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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. Probably a dumb question, but I need some help.

    This is my first ever attempt at learning AutoCAD and I'm having some issues. After I've chosen the starting points for a line, a box shows up and I'm not able to access the command line unless I...

    Started by KAnderson09‎, 12th Aug 2014 06:47 pm
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    13th Aug 2014 11:45 am Go to last post
  2. Positively moving cursor to a world coordinate

    Using AutoCAD 2000 and would like to move my cursor around to different positions on a drawing and know what world coordinate each position is. Can this be done using a grid or snap so the cursor...

    Started by berol‎, 12th Aug 2014 03:53 am
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    13th Aug 2014 03:59 am Go to last post
  3. autocad to landxml

    is it possible to export landxml file from autocad arc or autocad map???? i have a dwg file and i need landxml.. thank u

    Started by reut‎, 12th Aug 2014 07:42 pm
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    13th Aug 2014 12:43 am Go to last post
  4. In Place Text Editor

    When I double pick on a mtext in my drawing I get the full "In Line Text Editor" however when I double pick on an attribute in a block and the attribute is a mtext, I have to pick the little box at...

    Started by MikeMc52‎, 8th Aug 2014 10:10 pm
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    10th Aug 2014 04:54 pm Go to last post
  5. Question DrawingCompare in 2008?

    Is there anything similar to the DrawingCompare app, but for 2008? I had a survey drawing. I fixed all the problems in it and set it up for our project, and then the surveyor unexpectedly sends...

    Started by WindowsIHateYou‎, 7th Aug 2014 02:20 am
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    8th Aug 2014 12:42 pm Go to last post
  6. Desktop shortcut deleted - and with it all my workspace - how to restore it please?

    So I had 3 shortcuts for 2013 on my desktop and figuring i needed only 1 I deleted the other two and with them it seems, all my personalised workspace settings :oops: Please someone tell me how to...

    Started by Cad Kid‎, 7th Aug 2014 09:25 am
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    7th Aug 2014 10:18 am Go to last post
  7. How to draw tangent to a spline parallel to a given line?

    I have obtained a spline after joining some points. There is a random line. I need to draw tangent to the spline which must be parallel to the given line. Thanks a lot for the kind help!:)

    Started by Abhi2014‎, 3rd Aug 2014 12:25 pm
    tangent. spline
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    6th Aug 2014 09:40 pm Go to last post
  8. Autocad crashed; toolbars are gone.

    Sigh. I had written a much longer post but the forum seems to have eaten it. Here's my issue. Autocad crashed on me, and when I start it up again, all of my toolbars are gone. Is there a quick...

    Started by Christopher Prevett‎, 5th Aug 2014 05:56 pm
    • Replies: 3
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    6th Aug 2014 02:07 pm Go to last post
  9. UCS icon graphical mutilation

    Anyone seen their UCS icon get a little contorted after some time using AutoCAD? Here's an image i'm seeing from time to time along with other peculiar behaviour, such as the UCS icon unable to be...

    Started by willb‎, 6th Aug 2014 12:33 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    6th Aug 2014 12:49 pm Go to last post
  10. Communicating areas in autocad

    "Describe different communicating areas on screen in Autocad" This question was asked in final exam of diploma level of autocad..... I m confused what the exact answer is... I need a help.....:)

    Started by trilok2047‎, 5th Aug 2014 03:04 pm
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  11. Cad Mech Demo

    I've heard that Autodesk has purchased Cad-mech. Can anyone tell me what the their solid piping program is called. I'm looking for a demo of their program. Thanks, Lou

    Started by Lou Sasso‎, 6th Aug 2014 04:13 am
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  12. Smile Store Drawing Template in Oracle

    Hi All, I am a beginner in Autocad development and i have a task of storing a template in oracle(Not any high end Oracle Spatial and all). I Simply have a drawing template which consists of...

    Started by Radnuss‎, 4th Aug 2014 07:51 am
    autocad, oracle
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    5th Aug 2014 04:06 am Go to last post
  13. How to 2D Draw A Tooth of Gear?

    Hi, Could anybody please give me an easy example of how to create a 2D drawing (standard mechanical engineering drawing) of one tooth of gear such as below image? ...

    Started by spinecad‎, 22nd Dec 2012 02:17 pm
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  14. Unhappy A point in space

    I have a coordinate: 23.7dn 47.4dw How can I draw a simple line from 0,0,0 at any length to that point (23.7dn 47.4dw)? Simple huh? For the life of me I can't seem to make this work. HELP!

    Started by jtfsr‎, 4th Aug 2014 01:09 pm
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  15. Hatch and Bhatch

    What is the difference between hatch and bhatch?? i want in detail plz... thanks in advance....:)

    Started by trilok2047‎, 4th Aug 2014 02:21 pm
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  16. technical drawings used in manufacturing processes

    Hi, I need the examples of drawing used in manufacturing for example cross-section of molding, patterns ... Have a nice day.

    Started by hht‎, 4th Aug 2014 10:29 am
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  17. Quesiton about standard radius for curved conveyor???

    I was wondering if there is any standard reference sheet for Radius or Dia for the curved conveyor with pulleys. I am designing an 18" curved conveyor to connect to my two existing conveyors. but i...

    Started by Sengna‎, 13th Jun 2014 05:23 pm
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    30th Jul 2014 08:54 pm Go to last post
  18. Save As Dialog Box

    When i save as its a small dialog box, and some of my file names are long. Is there a way to save the size once i stretch it larger?

    Started by TC4201‎, 25th Jul 2014 08:19 pm
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    28th Jul 2014 10:47 pm Go to last post
  19. .tif Images Not Loading, Shows the Path Instead

    First off I want to say I hope that this is an acceptable place to put this thread. (I appologize in advance if it is not boss men/ladies :) ) Sometimes, and only sometimes when I open up a sheet...

    Started by MillerMG‎, 25th Jul 2014 01:59 pm
    .tif, not loading, tif, tiff
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  20. draw lines which are tangential to an spline?

    How can I draw lines which are tangential to an spline or an arc? I drew this manually just like that by intuition...

    Started by rock1‎, 9th Jul 2014 10:56 am
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    25th Jul 2014 05:35 pm Go to last post
  21. Which verison of AutoCAD do I need?

    I have used AutoCAD in the past to design mechanical parts. For my new position, I will be drawing site plans: laying out buildings, drawing metes and bounds (N 88d57'27"E 258.25'), importing...

    Started by cadintx‎, 24th Jul 2014 04:57 pm
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    25th Jul 2014 12:04 am Go to last post
  22. Office reconfiguration

    Hi Guys, Hope someone can help me. I am trying to reconfigure an office. I know that by using the XL command I can create construction lines (?) I want to be able to increase decrease the metres...

    Started by Frannym‎, 22nd Jul 2014 01:26 pm
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  23. Question Pv design

    Which program was used to create this? how do i create something like this for a pv system design?

    Started by chev5‎, 6th Jul 2014 04:13 am
    circuit, electrical, panel, photovoltaic, solar
    • Replies: 3
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    24th Jul 2014 04:31 am Go to last post
  24. "Smart" Stretch command?

    This is possibly a stupid question, but is there any AutoCAD command that can do what the Stretch command does without having to select the entirety of what you want to stretch? I have a large...

    Started by Comatosis‎, 22nd Jul 2014 07:00 pm
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    23rd Jul 2014 05:52 pm Go to last post
  25. Smile 3D & AutoCAD 2014 Free Student Version, and Lynda.com

    Hello, Two Questions: Q1: The Environment drop down menu doesn't seem to have 3D options. Should it? Q2: I want to get up to speed quickly as a novice, is Lynda.com worth it? Thank you :)

    Started by chaimwilson613‎, 21st Jul 2014 10:19 am
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    21st Jul 2014 11:58 am Go to last post

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