SolidCAD/Cansel’s Hung Nguyen announced the International Winner of the Fusion 360 Model of the Month!

Check out how SolidCAD/Cansel’s, Hung Nguyen used Fusion 360 to bring his kayak – F1 Model to life!

About Hung…

“Hello! My name is Hung Nguyen from Canada – The Land of Love.  I currently work as an Industry Technical Consultant providing professional consulting services, training, implementation and technical support while continually developing my levels of expertise in all manufacturing focused products, BIM and Plant Implementation for SolidCAD Solutions, a Cansel company.

I am passionate about designing and making a wide variety of products. My work spans from small and midsize consumer products such as bikes, wooden toys, guitars and musical instruments to large moving structure, log houses, Architecture models, prefab housing/buildings, and oil production plants.

I am very proficient in SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, and many Autodesk products ranging from AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, and Alias and to most of Simulation applications.”

Design Now: Hour of Making Motion by Autodesk

Design Now: Hour of Making Motion by Autodesk

By Robert Picinic, Industry Account Exectuive

Join hundreds of students around the world for a free, three-part live webinar series on 3D printing, called Design Now: Hour of Making In Motion.

Enroll here for the second webinar next week and learn how to make a Gaint Knob Lamp!

Enroll here for the third webinar on April 5th and learn how to make a Perpetual Clock!

Both of the webinars will also be broadcasted live on our Facebook page. To get a head start, check out our 3D Printing Class and download Fusion 360. It’s free for students or hobbyists!

Common Tech Issue of the Week #5 – Inventor Edition

Cannot Hide Components in Assembly View in Inventor IDW File

By Chris Kotyra, Technical Support 

Issue:

I cannot hide individual components in my existing assembly view in Inventor IDW file.  When I right-click on the part I would like to hide, the Visibility command is disabled:

Solution:

The reason why the Visibility command is disabled is that the assembly view was created with Associative option checked making it linked to a Design View Representation.  What you need to do is to turn off that option.

Follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the view and select Edit View command

2. Turn off Associative option in the Drawing View dialogue box.

3. Right-click on the part you would like to hide either in the view, or on the Model Browser and select Visibility command.

4. The part is hidden in the view.

Update: Canada Ontario Styles Kit for Civil 3D Now Available!

Canada Ontario Styles Kit for Civil 3D

By Prem Joseph, Technology Consultant at SolidCAD

The Canada Ontario Styles Kit is available to download and contact SolidCAD today!

Here are some Key Highlights  listed below:

  • DWT template containing Ontario Civil 3D settings and object/ label styles
  • Plan, Profile and Plan and Profile (MTO)template sheets
  • Predefined assemblies for creating intersections
  • Pay Item Data based on Ontario Provincial Specifications categories and MTO Contract Preparation System(CPS)
  • Pipe and Structure catalogue based on Ontario Provincial Standard Drawings
  • Figure Prefix Library and Description Keys specific to MTO Surveys and Plans standards
  • TAC (metric) design criteria for roadways
  • NCS Layers
  • MTO IESCAD Layers
  • Linetypes and Hatch Patterns
  • MTO IESCAD .LIN and .PAT files
  • MTO Description Keys
  • MTO Point Marker and Label Styles
  • MTO Survey Settings and Styles
  • MTO Alignment Object
  • MTO Stationing Styles
  • TAC Design Criteria
  • TAC Superelevation Tables
  • Preset “Assembly Set” created for Intersection wizard
  • Pipe and Structure Labels
  • Pipe and Structure Rules
  • OPSD Pipes Catalog
  • OPSD Pay Items and Categories
  • MTO – CPS Pay Items and Categories

News Update: SolidCAD’s Industry Account Executive joins 3D Hubs!

SolidCAD’s Industry Account Executive, Robert Picinic recently joined 3D Hubs!

By Daniella Delgado, Marketing Coordinator at SolidCAD

If you are looking for affordable next-day delivery within the GTA, you are in luck! This 24/7 Vaughan 3D printing & design location prints mainly prototypes and hobby parts out of PLA or ABS. However, if you are willing to print in other filament types including dual material print, Rob can make it happen!

Robert is a 25 year design veteran in the plastics industry that uses the latest 3D tools such as, Autodesk Fusion 360.

On top of his vast experience, he has built his own CNC mills (specifically two of them) and loves to design everything and anything!

If you are interested in a 3D printing job, visit: https://www.3dhubs.com/service/224039

Revit Tip of the Day #2

Revit Files are Clogging Up My Server Storage!

By Jay Polding, BIM Consultant – AEC Collaboration 

Some people find that Revit files are using up too much storage on their server or other storage. Although a few companies have ‘limitless’ cloud storage this is not the norm. Plus, is anything really ‘limitless’ on this planet?

You might also want to refer to this post for additional info…

Backing Up and Recovering Revit Files 

Revit files are large…fact. But surprisingly they are relatively smaller comparable to an AutoCAD project folder. The reason for this is that Revit contains more information efficiently in one file as opposed to a folder of  many files i.e. AutoCAD, Sketchup, Excel etc. Still, your storage space may be used up WAY faster now than before Revit. Below are some possible culprits and recommendations. All of these recommendations are assuming that you have a server and local backup protocol.

1. Saving Local Revit files to server. Each person’s ‘Local’ file will eat space from the storage on the server. It’s better to have each user save the files locally on their machine. This frees up server space and acts as a backup. Saving Local Revit files to the server is made worse by many of the issues below.

2. Standalone Revit files are making too many backups. Turn the backup number down. Search for files with *.0*.rvt or a variation of that *.*.rvt. You may find many of these are redundant backups and can be removed.

3. Local Revit files are being ‘timestamped’ on open. This is when a Local Revit file is not overwritten on open, it makes another copy and appends the date and time to the name. If everyone is doing this, it will gobble storage space like candy. You might want to do the Overwrite option.

4. Revit Central files need to be Compacted occasionally. Do this in the Save Options. Also, keep the Maximum backups number down.

5. Large and messy CAD Files Imported or Linked. Sometimes a very large AutoCAD file will be brought into the Revit file. This will then get propagated to all the Local Revit files. The key here is to use AutoCAD to Purge and Audit ALL imported or Linked CAD before bringing it into Revit. Avoid bring CAD into Revit if possible. Put all Imports onto a Workset.
6. Large, messy, overly detailed or complicated Revit Families. Be suspicious of any Revit Families over 5MB. This is compounded if you need to use it many times. If the Family is well made it may be worth the pain for future information gains.
7. Revit file needs to be Purged. This command is dangerous if you just Purge everything. You will need to go through the list and pick out what needs to be purged. If there is a nasty Revit Family inserted into the project you will need to completely remove or replace it before Purging.
8. People are simply saving lots of copies of stuff. Sometimes people save every single Revit file they receive and every single copy they make. On the plus side, if it’s organised, you have a way to get old information that suddenly becomes very important. Or, it could just be unnecessary clutter. You should at least save a complete project folder at key project milestones.

News Update: Bluebeam Revu 2017 is Here!

Bluebeam Revu 2017 is Here!

By Daniella Delgado, Marketing Coordinator at SolidCAD

Just yesterday, Bluebeam released Revu 2017!

Common Tech Issue of the Week #4

When starting Microsoft Office every time, AutoCAD runs for installation

By Catherine Zheng, Technical Support at SolidCAD

Issue:

When starting Microsoft Office every time AutoCAD® runs for installation. Two error messages pop up:
AutoCAD <version>: Please wait while Windows configures AutoCAD <version>
AutoCAD <version>: Run setup.exe to install AutoCAD <version>

Solution:

Repair your AutoCAD installation:

  • Start – Control Panel – Programs and Features
  • Select your AutoCAD version and choose from context menu “Uninstall/Change”
  • In the dialog select “Repair or Reinstall”
  • In the next dialog select the option “Repair” and click the button “Repair”

Using the Autodesk Prerequisite Checker

Check Hardware Specifications – Autodesk Prerequisite Checker

By Michael Rotolo, Technical Account Manager at SolidCAD

Want to know if your computer can run AutoCAD, Revit, 3DS Max, etc.. Instead of comparing your computer to a recommended system specifications, use the Autodesk Prerequisite Checker.

For more info click the following link