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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. 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, Yesterday 11:19 pm
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  2. Moved: Autodesk inventor problem

    Started by jordy17‎, 15th Oct 2017 03:34 pm
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  3. 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
    • Replies: 4
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    15th Oct 2017 12:41 pm Go to last post
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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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    11th Oct 2017 12:03 am Go to last post
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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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    2nd Oct 2017 07:16 pm Go to last post
  10. 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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  11. 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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    29th Sep 2017 12:38 am Go to last post
  12. Most appropriate free CAD software

    I'm not sure which thread to post this question in, so forgive me if it's not in the right place. In my workplace I have AutoCAD (2006 version but it does what I need for now), as do some of the...

    Started by Maxelkat‎, 18th Sep 2017 10:13 am
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    20th Sep 2017 01:34 pm Go to last post
  13. How to draw an S bend

    Hello, I am a raw newby, and my class starts next week. Can't wait. Can anyone please advise the best way to draw an S curve AoB in the attached drawing? How do you determine the radius of the...

    Started by PJ01‎, 18th Sep 2017 03:52 am
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  14. Mouse Button Question

    I have been putting up with a problem for a while now with the programmable buttons on my mouse. The buttons are customized for ortho and osnap on and off. The don't work mid command. The screen...

    Started by Dswinty2‎, 15th Sep 2017 04:59 am
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    15th Sep 2017 05:43 pm Go to last post
  15. Quick and May be a simple Xref question

    Hi, In the Xref manager my colleague is unable to see red cross mark when its unloaded... See the cross mark in my cad in the below image... Is there any settings to turn it on.. She just see...

    Started by MOORADAN‎, 13th Sep 2017 07:05 am
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    14th Sep 2017 12:59 am Go to last post
  16. Text, and Dimensioning in Paperspace

    I have a drawing that was entirely drafted in model space, and due to the size of the drawing I need to make 6 separate sheets, which I am doing in paperspace. In each layout tab I create my viewport...

    Started by mattcourage‎, 7th Sep 2017 06:14 pm
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  17. Crosshair auromatic color change

    I use a white crosshair on a black background. However, when I move over a lighter background such a raster image the crosshair stays white and cannot be seen. The change from white to black should...

    Started by Jecobin‎, 10th Sep 2017 09:53 pm
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    13th Sep 2017 02:08 pm Go to last post
  18. Cannot draw line through rectangle

    Hello, I have drawn a rectangle 200 x 100 using the Rectangle button in the Draw panel. I then selected the Line button to draw a horizontal line through the midpoints of both vertical sides....

    Started by PJ01‎, 7th Sep 2017 01:12 am
    • Replies: 9
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    12th Sep 2017 09:57 am Go to last post
  19. Invalid or incomplete DXF input

    Has anyone seen this error message, and can anything be done about it? Invalid or incomplete DXF input, drawing discarded. I received this message after converting a line drawing in the JPG...

    Started by chubarka‎, 8th Sep 2017 07:33 pm
    • Replies: 6
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    11th Sep 2017 05:22 pm Go to last post
  20. Metric to Inches

    Hello, I have received a file in metric...all dimensions are in mm. i want to create new dimensions on the drawing, but wish to have them read inches instead of millimeters. How do i do that in...

    Started by Casio47‎, 21st Jul 2017 02:43 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    5th Sep 2017 04:30 am Go to last post
  21. Drawing United States Map DWG File

    Is anyone aware of a safe and trusted location where I can download a block or drawings of the US (with state borders)? It can be in either DWG or DXF format. I need one for a 4th of July...

    Started by Burner‎, 4th Jun 2010 02:29 pm
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  22. Problem of missing file "fusion documentation.html" for AutoCAD 2013

    How can i get this file fusion documentation.html autocad 2013 ht...] You can send it at

    Started by Muhammad Wadoud‎, 26th Aug 2017 09:36 am
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  23. post processors compatible with autocad?

    Hello all. As I learn slowly how to draw in autocad 2017, I find a need for a post processor to generate g code. I also have fusion360, but really dont want to try and learn that at the same time as...

    Started by bmz‎, 22nd Aug 2017 03:43 pm
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  24. Removing Duplicate Text

    Dear Forum. Would appreciate any advise in the following regards... I need to xref in a bunch of xrefs which I'm then binding and then bursting. When I do this, there is a lot of overlapping...

    Started by Cidona‎, 17th Aug 2017 05:00 am
    • Replies: 4
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    18th Aug 2017 07:35 pm Go to last post
  25. How to trace

    Hi all. I use solidworks 14 & autocad 07. I would like to learn how to trace / copy symbols & logos. I have tried importing an image and using the auto trace tool on solidworks however I find that...

    Started by paddynel0‎, 9th Aug 2017 11:05 am
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    11th Aug 2017 05:22 pm Go to last post

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