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AutoCAD 2014 Book: AutoCAD for Dummies

In your average AA meeting, the first step to redemption and fighting off addiction is coming to terms with that terrible influence that holds you back. And to take this step, the instructor ensures that you say this phrase over and over again till it sinks in.

Autodesk 123D Creature Review

The development of another CAD design tool for the iPad by Autodesk cannot and should not come as a surprise to anyone because by now, every real designer out there should know that Autodesk believes in providing multiple packages to handle similar tasks. And the 123D Creature

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, 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

DWG compatible CAD software

Dwg files are one of the most used type of files in Computer Aided Design and this is pushing many companies to release their own DWG compatible CAD software. The native file format for AutoCAD files is .DWG. But you can also edit/generate DWG file using others

How to plot a function in Matlab

If you have chosen to use Matlab to plot a function today, and this happens to be the first time you want to do so, here area quick look at how you can instruct Matlab to plot your function. There are many online systems allowing you to

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

Top 5 Design Software Applications for Antennas Design

An electrical engineer or the average tech enthusiast looking to design and develop an antenna for commercial reasons or for his or her own private us, must have both a technical and theoretical knowledge on how these structures function, as well as the different design/analytical methods and

What drone for what purpose?

Since there are a lot of type of drones on the market today, I thought about dropping a couple of lines on those which in my opinion deserve some attention from a newbie's point of view. Most time, drones are use purely for recreational activities but you

Microstrip Antenna design with Ansys HFSS

Here is a simplified Microstrip antenna design with Ansys HFSS. There are few basic things that must be known before designing an antenna in general such as: The frequency range in which the antenna is planed to be be propagating, the size of the antenna, the material, 

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

Guide to owning unmanned aerial vehicles

Imagine having the ability to fly or project yourself to anywhere of your choosing and observe certain proceedings without anyone been aware of your presence, what will you do? While the US chose to spy on bizarre situations such as on the soccer training camp of the

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

Runge kutta Matlab code

This is an exercise which is solved just for the purpose of comparing two numeral methods and see which one of them is more accurate. Here we will be using Matlab to solve the equations with two different methods, which are: Second order Runge Kutta method and


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