CAD for the Theatre 272-672

FINE ARTS DESIGN & THEATRE PRODUCTION

UofA TDES 272 & 672

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STUDENT'S DRAWINGS

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LINKS

STANDARDS

REQUIRED PRINTOUT

CITT CITT Graphic Standard

RECOMMENDED PRINTOUTS

ABTT ABTT Graphic Standard ZIP file

USITT USITT Graphic Standard

USITT USITT LIGHTING Graphic Standard

ADC ADC Standards and Working Procedures for Designers in the Live Performing Arts Industry in Canada

AIA AIA Layer Standard Methodology

AIA AIA Layer Standard

DWS STANDARDS YouTube video on using Standards DWS files

AUTODESK AUTOCAD

AutoCAD Autodesk Student portal (free software)

AutoCAD Autodesk Student portal video

AutoCAD AutoCAD Home

AutoCAD for MAC AutoCAD for MAC video help

Cadalyst Cadalyst Forum

Cadalyst Cadalyst Tip Videos E-mail Sign-up

Cadalyst Cadalyst Tip Videos

Users Group AutoCAD Users Group

OTHER CAD PRODUCTS

TurboCAD TurboCAD Professional [http://www.imsisoft.com]

Visual CADD Visual CADD drafting software [http://www.tritools.com/]

 WYSIWYG WYSIWYG Lighting software [http://www.cast-soft.com/wysiwyg/overview]

 DRAFTSITE DRAFTSITE 2D CAD FOR LESS [https://www.draftsight.com/]

VECTORWORKS

VectorWorks VectorWorks Spotlight Drafting and Lighting software [https://www.vectorworks.net/en-CA/spotlight]

VectorWorks Student Portal VectorWorks Student Portal for FREE software [https://student.myvectorworks.net/]

AutoPlot VectorWorks Spotlight add on tools [http://www.autoplotvw.com/]

Plugins VectorWorks Spotlight plugin tools [http://www.landrudesign.com/DefaultFrameSet.htm?VWPlugIns.htm~LandruMnFrm]

Plugins VectorWorks Spotlight plug-in templates [http://www.fieldtemplate.com/soft/softcopy.html]

OTHER CAD PRODUCTS

CAD Tutor The AutoCAD section of this site provides over 40 original tutorials. [http://www.cadtutor.net/]

3D CAD Tutor Fundamental 3D design tutorials. [http://www.3d-cadcea.co.uk/]

modelbox Modelbox is the UK's leading theatre orientated CAD specialist. It maintains a database of CAD drawings of over 250 theatres and other venues throughout Britain and around the world. [http://www.modelboxplans.com/]

Shareware AutoCAD Shareware Clearing House [www.cadalog.com]

3D TUTOIAL

3D Part 1 Learn AutoCAD 3D in LESS THAN ONE HOUR ...! Using this THREE PART tutorial video . No need to spend hours of training in the class room ......

3D Part 2 3D Part II

3D Part 3 3D Part III

SKETCH UP

Easy 3D using mostly AutoCAD controls

SketchUp Home SketchUp home page for free software and 30 day free trial software.

SketchUp on the Web Free SketchUp for the web in your browser.

SketchUp Tutorial Learn SketchUp FAST using your AutoCAD skills.

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

UofA University of Alberta

Drama UofA Drama

JUBILEE AUDITORIUM

My work at the Jube

Jube Jubilee Auditorium [http://www.jubileeauditorium.com]

Main Theatre Tech Info and My Drawings

And finally - Just for fun

Stagecraft Tools for stagecraft

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TIPS & RECOMENDATIONS

SAVETIME
Set SAVETIME so that AutoCAD saves your drawing every five or ten minutes (depending on how much of your work you're willing to lose)
Backup
The filename of the automatically saved file ends with .ac$. If you have a catastrophe, look for this file and rename it to .dwg to get your drawing back (or most of it). Look in OPTIONS on the file tab to learn where AutoCAD is putting your backup file.
SCALE
If you need to convert a file from imperial to metric measurement (Inches to Millimeters), a SCALE factor of 25.44 will do the trick. Back the other way (Millimeters to Inches) requires a scale factor of ..03937.
If you need to convert Feet to Millimiters use a scale factor of 305 and from Millimiters to Feet use 0.00328
VIEWRES
With today's faster computers, a setting for VIEWRES of 5000 (max = 20000) will give you a nice apparently round circle and not slow your machine down much on the projects we work on. Remember that when AutoCAD plots your file it will always plot at 20000. VIEWRES only impacts what you see on your monitor.
Navigation
This summary of AutoCAD's coordinate entry methods might be of some help.

Compas Open Compas and Movement drawing

Files

1/ Save your files to your USB stick.

2/ Be courtious to other lab users and remove any of your files from the desktop.

3/ Make backup copies of all of your work!

4/ Remember, the University often wipes these workstations and "re-images" between one class and another so, copy your work to your USB drive before leaving or you will lose it!

Plotting a PDF file.
Plotting
Plot your drawings to PDF files to take to the plotters in FAB and the Timms.The UofA requires that all plots be black & white only. Use Monochrome or Grayscale settings in the Plot Style Table.
Paper Sizes
This summary of the most common paper sizes you will be plotting:

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More Comprehensive
Paper Sizes
This a more complete list of paper sizes - including metric..

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A Brief List of
File Types
This an incomplete but useful list...

files

Track
A theatre drafting standard linetype that is not available in AutoCAD's aclt.lin is the Traveller Track. Until recently this linetype was included in the ABTT standard, thus the name of the file, even though the standard has now changed. Download ABTT.lin and save it in the same folder as aclt.lin. You will then be able use Format-Linetype-Load-File-abtt.lin to load the Traveller Track linetype
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BOOK
Mastering AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
by George Omura Published by Sybex | (Autodesk Official Training Guides) [Paperback]
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Mastering AutoCAD for the MAC
by George Omura Published by Sybex | (Autodesk Official Training Guides) [Paperback]
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AutoCAD Pocket Reference
by Cheryl Shrock (Author), Gargi Sanati (Author), Steve Heather (Author)
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Designer Drafting and Visualizing for the Entertainment World
by Patricia Woodbridge (Author), Hal Tine (Author) - Paperback – Apr 23 2013


In the second edition of Designer Drafting and Visualization for the Entertainment World, Patricia Woodbridge, a highly experienced art director of feature films and a long time teacher of scenic drafting and set design at the graduate level teams up with nationally-renowned scenic designer and SCAD professor Hal Tine to give you a dynamic glimpse into the world of designing for mainstream entertainment including theatre, film, tv, and corporate events. Drawing on designs from real Hollywood and Broadway blockbusters, this book provides you with the basic tools and principles of scenic drafting and rendering, beginning with pencil drafting and culminating with the latest information on CAD drafting, digital 3D modelling, digital and hand/digital rendering, and digital graphics for sets.
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Drafting for the Theatre
by Dennis Dorn and Mark Shanda, Paperback – Feb 23 2012

In this newly revised second edition, veteran stage designers and technical directors Dennis Dorn and Mark Shanda introduce industry-standard drafting and designing practices with step-by-step discussions, illustrations, worksheets, and problems to help students develop and refine drafting and other related skills needed for entertainment set production work. By incorporating the foundational principles of both hand- and computer-drafting approaches throughout the entire book, the authors illustrate how to create clear and detailed drawings that advance the production process.
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Backstage Handbook
by Paul Carter, Paperback


An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information.
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Expert LISP
by Reinaldo N. Togores, Paperback


Visual LISP for AutoCAD 2019... Time goes on, and now in 2018 I felt that an update to my book on Visual LISP programming for AutoCAD was demanded. During these years we have gained experience with the new non-Com Property System which in many cases make it possible to obtain results that previously demanded the use of ActiveX properties and methods which are only available under the Windows platform. This accounts for most of the 40 new pages added to the book. The new version is identified as the Release 2019 Edition.
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A Handbook for Theatre Users
by David Ripley, Paperback


AutoCAD - A Handbook for Theatre Users: 4th edition. From ‘Setting Up’ to ‘Drawing in Three Dimensions’ via ‘Drawings Within Drawings’, this compact and fully illustrated guide to AutoCAD covers everything from the basics to full colour rendering and remote 3D plotting. Fourth, completely revised edition, March 2018.
AutoCAD file
Perspective
Click on the image below to download a DWG file that you can use to give perspective to your Section and Elevation drawings.

Person
Man Person Akimbo

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Ergonomic
The attached DWG file is a very useful set of three views of a "standard" person. You may find this person useful when you are designing/drafting furnature.

Man

Man Ergonomic Man

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People
The attached DWG file is a useful set of figures.

Figures

Figures People

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HOMEWORK HELP

Plinth Plinth project Help drawing the difficult bits!

Ogee Draw an Ogee Instructions to help with the arches project.

4C-Arch Four Centered Arch More instruction for the arch project.

These arches are parts of four different circles. The position of the centres varies greatly, and with them the beauty of the arch. Perhaps the most usual position is for the upper and lower centres of each side of the arch to be in the same vertical line. The four-centred arch has been considered peculiar to England; but it was common enough in Flanders at the same time it was in England.

Spiral Insert Fields Instructions for inserting Fields into a sheet set title block

Spiral Draw Existing Drawing Instructions inserting an existing drawing into a sheet set

Spiral Draw A Spiral Instructions for the most common FAQ

Golden Spiral Draw A Golden Spiral Instructions for the most common FAQ

Grille Wrought Iron Grille, Prague. Put your new knowledge to the test with this real challenge and earn three (3) extra points!

Bands-Borders Bands and Borders. Need extra points? Earn one quarter (1/4) extra point per band submitted.

TITLE BLOCK EXAMPLES:

NBofC Example of Timms Block TIMMS for 272-672

NBofC Title Block example #1 National Ballet of Canada

NAJA Title Block example #2 Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium using Attributes

Kaasa Title Block example #3 (Kevin McAllister) This is an excellent example of a designer's professional presentation and a stylish title block.

EOA Title Block example #4 (EOA) The Edmonton Opera's title block uses variable text filled in using Attributes (with the exception of the green text, which is filled in by each act or scene's layer as it is turned on).

Corner Stage Title Block example #5 FAB Corner Stage title block

Imaginary Theatre Title Block example #6 Vectorworks title block

TIMMS Title Block example Autocad version.

Attributes Attribute Help Help with an attribute title block.

MID-TERM HELP:

Midterm Midterm Exam Practice If you can do everything in the drawing you should have no trouble with the mid term exam. I also often include ISO drawing in the exam so you will want to review that too!

BOX SET PROJECT HELP:

Box Set Box Set Putting this box set onto a theatre that the students have found on the internet.

Sketch Box Set Sketch Sketch.

Plan View Plan View Plan View Example

Lighting-Masking Side Elevation Lighting Elevation Lighting-Masking Elevation Example

 LAYERS LAYERS VIA LISP How to load CITT or ABTT Layers from a LISP file

LISP CITT layers in LISP Right click to download and save this file.

LISP ABTT layers in LISP Right click to download and save this file.

OPERA EXAMPLE:

Bluebeard Opera Plan View When you are having trouble with layout and detail please feel free to refer to this drawing as an example of how to do it correctly.

Section Opera Section View Combining this section drawing with the Plan View example above should help you gain a good understanding of the information required on a lighting section.

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