As a CAD professional or enthusiast, learning new skills is invaluable. Luckily, there are always tools, tips, tricks and research to help you improve your performance, learn new techniques and stay at the top of your game.
Check out these worthwhile CAD links we’ve compiled for you. You just may learn something new!
One of the greatest challenges 3D animators face is mastering the ability to create a realistic human. Individual components like facial features, movements, mannerisms and expressions are hard to combine into a whole that seems to actually live and breathe.
Fortunately, CGcookie.com has us covered with an 11 part video series on the entire process of texturing, eye sculpting, hair manipulation and clothing texturing needed to create a lifelike human head in Blender.
Want to get your feet wet with 3D printing? This is a great place to start.
It’s a step-by-step walk through of how to 3D print your Rhino model. The video will show you how to avoid common mistakes and possible 3D printing problems—before they become a hassle.
SolidWorks is a 3D modeling software mainly used for mechanical design and manufacturing. If you’re just starting out with it, this video tutorial will help you learn how to sketch and add dimension to your 3D model.
Are you renewing software licenses, considering a switch or purchasing new software for your CAD outfit? It’s a major expenditure for many organizations in 2014, so being armed with information to make better business decisions is important.
CAD expert Brian Benton provides a great place to start. Over at Autodesk User Group International, he breaks down the different CAD software pricing models and trends you need to know about.
Through the use of adaptive components, this 3D modeler found an easier way to create a piled wall system. Watch this short video tutorial so that you too can model a piled wall in Revit 2014.
Minimal changes to CAD software packages. Improved economic outlooks. More startup projects, but little change in the number of CAD seats at your organization. These are just a taste of what CAD managers could face in 2014.
Robert Green at Cadalyst has your back with CAD management forecasts that could help you better budget, manage and thrive in the New Year.
Speaking of the future, TechCrunch breaks down new research from analyst firm IDC that suggests a big boom in the number of 3D printers going out the door in the next several years.
Big moves by established players and upstarts alike are driving the trend; staying on top of it could help your company—or portfolio—benefit.
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