HURRAY for ARRAY!

… Another Great Added feature In AutoCAD 2012! In the new release, you can save time and maintain a set of relationships between arrayed objects from windows on the exterior of a building to columns or trusses in a bridge. In addition to Rectangular and Polar, the array command now has the capability to array along a selected path and have the objects maintain a dynamic association with the path object.

Project Snap is Design Center’s stronger brother…

Today, I wanted to Blog about something different, something new, and something exciting! So, I decided to talk about one of the Autodesk lab projects, “Project Snap”. Basically, it is the next super-generation of the Design Center. Project Snap makes all of your content searchable similar to a Google search engine and it allows Autodesk users to connect to their design content (DWG, RVT, IAM), regardless of where the data resides and instantly locates design content without leaving AutoCAD. Project Snap creates an index of your data based on where you want it to look (local or network folders, Autodesk Seek, Autodesk Buzzsaw, Autodesk Vault). This index of design metadata looks at file properties, and even objects in files, and objects like blocks, text, attributes, fields, dimensions, leaders, Hyperlinks… (The list goes on and on.) Another great thing about this is it is easy to use inside a Find Content Palette similar to the other pallets right inside AutoCAD.

Parametric Constraints …the Final Chapter. Holiday Bonus Blog!

Dimensional Constraints

The DIMENSIONAL CONSTRAINT commands allow you to control objects through dimensions. A good way to look at it is, “Regular AutoCAD Dimensions” update when the object changes size and so on, but with “Dimensional Constraints”, it’s like the opposite, the object changes when the Dimension is changed. In the latest version of AutoCAD now includes a new Convert option to convert associative dimensions to dimensional constraints rather than it being the default behavior.

Parametric Constraints …the Series. Part 3

In this part we will take a look at is how constraints work with fillets and other objects. Creating a fillet automatically applies coincident and tangent constraints between the new fillet arc and the existing lines to help maintain the fillet if the arc or lines are modified. Likewise, creating a chamfer applies coincident constraints between the new chamfer line and the existing lines.

Parametric Constraints …the Series. PART 2

The 2D parametric functionality in AutoCAD 2011 has been enhanced, and includes predefined command macros to access options within in the GEOMCONSTRAINT and DIMCONSTRAINT commands automatically for you. For example, instead of launching the GEOMCONSTRAINT command and then selecting the perpendicular option, you can launch the GCPERPENDICULAR command directly all in one step. Repeating the last command automatically repeats the last command as well as the specific option, so this will help in speeding up the process. Object highlighting; when you roll over an icon on a constraint bar or when you select a parameter in the Parameters manager supports the Visual Effects settings you specify on the Selection tab of the Options dialog box (dashed and thickened by default), so it make it easy to see what constraints are assigned to what objects. Additional improvements to geometric and dimensional constraint functionality enable you to create and edit parametrically constrained geometry faster than ever before.

Parametric Drawings …the Series. PART 1

I have had a lot of clients (mostly in manufacturing) lately that are looking at constraints in AutoCAD as the answer to be able to control drawing geometry not only for accuracy, but to assist them in quick changes by editing existing content, or to create new similar content without having to worry about losing the original shape and intent of the design. In some cases I found that some of the designers have less than 15 minutes to change a shop drawing  to reflect the new sizes with the updated dimensions before they need to move on to the next client, and that this is a typical every day operation. They are also very adamant about using AutoCAD to accomplish this. So in light of these new requests, let’s start with a brief intro of by utilizing Parametric Constraints.

Now you see it… Now you don’t! Object Visibility in AutoCAD 2011

If you were a subscription holder in AutoCAD 2010 you got a sneak peek at this new AutoCAD 2011 feature that includes new tools that enable you to control object visibility independent from layer visibility control. The Object Visibility tools are accessible from the large light bulb icon on the status bar (Isolate Objects) or better yet, from the right‐click menu when objects are selected as well as when no objects are selected. When you use the Isolate Objects tool, only the selected objects remain visible in the drawing. All other objects are hidden.

Know Your Boundaries…

Have you ever wanted to see where the exact outside perimeter of a paper space viewport is in relation to model space? Well I am going to show you how to generate a polyline using the Boundary command in Layout that transfer itself to the representing area in Model space.

Here’s how…