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.

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.

AutoCAD Tutorial: How to Create (Multiple & Shape) Viewports in a Layout

Hey there, Brandon here back with another Autocad Tutorial video. In this video I go over how to create a new viewport in AutoCAD. We go over making viewports a few different ways to create multiple views of various shapes and sizes in your layout, including polygonal and circle viewports. I also go through the process of creating a new layout by using a drawing template to save time and automate the whole process. This video was a response to a few comments I’ve received about how to show more detail on a single layout without it being a mess by using 2 or 3 viewports to show different areas of your drawing at multiple scales.

AutoCAD Tutorial: Grid, Snap and Ortho Settings

Hey Everybody, Brandon here back with another Autocad Tutorial video! Todays video is the 4th episode of 2 minute: Tip, Trick or Tutorial videos and in them I cover a basic command, tip or trick that will help make you a better drafter in ~2 minutes (yes I know some are 3 minutes, but bear with me, they’re still quick videos). This way you can learn something new, and not have to spend a lot of time learning it. (Let me know what you think of them in the comments, and please feel free to request new ones!)

Best Workstation for AutoCAD & Engineering in 2017? – Custom @Xi Computer Workstation

Hey Everybody! First of all, Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday and enjoyed some time away from work with family, I know I did and I’m feeling good and refreshed. Today’s post is a cool one, a little bit of back story quickly. A month or so ago I reached out to a handful of smaller custom CAD & Engineering computer makers with a proposal that we would work together in specing and building the best all around Engineering/CAD PC for 2017, the requirements were pretty straight forward. Here are the Basics: The PC needed to be able to easily handle 3D Cad (ie. Civil 3d, Inventer, Solidworks etc..). If needed to be able to easily handle video editing/production (this one was for more for me to compare it to other machines since I make a quite a few videos for the youtube channel). Also helpful when working with something I’m really excited about, drone data/footage (coming in future videos!). It needed to be relatively quiet (will be spending many hours next to it), as well as boot up quickly (this is where the SSD came into play). and finally I wanted it to be VR capable for some future project and being able to test out some new tech as well as the occasional gaming video/live stream 🙂

AutoCAD Layer Tutorial: How to Create, Merge, Delete & Change Layers

Hi All, Brandon here back with another new AutoCAD Tutorial Video. Todays video is a bit longer than my recent 2min tips but don’t worry, it’s a good one! In this video I go over 4 standard ways to work with layers in AutoCAD and how to do them in the easiest, most straightforward way. To start the video off, I go over where to find the layers in your AutoCAD drawing and how to create or make a new layer which is pretty straight forward. After showing how to create a new layer, I cover how to Merge multiple layers in autocad, which many people don’t realize is an option, but it can be a huge benefit in organizing and cleaning up drawings as well as just simplifying them.