Following methods to protect drawing files that contain sensitive information:

  • Output the drawing as a PDF file, and add a password to the PDF
  • Package the drawing in a ZIP file, and add a password with a secure external utility
  • Use a third-party password and encryption utility with, for example, 256-bit AES technology or equivalent
  • Use DWGLock to protect drawing files from being modified or copied
  • Protect the drawing behind network permissions
  • Protect the drawing behind your cloud provider permissions
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Many design colleagues are worried that they will lose their jobs after AI comes out. But in fact, similar changes have happened many times in this industry.

From the use of sulfuric acid paper to CAD, Rhino, and now AI, essentially all aim to improve drawing efficiency, and the eventual elimination of low-efficiency labor.

It will not lead to a decline in the design industry, just like in the early days of PS smart simplification, a bunch of people said that it would lower the status of design. But the fact is that there are more excellent works on the market, and many people have benefited from graphic design and UI design.

Nowadays, AI design has a wider range of applications, not only in the construction industry, but also in interior and mechanical design, where designers can find opportunities.

AI automatic sketch completion

Previously, hand-drawn sketches required a lot of time spent on detailed design and modification, and could ultimately be overturned and redone.Now, with just a few simple strokes, the rough outline can be uploaded to AI, which will directly complete the sketch with a level of detail that is not inferior to that of a human.

AI generated elevation

The construction period is tight, sometimes just after the completion of the plan, the client suddenly wants to see the facade effect, so we have to work overtime.With AI, all we need to do is input the desired style and size of the facade, and it can complete several versions of the facade plan in a few minutes based on the plan.

Intelligent matching of building materials

The implementation of a mature architectural plan cannot be separated from the designer’s sensitivity and familiarity with materials.AI can quickly analyze and match suitable architectural materials, including materials, colors, textures, etc., based on design requirements, helping designers complete design schemes faster.

AI matches user needs

AI can recommend suitable styles and color schemes based on user preferences and design styles.It can analyze user preferences and environmental requirements, provide customized solutions, and continuously optimize details based on customer requirements to improve the acceptance rate.

AI design consultant

At the beginning of the project, without any design ideas, AI can be prioritized to analyze the project difficulties, identify possible problems and provide design ideas.For example, it can check whether there is good utilization efficiency, predict material requirements, and warn of possible delay risks in advance.Friends no longer have to spend time searching for materials, and tedious actions such as sketching, modeling, and typesetting can be completely delegated to AI. Instead, he will focus more on deep thinking.With the refined development of the entire industry, the designers who are good at conceiving will ultimately be able to stay.

Industrial design + AI automatic modeling

Manual processing of complex product surfaces, hole textures, and hollow shapes is time-consuming and laborious. AI can quickly identify line drawings and efficiently model, saving at least half the time.

Mechanical design + AI-assisted optimization

AI can optimize mechanical design by analyzing a large amount of design data and models.It can automatically search and generate different improvement schemes, and then select the maximum optimization item through evaluation.

Not only that, AI also provides designers with a variety of sideline options, not limited to their own industry.

Part-time design AI model

Like the very popular Taobao model display page, many businesses will hire people to help design virtual AI models as a part-time job in order to save the model fee

Outsourcing design

Nowadays, many companies outsource their design jobs, and some simple advertising material needs are handed over to third parties.After mastering AI drawing, you can command AI according to the needs of clients and earn a small amount of money every month.

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AutoCAD units are most time what you should care about before starting any project. The default units is set to inches. If you change the drawing units, you can specify whether existing objects in the drawing are scaled to the new units or retain their original size. You can also specify whether objects inserted from a drawing that uses different units are scaled to the units in the current drawing, or retain their original size.

AutoCAD Units

It is possible to draw in AutoCAD using the following units:

  • Inches
  • Feet
  • US Survey Feet
  • Miles
  • Millimeters
  • Centimeters
  • Meters
  • Kilometers
  • Microinches
  • Mils
  • Yards
  • Angstroms
  • Nanometers
  • Microns
  • Decimeters
  • Dekameters
  • Hectometers
  • Gigameters
  • Astronomical
  • Light years
  • Parsecs
  • Unitless

UNITS (Command) to set default unit

Controls the precision and display formats for coordinates, distances, and angles.

The format, precision, and other settings used to display coordinates, distances, and angles are set through this dialog box, and are saved in the current drawing. It is recommended that you save these settings to your drawing template files to reduce your setup time when you start a new drawing.

The Drawing Units dialog box is displayed.

Enter -units at the Command prompt to display options. And then click on the drop down menu under Insertion scale, select the appropriate unit and click on OK.

Options>User Preferences to control the insert block unit

Insertion Scale

Controls the default scale for inserting blocks and drawings into a drawing.

Source Content Units

If Unspecified-Unitless is selected, the object is not scaled when inserted.

Target Drawing Units

How to Convert Drawing Units from Inches to Centimeters

If you start a drawing in one system of measurement (imperial or metric) and then want to switch to the other system, use SCALE to resize the model geometry by the appropriate conversion factor to obtain correct distances and dimensions.

  1. Click Home tab – Modify panel – Scale. 
  2. At the Select Objects prompt, enter all.
  3. Enter a base point of *0,0.Scaling will be relative to the world coordinate system (WCS) origin and the location of the drawing origin will remain at the WCS origin.
  4. Enter the scale factor. To convert from inches to centimeters enter 2.54 (there are 2.54 centimeters per inch). Or, to convert from centimeters to inches enter 0.3937 (the inverse of 2.54 centimeters per inch).
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