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Alex Fielder

Autodesk Inventor Same Drawing Notes, Different Drawing sheet

Two methods of creating generic drawing notes for multiple drawing sheets in Autodesk Inventor A recent support case for a customer prompted me to investigate how you may create an Autodesk Inventor drawing that uses the same editable text notes on each sheet of a drawing set. Using AutoCAD, you can easily do this by creating your text note(s) in Model space and directing a Paper space viewport at...
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Marc Pattinson

3D Sketching Improvements – What’s New Inventor 2017

The next instalment of What’s New looks at the new 3D sketching enhancements found in the new Autodesk Inventor 2017. With the all-new 2017 features Inventor’s 3D sketching environment is now more efficient than ever. We all tend to shy away from creating too many 3D sketches within our designs, often creating multiple workplanes and 2D sketches to achieve what we could accomplish with just one 3D...
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Dave Cassapi

Plant 3D in Geo Referenced Projects

Plant 3D in Geo Referenced ProjectsLet’s talk about point clouds, Geo Referenced drawings and Plant3D. The use of GeoRef data is common place when dealing with the utilities industries. Customers like to give us site plans that we can pipe around, and sometimes even 3D models of these sites. That is brilliant, and should you receive a point cloud then that’s even better. For new installation, the site plans or point clouds can be i...
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Jonathan Hand

Advance Steel 2017 - Grid Balloon Offset

Advance Steel 2017 - Grid Balloon Offset
One the best new features in the lastest release of Adavnce Steel is the improvement to general arrangement drawings as it now allows you to manually adjust the grid extension line and balloon to avoid possible balloon overlaps if the gap between two consecutive grids is too small. The adjustment is done by selecting the grid extension line, and offsetting the position of the balloon and part...
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Aleck Giles

Advance Steel Assembly Drawing Sheet Size

Some people say to us that they think the automatic drawings from Advance Steel are too cluttered. Equally many of the same people may always try and use A3 for Assembly drawings often due to available printer output size. Consider the following points: • Dimensions are a fixed size compared to the paper.• The number of views and dimensions required to describe the assembly are the same on any pap...
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Simon Locke

Revit Tips - Filtering Cable Tray Types

The Cable Tray in Revit as a default actually only consists of 2 different types; Ladder and the rest. Although it appears from the Type Selector that there are more, all of the ones except Ladder are made up of the same fittings, only the Type Name has changed. This means that all the cable tray except ladder looks the same on your sheet. In this document we will look at using View Filters worki...
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Grant Dott

BIM 360 Docs - An ‘Observation’ Lies Within

For the past couple of months I have been reviewing BIM 360 Docs and waiting for something that I could use in a productive workflow. At last, something has appeared and a great addition at that. Issues have now been added to the BIM 360 Docs application and unlike Markups, they can be created on the mobile interface. What a great idea to be able to create Issues on your iPhone as you wander throu...
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Jonathan Hand

Advance Steel 2017 - Add formulas to external BOM reports

Advance Steel 2017 - Add formulas to external BOM reports
Advance Steel 2017 – Formulas in External BOMs One of the best new features in Advance Steel 2017 is the ability to add mathematical formulas to external BOMs. When choosing to use the new "Formula" parameter in the Content list, you are able to introduce a mathematical formula in the BOM template. The formula can use basic operators such as Addition, Subtraction, Division & Multiplication but...
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Paul Munford

Autodesk Inventor 2017 What's New? Mesh Support!

Autodesk Inventor 2017 What's New? Mesh Support!
New in Autodesk Inventor 2017, Awesome Mesh support! Autodesk Inventor 2017 enables end to end round tripping of scanned to 3D printed data by enabling Mesh based models. Autodesk Inventor 2017 brings new features for those of us interested in working with scanned data or 3D printed files in the form of its new Mesh file modelling tools. We can now import 3D .OBJ mesh files directly into inventor ...
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Jonathan Hand

Advance Steel 2017 - New Feature Overview

Advance Steel 2017 - New Feature Overview
What’s New in Autodesk® Advance Steel 2017 It’s that time of the year again when Autodesk release their range of updated software products and in the structural detailing world we have the eagerly anticipated Advance Steel 2017. This blog post will take a look at what’s new in Advance Steel 2017, we will then follow up with additional blog posts which will focus on specific features in more detail...
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