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.

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.

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 🙂

The new HP ZBook 15 G3 Mobile Workstation: Review and Unbox

Brandon here and I’m back with a slightly different post today. I was recently sent a mobile workstation from HP to test out/play with and this post will be my review and thoughts on it, the HP ZBook 15 G3 Mobile Workstation  which is a bit of a long name to keep typing out so I’ll call it the ZBook 15 for short. When I first learned I was getting the 15″ version of the ZBook instead of the 17″ I was excited to test it out and see how the smaller screen performed compared to my daily driver, the behemoth 17″ Dell M6700 mobile workstation that has spoiled me with screen real-estate. I can say now after a little under a month, that I am pleasantly surprised how much I liked having the smaller footprint/screen size, it actually makes the “mobile” part of mobile workstation possible. Using the ZBook on my lap or moving it from room to room was easy and not clunky like when I take my M6700 with me on work trips. And weighing in at only 5.7lbs the Zbook 15 G3 it was much lighter when carrying it around.

What is the Best AutoCAD Mouse? – A CAD Gear Guide 2016

In todays post I am kicking off my 2016 gear guides for CAD designers and drafters. I get a ton of questions from my youtube channel and email list but never seem to have enough time to answer them all. Many of them are a form of “What’s the best (insert gadget/peripheral) for AutoCAD” ranging from best mouse, monitor or PC, all the way to chairs and desks etc.. I definitely understand it too, when I was getting into computers in general I felt lost and had tons of questions and even now I still do a ton of research before I buy the newest monitor or smart phone. So in this series of CAD Gear Guide posts (and videos) I’m going to go over what to look for when buying each product as well as which product I’m currently using and/or have heard good things about. Since there seem to be hundreds of new products every month these post aren’t necessarily going to be individual product reviews but more of a guide to help you pick the one that best suites your needs. To do that I will point out features/options to look for and what will be beneficial in a design or CAD environment. I think that’s a long enough intro so lets get started with some key features to look for in Mice: Comfortable: Mice are probably the most “personal” product you will buy as a computer user, every person likes a different style, feel and fit when it comes to their mouse and it varies greatly from one user to another. Since we spend most of our time using a mouse (I definitely believe a mouse is necessary, it’s pretty inefficient to draft using a laptop touch pad) you will want to choose one that is ergonomic and fits your hand for extended periods of use.