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Greg Benson-Shettle

AutoCAD Answers - Hatching Spaces with Broken Boundaries

AutoCAD Answers - Hatching Spaces with Broken Boundaries
Hatch in AutoCAD has historically been a challenge. Over the years it has improved tremendously but occasionally it can be problematical, especially when working with drawings from unknown origins. In a recent training session for an architectural practice using AutoCAD for Mac, hatching was a constant issue because in the content of source drawings, areas that should have been wholly contained h...
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Greg Benson-Shettle

AutoCAD Answers - How to set the New Button to open your template

AutoCAD Answers - How to set the New Button to open your template
In this guide, we will look at how to assign your company template to open just by clicking on the New File icon. With default, out of the box, AutoCAD, clicking on ‘new’ will open a generic template directory that comes with AutoCAD, ideally, it would be useful if it either opened your company template directory, if you have several different templates or just open your company template. Here’s h...
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Greg Benson-Shettle

How to make AutoCAD Layer States display as a list

How to make AutoCAD Layer States display as a list
AutoCAD Layer States are a very useful layer management tool for those layer heavy drawing files. Layer states offer the opportunity to group layers together into logical collections such as Building Envelope, Building Services, Structural Detail, Lighting or Furniture layout. Once set, to turn on and off large groups of layers to display just what we want to see becomes a one-click operation, sav...
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Dave Cassapi

How to use AutoCAD 3D Data as equipment

How to use AutoCAD 3D Data as equipment
If you get a model which allows you to use AutoCAD 3D Data as equipment, it is very simple to do. Copy the 3D data, preferably not as a block, into the plant design. To convert the 3D model, use the Convert Equipment icon in the Equipment tab. Select the 3D data that is the equipment, and select the Convert Equipment. The system will then prompt for the equipment type and the insertion point. You ...
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Adam Butcher

Why do we need to export Inventor DWG to AutoCAD DWG?

Why do we need to export Inventor DWG to AutoCAD DWG?
From time to time during our support work we come across the common issue of exporting an Inventor DWG file to AutoCAD DWG. As both file types have the same (DWG) extension, you might be forgiven for thinking there is no difference but there is! So let me explain the difference between the two file types, and how to set up an efficient workflow for exporting.  If you create a drawing in ...
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Keith Paterson

AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT - Free Aerial Mapping

AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT -  Free Aerial Mapping
Autodesk have an agreement with Bing Mapping to provide free aerial photography for Autodesk Users. The only caveat is when using the mapping make sure that the Bing Mapping Copyright Agreement is displayed on your drawing. However AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT work off an X,Y coordinate system. The aerial mapping requires a location to be set. One way to do so is setting a longitude and latitude locat...
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John Bennett

Advanced Steel NC Scribing/Powder Marking/Etching – How To Control The File And Part Reference

Advanced Steel NC Scribing/Powder Marking/Etching – How To Control The File And Part Reference
Within Advance Steel there are options for Scribing of parts attachment relative to the assembly, to enable scribing in NC Files for Advance Steel the settings new to be based upon assemblies. This setting is required as outlined in this Autodesk Knowledge Network article. This means that the file name is using the NC position reference, being the main part reference. The same for the internal NC ...
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John Bennett

Advance Steel 2018 – How To Get Plain AutoCAD 2018

Advance Steel 2018 – How To Get Plain AutoCAD 2018
For AS2018, this now comes as a True vertical, so one install for product, but how do you get AutoCAD 2018. To do this we would normally expect to have to create a desktop shortcut and then point it to a profile etc. Set up for vanilla. However, for AS2018, check under the Windows Start menu and you will find AutoCAD 2018 for AS2018. This is a shortcut created by default to allow you to ...
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Ian Robinson

Important AutoCAD Bing Maps update

Important AutoCAD Bing Maps update
Have you received a message in AutoCAD or any of the vertical products saying your On-Line Maps will stop working unless you upgrade? Don’t panic! It’s not a biggie. All that has happened is that Microsoft are discontinuing their Bing Maps Version 7 (which is what is used in AutoCAD) and everyone must now use Version 8. Autodesk have provided an update to your software so you can continue usi...
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Justin Taylor

Driving Efficiencies in AutoCAD – 1,2,3

Driving Efficiencies in AutoCAD – 1,2,3
Named Views, Attributes, Fields, Formulas and Tables For those of you who now me, the fact that I am writing a paper about AutoCAD and not all things Revit may come as a shock...but recently I spent time on-site with a client developing their Revit template and several times during the day they commented how Revit made various tasks so easy i.e. the Project Browser to locate views, Labels to popul...
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