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New CAD tips and tricks

There are already 2.164 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 free catalog currently contains 7.828 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:

2D Kitchen Appliances
DWG, Kitchen appliance
komatsu d275ax
DWG, Dozer Komatsu D275AX
iveco 480
DWG, Four-axle truck ...
DWG, Bicycles, riders
DWG, Scania truck
RFA, Toilet Indonesia

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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:

  • Sol2Mesh and Sol2Faces - converts 3DSolids to 3DMeshes or 3DFaces (VLX Lisp for AutoCAD)
  • AttAdd and AttApp - adds/subtracts a number or appends a suffix to the specified attribute in selected blocks
  • Revit-Popis Skladby - automatic material label for compound floors, roofs and walls in Revit 2012 (in Czech)
  • Revit JobTime Tracker - automatic time-tracking tool for Revit projects (to Excel)

These and other similar CAD tools and utilities are available free from
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Autodesk 123D Catch and other free 3D tools

The tool for conversion of photos to a realistic 3D model - Autodesk Photofly (Photo Scene Editor) - is now part of the "DIY" family of applications "Autodesk 123D", under the new name - Autodesk 123D Catch. The 123D family now contains four tools: the original "modeling" tool - Autodesk 123D, a new Mac application that converts the 3D model to 2D "slices" to assemble - Autodesk 123D Make, a mobile "sculpting" tool Autodesk 123D Sculpt and now also the well-known tool for "photographic modeling" - Autodesk 123D Catch.
With 123D Catch, you just take a series of photos of any object from all directions, use automatic web-cloud tools to convert the photos to a 3D model, modify it in the program 123D and then have it manufactured. Read about our tests of 123D Catch (Photofly) on various types of models on the Budweiser CAD Blog.

More information and download on Autodesk 123D

Not related to 123D: Autodesk ForceEffect is a new free mobile application for conceptual simulation on Apple iPad - see a sample video.

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