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How to Make AutoCAD Quicker and Easier to Use – 3 AutoCAD Timesavers

How to Make AutoCAD Quicker and Easier to Use – 3 AutoCAD Timesavers

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

How to Make AutoCAD Quicker and Easier to Use – 3 AutoCAD Timesavers

AutoCAD has a lot of tools that are accessible to automate your work flow, and make your job easier, odds are, you’re already using a lot of them without realizing them.  What we’re going to cover today are ways that make these tools work more readily for you.

Tip number 1:  Use templates

In fact, you already are; whenever you create a new AutoCAD document, it loads up the default template.  However, if you’re going to be doing lots of variations on the same sort of design work and drawing, you may want to make your changes of all the things that are common among them and save that file as a template.  Templates are a great way to save time by setting unit types and drawing limits, setting your snap, grid and other drawing settings, organizing your layer information before you begin, and pre-set a lot of common information.

If you’re working for a business, odds are you’re using a company provided template that provides this consistency across multiple draftspersons.  You may end up using a client supplied template, and you’ll be told which templates to use – templates make sure the output from multiple workers is consistent (which is why businesses are big on them) and they can save you a lot of time…but only if they’re designed right from the beginning.

To make a new template, first get your parameters all set up, in a regular drawing.  Then go to File  > Save As and save it as a template.  It’s as easy as that – though you should make sure you save it in a folder you’ll be able to find later.

Tip number 2:  Object Snaps

Object Snaps (OSNAPS) are the most frustrating tool in AutoCAD.  Until you learn what they’re doing, and you wonder how you could’ve ever lived without them in the past.  An object snap is an attachment that you can tell to go to one of the gripping points on an existing object.  These gripping points are things like the centerpoint of an object, or the end point of a line segment.  An OSNAP lets you link an object to one of those attachment points with absolute certainty for provided attachment points.

It’s when you arrange OSNAPs that things get a little counterintuitive.  You can set OSNAPs that are designed to be perpendicular to a selected objects, click to the nearest object, run at a tangent, and even some intersection driven ones.  Try to use only the OSNAPs that are the most convenient for you with the project that you are working on.

Most OSNAPs are activated in ‘running mode’ – you type the command in the command buffer, and they just work.  While this is the fastest way to use a commonly repeated OSNAP, for people who don’t keep the arcane commands in their forebrains, AutoCAD has given iconic OSNAPs as well.  You can access them by bringing up the OSNAP dialog box, or by holding down the shift key and right clicking an object to pull up a context driven menu.  Even so, if you use a lot of OSNAPs, you’re eventually going to learn the three letter codes to use them at run time just to save yourself time.  (It also has the benefit of turning the OSNAP off once that command has been run.

Tip 3:  Learn The Commands

While we touched on it in the prior tip on using OSNAP, it’s always worth it to learn how to use the command line prompts for AutoCAD.  Typing three characters takes a fraction of a second, versus a few seconds for using a mouse to find the icon, navigate through the menu system, click OK, then repeat for turning off the functionality you just used.  It’s always faster to learn the keyboard shortcuts, and more than any other tip, these will save you the most time.

Revit Architecture

Revit Architecture

Saturday, February 25, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

RKO backlot main hotel views

RKO backlot main hotel views (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Revit Architecture

Those of us who know anything about BIM or Building Information Modeling know how much of an oh-so-joyous happy dandy fun time Revit Architecture can be.  With its tendencies for the user to have to be highly accurate in the development of a structure without having the ability to adjust measurements manually, Revit can be an extremely time consuming and often excruciatingly painstaking program to design fully developed construction in.

Rendering can be a whole other monster to deal with in itself.  Any project with a significant amount of At the school where I learned my Revit skills, we have wonderful 2 core processor Dell desktops which pretty much are good for doing a percentage of the floor plan work and unless you have several hours to spare, then forget about rendering big projects.  Especially if animation or 3DS Max plug-ins are used, then you should really expect to be spending a significantly lengthy amount of time rendering your projects.

Of course, now we have cloud-based rendering with the experimental plug-in dubbed Project Neon, located on Autodesk Labs which is in the beta phases and allows for the user to render their images through their Autodesk account instead of locally through their own computers.  But rendering a project is still very time consuming and the use of your Autodesk account is not always available (at such places like certain schools).  It is because of the complexity of the program and the time it takes to create each individual aspect of the entire program that the program in its entirety is not always taken advantage of in the workplace.

Just imagine the incredible and beautifully polished 3D designs that could be showcased during potential project bids in any given circumstance if the software were to develop with simplified convenience in mind.  Nevertheless, Revit still is a remarkable program and it is improving dramatically by the year.  I hope to see the day when rooms are created and developed with much simpler methods and randomly generated components and furniture are brought into the program.  These improvements, including the ability to freely manipulate measurements would make Revit an excellent program to use regularly in the workplace.

Solidworks And Sheet Metal Design

Solidworks And Sheet Metal Design

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Solidworks And Sheet Metal Design

Solidworks has been specifically designed to help manufacturers design and create sheet metal parts.  Used primarily to close the gap between designers and sheet metal manufacturers, sheet metal design manufacturing with Solidworks helps keep prices low and hastens delivery times.  Solidworks’ user friendly interface allows engineers and designers to model completed parts, generating three dimensional models which can then be used by manufacturers to build the finished product.

One of the countless things that Solidworks enables engineers and manufacturers to do is to establish, for the purpose of each product, what type of sheet metal they will be using.  This includes factors like how thick the sheet metal is.  Engineers can then design sheet metal parts virtually and determine whether the material can indeed withstand the pressures placed upon it by the design.  Furthermore, sheet metal panels can be named and labeled so as to avoid confusion concerning how many of which panels to fabricate.  Later, this also helps in assembly as all sheet metal panels will be properly labeled as to their purpose and where they fit into the overall product design.

Solidworks software will also allow the engineer to add form radius, multiple or layered extrusions and other features after the product has been assembled in the virtual design.  This helps both the designer and the manufacturer to align perforations, tabs, and other features that need to be lined up on numerous complex sheet metal panels.

Solidworks allows the design and fabrication of very complex features, allowing both designers and fabricators to verify tolerances and clearances, ensuring that the product which the engineer has designed can actually be fabricated and, eventually, assembled.  Using this software engineers can view the design with small spaces so as to allow the software to unfold the computer model.  This allows design features to stand out, so that they will be seen clearly.  This feature is useful when the panels will be touching in the actual product but need to be seen as individual components by the fabricator in order to construct them correctly.

By far the best aspect of the Solidworks design package is that it allows manufacturers to modify the design as needed. The software will also help designers to take into account the effect the changes could have on the rest of the design.  The clear advantage of this is that design flaws and inconsistencies will be caught prior to the beginning of the manufacturing process, most likely saving you a lot of time and wasted materials.

Engineers find that they are able to move a product from conception and modeling through to a workable design more easily if they use solidworks software for sheet metal manufacturing.  If the design is clearly shown and easy to interpret, the manufacturer will be able able to construct components which will fit and perform exactly as the designer intended, leading to a more efficient production process.  Efficient production results in less material being wasted, fewer man hours, lower costs, and a higher profit margin.

Laser Scanning Direct in Solidworks

Laser Scanning Direct in Solidworks

Sunday, January 8, 2017 | By | Add a Comment


Laser Scanning Direct in Solidworks

Reverse engineering has shown itself to be very noteworthy for most trades that require new or improved products.  Industry businesses were able to individually see the benefits of reverse engineering for digital correction and renew, restricted data acquisition, commercial product edit, military espionage, access restriction circumvention and educational purposes throughout the demonstration by ReverseEngineering.com of their newest products at SolidWorks World in San Antonio, Texas early this year.

The company offers savvy customers with reverse engineering add-ons, specifically the latest scanning direct in Solidworks product.  This application by ReverseEngineering.com is their initial product to be marketed with direct laser.

It might sound overly technical, but reverse engineering is actually being used by industries that are required to determine the exact geometry of a product, device or system, or how it works.  Simply told, the software provided by ReverseEngineering.com allows industries to analyze physical parts to comprehend its surface geometry.  After this is done, industries are able to modify or improve the design of such parts, or create a completely new piece with additional functionality.

Amid the trades that gain an advantage through ReverseEngineering.com’s scanning direct in Solidworks and other software include the Metal Fabrication, Aerospace, Military, Tool and Die and Automotive industries.†  Their new reverse engineering products in Solidworks were initially distributed at the convention and multiple prospective clients had an opportunity to test drive these products.

Reverse engineering has come a long way from the time since it was primarily utilized to provide military advantage to a certain sector.  New methods are seemingly being developed nowadays no longer just for military purposes but more importantly to provide documentation for parts that are incomplete or which would prove to be more helpful once updated.†

ReverseEngineering.com was founded in 1986 to answer the worldwide rising requirements for 3D engineering applications, Computer Aided Design software, systems for Computer Aided Manufacturing and other scanning devices.  Over the years, their product line has increased and improved, thanks to comments from clients and the modernization of the entire 3D capturing methodology.

Many engineers from all over the world receive assistance from reverse engineering and laser scanning.  For one, they are easily able to check on a model and resolve issues concerning assemblies and fitting.  These laser scanning machines permit engineers to obtain the dimensions of machine or any pieces extremely efficiently.

ReverseEngineering.com’s laser scanning application is highly in demand for utilization in part analyzing, tooling and mold certification and alignment in the Aerospace and Automotive industries.  The software is also highly used for prototype parts scanning and mold and die inspection in Metal Fabrication industry.

Companies that contain machines that have never been provided with 3D CAD drawings because they are legacy systems can also get assistance through reverse engineering software.  Even parts or models with complex surfaces can be efficiently studied with reverse engineering software.

The secret to upholding a business’ competitive edge is to have applications that will ensure business processes like overhaul, repair and maintenance are efficient and more streamlined.  By making use of reverse engineering software, companies achieve this and beyond.

This information was brought to you by Reverse Engineering, a worldwide premier resource offering several integrated solutions for turbo-charging your reverse engineering MicroScribe process while providing a “model as you go” environment.

AutoCAD Training Sites Overseas in Delhi!

AutoCAD Training Sites Overseas in Delhi!

Saturday, December 24, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

AutoCAD Training Sites Overseas in Delhi!

AutoCAD is a commercial software application developed for two and three-dimensional computer-aided design or CAD.  It was introduced in the year 1982 by Autodesk Inc. that used to run smoothly on microcomputers with internal graphic controllers.  Previously, before its introduction CAD programs used to run on mainframe computers or minicomputers.  At that time there was a separate graphic terminal for each user.

At present it has developed a lot and is spread over a wide arena.  Project managers, architects, engineers etc. all use this software for designing and coming-up with their initial framework.  In each sphere especially designing and civil engineering, this software application is required.  This software is used globally in the field of architectural and mechanical design.  Currently, there are many institutions offering professional training on this tool in all the cities of India including Delhi.  One just needs to find out the best AutoCAD centre in Delhi to learn this astounding software.

These days, in engineering school, this is mandatory software that one needs to learn.  However, it is not possible to learn all the aspects there with shortened classes.  Therefore, a student must take a professional training on it that will not only benefit him during studies, but also in a career after completion of the degree course in college.

Looking at its increasing demand, many professionals are now offering short and long term certificate courses on it.  Depending on the requirement according to the respective field, one can choose the course and enroll in it to obtain the necessary skills for better career growth and opportunities.

In Delhi too there are many centres apart from other cities of the country.  The national capital provides a number of AutoCAD training centres to all the aspirants in the city.  The industry specialists who possess immense knowledge in the field and know what is required as per trend offer valuable knowledge and great assistance to the students.

Hence, one can choose the best AutoCAD centre in Delhi and start the training immediately.  Do not wait until your resume is rejected as a result of a lack of knowledge and experience using this software.  So, just pick the best school for your needs and start your training as soon as possible.  The classes are open for all students and professionals according to their need.

For more information regarding Best Auto CAD Centre in Delhi and Expert AutoCAD Centre India. Please visit at: hrcadcentre.com
Solidworks Surface Modeling

Solidworks Surface Modeling

Saturday, November 26, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Solidworks Surface Modeling

Hello again my faithful readers, I hope you are all doing well and your holiday festivities are bringing you wonderful tidings of joy this holiday season.  I am still working on patching things up with this website.  There have been a lot of hang ups in getting things smoothed and ironed out with the transfer of my old site to my new domain name, so I hope you will all be understanding and bear with me as these issues are resolved in due time.  I want to thank all of my loyal readers who have remained dedicated and faithful throughout the months since I first began my blog, and I look forward to more prosperous times and continued blogging in the future.  And of course, I bid you all happy holidays and I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday solstice.

Today, I would like to share something new and exciting for all of you drafter/designers out there who may have experience in working with Solidworks, or would like more experience in Solidworks surface designing through tutorials and step-by-step courses.  I have recently been introduced to a great site at solidworks-insight.com which has some wonderful beginner to advanced courses on solidworks design.  For those of you who are craving a more advanced project, there is also an Aston Martin you can download the .PDF instructional files for too!  Of course, nothing this good could be free, and it isn’t.  But for $15, you can learn some impressive Solidworks designing skills with the experience of designing your own Aston Martin!  Yes, you too can enjoy the wonder of what it would be like to be the designer for cars that the likes of secret agent men like James Bond 007 drive as his vehicle of choice!

For those of you who wish to take on an even bigger project, there is even an extensive yacht creation course available at www.yachttutorial.com.  This project will supposedly teach you to become a MASTER at Solidworks design.  However, like I said before, nothing this good could be free, and it isn’t.  The price to acquire the knowledge and skills to become a Solidworks MASTER is a rather large fee, indeed!  But for only approximately $370, you can learn some extremely valuable skills and create something worthwhile in the process.

I, myself, am currently working on an Audi R8 design which I acquired at www.solidworksaudir8.com.  This is a great course and it comes with a downloadable video player and many hours of videos to assist you step by step in creating this vehicle.  But, yes you guessed it.  NOTHING this good could be free, and of course….it isn’t.  But, for $137 you can design your own Audi R8 and be on your way to gaining essential Solidworks skills.

There are a lot of tutorials out there that give you good fundamental skills and knowledge with Solidworks.  However, there are a LOT of incomplete and corrupt tutorials out there as well.  A lot of what you these tutorials teach may or may not be the best and most efficient ways of working with Solidworks.  It would be my suggestion to take the best of what you learn from these tutorials and develop your own tactics in using the tools and quick selections to give you the best advantage in the use of the program, especially when time and speed are of necessity in a professional environment.