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New CAD tips and tricks

There are already 2135 CAD tips listed in the CADforum database of tips and tricks for AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, Civil 3D, 3ds Max and other CAD software. Some of the most popular latest CAD tips on

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New CAD blocks and symbols

You can exchange 2D and 3D CAD blocks and symbols with other users in the CADforum Block library. This catalog currently contains 7646 blocks, models, symbols and drawings in the DWG, RFA and IPT file formats. Here are the latest most popular blocks uploaded by people like you:

All Trees
DWG, Various types of trees and shrubs ...
Canopy Design 1
DWG, Polycarbonate Canopy
CKE2500 - crane
DWG, Crane model ...
pilatus pc12
DWG, Aircraft Pilatus PC12

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New CAD and GIS tools

We offer many of our utilities as free or shareware CAD tools for download. Recently released or updated CAD utilities:

  • Revit Reference List - overview or external references (dependencies) attached to the current Revit project
  • SlopeTick - draw slope tickmarks (batter lines, hatches) between two polylines
  • SphereUnf - unfold 3D spheres (peels, petals) and 3D cones to 2D shapes
  • JobTime - time-tracking reactor - net editing time spent on DWG drawings (edittime)

These and other similar CAD tools and utilities are available free from
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3D PDF output from Inventor and Revit

There are several ways how to publish 3D PDF files from Inventor, AutoCAD, Revit or other CAD applications. The easiest and cheapest one is the application Share3D by Quadrispace. This tool is available as an Inventor add-on (plugin), or you can use its direct support (import) of AutoCAD DWG models, Inventor IPT parts, IAM assemblies and 3D DWF models from Revit or other CAD applications. All these models can be published to interactive 3D PDF files viewable in any Adobe PDF Reader.

See a sample Inventor model (3D PDF, 1.7MB) and Revit BIM model (3D PDF, 2.1MB) - both created in the trial version of Share3D. More information and prices at Share3D.

Autodesk Patch September

It is not a "Microsoft Patch Tuesday" but rather a full month of service packs being released for multiple Autodesk's products of the "2012" family. In recent days, Autodesk has released e.g.:

  • Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD 2012
  • Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD LT 2012
  • Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD Mechanical 2012
  • Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD Architecture 2012
  • Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD MEP 2012
  • Service Pack 1 for AutoCAD Electrical 2012
  • Service Pack 2 for AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2012
  • Service Pack 1 for Inventor 2012
  • Service Pack 2 for Inventor Publisher 2012
  • Service Pack 1 for Autodesk Navisworks 2012
  • Service Pack 2 for Autodesk 3ds Max 2012

Autodesk Cloud - another subscription benefit

Autodesk Cloud is a news set of capabilities for subscription customers. They can help you increase mobility, improve collaboration, and optimize your designs—advancing the way you work. Autodesk Subscription now provides 3 GB of Autodesk Cloud storage per seat. This allows you to store numerous files in the cloud, extending your workflow beyond the desktop and enabling you to share projects with anyone, anytime, anywhere. In addition, exclusive access to cloud-based services—such as rendering, energy analysis, design optimization, and robust collaboration—is now available for select products and suites.

See more information at Autodesk Cloud

Latest CAD Downloads

The latest CAD utilities, viewers, object enablers, extensions, system libraries, patches and updates are available for download on

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