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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 do I break or split an array ?

    I have created an array, a long single run of the same object. I now want to return these to individual items so that I can make minor adjustments to an individual object's position. Many...

    Started by kippax‎, 25th Sep 2015 02:57 pm
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    27th Sep 2015 07:51 pm Go to last post
  2. 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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  3. question

    im trying to figure out what is the the name of the autocad term that describes the letter or combination of letters that are needed to type in a command?

    Started by carullof‎, 24th Sep 2015 08:36 pm
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    26th Sep 2015 05:02 pm Go to last post
  4. New at this, ACAD 2016 student version-- Trying to create a 2 D drawing.

    I have created a 2D drawing in layout 1 page. I am trying to add dimensions but they are really small. I built the drawing that I want, but when I went to plot it, it is Very tiny, in a huge grid....

    Started by Emmettjg‎, 15th Sep 2015 01:55 am
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  5. How do I draw this top portion?

    Hello everyone. I'm doing an exercise I'm wondering if I could get help doing the top portion of the 3D object. I'm having problems with the two curves on the side how would I do that? Thank you.

    Started by prime333‎, 20th Sep 2015 02:14 am
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    25th Sep 2015 12:35 am Go to last post
  6. a terminology question

    im trying to figure out what is the the name of the autocad term that describes the letter or combination of letters that are needed to type in a command?

    Started by carullof‎, 24th Sep 2015 08:43 pm
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    24th Sep 2015 11:46 pm Go to last post
  7. Having trouble with terminology

    It's been so long since I've used ACAD, I've pretty much reverted to being a noob. What I'm trying to do is make a 3D model from a JPG to have it water jetted. I know it's possible, and I'm about...

    Started by cad_newb‎, 6th Mar 2014 11:51 pm
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    24th Sep 2015 09:02 pm Go to last post
  8. Turn off line dialogue box

    How can I turn off the dialogue box that appears when ever I select a line in AutoCAD 2010???

    Started by peterg‎, 23rd Sep 2015 09:01 pm
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    24th Sep 2015 04:42 pm Go to last post
  9. Height on points

    Hello i have found a code that creates text from a Z Value of a point. But I can not get it to make the text from the Z value and put an SL in front of the height like SL45.12, can any one help the...

    Started by ninjaroo5075‎, 22nd Sep 2015 11:26 am
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    23rd Sep 2015 04:15 pm Go to last post
  10. Plz Identify this feature in Autocad

    Plz look at the image below & tell me how to activate this function in autocad 2015:) ...

    Started by xpr0‎, 22nd Sep 2015 01:26 pm
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  11. How do i get out of 3d workspace????????

    I have found lots of people asking the question on how to change from 3d to 2d but I think they are asking the wrong question. Like me I am willing to bet that they are looking for the 2d WORKSPACE....

    Started by echo5delta16‎, 20th Sep 2015 04:15 pm
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    20th Sep 2015 07:42 pm Go to last post
  12. Run out of viewport space

    I have to draw a floor, and the units have to be centimeters (2.54cm = 1 in.). But when I reach 200cm (a very modest size) I find it has far exceeded the current viewport length. I have to pan...

    Started by rlcad‎, 18th Sep 2015 06:25 pm
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    19th Sep 2015 03:51 am Go to last post
  13. Unable to select objects, disappear on REGEN

    Hi, I'm new to the forum. I am unable to select specific objects, and they disappear when I do a REGEN. Please Help, I am very confused. Thank you.

    Started by BJAutoCad‎, 18th Sep 2015 02:14 am
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  14. Wink LDD 2009 Point Labels Disapperaing

    When I remove my points, my point labels are also removed. So far all my workaround has been to explode the points. Is this a glitch or am I missing something? Thanks

    Started by deanster‎, 17th Sep 2015 02:18 pm
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    17th Sep 2015 06:12 pm Go to last post
  15. how to copy a CAD drawing to another file

    how to copy two different drawings into a single consecutive one, and how to keep the same coordinate system into the drawing

    Started by dipinanto‎, 17th Sep 2015 11:27 am
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  16. Cad and Excel

    Hi, I am looking for some info\tutorials on how I would create a dxf from data in an excel spreadsheet? I have a spreadsheet that calculates data for steel portal frames, within the spreadsheet...

    Started by ddoc‎, 13th Sep 2015 04:45 pm
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  17. Dimensions with decimals

    Hello to all! I'm wondering if it is possible to create a dimension style with decimals above main dimension number. So not to use 515.5 or 515,5 but to have 515^5 It could be useful if it is...

    Started by zoran_gr‎, 7th Sep 2015 01:07 pm
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  18. Question Sample AutoCad drawings or pdfs

    Hello Everyone, I am new to the industry and working on my first project involving a basic design which includes relocation of some existing electrical loads to a new switchboard and removing the...

    Started by sam2001‎, 5th Sep 2015 06:28 am
    autocad, drawing, project, sample, single line
    • Replies: 1
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    15th Sep 2015 10:46 pm Go to last post
  19. Select all objects in a single layer: how?

    Newbie here. I have a drawing with 6 layers. In two of those layers I want to delete all objects. Is there a simple/single command way to select all objects in a single specified layer and NOT...

    Started by Sudan‎, 20th Jan 2009 11:15 pm
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    15th Sep 2015 08:21 pm Go to last post
  20. autocad not accepting Y coordinates

    I have 2015 version of autocad and am trying to put in a homework assignment containing relative coordinates but every Y coordinate does not show on screen so I am ending up with straight lines. Can...

    Started by zenaed‎, 13th Sep 2015 12:35 am
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    13th Sep 2015 12:45 am Go to last post
  21. Dynamic blocks in a table

    I need to add dynamic blocks to a table I created in AutoCAD LT 2015. Used tinsert command. How can I change block visibility stages in a table?

    Started by silk‎, 10th Sep 2015 07:40 am
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  22. Question Relocation of loads presentation on demolition drawings

    I am working on a project where it involves relocating of some optional stand-by loads to the emergency side. On the demolition electrical oneline drawings when the load is being demoed it is...

    Started by sam2001‎, 9th Sep 2015 04:13 pm
    autocad, autocad electrical, electrical, electrical project, single line
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    9th Sep 2015 06:17 pm Go to last post
  23. How to generate an array of randomly spaced dots?

    I would like to draw a circular area filled with randomly distributed smaller circles of a predetermined size. These circles can't overlap and must be within some specified range of distances from...

    Started by Solarmew‎, 26th Aug 2015 11:18 pm
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  24. Frozen xref layers show up and are selectable

    I am having an issue with AutoCAD 2015 that is confusing me. I have an xref that is the base plan for a building I'm working on. In that base plan there are tons of different layers that I have...

    Started by beardking‎, 4th Sep 2015 03:58 pm
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    5th Sep 2015 03:25 am Go to last post
  25. Title Block

    Hello, I figured this belongs in the beginner section. I have never made my title block in MS before. I was told to. My question is how I am suppose to have other viewports inside my title...

    Started by bjenk8100‎, 2nd Sep 2015 02:12 am
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