Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Civil View Class

My Civil 3D, Civil View class at #AU2012 went very well. My repeat class is today at 1:00pm pacific time.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

AU 2012 Day Two

I had an awesome first day at #AU2012. Today will be just as exciting. My 3D Studio Max and Civil View class starts at 5:00pm pacific time. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

First day of AU2012.

The first day of #AU2012 has been exciting. The Autodesk Fusion 360 class was a blast. Just a few more classes then time to roam the exhibit hall.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Autodesk University 2012 Registration is Open!

Autodesk University 2012 Registration is Open!
Visit to register. I’m teaching a class on exporting Civil 3D corridors and importing the corridors into 3D Studio Max Design and Civil View. A link to my class description is below.

CI2543-L - AutoCAD® Civil 3D® and Autodesk® 3ds Max Design®: Civil View for All

I hope to see everyone in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Import Sketch Up Models into AutoCAD 2013!

I’ve been looking for a Google Sketch Up import for AutoCAD for a while. I installed AutoCAD 2013 yesterday to try out this plug-in. I’m actually using AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013. The free Sketch Up import plug-in I’m using is posted on the Autodesk Exchange App web site. Here is the link directly to the Sketch Up plug-in.

The plug-in is compatible with the following software.
AutoCAD 2013
AutoCAD Architecture 2013
AutoCAD Mechanical 2013
AutoCAD MEP 2013
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013

1.    Save the plug-in to a folder.

2.    Install the plug-in.

3.    Once installed, launch AutoCAD 2013.

4.    The Sketch Up plug-in installed a new tab on the Ribbon.

5.    If you have a Sketch Up model ready to import, click “Import SKP File”.

6.    If you need to find Sketch Up model on the internet, click “Get 3D Model”.

a.    The Get 3D Model will redirect you to Google’s 3D Warehouse.

7.    I’ve modeled a number of buildings and other items for Google Earth. I’m going to use one of my own models.

a.    Here’s a link to my Sketch Up models. Models by Vince - Google 3D Warehouse

8.    I downloaded the S. A. Burnette Hall model. It’s a building at a local community college.

10.  Save the file to the project folder.

11.  Tab over the AutoCAD.

12.  Click the “Import SKP File” on the ribbon.

13.  Choose the SKP file.

14.  Place the model a location. I choose 0,0,0.

15.  Rotate the view to see the model in prospective.

16.  Change the visual style from 2D wireframe to Realistic.

17.  Notice the textures were also imported from the Sketch Up model. It seems they lost the alignment. They can be adjusted in the Materials Editor.

Enjoy importing Sketch Up models into AutoCAD 2013. There are an unlimited number of models in Google’s 3D Warehouse.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Autodesk 123D Catch

I finally created a 3D model using Autodesk’s 123D Catch software. It was trial and error at first when taking the photos. There was too much white and reflections on the object and the lens. I was sitting at my desk looking over at a post hanging on the wall. While looking at it, I wondered if it would make for a good 123D Catch background. I asked a co-worked to help with the project.

1.   Find a good background to take the photos. This will allow the software to do a better job at stitching the photos.
2.     Take a few dozen photos on the upper, strait on and lower areas of a person’s head.

3.       Make sure to overlap the photos as shown in the image below.
4.       Copy the photos to the project folder.

5.       Launch the Autodesk 123D Catch Software.

6.       Click Create a new Photo Scene.

7.       Select the photos in the project folder.

8.       Click Compute Photo Scene. (If you need to add additional photos, click Add More Images.)
9.       Type your email and a Project Scene Name or leave the name default then click Wait. If the scene is large and are not able to wait, click Email Me. The software will send an email when the process is complete.

10.   If this is your first time using the software, you’ll need to agree to the Terms of Services.

11.   The images are uploaded to Autodesk’s servers to process the model.
12.   The scene has finished processing.

13.   Save the scene to the project folder.

14.   Clean up the areas as needed using the toolbar at the top.

15.   The Toolbar contains tools such as:

a.       Rectangular Selection

b.      Lasso Selection

c.       Pan

d.      Dolly

e.      Orbit

f.        Photo Lock

g.       Export Video

h.      Send the Photoscene by email.

i.         Export to Youtube.

j.        Creation Tools

k.       Synchronize Scene with Server.

l.         Generate Mesh

m.    Display Settings


16.   The scene can be exported to other software formats such as Autodesk Drawing (dwg),  Autodesk FBX (fbx), RZI (rzi), OBJ (obj), IMP (imp), LAS (las).

17.   I created a YouTube video of the scene.