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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. Millwork Draftsman

    I am a week away from starting my new job as a draftsman at a local Millwork company in my area. What I am looking for is advice as to I should really be putting the most effort in to learning at...

    Started by PaulMacAD89‎, 24th Jan 2015 05:44 pm
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  2. Interpretation of 7/8 metal tubbing

    Hi everyone I'm new to all of this, but I needed some help interpreting a old drawing to dimension it on CAD. The drawing is to a metal tubing and not sure if I'm reading it right; needed the...

    Started by many‎, 29th Jan 2015 08:25 pm
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  3. FAQ Article jpeg disappears when its goes to next computer

    i want to ask one question. but i dont know where i post my question. Help me regarding this information. i attach jpeg but its disappers when its goes to next computer. i want to know how i put...

    Started by ARSLANBUTT‎, 15th Jan 2015 12:07 pm
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  4. Moved: Learning to scale properly

    Started by iloilmarketing‎, 28th Jan 2015 10:29 pm
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  5. Moved: macro for scale shoe size

    Started by Basem‎, 28th Jan 2015 09:00 pm
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  6. How to add a centerline?

    Hi, I tried to add a centerline to the center of a drawing I created but got lost when the help menu said for "step 4. In the Size box, enter the length of the centerline overshoot. Click OK."...

    Started by SFG13‎, 10th Mar 2010 05:39 am
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    27th Jan 2015 11:58 am Go to last post
  7. Career Change

    I am 46 year old thinking about changing careers. Working with CAD seems be the most interesting option seen that I have an very esthetic and technical kind of intelligence. However, my knowledge...

    Started by APL4444‎, 17th Jan 2015 09:59 pm
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    begginer, training, work market
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  8. Moved: Connections between walls and slab, tutorial perhaps somewhere?

    Started by miroslav_s‎, 26th Jan 2015 07:26 pm
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  9. Moved: Use more layers instead of project constructs, what do you prefer?

    Started by miroslav_s‎, 26th Jan 2015 07:35 pm
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  10. Properties

    I'm just starting to use AutoCad 2011 and have a question. A screenshot is attached showing a highlighted rectangle and the properties box. It doesn't show the length and width of the rectangle, am I...

    Started by doncwe‎, 25th Jan 2015 07:28 pm
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  11. Open file tabs

    Seems I somehow turned of the display for tabs when multiple files are opened :unsure: I need them back fast Help guys :)

    Started by byk3bep‎, 24th Jan 2015 08:04 pm
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  12. What's the differences between drawing in "Model" view and drawing in "Layout" view?

    What's the differences between drawing in "Model" view and drawing in "Layout" view in AutoCAD? I have been drawing in Layout view but I see there is a black background "Model" view too for each...

    Started by junehe‎, 22nd Jan 2015 07:41 pm
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  13. Question How to change tangency of vertex in AutoCAD

    Hey, I have one vertex not smooth on my drawing. How can I change its tangency? It also shows a "+" sign near it, which I don't know what it means. I attached the drawing here for your reference....

    Started by junehe‎, 22nd Jan 2015 12:26 am
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  14. Default drawing opened when starting AutoCAD

    I know how to set my default drawing for QNEW in the files tab in the options. However, that is NOT the same drawing that opens when I just open AutoCAD for the first time that day. Is there another...

    Started by maliakuhl‎, 21st Jan 2015 11:45 pm
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  15. Is this possible?

    Hi there, I have been approached regarding a project, and I'd like to understand whether it's feasible or not. The client is looking for a mobile app (native app or web) that would allow them to:...

    Started by asafari‎, 13th Jan 2015 05:41 pm
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  16. Topographical survey on bridge ,help needed to create elevation

    Hi all, many thanks for all articles posted, it really does help us plebs! I could do with some advice as to how to create an elevation survey from a survey I did on a bridge, I have all data,...

    Started by leicaman‎, 19th Jan 2015 12:29 pm
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  17. Degree of Ellipse

    There are 45 deg, 60 deg, and so on, of an ellipse. What is this degree mean? Can somebody tell me how to construct a 60 deg ellipse in autocad?

    Started by basty‎, 14th Jan 2015 06:29 am
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  18. Triangle Question

    First, I draw an oblique red line. Next, I draw a blue line that is perpendicular to the red line intersecting at point 1 and end at point 2. How do I draw the magenta line (B line) that...

    Started by basty‎, 16th Jan 2015 10:13 pm
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  19. Zoom to scale

    Hi. I know when in the layout sheet I can go into model space and zoom in on the drawing to an exact scale but unsure how I do this. Can anyone help. Cheers.

    Started by IJ31‎, 30th Sep 2008 09:48 am
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  20. Items copied loose definition & colour

    Hi All, When I copy an item in Cad 2011 it looses its definition. So for example I copy a row of filing cabinets which all have definition lines to show how many there are and when I paste it in...

    Started by Frannym‎, 15th Jan 2015 03:40 pm
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  21. Peparuka

    Hey guys got another problem.... I was told to get a program called Pepakura for unfolding 3D models. I have created to basic model in ACAD and saved it a a .DXF file. However when i try to...

    Started by Zoobz‎, 11th May 2010 08:28 am
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  22. Unhappy Batch import .dgn

    Hi, I have been asked to take several (a few thousand) .dgn-files and output as one merged .dwg-file. This is something that I will have to to on a regular basis. I know that I can use the...

    Started by Onyxalis‎, 9th Jan 2015 02:19 pm
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  23. Long sweep steel pipe fitting schedule standard reference sheet

    Hi, Simple question, I tried to draw long 48" steel pipe sweep in autocad, i could not find any reference sheet for standard size for long pipe sweep. Does anyone have any to share for ref, do i...

    Started by Sengna‎, 9th Jan 2015 01:24 am
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  24. Do I need to take a drafting course before l get into AutoCad?

    hie guys am starting my Auto CAD course this week so l was wondering if l can start with a drafting course before l get into Auto Cad !!! THANKS IN ADVANCE

    Started by malvern‎, 7th Jan 2015 09:48 am
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  25. Wipeout curved blocks

    I'm trying to create a block witch when moved over another element (lets say a hatch) obscures it. Not a problem with blocks composed with closed straight polylines. However... Not all blocks have...

    Started by byk3bep‎, 10th Jan 2015 09:13 am
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