CAD Links Worth Your Time — September 2014

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Sep 29, 2014 6:00:00 AM

    3D design tips and tricksKeep your 3D skills sharp with do-it-yourself CAD education using the links below. 

    Generate a Point Cloud

    Point clouds can be generated from scanners or cameras in less time than that of a solid model and are a great factory asset. By taking a series of photos, you can turn any object into a workable 3D model. Learn the process for creating a point cloud in Autodesk ReCap.

    SolidWorks 2015 to Cater to More 3D Professionals 

    Dassault Systemes announced that SolidWorks 2015 will be inclusive for the broader network of professionals involved in product development. This includes professionals in technical publications, marketing, quality assurance, electrical engineering and manufacturing. Previously, SolidWorks software catered mainly to mechanical engineering professionals—now, the whole team can benefit from its robust capabilities.

    Save Time By Reusing Designs 

    Create templates and designs in a way that will allow you to build upon and reuse them for future projects. This will cut design time and get projects out the door faster. Here are six tips to master design reuse.

    Master Elevation Drawing

    Once you’ve mastered the art of concepting and drawing floor plans, you can now move on to creating elevation drawings. An elevation drawing is the view you would see if looking at the model from eye level. Elevation drawings are important in conveying the look and design of the project. Get started on your elevation drawing skills with this introductory guide.

    Are Engineer Drawings Really Dead?

    One author seems to think so. Ed Lopategui at GrabCAD argues that with today’s technology and systems in place, “3D objects can now be defined and controlled in 3D.” Lopategui reasons, the classical system of rendering 3D models into 2D illustrations has many limitations. Read Lopategui’s case against engineer drawings here.

    What do you think about the stance against engineer drawings?

    Configure Your Workstation Budget to Your Workload

    How does one decide what hardware is appropriate to get the job done?  It’s a tricky question, because while state-of-the-art equipment is always better, it’s not always necessary—especially if your workload is not set up to guarantee “payback.”

    Learn how to best spend your hardware dollars with these guidelines from Cadalyst. Furthermore, if a 3D mouse is on your hardware wishlist, see our payback calculator to identify how quickly you’ll recoup your investment. 

    Polish SketchUp Projects with a Final Touch Up

    Deciding when your model is complete is not an easy task—there will always be one more element to tweak, one more surface to alter. When the time comes and you feel ready to release a SketchUp project, make sure it is polished with these quick tips.

    Avoid Career Burnout

    Career burnout is both dangerous and common. The high-stress environment associated with CAD managers, coupled with the need to deal with repetitive problems, makes for a perfect storm that leads to burnout. Recognize the signs and avoid it with the CAD Manager’s Toolbox. 

    Have you found any relevant CAD tutorials or articles? Share the wealth of knowledge with your peers in the comments below!

    Improve Your Creativity Starting Today

    Creativity isn’t a gift. It’s a skill. And you can improve it—beginning today. The Creativity Handbook for 3D Professionals is a manual packed with habits, tools and hacks that will make you more creative, more often.

    This handbook has 25+ pages of information that will help you boost your design creativity and improve your career. Get started today.

    3D design productivity guide

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