AutoCAD Update 2018.1

AutoCAD Update 2018.1

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD 

Autodesk has released the latest update for its AutoCAD 2018 application.  You will find information about the update here.  The update can be installed with the Desktop App or by downloading it from Autodesk Account.

A brief look at the changes:

  • Xref layers override improvements.
  • View and viewport improvements.  Please note that if this update is applied to Civil 3D, these improvements are available, but do not appear in the ribbon.  See this document for details.
  • High resolution monitor support.
  • Defect fixes.

Revit Courses are now CanBIM Certified!

NEWS UPDATE: SolidCAD Now Offers courses that are CanBIM Certified!

By Daniella Delgado, Marketing Manager at SolidCAD

At last week’s CanBIM meeting in Toronto, SolidCAD recently announced that they are CanBIM certified.

You can now take Revit courses that are recognized by the CanBIM Foundations. To learn more about which courses this includes, visit:

https://www.solidcad.ca/services/training/

Civil 3D / Map 3D Hotfix

Civil 3D / Map 3D Hotfix

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD 

Autodesk has release a new hotfix for Civil 3D and map 3D 2018.  The issue occurs when grip-editing an AutoCAD arc and some other objects.  The position of the mouse is different from the position of the grabbed vertex. 

The issue occurs when you move the vertex a second time within the same selection and only for AutoCAD Objects.  There are two other problems this hotfix addresses.

Click here to for more information and to download the hotfix.  Download the ZIP file and be sure to read the “hotfix readme.txt” file for installation instructions.

Bluebeam Revu 2017 Updates

Bluebeam Revu 2017 Updates

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD 

Bluebeam has released Updates 1 and 2 for its Revu 2017 lineup.  See Bluebeam’s Release Notes for more information.

As usual, there are fixes for defects and some new functionality.  Notable items include:

  • Compatibility with Autodesk AutoCAD 2018.
  • Compatibility with Autodesk Navisworks.
  • Compatibility with Autodesk Revit 2018. (CAD and eXtreme only)

Only Update 2 requires installation as it includes all of the fixes and enhancements from Update 1.  To apply the update, there are two options:

  1. If you already have Revu 2017 installed, simply launch Revu and Click Help> Product Updates.  The correct installation link will be provided.
  2. If you do not have Revu 2017 installed, download the full Revu installer from the Bluebeam Updates page.

Check out how SolidCAD helped Cithara Guitars Inc. make beautiful music using Autodesk Fusion 360!

PROJECT PROFILE

By Daniella Delgado, Marketing Manager at SolidCAD

If you are inquiring about a product that does it all when it comes to product design, Fusion 360 is the solution for you!

This 3D cloud-based platform allows users to test both fit and finish, create photorealistic renderings and simplify the production process overall. With this software you can now efficiently fabricate your designs using a CNC mill.

Recently SolidCAD directed Cithara Guitars Inc, a custom guitar shop located in Hamilton, ON., to Fusion 360.  With Autodesk’s Fusion 360, Cithara Guitars was able to completely design and manufacture their guitars in one environment without any rework or errors

PRESS RELEASE: SolidCAD earns Autodesk Construction Specialization

SolidCAD, Canada’s largest Autodesk Platinum Reseller, has been awarded the new construction specialization allowing them to provide clients with industry leading construction and data management tools.

 

By Daniella Delgado, Marketing Manager at SolidCAD

In case you didn’t know, SolidCAD earned its Autodesk Construction Specialization.

What does this mean?

SolidCAD successfully passed all of Autodesk’s industry-specific certification exams and can now offer consulting services and expert training related to with the BIM 360 platform:

  • BIM 360 Field
  • BIM 360 Glue
  • BIM 360 Document Management
  • BIM 360 Team
  • Collaboration for Revit
  • BIM 360 Plan
  • BIM 360 Ops

The company is dedicated to answering client demands to digitize the construction industry, help address challenges and provide solutions that optimize collaboration and data management.

To learn more visit: www.solidcad.ca

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.

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!