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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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    11th Feb 2009 10:20 pm Go to last post
  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
    • Replies: 0
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  1. no paste special command

    Hello! I'm trying to embed an image into a title block (not as a reference). The only information I can find to do this requires I use the command PASTESPEC. This results in an 'unknown...

    Started by RobinEloquence‎, 9th Jul 2014 07:41 pm
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    10th Jul 2014 12:01 pm Go to last post
  2. is it possible to bend a shape

    I need to apply a shape I drew to an arc. The shape is made of simple lines screenshot 1 and i would like to apply it to an arc-screenshot 2...I'm not sure if it can be bent? To be easier to...

    Started by byk3bep‎, 8th Jul 2014 11:11 am
    • Replies: 5
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    9th Jul 2014 10:52 am Go to last post
  3. 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: 2
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    7th Jul 2014 09:58 am Go to last post
  4. Unhappy Hi All - First post AutoCad 2010 Issue

    Hi all, I am a novice autocad user (but good with PC's) but my father in law is an expert architect so between us we hope we can effectively use Autocad 2010. The first problem I have is...

    Started by samhain1‎, 5th Jul 2014 11:00 pm
    • Replies: 4
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    6th Jul 2014 06:13 pm Go to last post
  5. Technical Illustration

    Do someone here can create a technical illustration in perspective drawing (one, two, or three-point perspective drawing) such as below image using AutoCAD or Adobe Illustrator?

    Started by basty‎, 2nd Jul 2014 07:52 am
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    5th Jul 2014 06:32 pm Go to last post
  6. printing from autocad

    is there a way to print to scale from autocad? Im trying to print a .840 radius on a plastic 8.5 x 11 but i am not able to get the right size, is this possible? would appreciate any help

    Started by gsma1021‎, 1st Jul 2014 08:17 pm
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    2nd Jul 2014 04:04 am Go to last post
  7. AutoCAD menu utilities loaded.; error: Automation Error. File system error

    I have a bunch of lisp in a folder on a network with an edited acaddoc.lsp in the> Support file search path Trusted Location in the files ACADs option. I've recently upgraded to 2015 and it...

    Started by 3dwannab‎, 4th Jun 2014 02:43 pm
    acaddoc.lsp, lisps, search path, system error
    • Replies: 3
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    2nd Jul 2014 03:54 am Go to last post
  8. AutoCAD File Will not Open

    Hello, I am very frustrated with a .dwg I have. I used to be able to open and work the file just fine and then one day It stopped opening. By "stopped opening", I mean I double-click the file...

    Started by edoll‎, 1st Jul 2014 04:12 pm
    dwg not loading, file opening, loading screen timing out, student version file
    • Replies: 2
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    1st Jul 2014 04:36 pm Go to last post
  9. Automation Error Drawing is Busy.

    Hi Friends i am getting this error from since last month when i got the Error my drawing is totally lost. so please let me know if there is any salutation for this Error as Attached Picture.

    Started by kamig‎, 30th Jun 2014 08:19 am
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    1st Jul 2014 06:53 am Go to last post
  10. Can't pick points on an xref!

    Hi all... I am trying to get the area of a space inside an xref, and when I try to click on an intersection, I get a message saying something about calculating 500 intersections or something...

    Started by fafa1234‎, 30th Jun 2014 06:10 pm
    • Replies: 1
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    30th Jun 2014 07:44 pm Go to last post
  11. Extrude and Trim Multiple Lines

    Im having difficulty to Extrude and to Trim Multiple lines to a line. I found that some of my lines have a Z-axis value, while working the whole time in 2D. Have check all the lines they are set to...

    Started by Guitte‎, 30th Jun 2014 12:32 pm
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    30th Jun 2014 06:40 pm Go to last post
  12. Scaling in one Direction

    I am trying to scale a drawing to make it a 10 to 1 scale for X to Y. I have read people's posts about making it a block then changing the scale, but I am lost. I have made the object a block but...

    Started by psmith‎, 30th Jun 2014 04:27 pm
    scale block, scaling
    • Replies: 1
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    30th Jun 2014 04:30 pm Go to last post
  13. The WORST sketchups ever (pic included) how do i deal with this??

    OK, so i have 8 houses with 3 floors a piece that I need to draft up in cad. The guy who took the measurements gave me 24 sketches of 24 floors that look like this. . . The problem is...

    Started by jwalkeroh‎, 28th Jun 2014 11:42 pm
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    30th Jun 2014 12:18 am Go to last post
  14. CAD university project HELP

    Hi all, I'm new to the forum and new to CAD. As well as working full time as a Site Manager i am also studying part time as a distance learner. i have a year long project where i need to...

    Started by ruuduk‎, 28th Jun 2014 11:01 pm
    • Replies: 7
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    29th Jun 2014 12:01 pm Go to last post
  15. Landscape Design Advice

    Hi everyone, I've just got myself AutoCAD 2104. I've never used AutoCAD before, so I've checked out some of the tutorials in the tutorials section to get an idea of the basics. I want to...

    Started by Batmann77‎, 28th Jun 2014 02:39 am
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    29th Jun 2014 03:15 am Go to last post
  16. model/paper space tabs disappeared

    how can I get the modelspace and paperspace tabs at bottom left of the drawing screen back? they have vanished for some reason! many thanks to someone with the answer

    Started by br0604bom‎, 3rd Jun 2010 11:04 am
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    28th Jun 2014 10:52 pm Go to last post
  17. sections rotated same drawing

    hi cad folks I want to draw 4 sections, all rotated to a different USC angle, in the same drawing Is this possible? how to I flip from one USC angle to the next?

    Started by Rudbeckia‎, 26th Jun 2014 05:12 pm
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    28th Jun 2014 07:11 am Go to last post
  18. Embarrassed Moving Drawing and/or xref to new locations while Xref keeps path

    We are moving our drawings to a new server in the next few days. I would like to know how to keep the xrefs attached with out having to re-path all of them. I tried the /.../.../name.dwg. or...

    Started by Efeezy‎, 24th Jun 2014 09:27 pm
    • Replies: 3
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    28th Jun 2014 01:26 am Go to last post
  19. blocks

    I am new to AutoCAD electrical. it is totally different from AutoCAD. I got files from company that was doing our controls layout and drawings. Still need to learn more about new commands, but...

    Started by cadmando2‎, 27th Jun 2014 05:43 pm
    • Replies: 4
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    27th Jun 2014 07:22 pm Go to last post
  20. Autocad linking

    Is it possible for me to insert an excell table and link the names inside the table to polylines from a drawing? and when i select one name they would be highlighted?

    Started by Bender‎, 27th Jun 2014 12:56 pm
    • Replies: 3
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    27th Jun 2014 06:20 pm Go to last post
  21. mouse buttons

    Long-time user of AutoCad; new to the "ribbon" and to AutoCad2014: How do I reset the right mouse button to give me a "return?"

    Started by drunnels‎, 26th Jun 2014 08:54 pm
    • Replies: 3
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    27th Jun 2014 04:04 am Go to last post
  22. Why is there a new version of Autocad each year?

    For example every year they release a new version of autocad. AutoCAD 2010, Autocad 2011, Autocad 2012 etc. Why is this?

    Started by prime333‎, 21st Jun 2014 04:46 pm
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    26th Jun 2014 04:55 pm Go to last post
  23. "Quirk" in changing a polylines' length

    In the past, if I needed to increase a polyline's length I would grap a grip and give it a pull, watching the dynamic input (I think) box for the length that the polyline was changing to. One day, I...

    Started by eklektikus‎, 12th Nov 2010 11:52 pm
    • Replies: 9
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    26th Jun 2014 10:43 am Go to last post
  24. Opening an Autocad drawing via a C# windows applicatio​n

    I am new to Autocad. I have a DWG drawing which include information related to a plan of an area. I am developing a small Windows Application where the user can input a desired city and the...

    Started by dwijedasa2‎, 25th Jun 2014 08:55 am
    autocad, c sharp, dwg
    • Replies: 1
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    25th Jun 2014 07:13 pm Go to last post
  25. Projects with metric references - Submarine

    Hello everyone! I'm trying to project a submarine, but I need some metric references to bring the real dimensions to it. Any kind of reference helps me. Someone know about websites where I can...

    Started by levimfa‎, 16th Jun 2014 05:36 am
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    24th Jun 2014 10:15 pm Go to last post

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