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Hey guys I'm pretty new to CA and I am looking to see if any one out there knows a site to download cad details so i don't have to draw them all from scratch. I got the extra content from SSA but it would be nice to find more. 

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Build the model and cut the details directly from there...nothing to draw, just model and go. Fine tune them and save them to your library or, like I do, keep the majority of them live.

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Joey_martin are you talking about using a cross section view or is there a way to pull a cad block right from the plan. 

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Yes. Cut the details directly from the model in the area that you are detailing. This page is a example of details that are "live", meaning if the model changes, these details will update. They will need a little TLC after the update to ensure the fill and labels are updated, but otherwise they are good to go.

 

I rarely "draw" a detail any longer. Model it correctly and cut the section to create the detail. 

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Joey, my section view don't always update. I have to open & close them to force the update.

What method are you using?

Do you add the text in the section view or in the layout?

 

Thanks

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Joey will confirm but I know not everything you do Auto Updates currently , requiring an update but I think CAD Work and TEXT are supposed to

 

M.

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Mick is correct, section / elevation views do not update at this time. You must open and close them.

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They will update once you open them...which you would have to do anyway to re-align the text and fills that are used.

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I realized at the UGM that not everyone knows something very important about about sections & elevations:  Cad & dimensions that you add to a section or elevation are always updated.  You only need to open and close/update when you've changed the model itself.

 

And a productivity tip - if there are parts where you've felt the need to use the Edit Layout (little pencil) tool to do some cleanup, you don't have to choose between doing that cleanup and converting the whole thing to cad.  You can do a "cad patch" where you put a little virtual white-out on part of it with a cad closed polyline with a white fill.  For example - if you don't like the multiple small lines that sometimes show up at the top of the terrain, put a cad patch over your terrain and then add a nice thick line at the terrain top itself, for that satisfying base line look.  

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For example - if you don't like the multiple small lines that sometimes show up at the top of the terrain, put a cad patch over your terrain and then add a nice thick line at the terrain top itself, for that satisfying base line look.  

 

And if the patch has a nice thick outline, and it's larger than the view, it can serve as the oh-so-satisfying line itself.

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Good tip Wendy,

I hate modifying the lines only to have the update undo all my work.

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Nice Wendy, that would be good for those that like a lot of cad work, But I like it always live. I do use the auto detail icon for Foundation cover up though. It's very quick for me. Stairs really should work without all that fix up.

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