Tips Tagged: AutoCAD

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Help! My Corridor is Slowing Me Down, pt. 1

Written By: Bryan Sullivan A sure way to bog down a corridor and enlarge the file size of the drawing is to have too many frequency lines in a corridor. The optimal number of frequency lines in a corridor should be thought of as just enough to accurately define the intended geometry and not one […]

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Adding a Subassembly to Civil 3D

Written by: Bryan Sullivan You may have received a subassembly from a client or vendor. Or you may have created your first subassembly in Subassembly Composer. So how do you add that subassembly to Civil 3D so we can use it in a drawing? First of all we will need the *.pkt file(s) for our […]

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Plotting Versatility Using DWF

By: Ben Johnson Over the years there have been a number of issues when plotting Civil 3D sheets directly to PDF. In the past, some of these issues included problems with fonts not showing up correctly, scale issues, certain objects not plotting, and incorrect masking colors among other issues. There was usually some weird way […]

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Undocumented command CONVERTLINEWORKTOMASKBLOCK

Written by: ┬áBen Johnson There is an undocumented command in Civil 3D called CONVERTLINEWORKTOMASKBLOCK which does exactly what the command name itself implies. It allows the user to create linework to be used to mask drawing objects. This can come in handy, for instance, when users would like to mask part of a profile. There […]

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Migrating Data Shortcuts

by Ben Johnson Data Shortcuts are a very important feature of Civil 3D for sharing data. When used properly, this powerful tool can make data sharing among team members very convenient. One aspect of Data Shortcuts to be aware of is the potential pitfall of migrating Data Shortcuts from one version of Civil 3D to […]

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: 2D Measurements on 3D Objects

by Ben Johnson   Have you ever wanted a quick 2D measurement when snapping to 3D objects such as cogo points, feature lines, surfaces or any other Civil 3D objects? The trouble is, default system variable settings allow OSNAP to snap to these objects using the object Z (elevation) value as well as its X […]

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Creating User-Defined Point Properties and Import Formats

by Ben Johnson Point data can come with a large number of unique attribute fields such as multiple elevations on a soil boring. A point can only have one elevation, but the other elevations can be shown using labels once those attribute fields are imported. In order to import these attributes, it is necessary to […]

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