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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Submarine maker plans expansion in Rhode Island

New England Tech continues to work to help fill the #SkillsGap with Associate, Bachelors and Master degrees, including helping Electric Boat fill positions it has otherwise had difficulty finding enough people with the necessary skills.

From MiamiHerald.com:

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. –Submarine maker Electric Boat plans to double its workforce in Rhode Island to build a new class of submarines under a $95 billion Navy program, welcome news in the state with the nation’s highest unemployment rate.

The workforce at the North Kingstown manufacturing plant could double by 2028 to about 6,000 people, said Sean Davies, the site’s general manager. That is roughly the same number of employees who built submarines there at the peak of the Cold War.

Rhode Island’s economy has struggled to rebound since the Great Recession. The state’s unemployment rate is 8.2 percent, considerably above the national average of 6.3 percent.

The construction contract has not yet been awarded, but Electric Boat anticipates receiving it. The Groton, Connecticut-based manufacturer recently leased an additional 42 acres in the Quonset Business Park to expand. Davies said he is focused on ensuring the company’s training programs can handle the influx of new hires because few job applicants have experience in the manufacturing trades. Electric Boat, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. of Falls Church, Virginia, employs more than 12,000 people, mainly in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Construction is expected to begin in 2021 on a class of 12 ballistic-missile submarines to replace the current Ohio-class boats. Electric Boat could hire more than 1,000 people in a single year at its manufacturing plant after construction is underway.

“We can’t literally put all of our eggs in one basket, but without submarine construction here, we would be in a much worse economic situation, and we would have a much less hopeful outlook,” said U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island.

“That work is very, very significant,” said Molly Donohue Magee, executive director of the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance. “And it’s not just for one year.”

In the last four years, 2,000 people were hired by Electric Boat in Rhode Island largely because Congress approved building two attack submarines a year instead of one.

Davies said he wants to support the community by hiring Rhode Island residents to work on the new submarine, but it is has been challenging to find enough people with the necessary skills.

Leonard Lardaro, an economics professor at the University of Rhode Island, said the state’s unemployment rate has remained high and persistent because of its inadequately skilled workforce.

The New England Institute of Technology worked with Electric Boat to develop a curriculum for welders, and most of the graduates in the first class were hired at the shipyard, Davies said.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/04/4218253/submarine-maker-plans-expansion.html#storylink=cpy

To read the entire story visit NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.: Submarine maker plans expansion in Rhode Island – Business Breaking News – MiamiHerald.com.

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AutoCAD: Have you lost time and wasted paper

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Have you lost time and wasted paper with incorrect plot configurations?

Solution: Page Setup Manager

The Page Setup Manager allows you to predefine each Layout with specified parameters to a specific printer/plotter. A Page Setup is associated to a Layout(s), this allows you to easily configure Layout settings within each Layout and simply print the Layout without having to define the plot configuration every time you print.

*Page Layouts can be defined and then saved in a Template file which in turn makes them readily available in every drawing created from that Template file (.DWT).

Page Setup Manager can be accessed through the following approaches:

Option 1: Command Line:

Typing in the command Page setup then entering ←

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*Remember when typing commands in the command line no spaces are allowed and the commands are not case sensitive.

 Option 2: Right Click:

Hover over a Layout tab you want to configure a Page Setup to then Right Click. A pop up window appears – select Page Setup Manager…

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Option 3: Application Menu – found in the upper left corner of the screen.

Select the Application Menu – Print – Page setup

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New to 2014

Option 4: Output tab – found in the Ribbon

Select Output tab, within the Plot panel select Page Setup Manager

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Each option above opens the Page Setup Manager dialog box shown below.

Select New… this opens the New Page Setup dialog box

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New Page Setup dialog box:

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Once you define the Setup name select OK.

*My preference is to name the setup name with the paper size of the end printed results and the name of the printer/plotter it will print out on.

Example: 8.5×11 Office Jet Pro – 8.5×11 (represent the paper size (A) that the drawing will print on), Office Jet Pro (represents the printer it will print to)

Next step is the Page Setup dialog box:

Here you configure the end printed results you are looking for.

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Select OK once done configuring all areas of the Page Setup dialog box. This brings you to the last step to associate the Page Setup Name to the specific Layout(s).

 

*Depending on the information you want plotted the configuration of the Plot area, Plot Scale, Pen style table and the Shaded viewport options may need to be modified. The Plot offset, Plot options and Drawing orientation refer to the printer/plotter and each make has unique plotting qualities so it may take a few prints to make sure your Layout prints the way you want it.

Within the Page Setup Manager dialog box, make sure the Page Setup Name (you just created) is highlighted – select Set Current – select Close to complete the configuration.

This associates the Page Setup Name to the current Layout.

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Now that the Page Setup is configured to each Layout correctly these configurations don’t need to be edited or modified before plotting. Ready to plot a Layout (make sure the Layout is active) then select the Plot/Print command, (it’s the same command just has a different name depending on where you access the command from) this brings up the Plot dialog box you will see your pre-defined configurations in that dialog box, then select OK. Your print has been sent to the plotter.

*Save these configurations within your company templates on the company network for everyone to have access to. This offers consistency within the electronic files and saves printing/plotting time which equals money saved.

AutoCad: Places without images

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Tired of taking too much time looking for your working/project directories?

Solution:

Places located in your Select Files dialog box (AKA the Open dialog box). The Places area in the Select Files dialog box allows you to place folders from your network or computer for quick and easy access.

Places area is located on the right side of the Select Files dialog box:

Places 1Drag and Drop option:

Places 2Right Click options:

Places 3Select Add Current Folder and the folder that is pathed out in the Look in area will be added, also giving you quick access to its sub folders.

Select Add… the Add Places Item dialog box will open

Two areas the need to be filled in.

Item name, (this is what will appear as the description under the folder, it can be

named anything you want but keeping it as the project name keeps clarification).

Item path, needs to be typed in, (this is the fully pathed out directory structure to where the folder

resides).

Places 4End results:

Places 5

AutoCAD: The magic of ‘Z

Written by: Cindra Drown-Walsh

Have you had to stop mid command to use any of the Zoom commands to adjust visually what is on the screen to only then start the same command sequence all over again?

Solution:

Transparent Zoom (‘Z) allows you to put yourself into the Zoom command for a one time Zoom within another commands.

Example of the command line sequence using the ‘Z feature while in the Move command.

Command: MOVE

Select objects: 1 found

Select objects:

Specify base point or [Displacement] <Displacement>:

Specify second point or <use first point as displacement>: ‘z

‘ZOOM

>>Specify corner of window, enter a scale factor (nX or nXP), or

[All/Center/Dynamic/Extents/Previous/Scale/Window/Object] <real time>: e

Resuming MOVE command.

Specify second point or <use first point as displacement>:

When viewing this video – watch the command prompts over on the right hand side and also the dynamic input area located near the cross hairs. The transparent Zoom (‘Z) option is used twice while in the Move command.

*AutoCAD is not case sensitive.