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  • view course page for 3D Architectural Modeling with AutoCAD

    Take your drawings from 2D to 3D with AutoCAD. Learn to model a building, complete with doors, windows, a staircase, a roof, and surrounding terrain, with AutoCAD 2015.

    3h 12m
    Intermediate
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  • view course page for Weldments with SolidWorks

    Weldments with SolidWorks with Gabriel Corbett

    Walks you through building weldments and fabricated models in SolidWorks.

    1h 57m
    Advanced
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  • view course page for Creating Textures: Brick and Brick-Bond Patterns

    Discover how to create realistic brick textures from scratch in Photoshop.

    1h 29m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 3D Surface Model Design with AutoCAD

    Learn how to design surface models like the ebike shown in these tutorials, with AutoCAD.

    3h 41m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Building Curtain Walls with Revit

    Learn to build curtain walls ranging from simple, preconfigured options to custom and free-form curtain walls with Revit.

    1h 10m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Textures: Slate Flooring and Roofs

    Learn how to use Photoshop to create a custom slate texture that's great for modeling building interiors (floors) and exteriors (roofs).

    1h 5m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Adobe Illustrator: Working with AutoCAD Files

    Discover how designers and engineers can share files between Illustrator and CAD programs like AutoCAD and SketchUp.

    1h 18m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for AutoCAD Map 3D Essential Training

    These AutoCAD Map 3D tutorials show how to enrich map data in your drawings, connect to outside CAD and GIS data sources, and publish map books.

    1h 35m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Textures: Wood Grain and Wood Planks

    Create a realistic wood texture, complete with grain, knots, and whorls, with Photoshop, and apply it to a scene in 3ds Max.

    1h 6m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Cityscapes in Maya

    Learn to design, model, and render a detailed cityscape with Illustrator and Maya.

    3h 2m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Textures: Metals and Metal Cladding

    Learn to draw metal textures from scratch with Photoshop and Illustrator, and link them to materials in 3ds Max.

    1h 13m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for SketchUp for Architecture: Fundamentals

    Learn about the fundamentals of architecture in SketchUp, by walking though a typical residential building project: from creating a site plan to adding the walls, doors, windows, floors, and details that make a house a home.

    4h 49m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Basic Roadway Design with Civil 3D

    Learn the basics of roadway design with Civil 3D, the powerful civil engineering software.

    2h 47m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Civil 3D

    Up and Running with Civil 3D with Jon Michael Roberts

    Get Civil 3D up and running and start designing and documenting engineering projects with this powerful CAD program.

    2h 31m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Modeling a Motorcycle Engine with SolidWorks

    Practice your SolidWorks design skills in this project-based course on modeling motorcycle engine parts.

    1h 49m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Grasshopper

    Learn the basics of using Grasshopper, the visual programming add-on to Rhino, to create complex 3D models with simple math, algorithms, and repeating forms.

    3h 54m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Sheet Metal Design with Inventor

    Learn to design detailed sheet metal parts with the specialized toolset in Autodesk Inventor.

    1h 1m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with mental ray in 3ds Max

    Introduces the basic and not-so-basic features of mental ray, the production-proven renderer of choice for many 3ds Max users.

    4h 7m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for SketchUp for Interior Design

    Find out how to use SketchUp to visualize an interior design project quickly.

    2h 16m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Rapid Prototyping for Product Design

    Bring your product designs into the real world with rapid prototyping. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the machinery, and insights into techniques such as 3D printing, machining, resin casting, injection molding, and more.

    1h 38m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Creating Cityscapes in 3ds Max

    Learn to design and model a city from almost any era, with Illustrator (or any other vector drawing program) and 3ds Max.

    3h 22m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Building Roofs with Revit

    Learn to build roofs with Revit: from flat roofs to crazy free-form roofs and everything in between (hip, gable, mansard, Dutch hip combination, and gambrel).

    3h 11m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Vectorworks

    Get up and running with Vectorworks. Learn how to work with 2D and 3D geometry, texture and light your drawings, add annotations, and print and share your work.

    1h 52m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Spaces and Places by Kevin Sloan Studio

    Landscape architect Kevin Sloan explains the design decisions and inspiration behind three of his groundbreaking landscaping and building projects.

    21m 15s
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Product Design Rendering with Rhino and V-Ray

    Promote your design concepts better with beautiful product renderings built with Rhino and V-Ray.

    2h 54m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Urbanized

    Urbanized with Gary Hustwit

    Urbanized, a documentary about the design of cities, looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policy makers, builders, and thinkers.

    2h 18m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Showcase

    Get up and running with Showcase, the tool for presenting architectural and product designs to clients and collaborators.

    1h 35m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for AutoCAD MEP Essential Training

    Learn to design the systems—mechanical, electrical, and plumbing—that connect buildings to the outside world with AutoCAD MEP.

    3h 11m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Objectified

    Objectified with Gary Hustwit

    In this acclaimed documentary from the maker of Helvetica, renowned designers such as Dieter Rams and Marc Newson talk about the significance of the objects we surround ourselves with, and the people who make them.

    2h 9m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Rendering Exteriors in 3ds Max

    Learn how to light and render the exterior of a building with 3ds Max, and composite the final scene in Nuke and After Effects.

    3h 43m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Rendering Exteriors in Maya

    Learn how to render the exterior of a building with both day and night lighting rigs using Maya, and composite the final scene in Nuke and After Effects.

    4h 5m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for AutoCAD Architecture Essential Training

    Learn the tools and techniques used by professional architects to build amazing structures with AutoCAD Architecture.

    7h 27m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Rendering Fundamentals with Rhino and V-Ray

    Learn how to make beautiful renderings that showcase your designs with Rhino and V-Ray.

    2h 46m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Creating Concrete Buildings with Revit Structure

    Learn to design concrete structures that stand the test of time with Revit Structure.

    1h 57m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Revit Architecture 2015 Essential Training

    Build your Revit skills from the ground up. Learn the building information modeling (BIM) techniques you need to complete solid architectural projects in Revit 2015.

    11h 4m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for AutoCAD 2015 Essential Training

    Learn how to create detailed 2D CAD drawings with AutoCAD 2015.

    8h 35m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with RhinoCAM

    Up and Running with RhinoCAM with Taylor Hokanson

    Learn how to create models for CNC milling machines with RhinoCAM.

    54m 16s
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for 3D Printing Project: Designing a Replacement Part

    Learn how to create replacements parts for household appliances, furniture, and more with Tinkercad and a desktop 3D printer.

    55m 17s
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Getting Started with MakerBot 3D Printers

    Learn how to set up your MakerBot 3D printer, prepare models for print, and troubleshoot printing issues with the MakerBot.

    1h 5m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Sheet Metal with SolidWorks: Enclosure Design Project

    Take your sheet metal skills to the next level by designing a sheet metal enclosure with SolidWorks in this project-based course.

    2h 31m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Inventor 2014 Essential Training

    Learn about the key processes behind sketching, part modeling, creating assemblies, and drawing in Autodesk Inventor.

    8h 36m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Creating Product Shots in Maya

    Render product shots in their best light with Maya and After Effects.

    4h 6m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Product Shots in 3ds Max

    Present product renderings in their best light with 3ds Max and After Effects.

    3h 25m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 3D Printing with Photoshop

    3D Printing with Photoshop with Ryan Kittleson

    Learn how to prepare and print your 3D models with Photoshop.

    50m 43s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Rendering Interiors in 3ds Max

    Learn how to replicate three unique lighting setups for the inside of any building in 3ds Max, including daylight, dusk, and night shots.

    3h 21m
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for Insights on Automotive Design with Veejay Gahir

    Automotive designer Veejay Gahir discusses his career, his influences, and his thoughts on the automotive design industry.

    23m 38s
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Modeling an F1 Wheel in Maya

    Model and render a fully realized Formula 1 steering wheel from an initial product concept sketch.

    2h 6m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Sketching an F1 Wheel with SketchBook Pro

    Learn how to sketch and render product designs like a Formula 1 steering wheel using SketchBook Pro.

    27m 1s
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Rendering Interiors in Maya

    Learn how to replicate three unique lighting setups for a fully detailed modern office lobby in Maya, starting with direct daylight.

    3h 21m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Navisworks Essential Training

    Learn how to use Navisworks Manage and Navisworks Simulate to gain control and get a holistic view of your building projects. Create virtual builds and walk-throughs of your models and anticipate outcomes before you begin.

    2h 37m
    Appropriate for all
     
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