App review: Autodesk AutoCAD 360 for iPad

App review: Autodesk AutoCAD 360 for iPad

Tablets like iPad have completely revolutionised design review, letting architects in the field collaborate with clients and colleagues on the fly. Take Autodesk’s AutoCAD 360 mobile app – using this, you can open up DWG and DWF files, mark up and annotate them, then quickly ping them back to stakeholders without the need to head back to the studio to log on to your email. It’s the future of design review, it’s free, and we love it! 

What is AutoCAD 360?

AutoCAD 360 (Autodesk, free) is an easy-to-use drawing and drafting app that lets you view, edit, and share AutoCAD drawings on iPad while you’re on the move. If you’ve been an avid AutoCAD user for a while, you might remember their mobile app was formerly called AutoCAD WS. Now, Autodesk have rebranded it with a ‘360’ to bring it in line with the web-based 360 tools in the desktop version of AutoCAD, and given it a few brand new features too.

What can it do?

You can break down AutoCAD 360’s functionality into three areas: viewing, editing and sharing. First, you can open and view 2D and 3D DWG drawings that are stored in your free AutoCAD 360 online account, seeing all aspects including external references, layers and image underlays, and using multitouch zoom and pan to navigate around. Edit-wise, AutoCAD 360 lets you draw and edit shapes, select, move, rotate and scale objects, and add text annotations directly on to your drawing before saving your edits back to your AutoCAD 360 workspace. When it comes to sharing, you can add comments and images, and invite responses using AutoCAD’s Design Feed. You can also share designs directly from the app, print remotely from your device or plot designs to PDF or DWF to share via email.

Opt for a paid AutoCAD360 Pro Subscription, and you also get access to advanced features including: new drawing creation, larger file size support, connectivity to third-party storage (including Dropbox, Box and more), advanced layer management, properties and attributes, block libraries, drawing coordinates, priority support, increased storage space, new tools and much more.

How will it benefit my workflow?

Letting you seamlessly share drawings with colleagues and clients across a range of devices, Autodesk 360’s powerful design review and markup tools can seriously simplify site visits. All you need is an internet connection and you’re away! It’s already been a hit too, with over 12 million people having downloaded AutoCAD 360 since its arrival, so we can see the app becoming an essential part of the design review and approvals process.

Where can I get it?

AutoCAD 360 (Autodesk, free) is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod, and you can download it either from the App Store on your device, or by heading to iTunes. There’s also more info on Pro subscription pricing.

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Print in 3D from Revit with STL Explorer

Print in 3D from Revit with STL Explorer

In response to demand in the industry for 3D printers, Autodesk have developed an STL export plug-in for Revit 2009. The plug-in allows Revit users to generate STL files from Refit files at the click of a button.

STL files are used directly by the majority of 3D printing and / or rapid prototyping solutions to produce true three-dimensional models of your building’s design. Previously, STL files were only available to the Revit community using 3rd party software, but the team over at Autodesk Labs have made an official Autodesk version available to the public.

Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Revit family are supported.

Click here to download from Autodesk Labs

To Get Started

–   Download the ZIP package that contains the installer, installation and user instructions, and a feedback form.

–   Unzip the downloaded ZIP file.

–   Follow the Read Me file to install the STL Exporter.

–   The next time you open Revit 2009 you will see a new option called Export STL under the Tools: External Tools menu.

To Use It

–   Load a model and select a 3D view that you want to use as the basis for your print.

–   Using the instructions in the Read Me file set up your 3D view in one of the Revit 2009 family of products.

–   Export the model using the command under the Tools: External Tools menu.

–   Make any required changes to the STL file using an STL viewer.

–   Print the STL file using a 3D Printer.

–   Enjoy the fruits of your labour!

Note on Scaling

Regardless of settings in Revit, the STL exporter always sends out your file in feet. To make the scale for your final product, you will need to scale it (based on a conversion from feet) at the time of import into your secondary application.

Supported Applications

The STL Exporter is compatible with the following applications:

–   Autodesk Revit Architecture 2009

–   Autodesk Revit Structure 2009

–   Autodesk Revit MEP 2009

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