Why Does Learning 3D Seem Impossible?

Here’s how to make it easier and save you some time.

By Mike Arroyo, CAD Guru and Happiness Advocate
Even when you have years of CAD experience drawing in 2D, why does learning 3D seem so impossible? Being bright, motivated and able to understand complex software is an advantage, but never the sole reason why someone masters the 3D design world. It has everything to do with the right training methodology and materials.
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Learning 3D with Axiom’s LearningBay courses will have you up and productive in no time. If you’re already familiar with 3D, the searchable courses provide an excellent reference tool.

Years ago, I attended an expensive 3D training event, ready to jump into 3D design. After two long days of disjointed training, discussing how tools work but never when to use them or why, the class spent the last remaining day modeling a sheet metal screw. I still recall the student next to me wondering how he was going to model refinery equipment, thinking that he had to build every nut and bolt.
So, how concepts are presented and what materials are being used does make a difference. The next natural question to ask is “What does good 3D training look like?” While it’s true that people learn in different ways, I’ve found that when a course includes these key items, people are able to use the information and can now start building 3D designs:

  • Modular training materials — Lessons must be organized, easy to follow, gradually building concepts while introducing related tools and functions, at the right time. Exposing students to unrelated commands will create confusion and makes 3D modeling more difficult to learn.
  • Real-world examples — Every learning module must include real-world examples that illustrate the concepts being discussed. The training should explore what makes these examples great and the materials in the examples should be included with the training.
  • Self-paced exercises — There is nothing like a solid, self-paced exercise. Good step-by-step labs explain necessary procedures, while providing all of the related details necessary to build the 3D models or generate 2D designs from 3D models.

The traffic light shown at the beginning of this article is just one of dozens of examples and step-by-step labs waiting for you to master. Learning 3D design doesn’t have to hard, the materials just have to be easy!

LearningBay, Axiom’s training division, set out to create the best possible 3D training, delivered right to your desk with something as simple as a web browser. They successfully built small, modular 3D courses, complete with sample DGNs and step-by-step labs. Today, Axiom has the most extensive 3D browser-based learning for MicroStation V8i SELECTseries 3 available, with over 40 courses.
What makes Axiom’s LearningBay 3D training so good? Schedule a demonstration and you will see within the first minute.

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For more information on MicroStation training, contact an Axiom MicroStation Consultant today! Call 727-442-7774 extension 3568, e-mail WebRequest@AxiomInt.com or visit Axiom on the Web at www.AxiomInt.com now!

MicroStation Tips & Tricks: Plotting a 3D Reference as a 3D PDF

By Rick Sewell, Axiom Director of Customer Services

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Rick Sewell, beloved CAD ace, lives to help CAD users get their projects done on time. He really lives for this stuff. Give him a call and put him to the test.

If you want to impress your co-workers and superiors, then provide them with a 3D PDF that really shows your handiwork. (As a note, you will need a PDF viewer that can handle 3D PDFs such as Adobe PDF Viewer or BlueBeam’s Revu.) Here’s how:

  1. Start by opening your sheet model and ensure you have your 3D reference attached.
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    Figure 1. It’s easy to create 3D PDFs from 3D references. This figure shows two 3D reference models that were attached before plotting.

  3. Go to File | References to load your “References” dialog box.
  4. Highlight the reference that you want plotted in 3D.
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    Figure 2. Use the “References” dialog box to select the 3D reference or references you want to plot in your 3D PDF file.

  6. Click the little “Plot as 3D (PDF)” icon that sits at the bottom, middle of the “References” dialog box.
  7. Now go to File | Print…
  8. From the “Print” dialog box click on the “Printer” icon.
  9. You’ll be prompted to name and save your PDF. Name it what you’d like, set the location you want it saved and then press the {Save} button to begin creation of your PDF.
  10. Next, go to the location where the file was saved and double-click to open it.
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    Figure 3. Hovering your mouse over the image of the reference that was plotted activates a toolbar with icons that have functions that allow you to navigate your 3D file.

  12. Use the items on the toolbar to navigate around your 3D file.

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For more information on cool tips and tricks, check out our LearningBay courses by visiting www.AxiomInt.com. You can also schedule a free demonstration about training solutions or talk with one of our MicroStation Consultants by calling 727-442-7774 extension 3530.

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Top 10 Forgotten MicroStation Commands

Which ones do you know?

MicroStation has what, a gazillion commands? I’d place bets that no one actually knows all of them. I’d also place bets that no one really needs to know them either. (Might make for a good reality TV show of engineers, if the rest of the population were smart enough to understand the humor.) So there’s a lot of commands and you don’t need to know them all. But are there some that you were never told about (or have forgotten over the years) that would come in really handy on the project you’re working on now?

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Mike Arroyo, Axiom’s Vice President of Learning and MicroStation Evangelist, has been helping CAD users for over 20 years.

Come and Get ‘Em!
Axiom’s MicroStation gurus were tasked with putting together the top ten forgotten (or never taught) commands that users should know and use but typically don’t. Whether you’ve forgotten about these tips, were never taught them in a classroom (Remember those?) or the local CAD manager (or Joe in the cubicle next to yours) never went over them, they’re available now — for free.

The commands are covered in a series of ten short, two-minute videos, one per video. Just go to Tips.AxiomInt.com and see how many you’re using (or missing).

Axiom Releases MicroStation V8i SELECTseries 3 Update Essentials Video-based Courses

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA — Axiom, one of the world’s most experienced developers of time-saving CAD software products and the developer of LearningBay training, announces the release of video-based, searchable courses for MicroStation V8i SELECTseries 3 (SS3).

Courses in the MicroStation V8i SS3 Update Essentials Library focus on the changes, capabilities and tool enhancements that have been introduced in MicroStation V8i SS3. Topics include such things as how to:

  • Combine your favorite dialog boxes into groups that you can dock or undock as a single interface item.
  • Control the content that gets included in a 3D PDF file.
  • Easily add a link to a MicroStation element.
  • Activate a nested reference file so that you can edit the file in place.
  • Control how the data in the Element Information settings box is presented.
  • Open locations in Google maps if you have geographic coordinates established within your design file.
  • Randomly or specifically populate your 3D environment with 3D cells.
  • Find the Intellitrim tool (which was moved) and use its functions.
  • Use a new tool that lets you change the case of your simple or complex text.

As with other courses from Axiom, all the courses in the Update Essentials Library include a built-in “Google-like” search engine that allows users to quickly locate precise videos and lesson pages just by using key words or phrases. Additionally, courses are in a Professional Development Hours format, also known as Continuing Education Units, which enables users to count study time toward their professional license renewal (in states where permitted).

Many companies expect users to do more with fewer resources and are taking on projects that require MicroStation SS3. This is resulting in an increasing demand for solutions such as Axiom’s MicroStation V8i SS3 Update Essentials Library which can quickly bring users up-to-speed on the new features, functions and tools found in MicroStation V8i SS3.

“Most of the companies and firms that we talk with need ways to rapidly learn or improve existing skills,” says Mike Arroyo, Axiom’s world-renowned MicroStation Evangelist. “Axiom’s LearningBay focuses on making users billable faster on CAD software at a reduced cost. Now, any company can infuse their staff with V8i SS3 skills for existing and new projects.”

How to Contact Axiom
For more information on LearningBay courses or to see a free, online demonstration, call Axiom at 727-442-7774 extension 3232 or e-mail 3232@AxiomInt.com or visit Axiom on the Web at http://LearningBay.com/microstation to find out more about LearningBay’s MicroStation SS3 update training courses.

About Axiom
Axiom is one of the world’s most experienced developers of time-saving CAD software solutions and the largest third-party provider of general-purpose add-ons for MicroStation. Axiom focuses on making CAD work easier by creating time-saving and productivity-boosting tools based on real-world problems CAD users encounter. Based in Clearwater, Florida, Axiom has been developing software for over 25 years.

MicroStation is a trademark of Bentley Systems, Incorporated. LearningBay, and Axiom are trademarks of Axiom.

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Video-based Inroads V8i Training Now Available from Axiom

Clearwater, Florida USA — Axiom, one of the world’s most experienced developers of time-saving CAD software products and LearningBay training, announces the release of video-based, searchable courses for InRoads V8i.

The video-based courses include topics such as:

  • Getting Started: Pull the cover off of the most fundamental, yet key aspects of getting started with the InRoads software.
  • Settings and Managers: Bring clarity to the nervous system of the software and project data intelligence.
  • Surface Models: Find out exactly and fully what an InRoads Surface model is.
  • Horizontal Geometry: Expand your repertoire into some of the other geometry layout tools.
  • Vertical Geometry: Discover new layout techniques and capabilities.
  • Profiles: Utilize the full potential of the Profile Window — one of the most underutilized aspects of the software.
  • Typical Sections: Learn how to create intelligent sections that develop intelligent design surfaces and master the Create Template interface.
  • Roadway Models: Tap into the tremendous power of the Roadway Designer interface.
  • Cross Sections: Learn what the multitude of settings in the “Create Cross Section” dialog box mean and what they do including how to display the data in cross sections.

The courses include a built-in “Google-like” search engine that allows users to quickly locate precise videos and lesson pages just by using key words or phrases. Additionally, courses are in a Professional Development Hours format, also known as Continuing Education Units, which enables users to count study time toward their professional license renewal (in states where permitted).

With many companies expecting users to do more with fewer resources, reduced training budgets and taking on projects that require InRoads, there is an increasing demand for InRoads training courses that are affordable and effective.

“Most of the companies and firms that we talk with need ways to rapidly learn or improve existing skills,” says Mike Arroyo, Axiom’s world-renowned CAD-training evangelist. “Axiom’s LearningBay focuses on making users billable faster on CAD software at a reduced cost. Now, any company can infuse their staff with InRoads V8i skills for existing or new projects.”

How to Contact Axiom
For more information on LearningBay courses or to see a free, online demonstration, call Axiom at 727-442-7774 extension 3196 or e-mail 3196@AxiomInt.com or visit the InRoads video training page www.LearningBay.com/inroads to find out more about LearningBay’s InRoads training courses.

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Axiom Releases Affordable Video-based Tutorials for Users Upgrading to AutoCAD 2013

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA — Axiom, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher and one of the world’s most experienced developers of time-saving CAD software products and training, announces the release of video-based, searchable courses for AutoCAD users who are upgrading to AutoCAD 2013.

(Axiom also offers a full series of video-based AutoCAD courses, which provide beginner, intermediate and advanced users with a full understanding of how to use AutoCAD without leaving their desk.)

The AutoCAD 2013 Upgrade Library is specifically designed to quickly train users on interface changes, tool enhancements and new functions. The courses cover topics such as:

  • Interface improvements that allow users to maximize the use of the floating window.
  • New ways to enter commands faster.
  • Changes on how to assign transparency.
  • New methods for selecting command line options with a mouse.

The courses include a built-in “Google-like” search engine that allows users to quickly locate precise videos and lesson pages just by using key words or phrases. Additionally, courses are in a Professional Development Hours format, also known as Continuing Education Units, which enables users to count study time toward their professional license renewal (in states where permitted).

According to LearningBay’s users, by training at their own desk, on a schedule and pace that fits their needs, LearningBay makes the task of learning more convenient and with less expense. LearningBay users also claim that courses are very effective in getting users up to speed fast for the projects at hand.

With a sluggish economy, many companies are looking for affordable ways to infuse their staff with new skills for existing or new projects. Axiom’s LearningBay courses are organized in short, standalone modules that are accessible 24/7. This “always on” training means employees can work through learning courses as often as necessary and is ideal for those on-demand training moments that require new skills to be learned or refreshed quickly. “The new economy has challenged everyone to rethink what constitutes organizational fitness. How fast and how well a company learns now differentiates the successful company from the rest,” says Mike Arroyo, Axiom’s world-renowned CAD-training evangelist. “We focus on making AutoCAD users billable faster and at a reduced cost.”

How to Contact Axiom
For more information on LearningBay courses or to see a free, online demonstration, call Axiom at 727-442-7774 extension 3195 or e-mail 3195@AxiomInt.com or visit Axiom on the Web at http://LearningBay.com/autocad to find out more about LearningBay’s AutoCAD training courses.

About Axiom
Axiom is one of the world’s most experienced developers of time-saving CAD software solutions and the largest third-party provider of general-purpose add-ons for MicroStation. Axiom focuses on making CAD work easier by creating time-saving and productivity-boosting tools based on real-world problems CAD users encounter. Based in Clearwater, Florida, Axiom has been developing software for over 25 years.

AutoCAD is produced by Autodesk, Incorporated, of San Rafael, California. LearningBay, and Axiom are trademarks of Axiom. AutoCAD is a registered trademark of Autodesk, Incorporated.

Axiom Introduces Video-based Revit Architecture 2012 Courses for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Users

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA — Axiom, one of the world’s most experienced developers of time-saving CAD software and learning products (LearningBay), announces the release of the complete set of Revit Architecture 2012 LearningBay libraries for beginner, intermediate and advanced Revit users. With many companies experiencing reduced training budgets, there is an increasing demand for affordable Revit training courses. According to LearningBay’s users, LearningBay courses are effective in training users how to get projects done faster using best practices.

Whether users need to learn how to create and use “families” or understand how to draw unusual shapes and “weird” walls, this series of Revit Architecture libraries demonstrates how to do it all, with video tutorials that provide easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

While the Revit training courses and tutorials included in the libraries are suitable to train people from the ground up, they can also be used by experienced Revit users to fill in any gaps of knowledge they may have. Each library consists of a series of courses that cover essential topics such as “families”, interior layout tools and MEP (Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing) coordination. Each course contains specific video tutorials and tips that help users fully understand and be able to apply the information. Additionally, since the courses in each library are fully searchable, they also serve as a reference guide during and after training, for all levels of Revit expertise.

The training is considerably more affordable than sending users out for training and can be delivered whenever most convenient. The courses, taught by a recognized expert in the field, provide a systematic approach to training. However, students have the flexibility to review or train on specific topics, functions or tools that may be needed for a project currently being worked on. “With no travel costs, no instructor costs, no scheduling to worry about and a systematic approach that teaches best practices, this training makes Revit users billable faster and helps get projects done faster while maintaining high accuracy standards”, says Mike Arroyo, Axiom’s world-renowned CAD-training evangelist.

Each of the courses is filled with video tutorials and broken down into easily assimilable sections of about 30 minutes, allowing users to gain significant expertise in a short period of time. The courses:

  • Provide a systematic approach to training with the flexibility to train on a specific topics that may be needed for a project currently being worked on.
  • Are taught using video tutorials allowing users to see exactly how to do something.
  • Are completely searchable, making them a useful reference guide both during and after training.
  • Have short, 30-minute training modules making it easier to grasp the materials.
  • Are taught by a recognized expert in the field.

This new set of on-line courses uses LearningBay’s Professional Development Hours (also known as Continuing Education Hours) format, allowing users to count study time toward their professional license renewal (in states where permitted). Each course comes with the following:

  • Videos covering the materials of the course.
  • Step-by-step labs and sample files, allowing students to practice on actual drawing files.
  • Instructor Notes, where the instructor expresses insights or has tips relating to the lesson pages.
  • A course syllabus, complete with a course description, course objectives, a list of topics and a course completion plan.
  • Student worksheets to make it easy to document student progress.

As an online solution, LearningBay is affordable, easy to use and can be quickly implemented in virtually any office with an Internet connection. (Companies can also host learning content themselves, host the content on a dedicated server managed by Axiom or purchase the learning content on CDs or DVDs.)

CAD Managers can create new courses by combining Axiom’s courseware with customized information that can come from a variety of sources such as Word documents, web pages, videos and other sources or by customizing existing courses. Because Axiom’s courses are broken up into discrete units, CAD managers can easily modify these units to include proprietary knowledge and procedures.

All courses include videos, labs, worksheets and a course syllabus and are backed by Axiom’s support team.

How to Contact Axiom
For more information on LearningBay or to see a free, online demonstration of Revit training courses, call Axiom at 727-442-7774 extension 2963, e-mail 2963@AxiomInt.com or visit Axiom on the Web at http://LearningBay.com/revit/.

About Axiom
Axiom is one of the world’s most experienced developers of time-saving CAD software solutions. Axiom focuses on making CAD work easier by creating time-saving and productivity-boosting tools and training, based on real-world problems CAD users encounter. Based in Clearwater, Florida, Axiom has been developing software for over 25 years.

Axiom Releases Video-based Revit Training Courses for Revit Architecture

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USAAxiom, one of the world’s most experienced developers of time-saving CAD software products and training, announces the release of Revit Architecture 2012 Essentials Beginner Library. With many companies experiencing reduced training budgets, there is an increasing demand for Revit training courses that are affordable, effective and convenient. By training at their own desk, on a schedule and pace that fits the needs of CAD managers and users, LearningBay makes the task of training far more convenient and with less expense. According to LearningBay’s users, LearningBay courses are effective in getting users up to speed fast.

This new release, the first in a series of libraries for Revit, contains 12 browser-based courses with a total of 573 videos providing easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on how to use Revit. While this series of Revit training courses is suitable for beginners, the courses can also be used by experienced Revit users to fill in any gaps of knowledge they may have. As all of the courses are searchable, this also makes an excellent reference guide allowing users to quickly find information on how to use a specific Revit function or tool.

The training is considerably more affordable than sending users out for training and can be delivered whenever most convenient. This “always on” training means it can be accessed as often as users like, for training, review or refresher whenever it’s needed. “With no travel costs, no instructor costs, no waiting and no scheduling to worry about, this training makes Revit users billable faster and at a reduced cost,” says Mike Arroyo, Axiom’s world-renowned CAD-training evangelist.

Each of the courses is broken down into easily assimilable sections, allowing users to spend as little as 30 minutes a day on study. The courses cover topics such as learning how to:

  • Use templates, define grids, create levels and generate sheets.
  • Work with interior layout tools.
  • Create and modify slabs with details on using other tools, such as Offset, Trim and Align.
  • Load Revit families (such as columns, piers and footings), create floor plans and adjust the view range.
  • Orient a view and work with 3D views.

The courses also cover, in depth, essential topics such as building information modeling (BIM), using visualization tools and working with title blocks.

This new set of on-line courses uses LearningBay’s Professional Development Hours (also known as Continuing Education Hours) format, allowing users to count study time toward their professional license renewal (in states where permitted). Each course comes with the following:

  • Videos covering the materials of the course.
  • Step-by-step labs and sample files, allowing students to practice on actual drawing files.
  • Instructor Notes, where the instructor expresses insights or has tips relating to the lesson pages.
  • A course syllabus, complete with a course description, course objectives, a list of topics and a course completion plan.
  • Student worksheets to make it easy to document student progress.

As an online solution, LearningBay is affordable, easy to use and can be quickly implemented in virtually any office with an Internet connection. (Companies can also host learning content themselves, host the content on a dedicated server managed by Axiom or purchase the learning content on CDs or DVDs.)

CAD Managers can create new courses by combining Axiom’s courseware with customized information that can come from a variety of sources such as Word documents, web pages, videos and other sources or by customizing existing courses. Because Axiom’s courses are broken up into discrete units, CAD managers can easily modify these units to include proprietary knowledge and procedures.

All courses include videos, labs, worksheets and a course syllabus and are backed by Axiom’s support team.

How to Contact Axiom
For more information on LearningBay or to see a free, online demonstration of Revit training courses, call Axiom at 727-442-7774 extension 2913, e-mail 2913@AxiomInt.com or visit Axiom on the Web at http://LearningBay.com/revit/.

About Axiom
Axiom is one of the world’s most experienced developers of time-saving CAD software solutions and the largest third-party provider of general-purpose add-ons for MicroStation. Axiom focuses on making CAD work easier by creating time-saving and productivity-boosting tools based on real-world problems CAD users encounter. Based in Clearwater, Florida, Axiom has been developing software for over 25 years.

Revit is produced by Autodesk, Incorporated, of San Rafael, California. LearningBay and Axiom are trademarks of Axiom. Revit is a registered trademark of Autodesk, Incorporated.

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Axiom Releases AutoCAD Training Courses for AutoCAD 2011

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USAAxiom, one of the world’s most experienced developers of time-saving CAD software products and training, announces the release of AutoCAD 2011 Essentials Beginner Library. With many companies experiencing reduced training budgets, there is an increasing demand for AutoCAD 2011 training courses that are affordable, effective and convenient. By training at their own desk, on a schedule and pace that fits the needs of CAD managers and users, LearningBay makes the task of training far more convenient and with less expense. According to LearningBay’s users, LearningBay courses are effective in getting users up to speed fast.

The first in a series of libraries for AutoCAD 2011, this new release contains ten browser-based courses with a total of 289 informative videos and 212 pages of course instruction. While this series of AutoCAD training courses is suitable for beginners, the courses can also be used by experienced AutoCAD users to fill in any gaps of knowledge they may have — especially when moving from a previous version of AutoCAD.

The training is considerably more affordable than sending users out for training and can be delivered whenever most convenient. This “always on” training means it can be accessed as often as users like, for training, review or refresher whenever it’s needed. “With no travel costs, no instructor costs, no waiting and no scheduling to worry about, this training makes AutoCAD users billable faster and at a reduced cost,” says Mike Arroyo, Axiom’s world-renowned CAD-training evangelist.

As an online solution, LearningBay is affordable, easy to use and can be quickly implemented in virtually any office with an Internet connection. (Companies can also host learning content themselves, host the content on a dedicated server managed by Axiom or purchase the learning content on CDs or DVDs.) LearningBay is far less expensive than classroom training and also includes the ability to test and evaluate the skills of users and automatically builds remedial content based on the results. Student enrollments, progress and test scores are a useful tool for managers and instructors to evaluate their departmental learning activities.

Each of the courses is broken down into easily assimilable sections, allowing users to spend as little as 30 minutes a day on study. The courses cover topics such as learning how to:

  • Effectively use and customize the Quick Access toolbar.
  • Build personal workspaces using the AutoCAD ribbon.
  • Work with the Application window in the AutoCAD drawing environment.
  • Open and switch between multiple drawings and use Drawing window tools to control what portion of the drawing is displayed.
  • Plot and publish drawings.

The course also covers, in-depth, essential topics such as the ribbon interface, the Drawing window, the Status bar and basic drawing techniques.

This new set of on-line courses uses LearningBay’s Professional Development Hours (also known as Continuing Education Hours) format, allowing users to count study time toward their professional license renewal (in states where permitted). Each course comes with the following:

  • Videos covering the materials of the course.
  • Step-by-step labs and sample files, allowing students to practice on actual drawing files.
  • Instructor Notes, where the instructor expresses insights or has tips relating to the lesson pages.
  • A course syllabus, complete with a course description, course objectives, a list of topics and a course completion plan.
  • Student worksheets to make it easy to document student progress.

How to Contact Axiom
For more information on LearningBay or to see a free, online demonstration, call Axiom at 727-442-7774 extension 2613 or e-mail 2613@AxiomInt.com or visit LearningBay on the Web at www.LearningBay.com/autocad/ to find out more about LearningBay’s AutoCAD 2011 training courses.

About Axiom
Axiom is one of the world’s most experienced developer of time-saving CAD software solutions and the largest third-party provider of general-purpose add-ons for MicroStation. Axiom focuses on making CAD work easier by creating time-saving and productivity-boosting tools based on real-world problems CAD users encounter. Based in Clearwater, Florida, Axiom has been developing software for over 25 years.

AutoCAD is produced by Autodesk, Incorporated, of San Rafael, California. LearningBay, and Axiom are trademarks of Axiom. AutoCAD is a registered trademark of Autodesk, Incorporated.

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Press Contact:
Kris Nickerson
Press@AxiomInt.com
727-442-7774

Axiom
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