Show-n-Tell CAD/CAM training offers on-screen, step-by-step lessons

VX Corporation introduces its Show-n-Tell communication tool, which is built into VX CAD/CAM for on-screen, step-by-step lessons. With the Show-n-Tell tutorials, there are no video drivers or codes to install, or reams of paper to print. The Show-n-Tell tutorial is launched by loading a VX file. Users can step back and forth with a click of a button and all instructions are on screen, eliminating the need to flip back to a video or hold a book open. 3D models, showing the expected result, can be rotated and zoomed, giving the user better feedback and understanding. Users work at their own pace, not that of an instructor, so no one gets left behind. VX allows the user to save the Show-n-Tell tutorial session and reload it at a later date. Along with the new tutorials, users will also be able to launch the QuickTips instructions from the help menu. QuickTips covers common questions and provides productivity tips using videos, stills and text instructions.

VX will initially include four Show-n-Tell tutorials with the release of this new enhancement, and plans are already in the works to make more available for download in the future. Future tutorials will cover: parametric and open shape modeling; sketching; assembly; drafting; 2X and 3XCAM; automated hole drilling; importing and healing; part splitting; electrodes; direct editing; morphing; surfacing; and reverse engineering.

Show-n-Tell authoring is simple enough that a person can use it for both design review and markup. Show-n-Tell users can point out problem areas on a model or a drawing by simply creating annotations and pressing a record button to capture the view orientation and zoom state. The person reviewing can then click through the recorded slides/steps. The reviewer can, at any point, rotate, measure and dynamically slice the model or zoom in on a detail drawing, then quickly return to the slides that the author intended for them to see. This is all done without having to load special viewing software.

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