Guardians of the Electrical Galaxy

Tiffany Bachmeier and I broke new ground with this class that was competing with the keynote at AU this year. We had standing room only, great interaction from the audience and had a lot of fun doing it. Can’t wait until Thursday’s class which is AutoCAD Electrical 60 in 60.

Electrical Meet Up at Autodesk University 2017

In one short week we will be in Las Vegas for Autodesk University. I'd like to get any interested AutoCAD Electrical users together to meet up face to face on Tuesday or Wednesday evening. Let me know what day works better for you and I'll work on setting something up.

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iPhone X

So I picked up the iPhone X today and have to say the camera is better than I expected it to be. The portrait mode is phenomenal. The screen is awesome resolution and the form factor is about perfect. Another thing I’m pleasantly surprised with is the facial recognition. It works with or without my glasses, low light or good lighting. I will keep pushing it to see if it will even work in the dark. The Animoji is hilarious and I’m sure will be hours of fun. That’s about all I’ve had a chance to play around with today. Stay tuned I’ll be providing updates as I dig in more.

What Topics Would You Like To Read About???

What topics would you be interested in reading about? I have my own ideas but would love to hear from you. Below are a list of the Autodesk Products I know very well and could most likely write about pretty quickly.

AutoCAD Electrical
Autodesk Vault Family
Autodesk Inventor Professional
Factory Design Suite
Fusion Connect
Autodesk Recap

Send me an email with topic ideas and I will try to incorporate them into the daily writings. Also if you want, I'll even give you some credit for the topic idea.

AutoCAD Electrical 2018 Free Trial

FREEYes, I said FREE, everyone loves that word right. Well I'll say it again, get your FREE trial of AutoCAD Electrical 2018. Oh yeah, and if you are a student I'll tell you how to get AutoCAD Electrical for 3 years, FREE.

FREE TrialsOk, this is super top secret. Just joking all you have to do in order to get a FREE trial is go to and choose which product you want and follow the prompts. It's that simple. There are roughly 75 Autodesk products you can get FREE trials for.

Student LicensesThis one is pretty simple too. Simply click on and choose the software. Most of the same software is available for education versions as well. Follow the prompts and BAM you now have 3 years for that software title.
I hope this helps. 

Monster Mash, of Tricks and Tips

Happy Halloween everyone. Halloween has always been one of my more favorite holidays. I thought I would take this as an opportunity to share a couple of my favorite AutoCAD Electrical tips and tricks. As you probably already know AutoCAD Electrical is a very powerful tool and here are a few things that make it that much more than just a tool for me.

Surfer:This is hands down one of my favorite tools in AutoCAD Electrical. The surfer tool is one of the coolest names for a CAD tool but it's more than that. I love this tool because it allows me to easily jump to any related component in the project. For example if I right click on a relay (as shown below) and click surfer I will then see all the related child contacts and any panel components associated. I will even see any web links associated as well. (i.e. for cut sheet specifications of the device.)

Autodesk Vault Integration: As most of my audience knows, I have spent a long time becoming an expert with Autodesk Vault and AutoCAD…

Autodesk University 2017

We are just about two weeks away from the yearly Autodesk University conference held in Las Vegas. This year is going to be another amazing year of thousands of Autodesk Software users, employees and partners along with some from the press. This year I am presenting on one class and co-speaking on another class. I have to admit, I'm glad I don't have six or seven like I have had in years past. This is also the first year in quite a while where I won't be presenting on Autodesk Vault either. So, what am I presenting on you ask?

Guardians of the Electrical Galaxy - MFG125185
Are you responsible for all things electrical in your galaxy? If so, this class is for you. We’ll cover all aspects of guarding your AutoCAD Electrical implementation. We’ll cover symbol and database management, environment configuration, templates, standards, and best practices. We’ll discuss planning out an implementation and upgrades. We are Groot!!

Primary Speaker - Robert Stein (Wait, that's me)Co-…