Getting Started with AutoCAD Civil 3D

By Ahmed Mahmoud

  AutoCAD Civil 3D is a BIM (building information management) software used by civil engineers to plan, design, and manage civil engineering projects. The software was first an add-on to AutoCAD that has grown to a stand-alone application. The projects developed using Civil 3D may fall under three main categories; land development, water, and transportation…

Getting Started with SolidThinking Inspire

By Ahmed Mahmoud

  SolidThinking Inspire is a design optimization analysis software that allows makers, product designers, and architects optimize their design for structural efficiency thus cutting cost and design time. The interface is very simple and easy to use the software doesn’t have a steep learning curve so beginners can be up and running in hours. SolidThinking…

Getting Started with ArtCAM

By Ahmed Mahmoud

ArtCAM is a CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) software that’s aimed at hobbyists as well as designers that are in the woodwork field (Some use it to work with other materials like Aluminium), the software has a relatively simple interface that makes it simple to start converting designs to actual woodwork. ArtCAM isn’t by any means…

Getting Started with TopSolid

By Ahmed Mahmoud

TopSolid is a fully integrated CAD/CAM package that aims at mechanical engineers and designers. The software has advanced CAD and CAM capabilities with some acceptable rendering and analysis capabilities, TopSolid is currently developed by Missler Software. Learning TopSolid would be an asset for mechanical engineers and designers working in the 3D CAD modeling field or…

How to Learn Robot Structural Analysis for Free

By Ahmed Mahmoud

Robot Structural Analysis is a code-based design, analysis and simulation software for civil/structural engineers and architect. Code-based means that the designer can select the code i.e American, Australian, etc. on which the design is based. Robot Structure Analysis is an alternative to other commercial software like SAP2000 and ETABS, it’s capable of handling steel structures…

Getting Started with progeCAD

By Ahmed Mahmoud

progeCAD is a general-purpose 2D/3D CAD software that’s marketed as a low-cost alternative to AutoCAD. The software is available for Windows only and the latest release of the software is progeCAD 2017. Learning progeCAD is very helpful for Architects as well as mechanical engineers specially those who are working with small design firms or those…

Getting Started with RISA 3D

By Ahmed Mahmoud

RISA 3D is a 3D design and analysis software for structures like bridges, racks, tanks, crane rails, stadiums, arenas, culverts, and all types of industrial and commercial structures. RISA 3D supports common structural materials, including steel, concrete, wood, aluminum and masonry. RISA 3D is currently being developed by RISA Technologies, Inc. Learning RISA 3D is…

Getting Started with FreeCAD

By Ahmed Mahmoud

FreeCAD is an open source and free parametric 3D design software aimed at mechanical designers though there are some modules that would extend the capability of the software like the Arch module which allows the user to use FreeCAD as an architecture design software. FreeCAD is available on all platforms Windows, MacOS, and Linux. The…