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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. 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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    17th Dec 2011 11:50 pm Go to last post
  2. 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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    17th Dec 2011 11:12 pm Go to last post
  3. 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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  4. 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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    16th Dec 2011 09:14 pm Go to last post
  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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
  9. "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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  10. 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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  11. Missing CAD layers when convert to GIS

    Hi, I'm relatively new to CAD, but experienced in GIS. I am trying to import a survey drawing from CAD to ArcGIS (Version 10 Editor). When I import it seems to import all layer types except for...

    Started by rmbaril‎, 15th Dec 2011 12:06 am
    gis
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  12. Crop image inserted through WMS - Autodesk MAP 3D 2012

    Hi there!! I am using a WMS in Autodesk 3D Map 2012 to display an arial image in the Model area. As I zoom in, the arial image changes showing things in more detail. Is there a way to crop the...

    Started by paulbr‎, 13th Dec 2011 04:15 pm
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  13. Locating and Deleting Layers

    So i run into the problem where I copy from one project to the next to save time, also from templates and what not. Well there isn't really a uniform nature to my drawings as i started doing them...

    Started by Kemphas‎, 8th Dec 2011 12:54 am
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  14. Point coordinates extraction

    Hello. I have a drawing which consists of lines and blocks. I need to write down the (x,y) coordinates of each point of my intrest. I expect results to be copy-paste'able, txt or plain text...

    Started by Furion‎, 13th Dec 2011 08:51 pm
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    14th Dec 2011 09:05 pm Go to last post
  15. importing logos for laser cutting

    Not sure if this is a "beginner" question or not, but I was curious to see if anyone has any tips on importing logos. I would like to import logos in to my cad drawings that i send out for laser...

    Started by wpgdan‎, 13th Dec 2011 02:13 am
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    14th Dec 2011 02:34 pm Go to last post
  16. Exporting to PDF

    Ok guys, I'm new to using AutoCAD but learn very quickly. My boss wants me to export our cad file to pdf, but he wants it to have the black background and the colored layers. I have found how to...

    Started by Alfredroger89‎, 13th Dec 2011 08:18 pm
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  17. posting a text in isometric

    I seem to be having trouble posting a text in NE isometric. I tried to convert to layout but no images appeared

    Started by edwardmchale‎, 13th Dec 2011 07:09 pm
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    13th Dec 2011 09:13 pm Go to last post
  18. Smile Advice getting started

    I am a controls engineer. I work with industrial automation products, and Ive been in this line of work a long time. At my new job, all the guys have CAD products of some sort, especially the...

    Started by Tackdriver‎, 13th Dec 2011 02:07 am
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    13th Dec 2011 05:48 pm Go to last post
  19. Embarrassed Paper Space Question

    Hi, I am new to autocad, and just want to know what the dotted line in the paperspace window represents, and if I can move it, adjust it, hide it or delete it? Also, does it show up if I print...

    Started by cyclops1961‎, 12th Dec 2011 01:31 pm
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  20. user interface when in multiple views - basic setup questions (can I make like Rhino?

    Hello, I have extensive experience using Rhino3d for modeling, rendering and also drafting, but now need to move over to AutoCad for a new employer. I have no issues when using autocad for...

    Started by Stefan1‎, 11th Dec 2011 04:49 pm
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    12th Dec 2011 06:54 pm Go to last post
  21. Quickly searching for NON-overridden dimensions..

    It seems there are several ways to search hard coded (overridden) dimensions. However, the FIND command does not locate dimensions that are not overridden. Example, I want to find all dimensions...

    Started by quixin‎, 12th Dec 2011 04:02 pm
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  22. basic linetype scale

    Hi. I have the following problem. When I draw a line at my template it always has the line type scale 5 as default under properties. I know that I can chance this by hand or chance a basic...

    Started by intern2011‎, 9th Dec 2011 05:25 pm
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  23. Downloadt trial version of Autosketch 10

    Could anyone advise where in the UK I could download a trial version of Autosketch 10 please Thanks Tony in Enfield

    Started by anthonyC‎, 9th Dec 2011 02:09 pm
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  24. "unhandled Exception"

    When opening any drawing (AutoCAD Lt 2008, I get the following error message: "Invalid URI: The format of the URI could not be determined". I can get by it by clicking "Continue", but why is it...

    Started by anstedsf‎, 10th Dec 2011 11:48 pm
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    12th Dec 2011 04:50 am Go to last post
  25. move command are same with copy

    help. i found out that my curent autocad architect 2011 move command are same with copy command. And also i found out everytime went i start my autocad programe that is an error message like...

    Started by andrehtss‎, 11th Sep 2011 02:24 pm
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    12th Dec 2011 02:48 am Go to last post

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