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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. Unhappy Standard text is always too bold

    Hi, the text always appears bold both on screen and printed in my student work. My tutor has now commented as it detracts from the thickness of picture lines. So i need to figure out how to change...

    Started by KATIE0801‎, 21st Dec 2011 06:25 pm
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  2. Angry Text question

    hi.. i am setting a big drawing and that one drawing have almost 100 mtext and which mtext height is 7 inch so i wanna jump 10 inch it would be possible in one command which is quich select...so my...

    Started by mateen‎, 23rd Dec 2011 06:16 am
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    23rd Dec 2011 07:50 am Go to last post
  3. How to know the scale.

    I have a problem in scaling. I wanted to know the scale of a drawing. After i have drawn the drawing. What will i do to know the scale of it or what is the recommended scale for the drawing i have...

    Started by plokypopoy‎, 22nd Dec 2011 03:39 pm
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  4. Displaying Line Width

    line width does not display in either model or paper space, is there a way to make it display without going to print preview?

    Started by Kemphas‎, 22nd Dec 2011 10:22 pm
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    22nd Dec 2011 11:10 pm Go to last post
  5. Text editing with multiple objects selected.

    I was wondering if there is a way to edit single line text when there are multiple objects selected. I have multiple text which need their justification edited but there are non-text items amongst...

    Started by HydroGuy‎, 22nd Dec 2011 01:41 pm
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    22nd Dec 2011 02:24 pm Go to last post
  6. monocrome not plotting black and white

    Hello there, I am trying to plot this floor plan, which has different layers, and each layer has diferent colour. When I select, dwg to pdf, A4@1:00 ISO full bleed with monocrome applied, and do...

    Started by nowikovs12‎, 21st Dec 2011 07:34 pm
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  7. Fillmode

    So I rarely ask for help here but when I they usually have a bit more meat to them. This one however seems to fit the 'Beginners' thread. I have been a bit perplexed by this for some time now but...

    Started by ScribbleJ‎, 20th Dec 2011 08:08 pm
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    21st Dec 2011 06:06 pm Go to last post
  8. Hatching and gaps

    Hey! I have tried to search solution to this gap problem but with no success. AutoCAD generates gaps to my drawing, sometimes there is NO gap and then it says there is when I'm selection new...

    Started by wirty91‎, 2nd Dec 2011 06:18 pm
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  9. square feet disappeared

    Can anyone help me figure out how to get the area under geometry in properties to give me sqft? It used to give me sqin and sqft and now (in one particular drawing) it will only show up as a sqin...

    Started by reyems‎, 20th Dec 2011 08:10 pm
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    20th Dec 2011 09:14 pm Go to last post
  10. Plotting

    How do I set my paper space to print A3 am using autocad 2007 and have spend days trying to figure it out. How to I get a title block/template to fit A3. Please help is Urgent

    Started by trudious‎, 20th Dec 2011 04:37 pm
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  11. Read only files conversion

    Hi, I've been given a dwg file to work with but it's read only so I can't save my work! How can I solve this? Is it possible to convert the file so I can save it? :unsure:

    Started by rosswhiteeca‎, 20th Dec 2011 04:41 pm
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  12. hello

    i have to draw a STOP BRACKET and BEARING CAP i have no idea how to make these anyone can help me ? i have teamviewer

    Started by midnightb3ast‎, 19th Dec 2011 04:53 am
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  13. Autocad 2012 student question

    I need to find the center of a circle that is tangent to another circle and a point on a line. I cannot use tangent tangent radius, Any suggestions.

    Started by metsj373‎, 18th Dec 2011 09:28 pm
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  14. Units from inches to millimeters

    Hello everyone, I have this problem with units. I am using 2012 Autocad drafting. I want to work with millimeters, for instance usually when I type 1000, that is usually refered as 1 meter. Now...

    Started by nowikovs12‎, 15th Dec 2011 02:55 pm
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  15. autocad 2012 student version

    somehow i have changed how the ribbon buttons are displayed. instead of being expanded and showing all the commands on the button, it only shows the button tittle. one of then shows "DRAW" . when i...

    Started by thereclinerman5‎, 18th Dec 2011 06:13 pm
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  16. Ellipse size

    Hello, I have more of a geometry question, rather than CAD question. I need to determine the size of a spar hole for an airplane wing. The wing will be cut out of foam with a hot wire. There is...

    Started by bchristal‎, 17th Dec 2011 06:26 pm
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  17. Wink Model / paper space scale settings autocad 2012

    HI, I AM NEW AT AUTOCAD. I AM CURRENTLY DOING A HOME COURSE ON AUTOCAD WITH MINIMAL INFORMATION. I AM NOT DRAWING TOO BAD ON AUTOCAD 2012. MY PROBLEM IS: I BELIEVE I AM DRAWING IM METRES IN MODEL...

    Started by Shane Cawthorn‎, 17th Dec 2011 08:37 pm
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  18. Paste special

    When I use paste special>paste link to put excel file, it’s ok for excel worksheet. As soon as I updated the excel file, the one inside Auto CAD’s changed automatically. But, for Auto CAD entities,...

    Started by Z GUY‎, 17th Dec 2011 04:33 am
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  19. Linetype scale in paper vs. model space

    Ok, so I have this drawing that I just finished. There were a few dotted lines that were showing up correctly in model space. Then, when I switched over to paper space all of those lines were solid....

    Started by ssartor‎, 15th Dec 2011 07:41 pm
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  20. Linetype text height

    hi, what im trying to do is make my own linetype for specific jobs, ie a number of different lines named different things. so using the acad.lin file i have altered it and reloaded it but all my text...

    Started by paulsm11‎, 15th Dec 2011 10:34 pm
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  21. I just want to make a hole smaller (or larger)

    Hello all, Long time viewer, first time poster...... I have a 1" thick solid with some holes in it. I just want to modify the holes from 3" diameter to 2.75" (or 3.25"). As i have thought...

    Started by dascott‎, 1st Dec 2011 10:30 pm
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  22. Will not print Autocad drawing 10 to 1

    Will someone please look at this Plot window for Autocad 2000 and tell me why I am unable to print this drawing out 10 X it's size? I have something set wrong! thank you, Reggy

    Started by reggy‎, 15th Dec 2011 04:03 pm
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  23. Some simple questions

    1. How does the stretch command work? I'm trying to scale an object solely in the Y-direction. Is making a block out of all the objects I want to scale the only way to do this? 2. I have a few...

    Started by ssartor‎, 12th Dec 2011 08:42 pm
    blocks, default, icon, stretch, text
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    15th Dec 2011 07:56 pm Go to last post
  24. "bending" parts?

    Im currently trying to draw a layout for a simple angle iron part using the front, side, and angled view. Its a flat part made of sheetmetal and it will get 1 90* bend in it. My first question is...

    Started by guilty by design‎, 25th Apr 2011 08:53 pm
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  25. How to create a three side based pyramid as a solid?

    Hey there, i want to create a pyramid with a base of three sides with different lenght. In the end i want to have a solid where i can drag and move the notes to change the hight,lenght and the...

    Started by canarinho‎, 15th Dec 2011 02:59 am
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    15th Dec 2011 06:03 pm Go to last post

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