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10 Best BricsCAD Tips - Tuesday Tips

10 Best - Tuesday Tips

Each week we publish a BricsCAD® Tuesday Tips, but have you been keeping up? Designed to help you make the most of BricsCAD. In case you missed some, we're bringing you our top 10 BricsCAD Tuesday Tips:

#1 Glossary of CAD terms

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Start simple. If you don't know your boolean split from your chamfer and you're still struggling to wrap your head around planar surfaces, then this is the article for you. Whether you're new to CAD or a seasoned professional, be sure to check this handy chart for easy reference to frequently used CAD terms.

Get the A-Z of CAD →

#2 Solids, Surfaces, and Meshes

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If you think solids, surfaces and meshes are created equality, then you need to read this article. Learn why BricsCAD puts the focus on ACIS solids. You'll also learn how to convert between the three.

Get to know the difference between solids surfaces and meshes →

#3 Trial Versions

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Use the RunAsLevel command to choose the right BricsCAD version for your needs.

Still wondering which version of BricsCAD is right for you? Then you need the RunAsLevel  command.

If you download the free 30-day trial of BricsCAD, you automatically have access to BricsCAD ultimate, but that might make it hard to work out which BricsCAD product level is the right choice. Using the RunAsLevel  command allows to run BricsCAD in different product versions and see which version of BricsCAD is right for you.

Learn more about BricsCAD trial versions →

#4 Keyboard shortcuts

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The first step to becoming a CAD power user is to get familiar with keyboard shortcuts. In this blog post, you'll find a downloaded PDF of all the  BricsCAD keyboard shortcuts, that you can print and keep in a handy location.

Boost your productivity with BricsCAD keyboard shortcuts →

#5 How to Change Units

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When disaster strikes, or simply the part you've been given is in inches and your drawing is metric. Don't panic and don't start mucking around with the settings. A simple copy/paste is probably all you need!

Learn how to change the drawing units in BricsCAD →

#6 Automate Technical Drawing

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Automatically add all call outs to a drawing view with just a few clicks.

Did you know that BricsCAD has a whole toolset to automatically create technical drawings and cut your workload to a fraction of the time? -- Don't worry, we won't tell your boss.

Create USABLE exploded diagrams automatically. Export them into drawing layouts and create associative section views and annotations. You can even animate your assemblies!

Learn how to increase your technical drawing productivity with BricsCAD →

#7 Callouts, Leader Lines & Balloons

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Once you've created your technical drawings, you're probably going to want to annotate them. This is just as easy, if not easier than creating the illustrations themselves. You'll also learn how to create your own custom styles and add them to the BricsCAD library.

Annotate your drawings →

#8 Lineweights

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Confused by lightweights? Are they not showing up as you would expect, or do you need a little help working out how best to apply them? Then, this is the post for you!

Learn the secret to lineweights in BricsCAD →

#9 The Hotkey Assistant & Tips Panel

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Ever wonder what that little black box in the middle at the bottom that sometimes pops up while you're using BricsCAD is really for? That is the Hotkey Assistant and it gives you handy tips on hotkeys you can use during a specific command. Learn how to make the most of it or simply get rid of it, with this installment of Tuesday Tips.

Make the most of the Hotkey Assistant →

#10 Transform 2D Entities with Stretch

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The Stretch  command means you can manipulate 2D objects quickly and effectively without redrawing everything.

Get started with the Stretch command →

What's your favorite Tuesday Tips?

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