AutoCAD and Dynamic Blocks for Media Designers

Matthew Ragan

This semester (Fall 2013) I decided to take an AutoCAD course taught by ASU’s Jennifer Setlow. Jen’s course is primarily designed to serve lighting and scenic designers. That said, it’s already proven to be an invaluable experience for a media designer as it’s exposed me many of the models and methods that a lighting designer would use when creating a lighting plot.

As a final project Jen asked that students identify a project that would be challenging intellectually and technically. Ideally, this project would also be useful to the student in some capacity that reaches beyond the classroom itself.

With that in mind, as a final project I’ve opted to create drawings of the projectors that we keep in stock at ASU. in addition to detail drawings of the projectors themselves, I also want to create a set of dynamic properties that allow the designer to visualize the throw distance…

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