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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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Mark Calloway

How to Stop AutoCAD from Freezing When You Press F8

How to Stop AutoCAD from Freezing When You Press F8
Are you having an issue when running AutoCAD on Windows 10 whereby if you press the F8 key AutoCAD will freeze for a while. AutoCAD will eventually become responsive again but only after waiting 5-10 minutes. This issue is caused by the Windows 10 Anniversary update and can affect all versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD based products. Unfortunately, this is not a fault with your AutoCAD so we are wai...
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Greg Benson-Shettle

How to Draw Multiple Lines in AutoCAD - Whitepaper

How to Draw Multiple Lines in AutoCAD - Whitepaper
In a recent AutoCAD training course a question was asked. ‘Was it possible to draw several lines at once to represent, for example, the interior and exterior faces of a wall?’ The short answer is yes. For many years AutoCAD has had a feature called multi-lines and using this we can even configure various Multi-line styles to represent different types of walls of varying build-ups and thicknesses. ...
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Greg Benson-Shettle

AutoCAD visits Father Christmas

AutoCAD visits Father Christmas
AutoCAD visits Father Christmas in this festive tutorial for a bit of fun that explores an assortment of drafting tools and the command line options that provide greater scope of usage over the default settings. In this AutoCAD video tutorial there will be extensive use of various elliptical tools, practical application of trimming using both selective cutting edges and global select all options. ...
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