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Between the Lines

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Published: 2018-02-21T11:45:17-08:00


ADN DevDays Webinars Available


Autodesk Developer Network DevDays Webinar recordings are now available at on the Autodesk DevTV YouTube channel. Revisit any presentations you may have missed, or want to re-review! The recorded discussions cover the APIs for Forge, Revit AutoCAD Civil3D, BIM 360, InfraWorks, Inventor, Autodesk Vault, Fusion 360, and AutoCAD.

Snowpocolypse in Portland


We tend to over-react here in Portland when it snows or there is freezing ice storms, but for some good reasons. We normally don't get snow, or just a trace then it melts.In the past 3 winters we have seen more than just a trace. Snow or ice storms tend to slow or bring the city to a standstill because don't laugh but we have only a couple snow plows and our roads with hills are not designed for the...

Share How to Do Something Using Screencast


Autodesk Screencast is not your ordinary screen recording tool, its purpose built for Autodesk products and FREE. Screencast records: Keystrokes Mouse movement and clicks Commands on the timeline Screencast supports AutoCAD, Inventor, Maya, Fusion 360, 3ds Max, Revit, InfraWorks, and other popular Autodesk products. Go Record, Edit & Share! You can also just watch some Screencasts to learn something new and follow along with every click, pick, and command they use. Choose a product to see its Screencasts Questions?...

Throwback Thursday - Space Shuttle Sample Drawings


Going into the Autodesk way way back machine for these AutoCAD sample drawings, the Space Shuttle Columbia from AutoCAD 2014 and Shuttle 3D DWG from AutoCAD R10. Download Columbia DWG Download Shuttle DWG A favorite historic DWG of mine is from AutoCAD 1.2, but sadly the copy I have right now is unable to be opened. Here is a screen capture of the drawing when I had it at one time opened in AutoCAD 2.18. Aside from this historic AutoCAD...

Call for the Autodesk AEC 2018 Show Reel Submissions


Have you recently completed or worked on some amazing AEC and BIM projects that you would like to share with a large audience? Every year Autodesk produces show reels to show off all the amazing things our customers and partners do with our software and technology and your projects could be featured but only if you submit your submission this year, and soon. Here are the 2016 and 2017 AEC Show Reels. Autodesk AEC Showreel 2017: Worldwide Projects – YouTube...

A Car is Headed for Mars


Yesterday February 6th, 2018 was an amazing time in our world for science, engineering, and for all kids like that dream big and nothing seen impossible as a guy named Elon Musk is parking his Tesla convertible automobile in orbit around Mars or on the ultimate road trip to deep space. The car even has the phrase “Don't Panic” on the dash as a nod to Douglas Adams and his Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe. Let that sink in for...

The Solar System Drawn to Scale in AutoCAD DWG– Scale & Accuracy is Everything


Back in AutoCAD version 2.18, Autodesk placed a sample drawing with AutoCAD named the Solar.DWG to demonstrate the precision of AutoCAD back in the early eighties. AutoCAD was based used 64bit floating point precision and the most accurate back then. With this Solar DWG you can see our solar system in 1:1 scale in kilometer units. This would not be a good DWG to plot/print 1:1 full scale. You can zoom all the way in on the Apollo Lunar Lander...

Mowing Green this Weekend


In Oregon we have mild winters and as such grass in our yards are green and still grow requiring maintained by mowing. After 20 years of service with Autodesk, I was awarded a credit I could use for various gifts and I chose to green my house with a home improvement gift certificate. I have retired my gas engine lawn mower for a nice efficient Greenworks Pro 60-volt Brushless Lithium Ion cordless Electric Lawn Mower. It was really nice to...

Hedgehog Day in the Office


Did you know that before the overweight lazy Pennsylvania groundhog predicted when spring would arrive (poor accuracy record btw), there was the hedgehog? Its true, it was actually Hedgehog Day before it was ever Groundhog Day. “Groundhog Day: is a popular tradition celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees a shadow due to clear weather, it will...

What is Your Favorite AutoCAD Sample Drawing


After I was given the original nozzle that was in one of the first sample drawings of AutoCAD from 1984 (An Epic Piece of Autodesk History –The Nozzle), there were many discussions on old sample files. It’s Throwback Thursday, so in the spirit of that what is you favorite AutoCAD sample file or ones that bring the most memories for you. I spend my current job mostly looking forward in to the future of design and technology, but it is...

On This Day January 30, 1982


In Marin County California, a small group of people got together January 30, 1982 and formed Autodesk. As founder John Walker stated “the game has changed.” 36 years later Autodesk is a rare technology company that is still around, innovating, evolving, and helping our customers imagine, design, and create a better world. Autodesk Flying Founders From left to right: Rudolf Künzli, Mike Ford, Dan Drake, Mauri Laitinen, Greg Lutz, David Kalish, Lars Moureau, Richard Handyside,Kern Sibbald, Hal Royaltey, Duff Kurland,...

Instructables Minecraft Challenge 2018


Perfect contest for kids and young adults to win a 3D printer! “Pack up your torches, swords, pickaxes, and loaves of bread to get yourself ready for the Minecraft Challenge! Demonstrate your Minecraft mastery with intuitive gameplay tutorials or show how your gaming talents translate into the real world with Creeper crafts, edible Endermen, stuffed Strays and much more. Instruct others with everything Minecraft for a chance to win a Creality CR-10 3D Printer with Glow in the Dark Filament,...