About Cadsetterout.com by Paul Munford

Paul MunfordHi. My name is Paul Munford.

I am a big CAD geek. I’m the kind of guy who actually reads those manuals! I enjoy reading CAD books, Help files and Blogs and I even travel all the way to Las Vegas to speak at Autodesk University.

I am pragmatic and business focused. No CAD work should take any longer than it really has too, and all CAD work should benefit it’s end customer.

How can I help you?

I firmly believe that your CAD software shouldn’t be a barrier to your creativity or productivity. I get a massive kick out of seeing the ideas that you crazy Engineers, Architects and Designers come up with.

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About Paul Munford

Since May 2018 I have worked for Autodesk as a Technical Marketing manager for the Product Design and Manufacturing Collection.

My job is to help customers get the best out of their Investment in Autodesk Inventor and the tools of the PDMC. You can read some blog posts that I’ve written for the Official Inventor here:


Or you can watch the Videos I create on YouTube here:

Before Joining Autodesk I worked for Graitec, a UK based Autodesk Reseller as a Trainer and Consultant. I specialised in working with our manufacturing customers who make items for the construction industry.

For four years I was the CAD/CAM Manager for Halstock Cabinet Makers in the UK.

Before that I spent eight years as a CAD drafter using AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor to create manufacturing drawings in the construction industry, but I started out as a Scenic Carpenter.

Career in Brief

I studied Theatre Production Design at College and worked as a freelance Scenery Design and Builder for the first eight years of my career.

Whilst working as an Art director on Pop Videos, Adverts, Television shows and Feature films, I gained a wide range of experience in scenery design. This included Presentation work, Graphic design (in Photoshop on a Mac) and Drafting (by hand).

In a parallel career, I worked on the shop floor in Exhibition and Events, working my way up from guy-that-unloads-the-van, through Carpenter to Charge hand and then on to Workshop manager and eventually to Project Manager.

All of this came to a head in 2004 when, with Mortgage, Marriage and the family life beckoning, I decided that it was time to grow up and get a proper job ;)

I decided to focus on the one skill that brought all his diverse experience together (technical drawing) and went to night school to learn this ‘CAD’ thing he’d heard so much about.

Little did I appreciating how few people there are in the job market with the desirable combination of experience in making, technical drawing and computing.

I walked into my first salaried CAD Drafting position a few months later – and stepped into a whole new life…

Full work history and CV

You can find my full CV and Resume on LinkedIn Here:


You can read a longer Interview with Paul Munford (me) here:


And you can hear my dulcet tones in this interview for Autodesk Help:






I don’t guarantee that anything I include on the CAD Setter Out is useful or accurate. I can’t guarantee that anything is copyright or trademark free. Any trademarks used in this site are the property of their respective owners. This Blog is not affiliated with any company. Anything I say on this Blog is just my opinion. I reserve the right to change the content of this Blog as I go along. All comments are moderated by me.

and don’t forget to save your stuff before you muck around!

 … I’m just this guy, you know…

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3 Responses to “About Cadsetterout.com by Paul Munford

  • Hi Paul.
    OK. You are actually cut from the same tree as me. Bench hand joiner-setter out-(estimator-now jnr QS).

    Our office desk jocky pulled your linkin file up and I was glad to see that you are the theory behing the blog as well.

    I assumed first that you where some engineer with a joinery background.

    I finishing work for a large interiors today as a estimator/cad tech (20 yrs using cad). I’m going to work for my old school friend who is designing bus shelters. The ones we make by hand with a hand saw and spoke shave.

    So, you have worked for Beck. My past employer was EE Smith contractors, they did not like Beck. Contract managers had a set to on site one day…

    Paul, I’m being cheeky here. Do you have a mobile I can call you on. I don’t wont to ring you at work. Your boss will be sick of all the hassle you get now as it is maybe.


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