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    How to Get the Most Out of Your CAD Software

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 12, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    Great engineers must stay on top of the latest trends in the industry, while continually expanding their knowledge in CAD. To help fine-tune your skills and get the most out of your CAD software, we’ve compiled a list of six resources to check out.

    1. CADTutor

    This website is a one-stop-shop that features daily engineering tips and offers tutorials specifically designed to get you accustomed to AutoCAD 2D and 3D designs. Join hundreds of engineers in one of several live forums for quick questions and solutions to make the most out of your CAD software.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks, Productivity

    Quality and Quantity: 4 Ways to Design Faster and Better in CAD

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 8, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    In the race reduce time-to-market, engineers must seek new ways to improve efficiencies at every step of the design process. However, the challenge is two-fold. While cutting production time, engineers are also challenged to maintain the quality of their designs.

    Below, we provide four ways you can design faster and better in CAD.

    1. No Pain, Lots of Gain

    Facing pressures to hit deadlines while developing complex designs, CAD professionals may find themselves working for long periods of time. However, hours of repetitive motions may lead to pain or discomfort in your hands or wrists.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks

    4 Skills and Qualities CAD Professionals Will Need to Succeed in the New Year

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 5, 2017 11:30:00 AM

    New cutting-edge CAD technology is introduced to the engineering field every day. As experts in one of the most in-demand professions, engineers cannot afford to fall behind. As a result, CAD professionals must be forward-thinking and sharpen their skills to keep up with the field.

    CAD professionals who develop strong technical and soft skills will gain a competitive edge over their colleagues. Below, we provide four qualities and skills CAD professionals will need to be most successful in 2018.

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    Tags: Engineering, 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks

    When It Comes to 2D vs. 3D CAD, Which Is Better for You?

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Oct 18, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    Computer-aided design (CAD) has become a standard design tool for engineers and architects. Once used only for 2D drawing, developers have since created a way to add a third dimension to designs.

    While 2D and 3D CAD software are both still needed to bring new innovations to life, more engineers turn to 3D CAD for complex applications.

    Read on for a refresher on the key differences between 2D and 3D CAD and why engineers and architects most commonly prefer designing in 3D.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks, CadMouse

    6 More Informative Videos to Keep CAD Professionals in the Know

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

    New developments in CAD software continue to expand design capabilities and shape the way engineers work and innovate.

    Luckily, CAD users have instant access to thousands of online videos, which provide visual tutorials, useful tips and the latest updates on industry technology.

    These six easily digestible CAD videos offer the latest tips, tricks, tutorials and trends for engineers and CAD professionals at all stages of their careers. 

    1. AutoCAD 2018 New Features

    Each year, AutoCAD introduces new software features to expand design capabilities for engineers. Learn about the latest performance enhancements, which enable users to zoom, pan and orbit with ease when working with complex 3D models. After watching this video you’ll have a basic understanding of how to use the newest features in AutoCAD 2018, such as PDF import, AutoCAD 360 and AutoCAD for the cloud.

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    Tags: Creativity, 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks

    Tech Check: The Tools and Tips You Need to Enhance Your CAD Experience

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 5, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    You may not realize it, but your current technology may be holding you back from delivering top-notch CAD work.

    How? It’s simple.

    Today’s engineering industry is evolving rapidly and older methods of technology (think ordinary computer mice) are simply outdated. CAD professionals may find themselves struggling to complete and deliver quality projects in a timely fashion, simply because of the tools they’re using.

    Luckily, there are plenty of tools and technologies to replace some of your current solutions that just don’t work for you anymore. Read on for a tech check to learn which tools can help you achieve your best CAD performance, as well as helpful technology tips to enhance your workflow. 

    Simplify Your Workflow with Valuable Extras

    Depending on which CAD software you’re using, there’s likely a downloadable extension or plugin to simplify some of your tasks. CAD platforms like Onshape, SketchUp, AutoCAD and Autodesk, and more have their own libraries of helpful extensions to aid in your CAD work.

    Adding these extensions to your workflow can cut down on production time by automating or simplifying tedious, or complex tasks. For example, these seven SketchUp extensions all provide one similar benefit: they boost productivity, making CAD work easier, faster and more enjoyable.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks, Productivity

    6 CAD Videos You Can’t Miss

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Nov 2, 2016 8:19:00 AM

    CAD software has evolved rapidly over time to accelerate the design process, improve efficiency and help engineers innovate. 

    Fortunately, engineers have access to an abundance of online resources that provide CAD techniques and information on changes in technology. Videos serve as engaging and effective resources for those who want to understand CAD software and current trends in engineering as they provide far more than words on paper. 

    Here are six CAD videos providing quick tips, tutorials and testimonials that all engineers should watch.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks, Productivity

    3 Professional Development Secrets for Engineers

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Oct 24, 2016 10:50:00 AM

    As often as the field of engineering changes, it’s equally important that engineers continue to evolve, too. Engaging in professional development practices can keep engineers competitive in the market, as well as improve their work and final product.

    So, how can engineers stay ahead in such a dynamic field? Keep reading to discover how to learn more information faster and better, market your ideas more effectively, and become more creative.

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    Tags: Engineering, CAD Tips and Tricks, Productivity

    8 (More) CAD Influencers You Need to Follow

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Sep 13, 2016 11:30:00 AM

    Paul Munford (@CadSetterOut)

    Paul Munford authors the blog cadsetterout.com and updates it with weekly CAD tips and tricks, particularly with AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor. Once you’ve followed him on Twitter, be sure to subscribe to his blog to get new tips every Friday.

    Jon Hirschtick (@jhirschtick)

    Software entrepreneur Jon Hirschtick offers tips to help your design process run smoother. As a founder of Onshape and SOLIDWORKS, he also provides updates on the latest developments in CAD software.

    Pat Sweet (@engileader)

    Pat Sweet is a blogger, entrepreneur and engineer for Engineering & Leadership, which aims to help engineers also take on the role of leaders and project managers in their workplace.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks, Productivity

    CAD Links Worth Your Time: 3D Robotics Teams Up With Autodesk, Hasbro 3D Scanner Patent and More

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Apr 12, 2016 11:23:11 AM

    Autodesk

    Taking Data Capture to New Heights

    3D Robotics is teaming with Autodesk to create safer solutions for architecture, engineering and construction professionals. 3D Robotics will be incorporating products like Autodesk’s Forge Platform, ReCap and A360 with its drones.

    Field professionals will be able to use the drones to perform inspections, surveys and scans of hard-to-reach areas like tall towers. The drones will capture data that will be processed in the cloud for download by the field workers.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks