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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. 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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    21st Dec 2011 08:22 am Go to last post
  2. 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
  3. 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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    20th Dec 2011 07:40 pm Go to last post
  4. 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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    20th Dec 2011 06:12 pm Go to last post
  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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    18th Dec 2011 06:34 pm Go to last post
  9. 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
  10. Wink Model / paper space scale settings autocad 2012


    Started by Shane Cawthorn‎, 17th Dec 2011 08:37 pm
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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
  17. "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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    15th Dec 2011 07:45 pm Go to last post
  18. 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
  19. 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
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    15th Dec 2011 01:32 pm Go to last post
  20. 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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    15th Dec 2011 01:25 pm Go to last post
  21. 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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  22. 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
  23. 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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  24. 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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    14th Dec 2011 06:48 am Go to last post
  25. 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

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