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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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    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. Question Creating a curve with radius 5 circles

    If drawing two radius 5 curves, so that the horizontal is 8 units as shown, where would you place the centres of the 5 radius circles? I think possibly also a circle may have to be offset to...

    Started by L-P‎, 23rd Dec 2017 12:06 am
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  2. Convert .cad file to .dwg

    I have a .cad file that I cannot open in autocad. Is there anyone here who can convert it to .dwg for me. I would greatly appreciate it.

    Started by darkraider7‎, Yesterday 08:52 pm
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  3. Technical Drawing Question

    How do you draw the left side and right side view of a pipe like the attached file? http://www47.zippyshare.com/v/SgrOiB0w/file.html If you don't understand what I am asking, please see below...

    Started by basty‎, 4th Jan 2018 12:20 am
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  4. Question Writing text on a dimension arrow

    In the atachment below, a section of a circle can be seen which I previously drew plus a dimension line with text on it that I wrote. I can't recall how I managed to do this. Note that there's an...

    Started by L-P‎, 15th Jan 2018 05:11 pm
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    Yesterday 02:42 pm Go to last post
  5. How to draw a specific angle from a tangent?

    In the attachment, it can be seen in the first screen shot that I have drawn a line from the quadrant of the circle at an of 72 degrees. However it can be seen from the second screen shot that...

    Started by L-P‎, 12th Jan 2018 09:23 pm
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    14th Jan 2018 01:41 am Go to last post
  6. Moved: Checking Arc Tangencies

    Started by united‎, 12th Jan 2018 09:36 am
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  7. Moved: Dynamic block for a section marker

    Started by raj banerjee‎, 10th Jan 2018 11:00 am
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  8. Imported files and model manager what is ghost storey/discipline

    Hello AutoCAD user, Can someone explain whats the function of 'ghost storey'under imported files and model manager? Thanks..

    Started by AutoCAD_learner‎, 28th Dec 2017 05:20 pm
    ghost storey, imported file
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    2nd Jan 2018 04:07 pm Go to last post
  9. Smile How to insert inductors on PCB design?

    I need a model with inductor circuit on PCB design. Anyone can help

    Started by dongy5‎, 20th Dec 2017 05:29 pm
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  10. Angry Need quick help.. HELP HELP HELP

    This may be a simple fix, but I'm stuck. When I went to open an Autocad 2006 drawing this morning, an Autocad box came up on the bottom of my screen and the drawing did not open. When I hover my...

    Started by olecarman‎, 16th Dec 2017 02:22 pm
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  11. How can I import the cut/fill values from excel into AutoCad 2016 dwg

    Hi forum, I have got as far as obtaining cut/fill values in a column using excel, adjacent to their relevant point coordinates. Now I want to know how I can import the cut/fill value text from excel...

    Started by Bruceybee‎, 5th Dec 2017 03:36 pm
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  12. Plotter driver language in Chinese, not English

    Maybe this is not the right forum for this, but I'm hoping to get some help. I am running AutoCAD LT 2017 with an HP1050C plotter and my plotter language (in my plot configuration) has changed from...

    Started by ttownsend‎, 5th Dec 2017 02:41 pm
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  13. Question [How to] Import .xls text with X and Y coordinate into AutoCAD

    Hi there, im using AutoCAD 2017 and I have a problem. I used DATAEXTRACTION command to create an excel file X and Y coordinate of mtext. When finished edit .xls file, I want to import it into...

    Started by ngolynguyen‎, 24th Nov 2017 03:58 am
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  14. Smile Command for repeating an image around a circle?

    Several weeks ago I was using a command in Autocad which meant when I had drawn a large circle, I could place (for example) a small circle within it and near the circumference and then input into CAD...

    Started by L-P‎, 23rd Nov 2017 02:08 pm
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  15. Autocad 2016 setting to metric and displaying meter in dimensions

    Hello I am beginner. I wanted to ask how can I display the dimension units? It only says 30 but I want it to say 30m. And by the way I think by default it is at inches and feet so how can I change...

    Started by ketanco‎, 16th Nov 2017 02:08 pm
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  16. Question Automatic Save Gets Turned Off

    Working in Acad 2015, I go into the TOOLS/OPTIONS/OPEN and SAVE and check the box for automatic save and set a time (10 minutes) click apply, then ok. All is well for several weeks maybe a month or...

    Started by Rewind‎, 24th Oct 2017 09:25 pm
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  17. template files

    Are there any benefits to saving templates as dwt as oppose to dwg files ?

    Started by kippax‎, 9th Nov 2017 10:08 am
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    9th Nov 2017 10:56 am Go to last post
  18. AutoCAD help for a Transport Planner!

    Hi I work in transport planning and want to teach myself how to use AutoCAD. Please can I get advice on where to start if I wish to learn AutoCAD for the purposes of highway design including...

    Started by LiteMayo‎, 1st Nov 2017 09:12 am
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    3rd Nov 2017 02:50 am Go to last post
  19. Saving Formats in Template

    I have created a template that saves the standard layers and the Dimension styles and Viewport that I use. On my practice exercises, I use a lot of POINTS as markers, and select the Menu Bar...

    Started by PJ01‎, 26th Oct 2017 12:49 pm
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    27th Oct 2017 11:57 am Go to last post
  20. Question CAD - plan and side view

    I'm just trying to learn a little bit about CAD myself, therefore this is a fairly basic question. If drawing up a plan view (bottom of the attached image) with a corresponding side view directly,...

    Started by L-P‎, 23rd Oct 2017 01:48 pm
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    24th Oct 2017 09:40 am Go to last post
  21. Change dimension sizes

    Q1. Having done a drawing and found that my dimension text is too big, how do I go about changing all the dimensions in this drawing without having to change each one individually? Q2. How do I ...

    Started by PJ01‎, 21st Oct 2017 12:44 pm
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    23rd Oct 2017 08:08 am Go to last post
  22. Smile X-Ref - Using a Xref that has numerous paper space tabs assigned to it

    Hi Everyone, My first question after joining CADtutor. I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on my query. I've started a new job (Civils CAD) and followed the company CAD...

    Started by Civils-CAD‎, 19th Oct 2017 09:11 pm
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  23. Problem with practice exercise

    Hello, I purchased some beginner practice exercises, and on the attached exercise I am having trouble drawing the top LH side, positioning the R5 and R3 circles, and then the R10 arc. Would...

    Started by PJ01‎, 20th Oct 2017 11:12 am
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  24. Another dumb question

    Trying to show that a pipe is longer than how I have drawn it (trying to save paper space). Is the break line I've used sufficient or does it immediately tell the reader that I'm a rookie? Mot that I...

    Started by neondeon298‎, 17th Oct 2017 11:19 pm
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    18th Oct 2017 12:39 pm Go to last post
  25. Array problem

    Hi All, trying to draw something using path array. I've attached part of the drawing. I want the objects to have a 2mm space between them. any how or info on how to do this would be...

    Started by darren_82‎, 14th Oct 2017 04:38 am
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    15th Oct 2017 12:41 pm Go to last post

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