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Dimensions and Models   1 Oct, 2001

It is difficult to get excited about AutoCAD 2002, because it contains very little that is new, and it contains nothing new for creating or editing 3D wireframes, surfaces, or solid models. AutoCAD 2002 does, however, have a new feature that will benefit those of you who work with 3D solid models.More>>

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TruScan Surveyor   1 Jul, 2001

The VIDAR TruScan Surveyor has an optical resolution of 400dpi and a maximum interpolated resolution of 1600dpi.More>>

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Design Spotlight: CAD with an Ocean View   1 Jun, 2001

Michael Wike, AIA, has learned to make his CAD software of choice, Chief Architect, adapt to his design style.More>>

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Flying Through Space   1 Jun, 2001

Unlike 2D work in which you invariably look straight down on the World Coordinate System's xy plane, you use a variety of viewing directions when you construct 3D models.More>>

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A New Openness   1 Feb, 2001

Release 5 of Autodesk's Mechanical Desktop, profiles no longer need to form a closed loop. In fact a profile can be as simple as a single line.More>>

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Explosive Scenes   1 Oct, 2000

In manufacturing industries, exploded view drawings, such as the one shown in are used extensively in assembly and service manualsMore>>

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Put an End to Those Features   1 Aug, 2000

All Mechanical Desktop 3D parts are made from sketched features, and all sketched features are made from 2D outlines (or profiles).More>>

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PRO-STEEL 3D   1 Jul, 2000

Tools for structural modeling and detailing.More>>

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The Lowdown on Layouts   1 Oct, 1999

In AutoCAD 2000, Paper Space has been given a new look and new power. It is now almost impossible to ignore, and it is time for you to reconsider Paper Space.More>>

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Points, Planes and Other Things   1 Feb, 1999

Despite marketing claims to the contrary, constructing parametric 3D models, such as those using Autodesk's Mechanical Desktop, is not at all like 2D drafting.More>>