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New CAD tips and tricks

There are already 1965 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 6694 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:

01_A_Cool Man
DWG, Cool Man
1basin villeroy
DWG, washbasin
01_A_Man with iPod
DWG, Man with iPod
Hk pre kladkostroj
IPT, Hook for pulley

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New CAD tools

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

  • ImgConvert - embed attached images into DWG, generate QR Codes and other raster tools for AutoCAD
  • PatOut - export hatch pattern definitions from a DWG back to a .PAT file
  • PlotDWGarr + LayDWGarr - this tool plots a rectangular array of drawings from the DWG modelspace, or generate a set of layouts automatically.
  • SelDB - select dynamic blocks by their dynamic properties. This extends the functionality of QSelect and Filter.
  • ACADtweet - Twitter for AutoCAD - send and read tweets (statuses) directly from AutoCAD command line (a .NET tool).

These and other similar CAD tools and utilities are available free from
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Vasari - new "Revit LT" BIM tool

As a surprising move, Autodesk has relesed a lightweight version of Revit - "Project Vasari". Vasari is intended to use as a conceptual 3D tool and energy analysis tool for early phases of BIM design. This time-limited "technology preview" tool is available for free as a streaming or local application.

Try Project Vasari at

New Inventor Fusion TP4

A new version of Autodesk Inventor Fusion, a 3D CAD software with innovative direct manipulation user interface, is available on the Autodesk Labs web site.

Fusion TP4 adds surfacing, with import of Parasolid, Rhino and IGES file formats, simplification wizard, copy/paste of AutoCAD sketches and several new modeling and menu functions. Fusion is also available as a native 64-bit application. You can download it or run it as a streaming application.

Try Inventor Fusion TP4 at

Beta of the new AutoCAD 2012 has started

The next release of AutoCAD is in development - new AutoCAD 2012 is codenamed "Ironman". If you want to test beta versions of AutoCAD and other Autodesk software, register at the Autodesk Beta site.

See the Beta site at

Online units converter

One of the features of the web site is the online units converter. It offers conversion of more than 750 widely used physical measurement units, not only from the CAD area - length, area, volume, time, mass, density, pressure, moment, power, flux, numbers, etc.

Try it at Units converter

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

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