5 Tools for CAD Designers

5 Tools Every CAD Designer Needs

CAD can be complex. Design involves a wide range of different software, and takes place both at your desk and on-the-go. No matter your budget or your company’s needs, there are always ways to increase your productivity and efficiency. In this article, we’ll cover 5 tools that every designer needs. We’ll discuss everything from how to keep your […]

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The History of CAD

How CAD Has Evolved Since 1982

While it might be tempting to think of Computer Aided Design as a relatively recent innovation, most CAD programs we use today can actually be traced back to work begun over 50 years ago. As such, CAD has had a long and rich history that spans back decades. If, however, you’re not familiar with the […]

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AutoDesk Everything You Need To Know

Autodesk – Everything You Need To Know

Autodesk is a pioneer in 3D design, engineering and digital entertainment software. Though best known for its flagship product, AutoCAD, it has developed a vast range of software for the design, engineering and entertainment industries—not to mention hobbyists. But how much do you actually know about Autodesk? Scan2CAD will get you updated with everything you could possibly […]

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AutoCAD for Free

Can I Get AutoCAD For Free?

It’s been 35 years since the launch of AutoCAD in 1982, and in that time, the program has gone from strength to strength. Today, AutoCAD is not only the flagship product of its parent company, Autodesk, but is the most widely used CAD software in the world. Originally created for mechanical engineering, AutoCAD has dramatically expanded […]

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AutoCAD File Extensions

AutoCAD File Extensions – Everything You Need To Know

AutoCAD is arguably the most prevalent CAD software on the market—it’s used by professionals and hobbyists alike. If you work with CAD, you’re likely to already be familiar with some of AutoCAD’s most common file formats, such as DWG and DXF. However, these aren’t the only file extensions and formats used with AutoCAD. In fact, you’ve probably come across […]

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CAD Salaries

CAD Salaries – Everything You Need To Know

Computer Aided Design (CAD) is integral and indispensable to a variety of industries, from engineering to design to architecture. The importance placed upon CAD means that CAD skills are increasingly necessary to open doors to prospective jobs. From CAD drafters to CAD engineers, there’s a wide selection of CAD jobs on offer. But what kind of CAD salaries are […]

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World of CAD 10

World of CAD X — XTract3D, Mastercam 2017 Lathe, Turn a 3D printer into a CNC Mill, and More….

Welcome to World of CAD, Scan2CAD’s monthly roundup of CAD-related news. This month, we’ll start by focusing on XTract3D, the SolidWorks add-in aiming to make reverse engineering simple and affordable. Next, we’ll take a look at the XPlotter, a new CNC machine that combines plotting and laser capabilities. This month’s edition also features the new series of 3D […]

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CAD Impacting Fashion

How Is CAD Impacting on the Fashion Industry?

Too often, we tend to think of CAD as having primarily industrial applications. However, it’s important to remember that CAD refers to a broad range of design programs, encompassing a number of creative fields as well as the AEC sector. One such field is the fashion industry, which has keenly felt the impact of the rise of CAD over […]

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CNC Starter Kits

The Best CNC Kits for Beginners

Taking up CNC as a hobby enables you to make all manner of things in your own home—from tools and parts to personalized toys and gifts. It can, however, be an expensive undertaking, with CNC machines costing thousands of dollars. A good way to save on this is by purchasing a CNC kit and building your […]

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Convert Raster Image to Vector

Can I Convert this Raster Image to Vector?

Sometimes, people have unrealistic expectations of what automatic file conversion software can achieve. Yes, this clever software can create a vector image within 5 seconds. However, it’s important to remember this raster-to-vector conversion mantra: garbage in, garbage out. If the main elements of an image are obstructed, you can’t expect the software to imagine what […]

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Top 20 3D CAD Models

Top 20 3D CAD Models To Try Out (Part 1)

Creating CAD models is a perfect way to discover the ins and outs of any part. However, sometimes we hit a wall—just what should we create next? No matter whether you’re a CAD beginner or an old hand, there are always times when we need a little inspiration. Luckily for you, we here at Scan2CAD have […]

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CAD News Monthly

World of CAD IX — Dassault Systèmes, MultiCam CNC Routers, SolidWorks World Speakers, and More

Welcome to World of CAD, Scan2CAD’s monthly roundup of CAD-related news. This month, we’ll be covering Dassault Systèmes‘ takeover of Next Limit Dynamics, a move with big implications for their 3DEXPERIENCE platform. We’ll also be taking a look at the new APEX3R line of CNC routers from MultiCam, as well as discussing the upcoming SolidWorks World conference. Finally, we’ll look at the […]

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14 Top Free CAD Packages to Download

14 Top Free CAD Packages to Download

Anyone who has worked with CAD will know just how integral the software is to various industries—ranging from architecture, to engineering and even gaming. CAD gives us the ability to create designs for a range of purposes, from electrical drawings to house plans. This high demand, however, has meant that professional CAD software has become […]

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Multicolor 3D Printing

How Does Multicolor 3D Printing Work?

  In recent years, the issue of how to make 3D-printed models in multiple colors has come to the fore. One of the major issues is that traditional extrusion methods rely on printing using single strands of filament. Though this technique has proved useful, it does not lend itself easily to multicolor printing. Nonetheless, creators, […]

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Freelance CAD - Everything You Need To Know

Freelance CAD — Everything You Need To Know

The CAD industry is full of job prospects and opportunities for CAD beginners and experts—hundreds of companies and small businesses hire CAD designers, engineers and drafters on a daily basis. But many people nowadays are opting for freelance work instead—you can be your own boss, and set your own rules. But what does freelance CAD […]

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Free DXF Download Websites

13 Sites with Free DXF Designs

Whether you’re a CAD/CNC hobbyist or a professional, you’ll have undoubtedly worked with the DXF format at some point or another. It’s the gold-standard format of the CAD industry—it’s easy to share and it’s supported by practically every CAD program on the market. Due to the popularity and accessibility of the DXF format, many websites […]

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AutoCAD Careers

AutoCAD Careers – Everything You Need To Know

AutoCAD is an integral part of the CAD industry—not just as a piece of software, but also as a necessary skill across many industries. Whether it’s drafting or engineering, you won’t be able to go very far without having the necessary AutoCAD skills. So what type of AutoCAD careers are out there? And what qualifications […]

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CAD News Monthly

World of CAD: Siemens Acquires Mentor; HP Releases the Z2 Mini & More

Welcome to the eighth edition of World of CAD, Scan2CAD’s monthly roundup of CAD-related news. This month, we’ll start by covering Siemens‘ takeover of electronic design automation firm Mentor. Then, in software news, we’ll be discussing the updated versions of Autodesk’s Fusion 360 and PTC’s Creo. Finally, we’ll turn our attention to new product launches. This month […]

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