Dropbox and AutoCAD

Dropbox and AutoCAD

As of November 2017, Dropbox and AutoCAD became best buddies. By connecting your Dropbox account to AutoCAD, Dropbox users can now open and save DWG files directly to Dropbox without leaving the AutoCAD desktop application.  This is particularly useful for a number of reasons; Short on disk space, Contractor access to your files, Not using selective…

CADPRO Systems supports Women in Construction

CADPRO Systems supports Women in Construction

CADPRO Systems attended the Auckland Build 2017 expo to support the growing number of Women in the Construction Industry. Women in Construction discussion panel hosted by Jenny Parker, President of National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) touched on topics such as pay equality, bullying in the workplace and ways to give voice to Women’s Rights in the…

Windows 10 Update Potential Issue

The Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators Update may cause issues with some Autodesk software –  particularly Autodesk Vault.  The suspicion is that a .net update is the cause of the problems. More details to come. The default Windows Update settings should be changed to ‘Current Branch for Business’ to avoid this issue. Each company will…

Ready to Make Anything with AEC Collection

Ready to Make Anything with AEC Collection

Do more with the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection!  Last month, Autodesk has increased the value of AEC Collections by adding new tools, that extend its current capabilities to support visualization, analysis, and fabrication workflows. The price of the AEC Collection remains unchanged. Additions include: Autodesk® Advance Steel Autodesk® Fabrication CADmep Autodesk® Robot Structural Analysis…

uLearn 2017 Conference

uLearn 2017 Conference

CADPRO Systems exhibited at the uLearn17 Conference. uLearn17 is a highly relevant, inclusive, and practical conference that caters for educators from early years, primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors. Last week, around 1500 teachers swarmed through the exhibition halls looking at all of the goodies on offer. We talked to a lot of teachers using Tinkercad and…

Failed to update style using 3D Annotation

Failed to update style using 3D Annotation

Failed to update style” when trying to use 3D Annotation. The Styles Library in Inventor is one of those mysterious things that receives little attention.  Yet it controls everything from dimension styles in a drawing to the lighting in the model environment.  Each year, a fresh install of Inventor will create a fresh copy of…

Advance Your BIM Footprint

Advance Your BIM Footprint

Focusing tightly on the idea that “information” is the foundation on which BIM is built, this CADPRO Systems’ event demonstrated technology solutions that support the information flow between office and field. Supported by Stephan Gumpert from Autodesk, our own Gary Page, Adrian Lobo, and Gary Fohl presented to receptive audiences in both Auckland and Christchurch. …

Use “Extend Start” to create Recess Countersunk Holes!

Use “Extend Start” to create Recess Countersunk Holes!

Require a Recessed Countersunk Hole? The Hole Tool in Inventor 2018 has received a new option, that new option is the “Extend Start” tool.   If you have created holes that are not perpendicular to the start plane, you will have noticed a fragment of material left behind in the hole. See an example of this…

HP Notebook Computer Battery Safety Recall

HP Notebook Computer Battery Safety Recall

Notebook Computer Battery Safety Recall and Replacement Program Program expanded in January 2017. It is essential to recheck your battery, even if you did so previously and were informed that it was not affected. If you have already received a replacement battery, you are not affected by this expansion.   Background to Safety Recall In January…

Notch, bend, and straighten in Inventor

Notch, bend, and straighten in Inventor

I was asked recently if there was a method to notch, bend, and straighten hollow sections using Inventor.  I’ve discovered a couple a couple of methods, both of which are shown below.  There are probably more, but these two look worthy of sharing.  If you have any feedback or want to suggest an alternative, please…