When you take the plunge into 3D printing, it’s easy to get caught up in the machinery. It’s the most obvious aspect of the whole process, and there are almost as many choices as there are possible projects – but, choosing your hardware is not the ultimate destination of your 3D printing journey. That distinction goes to finding… Read More »
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Autodesk’s two powerhouse design programs, AutoCAD and Revit, are on their way to conquering the design world. AutoCAD is the broadly applicable geometry-driven traditional drafting program that’s grown a lot since its 1982 beginnings; Revit is the powerhouse 3D modeler that gives you real-world information about your design before you build a stick of it.
But how do they compare to each other?
The Main Differences Between AutoCAD and Revit, at a Glance
- AutoCAD has a geometric CAD approach, whereas Revit has a 3D modeling CAD approach. The biggest difference between AutoCAD and Revit is their approach to computer-aided drafting as a whole. AutoCAD offers a traditional, geometric-based 2D experience with 3D features. Revit, as a BIM, lets you build a 3D model with real-world component information.
Today we’re pitting two 3D printers against each other to see who really earns their spot on the top of “best of” lists. Both the Prusa i3 MK3 and the Ultimaker 3 have earned accolades from trade publications (including this one!), both have already made waves with their new iterations in 2019, and both are touted as great mid-price… Read More »
In the world of computer-aided drafting, Autodesk looms large. And for a good reason; its AutoCAD program was the first commercially available CAD software for home computers that were just starting to take off in the 1980s. This combination made CAD accessible for more price and skill points, paving the way for its current range of uses.
AutoCAD originally offered only 2D drafting capabilities – basically, it started as a computerized version of an engineer’s desk, pencil, and measuring tools. While AutoCAD still uses 2D as its basis, recent versions in the last five years have added 3D capabilities meant to give its users a full spectrum of design possibilities.
AutoCAD has also started offering modules that pertain to specific industries that depend on drafting as their base process, such as engineers who build electrical systems. The program has continued to bran
Wax seems like the opposite of a good 3D printing material. Its defining property is how changeable it is, never quite hardening to settle into a definite shape, always moldable at the slightest push of a finger. But, when we learned that you could, in fact, get great 3D printed objects from wax material and filament, we were… Read More »
When you think of silicone and 3D printing, you’re more likely to consider it as a helping hand, rather than a star player. Silicone is commonly used as a mold material into which other material is poured to make a 3D object. But that’s limiting this versatile compound and your imagination to go along with it – you… Read More »
3D printer assembly kits are easy to screw up. They’re designed to keep their costs down, which means corners might be cut and details that you desperately need may be lost. But once in a while, a company knows how to transcend the limitations of the genre, and delivers an excellent quality that you can build yourself. And… Read More »
Nylon is designed to give you a next-level experience with 3D printing. As a printing material, it’s just as versatile as more common filaments like PLS or ABS, but it has the added advantages of flexibility, tensile strength, and extraordinarily high layer resolution. Its low friction coefficient and high melting temperature (and melting point) make it great for… Read More »
3D printing is amazingly versatile. It’s not just a novelty process for toys or collectibles – it can actually help save lives and keep people healthy while making both of those easier and less expensive. Dental 3D printing is a great example of this. It’s a niche process born from refining the details of general 3D printing so… Read More »
3D printing is not always a stand-alone process – sometimes it’s only the first step in a manufactured part’s journey. When paired with mass fabrication processes like injection molding, the advantages and disadvantages of both processes come into sharp relief against each other. Though they can both participate in the same ultimate goal of creating parts for a… Read More »