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Copy your customer Folders layout into all other folders in your database.  Get-ChildItem "C:\Autodesk Fabrication\Working Database\ITEMS" -Recurse -Filter "*.dat" | ForEach-Object { Copy-Item "C:\Autodesk Fabrication\position.dat" -Destination $_.FullName }

Or, is AutoCAD still going to be around for a long while?  My guess, it will be around for quite a while.  While I cannot cite any specific declaration from Autodesk, reading between the lines can be most telling.  “We aren’t at the Star Trek level of computing”.  Could you imagine for the latest crisis that Kirk has discovered, Spock and Scotty pulling out some papers to reconfigure engineering to save the universe?  Nope, me neither.  We aren’t there yet. Inventor and AutoCAD:  Regardless of the 3D modeling package you use, documentation is going to be 2D.  Paper is flat, as long as we are outputting on paper, then there will be the need for AutoCAD.  Over the past few releases, more and more, AutoCAD is becoming the default documentation for Inventor, as evidenced by two specific GUIs within AutoCAD: AutoCAD’s Layout Tab: Now, instead of pushing from the Inventor environment to AutoCAD, natively you can access Inventor models from directly inside of AutoCAD.  Another “between the lines” in Inventor, the default installation setup now defaults to the AutoCAD DWG for documentation. AutoCAD’s Parametric ...

This video will display the process of retrieving your lost utility bar inside of Fabrication Remote Entry. Unlike CAMduct or ESTmep, there is no easy way to retrieve it once it has been closed out inside of the program.Thanks for Watching!

Bluebeam partners with Microsoft to integrate the surface dial into their digital workflow. See the below video.    

The BIM360 Field development team has been working hard on making improvements to the Daily Updates module over the last few months and it shows. They have added many new features that have been requested by there users. Here is a quick list of updates.  New permissions for Daily Updates include: none, view your own, view your company, view any daily update Subcontractors now have access to complete daily updates Attach Library Documents to Daily Updates  Add templates to Daily Update General Notes They have also added an audit history to the daily updates so all changes will be captured.  Read more about the release notes here.  

Assuredly and quite by accident, you have turned-off the little green dot that shows snapping in your Inventor sketch environment.  But now, how to get it back on?  The first thing to check is Constraint Settings from within the sketch environment or the Application Options from the Tools Ribbon tab.  But the other day, I had a call that said the settings were correct, but they still were not getting a green dot at the origin point of the sketch plane.  Come to find out, the point had not been projected.  We added it, and corrected the setting for that as well.  See the image below for the whereabouts to check your settings.

You can now view the class "AutoCAD Plant 3D: Tricks of the Trade 2" from this year's Autodesk University.  You will learn such things as... Complex pipe routing tricks Structures and platform creation tricks Equipment creation tricks Support placing tricks and BONUS Tricks Click here >> AutoCAD Plant 3D: Tricks of the Trade 2

Those of you who have been a BIM 360 Field administrator, understand that you have little control over the notifications that your subcontractors receive when first signing up for BIM 360 Field. You have also likely  learned that the default notifications are set to receive immediate notifications for : Issue Changes Issue Comments Task Changes Task Comments  Library Updates This can create an overwhelming amount of emails for many subcontractors. It is important to show your subcontractors how to modify their email notifications. If your subcontractor decides to opt out of all notification this will not prevent him from receiving a scheduled report. We recommend always setting up scheduled reports so that you can ensure they get the exact information they need when they need it.  Here is a link you can share with your subcontractors if they need assistance in changing there email settings.  

Autodesk just recently released an Android version of BIM360 Docs to the Google Play store. This is a first product on the BIM360 Platform to release an Android version. I know many contractors have been asking and hinting at this for years and it looks like they will finally be receiving android support just in time for Christmas.  We hope that this is a continued trend among all of the BIM360 products as it will often eliminate hardware as a reason to refuse adoption. Support of more platforms opens up more possibilities for collaboration on the site.  Read more here. 

I'm excited to announce 360 Sync for Glue - Applied Software's new app that seamlessly syncs your desktop or server (or Dropbox, Box, Egnyte, etc. cloud service) with BIM 360 Glue. We've had this planned for a while & finally got the time to build it. What does 360 Sync with Glue do & why did we create it? Quite simply, 360 Sync automates the upload process from your computer to BIM 360. We created it specifically with the non-Autodesk user in mind: the Tekla / Bentley / Cadworx / QuickPen / Rhino users who use Glue, and don't already have a Glue button built in to their software. We wanted to eliminate the process of manually uploading your model to Glue - it's essentially double-entry & is a waste of time. You're already saving it to your computer or server, so why not have it upload to Glue as well? How does it work? First, you upload your model manually for the first time to BIM 360 Glue. Next, you open up 360 Sync & create a new configuration. You select the model on ...

I met with a client who had a need to make his quick profiles a permanent part of this drawing. This is a quick way to accomplish this. And yes, I know we could have simply drawn an alignment and made a profile as well.

So with the latest Star Wars movie coming out soon I was inspired to toy with the idea of modeling a full scale Revit family of the AT AT. Originally it was shown in the Empire Strikes Back. This was one of my all time favorites. While taking this project on I see that there are some valid challenges in creating some of the geometry. So if you ever want to improve your skills on creating families this is a fun way to not only make something cool but to improve your skills. I under- laid flat 2d images and scaled them up for reference. the rest is purely improvising. I enclosed some preliminary images. Check back later and I will post my progress pics. Remember have fun. Enjoy!.

Appearance assets are the component of a Revit material that tells it what it looks like when it's rendered. However what many users don't realize is that the appearance asset is actually not a part of the material itself, it's being reference by the material, and multiple materials can reference the same appearance asset. Where the trouble occurs is when a user modifies a material, editing the asset that it is referencing, only to find out they just inadvertently edited a bunch of other materials as well, because they were using the same reference.  This is easy to avoid if you know what to look for. This usually happens because someone selected a material in the current project's material library and duplicated it to create a new material. While editing the duplicate they went to the "Appearance" tab and made changes to the appearance settings (they didn't assign a new appearance asset, but modified the one that was already there - color, reflectivity, transparency, anything at all about the asset). To see how to avoid this issue, take a look at ...

Last week the Civil Immersion blog site released a video that explains how to extract a point list that notates a point with station and offset in respect to an alignment in your drawing.  I highly recommend watching this video, especially if you're a surveyor.   While watching the video it triggered in my memory the very first blog I ever posted back in 2010 for a site that no longer exists.  In my post I go in the opposite direction of the video.  I import points that have stations and offsets and create a point label style that expresses the values.   Here's the original post. . . A few weeks ago one of our clients called me up with an uncommon question. He had an Excel file (CSV format) that had point numbers, northings, eastings, elevations, offsets, and station numbers as follows: (I’ve replaced the column headings with the correct title to make the file format clearer.) His desire was to import these points into Civil 3D with a label style that would only express point numbers, elevations, offsets, and station numbers as ...

In this Tips and Tricks session we will look at how to export a Revit Door schedule into Excel. This is a very simple and straight forward process and gives non-Revit users the ability to look at or possibly use downstream data from Revit.  Please click on link below to watch a short Screencast video on how this is done. Enjoy, Rick    

There's a lot more to the Revit Material Browser/Editor than a lot of people realize. This video will walk you through its interface, and also the process for creating new custom materials and storing them in a custom material library for use in other projects. See the video here.

NOTE:  This cannot be done directly in Civil 3D because Civil 3D overwrites the command sequence and therefore the output is incorrect.    Therefore you must begin this process in Map 3D and then complete it in Civil 3D. First let’s discuss the setup needed in Excel.  Setup the columns in your Excel file so that each column represents the needs of your transparent command, quadrant, appropriate ENTER placeholders, bearings, and distances.  Similar to this: Notice that in order to add the single apostrophe in the transparent command cell you must enter two apostrophes in the Excel formula line: Now select the cells and copy them to your clipboard: Now, launch Map 3D and turn off object snaps, object snap tracking, and dynamic input.  I found these had to be disable for this to work correctly.    Start the line command and pick start point. Click your cursor in the commandline, right-click and paste. Here is the image of the linework from the above spreadsheet beginning at 0,0 and continuing from there: Save the file and, if you need to convert it to a parcel or label it, ...

We have recently revised our A360 Collaboration for Revit and BIM 360 Team white paper to include some late-breaking details in the set up and operation of A360 Collaboration for Revit and BIM 360 Team. You can get your updated copy here. v15.0: FormIt 360 for Windows Fluid camera transitions between saved Scenes Control the settings for speed, transition and pause time for camera transitions Setting to visualize the camera location and orientation of saved Scenes Swivel navigation mode to look around without Orbiting Copy and Paste In Place with Ctrl + Shift + V Cut elements to the clipboard with Ctrl + X Select All elements in the model, or in the current group, with Ctrl + A Ability to Boolean Cut and Join between different Groups Groups Tree enhancements allow renaming, categorizing, and editing of Groups for improved model management Undo Manager provides a list of actions organized per Group. This history can be archived by exporting to AXM with history button checked Numerous interaction improvements to the Rotate, Mirror, and Measure tools Holding Ctrl while rotating an object will make a 'quick copy' Numerous ...

In AutoCAD you notice that the text within menus, the ribbon, dialog boxes, and palettes is rather large and may overlap other elements within the user interface or not appear at all.   The cause of this due to the fact that the Windows operating system governs how the user interface text is displayed in AutoCAD, and a high definition or high DPI monitor can make the program interfaces appear very small on the screen.  Scaling up the text size to compensate for this can have an adverse affect on how user interface text shows in AutoCAD. Current versions of AutoCAD-based products are optimized for monitor displays with a resolution under 2000. The solution is to install update 2017.1.1 for AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017 and other AutoCAD 2017-based vertical products.  However, you cannot simply go to the Autodesk website to install this update.  The AutoCAD 2017.1.1 update can only be downloaded and installed via the Autodesk Desktop App.   To read more about this issue and resolution read this:  Odd text display within user interface elements in AutoCAD

Assemblies   Multiple Enhancements to Analyze Interference The new option in Interference Analysis dialog box, Treat subassemblies as components, lets you treat sub-assemblies as single components and ignore the interferences within the sub-assemblies. The  Interference Detected  dialog box now includes:  Information about each interference.  Interference type filtering options. Focus on the information you need to check by including only the interferences you want to see.  ​**Note: The Reference components filter only displays when the assembly includes an AnyCAD reference imported 3rd party file. Ignore and Un-ignore options. You can: Right-click an item and select to ignore the selected volume or ignore all interference volumes less than a selected value. Select or deselect the Ignored filter to show or hide the ignored interferences in the list. **Note: An ignored interference is displayed with a cross line. Right-click an ignored interference ...

Trying to use an Autodesk Cloud Service and something not working as expected? Is it you? Is it your computer? Is it.... Autodesk? Click the following link and you will know for sure if it's Autodesk Cloud service or not! It's too easy! Click the Health Subscription button in upper right corner and receive health status changes and maintenance plans to your email address! We will send you health status changes, maintenance plans to your email address  

General Measure Enhancements  Easily restart Measure by clicking in the graphics window.    A Dual Unit, Foot-Architectural, is now available for Measure Distance, Loop, and Area. **Note: Fractions smaller than 1/128 are not supported**   Additional Workflow Enhancement You can now use a crossing window to select multiple closed profiles when creating features with the Revolve, Sweep, Coil, Chamfer, and Fillet commands.   3D PDF 3D PDF export is significantly faster and now supports View representation color overrides.   Sketch Select Tangencies Now Available within Project Geometry Command The Select Tangencies behavior, previously only available in Parts and Assemblies, is now also available in the sketch environment when the Project Geometry command is active. You can now quickly create a selection set of all the faces or edges tangent to each other in the sketch Project Geometry:  With the left mouse button, double-click a face or an edge. OR Select a face or an edge, right-click, and select Select Tangencies from the context menu.   Projected Sketch References are Now Maintained When Redefining a Sketch   Previously if you redefined the plane that a part ...

Renumber your model within Revit with the first of ASTI Tools for Fabrication.  

Below are some links to download the Patterns List in .pdf format of all patterns in Fabrication 2017   Link - All Link - All by Group Link - Standard Link -  Rectangular Link -  Round Link -  Oval Link -  Pipework Link -  Electrical