AutoCAD Tutorial: Design Center: Copy Styles, Linetypes, Blocks from one drawing to another

woo, another new video tutorial! I’m really liking making these videos lately and I really hope they’ve helped and you’ve all enjoyed them. I’ve even got another one coming this week that will be the start of a new series of Tech and Gadgets for your office and desk! But lets get started with todays video, in it I go over a cool and very under used feature in AutoCAD, Design Center. I will show you how to use the design center in autocad to quickly and easily copy or move linetypes, layers, dimension styles, blocks, layouts and more from one drawing to another drawing! It really is a cool tool and can save you tons of time when starting a new drawing or simply updating an existing one.

AutoCAD Tutorial: How to Display Coordinates and other Settings

Another day, another video, this week we’ve got two new tutorials incomming so make sure you check back again in a day as well. In todays video I go over a commonly asked question, how do I turn on Coordinates in autocad so I can see where I’m drawing. I didn’t realize just how hidden or not straight forward the customization tab is in AutoCAD and wasn’t sure why so many people had asked how to turn on their coordinates along the bottom status bar of their workspace. In my recently release book: The AutoCAD Productivity Handbook I wrote a section advocating customizing your autoCAD workspace to work better for you. Why leave it stock when you can be faster and more productive when it’s customized to your needs.

The AutoCAD 35 Under 35 Young Designers List

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..

Being More Productive: The AutoCAD Productivity Handbook

If you’ve been a reader of the blog for a while now you’ve probably noticed I’m a huge fan of productivity and finding little shortcuts, tricks and hacks to save time when it comes to drafting and realistically, life in general. So, for that reason it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to you that I’ve recently written and released an ebook targeted at being more productive in AutoCAD and drafting, titled The AutoCAD Productivity Handbook.  (Spoiler: It’s already an amazon best seller!!)

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:

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: