Free CAD Software

Amateur graphic designers, animators and sometimes professional CAD users keep two or three software applications that they use to handle different projects and it is not unusual to have one dedicated software tools for modeling characters and another dedicated to only handling renderings and simulations. One may

How to create a 3D text in AutoCAD

Here are simple few steps you can go through to create a 3D text in AutoCAD. You can as well use this technique to engrave a logo in a piece of material like shown on the image below Obviously AutoCAD will let  you create a peace of

The Best Computer for AutoCAD

Choosing a computer for AutoCAD is a tough decision considering that you need to select such a computer with the best balance of options, quality, and at the same time price. However, if money is not a conver, this task will be simple as one will just

Changing the background color to white in AutoCAD

Many are those who like using AutoCAD with default colors, me included. But I need to admit that there was a time where I did like the white background color a lot. But today, I find it a bit “unprofessional” to have a custom color, specially when

Step by Step 3D AutoCAD for beginners

What does it make you think of? Create your first peace of 3D in AutoCAD. Yea, I used to be so excited about 3D objects, specially when I will see a user exploring all sides of the object and be able to rotate it, zoom in and

AutoCAD 3D tutorial for beginners

This is the first post of a series of 10 posts in which I intend to go through 10 3D CAD exercises for CAD beginners. In this series I will be using AutoCAD, a free version of this software is available for download on AutoDesk website. I

2D Draftsight tutorial

Basic 2D Drawings with Draftsight as I mentioned in previous 2D exercises are done the same way as in AutoCAD. Today, we are having fun drawing the figure below using Draftsight, which is a free CAD software. If you are just starting and looking for a good

How to Create an Array in AutoCAD

Why do we need Arrays? How to Create an Array in AutoCAD? Look at this BWM rim and notice those “legs” between the center and the rim itself forming an array of 6 “legs” Here is how you can create an array in AutoCAD. The ARRAY command

5 CAD Software for Engineering Students

Most Engineering department now offers a course in learning the use of CAD software to handle both basic and advanced design needs and anyone who plans to study Mechanical, Systems, Civil and Building Engineering must go through the rigorous process of becoming efficient with the use of

The 3 most Used command in 3D in AutoCAD

Are you a beginner? Do u have so many question about where to start drawing in 3D with AutoCAD? Have you mastered your 2D yet or do you just want to dive right into the “real world” the most interesting part which I name the 3D? Here

How to draw a Simple 2D in AutoCAD

This is a simple exercise for AutoCAD beginners. In this exercise we will have a step by step demonstration on how to use AutoCAD command to obtain the figure below. How to draw a Simple 2D step 1 We will start by drawing a rectangle with the

How to create a pipe in AutoCAD

Here is a simple tutorial to help you know How to create a pipe in AutoCAD. In this tutorial , we will try getting the very basic peace of pipe it can be, just for the sake of illustration. Then using these techniques you can go ahead

How to Draw a 5 point star in autocad

Sometime I wish AutoCAD had a single command named “star” that will allow me to quickly draw a star, don't you think it will be nice? What makes AutoCAD cool is the fact that you can nearly draw anything starting from scratch, and this is a factor

How to use the LOFT command in AutoCAD

The LOFT command is a not very popular command among beginners using AutoCAD but at some point of the learning process, you will the need to learn how to use and play with this command. The LOFT command has many unique features and the results you can

The Best CAD Software for Rendering

The objective of choosing the perfect computer aided-design tool for handling renderings is one that is sure to cause bitter arguments among graphic designers who render and animate characters for a living and this is due to the innate difference that exists among humans as well as

Top 5 CAD Software Applications for Mac

As a graphic designer who makes use of computer aided-design software applications in various projects, you have most likely created a comfortable workstation to ease day to day struggles that come with graphic design. Your work station in most cases will consist of; a lovely but worn-out

9 Tips you Should Know on your Day 1 of Using AutoCAD

You just installed AutoCAD. What's next? Here are 9 tips and tricks you should learn on your first day. 1. Object Snap To get the menu above, you should right click on 1. Now you are able to configure its settings. I will recommend to start by activating features 2, 3, 4

How CAD Software Applications Makes 3D Printing Possible

The 21st century has been hailed as the century of innovation with the recent technology of 3D printing spearheading this growth and I believe that most of us from the computer aided-design world must have heard of the possibilities that 3D printing has to offer both designers

How to Render in AutoCAD 2011

Rendering get non technical people to better appreciate and understand the design itself. Here is a small tutorial to help beginners model using AutoCAD 2011. Keyshot, Rhino3D, Blender, 3DsMAX, Catia, Solidwork, Inventor, Maya are software who give users a different, “better” experience and image after rendering, but