Questions tagged [autocad]

Questions about Computer Aided Design software developed by Autodesk; used mainly in engineering and architecture environments. Since engineering is out of scope you need to make sure that your question is related to graphic design.

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How can I join multiple line segments and paths in Adobe Illustrator to create an overall shape?

I often work with DXF files at work. Simple 2D shapes that are plotted then cut to manufacture products. Opening an Autocad PDF often results in segmented vector lines instead of creating one ...
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AutoCad's Inventor Question. Involving lofts and extruding

I am trying to create a guard for a ROV Thruster in AutoDesk's Inventor App. However, after creating a loft, I can not extrude through that loft. Any ideas on how I could extrude through that loft?
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Display AutoCAD drawing with True scale

I am trying to view a Wiring diagram with True scale in a 65-inch display. With the help of view11 add-on file for AutoCAD, I am able to set the drawing to 1:1 scale relative to the display size. But ...
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Autocad export blank pdf

I'm new in autocad not have any good idea model and plot viewport etc. My company develop some files from vendors i did some few changes in it. As i checked its plot view there is all model with ...
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how to export files from illustrator to dwg

I´m a graphic designer who normally works with printing. I now have to convert an Illustrator CS5.1 file into dwg. When I do that the document size changes completely and most of the drawing is ...
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How to draw an ellipse inside a 30 degree projection?

I'm trying to draw a circle (ellipse) inside a projected square in DraftSight, however the ellipse is not crossing the typical points (yellow circles) Any hint?
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How can I export this .ai file to SVG while maintaining full shape

I have the following hand drawn .ai file that I would like to convert to SVG for 3d printing with tinkercad. when I save as SVG however there is some clipping done to the paths and it turns out like: ...
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Why Adobe Illustrator can't make template layer for vector objects?

I know what's the template layer in Adobe Illustrator and how it works. It's a great and perfect way to redraw a raster image in vector paths. But today I found out the template feature just works for ...
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How do I export a complicated floorplan and ductwork from CAD to Adobe Illustrator in vector format (without freezing/crashing Illustrator)?

I've tried lowering the quality of the plot in CAD but that makes the curves so bad it's unusable. Every time I try and open the exported file in Illustrator it takes forever and if/when it loads if I ...
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Autocad to Illustrator Workflow?

I'm a freelance designer and I've got a client that needs a product manual. The manual will include many technical drawings of a very precise nature at various angles. The engineering team has cad ...
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How to (almost) perfectly align a DWG to an SVG?

I have an airport map in SVG format that I need to update using a DWG file. Considering that the SVG map has been created using an older version of the DWG I am currently using, I assume that it ...
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Software to create perspective line with curves

What software and tools can I use to quickly create lines over single or multiple photographs that have the effect of disappearing into the distance? Sometimes the line would need to have curves. I ...
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How to save programmatically as DXF?

I need to save an Inkscape file as DXF for a laser cutter and a CNC router. The Inkscape manual mentions I can save a file as DXF, which I do through the GUI and it works: File > Save As > Desktop ...
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How to use Loft tool in Auto Desk (123 Design)?

I'm trying to make a 3D egg-like shape in Autodesk (123 design). I'm using the loft tool to join 2D circle shapes. When I do a few, it works, but when I select them all I get an "invalid operation" ...
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.DWG files to artboards in Illustrator

I have many (100+) .DWG files that have to be edited slightly and exported to .SVG files. Illustrator can do this of course, but I was wondering if I could make one big illustrator file with a lot of ...
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How do I convert this image into a 3D model?

Let's say I have some image that I'd like to somehow make into a 3D model. What I'd like to do is to convert each "blob" from the image into a solid object so that I can view the geometry from any ...
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How to create a true type font (.ttf) font from CAD-designed letters?

I need to create a true type (.ttf) font, in order to use in different programs without the need to convert the font every time. So I designed an alphabet using AutoCAD and now I want to create the ...
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Automate lines creation inside rectangles

I am using Illustrator in order to create rectangle shapes. I am willing to insert rows inside each rectangle. Each rectangle suppose to have different number of rows. What would be the best approach ...
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Converting JPG map contours to paths for AutoCAD

I have a map in JPG format that I want to turn into contour lines in CAD. I've been able to make it into a vector drawing in Illustrator (without really knowing what I'm doing with all the settings) ...
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AUTOCAD INTERNAL ERROR [closed]

AUTOCAD 2016 no add-ons. Yesterday, saved the file and went out, now it does not open. Writes this: INTERNAL ERROR: !saveres.cpp@440:eGeneralMoldingFailure. What to do now? Please help!
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How to make a site plan using Google Earth images in AutoCAD?

What command do you use in AutoCAD to make a site plan (a map or something like that) of a certain place (like a school) from Google Earth? Someone told me that it is possible and it will even give ...
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How should a software be taught to under grad students?

So I have to teach Autodesk AutoCAD to undergrad students (It's a 4 years Honours degree equivalent to a masters and this is their 4th semester). I am concerned about what kind of approach I should ...
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Single stroke font letters disappear when I export from Illustrator to Auto-cad

I have a file in Illustrator with text on a path. The font is a single stroke text. I am wanting to use this to engrave with a machine so I can't have the font be outlined. When I export it to auto-...
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Bringing CAD docs to Photoshop

I am using AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 and working on files with high mb's. To be specific, I am working on preparing a corridor for a railway alignment of 600 km in which I have to place contours, roads ...
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Can I use DXF files for prepress artwork?

My client is providing Autocad DXF files (which open in Illustrator) and suggests that I should be placing our packaging artwork into this to supply for prepress. These templates have no standard ...
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Sketchup How To Create Two Rectangles and Stack Them on Each Other Without Being Sticky and Distorting and Locking Together?

DESCRIPTION: I'm new to Sketchup and I'm following the Lynda.com SketchUp 2015 Essential Training tutorial. But I've run into what to me seems like it would be a "fundamental" issue that would have ...
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From a CAD model to an Illustration drawing. How to?

I am trying to draw the best illustration I can for a user manual. I have a CAD drawing in .STP and I would like to get some simple illustations in .AI or .EPS or .SVG I tried to export the ...
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How can I automatically group each shape with the text inside it for a huge collection of rectangles?

I have a .dwg (AutoCad file) map full of fields (rectangles) that I'm manipulating with Illustrator. Each rectangle has a text inside it that indicates its number. The problem is that there is no ...
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Annotations in Isometric View AutoCAD 2014

I want to set Annotations for my drawing but in isometric view it gives me the distance following the orange line when I need the length of the yellow one. Does anyone know what settings I should ...
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AutoCad vs Illustrator for logo design

I have a customer who says their engineering dept needs a logo done in AutoCad to give him the detail he needs. He says importing an illustrator .dxf file doesn't give him the "quality" that he needs? ...
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Are softwares like maya, autocad, 3d max, nuke, etc. helpful in anyway to a ui/ux designer

Are the above softwares actually helpful in any practical way while applying for a job in big companies as a ui/ux designer?
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How can one save a 2D part--that is, as connected paths--in Illustrator so that it can be “read” by AutoCAD?

How can one save a 2D part--that is, as connected paths--in Illustrator so that it can be "read" by AutoCAD?