Hi again. I’m not on here often enough, I know.
Layout can be fast. The methods I use work for any type of project.
Obviously we all got our start with some type of CAD program, typically ACAD. I’m going to date myself, but I was trained in hand drafting until ACAD first came out. My first foray was with version 2.3. I used ACAD until version 2004. My one recommendation that I still stand by today is to forget what you learned with ACAD if you want to be proficient with SU and LO.
SU and LO are very simple programs which is their greatest strength. I of course want to see improvements in speed, but I don’t want the simplicity to change. ACAD, DataCAD and Revit are the complete opposite.
Someone commented on the use of multiple models being a recipe for disaster. Yes I use multiple models to convey different drawing types, but there is only one model that is edited. The other files contain the main model as a reference and the only thing you are doing in the sub-models is placing section planes and setting scenes.
Also, setting up your standard templates for both SU and LO is extremely efficient so you aren’t starting from scratch each time. Each template has your scenes, layers, font types, dimension styles etc preset and ready to go.
Scrapbooks are very powerful and can be used to set up so much more than just standard notes and symbols.
Typically the biggest problems I see users do are the following:
- Too many layers and not understanding nesting groups.
- Not setting up scenes correctly and how to use the attributes to toggle parameters between multiple scenes with a single click ( like aligning scenes for viewport stacking)
- Loose geometry and not modeling everything on layer 0. Only assign groups to layers.
- Uncheck auto update. This will fix the issue of switching pages until you manually update the model.
- Don’t try to vector render the whole model. This would bog down any software that vectorizes 3D geometry. A wall is not 4 lines it’s 12 with 6 faces.
- Organize and use scrapbooks.
As crazy as it may sound, I know for a fact that I can produce a more detailed set in 1/3 of the time or less, than I could with ACAD, and I used ACAD for 25 years.
SU and LO will continue to evolve, but the simplicity of these programs hopefully, never changes.
I have samples of my CD’s on my website if you care to have a look: