Monday, March 28, 2011

30 Clues in 30 Days–#30n30

Starting on April 1st we are planning on posting one quick clue a day for the next 30 days.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

AutoCAD 2012

It’s that time of the year!  Time for warmer weather, flowers blooming, birds singing, and new Autodesk software to come out. 
Yesterday Autodesk had a webcast featuring the new Autodesk 2012 line up. You can catch the recorded webcast at
You can find the new line up and features on Autodesk web site
Now the big question is what tool are you looking forward to using?

Monday, March 21, 2011

CAD Clues Mobile Web App

UPDATE: The mobile application has been updated to conform to all mobile platforms.  You can find the application here: We hope you enjoy the update.

Mobile phone user jump for joy. We are proud to announce CAD Clues Mobile Web App is available in both iOS and Android system.

Creating the CAD Clues MWA in your handheld device.
1. go to CAD Clues MWA on your phone.
2. web clip the webpage.
3. enjoy!

iPhone screen shots

Comment bellow and let us see what the new Mobile Web App looks like on your phone.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sheet Set Manager - AU Class

If you enjoyed last month's post on Sheet Set Manager and want to see it as a fully functional AU class for 2011 head over to the AU web site and vote. Thanks!

Sheet Set Manager - AU class

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Volume Surface Calculation and Surface Analyzing–Part 3

Creating Grid Ticks
There are 2 ways to create grid ticks. Creating spot elevation labels along a surface is a new feature in 2009, but will not allow to change the style so that the cut/fill points will display properly. The best way I have found is to create points along a grid and place them in points groups for display.
Creating points on a grid
Start by pulling up the Point Creation Tools
Ribbon > Home > Create Ground Data > Points > Point Creation Tools
The point toolbar will pop up. Pull out the create points dialog button on the right of the toolbar. Set the prompt for Descriptions to automatic and under Default Description add a description like grid ticks. Now it is time to create some points
Under surface points select On Grid.
The software will ask for the surface, select the volume surface. The grid base point will be the bottom left side of the drawing. The next few steps will be filling out the rotation and grid spacing. Once done with the points, the software defaults to asking to create more points on a grid. Enter out.

Dividing Points into Groups
Now that we have points, we need to place them into point groups.
The first thing we need to do is create a point group. Under toolspace, right click the point group and select new.
When creating point groups for grid ticks I use point styles to help define if the surface is needed to be cut or filled.   I use the green for fill and red for cut.
Under the include tab, check the “with elevations matching box” for fill place <0 and for cut place >0. Also check the box marked “with raw description matching” and place the name given when creating the points on grid.
In the exclude tab, under the “with elevation matching” field, place the same elevation information. I know it is odd including <0 and then excluding <0, but for some reason it is the only way the software can recognize just points related to grid ticks. Once done, click OK.
Now you have grid ticks showing your fill and cut needed on the project.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The New Autodesk Homestyler

Ever wish you could design a dream house or  play Architect for a day?  Now you can with the new Homestyler by Autodesk.

Check it out: Homestyler


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Volume Surface Calculation and Surface Analyzing–Part 2

Creating Volume Report
Now with the volume surface it’s time to plot a volume surface report.
Start by pulling up the Toolbox.  Go to ribbon, Palettes and then Toolbox . Toolbox tab will be added to the Toolspace.
Under the toolspace, go to the toolbox tab. Pull down the reports manager and then surface. Right click on the surface report and execute.
The export to XML report box will pop up. Uncheck everything except the new volume surface and select ok.
The software will now calculate and open Internet Explorer with the volume surface report.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Volume Surface Calculation and Surface Analyzing–Part 1

How to create a volume surface
Toolspace > right click on Surface > Create Surface
Under the Create Surface box change the type to TIN volume surface.
Once the settings are good per the design, click OK. The new volume surface is now made.
Volume Surface Calculation and Surface Analyzing – Part 2 (Creating Volume Report)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Polyline Edit in AutoCAD 2011

One new feature added to AutoCAD 2011 is the ability to edit a polyline with the grips.
Select the polyline and place your crosshairs over the mid grip of the polyline.
The options to stretch, add Vertex or convert to Arc is now an option.  Try it out!
Adding Vertex
Convert to Arc