AutoCAD 2D Design for engineers

Hello everyone, My name is Yarin and I'm a civil engineer. several years ago when I just started to work I needed to learn many of the principles and commands of AutoCAD by myself, because there were no friendly guides over the internet, and nowdays new workers expirience the same thing. so I'm here to offer my help and knowledge. NOTE: i have no expirience in progreming, only design. Best regards and good luck

Posted by yarin shabatov 10 months ago


I'll turn your technical drawings into files for 3D printing. [$5 per part]

I have access to Autodesk Inventor Pro and I can convert technical drawings into 3D models that can then be printed using a 3D printer.  If you are interested, please email plans for a small test piece (cube or similar simple object) that I will draw and send for free to make sure everything is compatible. The most common filetype is .STL. I accept payments via PayPal after the model has been reviewed by the customer.    

Posted by JamesRPatrick 8 years ago


AutoCAD for Mac Survey

AutoCAD was the first CAD package I really felt comfortable using and designing in. I've since realized that part of being an engineer is being familiar enough with dozens of different CAD packages so that you can recognize which one is the best tool for the specific challenge at hand. Since I use a Mac, I keep a copy of Windows running under Parallels primarily for CAD packages. This is actually a pretty common theme with people working at the various Squid Labs-related companies. I could probably walk just a couple of offices down and see SolidWorks on a MacBook Pro screen right now.So, I'm happy to read that AutoDesk is asking for input on a version of AutoCAD for the Mac:Mac Fanbois Get their Wish: AutoCADNearly two decades ago, Autodesk abandoned AutoCAD on the Mac. But now perhaps it is seeing too many sales lost to the likes of ArchiCAD to architecture clients, NX to mechanical engineering customers, and SketchUp to designers. Autodesk marketing calls it "trying to stay in tune with our customers," and are asking Mac and AutoCAD users to fill out a survey. ..."

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


CAD on Mac.

Does anyone here do CAD 3d modeling on mac? If So, what program, and where can I get it. Looking for open source, or free stuff. Would be great if it opened files from autodesk inventor. Thanks

Posted by LinuxH4x0r 10 years ago


Automatically laying out CAD parts for cutting (by hand, CNC, Laser Cutter, doesn't matter)

Hey, I am about to build a bike trailer. I planned the whole thing in Autodesk Inventor to see if everything fits and works the way I want. Now I have several parts that need to be cut out of a board of wood - Some are pretty complex, so I don't want to do it by Hand. Is there a program that imports my CAD files and automatically lays them out on a board (size and shape specified by me)? Would take a lot of tedious work off my hands and avoid stupid mistakes. Let me know if you know of anything :) Thanks! Michael

Posted by DELETED_semmelmichi 6 years ago


Problems with DXF import

Hi everyone! I have download some plans from this site but AutoCad can’t read that DXF files. Someone know why?

Posted by ivanl 11 years ago


Someone should make this cyclic generator

Okay, so I've posted this already, but if someone wants to make this, it would be friggin awesome. Someone as crazy as me, but with more skill with autocad.

Posted by Bellerophon2200 5 years ago


need help with opening .dxf files

'hy! can someone please tell me why i cant open these https://www.instructables.com/id/EKG5XR8LTCEP287MTQ/dxf files. i have AutoCAD 2005 and when i open file it says: Invalid or incomplete DXF inputThanx!

Posted by l8ka 11 years ago


Best Free 3D CAD program

I was curious what people thought was the best 3D CAD program. It seems that SketchUp is a favorite, but I wanted to be sure. I have access to AutoCAD as well, but I was working on something where I wanted to manipulate the objects, and I wasn't sure if it was best. Thanks :-)

Posted by zachninme 11 years ago


Laser cut parts

I'm looking for help getting some new smaller drafting tools cut. The cut area is no bigger then 9"x6", I was hoping to get the part cut out of .04" clear Lexan, I can supply if needed. I'd also like to have the parts etched as well if that is possible as well. I have the rough drawing done in AutoCAD so far.

Posted by BogDog 6 years ago


Using "Phun" to simulate mechanisms

I'm not an engineer, and don't have access to Autodesk / AutoCAD, so I've been using Phun to simulate mechanical design.It's not strictly valid in an engineering sense, but it works pretty well for roughing out ideas. The polygons were created in Inkscape, then converted to Phun scenes with SVG2Phun. Some objects won't translate (like grouped objects), so it's necessary to simplify (hence the two images from Inkscape.)

Posted by gmoon 9 years ago


CNC protype service. Laser cutting and 5 axis milling.

Hello. I offer cnc prototype service.Serial work is also possible. Worldwide shipping to any country. Material: any ferrous and nonferrous metals,plastics and wood. Number of axes cnc milling center: 5 axis Laser cutting any ferrous and nonferrous metals, plastics and wood. (Maximum thickness  20 mm for steel.) Wire EDM cnc machine processing. Finishing: painting, polishing, electroplating and other. Detail size : any Minimal order: 1 piece. Format for drawing: Any digital format. Better SolidWorks or AutoCad. Shipping: Worldwide (EMS,DHL or other postal service) Payment: any Please contact: cnc5axiscut@gmail.com

Posted by cnc5axiscut 4 years ago


Metal Cutting using CNC Router

Hi, I am wondering if a CNC Router can be used to cut 1/8" or less thickness aluminum. Although my shop is primarily a wood working place, I do get into some metal stuff at times (I have gas and electric welders, drill press, etc) and I am in the process of restoring a 1952 Piper Tri Pacer airplane at the moment. I want to design and build (I have AutoCAD 2011) a new instrument panel for the airplane as well as some other small aluminum parts. None of these would be more than 1/8" thickness material and likely not even that. Anyhow, I was wondering if I could install a milling bit in the router and use it to cut this lightweight, relatively soft aluminum. Does anyone have experience with that? Thanks! Michael Woodland, WA

Posted by aw1929 6 years ago


Pier 9 in the Media

Video Tour Through the Pier 9 Workshop  TechCrunch - May 2014 Approachable Fabrication Fabrication and Forming Journal - May 2014 Anouk Wipprecht Creates Smart Textiles in SF 7x7 - May 2014 Most Amazing Office Spaces on the Planet Business Insider - April 2014 What Happens When you Turn Artists Loose on Autodesk's 3D Printers Fast Company - April 2014 Andreas Bastian Creates Incredible Bendable 3D Printed Mesostructured Material 3DPrint.com - April 2014 Dutch artist Wipprecht to speak at Codame Art+Tech event SF Chronicle - April 2014 Carl Bass in the Pier 9 Workshop Discovery Channel - March 2014 Autodesk Pier 9 Design and Motion - March 2014 AutoCAD 2015 Blogger Day CAD Setter Out - March 2014 Inside Autodesk's 3D Printing and Creativity Workshop on Pier 9 Curbed SF - March 2014 Creating Joy in Technology CCA News - October 2013 Ribbon Cutting at Pier 9 GigaOm - September 2013

Posted by jsass 4 years ago


Going to buy one soon but what do I need?

Things that im wondering: 1. Do I use AutoCad or 3d studio max or something else? (At the moment im not 100% on what im making but so far i think ill be building things like Strandbeest or bookmakrs nothing huge but interesting projects. Ultimately I want to find the thing i love making). 2. Robo R1 "ABS+PLA Model" for now seems like the best model for the price (ultimately when im good at it I want to buy a Form 1 "formlabs" for jewelry) 3. Should I grab any 3d model I see and hoard it like a winter squirrel? 4. instructables has always been a great site (Home improvement projects) I just never had a reason to build a profile, are there other sites that would have info on 3d printing? Any help would be great :)

Posted by 1Vega 4 years ago


Build Custom Robots and Electronics and Design CAD

Here are the services I offer: 1. Custom robotics design and building - price based on product I can design and/or build you the robot you need to have. I have experience with almost every brand of microcontrollers, as well as experience with PC based control. I know how to use many of the popular robotics sensors and also have a very strong mechanical background. 2. Custom electronic board designs - price based on product I can design and/or build a certain electronics circuit board , such as a custom motor driver board or a line following sensor board. The inputs and outputs of these boards can be whatever you want , as I have used almost all forms of interface in my robotics career.3. CAD Design - $25 usually, but subject to change based on product I can make a CAD of your product in either Sketchup ,AutoCAD , or Solidworks, or even all three. Here is an example of my work in CAD : http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=4761deb020b23e8a9494e7acda6a0394Feel free to email me : airman00 at gmail.com,EriceRobots.BlogSpot.com

Posted by Erobots 10 years ago


Wheelchair mountain bike

Hi guys, I have an idea for a go anywhere buggy that I can use on mountain bike trails instead of my wheelchair. I have a very basic design of my idea and need advice on where to go from here. I have a very rough sketch of my idea. But I have no idea of how to use AutoCAD or do anything else with this fantastic little device. So I thought I would ask all of you guys for your input. In the attached sketch. The pink represents a rigid frame. The green is suspension. The black is bicycle tires appropriate for your needs. The blue is an adjustable net seating. And the gray is batteries and motors. However my son informs me that it is possible to put the motor in the hub of the wheel. Which sounds like an excellent idea to me! My idea is to hang the frame from the suspension above the wheels.  And balance the weight of the occupant(s) and the batteries. I think that this has potential for many other applications, but I just want to go play in the woods and the beach again!

Posted by Mmjmama 4 years ago


High School 3D Printing Hackathon

Calling all student Coders and Designers! MSJ 3D Printing Club is hosting a 3D Printing Hackathon, called a Designathon, at Mission San Jose High School on November 15th from 8:30-5:00 for $10. This event is for 6th-12th grades only. Schedule for the day: 8:30am:   Registration 9:00am:   Opening Ceremony 9:30am:   Designathon Timer Begins 12:00pm: Lunch 2:30pm:   Designathon Timer Stops 3:00pm:   Presentations 4:00pm:   Judging and Speakers 4:30pm:   Awards and Closing Ceremony  We will be conducting workshops on Tinkercad, AutoCAD, and Illustrator.  The Designathon is a great opportunity for students to learn about 3D Printing, its impact on the world, and coding. 3D Printing is a new and upcoming technology that is sneaking its way into every field. Biologists are printing organs, researchers are using the technology to find a cure for cancer, architects are 3D Printing houses, Engineers are printing robots, chefs are printing food. In the age of 3D Printing, we want to expose students to this amazing technology and who knows, you may change the world. For more information and to sign up visit: www.tinyurl.com/ MSJDesignathon  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at msjhs.3d@gmail.com or call (510)-979-1046 Thank You, Vaishnavi Dornadula Vice President of MSJ 3D Printing

Posted by VaishnaviD1 3 years ago


Outsourcing CAD Drafting Services

CAD Drafting Services Unlock the Future" Yantram is an AutoCAD outsourcing service catering to many consultants, CAD Scanning Service Company, contractors, engineers in the construction & real estate industry.CAD Drafting Services in India proves the trust clients keep on them by delivering high-end CAD Drafting Services like HVAC Drafting, Architectural CAD Drafting, from the group of expert CAD Designing Professionals (CAD Draftsman). There are various forms of commenting Yantram is an Auto CAD outsourcing service catering to many consultants, firm, contractors, engineers in the construction & real estate industry. As being PDF to CAD Conversion Company Today's most competitive work enables us to work with more safety. Drawings received for review must be returned with comments, even if the comments are "all perfect; go ahead" or "this is totally not what we wanted; we are finishing this off ourselves". In each case the architectural CAD drafting service is on hold, waiting for the next move, and, is technically, on the client's hire till then.In this article, we look at the prevalent processes in reviewing drawings remotely when outsourcing architectural CAD drafting services. Yantram Outsourcing CAD Drafting Company in India support your 2D CAD drafting services , CAD Design & CAD Conversion Services requirements. Our team is highly proficient CAD Designer and expert in CAD Design &CAD Drafting Process. Author: Ruturaj Desai Yantram Architectural CAD Drafting http://architectural-design.outsourcing-services-india.com

Posted by cadyantram 4 years ago


Designing a Contemporary Computer Desk

Hello everyone in this wonderful community! I want to share something to see what you think about it! When I finished high school in February last year, my family gave me some money as a present. I put all that money into my new computer. However, I had no other place to put my computer than my work desk. I need this desk for many other things, such as airplane modeling, drawing, designing, soldering, and such. Therefore I have to get a separate desk for my computer. I always enjoy making stuff myself, so I thought that I could design my own desk. So, this is what I came up with. The desk I have designed has a contemporary, extravagant look, and is NOT designed to save space! It will be made of MDF and have a dark glass top. No drawers or shelves needed, except for the keyboard and the mouse. It will be wall-mounted. The MDF will be painted black. I have made the design in AutoCAD 2007 in 3D to see what it will look like, these are the renders I made, of the complete desk, of the structure, and of the pieces needed.  --------------- I am not sure of the thickness of MDF and glass that I should use, or if the structure is too heavy or too weak. (I have a desktop computer, not a laptop) Please help me with this part! --------------- If I ever build this, I will make an Instructable of it! Please take your time and say what you think of the design! I will greatly appreciate it!

Posted by colorex 7 years ago


Molding Aluminum: With Gravity Die Casting

It's expensive, untested and dangerous.The idea goes like this. Start with a coffee can foundry, possibly powered with Biodiesel or Propane. Then design a mold for what you want to build using Autocad or some variant thereof. After it's finished, send the design to a machine shop to have it built out of steel. When you receive the permanent mold, melt the aluminum and pour into the mold repeatedly and often.The idea seems like a good one to me, I'll be testing it soon enough using common screw clamps to keep the mold tightly secure.Has anyone here done this? The closest I've come to doing it myself is pouring into a muffin tin.The photo below is a picture of the results which was taken from another board found here, you'll need a login, the photos are located in the forum under Machining and Tooling.Give me a shout if you dig the idea.UPDATE 5/24/07It works! Using my Harbor Freight Mini-Mill I cut out pockets in two pieces of 1018 steel, each about an inch deep, and four inches across. I then cut inlets in both pieces and welded some scrap steel U channel on the tops of both mold sections to form a pool enclosure for the excess aluminum to collect inside of and stay safely contained.Then I lit the candle on my foundry and melted the aluminum while at the same time pre-heating the molds, (connected using C-clamps) in the oven. When the aluminum melted, I poured it and it instantly solidified. After about 2 minutes of running around in a panic I cracked the mold open. The detail level is incredible. Impressions made in the mold with a fly-cutter can be seen in the casting. The casting is bright, shiny, and seemingly devoid of any burs usually associated with unfinished aluminum castings.I'll provide photos later of the test mold and casting.

Posted by Inspiracy 11 years ago


European Voluntary Service in Netherlands

European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an Erasmus+ program for young people (17-30 years old) who want to spend a long time living in a different country and with almost all the cost paid: apartment, wifi, transport, food... Bataviawerf (Lelystad, Netherlands) is a dockyard with special ambitions. Ships from the golden century which has been important in our maritime history, are reconstructed here. Our organisation is depending on the work of volunteers for some years already. A lot of foreign volunteers helped to build the ship “Batavia” and are now helping to build the new ship “Het water schip”. The Bataviawerf could not exist without the help of numerous volunteers which help in showing everybody the way of building ships in the 17th century. We are seeking for 3 new EVS with the next profile: Tasks Create technical drawings, finish the 3D Digital Model of the Batavia, create nice videos and photos about the Bataviawerf and handwork (rebuild some parts of the Batavia -mast, yards, etc.-, forge, wood work,...) Criteria Technical background with knowledge about SolidWorks, AutoCad and similar or experienced in graphic, digital and multimedia design (Adobe Premiere, InDesign, etc). Also creative, self-motivated and interested in shipbuilding and handwork. Procedure If you are interested and you think your profile is suitable for one of our tasks, send us your CV and a motivation letter to the email: evsbataviawerf@gmail.com More information We are seeking for 3 new European volunteers for the next periods: 1) From August 2016 to August 2017. 2) From September 2016 to September 2017. 3) From December 2016 to December 2017. This voluntary service is available for young people from the next countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. (More information about EVS: http://europa.eu/youth/node/73_en)

Posted by Bataviawerf 2 years ago


Project Collaboration?

I'm REALLY bored at work at the moment and need a personal project to distract me. The problem with past projects is I often run into problems or lose interest and they fall by the wayside. I was thinking that if the project was a collaboration I'd be more motivated and could call on people with better skills than me. Anyways I'll propose a few projects, and let me know if you are interested. Or if you've got an idea, post it up. I'd love to do something robotics related, but m programming skills aren't great. I can use "wrapper" environments, like Matlab and Arduino, but raw C++ isn't a strong point. I've got access to all the CAD stuff that would ever be needed, Pro/E, Solidworks, AutoCAD, ANSYS, Strand7. I've got some skills in and access to composite manufacturing, like carbon fibre and glass but no vacuum baggin facilities anymore. My first project idea is a bargraph type watch - kind of like the awesome binary watches here, but the time increments on a bargraph. I think only one bargraph to show the minutes would be necessary - you pretty much know the hour most of the time, and you could work it out using the minutes if it's around the hour. A ten segment display would give resolution of 6 minutes - good enough for most purposes. I could do the hardware layout and manufacturing for this project, but I don't think I could do the programming. how about a homemade SMS device? not the most practical when mobile phones are so small and cheap and would be WAY more fully featured, but I think it would be cool to have a homemade device that could at least send SMSs. Open source, single sided PCB, would be awesome. obviosuly as small as possible but maybe aim for something the size of a blackberry of treo? Not stylish maybe but maximum hacker cred thumb keyboard ---> microcontroller ---> cellular module&LCD GPS based car locator - I know this functionality exists in modern cars but certainly not my 1994 feroza - a box that sits in your car that SMSs you GPS coordinates if your car alarm is activated. I've been looking for this for ages in a commercial product but the prices are outrageous. Other more outlandish projects are a CNC machine and single sided, through-hole, no (or very little) programming MP3 player Any ideas?

Posted by trialex 11 years ago


A Quest!

OK - first off, hello everyone!! I've not posted an Instructable for perhaps 4 years now, but I have done a fair few things in the intervening time (shortened life story to follow - if you just want details about the project, scroll down.) Not sure when, but in early childhood I started playing around with K'NEX. I'm sure you'll all agree thats acceptable for a kid of about 5. Several years progressed before I discovered the art of K'NEX weaponry - which led me to create my first ever (and widely crap) Instructable. My fascination for things that you have to put together to make them work has not faded - I have become involved heavily in the Greenpower Race Series for Schools (www.greenpower.co.uk, if anyone's interested - I'm Rob on the forum) and next year will probably be my last truly competitive one - I'm building the one for next year over the summer. Having looked for a couple months about what I can do next, I've come up with a bit of a foolhardy quest  that sevearl people have probably already done. The Project (hello, if you've just scrolled down) is to design, build and drive on the road an Electric, 2-seater, Hardtop Sports car with the following features: 85 MPH top speed (15 more than the Motorway limit), 500 mile range, flash charging capabilities, various mod-cons (e.g. a windscreen), some luggage spaces and a price tag of as little as possible. I'm probably going to be designing the chassis on a 3D CAD program (either Solidworks or AutoCAD) over the next couple of years, as well as getting enough money, sourcing parts, and designing the PWM (Pulse Width Modulation, controls how long the motor is on for in any given second) system. Here is a list of what I see as I need to do: Source electric motor Source batteries + charging system Design chassis Source parts for chassis - Welder, rear differential, steering components, bits of Aluminium/Steel (haven't decided which) box/tube. Build rolling chassis. Anyhow, I will be making an instrucable and will hopefully publish it once I'm done. The whole thing will consist of my entire design process and building processes. Everything from chassis stress testing to choosing what type of dials to have. Hope that was mostly interesting! Rob Hopeful Instructabler

Posted by Blue_Flame 7 years ago