Chris Downing

Vault 2019 User Requested Enhancements

In this blog I will let you know which Vault user requested enhancements have been added to Vault 2019.If you are not already aware there is a forum on the Autodesk website called the IDEASTATION where you are able to voice your opinions on possible additions to the software and also suggest enhancements and new …

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Autodesk Vault – What are Custom Objects?

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You have probably noticed these things in Autodesk Vault for a few years now or heard and seen people talking about them in forums but never really understood what exactly they are… what am I talking about? Custom Objects. So what exactly is a “Custom Object” and how can they benefit me and my design …

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Autodesk Vault Job Processor

If you are not already aware, Autodesk Vault Workgroup and Professional come with something called the ‘Job Processor’, it’s a utility that helps process PDF, DWF and other visualisation files taking the stress of the users CAD workstation amongst other things. What you may not know, is that with the help of a small utility …

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Export Plant 3D Model into Revit

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In this blog I am going to show you the workflow to take a Plant 3D model and export it so that it can be used to create a Revit Family file (rfa). Pre-requisite- You will need the following tool BATCHEXPORTTOAUTOCAD.DLL for this workflow, you can download it by following this link.It is possible to …

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How to use External References

External References, or Xrefs, enable you to view the outline of other drawings from within the drawing you are working on, these drawing references update whenever the drawing is edited, keeping you up-to-date with any changes that might happen concurrently. Why should we use xrefs? 1. Keeping the drawing file size smaller 2. Drawing data …

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Autodesk cannot find License Server – Quick Fix!

It is a common problem when your Autodesk software cannot find the network license service and gives you the FLEXnet License Finder dialog box instead. Usually it is down to either the license services being moved to a different server or for some reason the software was installed incorrectly, either way it can be a …

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The Demise of the Developer

So this blog is something a little bit different, it is food for thought, a theory that I have stumbled upon… the demise of the developer! Since the industrial revolution humans have created machinery and tools which have become more advanced at an ever increasing speed, from the first steam engine to the latest hybrid, …

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AutoCAD Dynamic Blocks – What, Why & How??

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What are AutoCAD dynamic blocks and why should we use them? Well that is a very good question and I am glad you have asked! The best way to think of a dynamic block is to consider an item that has multiple options; things like size, rotation and appearance. Take, for example, a standard exterior …

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