Assigning breaklines to your surface definition is probably the most important step in achieving a correctly triangulated surface. We often find users questioning whether they should use standard or proximity breaklines. In this blog we will discuss the main differences between the two.
Sweep Fillet Options – In this Post, we will explore how a Sweep could be used as a replacement for the Fillet – due to current Fillet Command Limitations. For the purpose of explanation and simplicity, we’ve turned off materials in the screen shots below…. I have many Cabinet Manufacturers that use Inventor for Cabinet […]
Meet SolidCAD – On August 1st, Cansel Merges Autodesk Business Operations into their SolidCAD company!! Constant Changes, here to stay…. That’s correct, we are changing names – one more time….This is under the Cansel Growth Strategy – by eliminating the confusion that folks might have had…. Most users we speak to, they see and understand […]
Back in late June, 2017 (this summer) , our good friends at Service New Brunswick (SNB) gave us a notification that they had added an additional 18,900 square kilometres of HighRes Lidar data (6 ppm, CGVD 2013): For more information, please see the link below: https://twitter.com/GeoNB_announce/status/879395197532205056 And let’s face it, when it comes […]
The old Filter command is still very useful. In some situations, it’s much quicker than the QSelect command. And in other situations, it can even perform selection operations that can’t be done otherwise! But for the purpose of this tip, I’m going to highlight some features that make the Filter command more powerful than QSelect. Maybe […]
Are your Revit lineweights looking like those in AutoCAD?? One of the most common complaints from new Revit users is that their drawings don’t look like they did in AutoCAD. An important contributor to this difference is lineweights. It is important to realize that Revit lineweights work differently than we may be used to in […]
With the Lumion 7.5 Release , Act-3d continues to deliver on their promise of putting beautiful renders within your reach!! Released on July 6th, 2017, let’s have a look at what’s new in version 7.5 52 New High-Definition Materials Lumion empowers designers from across the world to quickly create beautiful renders, and the Lumion 7.5 update […]
Are you an ex AutoCAD user that would like to be able to SNAP to the end or mid-point of Inventor Linework in your drawings?? If yes, then keep on reading as this month, we show you how to SNAP to Inventor Linework!! Doesn’t matter if you are en existing Inventor user or […]
Decals is a great way to improve your renderings and save on modeling.
A new feature of Civil 3D 2018 are commands to resolve corridor bowties.
If you’ve been using AutoCAD for a while, then you know that you can attach an image thru the xref / attach image command. And as you know, this image is then a xref file – it is not actually in your drawing…It stays external to your drawing. So what if you have an image […]
This month (May, 2017), I have a BIG announcement…I will explain the Cansel Acquisition of Atlantic CAD Solutions Inc and why it’s a WIN-WIN situation for our Clients!! So please keep on reading!! You will notice that our company logo has changed a bit! Don’t worry, this is all good news!! In an effort of […]
Issues with Text Measurement ? If you are thinking of upgrading a Revit project file to 2017, you may be surprised to find that your text got bigger. Here’s why:
We could not be happier, we made the Top 40 CAD Blog!! How do you know when you are doing a great job? It’s not only when our clients tell us, but it’s also when an independent organization ranks us in the Top 40 CAD Blogs on the Internet!! Woo Woo!! Yes, we’ve just received […]
A big new feature of Civil 3D 2017 is the ability to data shortcut a corridor.
Autodesk have released a new version of Design Review; technically it’s called Autodesk Design Review 2018! Their last version was 2013 – so it’s about time! Autodesk Design Review is a great tool that allows you to save your AutoCAD drawings to the DWF file format and then Review & Mark them up with […]
Does your UCS icon in AutoCAD look different than normal?? If it does, it could be slowing you down. Keep reading to find out more in regards to the different looks of the UCS icon and how the Visual Styles in AutoCAD could affect it and your performance!! If you ever open a drawing and […]
How to tone down Inventor’s new Shiny Materials? This month, we talk about Shiny Materials and how confusing they can look…. If you’ve been working with Inventor for more than 10 years, then you got used to the look of there materials. But a few years/versions ago, Autodesk updated the materials. Now, some of the […]
Below is a list of the 2017 Trade Show Dates (with location) that Atlantic CAD Solutions will be attending. Note that we will be adding to this list as the year progresses. If there are no dates listed below, then please click on the BLUE Title of TRADE SHOW DATES above. Please come back and check the list regularly […]
Let’s face it, Hardware Speed helps Lumion! Hardware Prices are falling, so help yourself improve your Lumion experience!! Keep Reading. We get asked this question a lot. What is the recommended hardware for Lumion?? Our answer is pretty simple. Get the fastest gaming card with the most amount of memory on it that you […]
A new feature found in Revit 2017 is the ability to add calculated values inside of a tag annotation.
Recently Service New Brunswick released 32,000km2 of free lidar data covering close to 40% of the province. This post will explore the model key point classification and how this could be beneficial on your next project.
As in every spring, when I set my clocks forward, I keep thinking what’s going to be added to the next version of software, in this case, the 2018 Autodesk software release!! As you may have heard, Autodesk announced their 2018 software release back on March 21st. This means the product is moving out of […]
Lumion 7.3 has been released and one of the biggest update in 7.3 is the new LiveSync® for Revit® What is LiveSync® : Simple, make changes in Revit® and immediately see them appear live in Lumion! That’s what LiveSync does. Lumion LiveSync® provides a real-time high quality 3D view of your Revit® design. This plugin for […]
I’m sure you have, much like everyone else, created text in Inventor that was referencing objects in a View, and then you move the View but the text does not follow, this is because you are not working with View Associated Text. My favorite method of Associating my text to my View is by using […]
Wondering what’s new with Object Snap? You might not believe this, but I still come across files (drawings) that the linework has not been snapped or cleaned up. As if the user didn’t know what Object Snap is or how to use it. Has that happened to you? (I’m calling this one, Part 1) The […]
PDF Export enhancements: More intelligence was added to PDF files to provide automatically linked views and sheets. You simply open the PDF and click on a view tag to jump to that view of sheet.
Large Grid Surface Recently Service New Brunswick released 32,000km2 of free LIDAR data covering close to 40% of the province. This post will teach you how to leverage the data in your next project. Watch this video tutorial that will show how to handle a multi-tiled grid surface creation within Civil 3D. At the end […]
There are more Lumion Videos that appear on TV than people realize. How easy and how fast is your Video rendering software? Is it fast enough that you can create 3d virtual tours on the fly? Is it fast enough that you can create your 3d model and present your ideas and concepts in a […]
Many users end up working with AutoCAD using the “out of box” dimension styles and fonts; or they might have done a little bit of customizing, but usually not very much. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that. But depending on what industry you work in, having the same line thickness for the Extension lines, Dimension […]
This month, I figured I should talk about some Vault Tips…. As you know, I’m a big believer in Vault and I push all my Inventor Clients to use Vault Server. (Vault Basic as the very least!!) As such, I figured there are a few tips and tricks that we should all review and make […]
LOOKING FOR TRAINING FUNDS? Depending on which province you are in, there’s a few different options. For example: In New Brunswick, the Canada-New Brunswick Job Grant is an employer-driven program, that invests in the skill development and employment needs of the workforce. Employers determine what training is needed, who participates, and which provider will deliver the […]
Revit 2017 improved the railing functionality so you can model the way you want.
Recently Service New Brunswick released 32,000km2 of free lidar data covering close to 40% of the province. This post will teach you how to leverage the data in your next project.
New Brunswick Releases 30,000 km2 of Open Lidar Data.
Ever found that your Lineweights in Inventor might be a little to think? Of course, this would be based on the number of objects (lines) being displayed and how close they are to each other….After all, what looks good for my models based on sheet size, and view scale, might not look that good for […]
Ok folks, for all of you that are having issues with Hyperlinks, here’s a quick tutorial….. To setup this little tutorial, here’s what I’ve created. 1) I created a folder called TESTING, off of my drive C. 2) In that folder I put my DWG file and also created a folder called IMAGE, for the […]
InfraWorks has the flexibility to work with numerous files types and software. In this blog, we will import a Civil 3D file into InfraWorks. Start by opening your favorite InfraWorks project. In the Canvas tools, click (build, manage and analyze your industry model) > (Create and manage your model) > (Data Source). In the Data […]
InfraWorks has the flexibility to work with numerous files types and software. In this blog, we will import a Revit file into InfraWorks.
File Preview (also know as thumbnail preview) in Windows Explorer is not working for AutoCAD and/or Inventor? Here’s a couple of options, causes and possible fixes…. As indicated in the Autodesk knowledge base below, there can be multiple reasons for this issue…. https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/DWG-thumbnail-preview-images-don-t-display-in-Windows-Explorer.html Causes: There are several possible causes: Uninstalling a previous version of your AutoCAD, DWG […]
Adding Bing Maps to AutoCAD…. Many of you wish for ortho imagery or aerial photos within your AutoCAD design files. There are online resources where your can download some of these images. some are free and some you have to pay…. Since AutoCAD version 2014, Autodesk introduced the ability to underlay Microsoft BING images, right […]
RVT2DWG in the news….We keep working on and improving the software and it shows…. Users have tried our app and love it, so they are blogging about it. See link below. (Sorry, but it is in french) http://www.structalis.fr/single-post/2016/10/09/Quelques-applications-Revit-int%C3%A9ressantes We different users from across Canada, from different design backgrounds (Architectural, Mechanical, Structural, Electrical) that are using […]
5sec Renderings (or less), think it can’t be done! The devil is in the details, your software and your video card!! If you have the wrong combination, you are looking at hours and days to do a rendering. With the right combination, you are talking about 5second or less. Way to often, when I speak with […]
Do you need your Revit level heads to show the survey elevation instead of the project relative elevation? Keep reading to learn how. By default the level head in Revit are relative to the project base point instead of the survey base point. To change them, go to the Level’s Type Properties and change the Elevation […]
Your corridor datum surface is acting up? Keep reading to know of to fix it.
Ever run into a situation where you double click on an Inventor File (in Windows Explorer) and it does not start in your current session of Inventor? Instead, it’s running Multiple Instances of Inventor? In other words it starts a second instance of Inventor? I’ve had this happen to myself and a client of mine. […]
Beware of Corrupt Materials!! Well, a few weeks ago I ran into a new one. Took a bit of time to figure out what was the cause. I had a client that called as he was experiencing AutoCAD Crashes, on a regular basis…. Actually, I have to correct what I said just a bit. He was […]
Autodesk releases NetFabb 2017. In Sept/Oct-2016, Autodesk released the newest version of NetFabb. NetFabb was acquired back in 2015 by Autodesk and in case you are not familiar with what NetFabb does, it’s an Additive and/or Subtractive software for Manufacturing. In other words, it will take any 3d model and allows you to prep and/or […]
Lumion 7 Released !! As you may have heard, Lumion 7 was released on November 1st, 2016. With this release, Act-3d (the makers of Lumion) recognize that not all buildings are or need to be pristine or perfect. The new features of Lumion 7 remove the coldness of computer-generated imagery by seeking out edges, roughness […]
Lumion 7 will be released November 1, 2016 The new version will make it easier than ever to help your clients feel the spaces you have created. Regardless of the output you select (still image, animation, MyLumion or VR). Watch the sneak preview We can release any further info on Lumion 7 just yet. […]
GET A GRIP on worksharing with Worksharing Monitor for Revit.
Convert Spline, let me count the ways….. Ever got caught in a drawing or model where you needed a polyline (pline) but someone had created a spline instead? Well, in this blog, we are going to talk about some of the possible ways of converting a spline (2d or 3d) to a polyline (2d or […]
Civil 3D natively supports a wide variety of GIS formats. Furthermore, it can directly convert a Civil object to a GIS object or even a GIS object to a Civil object. In this post, we will be focusing on surfaces. Civil 3D can natively import or export surfaces to GIS formats such as GeoTIFF’s and […]
The Autodesk Trimble Agreement!! In case you haven’t heard, Autodesk and Trimble have entered into an interoperability agreement back in June of this year (2016). What does this mean? Well, simply put, it means that their customers should be seeing applications in the near future that will help them in saving time and reducing project costs, which […]
Ever tried to delete a family that you created in Inventor’s Content Center? If you have, then you will want to read the following. The action of ” Edit Content Center ” and what you can do will be limited based on the Library view that is currently have set. If you’ve been in one of my […]
Got a surface with a hole in it? Keep reading…
Get your work done faster and work more efficiently by using the Revit keyboard shortcuts.
As you may know (or not), Autodesk puts on a large scale learning event every year, called Autodesk University. It is also referred to as AU2016 of course. This is the format of their naming convention….So Last year it was AU2015 and so on….. If you are looking for more information on AU2016, simply do […]
Back in late July time frame, Autodesk announced Autodesk LIVE. The purpose is to bring Storytelling to life. Below you will find the official news release that was published, announcing Autodesk Live. http://news.autodesk.com/press-release/architecture-engineering-construction-civil-infrastructure-and-natural-resources/au-10 You can find the office web-site, as well as an overview for LIVE at the following location/link. (see below) http://www.autodesk.com/products/live/overview So, what is […]
So, you need to know the Physical Properties of your part or Assembly? It’s very simple to find these out in Inventor – and you can even modify them (if required). This might come in handy when you download a part of an assembly from the Internet or if you merge/shrinkwrap multiple parts together to simplify […]
Are you printing to PDF? Do you still use SHX fonts? If so, you can’t have PDF with SHX fonts. So a workaround from Autodesk is to include the SHX text as a “comment”, so that you can “search” for text found in the PDF. This works really well in Adobe Reader and other Adobe software. However, if […]
Ever needed to explode AutoCAD’s text into polylines or lines? Maybe you have to create lettering for a Vinyl Sign cutter and your font is not available as an outline font – only a filled in font. Have no fear Text Explode from the Express Tools is here! No really, this is a command that you […]
In this blog, we show you how to use Inventor 3d PDF to export and create sharable 3d PDF files for your office and your clients. From inside of Inventor, click on File. Click Export. Click on 3d PDF. The 3d PDF Publish window will display. In it, you have options for selecting the additional […]
Not so fast Bentley: Autodesk separates the facts from fiction!! Back in Mid-July, Bentley announced an “upgrade program” for Autodesk customers. This is in regards to Autodesk subscription model. It didn’t take very long for Autodesk to correct errors and omissions from Bentley’s announcement. This was done in a post by Carl White, Senior Director of Business Models at […]
Are you familiar with Vault Plugins ? Are you familiar with Vault? Do you use Vault with Inventor? Or maybe you use AutoCAD and Creo as a combination, or maybe you are using Solidworks and AutoCAD as a combination? If you are using any of the above (including Vault), then you will want to read […]
Are you constantly wrestling with AutoCAD variables? Keep reading to find how to win the fight.
Find out how to synchronize your MEP space naming with the architectural model using the Space Naming Utility.
For this tip, we’ll assume that you have done and used the Inventor Emboss command. So we are going to focus on tools or options that you can use from the Extrude command, as applied to Text. So you could almost consider this a Emboss Text vs Extrude Text competition….. The Extrude command works the same with […]
In my May 30th, 2016 tip on cleaning and checking your xref files, I mentioned that I used AutoCAD’s Layer Walk , but I didn’t explain what it was or how to use it….So this month, I’m going to dig into and explain the Layer Walk command. Layer Walk was originally introduced as an AutoCAD […]
Autodesk Virtual Reality is available to everyone…..In case you missed it (back in 2015), Autodesk enabled their A360 Stereo Panorama rendering feature – which was originally announced at Autodesk University 2014. It is now available to everyone. This is a very inexpensive (relative term) method for you to review your design, or have the building/project owner […]
To everyone that came to our booth during the 2016 CanBIM Halifax tradeshow, Thank You!! We had a great time at the show. We were demonstrating Revit 2017 (Architecture, MEP & Structural), Navisworks 2017, AutoCAD 2017, Lumion 6.5 and our very own RVT2DWG program – to convert Revit models/sheets to DWG files that are compatible to PWGSC […]
Lumion 6.5.1 released on June 27th. It is now available and contains an updated engine and great new features. If you have Lumion 6.x currently, you will get an e-mail with a FREE download to version 6.5.1!! All of the updates that were in 6.5 are still in 6.5.1 (see below for a list of updates). -The […]
Ever needed to take a part(s) or an assembly and turn it into Reference parts (or assembly)?
Want to know how to turn on ISOLines, also known as Silhouette lines in AutoCAD? Keep on reading….
Since Revit 2013, Bentley’s Microstation V7 and V8 file formats have been supported. Keep reading for more details.
Civil 3D natively gives you the ability to create a pipe network from a feature line. How about the other way around? Can you take a pipe network and generate a feature line? Keep reading to find out.
New Solidworks eTraining !! As you know, year after year, eTraining is getting better. And as you also know, Atlantic CAD Solutions has partnered with Global eTraining to provide it’s clients with on-line, self-pace training services for Autodesk products for multiple years now. (Click here to find out more info on our eTraining offerings) Some […]
As you know, year after year, eTraining is getting better. And as you also know, Atlantic CAD Solutions has partnered with Global eTraining to provide it’s clients with on-line, self-pace training services for Autodesk products for multiple years now. (Click here to find out more info on our eTraining offerings) Some of the new eTraining […]
Lumion 6.5 released on June 6th. It is now available and contains an updated engine and great new features. If you have Lumion 6.0 currently, you will get an e-mail with a FREE download to version 6.5!! -The new Lumion engine works even better with Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. For Windows 10 users, you get access to extra […]
We now have the technology to convert Civil 3D objects into AutoCAD solids. Those objects can then be leveraged in other software such as Navisworks, Revit, Lumion where you can perform further visual analysis, interference checking, rendering, 3D printing, etc..
To everyone that came to our booth during the MEET 2016 trade show in Moncton, NB. Thank You!! We had a great time at the show. We were demonstrating Revit 2017 (Architecture, MEP & Structural), Navisworks 2017, AutoCAD 2017, Lumion 6.3 and our very own RVT2DWG program – to convert Revit models/sheets to DWG files […]
To everyone that came to our booth during the AANB 2016 trade show in Fredericton, NB. Thank You!! We had a great time at the show. We were demonstrating Revit 2017, Navisworks 2017, AutoCAD 2017, Lumion 6.3 and our very own RVT2DWG program – to convert Revit models/sheets to DWG files that are compatible to […]
This month, find out how to quickly locate your content from a list with the “search-in-lists” feature.
Have you ever had a part that you could not find in your browser, be honest, we’ve all been there…..Large assemblies get complex with lots of parts and sub-assemblies. This tip will help you find those parts, especially when those parts are buried deep within sub-assemblies First, you should set your Component Priority (at the […]
Whether you are sharing a file or need to make use of a file (consume), when it comes to xref files, I’m sure you will find something useful in the xref tips below, cause no one likes to work with cluttered drawing files, full of useless information. Everyone’s job is easier if we have nice, […]
Did you know that you can apply the wall joins tool to multiple walls at the same time? Read more to find out how.
Charles is a bit busy this month, so I volunteered to do his Civil 3d blog for him. After all, I’m also a Civil 3d Certified Professional!! Now, I usually don’t advertise anyone’s tools or applications in my blogs. But once in a while I come across something that is simple, usefull and free – so […]
This month, I figured it would be a good time to talk about Work Planes in Inventor! Work Planes are not new in Inventor, and many users have been working with them for a while now. But if you are new to Inventor, you may want a bit more help on Work Planes. So keep reading […]
AutoCAD – to Edit Dimensions as simple as editing Multiline Test!! As we all know, AutoCAD has been around for a long time and some of the AutoCAD users have been also. As I teach AutoCAD, Inventor and Civil 3d on a regular basis, one thing I see on a frequent basis is that “new” users have a […]
As you have heard, Inventor 2017 Released. the official release date was March 28th and Autodesk announces this as “The Inventor that you’ve been waiting for”. Let’s see why!! First, let’s look into the Install and License type: Installation: No more prompts for the serial number, product key, and license type during the installation. Instead, this […]
Lumion 6.3 Released ! Lumion 6.3 represents a huge leap forward in 3D visualization. Lumion 6.3 allows you to quickly show your clients 3D models (from Sketchup and Revit) on Oculus Rift and Gear VR. What’s New -> Oculus Rift and GearVR: Lumion has always given you an edge with your clients by breathing life into your designs, […]
Are you a big fan of the section box found in the 3D view, but dislike the time it takes to set it up and then pan, zoom and orbit? Keep reading for an awesome trick about selection boxes.
Looking to update some of your old ATS77 drawings to the CSRS NAD83 coordinate system, here’s what you need to know before you attempt a the coordinate transformation.
The new release of AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017 includes PDF import tools, Smart Centerlines, bundles AutoCAD 360 Pro mobile app with AutoCAD and a bunch of new features and improvements. Keep on reading….. Earlier this week, Autodesk officially announced the 2017 release of their flagship product – AutoCAD. According to Autodesk, the 2017 release […]
Back in January of 2016, we announced that we were the first Autodesk Authorized Certification Center in Atlantic Canada (for Autodesk User Certification thru our partnership with CertiPort Authorized Testing Center “CATC”)! Well, we did it again!! In February of 2016, we became the first Atlantic Canadian Authorized Certification Center for Autodesk Professional Certification!! Now […]
Tired of Panning and Zooming in and out on different parts of your drawing in Model space, just to reference materials or elevations data in one place and checking tables in another? Zooming in and out, Panning here and there? Try Model Space Viewports instead. I use multiple viewports in Model Space to be in […]
Ever wanted to make your iProperties Description Field more intelligent? Maybe you would like the Description field or another Field in your iProperties to automatically update/change based on the information found in your model/part. Well, keep reading cause we are going to give you step by step directions to do so. The steps are: 1. Define […]
Ever placed Balloon’s in your Inventor Drawings and wished you could add a Bend or a Job to it. Well, you can. Keep reading to find out how. When ballooning a 2D drawing in Inventor, the default is to allow 2 points only. The start point being the location of the arrow and the second […]
Did you know that you can rotate the project north of a specific plan view with a simple command?
To Blend and Join, that is the question. These are two little known but very useful commands in AutoCAD. So let us explore the a little deeper. Blend: The Blend command is found on your Ribbon, under the Fillet/Chamfer grouping. When you click on BLEND, you will be asked to pick the first and second […]