Tips & Tutorials Archive

How to export 2D Drawing into Word

As true as it can be that there are many ways you can import your project into other non CAD file's type for the sake of illustration, it is very common to need to export 2D drawing from AutoCAD to Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. Yet, they are

Convert DWG to 3D PDF

In the quest to give an answer to the question “how to convert DWG file to 3D PDF for free?”, I came to download the free trial version of ProgeCAD. ProgeCAD is actually not a free CAD software, but it offers a 30 day trial period which

Draftsight Tutorial

At 12CAD.com, we like practice oriented tutorials. In other words, we like teaching an important topic while showing how to use it in a real example. Sometime ago, we laid out a series of AutoCAD exercises helping you learn while practicing. It was a great success and

AutoCAD fonts

AutoCAD fonts are stored in SHX files. Recent versions of AutoCAD may have more AutoCAD fonts files compared older versions, but if you are still not satisfied with the number of fonts AutoCAD is putting to your use, here is a trick you need to consider using.

AutoCAD 2014

Book Review: Mastering AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014; Autodesk Official Press  The similarities most Autodesk products share has been well documented by CAD users since the inception of the organization. And almost everyone who is proficient with one of Autodesk’s design software to complete a task

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

Convert DWG to PDF

This is a simple how-to post to help you convert DWG to PDF. “DWG is a binary file format used for storing 2D and 3D design data and metadata. It is the native format for several CAD packages including DraftSight, AutoCAD, IntelliCAD (and its variants)” (definition from

Design a chair in AutoCAD

Here is another post about designing a furniture in AutoCAD. Last time we had to design a chair in AutoCAD, but the backrest was not covered in the tutorial. In this post I will try walking you through important steps of modeling the backrest of the late

Furniture design – Dining table

With the aim of helping you try harder in the area of Computer aided furniture design, I am coming up today with this simple wooden dining table to model and render. The most interesting parts to model in this example are legs. The table top part is

Modeling a fan blade

It could be very tricky modeling a fan blade in AutoCAD using basic commands. This will be very difficult to achieve if you have not been playing a lot with surface modeling. Here is a simple step by step tutorial about how you can easily model a

Modeling an Alloy Wheel in CATIA

In this session, we are modeling an Alloy Wheel in CATIA using simple techniques. An alloy wheel is a substitute of commonly used steel wheels. It integrates all parts of a normal wheel: wiz. Rim, Spokes, Wheel Hub… Alloy wheels are generally lightweight than common wheels, thus

3D AutoCAD tips

Here are some 3D AutoCAD tips for beginners. We will be reviewing three command that could help you extend your skill in modeling using the CAD software AutoCAD. AutoCAD offers a ton of commands, and most time the one we are frequently using are those we already

Furniture design in AutoCAD

What CAD software do you think is suitable for furniture design? What do you think about furniture design in AutoCAD? It is always better to try different CAD software with the same exact project, to be able to not only get a personal opinion but to see

Threaded rod in AutoCAD

I recently got a comment from a reader of this blog asking me to do a tutorial about how to model a threaded rod in AutoCAD, but I actually  thought we have already gone through this topic while we talked about how to draw a spring in

How to draw a klein bottle in AutoCAD

A klein bottle is a closed surface with only one side, formed by passing one end of a tube through the side of the tube and joining it to the other end. (Definition from Google). Here is a tutorial where you will learn how to draw a

NX CAD

NX is a very powerful CAD software by the German's company Siemens It is a widely used software nowadays. In this NX CAD tutorial, we want to create a Protective Back Cover of mobile in NX 8.0. A Protective Back Cover is usually made up of Silicone.

Modeling a Car Tire in CATIA

You most probably know that tires play a major role in suspension of an automobile and diminish fuel consumption. And tires shapes varies according to the nature of the road. In this tutorial, we are going to do some modeling, and the object we will be modeling

How to draw a star

This is how to draw a star using a protractor and some common sense facts. How to draw a star, method 1 A perfect star has all edges uniformly distributed around a circle. Means, if we have a 5 points star with edges A, B, C, D

Euler VS Runge kutta – Circle – Matlab code

In the context of this exercise, lets suppose having the two dependent following function: With initial conditions The equation of a circle look like the following where the r is a constant. If we add our equations at 0, the following will be true We are now

Surface Modeling in CATIA

CATIA is one of the most used software in automobile and aviation because of its advanced surface modeling techniques. Very complex surfaces can be modeled in CATIA. Popularly its Generative Shape Design workbench is used to design surfaces. One might wonder why surface modeling is so important.