Tips & Tutorials Archive

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

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

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

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.

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 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

Recent Updates in CAD SSD for 2018

The world of technology has virtually unlimited advancements and miniature evolutions every single day. Hence a new kind of optical drive or USB-interface peripheral popping up overnight is not that big a deal. What is a big deal is knowing what’s new, what makes it relevant and

Drafter Tips for Safe CAD File Storage and Facilitation

As you probably already know, working on a CAD project takes time and a lot of hard drive space, especially if the project’s overly complex. In today's world, when cyber-threats are as prevalent as they are, keeping your CAD files and data safe is of the utmost

View Layout Tools Tutorial for SolidWorks

Production of drawing plans is the process in which the design is formally documented of a piece or set. SolidWorks contains a variety of tools that allow easy documenting of design documents, regardless of the phase in that is the process of production of plans. You can

SolidWorks Motion Study: Introductory Tutorial

This article will be of interest for those who want to add a motion simulation regarding physical and mechanical properties of a Solidworks assembly. The movement of the components that are part of the assembly during the simulation will be determined by several factors such as the