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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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    24th May 2018 01:38 pm Go to last post
  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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    11th Feb 2009 10:20 pm Go to last post
  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. Segmented pipe bends (pie cuts)

    Hi, I would like to make a steel frame out of steel tubing. I intend to have large bends in the frame that are acheived by welding segments of angle cut pipe together otherwise known as a lobster...

    Started by martybaker‎, 16th Aug 2018 09:07 am
    • Replies: 8
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    Yesterday 12:14 pm Go to last post
  2. Moved: Replacing a part in an assembly drawing

    Started by ujwalpoojari‎, 16th Aug 2018 10:35 am
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  3. Why AutoCAD Book Cover Is Deceiving?

    Why every CAD book (also AutoCAD book) cover is deceiving. For example, see below attached image of the cover of an ACAD 2000 book. It shows a car body. As far as I know, ACAD is not be able...

    Started by basty‎, 14th Aug 2018 02:52 am
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    15th Aug 2018 11:42 am Go to last post
  4. guard rail line

    my guardrail line used to look normal, now the circle sits in the middle of the line rather than along the side of the line. any tips to correct? look like -----O-------O------ should look like...

    Started by kapureef‎, 14th Aug 2018 08:06 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    15th Aug 2018 04:02 am Go to last post
  5. Can you buy Autocad 2016

    ? Sent from my SM-J700T using Tapatalk

    Started by JDM4040‎, 27th Jan 2018 02:35 am
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  6. conversion of dxf file to pse

    Will one of the Gurus here explain the procedure tor converting a dxf file drawn in AutoCAD into a pse file. The pse file is to be used in a laser engraver. The laser engraver will not recognize a...

    Started by gotchy‎, 13th Aug 2018 01:46 pm
    • Replies: 1
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    13th Aug 2018 08:46 pm Go to last post
  7. P&ID Symbols

    Hi, I am attempting to make my 1st very simple P&ID in Autocad 2018 & can’t get Valves, Fittings to show with Threaded connections. Could someone please provide some help as to where to find the...

    Started by sjordash‎, 9th Aug 2018 02:55 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    9th Aug 2018 09:19 pm Go to last post
  8. What is Lateral?

    What is lateral in engineering drawing? Can someone please show me by an example? Thank you

    Started by basty‎, 7th Aug 2018 05:37 pm
    • Replies: 9
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    8th Aug 2018 06:45 pm Go to last post
  9. Opening Autocad 2018 covers my windows taskbar

    When I open Acad 2018 it covers my windows (10 pro) taskbar until I toggle the drawing window "restore down" then up again. Then the windows taskbar at the bottom of the screen shows. I have tried...

    Started by bld8‎, 5th Aug 2018 09:41 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    7th Aug 2018 12:52 pm Go to last post
  10. Weird quirk when tracing a PDF

    Sometimes when i insert a PDF, i get snaps to draw my lines which makes life so much easier. Sometimes after i zoom or scale, the snaps disappear? What gives? I just can't snap to a point or...

    Started by neuri‎, 6th Aug 2018 04:03 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    7th Aug 2018 12:30 am Go to last post
  11. System Variable to make Dim's selectable.

    Does anyone remember the System Variable or Command to allow Dim's to be selectable? I need to be able to pick the end point of a dim line to measure to or from. Thanks, Daniel

    Started by Ktootktoot1‎, 30th Jul 2018 07:49 pm
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    31st Jul 2018 07:02 pm Go to last post
  12. Layer Merge not working

    I love the layer merge command for cleaning up drawings. Thanks to this forum for explaining this one. My problem: Sometimes, although the command completes with no error, the layers do not merge...

    Started by reyems‎, 18th Mar 2009 01:52 pm
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    29th Jul 2018 06:45 pm Go to last post
  13. Co ordinates

    Hi Guys Im a setting out /site engineer, Not very experienced in CAD. I have a drawing from the designer of a site im on but im wanting the actaul site control co ordinates on the file...

    Started by crgrog‎, 20th Jul 2018 09:44 am
    • Replies: 2
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    20th Jul 2018 02:09 pm Go to last post
  14. Resources to get started with residential drafting?

    I've been searching all over the internet, maybe I'm searching for the wrong thing, but I can't really find much information on getting started. Family friend has offered me a job to make 2D floor...

    Started by FirstTimeCAD‎, 9th Jul 2018 07:35 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    9th Jul 2018 10:44 pm Go to last post
  15. osmode is always changing

    So I have my settings a certain way, and I havw a lisp routine that I am able to type a command to set them all back to a certain way. But for some reason when I am in a command it works and then...

    Started by dnovember99‎, 2nd Jul 2018 09:47 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    2nd Jul 2018 10:50 pm Go to last post
  16. Looking for feedback.

    Hi. My name is Szymon T. Few days ago I started my adventure with Auto Cad. I am looking to craft small granite/stainless steel jewellery box. I have drawn my first drawing and wanted to...

    Started by SzymonT‎, 11th Jun 2018 04:41 am
    • Replies: 4
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    29th Jun 2018 07:43 pm Go to last post
  17. Wink Snapping circles together.

    A Silver Surfer, brand new to Autocad and only three lessons under my hat, so please forgive niave question: If I draw a couple of circles of different size, a little apart.... Lets say for...

    Started by BarryD‎, 28th Jun 2018 03:37 pm
    • Replies: 9
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    29th Jun 2018 03:56 am Go to last post
  18. Smile hi~ Properties window disappeared, help me.

    hi~ Properties window disappeared, help me. i'm using Autocad 2012 version. I used properties window Left anchored.

    Started by nest1291‎, 5th Jun 2018 10:18 am
    • Replies: 2
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    5th Jun 2018 02:07 pm Go to last post
  19. Complete Beginner at 50! Retrain for a new career?

    Hi As the title states. I'm currently a Welder/Fabricator, bored and would love a total change. Autocad looks very interesting, very early days for my research and not sure what actual industry...

    Started by volante5767‎, 1st Jun 2018 11:37 am
    • Replies: 5
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    4th Jun 2018 01:02 pm Go to last post
  20. Error when saving model

    I am encountering a problem every time autocad saves a specific drawing file. The problem occurs only after I make a union between two solids. Error message displays: Internal error...

    Started by zoeper‎, 12th Aug 2006 09:48 am
    • Replies: 1
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    30th May 2018 08:02 pm Go to last post
  21. crosshairs snapping to a grid

    Please tell me how to eliminate my crosshairs from snapping to a grid that is not displayed. I am using AutoCAD 2000 if it matters. thank you, gotchy

    Started by gotchy‎, 29th May 2018 02:45 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    30th May 2018 04:21 am Go to last post
  22. New to Parametric settings question

    Hello everyone, I am new to the parametrics concept, I used to draw only 2d basic stuff. I have been asked to make a drawing from a PDF sketch as follows: " i need ALL plans as Parametric /...

    Started by maurize‎, 14th May 2018 10:59 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    16th May 2018 05:39 am Go to last post
  23. External reference didn't show up after reload Autocad 2017

    I have a main drawing that Xref to other drawing, when i opened the main drawing, the message showed"one or more reference files could not be located or read. what do you want to do? so i clicked on...

    Started by Sengna‎, 15th May 2018 04:07 pm
    xref error
    • Replies: 1
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    15th May 2018 04:29 pm Go to last post
  24. Distance/Measuring Help

    Hello, I've decided to start working a little with AutoCAD to make a bracket that I need cut out. The bracket will have 4 bolt holes that are 6.7mm in diameter each. I am having trouble getting my...

    Started by ICS Vortex‎, 1st May 2018 02:25 am
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    • Replies: 26
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    10th May 2018 05:27 pm Go to last post
  25. Question Join objects to reduce size in 2d dwg file?

    I am a complete newbie with cad. I have received 2d dwg of a factory floor that i will use as a background drawing in another program. The problem is that the dwg is very big/heavy and therefor my...

    Started by Mr newbie‎, 17th Apr 2018 05:32 pm
    dwg, huge, size
    • Replies: 5
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    9th May 2018 11:27 am Go to last post

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