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General Discussion / Re: After Graduating?
« Last post by draftandmodel on September 02, 2018, 07:31:25 AM »
Hi twardjr,

I can only speak from old school, as I am an old fella. Honestly now with most of my career behind me, my thoughts are leave when you feel it's time to leave and join the workforce. You cannot substitute hands on real world experience. If you enjoy accumulating degrees, keep going.
 
In my experience when an employer interviews you they nearly always want to know what experience you have and where, many don't get hired because they simply don't have experience. Having said that in my industry there are opportunities for grads, that is usually to crunch numbers as inexpensive employment.

A huge topic but in the end most realize you just need to be happy day to day with what you do and you will be successful.

Just my thoughts.
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General Discussion / After Graduating?
« Last post by twardjr on August 30, 2018, 08:49:04 AM »
Hi all,

Just curious about some of your choices after graduating. I've gone back to school for an associates in arch/mech drafting and have a few semesters to go.
Looking ahead I'd like to hear what others have done to make themselves marketable to the jobs you are now doing?
Also, would if you could go back in time and do something extra (i.e. CNC certification, or Architectrual/or Mech Engineering) what would you have don differently based on upward mobility/variety of work you could be doing?
I'm debating on what to do so I increase my hiring potential and before getting hired I'd like to be setup for more career growth options.

Thanks for any responses.
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AutoCAD / Re: Streamlined Methods for User Toolbox Between PC's
« Last post by ALLAN on August 13, 2018, 11:00:54 PM »
I just spent a entire day setting up a new CAD station and retiring the old one. It sure is not just a walk up to any PC and start work.

In regards to the favourite tool kit, I made most of mine into LISP routines which I run thru the command line. Gave up on messing around with toolbars ages ago. But that method works fine too.
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AutoCAD / Streamlined Methods for User Toolbox Between PC's
« Last post by draftandmodel on August 12, 2018, 04:25:55 AM »
Hi,

Just thought I would add a general enquiry as to what methods are used for transferring your onw 'working toolbars (toolbox items) when moving from one work station to the next.

For many years now I have been carrying around a custom toolbar which has served me well. I usually load it with CUILOAD have to load all icon directories. This is no major drama but there are so many items I would like to add to my toolbox, but resetting it up can eat into productive time, and for the most part I work for myself now anyway.

This is an interesting topic when you include engineers ideas regarding drafters, they seem to think you can just adjust your chair up to any PC and draft perfectly instantly, which I find typically narcissistic. In my industry to get the job done right and efficiently the work station needs to set up for each individual drafter, and we all have our own particular ways. Apart from adjusting your chair correctly and loading in keyboard shortcuts and LISP files we also need our toolbox's.

I would like to hear what others use with AutoCAD. 
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Drafting Work Notice Board / Re: Making money online with a vibrant CAD projects marketplace
« Last post by draftandmodel on August 10, 2018, 03:00:20 AM »
I have been there a few times, but what I find is the cheap labour tends to devalue our work as drafters/designers. There is no way I could compete doing a drafting or modelling job from there for $10-20 for a days work and afford to pay my rent and survive here in Australia.

I set up a website a long time ago before Freelancer called Job Auction, but it was before people were ready for it and I found out it can really de-value our labour. I can understand how it can work throughout some Asian countries where freelancers compete against each other for work, with their cost of living being much lower than most western countries, but unless you are living with mum and dad and working for $5/day out of the basement westerners cannot compete on the site.

A similar impact occurs when westerners outsource projects O/S to cheap labour, it has such a negative impact on our own economy. I have no gripes at all with the actual people doing the work, it simply comes back to our standard and cost of living which is governed by the governments, banks and lazy ass top level individuals.
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Mechanical Drafting / Re: Correct way to dimension at a certain location
« Last post by draftandmodel on August 10, 2018, 02:51:02 AM »
Yes I think their use of AS1100 is a 'Strawman Theory' basis for when, or if something falls over.
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Revit / Re: After 10 years of complaining... finally STEEL
« Last post by draftandmodel on August 10, 2018, 02:47:44 AM »
Hi Allan,

There seems to be a lot of discussion around Revit. I have never used it but having the Steel function looks good. Being more a mechanical based user, I am a big user of Inventor and AutoCAD Plant 3d which has a steel function but really needs some better functions which I can already see in Revit they exist.
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Revit / After 10 years of complaining... finally STEEL
« Last post by ALLAN on August 09, 2018, 08:13:43 AM »
For the structural drafter the biggest element missing from Revit has been steel modelling tools.

10 years of complaints it is finally here in the Revit 2019 release. An entire ribbon, just for steel.





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Mechanical Drafting / Re: Correct way to dimension at a certain location
« Last post by ALLAN on August 06, 2018, 07:08:23 AM »
The AS1100 statement is very amusing! It's like saying what we have made up and no one else is using is the industry standard. Who cares what the real code actually says. Ha ha. I like it.
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AutoCAD / Re: Query: Source for CAD Generated Contour Lines
« Last post by draftandmodel on August 03, 2018, 04:09:56 AM »
Autodesk Autocad Civil 3D does a good job of this. I don't use it on an ongoing basis but it has worked well generating contour lines with my piping projects.
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