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Best Mouse for CAD in 2018

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

AutoCAD exercises

Do you know all the tricks in AutoCAD? When I first started, I was struggling to learn AutoCAD online and I wish someone had walked me through the process. Here, I made an attempt to provide a nice learning process for those of you willing to start

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 for the first time. What's next? Don't worry, 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

The Impact of Writing Skills for Architects and Designers

Whether you are a graphic designer, an architect or work in any other creative niche out there, chances are that writing isn’t on the top of your list of priorities. After all, the years you’ve spent honing your craft and learning about visual communication didn’t focus on

How to Change the Render Background in AutoCAD

An image can be relatively “ugly” if you fail to use the right tools appropriately. Here is how you can easily change the render background in AutoCAD. On the picture below, notice the difference between both pictures. It's the same object rendered in two different ways. The

How Can Architects and Designers Improve their Marketing Pitch?

Architects and Designers are experts in creating stunning designs, crafted and moulded with a good CAD software on hand. However, selling and marketing these stunning designs is often not their strongest or beloved skill. Focusing all efforts and time on refining their CAD designs and less on

AutoCAD free online

Are you looking for a free AutoCAD alternative online? here comes AutoCAD 360 Web Application. AutoCAD 360 is a web application that allow you to draw online without the need to install a software on your computer. This is specially a good alternative for Chromebook users. AutoCAD

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

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

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?

Stress and Failure Analysis in SolidWorks: Tutorial

Linear stress analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation enables designers and engineers to quickly and efficiently validate quality, performance, and safety—all while creating their design. In order to carry out stress analysis, component material data must be known. The standard SOLIDWORKS CAD material database is pre-populated with materials that can be

Copying Settings from and to AutoCAD Projects

Have you ever had to reconstruct your CAD environment simply because the default settings for the project were 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?

Top Five Affordable CAD Software Packages in 2018

CAD nowadays refers to a broad variety of software packages which include everything from 2D illustration to virtual electrical-component testing. From simulations to renders and animation, every package brings with it new items and features, design techniques and tips and other workarounds or tweaks, CAD packages are

Let’s Have A Walkthrough in AutoCAD

AutoCAD has the tools necessary for preparing presentations, image inclusive slides and other scripted hacks that can add so much more interactivity to your models and drawings. But with all that vastness, AutoCAD by itself has no methods, tools or functions for the development of animations, especially

Preparing Drawings with AutoCAD for 3D

Any 2D drawing or model that has been designed and is ready for 3D development usually requires some kind of preparation before we can begin the 3D design. This is because in 2D, the design cannot be realistically assessed, meaning only once a 3D model is created

Survey Data and AutoCAD

As you may all know, there are a ton of ways of entering data or importing it into AutoCAD. This can be done through automated scripts written in your favorite language or simply developed in LISP. It can also be done through the use of Autodesk’s extensions

20 Days of 2D AutoCAD exercises #2

Welcome to Day 2 of our 20 Days of 2D Exercises in AutoCAD. Today we have the exercise below where we are given a basic figure to draw. Our figure has 6 points: A, B, C, D, E and F, and we know the distance of each

20 Days of 2D AutoCAD exercises #1

Here is the first exercise of a series of 20 individual 2D exercises for AutoCAD. In this series, I will walk you through exercises with the aim of helping you learn how to draw in 2D using the software AutoCAD. The learning process will be simple. We

What Should the Best CAD Setup Include in 2018?

Professional or hobbyist, your CAD gear is your arsenal and needs to be the all-in-one for a smooth and hassle-free CADing session. If you can dish out the cash, this article aims to take you through each of the items that you definitely need for a setup (workspace