Unable to see any Civil 3D data unless the drawing is inserted into a new drawing; occurring with newly created objects that disappear from one day to the next.
To prepare Civil 3D objects for 3D printing, you need to install Autodesk Print Studio. Installation of Autodesk Print Studio is easily accomplished by selecting Print Studio from the 3D Print panel of the Output ribbon or by selecting the Print option from the Application Menu, then selecting 3D Print. A dialog box will appear with the option to install if the program is not currently installed on your computer. The software and its drivers are easily installed by following the prompts throughout this process. Below is a link to an Autodesk Help Video that demonstrates the entire process:
Ever spend a week building your Revit model, apply materials and create all the trim and detail, to hit render and everything is dark? Here are my top 5 lighting settings to check before hitting render again.
A useful feature in Civil 3D 2017 is the ability to create folders under most major categories or objects from the Prospector tab in the TOOLSPACE.
Object Folders serve as an excellent tool to separate design alternatives, element types, phases, and more. Setting up Object Folders is a relatively simple process, just create a folder, name it, then drag and drop objects.
For example, organizing Surfaces:
Another useful application is the sorting of Alignments:
Recently while working with a client, I learned about a FANTASTIC Civil 3D feature; changing the Reference Alignment directly to a Pipe Structure Label. I confirmed this has worked since 2016.
After a recent conversation with a longtime friend and Autodesk University Instructor, David Garrigues, I decided to post his interesting insight and content from one of his previous Autodesk University classes, on FG Corridor Surfaces. The illustration below displays how pasting EG and FG to together to create a composite surface does not produce the expected or desired result. These results are evident only upon creation of an entirely enclosed corridor, like in a Subdivision Layout, Pond, enclosed Berm or a moat.
Separate EG and FG surfaces
Desired Composite Paste
In a recent update and clean up of a Civil 3D template for a client, I ran into an issue with the Grading configuration.
Looking at the Grading collection (from Settings tab of the Toolspace) there were Grading Criteria Sets and individual Criteria that are duplicates with a dot and number (.#) as prefixes. Even in a clean and empty drawing, you will not be able to erase them. If you attempt this, you might find yourself in an unexpected software crash, regardless of the Service Pack.
I was recently teaching a custom Civil 3D grading class where the client wanted to label a Feature Line’s elevation, at will, along the length of the line, without adding extra points.
There is NO out of the box label, but after poking around, I came up with a possible workflow:
- Used a Note type label
(found in the TOOLSPACE Settings tab > General > Labels Styles > Note )
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- For spelling out benefits and
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