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Janet Black

How to create an Advance Steel BOM of selected elements with Queries option

How to create an Advance Steel BOM of selected elements with Queries option
Our video below shows you how to create an Autodesk Advance Steel BOM based on certain elements in a structure or certain selected elements. You can create a query in Advance Steel, using certain criteria in your structure based on your selected preference in the Search filter, which is located in the Management Tools Palette, selection category. You can create queries based on object type, common...
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Adam Butcher

Inventor Drawing Tip - displaying Drill Tap size and 3D Part annotations

Inventor Drawing Tip - displaying Drill Tap size and 3D Part annotations
Your Autodesk Inventor drawing views that you place on your drawing sheet, and parts that have tapped holes created from the hole feature tool by default will always reference the minor diameter. In some cases, you may want to dimension the view with the tap drill size. When you measure the part's tapped hole the value that it returns is the minor diameter, so using the hole thread feature no...
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Adam Butcher

Why do we need to export Inventor DWG to AutoCAD DWG?

Why do we need to export Inventor DWG to AutoCAD DWG?
From time to time during our support work we come across the common issue of exporting an Inventor DWG file to AutoCAD DWG. As both file types have the same (DWG) extension, you might be forgiven for thinking there is no difference but there is! So let me explain the difference between the two file types, and how to set up an efficient workflow for exporting.  If you create a drawing in ...
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Emma-Louise Osbourne

How Design and Vis take you from 2D Drawings to realistic 3D Visualisations

How Design and Vis take you from 2D Drawings to realistic 3D Visualisations
Here at Graitec our Design and Vis team offer expertise in producing high quality 3D visuals of product models, building interiors/exteriors and much more. But what is involved in getting a project from the stages of its conceptual design to creating a realistic image or animation of the finished product? To begin, the team are usually handed either a 3D Revit or Inventor model, or a 2D design and...
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Alan Johnson

Using the ReConstruct tool in the iConstruct Navisworks Extension

Using the ReConstruct tool in the iConstruct Navisworks Extension
When we open/append models in Navisworks, the models sometimes contain geometry for model items that are not required. Fortunately, the iConstruct Navisworks Extension comes with a number of configurable tools and one of those is ReConstruct, a simple but powerful tool which allows us to select any item or items within the model and then re-construct them in to a new Navisworks .nwd file. We ...
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Alan Johnson

How to use Thickening with the Revit Structure Slab Edge tool

How to use Thickening with the Revit Structure Slab Edge tool
The Revit Structure Slab Edge tool allows us to create thickened portions of slabs which are typically located at the boundaries of floors. A slab edge type is composed of a profile family and a material assignment. It is important that the material assignment of the slab edge matches that of the floor to which the slab edge is applied, as this ensures proper joining of geometry. Once a foundation...
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Aleck Giles

Clone Advance Steel settings between PCs

Clone Advance Steel settings between PCs
Many people have multiple users and / or PCs in their company using Advance Steel 2018  and we expect that number to grow now Advance Steel has been included into the Autodesk AEC collection. You may have user sections, custom bolts, customised drawing styles or special BOMs that you want to be available to all your users, and you want to make sure that all your users / PCs are usin...
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John Bennett

How to create Studding for Advance Steel Beams

How to create Studding for Advance Steel Beams
We have all seen this request many times, for a very basic Advance Steel beam arrangement used for door lintels, wall supports or timber flitch type beams. This is several sections bolted together with a studding, either directly through the sections or by using spacer tubes. We looked at this issue and decided to create a special bolt arrangement, which is a stud, with nuts and washers at both en...
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Janet Black

How to use the Advance Steel Wall Rail tool to add a Handrail to an existing stair and anchor it to a Concrete Wall

How to use the Advance Steel Wall Rail tool to add a Handrail to an existing stair and anchor it to a Concrete Wall
With Advance Steel 2018, you can now create a wall rail on concrete. The wall rail tool is located on the Extended Modeling tab, Structural Elements panel. This video will show how to accomplish this. Simply move the UCS to the face of the concrete, position the orientation of the X and Y axis accordingly, use the view on UCS tool and turn on your 2d snaps located on the Quick views category of th...
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Justin Taylor

A Vision of BIM

A Vision of BIM
After all these years, it still amazes me to hear people discussing, arguing and trying to define what BIM is and who it’s aimed at. BIM is certainly not a new thing. So, let us begin with dispelling a few common myths. The conceptual underpinnings of BIM go back to the earliest days of computing. As early as 1962, Douglas C. Englebart gave us an uncanny vision of the future architect in his paper...
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