What’s New for Revit 2021

What’s new for Revit 2021?

New and enhanced Revit design software features support consistent, coordinated, and complete modelling for multi-discipline design that extends to detailing and construction.

Generative Design

Quickly produce design alternatives based on goals and constraints you define. Available exclusively to AEC Collection subscribers. 

Real-time realistic views

Work directly in real-time with better, easier, and faster realistic views.

Electrical circuit naming

Electrical workflows in Revit 2021 are more adaptable to global requirements with flexible circuit naming schemes.

What's new in Revit 2021 - Revit Official Blog

Customized workspace

Easily tailor your workspace to your work discipline and job role.

Slanted walls

Intuitively create and edit slanted walls, and instantly handle slanted doors, windows, and other wall-hosted geometry.

PDF and image linking

Link PDFs or image files into Revit from local or cloud storage.

Cloud model hosting in EuropeHost Revit cloud workshared and non-workshared models on European data centers.

Row striping for schedules

Read schedules more easily with row striping on sheet views.

Infrastructure discipline and bridge categories

Revit 2021 supports bridge and civil structures workflows with InfraWorks, including extended bridge categories for modelling and documentation.

Dynamo 2.5 integration

Dynamo Revit 2.5 comes out of the box with Revit 2021.

Rebar modelling

A series of improvements for shapes, coupler connections, and end treatments for working with rebar.

Integrated precast automation

Structural precast extension is now native to Revit with precast tools available on install.

Integrated steel connections nodes

Dynamo nodes for placing steel connections now come out of the box with Revit.

Tools for steel modelling

Enhancements to the create, edit, view, and snap command behaviours with steel stiffeners and plates.

Integrated structural analysis results

Structural analysis results storage and exploration is now native to Revit on install.

Electrical design

New support for single-phase (line to neutral) panelboards, and improvements to switchboard circuits.

MEP worksharing

Improved worksharing provides better collaboration among stakeholders and a more consistent experience

P&ID Modeler on BIM 360 DocsP&ID Modeler for Revit now connects to BIM 360 Docs.


For more information about how Revit 2021 can support and expand your design processes contact us.

What’s new for Inventor 2021

Our Technical Director Rob Hargreaves takes a look at what’s new for Inventor 2021


Each major recent release of Inventor has included a step forward in what we know as the Inventor Experience. A few years back you saw updates to the application frame and 4K support, followed later by a dockable browser with quick search capabilities, and then last year with multimonitor support and new theme. While the “Light Theme” introduced last year gave Inventor and a few other products a fresh look and a common design language, we heard from many of you that you were also eager to have a dark option too. Some of you got a preview to the Dark Theme during the Design and Manufacturing Keynote at Autodesk University. We worked with many of you in the Feedback Community in developing and fine-tuning Dark Theme for Inventor 2021.

In addition to Dark Theme, we continue to upgrade commands to the modern command panel framework. With Inventor 2021 you will see more and more panels for commands throughout part modeling, tube & pipe, and frame generator environments.

Based on input from many of our users, performance is as important as ever. We’ve continued to go farther in the 2021 release with further optimized performance in parts, assembly, frame generator, and tube & pipe workflows. You will experience faster open, update, compute, and graphic navigation workflows with your designs in this release. Inventor 2021 isn’t simply faster. We optimized the occurrences computing process and memory loading for invisible components. This means you will also experience less memory usage, therefore, higher capacity to handle larger assemblies.

Image courtesy of Feige Filling GmbH


Inventor has been supporting associative workflows with non-native data since Inventor 2016 with our AnyCAD technology. Simply choose the ‘reference’ option upon import, and then be able to easily accommodate changes in your Inventor assembly, drawings, simulations, etc without having to manually re-import. In recent years we added formats like STEP, SolidEdge, and Fusion 360 as well as refined associative 2D-to-3D connections with AutoCAD.

A significant portion of our Inventor community works with companies in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry. In these accounts, they often need to create custom designs in the context of a building. With Inventor 2021 we are introducing AnyCAD associativity for Revit data. Now you can take advantage of the new Revit AnyCAD workflows to bring in just the data you need from a Revit file, and have it update associatively within your Inventor design. What’s more, when the Revit data is brought in, appearance information is carried over and you get a nicely organized representation of the building in the browser making it all easy to navigate.

Drawing productivity and workflows have been enhanced with new Sheet Format workflows and expanded iLogic drawing functionality. Inventor 2021 will enable a new level of drawing automation to help you create, modify, and complete your 2D drawings. With Inventor 2021 your 2D drawing creation will be faster than ever before.

Customer Driven

In addition to all of this, Inventor 2021 has over 60 enhancements driven directly from your feedback and requests on top of all of the enhancements that were rolled into the incremental updates last Summer and Fall. We focused these enhancements on areas you discussed with us in Inventor Forum and Feedback Community, areas you highlighted on the Ideas page, and in our many in-person and online meetings over the past year. Customer driven enhancements are represented throughout Inventor in parts, assemblies, and drawings. For a complete list of customer driven enhancements, be sure to read the Inventor 2021 online help.

Over the next few weeks, the Inventor team will do a few more posts to dive into some of the details of the Inventor 2021 release.

Update to the Inventor 2021 Public Roadmap

As you can see from reading about the Inventor 2021 release, many of the things listed in the initial Inventor Public Roadmap were delivered with this latest update. This means it is time for us to share an update on what we are working on for upcoming Inventor updates and releases.

This roadmap may make statements regarding future events and development efforts for our products and services. These statements reflect our current expectations based on what we know today. Our plans are not intended to be a promise or guarantee of future delivery of products, services, or features, and purchasing decisions should not be made based upon these statements. We do not assume any responsibility to update this roadmap to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the publish date of this roadmap.

We continue to look at how we can deliver Experience, Automation, and Insights to you with Inventor development and enhancements. Many of the areas of development come directly from you, our users, via Inventor Ideas page, Inventor Forum, and the Inventor Feedback Community.


With the delivery of Dark Theme as a preview in Inventor 2021, we will continue to listen to your feedback on Dark Theme and make enhancements and improvements as needed. In addition to theme work, we will continue to move commands to the modern panel architecture to improve functionality and increase your productivity. We are looking at more complex commands that are used often; like Fillet, Chamfer, and Loft that require additional selection filters and framework enhancements within the panels.

Driven directly from your feedback, we will continue to focus on implementing Inventor Ideas. These enhancements will surface in a variety of environments and edit, create, save, and export workflows. These Inventor Ideas enhancements are voted on by you, our Inventor users, and are the type of continuous improvements you have come to expect from Inventor with each update. We continue to listen to you, and add your Ideas into our development backlog. This includes improvements anywhere from additional Frame Generator enhancements, to customizing middle-mouse button functionality, and everywhere in between.

Inventor 2021 Automation

We see more and more of you working with Revit and Inventor together. With Inventor 2021 we introduced the ability to associatively use Revit data within your Inventor design. We have worked with many of you and heard your need to use Inventor data in Revit in much the same way. Based on the feedback and research, we are working closely with the Revit team to ensure we can help build similar functionality for Revit users that need to leverage Inventor data in their Revit designs. We also are focusing on how we can help Inventor users prep their designs to be used in Revit before sharing. It’s all focused on helping those in Building Products and Custom Fabrication use the power of Inventor for engineering design alongside Revit for large scale building models.


Those of you that participate in Inventor alpha and beta testing may have noticed that we ask you for your feedback on Inventor when you close your session. The feedback has been incredibly valuable as we developed toward the final Inventor 2021 release. Going forward, we are looking at ways to enable you to provide feedback directly to the development team on the Inventor you are running to do your daily work. Our goal is to use this feedback alongside all the other channels you use to provide feedback directly to the Inventor team.


For more information about Inventor 2021 and how to get the most from it contact us.

What’s New for AutoCAD 2021 software

Here’s the official Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 software release playlist from the AutoCAD YouTube channel.


AutoCAD 2021 Software Information

Listings of the new AutoCAD 2021 Features and some 2021 ToolSets specifics can be found here. There are additional short official Autodesk features and benefits videos on the page. The free trials for AutoCAD 2021 and AutoCAD 2021 Toolsets are available or will be by this post’s publication.

The What’s New in AutoCAD 2021 page in the rest of the AutoCAD 2021 online help is live along with the new LISP and Developer help. As of this writing only some of the rest of the ACAD 2021 ToolSets online help is yet live. That may change before you read this.

The AutoCAD 2021 System Requirements including the additional requirements and issues for the AutoCAD 2021 Toolsets are published.

The New AutoCAD 2021 software highlights


Blocks Palette Improvements

View and access your blocks content from AutoCAD on desktop or within the AutoCAD web app.

  • The Blocks palette has been enhanced to provide more convenient access to blocks anytime and anywhere. Use your Autodesk account with a supported cloud storage provider (Box, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive) to get quick and anytime access to your recent blocks and block library drawings.

Revision Cloud Enhancements

Revision clouds are now a distinct ACAD object. They now include a single value for their approximate arc chord lengths, the distance between the endpoints of each arc segment.

Break Objects at a Single Point

With the new BREAKATPOINT command, the Break at Point tool on the ribbon can now be repeated by pressing Enter. This command directly separates a line, arc, or open polyline into two objects at a specified point.

Streamlined Trim and Extend Option

Instead of having to first select boundaries for the Trim and Extend commands, the default Quick mode selects all potential boundaries by default.

Measure Geometry Option: Quick Measure

The Quick option of the MEASUREGEOM command now supports measuring the area and perimeter within a space enclosed by geometric objects in the plan view of a drawing.

Performance and Connectivity

Performance Enhancements

Experience faster save and install times. Leverage multicore processors for smoother orbit, pan, and zoom operations.

  • The speed of panning and zooming in 2D has been enhanced with a technique that takes advantage of objects with similar properties, and another technique that displays appropriate levels of detail at different levels of magnification.
  • When panning and zooming in real-time in 2D, AutoCAD-based products automatically perform regeneration operations as needed. Normally, this operation is not noticeable except in very large drawings. In those cases, you might want to turn off the RTREGENAUTO system variable to prevent automatic regeneration.
  • When working with 3D models, navigation generates higher or lower fidelity graphical representations of the 3D geometry in some circumstances. The program’s responsiveness when using 3D orbit, pan, and zoom operations has improved significantly by making use of multi-core processors. This improvement is most noticeable on complex 3D models using visual styles that render curved surfaces.

Cloud Storage Connectivity

Access any DWG file in AutoCAD with Autodesk’s cloud, as well as with leading cloud storage providers. Support for Google Drive is new. One Drive, Dropbox, and Box are supported.

More and Better Compares

Drawing History Compare

Compare past and present versions of a drawing and see the evolution of your work.

Enhanced DWG Compare

Compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window.

Xref Compare

See the changes made to your current drawing from changed external references (Xrefs).

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Top 5 Skills Required to Deliver Exceptional Altium PCB Design Projects

Our capacity to deliver high-quality and complex Altium PCB design services are continuing to grow. So we thought we’d share with you some of our thoughts about the skills required to achieve outstanding Altium PCB designs.

1. A strong understanding of PCB manufacturing processes

Our Altium design team not only has over 8 years experience of Altium PCB CAD package experience, they also have mechanical design experience including the use of Autodesk Inventor. Understanding the mechanical constraints as well as the electronic is critical to a successful PCB design.

2. Huge depth of knowledge and experience

A PCB design is only as good the basics being done right. All our of our design team are IPC CID Trained, with experience of more complex areas such as differential pairs routing, flat, flexi and semi-rigid interconnect design and High-speed digital design.

3. Understanding of Constraints

  • From the creation of all files required from a PCB design, Circuits, Gerbers to considerations about thermal constraints, high-density designs and numerous layers our designers are familiar with the challenges that come with challenging board designs.

4. Capacity to deliver

As one of the largest PCB design bureaus in the UK, with IPC CID+ accredited designers, we are able to ensure the highest standards of design are delivered. A major advantage of working with Quadra is that we can help you achieve those tight deadlines and save money.

5. A comprehensive overview of the project

Below are just some of the areas we cover include:

 Data Preparation
 Library Creation
 Circuit Diagrams
 PCB Layout
 Post Layout Services
 Reverse Engineering
 Design Integrity
 PCB Procurement, Component Sourcing & PCB Assembly

Ten Reasons to use Quadra’s PCB Design Services

  1. Capability We can provide services on most systems eg. Altium, Cadence, Mentor and Zuken
  2. Quality Quadra are an ISO 9001:2016 accredited company
  3. Capacity At Quadra we house one of the largest PCB design bureaus in the UK
  4. Confidence All Quadra designers are IPC CID and IPC CID+ qualified
  5. Security Many Quadra staff are security cleared and our IT systems meet ‘list x’ requirements
  6. Experience Quadra currently design on average over 300 PCB’s per year
  7. Industry We work with all industry sectors, including defence, automotive, medical, aerospace & nuclear
  8. Technology PTH to High layer count multilayer, Flexi, HDI, PCI-E, DDR
  9. Manufacture Quadra also provide fast turn prototype PCB’s
  10. Assembly Quadra procure components and provide complete PCB assemblies.

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Revit Tricks and Tips: Printing to PDF in Revit

Have you encountered problems printing to PDF in Autodesk Revit? It seems to freeze and not continue with the print command? Does it want to create numerous files in an unbreakable script, even though you have specified ‘Combine multiple selected view/ sheets into a single file’?

This is currently an ongoing issue, which has been confirmed with the Autodesk development team. But within this blog, we have suggested a couple of workarounds which can help you get everything running smoothly.


Users reported that in Revit 2016 R2 and newer, print to PDF by the Adobe PDF driver may return the following results:

  • The PDF file will be generated after an unusually long time.
  • No PDF files will be created.
  • A PDF file will be created for the first print job, but no PDF files are created for subsequent print jobs in the same session.
  • The progress bar in the dialog box stops/ hangs.
  • The dialog box will be unresponsive.
  • PDF files can only be created one sheet at a time.

Additional Information:

When printing large sets of views, the first views are processed, but eventually, the Adobe Acrobat processing dialogue stops updating, even after Revit has finished sending all of the views to the printer.

Note: While this was originally reported as an issue specific to the Adobe Acrobat printer, there have been some reports of similar behaviour with Bluebeam PDF printer.


 To resolve the issue, use one of the following workarounds:

Option 1: Use keyboard shortcut CTRL+P to enter the print dialog box
Option 2: Click Print Preview prior to printing
Option 3: Specify PDF Output directory; Do not “Prompt for File Name”. 

  1. Open the “Printing Preferences” for the Adobe PDF printer. See details in Adobe Acrobat Help: Adobe PDF printing preferences (Windows)
  2. In the “Printing Preferences” dialog, click the Adobe PDF Settings tab.
  3. For Adobe PDF Output Folder, browse to a specific folder where you want PDFs to be created.

Note: Make sure that the “Prompt for Adobe PDF filename.” and “Rely on System Fonts” options are NOT selected.

  1. Click OK.

For Bluebeam PDF printer: In the Bluebeam Administrator Printer tag, uncheck the “Prompt for File Name” checkbox.
Option 4: Use a different PDF printer.   Revit: PDF export/print options
Option 5: Run a Repair install of Revit from the Control Panel > Programs and Features.How to reinstall or repair your Autodesk product

How does Manufacturing Contribute to UK Economic Resilience?

I came across this piece of research whilst looking for how resilient the manufacturing industry will be during Coronavirus and even though it was written back in 2013, it raises some interesting points. I thought I would summarise them.

Here are some of the interesting takeaways from this research;

  • Manufacturing retains a distinctively valuable and important role for the UK in economic, political, cultural, technological and cultural terms.
  • A central concern for manufacturing in the UK is its productivity, relative competitiveness and growth potential into the future to 2020-50.

A robust manufacturing sector contributes towards

  • Output: Producing gross domestic product (GDP)
  • Employment: Creating direct and indirect employment and incomes
  • Productivity: Producing value-added and providing the highest potential for productivity growth
  • Innovation, research and development: High levels of expenditure on applied research and innovation generating wider diffusion and spill-over effects to the broader economy
  • Trade: Generating export earnings from overseas sales and maintaining positive trade balances
  • Supply chains: Purchasing goods and services generating direct and indirect multipliers for investment, growth and employment within the wider economy
  • Manufacturing-service linkages: Creating demand for high value-added and specialised services such as accountancy, advertising, legal, marketing and research
  • Training and skills development: Developing a highly skilled workforce and creating training opportunities for new labour market entrants
  • Tax revenue: As a sizeable and productive economic activity producing output and employing people, manufacturing is a substantial contributor to national tax revenue.

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Manufacturing’s role in Economic Resilience

As a result of its pivotal role as a vibrant sector of economic activity, manufacturing makes the following vital contributions to resilience:

  • Recovering lost output, employment and productivity: In the wake of disruptive change, manufacturing can contribute to generating GDP, jobs and value-added as part of regaining previous growth trajectories both directly and indirectly through its wider supply chains for goods and services
  • Generating new and replacement employment: Manufacturing can create new kinds of job opportunities in new and growing activities to replace those lost, for example in recession and economic downturn
  • Innovating for growth: Periods of disruptive change can stimulate what Joseph Schumpeter called ‘creative destruction’ with manufacturing demonstrating high innovation potential for product and process advances
  • Motor of recovery especially in export-led sectors: As UK economic growth has stuttered and fallen into a double-dip recession, the export orientation of manufacturing has meant it has outperformed the national economy in making a positive contribution to economic recovery
  • Upgrading the workforce: The role and position of manufacturing in training and skills development is vital in upgrading the existing workforce for example in learning new skills as well as producing portable transferable skills of use in different activities, enhancing the flexibility of the labour market in response to shocks
  • Focus of sectoral rebalancing: As part of the UK government’s policy of ‘rebalancing’ the sectoral and spatial structure of the UK economy it aims to grow manufacturing rather than reduce the size and contribution of the services sector, especially financial services. This policy suggests a future role for manufacturing and its contribution to UK resilience.

5 Ways Manufacturing can Contribute towards Economic Resilience

1 ‘Smart’ industrial strategy – proactively creating, shaping and nurturing business activity rather than leaving its development to purely market-led outcomes

2. Ensuring that investment is made into technology

3. Local, collaborative and supportive production networks

4. Manu-services – Where firms combine goods and services into packages.

5. Adaptive capacity – the ability to adapt and change in the face of disruptive change.

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A bit about Quadra Solutions

Quadra Solutions are Gold Autodesk CAD Design Software Solutions Providers. We work with customers to provide advice and strategies for Autodesk Design software solutions for the Construction and Manufacturing industries. InventorRevitAutoCAD Collections and Vault software helps our customers design, visualise, innovate and implement solutions. At Quadra, we build long-term relationships with our clients who we think of as our partners, rather than customers. We are proud of our reputation for good, honest advice and friendliness. It is our policy to ensure you have all the support you need, when you need it.

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