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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

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

AutoCAD Help: How to Customize AutoCAD ViewCube

by Daniel Hwang on Feb 14, 2017

Have you ever found yourself working in AutoCAD only to be bothered by the ViewCube in your drawing space? Or Maybe you'd just like to momentarily remove it to help edit a current design.

It seems most people fall under one of two categories:

  1. Those who want nothing more than to get rid of the ViewCube
  2. Those who have never noticed it before until it got in the way of their drawing, and now want nothing more than to get rid of the ViewCube

Joking aside, the ViewCube is available for all AutoCAD users by default and is helpful for keeping your drawings “upright.” However, it's more useful for those that work in a 3D drawing environment, and not so much for 2D drafters. If that’s you, I’m going to show you how to get rid of that ViewCube – or if you’re feeling up to it, how you can make it larger.

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Topics: Autodesk AutoCAD, autocad, AutoCAD 2017, ViewCube, AutoCAD ViewCube

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

Let Them Take It for a Test Drive…

by Travis Evans on Jan 21, 2016

Today we have a guest post from Travis Evans. Travis is a Technical Specialist at Autodesk and is a member of the Manufacturing Frontline team. You can follow his blog, Manufacturing Toolbox, here.

Now days people want what they want and if you can't give it to them, then they will go elsewhere to get it. I'm in the middle of planning a Kitchen remodel, and believe me, what my wife wants she gets. I've been on numerous peoples websites trying to configure my kitchen. Working at Autodesk I have many tools I could use to layout out my house.

I first took a test drive in homestyler. I laid out my kitchen and decided on the layout I liked. I could have picked manufacture specific pieces for the cabinets and appliances but at this point I didn't know who I wanted to buy my cabinets from. But it helped me get an idea on the styles I liked.

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Topics: iLogic, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Configurator 360, AutoCAD Architecture, Ikea Home Planner, Guest Post, Autodesk Homestyler, Factory Design Suite

The Year in Review: Top 5 Posts From 2015

by Eric Paul on Jan 15, 2016

Now that 2015 has come and gone let's take a look back before we break in the new year. We've covered all the new features from the 2016 Autodesk lineup, talked about the state of manufacturing, the future of 3d printing, and of course, tips and tricks to help get you faster at day to day operations. We've put together our top 5 posts.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Side Note, Future of Making Things, Autodesk Revit, v2016, Autodesk Vault, Autodesk AutoCAD, BIM, Joints, Joint Function

Buy or Rent? Autodesk Software

by Terry Andereck on Sep 17, 2015

Buy or Rent? That’s an oft heard question especially in meetings with accounting people. For years that topic only came up when capital goods like machinery, equipment, vehicles and buildings were evaluated. Fast forward to 2015 and software licensing is now in that conversation. And, importantly, Autodesk is a big part of it. In fact, this question is important enough for Autodesk to offer rebates of up to $1250 this quarter for those who are making a buy or rent decision.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Desktop Subscription, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Maintenance Subscription, Perpetual License, Autodesk Suites

Restoring AutoCAD Classic Workspace in AutoCAD 2015 and Beyond

by Rich Sanchez on Jul 30, 2015

Everyone knows and loves the AutoCAD Classic Workspace, for most of us its how we learned, it's familiar and comforting. All of the tools that I need are right where I expect them to be, until of course Autodesk decides that I love the ribbon and no longer need my classic toolbars. This is exaclty what happened starting with the 2015 release, the Classic Workspace option was removed from the program.

But what if I don't love the ribbon? How can I get my Classic Workspace back? This is one of the most common questions I get and the good news is that we can fairly quickly and easily bring back the interface that you're used to.

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Topics: v2016, v2015, Autodesk AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical

Compelling Use Case for Autodesk Design Web Format (DWF) on the manufacturing floor

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Jul 10, 2015

It's no secret that despite all the technology in Engineering your shop floor most likely still uses paper drawings. Engineering has Autodesk Vault PDM ensuring you get the latest revision, Non-CAD users can retrieve the drawings from the Vault web client, and there's integrated ERP and Autodesk PLM360 to keep the rest of the organization abreast of the most up to date information about those designs, but ultimately you still see a stack of paper drawings being distributed in the shop to various centers complete with weld slag, grease, and hand written notes.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Innovation, Autodesk A360, Autodesk Vault, Real World Experiences, Autodesk AutoCAD, Manufacturing, Autodesk DWF, 3D Visualization

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