Would you like to see a physical manifestation of your Architectural 3D digital CAD model? Would you like to hold it in your hand – or show it off to your clients and colleagues?
3D printing sounds good. In fact, it sounds great! But printing scale models of buildings has its problems.
Buildings can be really, really BIG. Printing at 1:1 scale isn’t usually practical or necessary. If you take an Architectural element such as a truss, a window mullion or a handrail and try to print it at 1:100 scale, the element becomes so thin that it simply won’t print.
But the good folk at 3DMTP believe that they have the answer…
Some time in the past (I don’t quite remember how) I heard about an event run by AUGI, called ’CAD Camp’.
This was a big turning point for me. What an eye opener. I learned more in one afternoon from great tutors such as Matt Murphy and Robert Green than I had in months of trying to teach myself.
But this story doesn’t end there. At CAD Camp we were given a discount voucher for an event called ‘Autodesk University’. ‘What the hell’ – I thought ‘Why not’ (I was unmarried and had no kids at the time).
I attended AU in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and boy, was it worth every penny. I can’t describe to you how much fun it was to hang out with thousands of other CAD geeks, learning from the best of the best and getting all the inside information on the latest technologies from Autodesk.
The training I received at AU has been fundamental to my work and career. I literally wouldn’t be where I am today without it. So it won’t surprise you to know that I’ve been scheming a way of getting back to AU ever since.
Once again I had the honour of being asked to submit an article for AUGIworld by the Manufacturing content editor John Evans (Thanks John). With the theme of this issue being about teamwork and collaboration, I thought that it would be a good idea to talk some more about DWF.
If you’ve taken the time to digitally prototype your design with Autodesk Inventor, then you have a wealth of information available to your supply chain that may not be accessible from the paper drawings. DWF can be a great way to metaphorically roll up your entire data set (Drawings, 3D digital model and BOM) to share with your client, colleagues or subcontractors.
In the article, you will find clear instructions on how to create the equivalent of a 2D ‘Paper’ drawing set. You will find out how to export the 3D model along with the drawings, and include the BOM as well.
Finally, I show you how to upload the entire thing to Autodesk 360 to share with anyone in the world (well – anyone who has access to the internet)!
Drafting is a high stress job. We have many ‘customers’ and we can never please everyone. We know that if there are any problems, people will always blame the drawings. Working as a Drafter can make you defensive, crotchety and jaded. Can you still say what it is you enjoy about drafting? You can? Hang on to that thought – it’s important.
No one can work productively and with their full concentration indefinitely. Like all things in life there is a balance.
In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey discusses four personal values that must be kept in balance to maintain your effectiveness. In this post I try to relate their balance to the role of the Drafter within the CAD Office.
This post isn’t about z-heights in AutoCAD, it’s about document management silly :)
No one who has created more than one or two drawings and wants to share them with their team wants to manage them using Microsoft windows. No one. Yet many of us have to.
The problem is one of trust. Without some S__t hot document management standards (and a big stick) nobody trusts the ‘system’, so nobody uses it. How often have you been asked for ‘the very latest set of drawings’ even though you know that the set of drawings on the server are up to date?!
There have been plenty of software solutions created to solve this problem, in this post I’m talking to Chris Vaught about his new web based document management systems - Flatter files.