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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. How to 2D Draw A Tooth of Gear?

    Hi, Could anybody please give me an easy example of how to create a 2D drawing (standard mechanical engineering drawing) of one tooth of gear such as below image? ...

    Started by spinecad‎, 22nd Dec 2012 02:17 pm
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  2. Embarrassed Autocad 2013 Begginer problems

    Hey guys can you help me i from Brazil and move to US a 4 months ago and learn english just for 5 months before move and start university in Technical Graphics i have some problems because i never...

    Started by fredericofrg‎, 9th Sep 2012 11:18 pm
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    21st Jan 2013 03:31 pm Go to last post
  3. Drawing this bearing housing

    hi i want to be sure about hight width and depth i think w=153 h=175 d=92

    Started by cute eng‎, 17th Nov 2009 01:31 pm
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  4. Unhappy Newby questions: How to get started?

    Hello here! I'm new to AutoCAD (mechanical) but I've seen some intro video's (getting started video's) from AutoCAD and are very exiting to get started! Since I'm total new with AutoCAD, it's...

    Started by stef_r‎, 5th Jul 2012 06:37 am
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    21st Jul 2012 10:00 am Go to last post
  5. Total noob

    hey all im relatively new to autocad and am having some trouble...ive tried looking on other threads but just cant seem to find the right explanation. im busy with a school project in which i...

    Started by bothal08‎, 18th May 2012 04:05 pm
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    22nd May 2012 05:37 pm Go to last post
  6. How to draw Cam lobe

    Hi everyone, when its come to autocad i'm a total noob. Thank to cadtutor.net and you guys i learn bits here and there. You guys are great sources when i have no where else to go. So i'm here today...

    Started by henrynguyen‎, 10th May 2013 12:46 am
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    20th Jun 2013 09:31 pm Go to last post
  7. Serious problems with viewports and orientation

    Hello there, I have created some boxes in AutoCAD and when I change the view control to SW Isometric (and probably others too) it zooms out really far and I can't see what I have created unless I...

    Started by Sheepdisease‎, 22nd Jun 2015 08:09 am
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  8. Double Trouble! (Help on Double Doors Drawing)

    Hi All! I have an assignment that my Instructor decided to make harder by leaving specific things for us to decide, rather than give us guidelines, which is fine I guess, but i am kinda lost. I'm...

    Started by Numerics‎, 20th Apr 2010 02:58 pm
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    21st Apr 2010 03:13 am Go to last post
  9. Drawing too long by 40mm

    I need the overall dimensions to be 40mm not 80mm! Is there a way to chop this down or something? Without having to draw the whole thing again? :( Thanks,

    Started by matt4‎, 18th Feb 2009 06:13 pm
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  10. New Bungalow extension in the UK help

    I am very near to buying my retirement bungalow, it needs some work and one part would be to extend the kitchen out the back to make room for a dining room and will also an allow exit to the garden...

    Started by daft vader‎, 2nd Jun 2012 10:56 am
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    9th Jun 2012 05:27 am Go to last post
  11. Down grade utilities or drawing sources or any advice

    I am not entirely new to AutoCAD. I am currently a developer at Citi, writing in VB, .NET, andC++ However, in a former life I ran my own Electronics Installationbusiness quite successfully for...

    Started by Bilbo‎, 8th Feb 2014 05:51 pm
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  12. Scale in AutoCad

    Hello, i have a question regarding the scale option in AutoCad. If the Scale you wanted to set was 1:150 how would you go about doing this? Cheers.

    Started by Frazer1987‎, 11th May 2010 07:41 am
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  13. Does your company use annotative scaling?

    My company currently does not use annotative scaling. All dimensions and text are placed in a layout. What does your company do and why?

    Started by ReMark‎, 21st Dec 2009 02:36 pm
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  14. Question Drawing Needed

    Im new to this site,Can a user draw a cad drawing for me, if I send them a photo.I hope this is not against rules

    Started by B1977‎, 12th Dec 2008 10:34 pm
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  15. Different Dimension Scales On Same Project

    Hello, I am working on a project and i want to make a staircase, I want to make a detail of the railing,the overall drawing is in 1:10 scale,but i want the detail to be in 1:5 scale.how can i...

    Started by Anestakos‎, 1st Dec 2009 03:41 pm
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    9th Dec 2009 06:15 pm Go to last post
  16. The One thing you wish a new Drafter would know!

    I am wrapping up my first longer course in AutoCAD, now we have a few weeks of assigments to be handed in and some repetition to go through. I want to leave the class with a good basic knowledge...

    Started by Tiger‎, 22nd Nov 2013 02:24 pm
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    29th Nov 2013 06:07 am Go to last post
  17. 1" = 100'

    Hello All I need to make a grid (already have it's own layer) where 1" = 100'. I've gone into the dimension manager and set linear dimension = 100...not sure if that is correct. At any rate, the...

    Started by Casio47‎, 16th Oct 2012 03:34 am
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    28th May 2013 11:34 am Go to last post
  18. Standard scale

    I click on viewport and properties but Standard scale does not show up on Properties Misc.

    Started by WalterCarlson‎, 24th Jul 2013 05:55 pm
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    28th Jul 2013 12:30 am Go to last post
  19. my ribbons missing

    when i load autocad it says "The ribbon does not have any tabs or panels currently loaded" ive tried everything i can find and cant make anything show up there. im on page 4 of 800 in my AutoCad...

    Started by xxjoshiexx‎, 17th May 2008 08:56 am
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  20. plot has thick lines not on drawing ?

    Hey all, I completed a drawing for class, and on the screen it looks great. When i go to print it and preview it after centering, picking scale, etc, the preview shows most of the text to be thick....

    Started by mlbuxbaum‎, 22nd Feb 2011 06:57 pm
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  21. Embarrassed Question from an old dummy

    I have been trying to hatch a side view of a concrete floor... It won't do it (aCAD Lt 97). I have a long skinny rectangle and I have (multiple times) clicked on the boundaries (?) - there are no...

    Started by Able339‎, 15th Jan 2013 12:27 am
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  22. When you have lots of Drawings open

    Can someone tell me how to sort out the "Windows" task pane when you have say 10 different drawings open, they are named: E01, E02, M01, M02, H01, H02. I want it to show the drawings in order such...

    Started by Elly26‎, 12th Nov 2015 10:54 pm
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  23. Title block text

    Attached is the start of a title block, which I hacked up from a title block I found on this forum. If you use ddedit to change the text you can only ever type one line of text, the return key...

    Started by tails‎, 28th Feb 2011 05:02 pm
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  24. Fastest way to get to "Options"?

    I've probably only done it 2 or 3 thousand times, but I haven't been Cad'ing too much lately, and somehow I've forgotten the shortcut to get to "Options" (ie Tools>Options) Thanks

    Started by nestly‎, 28th Jan 2012 12:34 am
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  25. Lagging

    Hi, I'm new to the forum, and joined mainly because of a huge problem I've been having lately. My AutoCAD is REALLY laggy, whenever I try to draw a line and I move the mouse around the screen...

    Started by gigi11‎, 5th Nov 2010 12:51 pm
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    12th Apr 2013 01:57 pm Go to last post

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