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How to Create Primitive Solid Objects in AutoCAD

The basis of any AutoCAD 3D drawing are primitive solid objects. These can be created via the commands in AutoCAD or you can create your own 3D solids via other methods in AutoCAD. The solids available to create with commands in AutoCAD include:    Box  

Drafting Fundamentals - How to Bisect an Angle Using Autocad

This article will explain how I use AutoCAD to bisect an angle into two smaller but equal angles. I currently work in a cabinet shop where we make custom cabinets and the counter tops that go with the cabinets. when we have a counter top that makes an "L" shape that

Economically Designing a New Home

In planning and designing a home, one of the first considerations is cost because cost will actually determine the size, shape, and style of the house. Cost of home construction will vary in every state. For instance, in some places where lumber mills are close by,

CAD Programs

Computer Aided or Assisted Drafting is what CAD stands for. The most descriptive definition we can give this type of program is a drafting board inside a computer, giving an accuracy that cannot be achieved on the drafting board. CAD had its beginnings in th

How to Draw a Roof Plan

There are several different parts of a set of house or building plan: The Floor plan Electrical plan The exterior views or elevations The Basement layout, Slab, or Foundation Floor Framing layout A Site P

Survey Equipment Used By Land Surveyors

Land surveyors use different types of survey equipment to perform various jobs. Learning more about the equipment used by land survey specialists will give you a better understanding of the whole process. There are various kinds of survey tools that is used

Five Things Every Architect Should Have

Individuals that are just beginning their education in the architect field can easily feel like there a million things that they need to know, and a million more things that they should have ready in their own personal tool bag by the time that they get a job. Overa

Drafting and Architecture - Online Career Preparation Options

An education in drafting and architecture is needed to understand the concepts and gain the ability to create technical drawings for construction purposes. This industry provides numerous careers in specialized areas to students who master these skills. Online colle

How to Effectively Prepare for Your Online CAD Course

Many people nowadays who need to take CAD training have numerous options available to them. Not only do they have the choice of taking an Inventor, AutoCAD or Revit course, depending on their profession, but they also have the opportunity to decide whether they stud

Master Solidworks

To master Solidworks, even those using Solidworks for a long time don't know everything. I learned Solidworks by being thrown onto a computer and being told to go. I asked the other engineers when I got stuck, and what they showed me worked but I found out years lat

How to Use AutoCAD - Basics

AutoCAD is a computer-based piece of software that enables users to draw 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional images. These images are then used for manufacturing or construction. Engineers use the program to plan buildings, design electrical products and even build elab

How to Create Primitive Solid Objects in AutoCAD

The basis of any AutoCAD 3D drawing are primitive solid objects. These can be created via the commands in AutoCAD or you can create your own 3D solids via other methods in AutoCAD. The solids available to create with commands in AutoCAD include: Box

Getting Started in CAD Drafting for a Career

Being able to work with computer-aided design (CAD) software can lead to an excellent career choice because everything that is going to be made or built will first require that a plan is made for it. Something must be put on paper or on a computer screen that someone else can take and build a 3-D

CAD Drawing Software - What You Need To Know

When it comes to CAD drawing software, you will find this computer aided design software enables you to complete detailed drawings with accuracy and efficiency. This type of software solution is used in many industries around the world from the building industry fro

Why Utilize 2D CAD Drawings & Tools?

There are many reasons you may want to join 2D CAD drawings into your business. This type of software is used in many industries, not only the building industry and they are often seen used by landscapers, interior designers and these days it has become exceptionall

Autodesk AutoCAD 2017: Top 4 New Features

Autodesk introduced AutoCAD 2017 in March 2016 aiming to help its users stay at the forefront. This latest release lets you work quicker and smarter across connected desktop and mobile solutions, create personalized design experiences, easily team up with colleagues

Just What Is An HVAC System, Anyway?

Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment can be a bit of a mystery to homeowners. You may be aware that your home has the ability to remain climate controlled at the touch of a button, but you find yourself wanting to understand more about the mac

All About Landscape Designing

Like any other commodity, plants do cost money. However, unlike vacuum cleaner, they become more valuable as they grow. You have to pay a good price for any plant you select to use in your landscape. The art of landscaping and landscape design is a beautiful thing.

The Future Is Bright For Accessible Design Programs

There are very few things in life that are perceived as free! No more is this true than in the commercial world of industry and specifically the digital age. Most things come at a price and that includes advice, time and ultimately searching for systems and processe

8 Tips to Help You Master Solidworks

When it comes to mechanical computer aided design (CAD) software SolidWorks is quickly becoming the industry leader. You may already be familiar with the basics of Solidworks, but how do you become a master of this high tech tool? SolidWorks provides a powerful set

How a SolidWorks Freelancer Can Make More Money

A SolidWorks expert has a chance to make thousands of dollars each month.Irrespective of where a professional is from and what his work background is, if he/she knows SolidWorks, then there's an opportunity to earn big money. The good thing is you can work e

Remedying Shop Drawing Problems

Everyone agrees that preventing a potential problem in advance is better than fixing it later on, especially in the shop drawing review process. Design professionals concur that shop drawing review can be a cause of distress and ultimately claims. But design profess

Shop Drawings For Every Industry

In the community of 3 dimensional modelling, are Shop Drawings still used? Absolutely! There isn't any a different way to effectively transfer information on the design/detail end for the shop floor. Some Fabrication Shops are using a lot more 'robotic' capabilities

If Text is Too Big For Dimension in AutoCAD

Oh so many years ago when I was working as a piping designer in the Engineering Department of a cryogenics company in New Jersey we would find that occasionally the text in the dimension would be too big for the dimension. I'm sure that you have come across this ver

Top Ten AutoCAD Tricks for New AutoCAD Users

AutoCAD is used by professionals world-wide to create the drawing files that define the buildings, equipment and products we use every day. If you are looking for a job in design or construction, you need to know AutoCAD in order to command high wages and job secur

Benefits Of An Architectural CAD Library

CAD, computer aided design, is a software solution used in a host of industries around the world. Thousands of people rely on this software daily to complete their tasks effectively. Architectural CAD libraries can be highly beneficial when it comes to drawings for

The Usefulness of Hiring a Good Landscape Designer

Landscape design is a creative art tradition of beautifying the exterior property and preserving it for aesthetic purpose. The practical landscape elements like plants, trees, shrubs, horticulture environmental sustainability, topography and soil structure all form

Landscape Design - The Principles and Elements of Landscaping

Introduction to Landscape Design The Definition of Landscaping Improve the aesthetic appearance of (an area) by changing its contours, adding ornamental features, or planting trees and shrubs. "the site has be

Choosing a General Contractor For Your Remodel Or New Home Project

One of the biggest hurtles when thinking about building a new custom home or doing a large remodel project where a general contractor is required, is choosing your contractor. There are 2 basic ways on how to go about this process. Choosing a contractor is t

Drafting Jobs – How to Find the Best One

Looking for drafting jobs can be a daunting challenge. There are many different drafting jobs to choose from. CAD drafting is a skill that can be implemented across many different industries. So while you may have training in architectural type drafting, you coul

The Value of Shop Drawings

Shop drawings are created for the purpose of illustrating construction or design projects. The materials that are to be used, the object dimensions, installation processes and information relevant to the successful completion of the project are often included. Shop

Why A Draftsman Is Required For Residential And Commercial Construction

A draftsman is someone who is trained in creating technical drawings. In the construction world, drafting is the term used to describe the act of drawing the design for a building or structure. Though a draftsman may not design the building or structure him or hers

Creating A Residential Electrical Plan

An electrical plan is a plan view similar to the floor plan in that all the walls, doors, and windows are shown along with the electrical symbols that describe service to the house. It also includes what is known as a legend which defines what each symbol represents. There are several

The First Materials You Need to Start Drawing

While your very first exercises required only a pencil and a piece of paper, the improvement of your skills will need a few more instruments. On the other hand, you mustn't randomly choose paper and instruments for drawing. The first thing you need when con

Do You Want to Draw Your Own House Plan

Great idea, it sure saves money. Also eliminates the middle man. Those architects and designers can get expensive. I've heard that some designers can charge up to ten dollars per square foot for simple drawings containing a floor plan and exterior elevations. Now that is a chunk of change. If you

Machine Sketching

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Mechanical Sketching

A drafter (draftsman) is required in most cases to draw from rough freehand sketches, made by themselves or by someone else either from an actual object or an imaginary one. For instance, suppose that a machine is in operation somewhere and the drawings never existed or were lost. For the pur

Learn Drafting Through Online Courses

Drafting is one career field that is not going to be eliminated anytime soon. As long as there are homes and commercial buildings to be built, machines and parts to be designed, and components to be made, there will be a need for drafting. Besides manufacturing, every physical object that is

Projection in Mechanical Drawing

A mechanical drawing of a machine part or a combination of parts forming a complete mechanism is usually made up of two or more separate views. Each view represents a different side of the object drawn. The number of separate views on the drawing depends on the number of views actually needed

Residential Electrical Drawings

There are certain drafters (draftsmen) who specialize in specific fields of drafting. There are some who actually subcontract to designers and architects to complete special plans like electrical, plumbing, HVAC (Heating and Air Conditioning), site plans, structura

The Various Drafting Fields

Drafting fields differ by the type of drawings they specialize in. The different fields are architectural, structural, electrical and electronic, mechanical or machine, boundary and topographical, general, illustrative, and tracing or reproductive. Each of these fields have their own ways of gett

How I was able to get Chief Architect 8 to run in Windows 7

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How to Read a Set of House Plans

Maybe you're looking for a job in a real estate office or as an assistant with a construction company. Or it could be that you have taken a job at a local builders supply and will be doing material take off's. These are just a few of the job

A General Drafter

The title "general drafter" suggests that this type of draftsman or drafter draws most anything required of them to draw. And that is quite correct to a certain degree, as long as they are trained in various disciplines of drafting. I will give you a for ins

What Does A Drafter Or Draftsman Do?

A drafter is someone who is trained in creating technical drawings. Their job is to take the sketches, concepts, and specifications of professional architects, engineers, machinists, or inventors and build the necessary illustrations from which that idea can be implemented or fabricated in a

The Process of Writing a Good Article

The process of writing a good article involves four basic steps. The first would be choosing a subject and limiting it to the space and length which will hold the attention of your readers. The second would be analyzing the subject into its main points, which form the framework of the discussed s

Become a Certified Drafter

Are you earning enough a week to make ends meet? Can you reasonably expect your present job to pay you a top grade salary in the near future? If not, this article will probably interest you. We offer to qualify you for a profession which, at the very start, pays higher salaries than the average p

Opening Your Own Drafting Service

After you receive the necessary education from either a good technical school or from apprenticing under a professional drafter, architect, or engineer, many people venture out to open their own drafting service. Make sure though that you have enough training and e

A Review of House Plan Drafting

In order for construction companies to build homes and other structures, they must have plans for what needs to be built. A technician known as a drafter makes these plans. If you are interested in becoming one of these professionals, there is an online set of courses that teaches you

CAD Drafting Technology

The world of drafting changed forever in the 90's when CAD software became more exposed to the general population. Before CAD became the drafting industries standard practice Drafters would draw every line by hand with the use of a drafting board, and several hand


Drafting is a universal language. It is the natural mother tongue of the mechanic in every country. He who has mastered this language can converse in it freely with fellow mechanics of every race and nationality—the American with the French, the Italian, the Swede, the German. It is the com

Using the Old Drafting Board

Over the years as a draftsman, I have mastered several Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. AutoCAD, Generic CADD Level 3, Generic CADD 6, Generic CADD 3D, CadVance, TurboCad, and most recently, Chief Architect 8. Facts are though, I have been a drafter since the 1

How to Learn Architectural Drafting and Design Your Own Custom Home Floor Plans

Being able to own your own home is a great privilege. Many look forward to the prospect of it for many years, and then are only able to buy after saving for many years. Part of the cost of a new home, however, can be reduced if you learn how to draw your own floor p

About Mechanical Drafting

Mechanical drafting is not a piece of cake. It is a course that allows the students to look at the things with a new aspect. It enables the students or the mechanical drafter to identify an idea, item or a process in its uniqueness and refle

The Need For Drafting and Drafters

Everyone in the world speaks a language. The definition of language is the expression of thoughts in an understandable way. And if we want to b

Residential Electrical Drawings

There are certain drafters (draftsmen) who specialize in specific fields of drafting. There are some who actually subcontract to designers and architects to complete special plans like electrical, plumbing, HVAC (Heating and Air Conditioning), site plans, structural detailing, cabinets, specia

Hiring Home Remodeling Contractor

For most homemakers, having reconstruction jobs in your home can be quite a decision. You don't want to just hire anybody as there is a huge potential for you to waste a lot of money along the way. While you're not purchasing any product, the services of your remode

Drafting Careers

Drafting fields vary by the type of drafting they specialize in. The various fields are architectural, structural, electrical and electronic, mechanical or machine, boundary and topographical, general, illustrative, and tracing or reproductive. And each of these fie

What Are Mechanical Assembly Drawings?

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Site Selection and Solar Orientation

One of the fundamental aspects of site planning is the selection of the most advantageous terrain for a particular function. Of course, a favorable location of the chosen parcel is a boon to real estate agents, who routinely stress the convenience of accessibility.

Contract Terms in Architectural CAD Drafting Services

The millennium has ushered in many new specializations, one of them being architectural CAD drafting services. In previous Articles we have looked at various aspects of these services, right from technical to managerial to techno commercial. In our previous article

Mechanical Engineering: Beyond Automobiles

Most schools have beat-up cars and trucks lined up for mechanical engineering students to tinker with. Yet the discipline is more than just about automobile manufacturing and repair. Let us take a look at various other fields requiring their principles.

Mechanical Engineering

One branch of engineering which has survived the economic gridlock successfully is mechanical engineering. This field of engineering deals with the innovative application of physical sciences, mathematics and technology to the design, production and operation of me

Civil Structural Engineering - Understanding the Need for Structural Engineers

Civil structural engineering is a field of engineering, which deals with the design and evaluation of structures that carry or support loads. It is usually considered to be a branch of civil engineering, but can be studied on its own. Engineers and contractors are m

How Can Free CAD Software Cut Costs?

There are a lot of individuals or companies that are in need of a custom made front panel for their business. To create a design for this type of product, these individuals or companies need to use CAD software. But most of the known CAD programs which can be used t

Drawing Your Own Woodworking Plans

If you are like me, I'm constantly finding things to build in my wood shop. Wood working is by far one of the most rewarding hobbies I know of and I can release a weeks worth of stress in one evening in the shop. And searching the internet you will find a w

Good Woodworking Plans

Woodworking is an awesome hobby but sometimes it can be very frustrating. It usually requires a special plan of attack for someone to succeed. One way that you can ensure your success in woodworking as well as develop your skills is to follow the wood working plans.

The Importance of Choosing the Right Woodworking Plans

If you are a beginner at woodworking you are about to start having some fun! I say, "Having some fun" because, if you choose the right woodworking project for a beginner and the right set of woodworking plans, your chances of success will be very high and you will

What Is Interior Design Really?

Are you constantly amazed by the stunning interior design jobs of popular designers? Do you wish that you could achieve the same effect in your own home but you're at a loss for what you can do to make your house look like something out of a magazine? What is interi

How Has Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Revolutionized Engineering Industry?

CAD, Computer Aided Design has brought about a technical revolution in the Engineering Industry. CAD Services can be classified into broad categories like Architectural Services, Structural Services, MEP and Mechanical Services. CAD for Engineers and Architects toda

3D CAD Designer Secrets

Becoming an efficient 3D CAD designer takes time, and an understanding of how to manipulate the commands at your disposal within CAD software. With a few of my very own trade secrets I can help you design 3D models in less than half the time it takes most CAD design

5 Tips to Improve Manufacturing Productivity - Using Free CAD Library Resources and More

If Text is Too Big For Dimension in AutoCAD

Oh so many years ago when I was working as a piping designer in the Engineering Department of a cryogenics company in New Jersey we would find that occasionally the text in the dimension would be too big for the dimension. I'm sure that you have come across this ver

The Nature and Uses of Mechanical Drafting

The term mechanical drafting or also known as mechanical drawing is the art of making the conventional pictures representing something that has to be constructed that is used by engineers, architects, and inventors to work out and recording the details of their cons

10 Minute Introduction to 3D AutoCAD: Turning 2D Floor Plans into 3D Models

Most AutoCAD Architects need to create geometry in 3D at some point. Sometimes they need to show a client or a community group what spaces will look like when they are built. Sometimes they need to gain a better understanding of the environments they are designing.

What is Digital 3D Space?

An important idea behind perspective is that every shape and object depicted on the projection plane sends a "ray" to the viewpoint, or our eye. Computer 3D applications rely heavily on this concept through a process called ray tracing. Imagine that all objects in a

Architectural Scales

In order that the dimensions of an object can be read with any accuracy, it's best to make the drawing to a certain scale, which in the case of house or commercial building plans is usually 1/4" = 1'-0". This means that every quarter inch of the drawing is considered to be one foot in actual

Planning On Landscaping? Landscape Designers' Tips For A Beautiful Yet Inexpensive Garden

One of the most important elements that can contribute greatly to the appearance of a home is the garden and front lawn. A clean and well-designed garden will definitely garner compliments from neighbours and even passers-by, but one that is disorganized and strewn

Tips on How to Prepare For Landscape Design Education

Tip # 1 : Development of Key Business skills Students are exposed to accounting, marketing, economics, personnel management and business law knowledge when they enroll into the landscape design program; they are also taught on how to prepare landscape estimate

7 Tips for SolidWorks Freelancers

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How to Make AutoCAD Quicker and Easier to Use - 3 More AutoCAD Time Savers

This article is the second in a series of articles designed to make your AutoCAD drafting much faster and more productive. We got a lot of responses and good tips from our readers for the last batch of AutoCAD time savers, and have another set of them for you! Here

Mechanical Drafter

Mechanical drafting is the art of creating 3D models with CAD or computer aided drafting and design. These computer programs design 3D models which can be read by CNC machines and other manufacturing equipment. Mechanical drafters use special programs designed specifically for designing mecha

What is a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Program?

Computer Aided Design, or CAD, is a type of software program that assists draftsmen and designers by quickly preparing accurate and detailed technical drawings on a computer. A CAD program mechanizes many of the routine drafting tasks previously done by hand. CAD permits completion of complex

CAD Drafter

The CAD Drafter is one who uses computer aided drafting or computer aided design software. These CAD technicians create CAD drawings, CAD design, 3D cad models, cad cam, 3d cad, isometric drawing, cad graphics, engineering drawing, working drawings, dwg drawings, and concept design to create

Chief Architect Home Designer Suite 9.0 Review

This software is one of the easiest of all the home designer software around. It can be used with just about any project like landscaping, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, deck construction, interior design, remodeling. It also has a cost estimation option to find out how much such projects w

AutoCAD: Pulse of The Drafting Industry

AutoCAD the design software application has changed the face of drafting industry ever since it was introduced by its developer Autodesk in the year 1982. The days of manual drafting have gone. AutoCAD has made designing and drafting easier and simpler. This software continues to be the popular c

Autocad and Revit

For those looking to get help with architectural design in a program which can support all the information you need, there is plenty from available out there. With autocad revit architecture suites you can get software which works for you. This software is incredibly flexible so that you can

What's in a Site Plan?

Even before a set of architectural drawings is created, it's necessary to determine if a building will fit on a piece of real estate. This is where a site plan comes into play. No complete set of architectural plans is really complete without the site plan. A site plan, also known as a pl

Mechanical Design And Drawing - the Cad Wonderland

Mechanical design and drafting has significantly benefited today's refined mechanical and engineering designers. Although. Some of the generally cited benefits include improved accuracy, efficiency along with easy interference inspection, better layout, labeling and

Collaborate AutoCAD Files to Boost Business Efficiency

With a shaky economy worldwide, companies are striving to boost productivity and remain competitive. As international markets decline, improved efficiency makes it possible to realize profits as others struggle to remain afloat. Software to collaborate AutoCAD files

How to Create Primitive Solid Objects in AutoCAD

The basis of any AutoCAD 3D drawing are primitive solid objects. These can be created via the commands in AutoCAD or you can create your own 3D solids via other methods in AutoCAD. The solids available to create with commands in AutoCAD incl

AutoCAD Training - The Right Addition to Your Resume

Let's face it. The recession is not the best time to be job hunting, especially if you are a fresher with no experience. Huge unemployment figures translate to huge competition and getting your resume noticed over the masses can become quite hard. Taking AutoCAD (C

Three Ways To Train For AutoCAD

2010 has been an eventful year for Autodesk, with many new releases for AutoCAD users. With Autodesk releasing new AutoCAD software in 2010, apps and much more, of course the way we train for AutoCAD has altered. So expect to find in 2011 revolutionary ways to train

Importing New Objects AutoCAD to Max

The Derive Object By section offers three choices: *Layer: Object names are derived from the AutoCAD layer name. For example, objects on an AutoCAD layer named Floor would be named Floor.01, Floor.02, and so on in MAX. Deriving objects by layer is the most c

AutoCad Training Courses - What to Look For

Technology software has made its mark on several different areas and engineers, manufacturers and even those people who classify themselves as design professionals understand how important the right CAD training can be. For people w

AutoCAD Software - The Drafting Standard

It all started with architectural blueprints that were meticulously rendered by hand, often taking hours upon hours and lacking the exacting specification that computers can bring us. Then something known as AutoCAD software took the world by storm, completely changing the drafting game forev

7 Great Tips To Make Your AutoCAD Sessions More Productive

Since its introduction AutoCAD has become the industry standard for computer aided design. Often seen as somewhat of a black art CAD can seem like a time consuming exercise but there are ways to make yourself more productive. Below are seven ways to make your AutoCAD sessions much more produc

Design And Drafting Services

What is the scope of a Design and Drafting Services firm? Does it vary with the industry? Puzzling as a term? Normally Designers use Drafting as a service. So the obvious question is: who would hire the combo of Design and Drafting Services?
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