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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. Need help with insane lag and dark renders

    I'm on the same system since 2012(no need to upgrade since it runs most things fine), 8mb ram, i7 2600, ssd, HD6950 and ACAD 2013. Even on a laptop, basic 3d renders (nothing complicated, just a...

    Started by neuri‎, Today 02:28 am
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  2. Moved: autocad degree numbers help

    Started by rado7rado‎, 8th Dec 2017 05:18 pm
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Question [How to] Import .xls text with X and Y coordinate into AitoCAD

    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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    24th Nov 2017 09:27 am Go to last post
  6. 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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    23rd Nov 2017 02:53 pm Go to last post
  7. 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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    17th Nov 2017 01:13 pm Go to last post
  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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
  18. Layer names

    I have been reading an architectural AutoCAD book, and it names Layers and line thicknesses as follows: Outline 0.35mm Dim 0.25mm Construction - nothing shown for thickness Hidden ...

    Started by PJ01‎, 5th Oct 2017 12:58 am
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    13th Oct 2017 04:55 pm Go to last post
  19. Problem printing PDF version of CAD 2011 problem

    Hi All, Usually when I print the PDF version of a cad plan it attaches itself to an email. I highlight the area I want to print, select PDF creator, preview and then click OK. Usually at the...

    Started by Franny‎, 12th Oct 2017 08:49 am
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    12th Oct 2017 07:44 pm Go to last post
  20. Question Scaling problem

    Hello! I was learning autocad, and I tried to create a PDF file. Everything drawn was in annotation scale of 1:1 and my units were selected as milimeters. When I opened viewport and selected...

    Started by rihiz‎, 9th Oct 2017 07:21 pm
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  21. Lines are not visible while drawing

    Hi, I have a very simple question which I am sure is easy to resolve... hopefully. Anyway when I try to draw lines they don't seem visible unless they extend or cross over something that is already...

    Started by memorael‎, 24th Nov 2010 05:35 pm
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    8th Oct 2017 11:50 am Go to last post
  22. Cannot see Model drawing in Layout

    Hello, as a raw newbie, I have made a 100 x 200mm rectangle on my Model tab, and on the Layout tab, have prepared an A4 sheet, with border and Vport and Title block. However, the drawing does not...

    Started by PJ01‎, 4th Oct 2017 11:37 pm
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    5th Oct 2017 12:45 am Go to last post
  23. Rectangle command not working as it used to

    Hi everyone. Its been 2 days that Ive been driving myself insane. I used to draw a rectangle the following way: - Rectangle command ENTER - Specify point ENTER - enter dimensions, ex:...

    Started by Ana‎, 30th Sep 2017 05:59 pm
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  24. Michael

    Use his tutorials and stuff. Learn something new daily usually. I would love more smiles. Happy in autocad 2d World.

    Started by bjenk8100‎, 30th Sep 2017 04:34 am
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  25. Using relative POINT command

    Hello, can someone please advise how I can use the POINT command to set a point relative to the start of a drawn line? If that is possible, can you please advise how I can make it be...

    Started by PJ01‎, 28th Sep 2017 01:10 pm
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