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Driving in 3 Easy steps....... Step 1 - Choose your vehicle Click AutoDrive Arc and the vehicle libraries are automatically opened. Choose your vehicle from one of the vehicle libraries In addition to worldwide design vehicles, you’ll find “European Vehicles”, “North American Vehicles” and “Specialist Vehicles”;  Click Proceed.   Step 2 - Position your vehicle You will be asked whether you want to set the current vehicle as your default vehicle for all future paths. Select either Yes or No. The Drawing Settings window will appear; here you can change your path settings and units to match the drawing. If these are ok, click Yes to continue. Position the front of the vehicle where you want it and left click to accept, then you can set the orientation of the vehicle to point in the direction that you need. The Position Vehicle Window will appear with more options if needed, simply click Proceed to start driving.   Step 3 - Drive your vehicle As you move the mouse around, the vehicle path is calculated based upon the vehicles dimensions and geometry. If a maneuver can’t be performed, AVT wont let you complete that ...

A new enhancement within Autodesk Inventor 2017 is being able to export a 3D PDF, which is another great way for collaborating with others in the day-to-day design process. Check out the video and link below to start utilizing this new feature.   Inventor 3D PDF's Video Additional Information on exporting 3D PDF's                    

For some time now I've noticed a disturbing message that appears any time I turn on the Sun Path in a 3D view in Revit. It references a mysterious 3rd Party Updater for the "Sun and Shadow Settings Updater" and indicates that it had to be cancelled. You have two options when this appears - cancel showing the Sun Path (not an option) or disable the Updater.  I've always just clicked "Disable Updater", but I've also wondered if I was causing some sort of problem down the road, even though it appeared as though nothing was wrong afterwards. Good news - this morning I was getting caught up on some forum posts and came across this thread, in which several users are complaining about the same message. Turns out, it's benign. It's apparently caused by the Dynamo add-in. You can just disable the updater with no ill effects. It's easy to confirm for yourself - Launch Revit and turn on the Sun Path. If you get the error message, shut Revit down, then launch again. Before turning on the Sun Path, ...

In an earlier post, Mike Massey described Setting Up 3D Views for Levels in your Revit project. I agree that this is a great idea and very useful for creating consistent looking isometric views of each level in your project. Views like this often convey a layout to your client more effectively than a 2D orthographic plan view. Note: the section box uses the View Range or Far Clip Offset and Crop settings to define the section box.While designing in Revit we are constantly building our project virtually. This is an opportunity for adding 3D views of the design to the construction documentation. New to Revit 2012, we can lock a 3D view and add more annotation.Consider creating 3D section views from wall sections, stair sections, elevator shaft sections and other callout views, to enrich your documentation. You create these views the same way Mike describes in his post.Steps for Creating 3D Views from other Views:Create a floor plan, section or callout view.Create a new default {3D} view, and rename it. (i.e. 3D Stair No. 1 Section)Open new 3D ...

When starting a new project in Revit, I typically create 3D views for each level in the project.  To do this I use the View Cube to assist me in creating the views.  I typically do not care for the View Cube for orbiting or adjusting my views.  I usually use my wheel on my mouse with the shift key to orbit, but I have found the View Cube to be very helpful for this particular task. To set up a 3D view for each level, you could manually achieve this by turning on the Section Box in the Properties of the view and use the grips to drag the Section Box to display just the desired level.  This is very cumbersome and sometimes hard to get the grips to be where you want them to be. An easier, quicker way to create a 3D view for each level is to use the Orient to View option in the View Cube right click menu.  This can be done by opening a 3D view and hovering over the House icon ...