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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. Starting AutoCad 2013

    I'm sorry if I'm asking an obvious question, but I can't find the answer. When I start AutoCad it goes to Drawing 1.dwg of which I have close to a blank screen and re-open the file I want to work on....

    Started by doncwe‎, 14th Feb 2015 05:49 pm
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    20th Feb 2015 02:58 am Go to last post
  2. Edit Attributes of block or text to 3 decimal points

    Hi, I have files that are exported from another program as a point block, but the elevation comes out to 6 decimal points. How can i change multiple blocks, or text to 3 decimal points without...

    Started by Rednut1977‎, 20th Feb 2015 01:42 am
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    20th Feb 2015 01:42 am Go to last post
  3. Editing circles into gear shapes

    Hello, I am currently in an intro course for AutoCAD for engineers. I have spent quite some time on what I believe should be a simple problem. I am unable to create the attached drawings, which...

    Started by michaelwhite810‎, 16th Feb 2015 10:40 pm
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    17th Feb 2015 09:26 pm Go to last post
  4. converting the dimensions of drawing from inches to mm for cnc laser cutting machine.

    dear seniors, i have a few .dxf files which i want to get cnc laser cut. I had gone to a local cnc shop and showed them the files. They said the dimensions are all in inches and that they required...

    Started by abhishek‎, 1st Aug 2010 12:09 pm
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    17th Feb 2015 11:43 am Go to last post
  5. Changing objects size

    Hi All, I have a filing cabinet that is 1000mm and I need to change it to 800mm. No idea how to do this. Be really grateful for any info you can give me. Big thanks Franny

    Started by Frannym‎, 16th Feb 2015 11:46 am
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    17th Feb 2015 02:59 am Go to last post
  6. Question How to draw an arc tangent to another arc?

    Hey, I am tracing a curvy 2D shape using arc function. I want the outline of the shape very smooth. I would like to know how do I draw arcs that can be tangent to each other so eventually I can get...

    Started by junehe‎, 15th Feb 2015 11:22 pm
    arc, autocad, curve
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    17th Feb 2015 01:38 am Go to last post
  7. Select "by color" those objects that their color is set to "by layer"

    Hello Everyone. I know my question may sound simple, but it is not! I tried Qselect and Filter, AND I did not get what I wanted. I have a large architectural drawing that I need manage...

    Started by cancer24‎, 15th Feb 2015 04:56 am
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    16th Feb 2015 06:25 pm Go to last post
  8. Merge layers, while retain the original properties of the objects

    Hello everyone. I am looking for a way to merge layers, while keeping object as they are. The situation is I usually receive huge architectural drawings, and I am required to export them to 3ds...

    Started by cancer24‎, 16th Feb 2015 06:24 pm
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    16th Feb 2015 06:24 pm Go to last post
  9. Why cannot I offset this shape 1.0 mm towards outside?

    Why cannot I offset this shape 1.0 mm towards outside? I have attached the original dwg file here. Thank you very much!

    Started by junehe‎, 16th Feb 2015 06:41 am
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    16th Feb 2015 05:54 pm Go to last post
  10. Question How do I draw a circle tangent to 3 points on a shape?

    Hey, can anyone help me with this project? I need to draw a circle tangent to 3 points on the red shape in the image I attached. The circle's diameter needs to represent the longest distance between...

    Started by junehe‎, 15th Feb 2015 11:34 pm
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    16th Feb 2015 05:46 pm Go to last post
  11. Question How can i convert a big file (7mb+) of open polylines to joined/closed polylines?

    hi everyone, i have a quite big file with many open polylines (i attached an extract to show an example) and i'd like to join the polylines whenever is possible and close all of them. Is there an...

    Started by Gotrekk‎, 13th Feb 2015 05:41 pm
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  12. How can i convert a big file (40mb+) of anon blocks and parallel lines to hatches?

    Hi again, slightly different problem this time... i have this huge old file made of anonymous blocks and parallels instead of hatches... is there an easy way to convert all of them to separate...

    Started by Gotrekk‎, 13th Feb 2015 06:04 pm
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  13. Can someone plz do this autocad concrete drawing for me plzzzz


    Started by pisces27‎, 12th Feb 2015 07:34 pm
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  14. how to create half - arc

    I have question, I want to create this, but any advice how to build that? and need what command to handle. any advice please!

    Started by yaim229‎, 9th Feb 2015 05:51 pm
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  15. How to add attribute text an existing block

    Hi everybody, I hope, all are doing well, In my dwg I want to add one more attribute text an existing used block, In that block itself has already 5 attribute text. The attribute value (text)...

    Started by RRS1987‎, 14th Feb 2015 03:39 pm
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  16. How to upload drawing to facebook

    Hello, I want to know what is the best way to upload an Autocad drawing Version 2002 to Facebook. Thank you!

    Started by SRSawmills‎, 13th Feb 2015 06:01 pm
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    14th Feb 2015 12:52 am Go to last post
  17. Convert OLE to Autocad object or Excel to edit

    Dear All, Wish you all very happy new year.... I have load schedule drawing with OLE object (as excel image with out any link) . I want to make some changes in this load schedules. so what...

    Started by RRS1987‎, 31st Dec 2013 07:36 am
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    13th Feb 2015 04:54 pm Go to last post
  18. Question AutoCAD vs AutoCAD LT

    Hi there I have just moved to a very small company (I'm their 9th employee), having previously worked for a 600+ strong consultancy. The company I have moved to currently does not have any...

    Started by Tom133‎, 10th Feb 2015 12:40 pm
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    13th Feb 2015 10:07 am Go to last post
  19. Simple Drawing

    Hello everyone. I'm new to Cad drawing, but I've been in the Graphic Design industry since the early 90's. I have a client that has asked me to do some simple CAD work for them. They routinely get...

    Started by Bytore‎, 12th Feb 2015 03:27 pm
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    12th Feb 2015 07:23 pm Go to last post
  20. CAD 3D used for windos xp

    computer used windows xp, 32bit, 4GB RAM. I want to used 3D function, which version is it still support that. found autocad 2014 only. but 2015 release... maybe need draw that cup, spoon, that...

    Started by yaim229‎, 11th Feb 2015 05:04 pm
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    12th Feb 2015 10:52 am Go to last post
  21. Question Generating Cross Sections from a Topographic Survey

    Hi there As I mentioned in my other thread, I have just moved from a large consultancy to a very small one. One thing I never had to do at my previous company was generate sections based on...

    Started by Tom133‎, 10th Feb 2015 12:45 pm
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  22. How to show the top view for this?

    What is the correct way to show the top view for this 24 inch steel sweep at 45 degree turn? I tried to project line from the front view but wonder if this is the correct way to do it. it doesn't...

    Started by Sengna‎, 5th Feb 2015 06:35 am
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    10th Feb 2015 06:57 pm Go to last post
  23. Design Center

    I have AutoCad 2015 for Mac, and I can't find the Design Center that I used when I was using AutoCad 2012 for Windows in high school. I have blocks, but only like 7 different ones and none of them...

    Started by jbflores95‎, 10th Feb 2015 07:11 am
    2015, mac
    • Replies: 2
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    10th Feb 2015 01:41 pm Go to last post
  24. Divide Function: How to draw lines from them

    Hello guys, I'm new to autoCAD. I Know I look stupid asking this but anyways.. I used the divide function to divide two lines into 11 point each. I now need to draw lines from each of these point...

    Started by Enigmacy‎, 6th Feb 2015 04:29 pm
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    6th Feb 2015 09:55 pm Go to last post
  25. 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
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    attach, pdf, permanent, reference, underlay
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    6th Feb 2015 05:40 am Go to last post

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