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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

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

5 Ways to Use Google Earth with CAD Applications

The need to create hyper-realistic dynamic models and architectural plans have led to the development of tools that allow us directly import images and other data from real-life locations into CAD work spaces. As an avid CAD user, I am sure you must have heard of bitmap

Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) Exam: Segment 1

The purpose of this article is to prepare the user for the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional exam (CSWP), specifically by focusing on segment 1.  Segment 1 focuses on the creation of a part from a drawing, using linked dimensions/equations, identifying mass properties, and modifying geometry.  The actual exam

7 Apps CAD Users Should Use in 2018

As a CAD user, it is quite certain that some of your work-based resolutions will revolve around increasing your productivity levels, pursuing exercises on professional development and enhancing your earning power. And to get you started, today’s post will touch on 7 apps – covering productivity, working

CAD/CAM in Industry 4.0

What is Industry 4.0? The concept of Industry 4.0 or fourth industrial revolution, originates from the application of digital technologies in the manufacturing environment and in the chain value of a company. The basic principle of Industry 4.0 is that interconnected systems and machines form an intelligent

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

Exploded View in SolidWorks: Tutorial

Exploded views in SolidWorks are highly used in design/ideas presentation in 3D modeling/assemblies. An exploded view shows an assembly's components spread out, but positioned to show how they fit together when assembled. This will allow presenting an assembly in a brief and quick manner, showing all components

CADers vs. Gamers – Which Version of SSD is for you?

We all know the mighty step technology took with the introduction of NAND based SSDs to replace the inefficient solution of the time, the HDD. However, if you’ve kept up with our remarks about the different kinds of SSD available today, or if you’ve just kept up

Best Online CAD Courses in 2018

CAD has grown to the point of industry-wide standardization in its almost 50-years of development. With this amount of time, perhaps any invention with industrial potential can grow into a discipline, but CAD was a discipline from the very start. Hence, it is no surprise that we

Solidworks CSWA Certificate Exam Preperation: Modelling Exercise #1

This article will be of interest for those who want to obtain the first certification from SolidWorks which will involve 3D modeling, drawing comprehension and assemblies. This is the first certification you must obtain in order to proceed with any further SolidWorks official certification that are listed