Sign Up

The Blast is a media-rich, interactive magazine providing insight into the latest innovations in the 3D design, architecture, construction, engineering and entertainment industries. Our subject matter experts provide advice on using the latest Autodesk applications, including tips and tricks, industry trends and real world solutions to today’s design challenges.

Subscriptions to The Blast are absolutely free, so why not find out what over 22,000 other Autodesk users already know?
Subscribe to receive the next copy of The Blast direct to your inbox!

What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever gotten?

Quick-to-read info, tips, and factoids blasted out of our content!

How to Get and Stay Productive

Without question, we are living in the age of hyper-productivity, and there are tons of resources out there to help make you more efficient—blogs, podcasts, and books, all chock-full of advice on improving productivity. In fact, there are so many available resources that it can become a little noisy in the productivity space. I will, however, promise you that if you want to start making true, lasting changes, you have to come up with actionable plans and a system of reinforcement that will help you develop habits that you can stick with.

How to Sketch Fast in Fusion 360

Almost every Fusion design starts with a sketch. Understanding sketch properties and behaviors can go a long way in creating the best design. By default, snapping is enabled and constraints are inferred when you sketch. For example, if you sketch a line, then bring the next segment back onto itself, Fusion will automatically infer constraints, such as a parallel constraint or midpoint. But, if you want to override this behavior, hold down the CTRL key and these constraints will be ignored. Additionally, if snapping is enabled, holding CTRL while sketching will temporarily disable snapping for that sketch object. This way, you can keep snapping on for fast sketching but also quickly and easily disable it for a sketch object that does not require snaps or inferred constraints.

How to Access a Project in PlanGrid

Accessing PlanGrid from your mobile device means you can mark up and annotate your project while in the field. After logging into the PlanGrid app from your mobile device, you must download your project to the app. This will give you access to your project even if you are not connected to the internet.
It is important to note that projects can only be downloaded using a strong internet connection. It is not possible to download projects using only cellular data. Also, before downloading a project, in your mobile device settings, disable any autolock or sleep settings. If your device becomes idle or goes into a sleep mode, the PlanGrid project will halt downloading and the project will be incomplete. Finally, a project downloaded to your mobile device will use a considerable amount of storage, so before you start downloading, ensure you have ample available storage on your device. To optimize storage, PlanGrid does give you the option to either download the entire project at once or download only parts of the project, such as downloading only photos or the most current data.
In the PlanGrid mobile app, under Projects, the projects that are listed under On this device are the projects that have already been downloaded. Projects with the Alert icon indicate that there are updates to the project that have not yet been synced to the device. Projects listed In the cloud are those that have yet to be downloaded to your device.

How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

We don’t often consider our emotional health when we are thinking about work. When asked if we like our jobs, we may nod emphatically, or shrug, or lapse into a complicated tale of a love/hate relationship. But, regardless of whether or not you have the job of your dreams, you still bring your whole self to work every day. And let’s face it—whatever may be affecting your personal life comes with you in some form into your professional life. Positive or negative, our emotions have an enormous effect on everything we do, so it’s important to develop skills that hone both our IQ and our EQ.
I bet you didn’t even know you had an EQ. Your EQ is your emotional intelligence quotient. The term ’emotional intelligence’ (referred to as either EI or EQ) is defined by Psychology Today as, “the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.” This is an important ability for collaboration in a team environment, and absolutely critical if you’re a leader or manager.

Leading Scores

  • Kelvin_Throop - 100%
  • csr - 80%
  • psubrian - 60%
  • cc - 60%

Calling all BIM nerds and Revit users! This one’s for you!

Answer these 10 questions, and you’ll be the Biggest Brain in The Blast!


The learning industry is starting to embrace a few key terms and phrases that I’ve been using for years before they became all the buzz. It’s not course completions, it’s outcomes. It’s not taking a course, it’s consuming content. It’s not beginner, intermediate, and advanced, it’s roles, goals, and competencies. Why? Because if your objective for your team is to help them become more competent employees, then you must figure out how to leverage these terms so they can grow their knowledge and skills. It’s no longer about course completions with generalized content. Content needs to be targeted!
Read more…

Many companies attempt to gauge employee productivity over time by recording the number of repetitive tasks completed in a day or the number of units produced and then comparing it to a similar snapshot taken weeks or months later, to see if that employee’s output has improved. While this can be an indicator of efficiency in some industries—think an assembly line or an Amazon warehouse—it does not work well in more technical fields, particularly those that utilize design and engineering software. Furthermore, if you simply use the new version of your software exactly the same way you used the previous version, you are likely missing out on a lot of potential productivity improvements.
Read more…

Industrialized work-ethic isn’t born. It’s made. And it can be one of the greatest productivity skills you can have at your disposal. The true key to maintaining consistency is to industrialize processes. My first learning experience with this was my first day in the dish pit when I worked in a restaurant in an affluent part of town right after college…
Read more…

Fusion 360 is a very capable and flexible design program, and many users create multipart assemblies, not just individual parts. However, working with multipart assemblies presents its own set of challenges, since the  program files need to be organized in a way that makes sense not only to the designer, but also to any other user. This is especially important if you intend to share your design online. Try these tips to keep your Fusion assemblies organized and easy to work with.
Read more…

For me, the key to being productive is two-fold: being organized and staying focused. If, like me, you are among the 41.8% of fully remote employees here in America, you’ve had to find ways to keep yourself accountable and on track while working from home. It’s a challenge that requires both discipline and self-discovery. So, I’m sharing my best productivity habits in the hopes that they can be implemented in your workspace to help you stay focused.
Read more…

Building trust within your team will increase productivity. It may seem like trust and productivity are two completely different things, but they are inextricably linked. Having a trusting relationship between yourself and your coworkers allows for a strong foundation for mutual respect and recognition, which then leads to open, honest communication, which leads to confidence that everyone on the team is doing their part. And when workers are confident that they can rely on their managers and each other, they are more motivated to get their work done. Try implementing these ten ways to build trust in your team.
Read more…


Yes! I want a free subscription to The Blast.

The Blast is packed with expert insights into the latest innovations, emerging trends, software news and updates, tips and tricks, and thought leadership in the world of design. We look forward to seeing you in your inbox next issue!