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!
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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!
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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.
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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. 


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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.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Able2Extract PDF Converter Review

Often times in the world of CAD and engineering we find ourselves with a PDF document that we wish we could modify but can't. The solution used to be we had to recreate the document in its native program from scratch. This was especially painful if we were dealing with a complicated AutoCAD drawing in PDF format. Luckily, those days are long gone. Investintech has created the best PDF conversion software around and one of the best benefits is being able to convert those pesky PDFs back into DWG or DXF files. Not  only does it convert PDF to AutoCAD, it also does the whole range of Office products including Excel, Word, PPT, and others. How awesome is that? It's easy to use and there are Windows, Mac, and Linux versions available.


You can see some document conversion examples on their website as well as a link to download a free trial here: http://www.investintech.com/able2extract.html
I highly recommend you check it out!