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Using CAD in initial design – More work on the Popsicle Crane

The Base Drawing of the Crane.

People normally think of CAD drawings being used to produce finished plans. While that is probably the main use for drawings, CAD is very useful in all stages of design including conception and analysis. I have decided that I will do more work on the Popsicle Crane and

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LibreCAD tutorial No. 12 – Bevel, Round, Stretch, and double functions

I just posted another LibreCAD tutorial video. I think I have pretty much went through all of the buttons on LibreCAD and the only remaining video to do on it is one with blocks. There are a lot of helpful things you can do for yourself when dealing with blocks and a lot of things

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Programming the Do-Nothing Grinder

The Working Painted Do-Nothing

The problem with doing these posts is that often I don’t have time to finish the things I have started. There are several things I want to finish before I call the do-nothing machine complete. (If you are new to here, a site search for “do-nothing machine” and “ellipsograph” will

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A new LibreCAD tutorial – toolbars and the divide function.

I am self taught on LibreCAD although I have used other CAD programs. I have learned some things since the first tutorials that can save some keyclicks. I think I have one more tutorial coming on these miscellaneous functions and then I will spend some time creating some blocks and show as much about the

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A LibreCAD tutorial – miscellaneous topics part 1

Tonight I posted a new YouTube video – Another LibreCAD tutorial. This one cleans up a mistake I made earlier and explains a button that can cause some problems with the hatch function and probably has a bug associated with it in relation to the line types.

I also explicitly explain some of the tool

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Converting from English to Metric and a use for Layers in LibreCAD

I drew a CAD drawing of a popsicle stick using the English Units and wanted to also create one in metric units. I was curious if LibreCAD would automatically calculate the correct values in the dimensions when I did that. It doesn’t. However, it was worthwhile to create a video to show how I

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A problem with scaling, and the popsicle stick project

Picture 1: Getting a feel for the strength of glued popsicle sticks

The whole idea of working with popsicle sticks was that they are relatively inexpensive and require little work space. I thought that it may be helpful to people little money and space to work with something to get some experience designing and

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Hatching and Hatching “Gotchas” LibreCAD Tutorial part 2

In the book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” the author talks about “gumption traps” … things that take the wind out of your sails and makes you want to give up. I would add to his list software that does not act the way you expect it to act. That means something that

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Hatching and Hatching “Gotchas” LibreCAD Tutorial part 1

I just posted another tutorial about LibreCAD in my YouTube Channel. This one is about hatching. Hatching is similar to a fill function in most drawing programs, except hatching fills a surface with a pattern. LibreCAD comes with a library of patterns.

The purpose of doing hatches in drawings is to provide a way of

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Post 62B — A correction to a previous post and video.

Oops… I messed up. In my tutorial No, 8 and post 61A about the LibreCAD select functions, I said the following:

A select (or deselect) window drawn from left to right would only select items completely enclosed. This is incorrect. If the window is drawn from top to bottom it will only select items completely

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