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Fusion 360: Measurement issues to Slicer Software

So I made a design for the Autodesk Competition but for some reason, I have never had this issue, but when I export to .obj and open in S3D, it doesn't convert the measurements. My meaning: I have a 3....
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How to fix blocks with attribute tags in AutoCAD which were exploded?

Sometimes I get AutoCAD drawings with attributes outside blocks. Seems that people who don't know how to use attributes try to edit text and blocks but, as they don't know how, they explode those (...
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Which program should I use to find moment of inertia of complex sections?

It is an aluminium section for a mullion and transom and the autocad drawing I have is very complex and I tried using autocad mechanical but it does not work as I am not able to select the area as it ...
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Autocad architecture - how to get a window to intersect two floor walls?

I have a window that intersects the walls of two different floors. It goes through the first floor wall just fine but the second floor wall occludes the window. How can I fix this?
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Design assistance

How do I make that encircled pattern in AutoCAD 2018 without going through a lot of hassle? I mean those thin lines indicating that the object has been cut. Looking forward to all positive responses. ...
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Command line Macro?

AutoCAD 2017, Civil 3D - I have gone into "customize user interface" and created a new command. What would the Macro be to simply select a 3D polyline in the shape of an "L" and turn it into a square? ...
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How can I see the scale of a DWG file?

We've been given a DWG file from a topographic survey of our garden. It looks great but when I try to measure dimensions of objects in Autodesk I know the real world size of, they're off by a factor ...
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Measure distance between a circle and an ellipse center in autocad/inventor

I am working on a robotics project, I got a SolidWorks sldprt/step model of the robot(cca. 40 solids). However, I have only Autocad/and Inventor available. I need to measure a distance from n ellipse ...
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what should be the size of gate? [closed]

what should be the size of gate? if street 8 ft according to house map Car entrance gate 11 ft can corolla grande car enter into the gate easily with some moves?
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How to know the maximum offset distance in solidworks that doesn't result a defromed shape

using the offset tool on surfaces can result a shape different from the one offset from, as in broken lines or edges instead of curves like this: is there a way to know the maximum distance i can ...
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In AutoCAD, why can I not copy and paste numbers into inputs?

Example: select circle. Then use a calculator app ( I use the 3rd party calculator because AutoCAD doesn't know what to do if I type "1+4" into the input for a coordinate. not the in-program ...
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Half sectional views of Plummer block

I am trying to assemble the parts of Plummer block and draw the half sectional views from the front as given here I am facing some trouble understanding a few sectional views. In this view I am ...
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AutoCAD Boundary Trim with Multiple Boundaries?

So for a particular task I need to trim and remove cells from a boundary with an action macro I can accomplish this fairly simply using the following procedure. Create unit cell (closed polylines) ...
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How to scale a 3D object on 2 dimensions only?

How can I scale a 3D object only on 2 dimensions with Autocad? For instance, I would like to scale a complex object whose maximum dimensions are 50x30x10 (on axes x...
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How to put the green diamond back in it's original position in AutoCAD 2018

How would I go about resetting the position of the green diamond which acts as an anchor point for these text objects? The idea is to be able to move the text box around with the green diamond in it'...
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AutoCAD 2019: How do I Find the Perfect Angles to Match Line Endpoints

I'm trying to match up two lines on a drawing I am doing, without changing the length of either line. There is a perfect set of angles to do so- I just don't know what it each. Is there a built in ...
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Autocad “Aligned” Constraint - distance between two parallel lines

I am creating the 3d Design in Autodesk Autocad 2017. I need to specify distance between two parallel lines, I could successfully defined the parallel constraint but not able to add constraint that ...
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NumPad shortcut keys in AutoCAD 2018

I'm using an engineering software based on Autodesk AutoCAD 2018 OEM and I need to assign keyboard shortcuts to NumPad keys directly, without any modifier (SHIFT, CTRL, ALT). On older version of ...
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Understanding AutoCAD plugin files by Example

I am interested in developing an AutoCAD plugin and am trying to understand the relationships between several different types of AutoCAD plugin files: Managed DLLs that ship with AutoCAD plugins ARX ...
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Simple and easy Open Source CAD tools for basic 2D and 3D designs [closed]

We are planning to start a basic course on Computer Aided Designs (2D and 2D) for high school kids. The idea is to help them shape their innovative ideas into something tangible. We shall finally ...
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Autocad - multipage drawing with all content in the same model space

I have inherited a set of templates for creating drawings for solar panel projects. Each set is about 12 pages and only 2-4 pages are different between projects. Several pages are actually just ...
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How to remove unwanted line from 2d trimming?

I have a problem when I'm extruding a trimmed surface, it's look alright in isometric view, but in 2d view it shows unrelated line due to the trimming of the circle as show in the photo below, any ...
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How to create a buffer along a curve in Rhinoceros 5? [closed]

Say I have a line (0,0)<--->(1,0) and I want to make a rounded "buffer" along it (or any curve, just keeping it simple) in such a way that I now have a closed ...
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Is it Possible to Automatically Transform an Image of an Object into a Line Drawing in AutoCAD?

I have many photos of devices which must be traced into AutoCAD. Is there any software for tracing object edges/outlines automatically so that a Primary Plan of the object can be made in AutoCAD? For ...
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What is a void in CAD

I'm using existing architectural designs and some mechanical designs too, all CAD files in formats *.dwg, *.dgn and the drawings have smart solid geometries including voids. Using CAD software what is ...
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Designing a Parallel Robot by Autocad

These days I'm designing a 5-DOF parallel manipulator with Autocad. Though I know that some people might say that Autocad is not a proper software for robot designing but I only have access to this ...
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How can I draw Voronoi regions in curved surfaces in AutoCAD?

How can I automatically compute and draw/display the Voronoi diagram of a given set of vertices on a surface in AutoCAD? A "Voronoi Sketch Generator" is the best I could come up with on a google ...
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Convert 2D projections to 3D View in AutoCAD

Suppose I have three 2D drawings prepared in AutoCAD LT. That 2D drawings are supposed to represent top, left and front projections of the 3D solid body. How can I view that 3D solid body?
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Stretch part of object in Autocad or 123D Design

I'm quite new to using 3D Drawing programs, except a bit of work in Google's Sketchup. As I'm trying to draw a model that should be 3D printed, and heared that Sketchup is kinda bad practice for this, ...
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How can I get the Zoom button to be visible while I'm on the Home tab?

I'm using AutoCAD 2015. While I'm drawing, I spend most of my time on the Home ribbon tab. I like the Zoom ribbon button, but it is on the View tab. Is there any way to move the Zoom button to the ...
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Working out functional gear in AutoCad

The title pretty much sums up the question, but basically I need to create 3 sizes of gears. I have tried 2 shapes, the first being basic rectangles. However, according to my Engineering teacher, ...
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How to subtract a region where two solids intersect?

In Autocad 2015 for Mac, I have created a cylinder with a torus wrapped around it. The torus is 2 mm thick, with 1 mm embedded inside the cylinder and 1 mm outside. I want to subtract the torus from ...
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How do I batch plot drawings in monochrome without editing DWG?

I'm using AutoCAD 2015, and I run into this all the time. I'm given a group of DWG drawings, and I want to plot them into one monochrome PDF, but they do not have monochrome.ctb selected as the plot ...
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Orthographic project (section view) dimensioning a counter bore?

The following question was given in a book as an autocad assignment. The section depicted in the diagram is not a counter-bore or a spot face hole. But the professor is telling that the hole is a ...
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What is the Radius of 1 and 1/4 inch drill on a 1 and 1/4 Circle

I have this figure for my engineering drawing I am currently taking this semester I am quite baffled about this $1\dfrac{1}{4}$ radius circle with $1\dfrac{1}{4}$ Drill hole. How do I do that? as a ...
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How do I change the text alignment in a radius annotation with AutoCAD?

I have two files open in AutoCAD. One uses horizontal text in radius annotation (see the first picture). The second uses a straight line in radius annotation (see the second picture). I cannot find ...
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How do I set the default coordinate system for the line tool in Autocad?

On my laptop, I set a variable that makes it so the line tool defaults to Cartesian coordinates. On my desktop, I can't seem to find the variable name. I have been searching for hours.
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How do you create a chamfer in 3D CAD that joins the edges of two different shapes?

I am trying to make a 3D model. It consists of a cylinder resting on an extruded ellipse as you can see in the picture below. I now want to join the top edge of the ellipse with the top edge of the ...
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What are sectional views and cutting plane lines?

I am a student in a Drafting 1 class and we are going over all of the section views (full, half, revolved, offset, etc.) and also all about the cutting planes and different ways for that and how to do ...
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Bend allowances when making a C-shape plate

I am trying to find the formulas for making bends in sheet metal. I understand there are formulas for bend allowances. My issue is how do I determine where to bend if I want the inside dimension to be ...
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AutoCAD .DWF Circle Output Meaning

My drafting program outputs a .dwf format file. In it, arcs are encoded as (Circle 602331619,844923003 537072960 32715,65588) where my so-far affirmed ...