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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 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 George Maestri | Friday, March 23, 2012

Building 3D Geometry from 2D Sketches with SolidWorks 2012

Used for a wide variety of applications, including product design and manufacturing, SolidWorks is currently one of the most popular CAD packages on the market, and we’re very proud to have finished our first SolidWorks course this month.

In SolidWorks 2012 Essential Training, author Gabriel Corbett shows how to create manufacturing-ready parts and assemblies in SolidWorks 2012. Beginning with simple 2D sketching and the software’s sketch-editing tools, the course provides step-by-step instruction on building 3D geometry from 2D sketches. In addition, the course also covers creating complex 3D objects with the Extrude, Revolve, Sweep, and Loft tools, and shows the process of building complex assemblies by mating individual parts together into robust assemblies and structures.

Diving deeper into the course you’ll find tutorials that discuss generating manufacturing-ready drawings complete with an itemized Bill of Materials, cutting and revolving holes, and using the Hole Wizard tool to generate industry standard holes like counter bores, counter sinks, and taps. The course concludes with Gabriel showing you how to photo render a final design.

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