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  1. If you're a student learning AutoCAD and are following a course of study such as those at Penn Foster, you can get help with your project work by posting here.

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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Using Associative Dimensions

    There are various reasons for using associative dimensions. Previously the DimAssoc setting only had a 0 or 1 value. This meant all dims were either created as "exploded" or as one unit. Very few...

    Started by irneb‎, 22nd Jul 2011 04:07 pm
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Beginner FAQ

    Before Posting Browse the help file, hit F1 while in Autocad. Run through the 'Learning Assistance' CD tutorials. 1) I can't draw accurately ? Use OSNAPS, found in the TOOLS>Drafting...

    Started by Mr T‎, 6th Apr 2004 09:53 am
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  3. FAQ Article Sticky Thread Sticky: Autodesk Student Software

    Student Software Q: I'm a student, can I get AutoCAD and other Autodesk software for free? A: Yes, you can. You can download free full-working versions of Autodesk software from the...

    Started by CADTutor‎, 7th May 2008 07:41 pm
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  1. Ellipse right side view?

    Does the ellipse look correct? on the right side view on the red arrow point to, I projected the ellipse from the top view, the reason the ellipse looks so long is because I want to 6” ss pipe...

    Started by Sengna‎, Yesterday 07:34 am
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  2. Question removing files[drawings]

    Hi, I have been trying to reduce the number of drawing files in my title list as it can take for ever to find the one I require. Is there a way of deleting those that are no longer required? and...

    Started by rebuilding‎, 29th Aug 2015 09:37 pm
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  3. Draftsight (didn't know where to post this thread)

    Hi there, I have been using Autocad for twenty odd years and Draftsight for about five. We have used ROMAND text as our default text for over twenty years - it's on thousands of our drawings. ...

    Started by koog‎, Yesterday 11:16 am
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  4. Front view is it correct?

    i have simple question, i just want to check with some body here. i am design the drain and will be made by stainless steel. i am interested on the front view at POINT A1 AND B1 if i had it shown...

    Started by Sengna‎, 31st Aug 2015 11:37 pm
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    Yesterday 06:31 am Go to last post
  5. How to generate an array of randomly spaced dots?

    I would like to draw a circular area filled with randomly distributed smaller circles of a predetermined size. These circles can't overlap and must be within some specified range of distances from...

    Started by Solarmew‎, 26th Aug 2015 11:18 pm
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    30th Aug 2015 06:01 pm Go to last post
  6. rc car chassis

    hello ,wondering if u can help guys , i started using Autocad ,been watching some tutorials,still clueless obviously lol,but getting there slowly . i would like to recreate a real life object in...

    Started by MeGuinness‎, 29th Aug 2015 09:56 pm
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  7. text snap/position

    Hello, I am a beginner to tables and text besides dimensions and leaders. What is the best way to position text onto surfaces. For example, straight horizontal line and you want to put text a...

    Started by bjenk8100‎, 28th Aug 2015 10:24 pm
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    29th Aug 2015 04:43 am Go to last post
  8. Vertical offset of text from horizontal dimension?

    I’m placing horizontal linear dimensions and I’d like to add text below the dimension line. I’d like the text to be center or center-top justified so that I can place the text in paper space using...

    Started by CADIDAC‎, 27th Aug 2015 08:02 pm
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  9. which one show correctly? A or B?

    i design roller with shaft, this roller suppose to grooves machined around the roller for V belt. One B i showed the line for the cut out down as shown but A it does not need to show. which one...

    Started by Sengna‎, 20th Aug 2015 10:52 pm
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    27th Aug 2015 07:15 pm Go to last post
  10. big font on the command line

    Hi I am quite new to AutoCAD, I have 2015 version and a 4K res screen (don't know if it is related...) The font of the commands I press appears very big how can I make it smaller? I attached a...

    Started by simonaric‎, 14th Jul 2015 10:02 am
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  11. How to change screen background from black to white

    Can somebody please tell me how to change the default setting of a black screen background to a white screen background. Many thanks

    Started by Stanier‎, 26th Aug 2015 08:55 pm
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  12. Identifying 3D Cartesian Coordinates

    Hello, So I've been creating 3D structures for a little while, but when I create an object, the identification system asks me for (say I'm making a line) the x&y of the initial point, then the...

    Started by lorims‎, 25th Aug 2015 05:11 am
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  13. Question Survey drawing on Civil Cad

    Hello everyone, I'm kind of new to CivilCad and would like to learn more about this software. Currently, I'm experiencing one the problems - which is to create survey drawing by importing Ascii file...

    Started by kelvscc92‎, 25th Aug 2015 05:21 am
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  14. Drawing Limits settings

    Hi all, i got a little bit confused with my drawing limits default.. So, my drawing limit default coordinates are <00.00,00.00> and <420.00,297.00>, and my question is, how can i change the...

    Started by midnite74‎, 26th Aug 2015 07:38 pm
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  15. about copy

    Name the different types ofcopy commands that are available in AutoCAD. ?

    Started by Barry_47‎, 26th Aug 2015 10:49 am
    type of copy commands
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  16. 45degrees miter line project dimension b/w top and side views autocad drawing

    can some body share with me some good tutorial or free online document for using mutiview projection using the 45 degree miter line b/w top and side views. Does the miter line has to be 45 DG? can...

    Started by Sengna‎, 24th Aug 2015 11:50 pm
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  17. Drawing Simple Objects Too Small

    Hello, I'm drawing a simple rectangle, but it is a tiny little dot in workspace,where I have to zoom way way in to see it and my scale is 1:1, and my units are in inches. What am I doing wrong?...

    Started by Casio47‎, 20th Aug 2015 09:30 pm
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  18. Dimension center of "wall" best practices

    In my part of the world, we dimension to the centerline of interior residential partition walls. My walls are really just two parallel lines, (I am using vanilla Autocad.) so there is really no...

    Started by ColtM16A1‎, 25th Aug 2015 08:38 pm
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  19. Cannot rotate copied lines by changing the angle of degree in properties

    I did an F1 search in CAD and couldn't find the answer. I have be remodeling a floor plan and notice that when I copy a room or single line, I am unable to change the angle in properties. The...

    Started by djleon‎, 21st Aug 2015 07:51 pm
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  20. AutoCAD Need help on this 2D drawing.

    Hi there, I need some help on this drawing which I want to draw in AutoCAD: As you can see, iI need help in the red rectangular portion. I want to know how to know the position of the curvy...

    Started by AtomR‎, 21st Aug 2015 02:43 pm
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  21. AutoCAD How to draw the lower arc in this drawing?

    Hi, I need help on this area of drawing: I can draw the left & right arcs by drawing circles and the upper arc (with radius 21) by drawing circle with TTR circle. Then I did Trim. Now the...

    Started by AtomR‎, 23rd Aug 2015 05:12 am
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  22. Procedure for surrounding drawing with paper border and Title Block

    If a paper border line and Title block is desired on a drawing is the border and title block called up first, and the drawing drawn within it's confines? What is the procedure here? Chubarka

    Started by chubarka‎, 13th Aug 2015 07:12 pm
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  23. Hatching...

    Hello all, I am having a little trouble setting the transparency on a hatch when it has exported to a PDF. I have set the value to 90% in CAD but every time I export to a pdf the hatch layer...

    Started by Starfox1981‎, 21st Aug 2015 10:19 am
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  24. Help using DETER tool

    Question regarding the Deter tool. So I'm in the process of converting my drawing into one block that cannot be exploded (well it can, but it will take time and much effort). But I ran into a...

    Started by ATRITIONIST‎, 18th Aug 2015 04:54 pm
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  25. How to make a 'offset' without changing the vertices of a curve 'polyline'

    When I use the 'offset' command in the curve line, the parallel line created has its vertices with the spacing becoming each time larger than the original line. In some cases the spacing is not...

    Started by gisanalyst‎, 16th Aug 2015 04:34 pm
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