TurboCAD Tips


No TurboCAD user is an island and most of the tips found here were learned in whole or in part while participating on the TurboCAD User Forum.

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33) 3d Printing

Do you ever wonder what all the 3D printing hubbub is about and wonder if it is really worth the cost?

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32) The Artist's Palette

Although not traditionally thought of as a artist's palette, TurboCAD makes a wonderful tool for artistic or creative expression.

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31) Wheels

At some point in the drawing process, for some project along the way, almost every TurboCAD user will need to create a wheel rim and tire. With a little planning and a few TurboCAD tools the task is relatively easy.

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30) Exploded View

Creating an Exploded View in TurboCAD, although not automated, is relatively straight forward and can add a functional and cool element to your drawing.

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29) Standardized Parts

Using Standardized Parts can be a real time saver when designing with TurboCAD.

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28) Enhancing TurboCAD Renders

TurboCAD users are not limited to one tool when it comes to creative rendered output.

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27) 3D PDF Output

One of the coolest and useful additions to TurboCAD is the ability to output to 3D PDF (along with U3D, which allows for advanced 3D PDF editing via Adobe Acrobat).

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26) Material Thumbnail Consistency

Since the arrival of the new LightWorks Editor have you ever wondered if it were possible to get  thumbnails of a consistent size for all materials?

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25) The Design Process

Does the design process itself leave you feeling baffled?

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24) Drawing Numbers

The use of drawing numbers can be a real time saver when it comes to identifying drawings.

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23) Photo Wrapped Products

Did you know that photos can greatly reduce the time required to create 3D visuals?

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22) Solids or Surfaces

Should I be using Solids or Surfaces when I draw in TurboCAD?  What is the difference?

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21) Reusable Desktop Configuration

Would you like to know how to create a custom TurboCAD desktop and save the configuration for easy access?

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20) TurboCAD Drawings to PDF Format

Being able to get drawings into a readily viewable electronic format is very important when it comes to collaboration and consulting with clients.

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19) Blocks & Symbols

Blocks and Symbols can be great time savers when used with TurboCAD drawings.

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18) Chain Links

Creating chain links in TurboCAD is not as difficult as one might expect.

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17) Importing & Creating Hatch/Brush Patterns

Do you ever require different hatch patterns?

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16) Associative Profiles

Were you aware that TurboCAD offers a form of auto updating when it comes to some types of 3D components?

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15) ACIS Facetor Modes

Do you ever wonder what ACIS stands for and how it relates to TurboCAD?

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14) Wood Grain Image Textures

Do you ever look at the LightWorks help files when trying to figure out how to wrap a wood image to an object in TurboCAD and wonder why it has to be so complex?

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13) Mesh, Patterns & other Openwork Objects

New users often find that they cannot render the 3D patterns they have spend time creating and wonder if there is a way around this issue. 

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12) TurboCAD People

Do you ever find yourself wondering how to add people to a TurboCAD  scene?

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11) Tapped Hole on Curved Surface

Finding a reliable method to place holes (tapped or otherwise) on a curved surface has perplexed many new users over the years.

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10) Placing a Model into a Photo

Placing a 3D model into a photo can prove to be quite challenging, but the results can be well worth the effort it takes to get it there.   

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9) How to get Lights to Shine Through Glass

Are you having trouble getting lights to shine through glass or other transparent objects? Look no further - the solution is close at hand.

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8) Replace / Skip Dialogue

Do you ever wonder what on earth you are supposed to select when you encounter the Confirm Replace dialogue?    

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7) Releasing Material Facet Lock

Have you ever noticed that when you perform a Boolean operation on objects that have materials applied to them that the materials can no longer be changed in the usual manner?    

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6) Seeding an Object’s Coordinate System

Are you ever troubled when you apply a wood grain material to all your cabinet timbers and the grain does not run in the correct direction on one or more of them?  

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5) 3D Text / Wrapped Text

Do you ever wonder how to place 3D text into a drawing or, more specifically, onto a 3D object?

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4) TurboCAD Chrome

Two of the things that really make a rendering of a mechanical design sing are good lighting and the choice of materials. Who doesn’t like Chrome?

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3) Date / Time Stamp

A question often asked by individuals who create working plans for clients using TurboCAD is: “How come TurboCAD doesn’t have an easy way to insert the current date and time?”

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2) Cylindrical Wrapping

A skill that eludes many TurboCAD users is the one that allows them to place (wrap) images around cylindrical objects.

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1) Scaling an Inserted Image

Do you ever find a need to scale an inserted image in TurboCAD and find that you haven’t got a clue how to go about it?

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