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Michael’s Corner - February/March 2015

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As promised, Michael's Corner is back for it's first outing of 2015. We know you probably began the year with some worthy resolutions, and maybe improving your efficiency at work was one of them. By February many of us have either forgotten we made resolutions or have given up on them, so here's some really useful (and timely) stuff to get you back on track if working smarter, not harder was one of the resolutions on your list.

This month, Michael takes a look at a very useful technique when working with overlapping viewports, demonstrates how to mask areas behind dimension text (one of our top 10 FAQs), how to use the Shift key to good effect when working with Ortho and a new feature in AutoCAD 2015 that helps to streamline your interactions with Polar Tracking. All in all it's another great Corner, with something for everyone.

Watch out for the next instalment at the beginning of April when, no doubt, the Web will be buzzing with rumours of fabulous new features in AutoCAD 2016—we can't wait.

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Creating and Drawing Sections | Key TERRA-FIRMAThis tutorial describes how to draw sections using Key TERRA-FIRMA. The tutorial assumes that you have previously completed the Ground Modelling tutorial or that you already have a good understanding of TERRA-FIRMA ground modelling.

 

Basic 3D and Surface Modelling

Basic 3D and Surface Modelling | AutoCADAlthough AutoCAD has a number of commands for creating special 3D objects, a lot can be achieved by changing the properties of basic 2D objects like polylines. This tutorial provides a basic introduction to creating and viewing 3D objects.

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Masterplan Exercise | AutoCADThis exercise can be used to practice your basic drafting skills.

 

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Selection Preview Cycling

Selection Preview CyclingMaking positive selections is much easier now that AutoCAD highlights (previews) objects as you mouse over them. However, it can still be difficult to select the right object when drawings become complicated with lots of overlapping objects. Fortunately, AutoCAD allows you to cycle through all the overlapping objects under the cursor.

All you need to do is hold down the Shift key and then repeatedly hit the Spacebar (Shift + Space). Each object under the cursor will be highlighted in turn and you can easily pick the one you want.

You can use a similar technique to cycle through sub-objects such as faces and edges on 3D Solids. To cycle through sub-objects, hold down the Control key and hit the Spacebar repeatedly (Ctrl + Space).

Today's tip is by David Watson

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