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By Scott Onstott | Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Build Your Own Tiny House with SketchUp

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The popularity of tiny houses is on the rise. The number of tiny-home builders and bloggers has exploded in the last few years, and there’s even a reality show now called “Tiny House Nation.”

I’m going to show you how I designed a great tiny house—and invite you to create the same house yourself using SketchUp—in the hopes of inspiring you to design your own tiny house!

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, June 19, 2015

Opened Their First Restaurant—with SketchUp and lynda.com

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If you were building a restaurant from the ground up … you probably wouldn’t hire a cop to design it. But when you’re an entrepreneur on a budget, sometimes you just have to work with what you have.

And what Jason and Nirasha Rodriguez had was a dream, a can-do spirit—and a membership to lynda.com.

So when they decided to open their own restaurant where chef Nirasha could work her culinary magic, Jason—a former police officer and firefighter—designed the eatery’s layout, light fixtures, tables, and more using the SketchUp tutorials on lynda.com.

“It was the last thing I thought I’d ever be doing,” Jason says. “But you have that pride of ownership at the end: I did that! And the only reason I could design it is lynda.com.”

By Paul Aubin | Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tips for Rendering a Revit Walkthrough

How to render a Revit walkthrough

Revit is a powerful and popular computer-aided design software used to design and document buildings.

One of its powerful and compelling features is its ability to create photo-realistic renderings directly in the software without any add-ins or extra features. You simply open a 3D view of the model and click render. (OK—there are a few more steps than that; check out my new lynda.com course Rendering with Revit.)

Better still, we can create both static renderings (like a photograph) and animations.

I’m going to show you how to create a Revit walkthrough.

By Scott Onstott | Monday, November 17, 2014

Choosing the Right AutoCAD Tools for the 3D Job

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AutoCAD’s plethora of 3D tools has gradually evolved over its 32-year life—which is just over two centuries in dog (AKA software) years.

Even longtime users that are new to 3D are often at a loss as to where to begin. Should you specify 3D thickness, and create regular or NURBS surfaces, solids, and/or meshes? Each toolset has its own specialized tools that you can use to model whatever’s in your mind’s eye.

Here’s help deciding which AutoCAD tools to use for which project.

By Paul Aubin | Friday, October 31, 2014

Doing Revisions in Revit? Have No Fear—Revit Man Is Here!

Revisions in Revit can be fun with Revit Man

If you thought Revit revisions were anything less than thrilling, this comic-book style tutorial will make you think again.

Our CAD author Paul Aubin created this fun super-story to liven up your learning on the sheet issues and revisions feature in Revit—including new features of Revit 2015.

By Nick Brazzi | Thursday, August 14, 2014

Notes from the SIGGRAPH Floor: 3D Printing & Motion Capture

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Here at SIGGRAPH, the international conference for computer graphics, animation, and interactive design, it’s really fun to walk the show floor and experience the new technology on display—especially 3D printing and motion capture.

By Paul Aubin | Friday, March 08, 2013

How to Approach Migrating from AutoCAD to Revit

AutoCAD files are often imported into and even used alongside Revit models.

When I’m teaching Autodesk Revit to new users, I frequently get asked: “Why isn’t (fill in the blank feature) more like AutoCAD if both products are by the same company?” It’s a perfectly logical line of reasoning. Autodesk is the maker of both AutoCAD and Revit. But to understand why your favorite feature in AutoCAD isn’t in Revit, or is included but works differently, it’s helpful to understand the history and focus of these two products.

The history part is easy. AutoCAD is an original Autodesk product, developed and sold by Autodesk. A small start-up company created Revit and Autodesk acquired the software over a decade ago. Autodesk has since enhanced Revit in many significant ways, and along the way has even incorporated some features from AutoCAD when and where appropriate. However, there are vast differences between the functions and tools of AutoCAD.

By Jeff Bartels | Monday, January 21, 2013

Share and Share Alike with AutoCAD WS

Historically, exchanging Autodesk AutoCAD drawings with non-CAD-using clients was a challenge. That’s because viewing DWG files outside of AutoCAD required downloading and installing special software. For this reason, many clients preferred using PDF files to review design changes.

Nowadays, AutoCAD WS makes it easier for all stakeholders to participate in project collaboration, whether they have CAD software or not. AutoCAD WS is a free application offering virtually unlimited online storage for your project drawings.

Select File in AutoCAD WS

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