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

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?

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

AutoCad vs BricsCad: Head to Head Comparison

Another head to head with AutoCAD and BrisCAD facing off in 2D/3D CADing. AutoCAD, the now multi-faceted and extendable all-rounder designer that chugs more RAM than a German does beer, going against another lesser popular DWG-oriented package developed for efficient execution. Let's delve deeper to see what

Guide To Your Architect Chair: 5 Smart Options for a Drafting Stool

If you’re deep in the CAD Industry, just studying it now, on your path to becoming an Architect, a Designer, a Civil Engineer, or any other profession where CAD drafting is required – then utmost comfort should definitely be among your top priorities. If you don’t make

How Much Does Solidworks Cost?

SolidWorks is high end, industrial-grade 2D and 3D CAD design and illustration tool with simulation and industry-specific modules developed and built-in. Its user interface has won the hearts of many, and allows a much shorter learning curve as compared to the mammoth AutoCAD by Autodesk. Also, some

Best CAD Workstation Reviews of 2018

CAD is no longer a software category. It’s no longer committed to mini computers the size of a car. CAD is now an entire discipline. It encompasses masses of hobbyists, engineers, construction professionals, architects and builders of all sorts. This discipline in turn requires a separate category

AutoCad vs Microstation: Head to Head Comparison

AutoCAD has gone head to head with a lot of other packages much capable of the challenge. One widely held debate is between the AutoCAD user base and the MicroStation user base. These communities like most others have no limit to the reasons why they would stick

Best Graphics Card for CAD Programs in 2018

The graphics card or GPU is either the second or the third most important element to CADing, no matter what your experience or nature of the job. The GPU aids the processor by taking over the visual components freeing the CPU for its own workload. Nowadays, GPUs

Coordinate Systems in AutoCAD

In the world of CAD, coordinates play a part as important as any other. Any rotation, skewing or other manipulation is done with the help of mathematical equations and the help of regular geometric and algebraic techniques that work with the coordinates. For this purpose, the inherent

Top 5 Mapping Apps for AutoCAD in 2018

If you have ever had to work with terrain, there are a number of problems or issues (or drawbacks, whichever you would like to call them) with using AutoCAD’s default facilities. First off, there are very few if not none. AutoCAD by itself is just a sketching

Top 6 Analysis and Simulation Applications for AutoCAD

No CAD project is complete without a model and just like that no simulation or analytical task will go error-free, the way it does with the apps we reviewed. Before we let you dive into the app reviews, please note our criteria for having selected the apps.

Catia vs SolidWorks vs AutoCAD: Which is Best?

Today’s 3D modeling community has a wide variety of 3D modeling software to choose from, with upgrades that come out each year and new and improved types of software for every  purpose imaginable. However the leading 3D modeling software developing such as Dassault Systems and Autodesk still

AutoCAD Must Know’s in 2018: Draw a Line

One of the use of AutoCAD is for organizing data, this data can be of any form. Line is a data form, asides it being a form of data it is also one of the tools in AutoCAD you can’t do without especially in 2D drawing, so