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Aleck Giles

A Guide To Advance Steel Standard Parts

A Guide To Advance Steel Standard Parts
Many companies that use Advance Steel have certain common parts or items that they use in lots of projects. One example may be using a small connecting lug in a railing, or perhaps they try to use the same end plate on all joints. By doing this, they can use identical components in multiple projects, which means they can even keep some in stock, ready for use when required. For these users, It wou...
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A Guide To Advance Steel Dimensions

A Guide To Advance Steel Dimensions
The parametric dimensioning tools in Advance Steel are incredibly effective, handling different scales and clipped (shortened) views without the user even thinking about it. Unfortunately, the trade off for this functionality seems to be that certain dimension commands are a bit more fiddly to use than the plain AutoCAD equivalents. This seems to particularly affect the Arc Length, Angle and Radiu...
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How to use Advance Steel Transform Properties to update multiple joints simultaneously

How to use Advance Steel Transform Properties to update multiple joints simultaneously
It is not unusual that the parameters of a joint need to change after it has been created in a model. It is also quite likely that you will have many similar joints and they will all need to change in the same way. How can this be achieved easily? If you feel certain joints should always match then it might be a good idea to use the Joint Group functionality to link joints together. Then when you ...
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Clone Advance Steel settings between PCs

Clone Advance Steel settings between PCs
Many people have multiple users and / or PCs in their company using Advance Steel 2018  and we expect that number to grow now Advance Steel has been included into the Autodesk AEC collection. You may have user sections, custom bolts, customised drawing styles or special BOMs that you want to be available to all your users, and you want to make sure that all your users / PCs are usin...
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Rollover Tooltips in Advance Steel

Rollover Tooltips in Advance Steel
A really useful feature of Advance Steel, available since Advance Steel 2016, is rollover tooltips. These can display useful information about whatever object you hover over. Properties like section size, model role and part numbers are available so this can really help when checking or looking for certain parts. Unfortunately, this is not preconfigured for you so most people probably don’t know ...
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Advance Steel – Drawing Style Customisation

Advance Steel – Drawing Style Customisation
We all have a preferred way of working and visualising projects – Ask many draughtsmen to draw something and each will create different drawings. Therefore, by their nature any drawings created by Advance Steel “as delivered” will be a compromise trying to meet the needs of different people. We understand that you won’t necessarily want to change your way of working, and that manually updating the...
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Advance Steel 2018 – Enhanced 3D Performance

Advance Steel 2018 – Enhanced 3D Performance
One thing everybody always wants to improve in any CAD application is performance. Well, I am pleased to say we get a significant boost to graphics performance in Autodesk Advance Steel 2018 thanks to the “Enhanced 3D Performance” of AutoCAD 2018. However, to benefit from it you must make some changes to your visual style settings. The standard ASTemplate that comes with the install (UK build at l...
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Advance Steel - Shaded GA Drawing Views

Advance Steel - Shaded GA Drawing Views
Would you like to produce a nice, high-impact, shaded view like the one above from your Advance Steel models? Well you can. Although Autodesk Advance Steel cannot natively create shaded drawing views in the same way as packages like Inventor, you can get results like the above image by combining native AutoCAD functionality. Basically you superimpose an AutoCAD viewport on an AS GA drawing view. ...
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Top Tips to Remember When Using NC Files for Structural Steelwork in Advance Steel

Top Tips to Remember When Using NC Files for Structural Steelwork in Advance Steel
It is becoming increasingly popular to use NC files for manufacturing structural steel beams. This is intended to improve speed and efficiency whilst reducing or removing any human error. That can certainly be achieved and Advance Steel can produce all the files you need very easily. However, there are some important things to remember when choosing this route to manufacture. The files are written...
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Advance Steel Tip - Where are my Plates? Understanding Recoding.

Advance Steel Tip - Where are my Plates? Understanding Recoding.
Have you ever produced a plate list and wondered why it doesn’t seem to list all the plates in your model? Let me explain what is happening. Traditionally it has been considered cheaper and easier to manufacture a plate such as an End Plate that measures say 200x180x10 from a 200x10 flat bar instead of plate. Only one saw cut is required to make the basic shape rather than cutting several edges of...
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