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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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    • Replies: 23
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    7th Jan 2016 06:11 am 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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    • Replies: 13
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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
    • Replies: 0
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    7th May 2008 07:41 pm Go to last post
  1. How to refresh and reload a block?

    I understand that when I insert block A from drawing B into drawing C it creates a copy of A locally in C. First question, is there any way to refresh or overwrite the local block C(in B) with...

    Started by jkristia‎, 27th Oct 2008 10:23 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    21st Apr 2017 02:33 pm Go to last post
  2. Moved: How to draw the shortest line between curved bodies

    Started by KarolR‎, 16th Apr 2017 04:36 pm
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  3. Automatic dimensions and bills of material for piping components

    Hi Is there a way to choose a piping class based on ASME B16.5, then a component and its size, and let AutoCad automatically show their dimensions in the isometric drawing and create a bill of...

    Started by mechaniker‎, 3rd Apr 2017 09:01 pm
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    1 2 3
    bom, dimensions, piping
    • Replies: 21
    • Views: 1,229
    6th Apr 2017 11:13 pm Go to last post
  4. Finding Electrical, Voice & Data Elevation Blocks - Impossible

    Hi All, I was wondering where in the world you could find receptacle, voice and data elevation blocks to use in drawings? I have scoured the internet for HOURS and can not find anything!!!! Are...

    Started by Fickle‎, 5th Apr 2017 11:38 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    6th Apr 2017 10:32 am Go to last post
  5. Autocad Project

    Hi, I need help redesigning this in AutoCAD Fuzion 360 I'm trying to focus, but there's so much bustle, & as if an upheaval, due to rapport, no one wants to let me focus on my goal. It's a web...

    Started by Rubo‎, 23rd Mar 2017 12:53 am
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    design builds, project, prototype, redesign, remodel
    • Replies: 19
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    2nd Apr 2017 10:47 am Go to last post
  6. Moved: Using the DDPTYPE command for control of Points - AutoCad 2000

    Started by Stanier‎, 29th Mar 2017 05:08 pm
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    1st Apr 2017 02:31 am Go to last post
  7. Linked Value in MText

    Hello, Hopefully this is a fairly easy question, but for an old dog like me, new tricks are harder to learn. I am doing very basic AutoCAD drawings for multiple people, and in the title...

    Started by TOS-TrekFan‎, 30th Mar 2017 01:47 am
    • Replies: 7
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    31st Mar 2017 01:57 am Go to last post
  8. Box around Text

    How do I remove the box around the text which is not visible in Model only Layout?

    Started by ASH_CAD‎, 28th Mar 2017 09:39 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    28th Mar 2017 09:58 pm Go to last post
  9. Help needed in AutoCAD 2018

    Greetings, everyone ! May I introduce myself a bit : I'm Gauvain Boiché, I'm currently studying Video Games in Belgium. I am now in an internship in a small company. We usually use 3DS Max 2017...

    Started by KrakenRT_G_Boiche‎, 24th Mar 2017 02:35 pm
    3ds max, autocad, material, points, selection
    • Replies: 1
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    27th Mar 2017 03:54 am Go to last post
  10. Question inserting DXF into drawing

    my problem is that elements in dxf file inserts on wrong coordinates. for example if the coordinate is 123456.78 inserted element is on 12345678.00 I tried to change comma-dot in regional settings,...

    Started by vlovrec‎, 26th Mar 2017 09:36 pm
    dxf insert
    • Replies: 1
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    27th Mar 2017 12:10 am Go to last post
  11. Drawing co-ords

    Hi Guys, Another one for you. So I am using AutoCAD for dummies (2011) and trying to revise. On page 61 (A lap around the CAD track) I am trying to follow the instructions to draw a rectangle....

    Started by Franny‎, 17th Mar 2017 05:05 pm
    • Replies: 3
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    17th Mar 2017 05:45 pm Go to last post
  12. Hatching question

    I'm putting down a polyline to set up the perimeter for a proposed hatch. I encounter a curve. Do I stop, create the curve, and then join the two separate objects? Sometimes there situations where I...

    Started by Newbie McPc‎, 10th Mar 2017 08:35 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    15th Mar 2017 12:16 pm Go to last post
  13. Purge

    I have a dwg that only has two used layers. So I urged to minimize the size, yet I still have layers with nothing on them. I cannot get rid of them. Any suggestions? Why are the layers remaining?...

    Started by kapureef‎, 7th Mar 2017 11:42 pm
    • Replies: 9
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    10th Mar 2017 09:17 pm Go to last post
  14. How to increase space between objects?

    I have a row of rectangles, spaced evenly and I need to increase the spacing. How do I set the space between each of them to be a specified amount?

    Started by rlcad‎, 7th Mar 2017 07:34 am
    • Replies: 6
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    8th Mar 2017 11:47 am Go to last post
  15. Lock autocad out of 3d modes

    This is seemly a basic function that I can not find, and is really frustrating. I use autocad only as a 2d program. I never want to allow the program to orbit because it just lags and wastes...

    Started by j10photo‎, 5th Nov 2013 07:29 pm
    3d mode, lock top view
    • Replies: 9
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    7th Mar 2017 05:52 pm Go to last post
  16. Veteran trying to decide which AutoCAD training program to take

    Hey everyone! As you can see I am a new member. I have ZERO CAD experience and will soon be enrolling in some sort of AutoCAD online program so I can get certified. It will have to be a 100% online...

    Started by Rhino68W‎, 1st Mar 2017 04:31 pm
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    6th Mar 2017 04:01 pm Go to last post
  17. Text box auto resize

    Hello, Is there any way to automatically re-size text boxes to fit text? The reason I ask is that I've got background mask on all my text and have just reduced the text size by half - I'm not...

    Started by EmilyB‎, 5th Jan 2011 01:22 am
    • Replies: 9
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    2nd Mar 2017 06:09 pm Go to last post
  18. Question about Layer Properties Dialogue Box

    Hello all, I'm brand-new at this, so I apologize if this is a stupid question. Normally, my AutoCAD screen looks like this: However - and I'm not sure how - as I was using the "Layer...

    Started by timgabe1992‎, 27th Feb 2017 11:23 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    28th Feb 2017 11:27 pm Go to last post
  19. Dialogue box has gone

    Don't know what has happened, but my dialogue box has gone.... can anyone help please??

    Started by peterg‎, 21st Feb 2017 05:47 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    25th Feb 2017 12:03 pm Go to last post
  20. Right click+shift doesn't show osnap menu

    It did before. i started a line, right clicked+shift showed a menu: endpoint, midpoint etc'. now it doesn't

    Started by KarolR‎, 9th Feb 2017 07:57 pm
    • Replies: 4
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    10th Feb 2017 02:40 am Go to last post
  21. "Snap to Intersection" option (OPTI/AutoCAD 2013)

    I am a network administrator, I don't use the software. W7Pro x64, 8GB RAM, Optisys/AutoCAD 2013 working in telecomm infrastructure design. I have a user who can no longer "snap to intersection"...

    Started by EngineerSupport‎, 3rd Feb 2017 05:16 pm
    autocad 2013, opti, optisys, snap, snapping
    • Replies: 3
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    4th Feb 2017 12:15 am Go to last post
  22. Selecting objects off screen with dragbox?

    Ok, so my problem is that I can only select objects that are shown on screen on the second click. For instance, I'm using the green select box (dragging right to left) to select a large amount of...

    Started by Daf‎, 22nd Mar 2012 09:45 am
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    1 2
    • Replies: 11
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    30th Jan 2017 07:10 pm Go to last post
  23. Advice / help to find suitable software to create basic 3d illustrations for clients

    Hi all. My first post, so bare with me if I'm asking the wrong forum. I run my own 'one man band' business designing and installing ropes courses and climbing towers using wood and steel. I'm not a...

    Started by Matthew Ralphs‎, 27th Jan 2017 03:21 pm
    advice, basic, illustrations
    • Replies: 5
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    27th Jan 2017 06:11 pm Go to last post
  24. 40' high cube shipping container component

    Anybody come across one of these? I'm interested in shipping container architecture and would like to use a decent container component to start out. Thanks.

    Started by mrippard‎, 5th May 2009 04:41 am
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 ... 4
    • Replies: 34
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    25th Jan 2017 03:09 am Go to last post
  25. AutoCAD 2017 status bar icons

    I have been lead to believe that the status bar icons cannot be displayed as text, is this true? I might add that if the can, I haven't been able to find out how.

    Started by Blurto‎, 24th Jan 2017 03:17 am
    2017, bar, icons, status
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 900
    24th Jan 2017 04:15 pm Go to last post

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