Best mouse for CAD

Choosing the best mouse for CAD is an important task for designers. The mouse is the main input device which, as a CAD drafter, you will be spending approximately 8 hours a day holding. Here’s a run down of what you should consider while choosing the best

What Is SolidWorks Used For?

For those of us having served any amount of time as a 3D CAD designer, the name SolidWorks is a name well known. Even though software packages with more complex functionality exist, SolidWorks is an industry favorite. It has a user base larger than any other 3D

Renaming References with SolidWorks Explorer

With SolidWorks we have the SolidWorks Explorer that is meant to make your job easier when it comes to renaming parts and files apart from the regular features such as categorical and hierarchical viewing of the assemblies and parts included in the project. Now, before we talk

Copying Settings from and to AutoCAD Projects

Have you ever had to reconstruct your CAD environment simply because the default settings for the project we’re not what you wanted? Or do you work as a hobbyist on the weekends and would like to have project settings for your hobby-work different from your professional workload?

Linking Cells Within Tables in AutoCAD

If you’ve ever used a spreadsheet you know what tables, cells and references are. You also know how to operate tables in applications and you also probably know how to link tables and cells together. But did you know, AutoCAD has facilities for handling tables and databases?

Top 10 Tips for Students Learning CAD in College

CAD has come a long way from the days of Sketchpad and Douglas T. Ross. So much so, that it has been introduced to colleges as a complete discipline which students are now allowed to specialize in. With the scope and broad domain of CAx technologies, the

Best Mobile Workstation for CAD in 2016

The best mobile workstation for CAD is a notch above in performance to the rest of the personal computers. It requires stability in architecture and a clockwork-precise arrangement of hardware for the ultimate level of internal communication and processing. Furthermore, it requires a CAD GPU (Graphics Processing

The Future of CAD/CAM

The Computer Aided Design (and computer Aided Manufacturing) industry has seen quite a boom in its 60 something years of history and development. It can be tracked back to the modest commercial programming system PRONTO which used numerical control mechanisms to develop structures and simulate their movements.

What is AutoCAD used for?

AutoCAD is perhaps the oldest, most complete CAD software package. Because of its age, it is the granddaddy of all CADing applications with an extensive user base and vast function set. Also because of age, AutoCAD also has the granddaddy characteristics. It’s rigid, meaning you have to

3D Pens: What They Are And What To Use Them For?

Any artists or illustrator has once come across the idea of weaving his or her pen in air as opposed to on paper in order to bring an idea to life. With the recent advancements in 3D printing, that is all possible now. Just like the average

Best 10 Ways of Selecting Objects in AutoCAD

AutoCAD is a 2D drawing and drafting tool. Hence any drawing that you draw, you want to have control over the elements, no matter how complex or overlapped the lines/elements are. So, even though all other types of controls are available in either the context menus or

Importing Point Cloud Data in AutoCAD: Tutorial

Before getting into how to bring your point cloud drawings into AutoCAD, let’s talk about its context. First, a point cloud, for those of you who don’t know is a set of points, in any coordinate-based mapping system. In 3D, the X, Y & Z represent the

15+ ways of accessing commands in AutoCAD

AutoCAD has multiple accessibility options for commands and functions. Let’s take a look at all the ways you can call on AutoCAD’s functions. In this tutorial, you may click on the illustrative images to see a zoomed in version. 1. Ribbon First and foremost, since the introduction

Preventing and Allowing Explosions in Blocks: AutoCAD Tutorial

Blocks of elements can range from any size to combination. If you’ve ever had to hand over your designs for review or follow ups and editions get committed, upon receiving the drawing back, one of the biggest problems I run into is re-assembling blocks. Other designers may

Creating PDF from AutoCAD DWG – Tutorial

It can come handy knowing how to convert your drawings and designs to PDFs for the purpose of exporting or simply archiving. Whatever the reason may be, AutoCAD has the option to let you save your designs as PDFs. The print option has options for you to

How to use Rigid and Flexible Assemblies in SolidWorks

In terms of assemblies, and this methodology of design, multiple sub-assemblies can exist in a main assembly, hence advocating a parent child relationship among the assemblies. In sub-assemblies, we have a combination of elements that make up the sub-assembly, some parts restricted or locked in place, others

VectorWorks vs AutoCAD: Head to Head Review

Once again, AutoCAD is pinned up against Nemetschek’s Vectorworks CAD package. Another great tool and strong contender popular in the theater and lighting design, VectorWorks was initially known as MiniCAD back when it was conceived in 1985. This is the first review where AutoCAD’s two decades worth

ePlan vs AutoCAD Electrical Comparison

A peculiar topic and discipline in the field of CAD, from designing electrical circuits to laying out electrical schematics for a building, electrical CADing is a complete industry all together. Electrical designing for all scales, forms, architectures and even more practical applications need a solid software package

Top 5 Open-Source FEA Softwares

We have covered a raft of CAD related articles on 12CAD.com. However, it is important to know that designing a product only serves as the first step in bringing it to life. In order for the product to survive the conditions of the environment and the application

Top 5 CAD Softwares for 3D Printing

3D CAD was an industry-shaking concept. And it’s no wonder that every bit of advancement in the field has ushered forth a new standard for builders and designers alike. Whether it be architects or product manufacturers, everybody saves time and money when creating soft prototypes before actual

Choosing the Best CAD Workstation Furniture

CAD furniture by itself is an extension of furniture and arrangements that maximize a CADer’s comfort during the experience. The furniture complements the person more than the software, as is the case when you’re building your workstation from scratch. The furniture allows you to house all your