From CAD to CAM, Cleaning up 2D DWG files for CNC.

If you work with a CNC programmer, or you are a CNC programmer! Here are a AutoCAD few tips and tools that you can use to clean up the 2D geometry in your DWG files ready to bring into you favourite CAM programming software.

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How to optimize your AutoCAD DWG drawing files

If you've been following the CAD Setter Out for a while, you will know that I recommend keeping your geometry organised as you go along. Using Polylines, Groups, Blocks, Layers and Xref’s effectively will help you to work quickly with your drawings files. Working this way will also go some way to preventing your AutoCAD DWG files becoming bloated or corrupt. If you’ve been working on a file for some time, and you’ve noticed AutoCAD slowing down, then it may be worth doing a bit of a clean up to help slim that drawing file down. This could also be necessary when dealing with files from third parties such as clients, suppliers or contractors.

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AutoCAD: The Ribbon & The ‘Classic’ Workspace

Find out how to switch from Autocad's 'Classic' Interface, to the new Ribbon Interface in Autocad 2009, Autocad 2010 and Autocad 2011.

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How to start up in AutoCAD ‘Vanilla’ profile with Vertical products.

If you use Autodesk Inventor, you probably got a seat of Autocad along with it. In fact – you probably got Autocad mechanical as well, But do you make use of it?

Autocad Mechanical is a ‘vertical’ product of Autocad. This means that the team at Autocad have written lots of useful extra tools aimed specifically at the Engineering drafter.

Autocad Mechanical has more or less been superseded by Autodesk Inventor. Autocad Mechanical is included with Autodesk Inventor largely to aid companies who are progressing from program to the other.

So if you are not making use of the Extras in Autocad Mechanical, how do you turn them off?

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