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Fred Ortiz

A devoted CAD/BIM software user & advocate for the past 20+ years, Fred has seen his fair share of technical issues. Fred loves forward facing client meetings & thrives on resolving their issues & concerns. But what excites him the most is being in the training room, teaching AEC software & building personal relationships with our customers.

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What’s New in AutoCAD 2017

by Fred Ortiz on Mar 21, 2016

Earlier today, Autodesk announced the release of AutoCAD 2017 and now we can take a look at the new features available in this latest version. Michael Mizuno, Autodesk’s Senior Product Manager, explains some of the most exciting changes and updates coming to AutoCAD 2017 in the video below.

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Topics: Autodesk AutoCAD, AutoCAD 2017, v2017, AutoCAD 360 Pro, What's New

AutoCAD: Hit Me With Your Flatshot

by Fred Ortiz on Feb 12, 2016

As KETIV's resident AutoCAD certified instructor and our AutoCAD support point of contact, I've pretty much seen it all when it comes to using and supporting the software. I'm sure power users like yourselves feel the same way, but there's always that one command that you've just never heard of or used.

That one command is called "Flatshot". Flatshot allows you to capture a 2D isometric view from a 3D solid model in AutoCAD. I know, I know, this command has been around for almost a decade, but it's one of those AutoCAD commands that most users have never heard of.

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Topics: v2016, Autodesk AutoCAD, 3D Visualization, Tech Tips, Flatshot

A360 Viewer: File Viewing on the House

by Fred Ortiz on Sep 1, 2015

The popular adage states that there is no such thing as a free lunch. However, there is such a thing as a free online file viewer. Autodesk recently introduced their "A360 Viewer", which is a free CAD file viewer that supports over 50 different file formats. With its straightforward drag and drop interface, it's child's play when it comes to uploading and viewing your CAD files. The best part about the A360 Viewer is you don’t have to download or install any software, or create a login and password to use it. Simply visit https://360.autodesk.com/viewer in your web browser (Chrome, Firefox or another browser that supports WebGL 3D graphics) and upload your CAD file for free!

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Topics: Autodesk A360

Inventor to Revit: The BIM Exchange Program

by Fred Ortiz on Aug 17, 2015

How do I get an Inventor model into Revit? Can I open up an Inventor model in Revit and save it as an RFA file? Can I export an Inventor model to an RFA file? Can I save as my Inventor model to an RFA file? I receive these types of questions from customers on a weekly basis and there is a solution, it's called the "BIM Exchange Environment" within Autodesk Inventor 2016.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit, BIM

A360 Collaboration for Revit (C4R) - Get Your Head In the Cloud!

by Fred Ortiz on Jun 29, 2015

Collaboration and communication while working on a Revit project can be troublesome for an AEC consultant. Having worked for an MEP firm in the past, network worksharing off a localized central Revit model was the norm, which meant designing from an outdated architectural model and creating a clash detection disaster.

There was a mechanical guy routing ductwork and placing diffusers, a plumbing guy routing piping and placing sprinklers, then there was me placing receptacles, light fixtures and routing conduit. When changes were made to our designs, communicating these changes typically wasn’t accomplished until right before we had to submit our model to the architect.

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Topics: Autodesk Revit, v2016, v2015, Autodesk A360 C4R, Autodesk Collaboration for Revit, Autodesk C4R

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