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Michael’s Corner - April/May 2016

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Another Spring, another AutoCAD. Yep, AutoCAD 2017 is with us and I'm guessing many of you will have downloaded and installed it by now. The big surprise for me is that the DWG file format has remained unchanged and that might be an indication that this is really a “point” release with most of the changes being incremental improvements on what is already in AutoCAD. Of course, it's great that our 2D and 3D geometry looks better and that graphics performance is improved but there aren't that many headline-grabbing features this time round.

However, there is one key new feature and that's the ability to import PDF files. Don't confuse this with PDF overlays, AutoCAD can now create drawing objects (lines etc.) from PDF files. Naturally, Michael's main article this month covers this great new feature and demonstrates some of the options included.

In other articles, Michael takes a look at the often overlooked Copy Nested command from Express Tools, gives some sound advice on the use of Wipeouts and reminds us how easy it is to create irregularly shaped viewports.

We'll be back in June with more help and advice. Oh, and just as a matter of interest, do you prefer the Dark color scheme or the Light color scheme? Just askin'.

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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.

 

Setting up a PostScript Plotter

Setting up a PostScript Plotter | AutoCADHow to set up a PostScript Plotter.

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Object Snap | AutoCADA tutorial giving an overview of all the AutoCAD object snaps (osnaps) with some worked examples. The tutorial also covers the use of temporary tracking points and object snap tracking.

 

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Preparing an AutoCAD drawing for 3D | 3ds MaxThis tutorial explains the main issues to consider when drawing in AutoCAD and preparing a drawing for use in 3D work.

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Convert to solid

Convert to solidYou may still have some old 3D drawings where objects have been constructed from rectangles, circles or closed polylines which have been given a thickness. Well, you'll be glad to know that you can now convert these objects to solids with one simple command. You'll find the Convert to Solid command at Modify3D OperationsConvert to solid or simply type convtosolid at the keyboard.

Today's tip is by David Watson

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