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From a CAD model to an Illustration drawing. How to?

All current, generation of CAD and DCC software make the hidden line removal on discrete (tri or quadrangulate) data. There really is no good way to handle it otherwise available in the open market*. ...
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AutoCad vs Illustrator for logo design

Most likely he has no clue on how to articulate his needs. What he most likely wants is the vector logo in a usable format. However he is experiencing some problems on the way. I am listing a few ...
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Software to create perspective line with curves

Just to add to Danielillo's excellent answer, something similar is also possible using Inkscape's Interpolate extension. Reducing the opacity of lines in the distance could be achieved using a mask, ...
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Automate lines creation inside rectangles

Draw a rectangle shape with the rectangle tool, and click Object > Path > Split Into Grid.
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How can I export this .ai file to SVG while maintaining full shape

Artwork needs to be prepared for these machines (3d printers, vinyl cutters, lasers, etc). In your case select everything and do a 'Pathfinder → Unite', then go into outline mode Ctrl+Y and cleanup ...
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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)?

Hard to assess anything useful to answer in specific detail - but I'll give some general thoughts: Illustrator happily reads in .dwf and .dxf natively, though with some caveats (e.g. explode blocks, ...
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How do I convert this image into a 3D model?

At first: Goto Inkscape for the tracing. Ai's Live Trace is too painful for cases this difficult. I couldnt get any greyscale traces that resemble the original. Inkscape seems to be more clever. Here'...
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Are softwares like maya, autocad, 3d max, nuke, etc. helpful in anyway to a ui/ux designer

The good jobs usually hire you based on your design skills--not any particular software you may (or may not) know. As for the programs you listed, they won't hurt, of course, but they're pretty much ...
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How should a software be taught to under grad students?

Im going to answer this even tough its wildly off topic on this site. You are not teaching them AutoCAD! Simply put, you are teaching them something that you do with AutoCAD, not AutoCAD itself. So ...
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How should a software be taught to under grad students?

This is a bit off topic, but let us assume the software is not AutoCAD, but any graphic project. Make it FUN. Make it practical. Make it so they can see results. Make it modular. Fun. I was ...
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Single stroke font letters disappear when I export from Illustrator to Auto-cad

Illustrator uses a font engine that is not capable of doing single line fonts. All fonts in illustrator are outlines no matter what. If we take CNC Vector as an example its simply a outline that turns ...
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How to save programmatically as DXF?

It seems that 'output' type extensions are not available as verbs in the verb list, in contrary to 'effect' type extensions. I couldn't find any of the others, either. There's a shell script for DXF ...
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How to (almost) perfectly align a DWG to an SVG?

I can't recall a method to do multipoint alignment right now but it seems simple: With Smart Guides enabled (⌘+U) drag a reference point (let's call it point A) in your DWG until it snaps to the ...
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Sketchup How To Create Two Rectangles and Stack Them on Each Other Without Being Sticky and Distorting and Locking Together?

I've had this issue in the past, and there's no really suitable method for getting around it. What I tend to do is group the bottom shape before drawing the surface rectangle on top. Base rectangle, ...
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Is is possible in Fusion 360 or Blender to create a conical spiral with a constant angle of attack?

You used term angle of attack which sounds like it's taken from turbine or airplane propeller engineering. Some of us may well know something of it, but most of us in GDSE draw and mangle 2D images ...
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how to export files from illustrator to dwg

DWG isn't a solid thing, it has been changed when new AutoCAD versions have appeared. Your Illustrator knows only few of existing DWG versions. As far as I know, Illustrator CS5.1 doesn't know newer ...
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How to draw an ellipse inside a 30 degree projection?

Some 2D CAD programs have ellipse drawing command "Ellipse Inscribed" or "By tangents". You point four tangential lines in your drawing and the program draws the only possible ellipse: It works for ...
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Why Adobe Illustrator can't make template layer for vector objects?

The option reads "Dim images". And it will only effect raster images. I can't explain why things are this way. But I do know that template layers have never altered the opacity of vector objects, only ...
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Autocad to Illustrator Workflow?

I think the basic skill you must have is the ability to open files in AutoCAD. zoom, pan, rotate, switch on/off annotations and other details until you have onscreen the wanted scene. Then save or ...
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.DWG files to artboards in Illustrator

The simplest method would be to select all your files, covert then combine them into one PDF. Then you can use this excellent script to open that combined pdf in Illustrator with each page becoming ...
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How do I convert this image into a 3D model?

If you are Ok with using Octave / Matlab you can load the image using "imread" and then do a "surf" plot which you can screenshoot using for example print screen.
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How to create a true type font (.ttf) font from CAD-designed letters?

This depends, on the way you made the fonts. Font forge can load your letters, but you need to export them in a format that it can read. I suggest using EPS, although SVG can also work out fine. You ...
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Automate lines creation inside rectangles

In addition to Billy's excellent answer, there is also the Rectangular Grid Tool which offers a less definitive, more "free form", method of creating a collection of boxes. With the mouse held down, ...
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Converting JPG map contours to paths for AutoCAD

nearly the same subject is discussed here, but the questioner had an overall problem from where to start. Tracing a raster image to simple paths with stroke but no fill You should start in a photo ...
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How to make a site plan using Google Earth images in AutoCAD?

If it is an architectural project, precision is very important. But if it is for a graphic presentation or school project, Google maps will be enough. I did not test it but process is like this . ...
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Bringing CAD docs to Photoshop

You can try to print your CAD project to tif or pdf and than open it in Photoshop.
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Can I use DXF files for prepress artwork?

This would only be determined by the company you're submitting the prepress files to. If this is something like a lighted sign company that typically work regularly with CAD files then maybe. Either ...
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How can I automatically group each shape with the text inside it for a huge collection of rectangles?

There is a plugin that can help you do this. You can get it from here: http://www.wundes.com/JS4AI/index.php Download the "GroupOverlappingObjects.js" to your Illustrator scripts folder. It should be ...
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AutoCad vs Illustrator for logo design

I frequently have the same issue. Some of the problem could be due to the version of AutoCAD they are using. Generally AutoCad can see anchor points OK but has problems with fills. The best thing I ...
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