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Alibre Design Newsletter - February 2011

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Tattoo artist uses Alibre Design to create ergonomic tattoo machine


Orange County tattoo artist, Franco Vescovi, creates body art with his new tattoo machine, an ergonomic design made with Alibre Design. Alibre designer and machinist Clint Clark helped Vescovi to design, prototype, and set up the initial runs of production. Franco wanted to develop his own line of tattoo machines. He had the basic concept of what he wanted to do and Clark helped him turn it into reality with Alibre Design Expert.

Check out the story here.

Tattoo gun made in Alibre Design

Alibre CAM 2 64-bit and KeyShot 2.2


Alibre CAM 2 64-bit now available:
64-bit CAM is here! The port of Alibre CAM 2.0 is done and ready for download. Please visit the Downloads page at and you will see the link. If you would like to learn more about Alibre CAM, please visit our new CAM site,

KeyShot 2.2 available February 16:
KeyShot 2.2 and the Alibre Versions: KeyShot for Alibre Edition and KeyShot for Alibre Edition Basic will be available by Wednesday, February 16 for download. KeyShot for Alibre Edition Basic is a free upgrade for users of KeyShot for CAD 2.x and provides a higher resolution. Please see the Luxion press release for more information.

Alibre CAM and KeyShot

Design Contest


We've chosen the top designs on and now it's your turn to vote on the winners. Please head over to the Alibre forum to vote.

Cash money! Here are the categories:

  • $1000 - Best overall design
  • $500 - Runner up (Mechanical)
  • $500 - Runner up (Non-mechanical)
  • $250 - Honorable mention
  • $250 - Honorable mention
  • $250 - Honorable mention
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Tech Tip: Using Guide Curves with Sweeps


Sweeps are features that use a closed 2D sketch that is “swept” along a path. Two sketches are generally needed to generate the Sweep though the path can consist solely of the edges of a model. The open or closed sketch path can either be a 2D sketch or a 3Dsketch, but the 2D profile sketch and path must be located in different sketches.

Read the rest of the Tech Tip

Using Guide Curves with Sweeps

Gadget Freak: Tic Tac Cubed - Dueling in 3D


Here's a little extra content provided courtesy of Design News.

Matthew Katzenstein has created a 3-D Tic Tac Toe game. It lights up with an interactive knob and is programmed to play two- and three-player versions. The game is a color-coded 3x3 RGB LED matrix.

Tic Tac Cubed is controlled by an Arduino Diecimila, a microcontroller board based on the ATmega168. Diecimila means 10,000 in Italian and was named thusly to mark the fact that more than 10,000 Arduino boards have been made. The Diecimila is the latest in a series of USB Arduino boards.

Read full Gadget Freak article here.

3D Tic Tac Toe
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