Welcome to the CAD Setter Out

Welcome to the Cad Setter Out. This is my Blog for posting the tips, tricks, tutorials and reference that I have picked up over the last few years of producing joinery shop drawings using CAD.

The focus will be on Autodesk software products, primarily AutoCad and Inventor (because that’s what I use) and on Setting Out working drawings for the Construction industry (because that’s what I do).

I hope that this Blog will become a useful resource for my colleagues and myself, and maybe for you too.

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CAD Management: Learning to ask great questions!

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To perform my job as a Drafter, I have to have all the answers. To do well as a CAD manager, I’m learning the power of asking questions!

I’ll bet we all do it. As professional technical experts we like to have all the answers. When asked a question we like to give a thoughtful, well considered and above all complete response.

It’s a difficult habit to recognize in yourself, and a difficult habit to break. After all, it’s a habit that has been successful – so far!

It’s my belief that great CAD management can only happen when you are trusted. The people you work with have to believe in you, and they have to trust you – so how can asking questions earn trust?

How am I doing?

Paul Munford

When I started writing ‘CadSetterOut.com’ back in 2009, I thought I was just collecting useful material for my Buddies. I soon realized that It wasn’t just my buddies reading CSO! I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this blog, and I want to let you know that I take your sponsorship seriously. To this end – More..

Autodesk Inventor surfacing tutorial Videos on YouTube

An image of a surface created with Autodesk Inventor

Have you been looking for a great Autodesk Inventor surfacing tutorial Video?

I was highly excited to see that Infinite skills have released preview videos from my ‘Mastering Inventor’ series on YouTube.

I collated the series here, I hope you enjoy the snippets

Inventor surfacing. Reading 2D Curvature Comb Graphs

Reading a Curvature comb graph

Clean input sketch geometry is essential when creating smooth, organic, flowing shapes with Autodesk Inventor. Curvature combs graphs are a valuable tool to use for evaluating the curvature of your 2D sketch geometry.

In this post we will learn everything you need to know about using reading and evaluating curvature comb graphs in your Inventor Surface models.

Mastering Inventor surfacing – don’t take it from me

Jon Landeros of Inventor Tales Blog

If you’re curious about the Autodesk Inventor Surfacing tutorial series I recently released for Infinite Skills, but you don’t want to leap straight in – why not check out this review from CAD Blogger Jon Landeros?

Jon is a Senior Application Engineer with KETIV Technologies in California. Jon is an expert with Autodesk Inventor and Vault and an experienced Video Blogger. Jon’s mellifluous Californian drawl sounds great on his training videos, and I have to admit – I try and channel my ‘inner Jon’ when I’m recording ;)

Autodesk Inventor surfacing. Applying surface continuity

Autodesk Inventor surface conditions

In the pursuit of creating sweeping organic surface models, we now turn our attention to Autodesk Inventor’s tools for applying continuity to the surfaces themselves.
In the last post, we talked about applying constraints to 2D geometry to create clean inputs for surfaces. In this post we will talk about applying continuity to the surfaces themselves.

Class ‘A’ Surfaces with Autodesk Inventor?

Cadsetterout Mouse with Porcupine analysis

Do you think that Inventor is up to Class ‘A’ surface modelling?

My Buddy Scott Moyse wasn’t so sure, so I wrote this guest post to fill him in on the facts ;)

D3D Review, Autodesk Inventor 2015

Inventor 2015 Review - Freeform 06

Find out what I make of Autodesk Inventor 2015 in the July 2014 edition of Develop 3D magazine

Autodesk Inventor surfacing. Curvature continuity and sketch constraints.

Autodesk Inventor 2D sketch curvature continuity constraints

Previously on CSO, we discussed the definition of Curvature continuity. In this post we will begin to discover how to create curvature continuous surfaces in Autodesk Inventor. All great surfacing models start with clean input geometry. Most of your designs will start with a 2D sketch, which  you will control with 2D sketch constraints. Let’s More..

Autodesk Inventor surfacing. Surface continuity conclusion.

All the surface geometry conditions

This post concludes our series on surface continuity. we learned that surface continuity (the smoothness of two meeting surfaces) is measured using a value called ‘G’, and that each value of G adds matching criteria across meeting surfaces.