, such as the Excel interface, file formats, enhanced interactivity with other Office applications, and improved collaboration features.

If you're having trouble programming macros in CATIA V5, I highly recommend you take a step back and try programming in Excel first, as it is much easier and there are far more resources available.



Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money by Pat Flynn.  I’ve been following Pat’s blog and podcast for a number of years, and you might have seen some of his tips at work on my site. If you’re new to the online business world, this book is fantastic. Lots of practical steps to take to prove whether your idea has validity or not.



The Martian by Andy Weir. If you only read one (fiction) book this year, The Martian has to be the one. I absolutely love this book (and it’s even better than the movie). As soon as I finished it the first time, I immediately re-read it – something I’ve never done before. It’s about an astronaut (with a great sense of humor) who gets left behind on a mission to Mars and has to figure out how to survive. If you’re interested in space exploration, problem solving, engineering, chemistry, botany, or disco + 70s TV shows, I highly recommend you read The Martian. Maybe the best book I’ve read in the past five years. And the author has a new book out this year called Artemis.

TOOLS FOR THE JOB

3Dconnexion 3DX-700028 SpaceNavigator 3D Mouse.  I don’t often use a 3D mouse (because I’m far too often a lazy, one-handed CAD user) but when I do I use the Space Navigator. Anyone doing 3D CAD work should at least try one of these – it may change your life!


Laptop Privacy Screen Protector. Whenever I visit a customer I always take my privacy screen protector for my laptop. It keeps your personal or confidential information safe from prying eyes as you’ll see the information on your display while people on either side only see a darkened screen. If you’re ever on an airplane or in a coffee shop and feel like your neighbor is constantly looking over your shoulder at your screen then you need to get one of these today!


A Good Quality Laser Pointer. This laser pointer always comes in handy when it’s time for a meeting or presentation. Plus, it doubles as a toy to keep your cats entertained.

TechSmith Snagit takes the hassle out of creating images and videos. Capture your screen, edit images, and deliver results. Snagit is also the only screen capture tool with built-in advanced image editing and screen recording. So you can easily create high-quality images and videos all in one program. Quickly explain a process, build visual-based documentation and be more engaging by adding images and videos to your communications. It's the tool I use to create all the images for my website and well worth the price.

Keyboard Case for Tablets. How do I get so much done, especially when I’m traveling on the road a lot? I use a combination of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and my new Keyboard case. They’re small so I can take it almost anywhere and the keyboard allows me to do things like type out this blog post, reply to your email questions, and write CATIA macro code drafts.

Dimmable Eye-care LED Desk Lamp. A great lamp and exactly what I was looking for in a new clip on lamp for my drafting desk. It has six different light settings so I can find the right lighting for all of my needs. It is well built, works great besides being stylish. Besides using at work can use at home as a reading lamp too.
USB Heated Mouse / Hand Warmer. I'm not sure about you but the office at my day job can get really cold during the winter, especially after weekends or holidays. One solution I've found that helps is a heated mouse to keep you hand warm while not impacting my ability to get things done.

TECH, GADGETS, AND TOYS

Dash and Dot – programmable robots. If you’re into programming things like CATIA macros and you want to teach your kids the joys of programming then I’ve found the perfect gift for you. These cute robots are designed to help introduce children to the wonderful world of programming. Oh, and they’re fun for adults too! Can’t wait to use this with my son in a few years. For now he just likes watching me drive it around with my phone.

In my little free time from working and being a dad, I like to play around with my Samsung Gear VR headset. Virtual Reality is really taking off and the technology is getting much better. Though be warned it may cause motion sickness if the app you’re looking at doesn’t perfectly track your head movement.

Fitbit Alta. Let’s face it – us engineers nowadays sit in front of a computer a lot. I didn’t realize how much I wasn’t moving until I started wearing a Fitbit. It now helps me to stay motivated by tracking all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes so I can stay healthy for my family. When I’m sick I can’t answer your emails and help you out, so I use Alta to help stay in shape and on top of my game!

I'm an Engineer T-Shirt

Amazon Prime Membership. If you haven’t joined Amazon Prime yet, why not? I do almost all my shopping online and I get free two-day shipping on nearly everything. You can also borrow books, watch movies, and stream music. Get your Prime Discounted Monthly Offering here.

YOUR SUGGESTIONS?

Are you putting any of these items on your holiday wish list? If so, let me know which ones in the comments below. Do have anything you’d like to  recommend to me?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

2016 Gift Guide for CAD Users

The 2016 holiday season is officially upon us here in the United States which means it’s time for my annual gift giving guide. I used to panic every year whenever my spouse, parents, and siblings asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I needed to give them an idea otherwise I’d end up with an ugly sweater or some random gadget I would never use. So to help alleviate some of my stress I started compiling my own holiday gift guide. It’s kind of like the big toy catalog you used to get as a kid, only this is for adults. I’ve made a list of items I think would be very useful or exciting for your fellow CATIA users, sorted by different categories. Some of these items I already use on a daily basis and others are things that are on my own personal wish list.  Enjoy!

MY CATIA BOOKS – SPECIAL OFFERS

For the just the second time ever, I am giving a discount on the paperback versions of my CATIA books, VB Scripting for CATIA V5 and CATIA V5 Tips and Tricks.
For 30% off VB Scripting for CATIA V5: How to Program CATIA Macros (Fourth Edition), use discount code: NXCLBFMY when buying from herehttps://www.createspace.com/5246772
For 25% off CATIA V5 Tips and Tricks, use discount code: 33U88Q95 when used here: https://www.createspace.com/4963870

OTHER BOOKS WORTH READING

The Martian by Andy Weir. If you only read one (fiction) book this year, The Martian has to be the one. I absolutely love this book (and it’s even better than the movie). As soon as I finished it the first time, I immediately re-read it – something I’ve never done before. It’s about an astronaut (with a great sense of humor) who gets left behind on a mission to Mars and has to figure out how to survive. If you’re interested in space exploration, problem solving, engineering, chemistry, botany, or disco + 70s TV shows, I highly recommend you read The Martian. Maybe the best book I’ve read in the past five years.
Catalyst: A Rogue One Story by James Luceno. If you’re a Star Wars fan like I am you’re probably anxiously awaiting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie on December 16th. This book will wet your appetite before the new movie comes out. The story takes place during the Clone Wars and the formation of the Empire. Not required reading for the movie, but will give you some additional background information on the characters.
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. This book contains hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask, like: What if everyone on earth aimed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time? What if you could drain all the water from the oceans? What if all the lightning in the world struck the same place? Very fun and interesting read!
Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money by Pat Flynn.  I’ve been following Pat’s blog and podcast for a number of years, and you might have seen some of his tips at work on my site. If you’re new to the online business world, this book is fantastic. Lots of practical steps to take to prove whether your idea has validity or not.

TOOLS FOR WORK

Laptop Privacy Screen Protector. Whenever I visit a customer I always take my privacy screen protector for my Dell laptop. It keeps your personal or confidential information safe from prying eyes as you’ll see the information on your display while people on either side only see a darkened screen. If you’re ever on an airplane or in a coffee shop and feel like your neighbor is constantly looking over your shoulder at your screen then you need to get one of these today!
Laser Pointer. This laser pointer always comes in handy when it’s time for a meeting or presentation. Plus, it doubles as a toy to keep your cats entertained.
Keyboard Case for Tablets. How do I get so much done, especially when I’m traveling on the road a lot? I use a combination of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and my new Keyboard case. They’re small so I can take it almost anywhere and the keyboard allows me to do things like type out this blog post, reply to your email questions, and write CATIA macro code.

TECH, GADGETS, AND TOYS

Google Cardboard – Google Cardboard is described as Virtual Reality (VR) on a budget. Gives you a taste of the capabilities of the Oculus Rift at a fraction of the cost. Though be warned it may cause motion sickness if the app you’re looking at doesn’t perfectly track your head movement. It’s fun to assemble and play with. And cheap too.
Dash and Dot – programmable robots. If you’re into programming things like CATIA macros and you want to teach your kids the joys of programming then I’ve found the perfect gift for you. These cute robots are designed to help introduce children to the wonderful world of programming. Oh, and they’re fun for adults too! Can’t wait to use this with my son in a few years. For now he just likes watching me drive it around with my phone.
Amazon Prime Membership. If you haven’t joined Amazon Prime yet, why not? I do almost all my shopping online and I get free two-day shipping on nearly everything. You can also borrow books, watch movies, and stream music. Click here to start your 30-day free Amazon Prime trial membership.
Are you putting any of these items on your holiday wish list? If so, let me know which ones in the comments below. Do have anything you’d like to  recommend to me?

Monday, November 23, 2015

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2015 FOR CAD USERS

The 2015 holiday season is officially upon us here in the United States which means it’s time for my annual gift giving guide. I used to panic every year whenever my spouse, parents, and siblings asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I needed to give them an idea otherwise I’d end up with an ugly sweater or some random gadget I would never use. So to help alleviate some of my stress I started compiling my own holiday gift guide. It’s kind of like the big toy catalog you used to get as a kid, only this is for adults. I’ve made a list of items I think would be very useful or exciting for your fellow CATIA users, sorted by different categories. Some of these items I already use on a daily basis and others are things that are on my own personal wish list.  Enjoy!

 

MY CATIA BOOKS – SPECIAL OFFERS

For the first time ever, I am giving a discount on the paperback versions of my books, VB Scripting for CATIA V5 and CATIA V5 Tips and Tricks. For 30% off VB Scripting for CATIA V5: How to Program CATIA Macros (Fourth Edition), use discount code: NXCLBFMY when buying from here: https://www.createspace.com/5246772 vb scripting for catia v5 paperback For 25% off CATIA V5 Tips and Tricks, use discount code:33U88Q95 when used here: https://www.createspace.com/4963870  catia tips and tricks book

OTHER BOOKS WORTH READING

The Martian by Andy Weir. If you only read one (fiction) book this year, The Martian has to be the one. I absolutely love this book (haven’t seen the movie yet). As soon as I finished it the first time, I immediately re-read it – something I’ve never done before.It’s about an astronaut (with a great sense of humor) who gets left behind on a mission to Mars and has to figure out how to survive. If you’re interested in space exploration, problem solving, engineering, chemistry, botany, or disco + 70s TV shows, I highly recommend you read The Martian. Maybe the best book I’ve read in the past five years.41-YkFaghDL Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Lost Stars by Claudia Gray. If you’re a Star Wars fan like I am you’re probably anxiously awaiting The Force Awakens movie on December 18th. This book will wet your appetite before the movie comes out. The story takes place during the original trilogy but offers a new perspective in which the main characters don’t really know anything about The Force, the Jedi, the Dark Side, etc. which I think is a theme that will carry over into The Force Awakens. The story also ends about a year or two after The Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi and does contain the Battle of Jakku and how at least one of those Star Destroyers ends up smashed on the desert planet. If you’re only going to read one Star Wars related book, this is the one.51gF3dYpeTL What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. This book contains hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask, like: What if everyone on earth aimed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time? What if you could drain all the water from the oceans? What if all the lightning in the world struck the same place? Very fun and interesting read! 51+1NkRPgtL

TOOLS FOR WORK

Laser Pointer. This laser pointer always comes in handy when it’s time for a meeting or presentation. Plus, it doubles as a toy to keep your cats entertained.laser pointer for excel presentations 3Dconnexion 3DX-700028 SpaceNavigator 3D Mouse. My trusty 3D mouse. Anyone doing 3D CAD modeling should consider investing in one of these!best 3d mouse for catia macros Chromecast – I actually have used Chromecast at my day job before. I’ve created screen capture videos and uploaded them to YouTube, then I use the very portable Chromecast to display the videos directly on a TV (haven’t used the Amazon equivalent, so not sure if it works the same). 81dgptmSieL._SL1500_

TECH, GADGETS, AND TOYS

Google Cardboard – Google Cardboard is described as Virtual Reality (VR) on a budget. Gives you a taste of the capabilities of the Oculus Rift at a fraction of the cost. Though be warned it may cause motion sickness if the app you’re looking at doesn’t perfectly track your head movement. It’s fun to assemble and play with. fold Dash and Dot – programmable robots. If you’re into programming things like CATIA macros and you want to teach your kids the joys of programming then I’ve found the perfect gift for you. These cute robots are designed to help introduce children to the wonderful world of programming. Oh, and they’re fun for adults too! Can’t wait to use this with my son in a few years.programmable toy robot

  Are you putting any of these items on your holiday wish list? If so, let me know which ones in the comments below. Do have anything you’d like to  recommend to me?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

How to automatically model gears in CATIA V5

Hopefully you’ve been having some success improving your CATIA efficiency and creating useful macros. Maybe you’re ready to take it up a notch. Now available is a step-by-step tutorial that you can now go through yourself. This extremely detailed, 120+ page tutorial will show you how to:
  • ·         Sketch and model different types of gears in CATIA V5
  • ·         Create a detailed userform with command buttons, combo boxes, etc.
  • ·         Use subroutines and functions
  • ·         How to break a complex project down into smaller, more manageable parts
  • ·         Anticipate and check for user errors in your program


After going through the guide you’ll have a fully functional program that you’ll be able to show off to potential employers. Watch a video of the final program in action and download a sneak preview of the tutorial here: http://www.scripting4v5.com/gear-tutorial

Sunday, March 29, 2015

How to create a parameter CATIA macro

This CATIA CATScript macro creates a new parameter in a CATPart file.

'####################################
Sub CATMain()
'set the active document (must be a CATPart)
Dim myDoc As Document
Set myDoc = CATIA.ActiveDocument

 'create an integer parameter
Dim thickness As IntParam
Set thickness = myDoc.Part.Parameters.CreateInteger ("Material Thickness", 2.0)

'create a real number parameter
Dim revision As RealParam
Set revision = myDoc.Part.Parameters.CreateReal("Revision", 2.5)

'create a string number parameter
Dim material As StringParam
Set material = myDoc.Part.Parameters.CreateString("Material", 2.5)


End Sub

For more, check out Scripting4v5.com.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 Gift Wish List for Engineers

With Black Friday coming up everyone is making a holiday gift wish list so I thought I would too. Here's what's on my personal list:

Laser Project Keyboard: We live in the future! This virtual keyboard is a 63-key QWERTY holograph that projects at full size onto any flat surface, lessening the tediousness of mobile texting and emailing, and helping curb embarrassing auto correct fails.


Quadcopter: Why did this make the list? Because it looks like fun! Wouldn't it be great to play with on Christmas morning?
Now, the following items are recommended by Emmett Ross of scripting4v5.com:

Excel 2013 Power Programming with VBA by John Walkenbach. This book covers all the methods and tools you need to know in order to program with Excel, a great way to start off if you’re just getting into programming before you tackle CATIA macros.
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The History of Visual Magic in Computers: How Beautiful Images are Made in CAD, 3D, VR and AR. Traces the earliest understanding of 3D and then foundational mathematics to explain and construct 3D; from mechanical computers up to today’s tablets.
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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. This book contains hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask, like: What if everyone on earth aimed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time? What if you could drain all the water from the oceans? What if all the lightning in the world struck the same place? Very fun and interesting read!
what if book cover

TECH, GADGETS, AND TOYS

3Dconnexion 3DX-700028 SpaceNavigator 3D Mouse. My trusty 3D mouse. Anyone doing 3D CAD modeling should consider investing in one of these!
best 3d mouse for catia macros
Google ChromeCast HDMI Streaming Media Player. Stream my YouTube videos right to your TV using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop!
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Laser Point: This laser pointer always comes in handy when it’s time for a meeting or presentation. Plus, it doubles as a toy to keep your cats entertained.
laser pointer for excel presentations
Dash and Dot Wonder Workshop Programmable Robots: If you’re into programming things like CATIA macros and you want to teach your kids the joys of programming then I’ve found the perfect gift for you. These cute robots are designed to help introduce children to the wonderful world of programming. Oh, and they’re fun for adults too! Can’t wait to use this with my son in a few years.programmable toy robot
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 31313: Create and command robots that do what you want. Includes 3 interactive servo motors, remote control, improved and redesigned color sensor, redesigned touch sensor, infrared sensor and 550+ LEGO Technic elements. Intuitive software (PC and Mac) with icon-based drag-and-drop programming interface Control and command your robot with the enclosed remote control or download the free app for your smart device.
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Raspberry Pi Computer: The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing, and games, as well as plays high-definition video. However, you need ALL of the peripheral equipment such as mouse, keyboard, monitor (HDMI output), ethernet cable, power supply.raspberry pi computer for spreadsheets

I have a ChromeCast and it's pretty cool. What’s on your 2014 holiday wish list?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CATIA V5 Tips and Tricks Book

CATIA V5 Tips and Tricks by Emmett Ross contains over 70 tips to improve your CATIA design efficiency and productivity! If you’ve ever thought to yourself “there has to be a better way to do this,” while using CATIA V5, then know you're probably right. There probably is a better way to complete your tasks you just don't know what it is and you don't have time to read a boring, expensive, thousand page manual on every single CATIA feature. If so, then CATIA V5 Tips and Tricks is for you. No fluff, just CATIA best practices and time savers you can put to use right away. From taming the specification tree to sketching, managing large assemblies and drawings, CATIA V5 Tips and Tricks will save you time and help you avoid common stumbling blocks. 


catia v5 tips and tricks book

Check out the table of contents on Amazon to see a list of all the tips: CATIA V5 Tips and Tricks 

I'm giving away three copies of the book for free! Comment below saying how the book will help you and you'll automatically be entered to win a paperback copy of the book. Random drawing on 9-14-14.