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Aleck Giles

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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Aleck Giles

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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John Bennett

How to Create a Base Plate for a Stair Railing

How to Create a Base Plate for a Stair Railing
Often, when creating railings on Autodesk Advance Steel for AutoCAD I tend to get the question: Can you place a level footing plate for the railing on a concrete stair? Yes, is the answer. However, as this is not a standard connection, I have prepared this short video tutorial to show you how to do so. Using the standard AS railing macro, create a railing using a concrete beam as the base beam. f...
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Jonathan Hand

AutoCAD 2018 - The best new bits

AutoCAD 2018 - The best new bits
Another year has gone by, and we have a new release of the Autodesk flagship product AutoCAD. In this blog, I look at some of the best bits that will help improve your everyday drafting tasks. File FormatThe 2018 release brings us a new file format. The system default is still set to AutoCAD 2013 so be careful and check the version when saving. With AutoCAD 2018 you can open all valid DWG files fr...
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Ian Robinson

Infraworks 360 - Getting the Point (Cloud) Part 3

Infraworks 360 - Getting the Point (Cloud) Part 3
In the first post about Point Clouds I talked Recap 360, you can read it HERE if you missed it. In the second post it got rather large so I blogged HERE, this post includes a whitepaper which can be downloaded through the same link. In this post I will be talking about Infraworks 360. If you have access to it via an Autodesk Suite of products, you may have the LT version. This post refers to both ...
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Ian Robinson

AutoCAD Family of Products - Getting the Point (Cloud) Part 2

AutoCAD Family of Products - Getting the Point (Cloud) Part 2
So... in the last post I talked about Point Clouds in Recap 360, you can read my blog here if you missed it. In this post I will be talking about the AutoCAD family of products, starting with AutoCAD 2017 and what you can do with Point Clouds in there, moving onto Map3D and then Civil 3D. Due to the length of this blog I have changed part 2 to a downloadable guide and you can view this by filling ...
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Paul Munford

AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite - AnyCAD 2D DWG Underlay

AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite - AnyCAD 2D DWG Underlay
We all love drafting in AutoCAD, and we don’t want to give it up – even when the items we are drawing become more challenging. What if I told you that you could keep your 2D AutoCAD DWG files, and reference them into Autodesk Inventor as the start of a 3D model? What if I told you that the link inside Inventor to the AutoCAD DWG file is LIVE! That’s right – any update you make to the AutoCAD file,...
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James Parsons-Moore

How to Import AutoCAD Hatch Patterns in to Revit

How to Import AutoCAD Hatch Patterns in to Revit
OK... So 2 common conversations I have with my customers. 1. James... I don’t like the Revit Hatch Patterns. They’re too basic for my needs.2. James... I’m really struggling to get my AutoCAD Hatch Patterns into Revit. Both of these of course, are followed by “Please Help”?!?Of course I’ll help! So here we go. Most of you will have probably seen this in Revit and maybe even tried to use it... A li...
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Simon Locke

How to use the Fabrication CADMEP Attacher Arrow in AutoCAD

How to use the Fabrication CADMEP Attacher Arrow in AutoCAD
A topic that often comes up in conversations with CADMEP users is centred around routing services. There are actually a number of ways you can route your services in Fabrication CadMEP and one of the main ways of doing this is by using the attacher arrow. So in this article we are going to look at all of its functionality from displaying it to editing it. When setting out your services the orienta...
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Mark Calloway

How to Rotate a Viewport in AutoCAD

How to Rotate a Viewport in AutoCAD
In AutoCAD would you like to be able to rotate your viewports in paper space without having to rotate your drawing in model space as well. This can save you time and help keep model space free and tidy of having multiple copies of identical drawings at different angles. This can quite easily be achieved in a few simple steps. To rotate the viewport, we will be using the commands “VPROTATEASSOC” &a...
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