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Ian Robinson

Saving Assemblies to your Pallets in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017

Saving Assemblies to your Pallets in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017
So, you’ve updated your AutoCAD Civil 3D software to 2017 and are in the process of adding your new 2017 Assemblies to a tool pallet.... and this happens: Fig 1 As soon as you click on the assembly and then select it to drag onto the Toolpallets you get a message saying “Copy to Clipboard Failed” [fig 1]. Fear not! I’m not sure what is causing it, but something has changed for this to happen. So...
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Andy Garbett

Change to Inventor 2017 SP1 or R2 Fill/Hatch Region in Drawings

Change to Inventor 2017 SP1 or R2 Fill/Hatch Region in Drawings
Hello everybody, this is a small change that I have come across with one of our customers, in the service pack 1 or R2 Release of Inventor 2017. It’s not easy to see in the patch notes and could leave you scratching your head if you’re unaware. It relates to “Fill/Hatch Region” function and the various “Patterns” and “Solids”. Basically, we are all used to seeing the following Dialogue box when se...
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Aleck Giles

Advance Steel – Drawing Issue Status and Comment

Advance Steel – Drawing Issue Status and Comment
My last bog post drew attention to the Drawing Issue Status in Advance Steel. On install this is a list of 5 states: Not Set, Revised, Comment, Approved, Rejected. Now with AS2017 you can add your own custom statuses to this list. This is done using the Object Property Editor in Management Tools. Simply select any existing entry under Approval Status and click new then fill in your desired name an...
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Jonathan Hand

Navisworks 2017 Update 1

Navisworks 2017 Update 1
Navisworks 2017 Update 1 Autodesk have released an update for Navisworks 2017 which is available to all subscription customers via the Autodesk Desktop App. So let’s take a look and see what enhancements are included in the new update. New IFC LoaderAs part of the Global Options > File Readers > IFC, there is now an option to load Revit IFC Files. For now, this is an optional choice but...
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Alan Johnson

Creating a Repeating Detail in Revit Structure or Revit Architecture

Creating a Repeating Detail in Revit Structure or Revit Architecture
Detail components are line-based 2D elements that you can add to detail views or drafting views. Repeating Details Components are very useful when working on complex details. With the Repeating Detail tool, you sketch a path defined by 2 points, the path is then filled in with a pattern of detail components. You can create a repeating detail using any detail component and it is essentially an arra...
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Jonathan Hand

Advance Steel & Dynamo - Add hyperlinks to BOM reports

Advance Steel & Dynamo - Add hyperlinks to BOM reports
One of the best things about using Dynamo for Advance Steel is the ability to append data from a project model. By creating a very simple script I was able to define a project folder and then automaticially create hyperlinks to the fabrication drawings. The script is based on a predefined custom node which can be downloaded here. In Dynamo, simple load the custom node, add some string in...
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Jonathan Hand

Advance Steel - Tweaking the CAD Standards in the template file

Advance Steel - Tweaking the CAD Standards in the template file
One of the first things I do when I get a new Advance Steel version is to look at how some small changes to the template file can easily make my modelling process better and easier on the eye. There are a few easy tweaks that can be done to take the standard template and turn it into a visually more appeasing version. If you look at the image below you will see a standard template file on the righ...
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Andy Garbett

Vault Searching Tips

Vault Searching Tips
Hello everybody. This is one for all you vault users no matter if its Basic, Workgroup or Professional.Vault has many benefits but one that not everybody is aware of is the ability to quickly find out who is working on what at any given time. Let’s open our vault Application. Now I know all my files are in there and I can see the status of these when I navigate the various directories, but what I...
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Jonathan Hand

Advance Steel & Dynamo Tutorial 001 - Create a straight beam

Advance Steel & Dynamo Tutorial 001 - Create a straight beam
Welcome to tutorial 001 for how to work with Advance Steel & Dynamo. In this tutorial serial we will explain the basics of computational programming withing Dynamo and how this can be utilised in Advance Steel. In this first instalment we show how to add some nodes points to define a straight beam in Dynamo and then run the script in Advance Steel. The finished dynamo script can be downloaded...
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Pat Mullins

Revit Tip - Invisible Line Style

Revit Tip - Invisible Line Style
Invisible Line Style. First you see it, then you don’t. Revit uses various Line Styles to denote variation within a model. As you might expect, we have the usual suspects, Solid, Hidden, Centreline etc. In addition, we also have ‘Invisible lines’. As the name suggests this is a Line Style that cannot be seen, the line still exists but is invisible, this is incredibly useful. This post provides so...
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