Design Review Tips is a compilation of useful workflow tips. This post also includes explanations of how things work as well as problems to avoid. See the previous post titled Design Review for NON-CAD Users to get an introduction to the Design Review workflow.
Category: CAD Skills
Learning habits, information resources, skills measurement
Graphic Scale block is linked to a viewport. Change the viewport scale and the graphic scale numbers will update automatically. (Link to custom block included.)
How AutoCAD is introduced to new users using a video segment from a training class.
Add this macro to your tool palette to automate Building Offset Labels. Name: Building Offset DimensionCommand string: ^C^C_dimaligned;end;\perp;\end;Dimension Style: Building (turns off ext lines and has precision set to 1)
I assume you are familiar with the technique of creating a table in AutoCAD using an Excel spreadsheet to copy the range in Excel then PASTESPEC in AutoCAD. What may be frustrating is getting AutoCAD to match the font of what you have chosen to use in Excel. I want to use the Simplex font in AutoCAD but Excel always sends Calibri font to the clipboard no matter how the cell appears to be formatted […]
Markups on a drawing tell the CAD Tech what changes are needed. Use Design Review to markup drawings and simultaneously create a digital checklist for the CAD Tech. Plotting drawings then scribbling notes on a hardcopy is still a common practice but expensive. Problems and expenses as a result of this manual process can be avoided using Design Review.
An empty field in a Sheet Set will display dashes (—-). You want to display nothing, just a blank field. To avoid displaying —- enter a character from the font Character Map that represents a space.
Sometimes the in-place text editor in AutoCAD is not the best choice for editing text. Case in point, a customer uses AutoCAD on a job site and the glare makes it harder to read the text when it is inside the in-place text editor. To enable text editing on the command line change the system variable TEXTED from 2 to 1.
Use the 3DDWF command to create a 3D DWF file from AutoCAD. (EXPORT command also works). This example is in a DWFX format. Rain Barrel in 3D File viewers from Autodesk are found here.
Seems like this is the one thing I overlook time and again when working in a new drawing. When I create MTEXT in a blank drawing it never comes out with the right settings on my first attempt. To solve this issue I typed TEXTSIZE on the command line to set the default text height to 0.1. Note: This setting is stored in the drawing so it would be wise to configure your drawing template […]