CAD/Architecture Software

Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer systems to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design. CAD output is often in the form of electronic files for print, machining, or other manufacturing operations. CAD software for mechanical design uses either vector-based graphics to depict the objects of traditional drafting, or may also produce raster graphics showing the overall appearance of designed objects. As in the manual drafting of technical and engineering drawings, the output of CAD must convey information, such as materials, processes, dimensions, and tolerances, according to application-specific conventions.

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Is there a way to determine what is handling the preview of a certain file type in windows 10?  I am trying to fix an issue with previewing DXF files.  I have one system that the preview is working, but none of our other systems are previewing and i cannot tell why.  It doesn't say it cannot be previewed, but it just goes white.
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Your help is greatly appreciated..

Issue:

1. User 1 Opens a .word, .excel, or .dwg (autocad) file that has been saved onto our server (via shared drive) and begins editing the file.
2. User 2 Opens the very same file several hours later from their workstation, doesn't receive a prompt that the file is already in use.
3. User 1 Several hours in, makes an attempt to save the changes made to the file, a pop up appears with "read only" message not allowing them to save their work.
4. User 2 Has now become the primary, with read-write access to the file, all while the file has been open at the first location for more than 3-4 hours.

The following has been confirmed..

- This happens while the file is being actively worked on, 3-4 hours in.
- The machine is set to not go into sleep mode
- The network card is set to stay awake at all times
- Power Saver mode has been disabled

We have been attempting to resolve this issue for a while now, so any assistance would be much appreciated!

Thanks everyone!
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The Autodesk Server Diag finds no problems. 

Do not see anything in obvious in the IIS logs. 

This is a Win2012 R2 server. Firewall disabled.
 Tried going to http:\\<machine name>  http:\\<ip address>.  Only the standard / default IIS page is displayed. IIS seems to show the AD Vault config intact and running.

Have restarted pools and site - no errors. But nothing comes up. 
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My visual basic program that operates on an open autocad 200 drawing throws an error when I try to create a light weight polyline.  

I am debugging the program right now but cant get past this error - any help is appreciated.

*** Edit by Scott Fell, EE Moderator;  Files and note below from the Author ***
Uploaded a test Autocad 2007 file (Test_Drawing_v_2007.dwg), then three files comprising a visual basic 6 program, (Test_) ;RGM.vbp, RGM.frx, RGM.frm.

On my home computer the program will not create the LWPolyline - but it will work on my other computers - same base setups.

.. Any hints on a solution gratefully accepted ...
Test_form_RGM.frm
Test_form_RGM.frx
Test_RGM.vbp
Test-Drawing_v2007.dwg
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Starting Sketchup 2017 on Microsoft Surface Pro produces a Google Bug Spat and the application closes just after loading the tools dock.  


BTW....also experiencing an issue when launching KODI - <<ERROR: Unable to create GUI. Exiting>> Could these issues be graphic card related?

Device has a built-in HD540 Display Adaptor, with latest drivers installed.

Both Sketchup and KODI used to work perfectly well earlier this year.

Hope you can help. Thank you
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We have a group of users who receive .dwg files via email and they use the free drawing viewer, Autodesk TrueView, to view and print the drawings.

Typically, they will do the following steps...
First they zoom the drawing to get a specific area of the drawing they want to print to scale, say a single office on a floor.
They select 'Plot' from the ribbon and then select our Wide format printer.
They will then select a paper size to begin with...maybe Arch D to begin with
Under Plot Area - they select 'Window' and then select the area to print.
Under Plot scale they will then uncheck 'Fit to Paper' and select a custom scale .. maybe 1/2" = 1'-0" and see how that looks in the paper layout.  They may then change the paper size slightly or the scale to try to fill the selected paper size.

However, then is where the problem begins and it seems as though it is a new problem for them (?).  
They almost always (but not 100% of the time) then receive the following pop-up message:
'The annotation scale is not equal to the plot scale.  Do you want to continue? "

They click 'Continue' and the drawing plots out, but is not really to scale.  This becomes an issue because they may then be handing that print to an installer, etc.

I am not sure what any of this means or how to fix it.  As I mentioned, they are saying this 'never used to happen'... or 'hardly ever happened' but now seems to be happening pretty frequently.   I am not a CAD user, so I could use some help here.…
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Hi everyone!

I have a drawing that I want to color. However, whenever I try to color the fill for my product, the program freezes or it only colors the sketched lines.

Can anyone help me to color the fill of my product? Preferably blue and black :)

Any help is much appreciated!
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Convert dxf to unitechnik file format

Do you know of a program to do this?
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My company has a folder of .dwg  images (AutoCAD/Assembly Drawings ) ranging from 200-500 docs.

My goal is to get these in TIFF format for legal review.

Now I've written a program that uses eDrawings free viewer to open these and read the images into memorystream ~ the reason for this is that any corrupt file isn't read into memory stream and is therefore skipped. So everything up to this point is simple but it gets a little complicated from here.


Some of the images, say 3-5% are zoomed out on a specific area, without any other pixellation on the pictureframe.

In my attachments "pic1" and "pic4" are standard images. "Pic 5" is a tiny dwg drawing in the corner, however if you zoom in it ("Pic 6") becomes a lot bigger and more noticeable, and we aren't losing any other  parts of the image (pixels).


My question is: Is there code that I can use that would tell my program

"save the image into memorystream as full screen if it takes up less than 1/15 of the pictureframe/picturebox and if there are no other pixellations"


Like even an idea where to start looking would be nice.

I am thinking about something:


if imageheight < 1/15 of frameheight   AND   imagewidth < 1/15   framewidth then  print image fullscreen


Any thoughts?
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We’re having an issue with Autocad DWG files not locking when opened by a user.  A user will open a file on a windows share and start to edit, then another user will open the same file and the first user’s session will go from read/write to read only.  Here’s the rub:  It’s incredibly inconsistent.  Most of the time it works as advertised, but once or twice per day (70 users in the environment) someone will complain that it just went read-only for no reason.  The way it’s supposed to work is, when a file is opened the original gets changed from a .dwg to a .bak and a .dwl and .dwl2 file is written to the same directory to “lock” the file so other users can’t edit it.  The problem seems to be that sometimes the .dwl and .dwl2 files aren’t written to the share for 15 or 20 minutes (sometimes not at all) instead of writing there immediately (as far as I can tell).  When user 2 opens the same file, their computer will not see a .dwl or .dwl2 file and then it will create them, locking user 1’s drawing mid-flight.
Autodesk says this can be caused by network latency.  But I’ve checked and any users having the issue have <1ms ping to the server.  I’ve filtered out .dwl and .dwl2 files from antivirus but it seems to continue to happen.

All users on windows 10 x64 hard wired in, not on wifi
Server is 2008r2
Users all in the same permission groups
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Dear Experts,

I have some 2D lines as sewer lines in AutoCAD. I have a 3D terrain surface in AutoCAD Civil 3D. Can I project those lines as per Civil 3D terrain? Then I have to extrude the sewer as per terrain profile.

Is it possible? If possible, how to do that?

Regards,
Soumen Roy
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I have been asked to develop a prototype hand tool control system for our maintenance engineers using 2 coloured closed cell foam. Apparently the foam can be machined on a cnc mill with the right cutter. My problem is, I want a dxf file of the outline of each tool to load into my cam software. I have been unable to find existing drawings online, so I need to make my own. Does anyone know the best way to do this?. Should I scan them (I have a flatbed scanner and a 3d scanner), or photograph them. which file format should I save the images in? and then how do I convert these images into dxf's. I have spaceclaim 2015 and rhino 5 but no real 2d cad software. Is there something that can convert a scan to a vector outline?
thanks
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We have been battling engineering / CAD software performance problems and observe that this software starts and runs significantly faster when logged in as Domain Administrator OR local Administrator, than it does as any other Domain user.  The software is SolidWorks 2015.  
We have checked many obvious things so far such as Group Policy settings (or lack there-of, so non-policy).  Has anyone encountered anything similar?  Thanks.
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Retomando AutoLISP, agradecere se sirvan ayudarme en temas puntuales :

a) Teniendo una polilinea cerrada, requiero acotar automaticamente todos sus vertices ("pinchando" la figura, se acoten todos sus angulos internos) y luego los valores acotados extraerlos en un archivo externo, para efectos de verificar su correcto cierre geometrico

b) Sobreescribir los acotados (obtenidos en item a) leidos desde un archivo externo, conteniendo los angulos corregidos

c) Actualizar los atributos de bloques (seleccion por pinchamiento, uno a uno) para cambiar los campos con informacion alfanumerica desde un archivo externo y salvando el contenido de los atributos  actuales, previamente a ser sobreescritos, en otro archivo externo

GRACIAS
Ian Herrera
Lima, PERU
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One of our employees use AutoCAD (version 2013 or 14 I believe), and sometimes he will have problems connecting to the activation server (powered by LMtools) whenever he is in the office or connected via VPN at a job site.  I restart the activation service, and he can connect to the activation server without problems, but sometimes I would have to fiddle around with the activation server until he can connect to the server, and I can successfully ping to the server, so there must be a persisting problem with the activation service/program.  Does anyone out there have any insight as to of why this problem keeps occurring?
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How do I insert the Stencils > Title Blocks > Scale shape and display the architect scale (3/15" : 1') instead of absolute scale (1:64)? Yes, I can manually change the scale but if I do, its no longer dynamic, that is if I change the scale from

Design tab > Page Setup panel > page setup button (small button) > Page Setup Window > Drawing Scale tab > Drawing scale

the label doesn't automatically update to reflect the new scale.

thanks

Jeff Jensen
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Can anyone suggest a good rotor dynamics software that is freeware ;Please give download link for the app" Rotorinsa"
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I have an excel worksheet that is embedded into a Visio drawing but it contains too many rows to display on a single drawing sheet. Is there a way to tell Visio how span the table across multiple drawing sheets? In some CAD packages this is controlled by setting certain "growth" characteristics. for instance I tell it the max height I want the table and whether I want it to place the continuation to the right/left/next sheet.
I don't want to play games with images that have to be updated, I want Visio to grow the worksheet across multiple drawing sheets.

Alternatively, an option to print Excel Worksheets with standard ASME compliant format for a D size drawing would also be acceptable.
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CAD/Architecture Software

Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer systems to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design. CAD output is often in the form of electronic files for print, machining, or other manufacturing operations. CAD software for mechanical design uses either vector-based graphics to depict the objects of traditional drafting, or may also produce raster graphics showing the overall appearance of designed objects. As in the manual drafting of technical and engineering drawings, the output of CAD must convey information, such as materials, processes, dimensions, and tolerances, according to application-specific conventions.

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