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Autodesk discovered a mistake with the AutoCAD 2018.0.1/AutoCAD LT 2018.0.1 release that will cause the software to expire and no longer start on June 1, 2017. The issue was quickly resolved by releasing the AutoCAD 2018.0.2/AutoCAD LT 2018.0.2 update. As this update fixes a defect that would cause the product to not start, it is

Converting old 2D CAD drawings to new 3D CAD models has always been a hot topic in the CAD World, and it’s a challenge that most companies face. AutoCAD and Inventor have made much progress in helping users with processes like direct block copy, DWG underlay, PDF import, and many more. Yet, the 2D to

Have you ever had to work with someone that uses different units or dimension styles than you? Whether you need to specify for an international company or a client that uses different dimension formats this could result in headaches and waste unnecessary time redefining your drawings. Fortunately, there is an option within AutoCAD (DIMSTYLE >>

Want to get the most out of Autodesk® Inventor®? Join us for our monthly Tips & Tricks for Inventor online sessions and learn how you can use the comprehensive and flexible toolset in Inventor efficiently so you can reduce development costs, get to market faster and continue making great products. In the 9/27 session on

After recently teaching a few classes and demonstrating some models to clients, I decided to compile a short list of frequently asked questions that I received.   What is the best method of defining a hole feature? The best way is the method that makes sense to you. In my experience the most adaptive method

I’ll be frank, I hate manual overrides in AutoCAD. It should be an absolute last resort to edit your object within AutoCAD. However, sometimes it happens. Whether it was for a markup reason, to high light the object, or the fault of a block pulled from an online library; it leads to looser improper layer

AutoCAD 2017 brings tons of improvement from the previous version; especially within the user interface thanks to all the valuable feedback in the AutoCAD forums. First, all the dialog boxes got larger. This might sound silly, but now all dialogue boxes maximize interface visibility for quicker access within the menu. Second, Revision Clouds are more

Sharing is caring! With AutoCAD 2017 there are huge additions to sharing your drawing data internally and externally.  First, with A360 cloud integration, you can share your drawings via the cloud for clients or management, so that they can review your drawings and design through a web client. They can mark up, comment, and see

Proper usage of Center Marks is a ubiquitous command for any drafter or designer who utilizes AutoCAD and customizing the Center Mark option is perhaps one of the first custom edits (found in DIMSTY). Although the command has gotten quite smart as AutoCAD has gotten smarter, it lacks some convenient associativity with the model itself;

“Learn to use keyboard shortcuts!” You’ve probably heard that a hundred times, in any AutoCAD class you’ve ever taken. I teach both AutoCAD and Inventor classes and I’ve noticed that the keyboard shortcuts aren’t used nearly as much inside of Inventor. Most of my students work strictly with the ribbon panel in Inventor but I’m

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