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AutoCAD Dynamic Blocks

by Jorge Fernandez on Jun 19, 2017

I'm sure everyone wants to eliminate repetitive design in our workflows. Sometimes this process is difficult, sometimes even needing custom coding of software. Other times you don't necessarily need to go as far as coding and programming, and you just need to fully leverage the power the software comes with "out of the box". One such tool is Dynamic blocks. Dynamic blocks in AutoCAD contain rules that allow a user to configure parameters to change the appearance of the block reference when it is inserted into drawings. Such function allows users to define custom properties and manage drawing content to further enhance and speed up workflow.

In this session of Autodesk Virtual Academy, we cover Dynamic Blocks, how to create them, and associate specific parameters to define sizing, arrays, and visibility states. 

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Topics: Autodesk AutoCAD, AutoCAD 2017, 2D, AutoCAD 2018, AutoCAD Dynamic Block, Dynamic Block, AutoCAD Block

Recap: Fusion 360 Meetup - May '17

by Alex Alvarez on Jun 16, 2017

We recently kicked off our first Fusion 360 meetup and had a great group of people attend. People ranging from industrial designers to enthusiasts were in attendance. What’s great about the diversity is seeing the different applications people are using Fusion 360 for and these meetups expose us to things we never knew the tool can do.

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Topics: Autodesk Fusion 360, 3D Printing, Fusion 360 Meetup, Autodesk Fusion Fridays

Import AutoCAD Drawings to Inventor

by Eric Paul on Jun 13, 2017

Two-Dimensional tools aren't going away any time soon. AutoCAD started the trend of computer-aided design, and a large portion of the CAD userbase still uses it to design parts and assemblies.

Autodesk's 3D modeling solution, Inventor, allows users to utilize existing 2D data to quickly generate 3D models, using the DWG Underlay Technology in Inventor. No longer does one need to choose between a 2D or 3D workflow. Instead the two can co-exist, allowing users to benefit from the simplicity of a 2D drawing, or the power of a 3D model.

Join Nathan Eliason, Senior Technical Specialist, for this session of Autodesk Virtual Academy as he demonstrates how to bring 2D AutoCAD drawings into your Inventor models and quickly generate associative 3D data - increasing design efficiency and expanding your workflow options.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Virtual Academy, Autodesk Inventor 2018, DWG Underlay

Autodesk Inventor Drawings & Documentation

by Rich Sanchez on May 19, 2017

Autodesk Inventor comes equipped with 2D drawing capabilities to help you create clear and accurate product documentation. To make the most of your deliverables, you need to understand how to manipulate views to best fit the needs of your team and customers.

In this session of Autodesk Virtual Academy, we cover Custom Styles, customizing Balloons, populating Title Blocks using iProperties, Breakout Views, and more.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Inventor Drawing, 2D, Autodesk Inventor 2018

Autodesk Vault Reports

by Jose Paredes on May 15, 2017

There are a number of tools offered by Autodesk Vault Workgroup and Autodesk Vault Professional. Unfortunately, many users are unaware of their existence and the tools go unused. Vault Reports fall into this category.

Discover how Vault Reports can reveal important information to the Vault user and others even if they don't have access to CAD software or the Vault Client.

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Topics: Autodesk Vault, Bill of Materials, Autodesk Vault 2018, Vault Reports, Data Mapping

Fusion 360: Static Stress Simulation

by Brian Mongkolpoonsuk on May 10, 2017

You need to ensure your product can withstand the test of time. Running your design through a number of simulation tests will ensure you catch potential flaws earlier in the production process, saving you time and money.

In our 3rd episode of Autodesk Fusion Fridays, we ran a static simulation test on a bicycle fork crown, the part that connects the handlebar and the front shocks. Read on to discover how you can use the Static Stress Simulation environment in Fusion 360 to avoid potential failures and maintain design integrity.

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Topics: Simulation, Autodesk Fusion 360, Static Stress Simulation, Fusion 360 Simulation, Autodesk Fusion Fridays, Static Stress, Fusion Fridays

GK Machine: Success with Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Vault, & KETIV

by Rick Garvey on May 2, 2017

GK Machine is an industry leader helping customers in agriculture, transportation, and other markets transform bold ideas into specialty equipment with Autodesk 3D modeling software and support from KETIV.

See how GK Machine uses Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Vault to bring their innovative ideas to life and build better products for their customers.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Vault, Vault Pro, Customer Success, Vault, Inventor, GK Machine

KETIV's Nathan Eliason: Impacting Kayamandi, South Africa

by Rick Garvey on Apr 28, 2017

KETIV’s Nathan Eliason is headed to Kayamandi, South Africa as part of an Autodesk and Team4Tech project. The team consists of volunteers from Autodesk and Adobe, and we’re happy to represent KETIV in such a positive way. The team will spend time working alongside teachers and children from schools in the community.

Read further to discover more information on the project, described by Nathan. Nathan will continue to provide updates during his two weeks in Kayamandi.

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Topics: Education, Autodesk Foundation, Team4Tech, Autodesk Team4Tech, Giving Back, South Africa

What's New in Revit 2018

by Daniel Hwang on Apr 24, 2017

The Revit team has been working to bring you new and exciting features for the 2018 release. Revit 2018 has the tools for consistent, coordinated, and complete modeling for architects, MEP, structural engineers and detailers, and construction contractors.

New features come from the Revit road map shown publicly last year as well as input from the Revit Ideas Page. Read on to discover how Revit 2018 will help your designs.

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Topics: Autodesk Revit, What's New, What's New in 2018, Autodesk Revit 2018, Revit, Dynamo Player

AnyCAD in Inventor: Working with Other CAD Files

by Nigel Ambayec on Apr 20, 2017

Inventor 2016 introduced AnyCAD, a feature that translates non-native CAD data into Inventor with associative connections. Users no longer need to maintain a multi-software environment, and the process of repeated file translation is a thing of the past. 

With Inventor 2018, users can import SolidWorks, Catia, STEP, ProE, and more into their Inventor models and maintain associativity to the original file. Any changes to the original non-native file will be recognized and reflected in the Inventor environment. Read on to learn why this is so important. 

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Topics: AnyCAD, Autodesk Inventor 2018, Inventor 2018

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