AutoCAD 2018 – What’s New and Is it Worth the Upgrade?

As we continue into early 2017, it’s once again time for a new release and update of AutoDesks tested and true software, AutoCAD 2018. As recently as a few years ago , this annual announcement and unveiling would be a really big deal for drafters and design companies, finding out what cool features would be added to the new version of AutoCAD! But more importantly, it was the barometer of whether you or your company would be making the leap to upgrade to the newest version or if you would be waiting it out until the next year. Many times, if the changes weren’t drastic and the .dwg file type wasn’t changing (every few releases of AutoCAD we would get a new .dwg type and the previous version wouldn’t open the new files, this meant it was definitely time for an upgrade) we would make the decision to save some money and get the next one

AutoCAD Tutorial: Linetype Scales and Fixing Linetype Display Issues

Brandon here, back with another new AutoCAD Tutorial video. In this video I go over a couple quick fixes to a common issue I’ve been asked out, Linetypes not showing up or at a weird scale. Line types can be a bit of a learning process with new CAD users and can turn into a huge frustration point when you can’t seem to figure out why they aren’t showing up properly for you. Sometimes it’s as simple as a line type scale being set wrong for your drawing (LTS command) or it can be a mismatch between model space and paper space lint type scales which can usually be taken care of with either MSLTSCALE or PSLTSCALE commands. If neither of these variables fix your line types then take a look at todays tutorial video where I show a couple other options to fix your line type display issues: As always, thank you so much for watching, and don’t forget to let me know what tip, trick or tutorial you’d like to see next in the comments or if you’re having issues with your line types. Cheers and happy drafting! Just in case you missed the last autocad tutorial check it out here: How to Create Custom Layouts and Sheet Sizes PS. Thank you again for visiting and don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter to keep up to date on new CAD news, tutorials and tricks: Subscribe here

Dream Big: Engineering our World – A 3D IMAX Movie about Engineering, Inventions and Design!

Coming to IMAX screens this week (Feb 18th) Dream Big: Engineering our World is a movie I’ve only recently learned about but I was instantly all in. From their website: Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a first film of its kind for IMAX® and giant screen theatres that will transform how we think about engineering. From the world’s tallest buildings and underwater robots to a solar car race and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring human stories and powerful giant-screen visuals, Dream Big also reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. Dream big was produced in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers in hopes of inspiring Kid and adults alike to the challenges, compassion and innovations from people of all walks of life who have worked to innovate, create and engineer our world around us. Watch the Trailer below:

3D Scan Objects, People and places for free with your Phone – 123D Catch Tutorial

Hey Everybody, Brandon here and in todays post I just wanted to show you all a cool app from AutoDesk that I’ve been playing with lately. It’s called 123D Catch and it’s a free app that will let you scan and create a 3d Capture of almost any object. You can get the app for IOS, Android and Windows here: http://www.123dapp.com/catch as well as watch some tutorials on how to get the best pictures for your model. Using the app is pretty straight forward though, you can sign in using your Autodesk account (or make a new free account) and then simply hit the + sign on the top right (see picture below) to get started with capturing an object.

A Netflix Show about Design – Abstract: The Art of Design

Depending when you read this, Netflix has just released or will be releasing a new show (a documentary series) about Design and I couldn’t be more excited to check it out and thought it would be a perfect fit for you my awesome readers, the designers, drafters, engineers, tech lovers etc.. that follow the blog. I only just heard about the show a week ago and was surprised I hadn’t seen anything earlier so I wanted to make sure I let you all know and at the very least shared the Trailer and a bit of info about it with you. On February 10th the first season of their new series Abstract: The Art of Design (produced by Wired’s former Editor-in-chief Scott Dadich) will be available to stream on the online service. If the tagline/description  “Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.” is anything to go by, I can already tell I’m going to be hooked from the start.  I’m a sucker for documentaries in general and a docu series focusing on design and the related technology couldn’t be more in my (and I assume yours as well) wheelhouse. The show is being described as similar to Chef’s Table (A cooking-focused series on Netflix that I’ve heard is great) except for design, covering fields like: Graphic Design, photography, shoe design, illustration and Car design to name a few. They’ve also been able to follow and talk to big names in each field including the designer of Air Jordans for Nike and a head designer as Chrysler. Check out the trailer below:

AutoCAD Tutorial: How to Create Custom Layouts and Change Sheet Sizes

Brandon here, back with another new AutoCAD Tutorial. In this video I go over how to create a new layout or paperspace tab in autocad and more importantly how to change or choose a sheet size for your drawing layout. I’ll show you how to setup your drawing page using the page setup manager and how to set your layout to a D size sheet as well as quickly draw in a temporary title block for our layout. After we set up the sheet to a D Size (full size) drawing, I then go over how you can change the size of your drawing or sheet to a C Size paper after you’ve already set it up as D size. This can come in handy if you change your mind or have to adjust a layout to work with your plotter extents. This method will let you change and customize the plotted drawing size or layout size in AutoCAD for any of your drawings and can be used to change between sheet sizes  (Like Ansi or Arch, A, B, C, D, E, etc..) quickly. Check out the video below:

The Rise of Digital Drafting Tables: Microsoft Surface Studio & Dell Canvas

The Future of Drafting & Design It’s starting to look like 2017 could be the year where technology will finally catch up to what I’ve always dreamed of when I thought of drafting and design in the Future. Since I can remember I’ve wanted to have a “Digital Drafting Table” for working on designs at my day job or at home. My bucket list for this table consisted of a few key items like a touchscreen that’s adjustable to angles similar to a traditional drafting table, a high resolution display (for obvious reasons), a large (full size sheet ideally) screen, accurate pen/stylus recognition and software that worked specifically with it. I’ve always hoped and known this wasn’t a very tall order for a product, and new it would be available sooner than later. I actually attempted to piece together something similar with a monitor and an older wacom tablet years ago with decent results but it just wasn’t very useful or close to hand drafting. Now though, you can actually already get an all in one Pen/Touch Display from Wacom, the Cintiq and it looks really great, wacom currently has the best stylus recognition and smoothness so it’s worth checking out for sure, I know I want to try it out as soon as I can.