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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. Using relative POINT command

    Hello, can someone please advise how I can use the POINT command to set a point relative to the start of a drawn line? If that is possible, can you please advise how I can make it be...

    Started by PJ01‎, 28th Sep 2017 01:10 pm
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    29th Sep 2017 12:38 am Go to last post
  2. Most appropriate free CAD software

    I'm not sure which thread to post this question in, so forgive me if it's not in the right place. In my workplace I have AutoCAD (2006 version but it does what I need for now), as do some of the...

    Started by Maxelkat‎, 18th Sep 2017 10:13 am
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    20th Sep 2017 01:34 pm Go to last post
  3. How to draw an S bend

    Hello, I am a raw newby, and my class starts next week. Can't wait. Can anyone please advise the best way to draw an S curve AoB in the attached drawing? How do you determine the radius of the...

    Started by PJ01‎, 18th Sep 2017 03:52 am
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    19th Sep 2017 04:44 am Go to last post
  4. Mouse Button Question

    I have been putting up with a problem for a while now with the programmable buttons on my mouse. The buttons are customized for ortho and osnap on and off. The don't work mid command. The screen...

    Started by Dswinty2‎, 15th Sep 2017 04:59 am
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    15th Sep 2017 05:43 pm Go to last post
  5. Quick and May be a simple Xref question

    Hi, In the Xref manager my colleague is unable to see red cross mark when its unloaded... See the cross mark in my cad in the below image... Is there any settings to turn it on.. She just see...

    Started by MOORADAN‎, 13th Sep 2017 07:05 am
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    14th Sep 2017 12:59 am Go to last post
  6. Text, and Dimensioning in Paperspace

    I have a drawing that was entirely drafted in model space, and due to the size of the drawing I need to make 6 separate sheets, which I am doing in paperspace. In each layout tab I create my viewport...

    Started by mattcourage‎, 7th Sep 2017 06:14 pm
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    13th Sep 2017 05:20 pm Go to last post
  7. Crosshair auromatic color change

    I use a white crosshair on a black background. However, when I move over a lighter background such a raster image the crosshair stays white and cannot be seen. The change from white to black should...

    Started by Jecobin‎, 10th Sep 2017 09:53 pm
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    13th Sep 2017 02:08 pm Go to last post
  8. Cannot draw line through rectangle

    Hello, I have drawn a rectangle 200 x 100 using the Rectangle button in the Draw panel. I then selected the Line button to draw a horizontal line through the midpoints of both vertical sides....

    Started by PJ01‎, 7th Sep 2017 01:12 am
    • Replies: 9
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    12th Sep 2017 09:57 am Go to last post
  9. Invalid or incomplete DXF input

    Has anyone seen this error message, and can anything be done about it? Invalid or incomplete DXF input, drawing discarded. I received this message after converting a line drawing in the JPG...

    Started by chubarka‎, 8th Sep 2017 07:33 pm
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    11th Sep 2017 05:22 pm Go to last post
  10. Metric to Inches

    Hello, I have received a file in metric...all dimensions are in mm. i want to create new dimensions on the drawing, but wish to have them read inches instead of millimeters. How do i do that in...

    Started by Casio47‎, 21st Jul 2017 02:43 pm
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    5th Sep 2017 04:30 am Go to last post
  11. 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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    28th Aug 2017 11:30 pm Go to last post
  12. Problem of missing file "fusion documentation.html" for AutoCAD 2013

    How can i get this file fusion documentation.html autocad 2013 ht...] You can send it at

    Started by Muhammad Wadoud‎, 26th Aug 2017 09:36 am
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  13. post processors compatible with autocad?

    Hello all. As I learn slowly how to draw in autocad 2017, I find a need for a post processor to generate g code. I also have fusion360, but really dont want to try and learn that at the same time as...

    Started by bmz‎, 22nd Aug 2017 03:43 pm
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    23rd Aug 2017 10:30 pm Go to last post
  14. Removing Duplicate Text

    Dear Forum. Would appreciate any advise in the following regards... I need to xref in a bunch of xrefs which I'm then binding and then bursting. When I do this, there is a lot of overlapping...

    Started by Cidona‎, 17th Aug 2017 05:00 am
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    18th Aug 2017 07:35 pm Go to last post
  15. How to trace

    Hi all. I use solidworks 14 & autocad 07. I would like to learn how to trace / copy symbols & logos. I have tried importing an image and using the auto trace tool on solidworks however I find that...

    Started by paddynel0‎, 9th Aug 2017 11:05 am
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  16. How can i pull down tool bars

    How can I restore the pull down menu across the top of the screen. When I opened the program the last time it was missing

    Started by firosiro‎, 9th Aug 2017 05:02 am
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    9th Aug 2017 10:52 am Go to last post
  17. How to draw pipes... just pipes..

    hi all, i am new to this forum.. and found the posts are really helpful.. basically i am a mech design fellow designing mech parts like coupling, brackets etc.. recently i am tasked to draw...

    Started by abc_123‎, 23rd Jan 2011 05:21 am
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    8th Aug 2017 11:15 am Go to last post
  18. Changing background color

    What is the procedure to change the background color to white in AutoCAD 2018? Also where do I find the zoom tools? Thanking you is, gotchy

    Started by gotchy‎, 4th Aug 2017 03:48 pm
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    7th Aug 2017 01:50 am Go to last post
  19. Stretch A Sketch

    Hi there this is my first post. I am a welder / fabricator. my sister has asked me to make her a set of gates & am struggling to get the parts to the correct size, cant get the stretch feature to...

    Started by paddynel0‎, 1st Aug 2017 12:20 pm
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    1st Aug 2017 02:46 pm Go to last post
  20. Can someone please help me to draw the following image by using Tan tan radius

    Hi There, Can someone please help me to draw that in AutoCAD? I am new in AutoCAD. Tried to use Tan Tan radius. But couldn’t finish the drawing. Many Thanks in advance.

    Started by ahm‎, 28th Jul 2017 12:52 pm
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  21. Detail drawings.

    can someone tell where i can get some detailed drawing of civil auto cad of buildings with detailed specifications?

    Started by cadiatorrr‎, 15th Jun 2017 01:51 pm
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    30th Jul 2017 10:09 pm Go to last post
  22. Site Survey - Not sure where to start

    First post, total CAD noobie. Just bought a house, want to get the site survey put into CAD so I can track other things like sprinkler lines, underground electrical, etc. I can't make sense of...

    Started by DeadpoolsUnicorn‎, 30th Jun 2017 05:01 am
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  23. Move a line parallel to the nearest point of an arc.

    I have a line that I need to copy parallel to the closest point on an arc. How do I accomplish this? Thanks for your help.

    Started by tmelkunas‎, 13th Jul 2017 03:08 pm
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    13th Jul 2017 07:34 pm Go to last post
  24. Fill = Off on Donut

    Which parameter controls the number/width of the lines displayed when you turn fill off on donuts?

    Started by ronaldo‎, 10th Jul 2017 01:36 pm
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    11th Jul 2017 05:31 pm Go to last post
  25. How to display angles and line lengths in autocad

    Hi, I cannot find the command that makes the program display the length and angles of the lines in relation to eachother. I am doing a 2 dimensional masterplan with 70 houseplots and I need...

    Started by nils‎, 23rd Nov 2006 05:24 am
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    11th Jul 2017 03:38 pm Go to last post

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