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.

Cool Home Tech – Google Home in Canada!

Hey Everybody! How’s it going, hope you’re all off to a great new year and doing well? If you’ve been following the blog or reading the newsletter for a while, you’ll probably know I’m a huge fan of technology in general and especially smart home tech, which is why I was super excited and disappointed at the same time when I watched the Google live stream where they unveiled the Google home last year. It looked awesome to me and was exactly what I have been waiting for, a smart hub that can control all of my chromecasts, my security camera, and my future nest thermostat (I haven’t picked one up yet but its on my must have list hah). I had been on the fence of getting an Amazon Alexa but the lack of Google integration, specifically my cast devices had been holding me back even though I loved the prospect of a smart home hub that could help organize my day to day and would get the Alexa in a second if I hadn’t already gotten all of the google smart tech. So when I heard the features of the Home I was basically sold on it right away! My excited didn’t last long though, it wasn’t long after the announcement that I was looking a release dates and prices when I found out it wasn’t going to be released in Canada upon launch and there wasn’t an exact date for Canada either, I was immediately disappointed I couldn’t get one. Well flash forward to earlier this month, my 31st. birthday (January 2nd) to be exact , and I had received some money to spend on myself for something fun. The first thing that instantly came to mind was the Google Home, I started googling for the release date in Canada and how to pre-order it at the very least when I came across a thread on a Canadian message board that mentioned that B&H Photo might have some google home devices in stock with free shipping to Canada, Score!

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.

AutoCAD How to Cycle or Switch Viewports

Hey Everybody, Brandon here back with another Autocad Tutorial video! Todays video is the 3rd 2 minute: Tip, Trick or Tutorial video and in them I cover a basic command, tip or trick that will help make you a better drafter in ~2 minutes. 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!) So, let’s get to it: In this video I go over how to cycle through viewports in autocad without clicking around or moving anything around like the extents of your viewport. It’s just a simple key combination and it lets you switch between multiple viewports, quickly and easily. 

Autocad Tutorial: How to Change Crosshair Size & Color

Hi Everybody, Brandon here back with another Autocad Tutorial video, and it’s another 2 minute: Tip, Trick or Tutorial video and in them I cover a basic command, tip or trick that will help make you a better drafter in ~2 minutes. This way you can learn something new, and not have to spend a lot of time learning it. (yes I know this one is technically over 2 minutes, but hey, it was still a quick tutorial right? Plus they’re more about learning something fast, but I’ll do better on the next one! Let me know what you think in the comments.)