What is AutoLISP? AutoLISP is a dialect of the LISP programming language built specifically for use with the full version of AutoCAD. It is used to create programs to use in Autocad that are not built in with the software. Almost all manual commands you use can be automated to increase productivity, Lisp routines can do all sorts of weird and wonderful things. Below are my top 5 favorite LISPs programs that if introduced will save you lots of time.
Did you ever try to imagine what the future of drafting & 3D CAD modeling will be like? Have a think about the emerging technologies you see around us such as virtual and augmented reality. Here is a good explanation of the two if you are unfamiliar.
I see the future CAD drafting office looking like the Christmas party has come early and everyone is badly attempting a horrible version of Macarena. Although it may look like a bunch of crazy people waving their arms, in a different world they will be creating the same 3d CAD models it takes us using a screen and mouse today.
First off I would like to wish all you avid readers out there a very happy New Year. May 2016 be a fantastic and successful year for all you CAD drafters. I am exceeding grateful for the overwhelming support this blog and Perth Cad Services received last year and I hope to continue the high level of interaction we saw in 2015 with the discussion of even more interesting topics coupled with the exchange of new and innovative CAD ideas. Here are 10 AutoCAD commands I could not live without so hopefully they will be of valuable use to you as well.
I tend to use overkill on AutoCAD drawings I receive that are old and have had a lot of updates by different people. Overkill will run through the drawing and delete any duplicates, 0 value and overlapping lines. You can apply rules and tolerances based on line type, color and many other factors. This is a great tool for cleaning up AutoCAD drawings.
Do you remember your first encounter with AutoCAD? Seeing it for the first time in all its technical glory? That is one thing you, I and every other CAD drafter have in common...we all became aquatinted with AutoCAD from the same starting block, when we saw the software for the very first time. My first brush with the software was in 2004 when I had just started technical college. I remember seeing AutoCAD with the big black screen and if I am honest I found it somewhat intimidating. The lecturer showed us some basic shapes we were going to create and I was nervous as I was horrible at drawing with my hands and I thought that this would have some impact on my ability. However within the first class I took to AutoCAD like a duck to water! Watching that screen fill up with all these cool shapes that I created, I felt excited with the possibilities of this software. I had always wanted to be an engineer of some sort when I was younger but after that class I enrolled in the evening course and I knew exactly what I wanted to do in life..........Design and create.
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