Archive for May, 2013

Join Us for Our 2014 Rollout Event

May 23, 2013

2014 Rollout

PDF to DWG Convertor

May 9, 2013

Attaching PDF’s to drawings can be somewhat of a pain.  For one, the performance with panning and zooming is horrible.  Wouldn’t it be nice to convert these PDF’s back to a DWG?  Well there are programs out there to accomplish this. 

Once the PDF is converted back to a DWG, you can then edit linework and text as well.  Most of these programs are fairly inexpensive.  I have been introduced to a website that will convert these files for free!!

Some of its distinct features are:

– High quality conversions with lines, arcs, scale presets and texts preserved, and no need for further touch-ups.

– Files of up to 40MB can be uploaded and converted quickly.

– All uploaded user data, including emails, is deleted in accordance with their privacy policy.

– Everything is free – they support their selves via ads on the homepage (please, don’t be confused by them).

You can start today by clicking here.

New Feature in Civil 3D 2014: Apply Vertical Closure Between Surface Automatically in Quantity Take-off Calculations

May 3, 2013

Being Civil has blogged about another new feature in Civil 3D 2014.  Keep in mind, that the closure between the surfaces does NOT affect the actual surface.  It’s only for the QTO calculations.  You can read more about it here.

Why is My Linework Gray?

May 2, 2013

I ran across a drawing that had red lines in it and some of them, plus some of the text was gray.  The linework and text were on their own layers and all of the properties were set to BYLAYER.  I banged my head on the wall for hours trying to figure this out.  A friend of mine, the one that had this problem, figured out what the issue was.  But I was on the road and couldn’t do much about his “fix”.  So the next day I sat down and went at it again.  Turns out that in my Map Task Pane, if I unchecked Default, the lines showed up correctly. This must have been a drawing that was converted from a shapefile.  See below…

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Gray Lines

A Challenge to Inventor users

May 1, 2013

Hello all,

It has been a while since my last posting to the Blog, and hopefully it will not be this long again.

Total CAD recently had an Industrial Machinery workshop where we reviewed tools for Routed systems, Electrical schematic communication with Inventor, and a review of the Autodesk 360 tools. All in all it was a very good day for everyone.

This brings me to my main item. Lately it seems, we have been receiving support calls about tools that seem to be missing from Inventor. I would like to review and address a few of those here – and they do exist…<grin>

In our event some users saw tools they have never seen before, and these “missing” tools are good tools to know about.

1. While in routed systems and having created a run/route,  highlight the route, right-click to see the menu and a couple handy commands, Convert to 3D sketch, and the Alternate Route options appear. Very handy.

2. Design Accelerators: Many users overlook these tools. Which appear in the Assembly ribbon tool bar… check it out. I recently had a client ask about chain design tools. Which is part of  the  Design Accelerator tools. Again very handy. While in an assembly select the “Design” tab of the ribbon. By the way, frame generator tools are here as well.

3. Learn to use the filter tools for content when searching for placement in an assembly  – we see so many users struggling to look through 1000’s of parts because they don’t turn on ANSI, DIN, or other filters. With the Content Center open look for the little Funnel Filter button. Try it out, it will help. Also users can add commonly used parts to their favorites bar in Content Center.

4. Remember to expand folders in the part and/or assembly browser. If it has a “+” sign to the left, then other items are under that part or assembly.

As you experiment I’m sure you will find efficient ways to use some of these tools.

Now My CHALLENGE to you! Once a day pick a new button or command to investigate or use. Learn how it works and how it can be applied to your current design projects.

One Button a Day Makes Inventor Go a Long Way…

Have a good day,

Mike