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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
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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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 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
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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
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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
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  • view course page for Up and Running with 3D Printing

    Learn the basics of what 3D printing is and how you can use it to create amazing objects, from prototypes to working tools.

    1h 16m
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  • view course page for Up and Running with AutoCAD for Mac

    Get up and running quickly with AutoCAD for Mac. Learn how to create and modify 2D geometry, add annotations, and plot your drawings.

    1h 45m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for SketchUp 2013 Essential Training

    Start drawing, designing, and rendering your ideas with SketchUp, the 3D modeling toolkit used for everything from engineering to game design.

    2h 16m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for SolidWorks 2014 Essential Training

    Start creating manufacturing-ready parts and assemblies, as well as detailed drawings and bills of materials with SolidWorks 2014.

    6h 20m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Rhino 5 Essential Training

    Rhino 5 Essential Training with Dave Schultze

    Learn how to build your own 3D design models and prototypes with the NURBS-based modeling tools in Rhino 5.0 for Windows.

    7h 10m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Revit MEP 2014 Essential Training

    Learn how to create mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection system documentation in Revit MEP 2014.

    3h 31m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for MODO 701 Essential Training

    MODO 701 Essential Training with Ellery Connell

    Get introduced to MODO 701 and learn how to create 3D models, textures, lights, and renders.

    5h 22m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for AutoCAD 2014 Essentials: 06 Sharing Drawings with Others

    Transition your AutoCAD designs from concepts to workable construction documents.

    1h 35m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for AutoCAD 2014 Essentials: 05 Working with References

    Learn to work with AutoCAD blocks, link to other drawings, and insert images in this AutoCAD tutorial.

    1h 19m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Krista Donaldson, Social Innovation Designer

    Krista Donaldson, CEO of the nonprofit organization D-Rev, talks about improving health and prosperity in the developing world by combining great design and great technology.

    24m 22s
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  • view course page for AutoCAD 2014 Essentials: 04 Annotating a Drawing

    Create and edit annotations in your drawings, and control their appearance using styles.

    1h 42m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for AutoCAD 2014 Essentials: 03 Editing and Organizing Drawings

    Learn to manage layers, selections, and geometry in your AutoCAD drawings.

    2h 18m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Michelle Kaufmann's Platinum LEED Home Remodel: Start to Finish

    Watch Michelle Kaufman remodel a home in San Francisco to meet a growing family's needs while earning the US Green Building Council's rigorous LEED Platinum certification.

    13m 53s
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  • view course page for AutoCAD 2014 Essentials: 02 Drawing Fundamentals

    Create basic geometry in AutoCAD 2014, and learn to draw and edit lines and shapes.

    2h 3m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for AutoCAD 2014 Essentials: 01 Interface and Drawing Management

    Kicks off the AutoCAD 2014 Essentials series with a complete tour of the interface and the drawing features.

    1h 22m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with eDrawings

    Up and Running with eDrawings with Gabriel Corbett

    View, review, and print 2D drawings and complex 3D CAD models and assemblies with this free design-review tool.

    1h 14m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Revit Architecture 2014 Essential Training

    Teaches the core building information modeling (BIM) skills you need to complete solid architectural drawings in Revit 2014.

    10h 52m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Revit

    Up and Running with Revit with Paul F. Aubin

    An introduction to Revit, the building information modeling software for architects and structural engineers.

    3h 58m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for AutoCAD WS Essential Training

    Covers the basics of AutoCAD WS, focusing on workflows and collaboration that will help you and your team work more efficiently with this cloud-based CAD application.

    2h 23m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Autodesk Inventor

    Introduces the interface and key processes of Inventor, the parametric design system from Autodesk.

    2h 50m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Revit Structure 2013 Essential Training

    Discover how to create detailed architectural models and documentation in Revit Structure.

    6h 23m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Revit Stairs Workshop

    Practice designing stairs for commercial and residential buildings, as well as winding stairs, custom railings, and ramps.

    2h 18m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

    Create compelling architectural designs using the modeling and documentation tools in Revit.

    10h 27m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with 3D in AutoCAD 2013

    Explore techniques for creating and designing three-dimensional models in AutoCAD 2013.

    2h 37m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for AutoCAD 2013 Essentials: 06 Sharing Drawings with Others

    Shows how to transition designs from concept to construction, by preparing drawings to be printed or shared with others.

    1h 24m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for AutoCAD 2013 Essentials: 05 Working with References

    Explore the world of references—a tool that allows you to link and reuse external content in AutoCAD.

    1h 12m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for The Power of PreViz at BMW Group DesignworksUSA

    Author and designer Dane Howard asks DesignworksUSA, a global design firm that consults for the BMW Group, to share their insight and expertise in previsualizing successful design concepts.

    37m 54s
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  • view course page for AutoCAD 2013 Essentials: 04 Annotating a Drawing

    Shows how to create and edit text and dimensions in your drawings, and control the appearance of those annotations using styles.

    1h 35m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for AutoCAD 2013 Essentials: 03 Editing and Organizing Drawings

    Concentrates on the AutoCAD tools and features dedicated to organizing and editing geometry in this design program.

    2h 10m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for AutoCAD 2013 Essentials: 02 Drawing Fundamentals

    Concentrates on the particulars of creating basic geometry in AutoCAD, including drawing and editing lines and shapes.

    1h 56m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for AutoCAD 2013 Essentials: 01 Interface and Drawing Management

    The first installment in a multi-part series, which includes a tour of the AutoCAD interface and tips for managing your drawings from a project's outset.

    1h 5m
    Beginner
     
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