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Unveiling AutoCAD 2024: A Glimpse into the Future of Design Innovation

The world of computer-aided design (CAD) is continually evolving, with each iteration pushing boundaries further, making what seemed complex yesterday effortlessly achievable today. Autodesk’s latest offering, AutoCAD 2024, stands as a testament to this relentless pursuit for innovation and efficiency in design.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the groundbreaking features that […]

What software and hardware do you use in 2021?

Last time we did the poll was in 2014. It’ll be interesting to see what has or has not changed since then.

Many AutoCAD users have a favorite mouse, sometimes with lots of buttons on them. You may have a keyboard that makes entering data easier. Perhaps you think you have the best (and biggest) […]

Keep blocks accessible so you can insert them in any drawing–Part IV: A block library

In previous posts, I explained how to insert blocks from the Tool Palettes window, the DesignCenter, and the Content Explorer. In this tip, I’ll explain how to create block library and use the INSERT command to insert blocks that are in that library.

You don’t need a special tool like the Tool Palette window, DesignCenter, […]

Tutorial-How to display the area of an enclosed figure

Suppose that you would like to insert a label that displays the area of an enclosed figure. While the AREA command can show you the area, it doesn’t create a label in your drawing. If you insert the area at the end of a leader, that area doesn’t change if your object changes in size.

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3D Model in AutoCad – Using Revolve 3D Tool

The revolve command or tool is a 3D modeling method that enables the user to create a solid following a certain path with a central axis, think of the ARRAY tool, only in three-dimension.

Let’s start by preparing the drawing by specifying crucial dimensions such as the inner and outer diameter of the […]

Top Six solutions to common XREF problems

Xrefs (external references) let you view another drawing within your current drawing without actually inserting that other drawing thus keeping the original drawing size manageable.

Another benefit of using Xref is that changes made to the referenced drawings are automatically reflected in the current drawing when it’s opened or if the xref is reloaded. This […]

Display lost toolbars in AutoCAD

Sometimes people have trouble displaying a toolbar that isn’t visible, or a toolbar seems to disappear for no apparent reason. Here are some tips for displaying toolbars.

1st method

The easiest way to display a toolbar is to right-click any visible toolbar. This displays the list of all your toolbars, as you see here […]

3D Model in AutoCad – Simplify complex objects with compound volume

We often encounter objects and details that might be too complex to draw in 3D. From columns and balusters to spigots, escutcheons, machine parts etc.

But as like most things, complex objects also have humble beginnings.

For this example, we can see that the object resembles a hook (see final image above), which we […]

Lockdown Exercise Series – 3D Piston

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a piston using 3D geometry in AutoCAD. You will be guided to use 2D drafting commands, annotations as well as some 3D features (EXTRUDE, REVOLVE, SUBSTRACT, CHAMFEREDGE, FILLETEDGE, TORUS).

The final model should look something like this image in 3D.

This exercise is […]

Lockdown and print-up: How to use your CAD skills in the battle against coronavirus

With the rise of the current global pandemic, our way of life has been changed in an instant. Gone are the days where we can comfortably walk down the streets to work, enter busy cafes to dine, and travel without having a little tinge of worry. The coronavirus has sent us packing our things, heading […]