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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. xref alteration

    Newbie here,forgive me if this has been answered elsewhere, however, I am trying to alter, unsuccessfully, an xref which has been sent to me. When I double click on an item I just get that this is a...

    Started by 6tee7‎, 1st Nov 2014 08:23 pm
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  2. Trouble with layouts

    Hey guys, I've been having trouble with my layout, and my page size. I made my annotative drawing in model space, and when I'd go to paper space, the drawing would be wayyy too small on the page....

    Started by aklowak‎, 2nd Nov 2014 07:20 pm
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    2nd Nov 2014 08:47 pm Go to last post
  3. I need help

    I'm suppose to be doing the front and top view for this drawing. I'm currently stuck on the front view. All I got so far is the base.

    Started by artemisrpg‎, 29th Oct 2014 03:43 am
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    29th Oct 2014 01:40 pm Go to last post
  4. Circle command - 3 points (Point of corner, Tan, Radius?

    I am looking for circle command such as Tan, Tan, Radius but it is not 100% what I was looking for. I am looking for Point of corner, Tan, Radius. See the picture here for example. Can you help me...

    Started by Bogus‎, 28th Oct 2014 11:05 am
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    29th Oct 2014 08:55 am Go to last post
  5. Make A Thread

    What is the dimension of h shown in the image? Any standard of it? Thank you

    Started by basty‎, 9th Oct 2014 05:08 am
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    28th Oct 2014 02:21 pm Go to last post
  6. Layout only showing vertical lines

    I've been working on a drawing for a while with no problems, now when I draw anything in the Model space, the objects/shapes are just one vertical line in the Layout view. Can anyone help? ...

    Started by G_K‎, 22nd Oct 2014 11:57 am
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    22nd Oct 2014 12:42 pm Go to last post
  7. helix

    Hello all. I am trying to draw a screw conveyor which I typically draw with straight lines. I would like to draw it using a helix but when I draw it, it is viewed on the end. I want to be able to...

    Started by craney89‎, 20th Oct 2014 03:09 pm
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  8. Cut & Fill Volume Calculation of Earth Work

    I have to calculate cut & fill quantities for earth work. The Final elevation level is 31m. This contour drawing have existing levels. the drawing has divided into 100m x 100m grid boxes. Can...

    Started by musharraf102‎, 18th Oct 2014 10:39 am
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  9. How to import True Type fonts into Autocad 2000

    How do I import True Type fonts into Autocad 2000. I am running it in a virtual machine within my laptop that runs MS 7.

    Started by Brian54‎, 17th Oct 2014 09:22 pm
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    18th Oct 2014 07:35 pm Go to last post
  10. Converting Illustrator files to DXF/DWG for laser cut. Complete noob here.

    Hi there. I run an Etsy store and I'm looking to start offering laser cut pendants and such. Laser cutters require AutoCAD files, and I have no idea how to use any of the AutoCAD software (I intend...

    Started by Grinning Maniac‎, 20th Dec 2011 10:38 pm
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  11. Fillet between 2 circles

    Greetings all !! Please see attached photo, I think it explains it all. AutoCAD 2012, XP. Thanks in advance :)

    Started by PowerJunkie‎, 10th Oct 2014 06:16 pm
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  12. Smile AutoCad v CorelDraw

    Please can you provide any guidance, I am completely new and would like to know whether AutoCad or CorelDraw is best suited for me. I have a laser engraver/cutting machine and currently engrave...

    Started by AnnieMason‎, 14th Oct 2014 09:38 pm
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    Dear fellows, In AutoCad 2006, when I want to open a new or existing drawing or template, instead of regular dialog box I receive only a prompter dialog which is present in the command line also,...

    Started by VALAH‎, 12th Aug 2005 01:35 pm
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  14. Exporting AutoCAD file into RHINO

    Hello All, I'm a beginner to both AutoCAD and Rhino and am just experimenting at the moment. However, I'm slightly more confident on AutoCAD than Rhino and was wondering if it's possible to...

    Started by gnacng‎, 12th Oct 2014 01:21 pm
    autocad, export, rhino
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    13th Oct 2014 02:32 am Go to last post
  15. New to CAD, Small Airplane Parts Manufacturer

    I need to copy graphics to CAD. Is that possible? It needs to be exact. Im hoping there might be a simple way to do this, something like a copy machine. Can anyone advise me on such a process or...

    Started by donjones‎, 11th Oct 2014 01:10 pm
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    11th Oct 2014 01:54 pm Go to last post
  16. Learning AutoLisp

    Greetings Project for this weekend learn a thing or 2 about .lsp files. Started down the tutorial http://www.cadtutor.net/tutorials/autolisp/quick-start.php Lots of new language, most of it...

    Started by albroswift‎, 4th Oct 2014 04:29 pm
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  17. import points with label

    Hello all, i have 2500 points that i want to import, i have them in an excel file in the right way, and i can import them using multiple>point copy/paste. but i alsoo need to label them, up or...

    Started by psyfr3ak‎, 27th May 2010 04:12 pm
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    9th Oct 2014 02:31 am Go to last post
  18. hook to two lcontours

    Hello Again I have 2 contours that vary in distance between them. Is it possible for me somehow hook to both lines, maybe with the distance tool, and then move along the lines staying hooked so i...

    Started by Rudbeckia‎, 4th Oct 2014 01:03 am
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  19. add to x clip

    Hi Folks I have an xref drawing I have copy and pasted to the side, added an xclip to draw a section with. I now have a new xref drawing I would like to add into the xclip....any way to do that?

    Started by Rudbeckia‎, 3rd Oct 2014 07:56 pm
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  20. Exclamation Points are located by relative rectangular coordinates in relation to

    Helppp!! A.the last specified point or position. B.the global origin. C. the lower left corner of the screen. D.all of the above

    Started by aminkovskaya‎, 3rd Oct 2014 06:29 am
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  21. DWL and DWL2 files! Computer crashed and i cant restore the drawing!

    So my computer crashed after an intense few hours on autocad and I didn't save it (rookie mistake, I know!). I searched the web for answers and ive found my Automatic Save File loacton which ed me to...

    Started by pepe_c‎, 2nd Oct 2014 10:22 am
    dwl, dwl2, recovery
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    3rd Oct 2014 07:46 am Go to last post
  22. saving as a .pat file

    So I’ve done this many times, edited an existing .pat file in a text editor and then saved it as…(new file name) but for some reason it is not saving is as a .pat file…..? Missing something simple...

    Started by madriver‎, 2nd Oct 2014 02:53 pm
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  23. removing hashing from certain areas.

    I am trying to remove hashing, as when I try to hash outside the walkways and everything I cannot get it to work. I dont want the grass hashing to intrude on anywhere else, other then where its...

    Started by thrgk‎, 2nd Oct 2014 02:21 am
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  24. Smile purge, -purge

    Hello Can someone explain me the difference between two AutoCAD commands: purge and -purge, all, *,n. Thanks :)

    Started by Euga‎, 30th Sep 2014 07:35 pm
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  25. Description and profiles Acad 2008

    Please help. Where can I fix the required profile (options) to be in use every time, even if I restart Acad? And second where can I see what I wrote as a Description for example into templates?...

    Started by Bili 66‎, 27th Sep 2014 11:06 am
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    27th Sep 2014 11:26 am Go to last post

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