Dropbox and AutoCAD

Dropbox and AutoCAD

As of November 2017, Dropbox and AutoCAD became best buddies. By connecting your Dropbox account to AutoCAD, Dropbox users can now open and save DWG files directly to Dropbox without leaving the AutoCAD desktop application.  This is particularly useful for a number of reasons; Short on disk space, Contractor access to your files, Not using selective…

Failed to update style using 3D Annotation

Failed to update style using 3D Annotation

Failed to update style” when trying to use 3D Annotation. The Styles Library in Inventor is one of those mysterious things that receives little attention.  Yet it controls everything from dimension styles in a drawing to the lighting in the model environment.  Each year, a fresh install of Inventor will create a fresh copy of…

Advance Your BIM Footprint

Advance Your BIM Footprint

Focusing tightly on the idea that “information” is the foundation on which BIM is built, this CADPRO Systems’ event demonstrated technology solutions that support the information flow between office and field. Supported by Stephan Gumpert from Autodesk, our own Gary Page, Adrian Lobo, and Gary Fohl presented to receptive audiences in both Auckland and Christchurch. …

HP Notebook Computer Battery Safety Recall

HP Notebook Computer Battery Safety Recall

Notebook Computer Battery Safety Recall and Replacement Program Program expanded in January 2017. It is essential to recheck your battery, even if you did so previously and were informed that it was not affected. If you have already received a replacement battery, you are not affected by this expansion.   Background to Safety Recall In January…

Notch, bend, and straighten in Inventor

Notch, bend, and straighten in Inventor

I was asked recently if there was a method to notch, bend, and straighten hollow sections using Inventor.  I’ve discovered a couple a couple of methods, both of which are shown below.  There are probably more, but these two look worthy of sharing.  If you have any feedback or want to suggest an alternative, please…

SouthMACH 17 – Celebrating the heartland of NZ Manufacturing

SouthMACH 17 – Celebrating the heartland of NZ Manufacturing

  SouthMACH 17 – The South Island’s Premier Technology Trade Show Run over two days (24-25 May) the show provided a great opportunity for the manufacturing community to come together under one roof to see all that’s new in the industry. Our stand at SouthMACH was busy throughout the two days, with plenty of existing…

PrefabNZ CoLab 2017

PrefabNZ CoLab 2017

Energetic, enthusiastic, motivating, thought provoking, enjoyable – who’d have thought all these were comments from delegates attending a building-industry conference! PrefabNZ is a hub for innovative construction.  Whether you are looking to build a home, are working within the industry or are just interested in the latest building solutions – this is the place to be….

Beautiful machining or not so beautiful? That is the question.

Beautiful machining or not so beautiful? That is the question.

It can be surprisingly disappointing seeing your first few parts come off a CNC machine.  When you’re learning, or don’t have years of machining experience, getting the strategy right is just educated guesswork.  With Inventor HSM and Fusion 360, there’s a neat trick to seeing the finished article before you start cutting “real” material.

Autodesk software slow to acquire network license

Autodesk software slow to acquire network license

Bored waiting? Problem: Your network (or “multi-user”) license of Autodesk software is slow to acquire a license when starting, especially after changing the license server. Cause: Over time, the licenses server name(s) are recorded in the Windows registry of the CAD workstation in the registry key ADSKFLEX_LICENSE_FILE located here: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\FLEXlm License Manager The troublesome application…

iLogic Screenshot tool

  Ever wanted to take screen-shots from Inventor at a pre-set resolution and ideally with a white background? You can “Export” an image file from Inventor, but it’s several clicks and you have to specify the resolution by typing it out in full if you want something specific like 1280×1024. The following code can be…