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3d printing for Beginners – Additive Manufacturing

Tech fads are generally known for their ability to grab the attention of the public for a while before gradually dying out but from all indications, the design trend that involves additive manufacturing is definitely a design fad that isn’t set to go away anytime soon. Due

Book Review: A Tutorial Guide to AutoCAD 2015

Autodesk’s new offering the AutoCAD 2015 was released earlier this year and with it came multiple tutorials from different authors on how individuals can become acquainted in using their latest package and the book ‘A Tutorial Guide to AutoCAD 2015’ by Shawna Lockheart is one of the

Autodesk 123D Sculpt Review

Autodesk loves reinventing the wheel when it comes to building CAD software applications for the design community and the 123D Sculpt is no different regardless of its simplicity and development as a mobile app. The 123D Sculpt—which is one of Autodesk premier CAD tools designed for use on

AutoCAD 2014 Book: AutoCAD for Dummies

In your average AA meeting, the first step to redemption and fighting off addiction is coming to terms with that terrible influence that holds you back. And to take this step, the instructor ensures that you say this phrase over and over again till it sinks in.

Autodesk 123D Creature Review

The development of another CAD design tool for the iPad by Autodesk cannot and should not come as a surprise to anyone because by now, every real designer out there should know that Autodesk believes in providing multiple packages to handle similar tasks. And the 123D Creature

How to export 2D Drawing into Word

As true as it can be that there are many ways you can import your project into other non CAD file’s type for the sake of illustration, it is very common to need to export 2D drawing from AutoCAD to Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. Yet, they are

Convert DWG to 3D PDF

In the quest to give an answer to the question “how to convert DWG file to 3D PDF for free?”, I came to download the free trial version of ProgeCAD. ProgeCAD is actually not a free CAD software, but it offers a 30 day trial period which

Draftsight tutorial

We, at 12CAD.com like “practice oriented tutorial”; means we like teaching something while really showing how to use it in a real example, not just teaching. That is why sometime ago, we laid out here a series of AutoCAD exercises helping you to learn while practicing. Talking

AutoCAD fonts

AutoCAD fonts are stored in SHX files. Recent versions of AutoCAD may have more AutoCAD fonts files compared older versions, but if you are still not satisfied with the number of fonts AutoCAD is putting to your use, here is a trick you need to consider using.

DWG compatible CAD software

Dwg files are one of the most used type of files in Computer Aided Design and this is pushing many companies to release their own DWG compatible CAD software. The native file format for AutoCAD files is .DWG. But you can also edit/generate DWG file using others

How to plot a function in Matlab

If you have chosen to use Matlab to plot a function today, and this happens to be the first time you want to do so, here area quick look at how you can instruct Matlab to plot your function. There are many online systems allowing you to

Convert DWG to PDF

This is a simple how-to post to help you convert DWG to PDF. “DWG is a binary file format used for storing 2D and 3D design data and metadata. It is the native format for several CAD packages including DraftSight, AutoCAD, IntelliCAD (and its variants)” (definition from

Design a chair in AutoCAD

Here is another post about designing a furniture in AutoCAD. Last time we had to design a chair in AutoCAD, but the backrest was not covered in the tutorial. In this post I will try walking you through important steps of modeling the backrest of the late

Furniture design – Dining table

With the aim of helping you try harder in the area of Computer aided furniture design, I am coming up today with this simple wooden dining table to model and render. The most interesting parts to model in this example are legs. The table top part is

Home design software

The release of IKEA’s home design software—the IKEA Home Planner—shook the world of interior decoration as well as the CAD community due to the fact that for the first time, the average individual with no prior knowledge of computer aided design could now import furniture pieces—straight from

Top 5 Design Software Applications for Antennas Design

An electrical engineer or the average tech enthusiast looking to design and develop an antenna for commercial reasons or for his or her own private us, must have both a technical and theoretical knowledge on how these structures function, as well as the different design/analytical methods and

What drone for what purpose?

Since there are a lot of type of drones on the market today, I thought about dropping a couple of lines on those which in my opinion deserve some attention from a newbie’s point of view. Most time, drones are use purely for recreational activities but you

Modeling a fan blade

It could be very tricky modeling a fan blade in AutoCAD using basic commands. This will be very difficult to achieve if you have not been playing a lot with surface modeling. Here is a simple step by step tutorial about how you can easily model a

Microstrip Antenna design with Ansys HFSS

Here is a simplified Microstrip antenna design with Ansys HFSS. There are few basic things that must be known before designing an antenna in general such as: The frequency range in which the antenna is planed to be be propagating, the size of the antenna, the material, 

A stability Matlab code

If you have ever worked with numerical methods you will know that a major issue with using these methods is not only the exactness of the method but most time, we struggle too with stability of each of the methods. In this post I am simply going