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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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Greg Benson-Shettle

Rotating Model Space in AutoCAD Lt

Rotating Model Space in AutoCAD Lt
In this video, I give 3 great tips for rotating the contents of AutoCAD in Model space when using Lt. How to use Model space viewports. Rotating a Model space viewport. How to save your custom named viewports. This is a follow up to my previous post that explains how to rotate paper space layout views. We will be using some tools from the View Ribbon and then adding a toolset that you may n...
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Justin Taylor

Revit tip: Fields with Formulas

Revit tip: Fields with Formulas
Remember those days of having your calculator constantly by your side whilst working in AutoCAD? Well I guess this blog is two tips in one. Firstly, Autodesk AutoCAD has an in-built calculator and what’s more, you can use QuickCalc directly as you would with a desktop calculator, or use it transparently within a command or the Properties palette. I.e. you can use whilst in the middle of another co...
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Greg Benson-Shettle

3 Great Viewport Tips - Rotate a View, Viewport visual Aid and Magic Text

3 Great Viewport Tips - Rotate a View, Viewport visual Aid and Magic Text
In this blog and video, I give 3 great tips for rotating the contents of AutoCAD viewport when using Lt. How to Rotate a viewport -The settings you need to change. A Viewport Visual Aid - Instantly see which viewports are rotated. Magic Text - Keeping text readable even after rotating. How to rotate Viewport contents in AutoCAD Lt At the Command prompt, enter VPROTATEASSOC. Set the value to 1....
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