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:

Dream Big: Engineering our World – A 3D IMAX Movie about Engineering, Inventions and Design!

Coming to IMAX screens this week (Feb 18th) Dream Big: Engineering our World is a movie I’ve only recently learned about but I was instantly all in. From their website: Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a first film of its kind for IMAX® and giant screen theatres that will transform how we think about engineering. From the world’s tallest buildings and underwater robots to a solar car race and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring human stories and powerful giant-screen visuals, Dream Big also reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. Dream big was produced in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers in hopes of inspiring Kid and adults alike to the challenges, compassion and innovations from people of all walks of life who have worked to innovate, create and engineer our world around us. Watch the Trailer below:

A Netflix Show about Design – Abstract: The Art of Design

Depending when you read this, Netflix has just released or will be releasing a new show (a documentary series) about Design and I couldn’t be more excited to check it out and thought it would be a perfect fit for you my awesome readers, the designers, drafters, engineers, tech lovers etc.. that follow the blog. I only just heard about the show a week ago and was surprised I hadn’t seen anything earlier so I wanted to make sure I let you all know and at the very least shared the Trailer and a bit of info about it with you. On February 10th the first season of their new series Abstract: The Art of Design (produced by Wired’s former Editor-in-chief Scott Dadich) will be available to stream on the online service. If the tagline/description  “Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.” is anything to go by, I can already tell I’m going to be hooked from the start.  I’m a sucker for documentaries in general and a docu series focusing on design and the related technology couldn’t be more in my (and I assume yours as well) wheelhouse. The show is being described as similar to Chef’s Table (A cooking-focused series on Netflix that I’ve heard is great) except for design, covering fields like: Graphic Design, photography, shoe design, illustration and Car design to name a few. They’ve also been able to follow and talk to big names in each field including the designer of Air Jordans for Nike and a head designer as Chrysler. Check out the trailer below:

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.

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!