Build intelligence into your AutoCAD drawings with dynamic blocks. Dynamic blocks allow you to quickly change the shape, size, position, orientation, and visibility of objects in blocks according to parameters and constraints that you define ahead of time. In this course, author Scott Onstott shows step-by-step how to build everything from static blocks to complex dynamic blocks that include parameters, actions, and geometric and dimensional constraints with preset attributes driven by fields. Once you have built and refined dynamic blocks, you will learn several methods to share your masterpieces with colleagues.
Duration: 1 hr 5 min
For designs to be precisely built and manufactured, technical drawings need to show dimensions indicating measured lengths and angles, and in some cases geometric tolerances must be specified. In this AutoCAD training course, author Scott Onstott shows you how to create linear, aligned, angular, radial, diameter, continued, baseline, ordinate, and tolerance dimensions so you can precisely annotate any design. Plus, learn how to edit dimension styles, create sub-styles, temporarily override styles, control dimensional associativity, fine-tune dimension text, label features with multileaders, and much more.
Duration: 1 hr 4 min
AutoCAD has several different methods available for projecting 2D drawings from 3D models. Join author Scott Onstott as he explores each of these methods, including projecting 2D drawings in model space and using viewports to view a model from various angles in paper space. The course’s main focus is AutoCAD’s advanced model-documentation features, which allow you to project plans, elevations, sections, and details from a 3D model directly onto layouts.
Duration: 1 hr 0 min
Build a sheet set from scratch and take advantage of all the automatic drawing-, sheet-, and callout-coordination functionality that AutoCAD has to offer. Scott Onstott teaches you not only how to use a sheet set, but also how to customize its templates and the dynamic attributed blocks and linked fields that automatically fill in relevant data from your sheets. By building intelligence into your drawings using AutoCAD sheet sets in this way, you’ll never have drawing-coordination problems again—and that could mean fewer requests for information from your clients.
Duration: 1 hr 26 min
You can model almost any form imaginable with AutoCAD’s surface toolset. In this project-based course, Scott Onstott teaches you all the techniques required to solve complex modeling challenges in AutoCAD, while focusing on an innovative ebike design. Learn to create each 3D component of the bicycle model, including its frame, belt-tensioner mechanism, drivetrain, electric-assist power components, brakes, wheels, axels, hubs, spokes, handlebars, and even the bicycle seat. The techniques (which can be applied to other mechanical models) cover extruding profiles, lofting 2D cross sections, revolving profiles around an axis, filleting edges, smoothing meshes into organic forms, and sculpting complex NURBS surfaces.
Duration: 3 hrs 41 min
Take your drawings from 2D to 3D with AutoCAD. Author Scott Onstott helps build your AutoCAD 2015 skills, one video at a time. You’ll learn to extrude 2D plans into solid objects, cut out wall openings and add doors and windows, build 3D staircases, and model a complex roof surface. You’ll also discover how to create a 3D tower and sculpt the surrounding landscape with NURBS surfaces. At the end of this course, you’ll have modeled a complete 3D town hall based on an archetypal midcentury design.
Duration: 3 hrs 12 min
Scott Onstott has been using AutoCAD for 24 years and has witnessed its evolution into the world-leading application for computer-aided drafting and design. You too can harness its power and start creating detailed CAD drawings, whatever your field: design, architecture, or engineering. In this in-depth course, Scott shows you how to draw precise, measured 2D drawings—the basis of design communication the world over. Then he shows how to create and modify geometry, layers, blocks, attributes, dimensions, and layouts, and finally, how to start sharing your drawings with others.
Duration: 8 hrs 28 min
This course is for anyone that uses photos, 2D drawings and 3D models to communicate their design intentions. You will start out by learning the fundamentals of digital imaging, and will then develop photos in Camera Raw, learn how to work non-destructively to leave your creative options open, and expand dynamic range for added realism. This training course will teach you techniques to enhance AutoCAD drawings using Photoshop so that your plans can convey color, texture, and shadow. Finally, you will follow along with Scott to produce a short video by positioning a camera and cross sectional plane in a 3D model.
Duration: 5 hrs 15 min
SketchUp is a 3D modeling program that is unique in how intuitive it is that most people agree that it is actually fun to use. Although it is easy to learn the basics in SketchUp so you can start modeling right away, mastering the subtleties and complexities of SketchUp takes a bit more time and attention and that is where Learning SketchUp can greatly assist you. You will be able to model anything you can imagine with SketchUp and the plethora of Ruby scripts that are covered in this video-DVD training. Ruby scripts are free third-party tools that extend the functionality of SketchUp with additional tools and capabilities.
Duration: 7 hrs 30 min
If you’re looking to quickly become proficient in computer-aided design, this course is for you. No experience is necessary to go from absolute beginner to confidently creating accurate 2D drawings and 3D models. After getting comfortable with the AutoCAD interface you will learn fundamental skills and apply them to real-world practice projects. Then, if you like, you can move on to more advanced topics like dimensioning, working with data and attributes, and using constraints. This course is produced in association with my publisher Sybex, an imprint of Wiley.
Duration: 7 hrs 25 min
If you’re comfortable with 2D drawing in AutoCAD and ready to start creating and designing three-dimensional models, this workshop from AutoCAD expert and author Scott Onstott is for you. You’ll learn about 3D navigation and wireframe, surface, and solid modeling techniques; designing and assigning materials; placing natural and artificial lights; and configuring both direct and global illumination rendering parameters to create photorealistic renderings. With the 3D techniques you learn in this course, you’ll be ready to bring your designs one step closer to reality.
Duration: 2 hrs 35 min
In this workshop, expert and author Scott Onstott teaches you how to modify AutoCAD to better fit the way you work. He begins by showing you how to create a complex dynamic block that uses multiple visibility states, parameters, and actions so that one dynamic block can do the job of many static blocks. Then you’ll learn how to configure physical output devices, edit command aliases, and create custom panels and linetypes. Finally you will learn how to automate repetitive tasks with action macros, scripts, and Lisp routines to craft tools for increased productivity.
Duration: 1 hr 40 min
In this workshop, AutoCAD expert and author Scott Onstott teaches you how to build intelligence into drawing objects so that the symbols used in your drawings carry meaning beyond simple geometric representations. You will learn how to embed manufacturer, model, and pricing data into commonly used blocks; create invisible attributes that embed data in geometry without it appearing in the drawing area; and use field codes to display information from AutoCAD’s database inside text objects. You’ll also learn how to format, edit, and extract attribute data for use in external spreadsheets and/or for display within tables in AutoCAD drawings.
Duration: 1 hr 15 min
Photoshop for Architects: CS3 Extended Edition
This complete video course contained 20.5 hours of instruction.
3ds Max for Architects
I created two video products on 3ds Max, the most recent of which was
3ds Max for Architects containing 20.8 hours of instruction.
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