AutoCAD: No need for construction geometry

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Object Tracking used by itself or along with Temporary Tracking (TT) may take the place of your construction geometry. At a minimum it will save you time once you retraining your brain to use this approach.

Object Tracking: Object Tracking allows you to place new geometry or re-locate existing geometry by reference one to two points off of exiting geometry. This feature works with the Object Snap feature. Both features must be active (ON), the Object Snap(s) pre-set or (Running). Object Tracking references the pre-set Object Snap points and automatically activates when you hover the Cursor over the corresponding geometry a (+) appears to show where the cursor is tracking from. No selecting the geometry when you hover just let AutoCAD do its thing.

These features are found as a button in the Status Bar, toggle On or OFF, and also accessed through your function keys.

F3 = Object Snap

F8 = Ortho

F11 = Object Snap Tracking

(Objects Snaps were referenced a few weeks ago in a previous blog).

Object Tracking button - 1
Temporary Tracking (TT): Temporary Tracking allows you to reference from an existing piece of
geometry out to a new point in space, then from that point to a second point. Key to this option is to type in the TT at the first point prompt.

Examples:
Object Snap Tracking, Drawing a Line using One Point of reference from existing geometry:

Object Snap Tracking, Moving a Circle using Two reference points (Midpoint) of a Rectangle:

Temporary Tracking, (TT) Placing a Rectangle referencing existing geometry for the first point out to a second point in space:

*Do not bring your cursor back over the (+) as that will remove it and you will have to start again.

*The default setting for Object tracking is to track off of 0ᵒ, 90ᵒ, 180ᵒ, 270ᵒ. If other angles are needed Polar Tracking can be defined.

AutoCAD: Hover don’t select – Object Snaps

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

When using Object Snaps the first thought is to snap to the geometry once we see the AutoSnap marker display. Selecting (pick) works with all but these two Object Snaps Parallel and Extension. Instead of selecting the geometry when the AutoSnap marker displays we hover the cursor over the geometry allowing time for the Object Snap symbol to displays then move the cursor into the direction needed and the Auto Tracking feature kicks in ready to continue with your command.

Solution:

Parallel: This example shows how to draw a Line Parallel to an existing line. The angle is not known.

Steps:

  1. Start the Line command
  2. Pick a start point for the Line
  3. Access the Object Snap Parallel
  4. Hover the cursor over the existing line
  5. Once the Parallel symbolParallel symbol displays move the cursor into the direction of where the Parallel line will be placed. When the cursor finds the parallel location (green dashed tracking line displays) and is now ready for the next input point of the line.

 

Extension: This example shows how to start a Line X units away from an existing line

then place a Line X units long into the drawing.

Steps:

  1. Start the Line command
  2. Access the Object Snap Extension
  3. Hover over the Endpoint of the line
  4. Once the green tick mark displays move the cursor away from the line in desired direction. (a green dashed extension line appears)
  5. The green dashed line is tracking on the same plane as the referenced line, input the distance away you want the line to start.
  6. Access the Object Snap Extension feature again
  7. Hover over the Endpoint of the line again
  8. Move the cursor in the direction the line is to be placed. (Object Tracking kicks in weather it is active or not with this command).
  9. Input the Length of the line.

* With both Object Snap features a green tick mark will display on the original line until the next point is placed. Do not move the cursor back over this tick mark as it will remove the tick mark and you will have to start the process all over again.

AutoCAD is only as precise as the input that it is given

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Exact coordinates may not always be available, but accuracy is imperative. Making sure geometry is placed correctly is easy when referencing existing geometry and utilizing Object Snaps.

Solution:

Object Snaps: Allows the user to select an exact locations on existing geometry without knowing specific coordinates. When the prompt is for a “point” Objects Snaps are accessed individually by either typing in the complete Object Snap name. For a quicker approach, type in the first three letters of the Object Snaps name (1) (not case sensitive) or hold down the Shift Key then Right-Click (2) also if you Right-Click without the Shift key you will receive a pop up window- select Snap Overrides for the Object Snaps pop-up window. (3)

  (1) end      =  Endpoint                                       tan       =  Tangent

                            mid     =  Midpoint                                       per      =  Perpendicular

int       =  Intersection                                   par      =  Parallel

app     =  Apparent Intersection                 nod     =  Node

ext       =  Extension                                      ins       =  Insert

cen      =  Center                                            nea      =  Nearest

qua     =  Quadrant                                      none   =  None

Object Snap 2Object Snap 3Running Object Snaps: Are preset in the Drafting Settings Dialog box (3) located in the Object

Snap tab. Selected Object Snaps are active (available) all the time and ready to use when the prompt is for a “point”.  To access the Drafting Settings dialog box through the command line type in DSETTINGS then enter, or Right-Clicking over the Icons on the left side of the Status Bar, this activates a pop up window – select Settings (4). Hint: Right –Click over the icon you want and it will open the Drafting Setting dialog box to that specific tab. (Example place the cursor over the Object Snap icon, Right-click, the Drafting Settings dialog box opens and the Object Snap tab is current).

Object Snap 4Object Snap 5Snap Override: This feature is used when you need an Object Snap that is not Running for a one time selection. This puts a temporary hold on the preset Running Object Snaps. They are accessed by the above examples (1, 2 and/or 3) while in a command that prompts for a point.

* Object Snaps are saved within the program not within a drawing, they stay set until changed.

* Time saver: To toggle the Running Object Snaps, ON or OFF, select the F3 key or select the

Object Snap Icon located in the Status Bar.

Object Snap 6* Accessing the Drafting Setting dialog box repeatedly, to modify the Object Snap options, results as a time consuming event. Suggestion: preset your most used Object Snaps (three to five) as Running Object Snaps, then, incorporate Snap Overrides when needed. Using both approaches will lead to a smoother flow when drawing and improve your drawing time.

Cranston Woman Breaks the Mold at Welding School – Business | Cranston, Rhode Island Patch

Kierstyn Ebbeling just completed an eight-week training welding training program that helps unemployed Rhode islanders connect with jobs.

From the Cranston Patch:

Wearing a helmet and wielding a fiery torch is in all in a day’s work now for a Cranston woman.

Kierstyn Ebbeling has just completed an eight-week training welding training program that helps unemployed Rhode islanders connect with jobs in the marine trades and manufacturing industries.

The Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) at the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) recruits, screens and trains individuals for high demand careers in these industries at no cost to participants.

“I thought of the SAMI program because I was at a point in my life where I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I had always been interested in mechanical things, but, being a small-framed woman, my options were obviously limited,” Ebbeling said.

“Through the SAMI program, I was able to meet the instructors and they opened me up to the world of welding, which I had tried in high school and I really enjoyed, but had never thought of as a career path,” she said.

According to NEIT, 90 percent of SAMI graduates are already working for companies including Blount Boats, Senesco Marine and Electric Boat, which hired Ebbeling after graduation. She cannot believe how far she has come since beginning the training program in March.

“I love welding. I could do it all day. I could watch YouTube videos about it all day. It’s something, you know, to be able to go and work at Electric Board and have them set me up welding right away. That is like a dream come true,” she said.

Ebbeling even stars in a video that is being used to promote the SAMI program to potential students.

“Some of the first women that you saw welding were the Wendy Welders of World War II, and those welders were working on marine crafts. Wendy the Welder was a ship builder. I’m going to end up going into shipbuilding and it’s just kind of cool having that connection between the present and the past,” she explained.

NEIT staff worked closely with local companies to develop the curriculum, training programs and laboratories that will give Rhode Islanders the skills needed to be successful in the job market.

“It’s a terrific example of how Rhode Island’s private educational institutions of higher education can help the state in its effort for economic development,” said NEIT President Dr. Richard Gouse. “New England Tech is going to train those employees with those specific skills. So from that point of view, it’s a win for everybody and an important thing for Rhode Island.”

Funding for the program came from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Governor’s Workforce Board and the Rhode Island Foundation.

“We saw this as an opportunity to link unemployed and under-employed Rhode Islanders with local employers, leverage the training resources of a local institution, and highlight the importance of these industries to our community,” said Foundation president and CEO Neil Steinberg.

The Foundation’s $50,000 grant for SAMI grew out of its Make It Happen RI initiative, which develops proposals that will jumpstart the state’s economy.

“This funding achieves two goals. Helping companies grow by closing the so-called skills gap and getting people trained quickly so they can get back to work and into solid, good-paying jobs,” Steinberg said.

Cranston Woman Breaks the Mold at Welding School – Business | Cranston, Rhode Island Patch.

AutoCAD: Increase your drawing area…

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

View Cube and Navigation Bar (are located on the right hand side of the drawing area) by default are active on your screen when you start with AutoCAD’s default drawing. When on they can impede access to geometry that lays behind them. If needing to access geometry that resides below the View Cube or Navigation Bar you have to reposition (Pan or Zoom) the drawing before you can work on that area.

Navigation 1

View Cube and Navigation Bar features are very useful when drawing 3D or Isometric drawings, the Zoom and Pan options are easily found using the mouse or keyboard.

Solution:

Turn off the View Cube and Navigation Bar in the active drawing or set up a Drawing Template so that it will always be turned off. (Drawing Template – I’ll discuss another time)

View Cube and Navigation Bar visual display: ON/OFF

Command Line:

1. View Cube: Command Line type in: DISPLAYVIEWCUBEIN2D

(Autofill will help find this when typing) There are two options ON or OFF.

Navigation 2

2a. Navigation Bar: Command Line type in: NAVBAR

(Autofill will help find this when typing) There are two options ON or OFF

This option allows you to either type in your choice or select the option of ON or OFF.

Navigation 3

2b. Navigation Bar: Command Line NAVBARDISPLAY

(Autofill will help find this when typing) There are two options 1 = ON or 0 = OFF

This option allows you to either type in your choice or select the option of ON or OFF.

 

Navigation 4

Ribbon:

Located in the View Tab, User Interface Panel, to the User Interface Button drop down you will find the option to toggle on or off visual display for the View Cube and Navigation Bar. A check mark next to the feature means it is active (visible on the screen) no check means it is turned off.

Navigation 5

Drawing Area:

Or a much easier approach than recalling what to type in is to access the Model Space Viewport Controls located in the top-left corner of the drawing window. This allows quick access to turn off the visual display.

Navigation 6

Viewport Controls [-]:

Select the Viewport Controls symbol [-] (with the Left Mouse button) this opens up a pop up window.  The View Cube and Navigation Bar can be toggled on and off here.  The Blue box with the check mark represents that the features are displayed on the screen. To turn the display off or on move the mouse over the feature it will highlight blue – select it and the feature will either display or not.

Navigation 7Navigation 8

 

AutoCAD: CAD files slow to opening or slow to regenerating?

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

When working with large files, and electronic files that have been active through many releases of CAD or just a very involved file there may be excess information that is not relevant to the project anymore that could be slowing you down.

Solution: Purge command offers a quick way to clean out your drawing files of unused, unwanted information.

*Caution: The command Purge should only be used when and if you know the data you are purging will no longer be needed in this drawing or any other drawing file. *Once an item is purged it is removed from that CAD file and is not recoverable. Yes you can recreate the information that was purged but that is now a time consuming factor, especially when blocks are part of the mix.

Purge command is found:

  1. Through the Command Line type in Purge then Enter.
  2. Through the Application Menu select Drawing Utilities then select Purge
  3. Both options bring up the same dialog box.

Command line: (1)

Purge 1

Application Menu: (2)

Purge 2

Purge dialog box breakdown:

Purge 3

Example – A: Purge – Confirmation dialog box.

Purge 4

Benefits of Corporate Training Programs

Corporate training has long been debated for it’s necessity. Of course, every employee needs an initial training and on-boarding session to become familiar with their new role and the policies of their new employer, but what about continuing education and training once they’ve been hired?

According to Economic Voice, there are five major factors that companies should consider when debating whether or not to provide corporate training to their employees:

  • Addressing Employee Weaknesses
  • Improving Performance
  • Keeping Your Employees
  • Tech Training
  • Maintaining and Understanding Good Corporate Culture

The Center for Technology and Industry (CTI) at New England Institute of Technologies (NEIT) specializes in creating customized programs for your company and employees. Whether you’re looking to train your employees on the latest technological advances in their field, or get them certified in the newest piece of equipment, we will work with you to create a program to fit your company’s needs.

For more information on working with CTI, give us a call at (800) 736-7744.

AutoCAD: Have a need to start a Line Tangent to an Arc?

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Now you can easily in AutoCAD 2014

Solution:

Place an Arc in your drawing, immediately following the Arc command start the Line command. At the command prompt “Line specify first point” ENTER, (*do not select the end of the Arc). The Enter selects the last placed Arc endpoint and places a line Tangent to the Arc. Continue with the Line command as you normally would.

*The Tangent Line attaches to the endpoint of the last (3rd) placed arc point.

End results:

Line Tangent

Line TangentLine TangentLine TangentThe success to this command is that the Line command immediately follows the placement of the Arc.

Senior Account Exec chats with Rick Kaplan and Eric Wilson

Rick Kaplan and Eric Wilson of New England Real Estate Journal was on the New England Tech East Greenwich campus during the Rhode Island Realtors Conference and Expo, which was held on June 26, 2014.  During their visit they had a chance to speak to many visitors including both Ken Block, Clay Pell and New England Tech’s own Bob Larrabee.

Bob Larrabee, senior account executive at the New England Institute of Technology joined the show to reflect on the show. He shared some information on NEIT’s degree and certificate programs that would suit a variety of peoples needs.

Bob’s interview starts at 23:00 minute mark, if you wish to jump right to Bob’s interview.

To listen to the interview click link Rick Kaplan and Eric Wilson interview a couple of New England gubernatorial candidates, a real estate broker, and an administrator from the New England Institute of Technology on NEREJ. – UR Business Network.

Governor Chafee Announces $1.75M in Grants

New England Institute of Technology is proud to be the recipient of the Governor’s Workforce grant to help 40 unemployed individuals with the skills within the shipbuilding and machine technology industries.  We look forward to continuing to help the state close the skills gap.

From RIBJ.com:

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that the Governor’s Workforce Board RI (GWB) has awarded $1.75 million in Innovative Partnership grants. The grants bring employers and educational providers together to develop career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth and unemployed or underemployed adults.

Thirteen organizations have earned the grants, ranging in size from $86,000 to $190,000. The 13 awardees, who had to submit detailed proposals to GWB by May 12 specifying how they would use the grant monies, include six community-based organizations, three employers, three GWB industry partners and one educational institution. Five of this year’s grant awardees are new. Eight earned Innovation Partnership grants from GWB for use in Fiscal Year 2014.

The New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich was awarded $190,000 to provide 40 unemployed individuals with entry-level occupational skills training within the shipbuilding and machine technology industries. Employer partners include General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Guill Tool and Engineering, SENESCO Marine, Swissline Precision, Rhode Island Carbide, RIMA and RIMTA.

via Governor Chafee Announces $1.75M in GWB Innovative Partnership Grants | RI Small Business Journal.