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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. Do I need to take a drafting course before l get into AutoCad?

    hie guys am starting my Auto CAD course this week so l was wondering if l can start with a drafting course before l get into Auto Cad !!! THANKS IN ADVANCE

    Started by malvern‎, 7th Jan 2015 09:48 am
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  2. Wipeout curved blocks

    I'm trying to create a block witch when moved over another element (lets say a hatch) obscures it. Not a problem with blocks composed with closed straight polylines. However... Not all blocks have...

    Started by byk3bep‎, 10th Jan 2015 09:13 am
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    11th Jan 2015 12:56 am Go to last post
  3. Question Error: cannot offset that object

    Hi Guys, I am trying to offset a very simple Spline I just drew. But there is error saying " cannot offset that object". I am using autoCAD 2015. Please help me with this. I am very frustrated...

    Started by junehe‎, 5th Jan 2015 11:15 pm
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    9th Jan 2015 04:00 am Go to last post
  4. Global weight vs lineweight

    Hey forum! I don't really understand global weight thing. I usually use lineweight by layer if I need some lines to be thicker or simply give lineweights for certain lines in properties. ...

    Started by Demtor‎, 8th Jan 2015 09:38 am
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    8th Jan 2015 11:38 am Go to last post
  5. Creating dynamic drawings, driven by user defined variables

    Using Autocad 2015. I want to create a drawing that can be updated by changing a user-defined variable. For Example: I draw a few polylines I draw a few offsets, assigning each a distance of...

    Started by Norsak‎, 4th Jan 2015 09:21 pm
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    5th Jan 2015 03:26 am Go to last post
  6. Can u please help me with the second drawing the flush top one

    I cant understand what to do with this please help me .. Thank you so much

    Started by helpme‎, 3rd Jan 2015 01:42 pm
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  7. Is there a way to attach PDFs permanently?

    I'm using AutoCad 2015 to convert PDF files into drawings, but every time I access the files on a different computer the PDF is gone. In its place is a message saying "missing or invalid reference",...

    Started by samerickson89‎, 31st Dec 2014 11:14 am
    attach, pdf, permanent, reference, underlay
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    2nd Jan 2015 03:28 am Go to last post
  8. Rotating a View Port to a Line

    I have a drawing with a parcel. I want one of the lines to be straight across with no angle. On the older version of cadd I was able to align a view port to a line. Is there a way to do this with...

    Started by MillerMG‎, 30th Dec 2014 07:51 pm
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    line, rotate, rotating, view port
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    31st Dec 2014 08:42 pm Go to last post
  9. ALIGNSPACE Weirdness

    I have no actual AutoCAD training, so please forgive any made up terms on my part. I am attempting to align my paperspace with the viewport in model space. My understanding of viewports is quite...

    Started by goaliegrrl‎, 30th Dec 2014 06:55 pm
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    31st Dec 2014 12:13 am Go to last post
  10. Converting PDF's into DWG Files?

    Is this possible? I would like to edit the appearance of a logo and text. Ultimately this file will be converted to a DXF and used on a CNC machine. If so, is there a tutorial available? ...

    Started by Burner‎, 26th Dec 2014 03:46 pm
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    28th Dec 2014 09:38 pm Go to last post
  11. DWF Split

    I have some DWF file. and each one contains more then 10 drawing . I need to split them as separate file. How can i do that easily?? -- Thank you.

    Started by z_i_nayon‎, 24th Dec 2014 12:13 pm
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  12. Dimensions read half the size of actual length

    Hi, A consultant has forward a few drawings and of course its the holidays and no ones in his office. The issue I've come upon is within his dimensions, the dimensions strings length is half the...

    Started by tharrisci‎, 24th Dec 2014 01:36 pm
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    24th Dec 2014 02:16 pm Go to last post
  13. Smile Which version do I need?

    Hi. I'm new to CAD and I'm trying to find out which version I would need. I'm going to use the software to design windows and doors. Does anyone have a suggestion on where I should start? Thanks...

    Started by JustJax‎, 22nd Dec 2014 06:33 pm
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  14. I Lost My Command Line!

    Hi all, Pretty basic/noob question, my command box has mysteriously vanished (more than likely my own doing) and I would really like it back! Where can I find it! cheers!!

    Started by GuyWalker‎, 26th Jul 2011 11:46 pm
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  15. How to create an angled line from a linear dimension ...

    Hello all, I need to re-create the attached drawing for some revision I'm doing but I'm having trouble creating it to the exact dimensions. I'm starting at the base of the 'I' going right-to-left...

    Started by JDCOOK‎, 17th Dec 2014 05:07 pm
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  16. Smile Beginner : Deleting Symbols From Block Drop Down (Insert Block)

    Hello, I'm totally new. I know this has probably been asked before, but I'd like to try a different 'slant' on the question. When I did block definitions, I created a block that I no longer...

    Started by onilozay‎, 18th Dec 2014 01:38 am
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  17. Idea need help in saving large file to smaller file

    Hi guiders.. I am new to autocad software and I am working for a M&E company. I am currently working with a big file at 14 mb for a 2d dwg file . I would like to shrink it to a smaller dwg so I...

    Started by raymondwong‎, 15th Dec 2014 01:53 pm
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  18. Possible Transition?

    I need an opinion here. I'm a 3d artist (AKA not an engineer), I do models, animation, 3d printed works, etc. My company has run into the world of CAD because we're changing production method and my...

    Started by TopHat‎, 10th Dec 2014 04:15 pm
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  19. Exclamation download autocad n 3ds max 2013

    Hello, Can anyone please suggest me link, where from i can download autocad and 3ds max 2013 full version for windows 8. It would be very helpful. Thank you.

    Started by nidhi singhania‎, 12th Dec 2014 11:41 am
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  20. Autocad gone mad

    Today while I was working in Autocad, in one point I noticed that when: 1) I select multiple object and hit any keyboard shortcut (copy, mirror, move...)...all previously selected object become...

    Started by Butch‎, 9th Dec 2014 09:26 pm
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  21. How to sketch Turbo Actuator Flange?

    Hello fellow CAD tutor Here I have a small project I’m working on. I’m new to all this cad design but I find it very enjoying, my cad skills is very basic but planning on improving. I’m...

    Started by segmo85‎, 2nd Dec 2014 03:09 pm
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  22. Suggestion for this problem?

    Hi guys I really need your suggestion regarding this problem I'm new in autocad and I cant solve this newbie exercises. my problem is the slope with radius, do I need to make two circles base on this...

    Started by rxfrdjhngmn‎, 4th Dec 2014 08:18 am
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  23. Question Weird issue with auto alignment when drawing lines.

    Hello, I'm quite new with AutoCAD (using it for about a month). Sorry if this question is really dumb but I'm stuck with this for several hours. Since a few days I have a strange issue with...

    Started by Juljan‎, 30th Nov 2014 10:56 am
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  24. Designing for a laser cutter: Is AutoCad the best choice for what I need to do?

    I do not plan to be a well-rounded 3D CAD user, and this is a brand new space for me. But I need something that can assemble complex vector "slabs" interlocked in 3D, with the ability to export just...

    Started by Zirngibism‎, 24th Nov 2014 06:07 pm
    laser cutter
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  25. How To Draw This In AutoCAD?

    How to draw the polygon in AutoCAD such as the picture? Thank you

    Started by basty‎, 19th Sep 2014 12:00 pm
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