Did you know that this year (2017) marks the 35th anniversary of AutoCAD? Developed and marketed by AutoDesk, AutoCAD was initially release in December 1982 as a desktop app running on microcomputers with internal graphics controllers (from Wikipedia). Perhaps not quite as interesting to you, this was just over 3 years before I was born (Jan 1986), which leads me to why todays post is such a cool one and one that is a huge honor for me to even be able to write. To celebrate 35 years of helping design, create and engineer the world and our futures from the ground up, AutoCAD has decided to highlight and recognize the next generation of designers and users of AutoCAD by creating the AutoCAD 35 under 35 young designers list..
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.
I hate sweeping…I have two dogs and it seems like I spend half my life sweeping up hair around the house. If only it was actually as easy as a simple command I could type in on my iphone and it would be done. hah I can wish can’t I? Anyway, I’m not talking about that kind of sweeping today. In todays video I’m going to explain the sweep command in plain Autocads 3d workspace. The sweep command along with the revolve command are two of the most useful and easiest to learn when you are starting out in designing in AutoCAD in 3d. In the video below I’ll show you how to create your profile as well as the path to sweep it along. By the end of this simple 3:00 minute you’ll be sweeping like a pro;) Check out the video here:
In todays video I go over one of many ways to use the revolve command in the vanilla version of autocads 3d workspace. I decided to start with the revolve command because it is one of the most useful and yet useful commands when you are starting out with 3d design. A very basic description of the command would be that you can draw an outline or outer edge of an object and then rotate it around an axis creating an easy 3d object. Even after re-reading this it still might come across as confusing but I promise it really is easy once you see it for yourself and get grasp on working with 3 dimensional objects in CAD. In the video below I go over just what I mean and how to use the revolve command in an easy to follow tutorial.