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Aleck Giles

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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Advance Steel Tip - Orientation Symbols

Advance Steel Tip - Orientation Symbols
In order to help people on site many people like to have some indication on the drawings showing which way round an assembly is positioned in the structure. This is achieved using Orientation Symbols. However, there seems to be some confusion as to how these work in Advance Steel. Let me demystify things. Before any orientation symbols will appear on any drawing in Advance Steel you must place a C...
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Advance Steel Saw Length

Advance Steel Saw Length
Have you noticed that the length of a beam on the Saw List is sometimes different to the length on other lists? Why is this?   This occurs when a beam has a double cut on one or both ends. During manufacture it is typical for the raw material or stock length of section to be cut to length on a mitre saw. This can only cut one angle on the end of the member. The second cut on the end has to be...
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Advance Steel – Visual Styles

Advance Steel – Visual Styles
Do you find it difficult to see what is going on in your Advance Steel models? This could be due to the Visual Styles set up in your file. When you start an Advance Steel project it is important to start with a proper Advance Steel template. However, the default template provided with Advance Steel has some odd settings in the Visual Styles that show hidden edges at all times. To change ...
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Advance Steel – Drawing Issue Status and Comment

Advance Steel – Drawing Issue Status and Comment
My last bog post drew attention to the Drawing Issue Status in Advance Steel. On install this is a list of 5 states: Not Set, Revised, Comment, Approved, Rejected. Now with AS2017 you can add your own custom statuses to this list. This is done using the Object Property Editor in Management Tools. Simply select any existing entry under Approval Status and click new then fill in your desired name an...
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Advance Steel – Controlling Drawing Issues

Advance Steel – Controlling Drawing Issues
During any project drawings are constantly issued, updated and reissued. At any given time the latest update could contain drawings with various issues. How can you keep track of which drawings are issued and which are updated and need to be sent again? Advance Steel provides a simple but effective way to control this. If you look at the list of drawings in Document Manager every drawing has a cir...
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