15 Top CAD Tips from the best of the best

Paul Munford at The CAD Setter Out blog is cranking out his list of the best CAD tips once again. This time he’s given us a preview by posting 15 from the best of the best. A little red faced, I was shocked that I made the best of list this year. Being that this hasn’t been my most stellar year for posting new tips on cadtoolbox.com.

With that being said, at the end of Paul’s post he posts some sage advice from his favorite CAD Manager, Robert Green:

Always strive to find ways to get the same task done with fewer keystrokes. You’ll save time, you’ll reduce errors (fewer keystrokes = fewer chances to screw up) and you’ll become a role model to other users which leads to career advancement. I don’t care what software you use or what industry you’re in it always pays to get things done quicker and easier.

This is exactly the reason why my #1 CAD tip for all you Inventor users is simple… start using Swift PrintsSwift Prints allows you to create templates for common printer configurations that you can quickly access later for one click printing of Inventor drawings.

Paul has also has been kind enough to provide some unique means of reading his CAD tips and has published them to an Amazon e-book with Apple iBooks soon to follow. Thanks Paul!


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Spark: Autodesk’s 3D Printing Announcement

Autodesk Spark hit the Internet with a bang yesterday when Carl Bass blogged about Autodesk’s new push into the 3D printing realm. Spark is an open source 3D printer software platform that Autodesk plans to roll out later this year. Along with the software, Autodesk is also rolling out it’s own 3D printer it is calling a “reference implementation” of the Spark software.


This is certainly an exciting development for the 3D printing community as it certainly will put some muscle behind the push to put 3D printing into the mainstream. I can certainly attest to some of the frustrations with the current array of software available that you use to manipulate your model into something you’ll understand. It’s sometime a guess on how it will print, wasting valuable time and resources.


Read about it on Develop3D | More information can be found on the Autodesk Spark Website.

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Showcase is back in Product Design Suite 2015

Sanity sometimes always prevails and Autodesk has reversed its decision to remove Showcase from Product Design Suite 2015. It’s now back in the lineup and confirmed on the Autodesk website in both the premium and ultimate versions of Product Design Suite 2015.

Product Design Suite Premium includes Inventor, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Raster Design, AutoCAD ReCap, Vault Basic, 3DS Max Design, Navisworks Simulate and Showcase. Ultimate includes the products included in Premium with the addition of Inventor Professional, Navisworks Manage, AutoCAD Electrical and Alias Design.



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