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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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    7th Jan 2016 06:11 am Go to last post
  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
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    7th May 2008 07:41 pm Go to last post
  1. New to Autocad 2017, please help.

    Hello, Someone here please post the method to display the drawing tools, rectangle, circle, line, etc in AutoCAD 2017. Thanking you is, Gotchy

    Started by gotchy‎, 22nd May 2017 02:02 pm
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    22nd May 2017 10:13 pm Go to last post
  2. Changing the screen options in Autocad 2018

    Hello, I am making quite a leap from AutoCAD 2007 to 2018 and am unfamiliar with the display appearance. Right now I have a white background with a fine grid, I would like to know if it is possible...

    Started by reggy‎, 20th May 2017 08:22 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    21st May 2017 01:09 am Go to last post
  3. Drawing a lot plan using lot bearings

    i need help... how do i draw a lot plan using the orientations of the bearings given, say, south 51-17 west, 212.06 meters... any1 teach me... i'm a beginner... thanx:)

    Started by YuanMasipag‎, 23rd Jul 2009 02:23 am
    • Replies: 6
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    18th May 2017 07:19 pm Go to last post
  4. Selecting objects off screen with dragbox?

    Ok, so my problem is that I can only select objects that are shown on screen on the second click. For instance, I'm using the green select box (dragging right to left) to select a large amount of...

    Started by Daf‎, 22nd Mar 2012 09:45 am
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    • Replies: 18
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    17th May 2017 02:58 pm Go to last post
  5. Autodesk Inventor vs. Solidworks for Gun Modeling

    Which would you recommend for modelling guns from 2D reference images?

    Started by GShocked‎, 13th May 2017 06:22 pm
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    15th May 2017 01:32 pm Go to last post
  6. Find and Replace

    Here is my issue, in the drawing I have Note ("x"), I need it to read (Note "x") "x" has many different numbers. I can use the find to get Note (*) but I don't know how to replace it with the same...

    Started by nickbduncan‎, 11th May 2017 03:18 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    12th May 2017 02:54 am Go to last post
  7. Can't Join Polyline because it's closed (but, it's really open) =/

    Okay, I got into a rather weird problem. Now, I have been using AutoCAD since 2003 and I have used this technique thousands of times. But, today I've run into something quite different. The...

    Started by MuTT‎, 11th May 2017 09:33 pm
    • Replies: 4
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    12th May 2017 12:18 am Go to last post
  8. Unhappy Stretch Then Zoom

    Hi, Experienced user. 8 yrs +. Issue is with AutoCAD 16 and the stretch command. If im in the stretch command dragged top right to bottom left and then zoom in or out the command doesn't work...

    Started by BJ_‎, 8th May 2017 02:31 am
    • Replies: 3
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    9th May 2017 12:00 pm Go to last post
  9. Angry Locking toolbars

    Hello: I am using AutoCAD 2006. I have arranged my toolbars in the position that I wanted them. I went and "locked" all toolbars after that thinking this would hold their position. I then saved...

    Started by olecarman‎, 9th May 2017 01:18 am
    • Replies: 1
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    9th May 2017 03:36 am Go to last post
  10. I imported a drawing that is not 1:1 scale , when I draw in it, the units are wrong!

    Hi, So I downloaded a 2D plan of a fastener from McMaster-Carr. I copied and imported it in a new drawing (to see the difference). I want to use it to make a simplified representation and an...

    Started by xoHaya‎, 2nd May 2017 09:16 pm
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    4th May 2017 08:53 pm Go to last post
  11. problem with displacemet or use first point as displacement in copy, move commands

    I have difficulty on specifying the distance for copy or move commands. It has different options and I have to get my desired result after many try and error. Where can I find a detailed explanation...

    Started by khoshravan‎, 21st Jul 2010 10:29 am
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    base point, copy, displacement, first point, move
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    4th May 2017 03:48 am Go to last post
  12. Project Design

    Hello, I'm a newbie to AutoCAD, and have a few general questions about how to properly design a project. I can do the actual drafting ok for now and have made a few drawings, but I'm getting ready to...

    Started by CincyCad‎, 27th Apr 2017 01:41 pm
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    1st May 2017 03:33 am Go to last post
  13. plumbing & drainage riser diagram

    any one can help me with tutorials or drawing for plumbing & drainage riser diagram for villa or building more than 4 floors

    Started by mohands‎, 26th Apr 2017 01:53 pm
    • Replies: 3
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    26th Apr 2017 02:06 pm Go to last post
  14. how can I scale an object only on one dimension?

    hello i have a picture with a diagram, and i want to scale it diferently on X and Y axe. maybe with extend? if this is the command please explain me how. thanks

    Started by psyfr3ak‎, 19th May 2008 07:32 am
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    21st Apr 2017 01:34 pm Go to last post
  15. Automatic dimensions and bills of material for piping components

    Hi Is there a way to choose a piping class based on ASME B16.5, then a component and its size, and let AutoCad automatically show their dimensions in the isometric drawing and create a bill of...

    Started by mechaniker‎, 3rd Apr 2017 09:01 pm
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    bom, dimensions, piping
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    6th Apr 2017 11:13 pm Go to last post
  16. Finding Electrical, Voice & Data Elevation Blocks - Impossible

    Hi All, I was wondering where in the world you could find receptacle, voice and data elevation blocks to use in drawings? I have scoured the internet for HOURS and can not find anything!!!! Are...

    Started by Fickle‎, 5th Apr 2017 11:38 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    6th Apr 2017 10:32 am Go to last post
  17. Autocad Project

    Hi, I need help redesigning this in AutoCAD Fuzion 360 I'm trying to focus, but there's so much bustle, & as if an upheaval, due to rapport, no one wants to let me focus on my goal. It's a web...

    Started by Rubo‎, 23rd Mar 2017 12:53 am
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    1 2
    design builds, project, prototype, redesign, remodel
    • Replies: 19
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    2nd Apr 2017 10:47 am Go to last post
  18. Linked Value in MText

    Hello, Hopefully this is a fairly easy question, but for an old dog like me, new tricks are harder to learn. I am doing very basic AutoCAD drawings for multiple people, and in the title...

    Started by TOS-TrekFan‎, 30th Mar 2017 01:47 am
    • Replies: 7
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    31st Mar 2017 01:57 am Go to last post
  19. Box around Text

    How do I remove the box around the text which is not visible in Model only Layout?

    Started by ASH_CAD‎, 28th Mar 2017 09:39 pm
    • Replies: 2
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    28th Mar 2017 09:58 pm Go to last post
  20. Help needed in AutoCAD 2018

    Greetings, everyone ! May I introduce myself a bit : I'm Gauvain Boiché, I'm currently studying Video Games in Belgium. I am now in an internship in a small company. We usually use 3DS Max 2017...

    Started by KrakenRT_G_Boiche‎, 24th Mar 2017 02:35 pm
    3ds max, autocad, material, points, selection
    • Replies: 1
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    27th Mar 2017 03:54 am Go to last post
  21. Question inserting DXF into drawing

    my problem is that elements in dxf file inserts on wrong coordinates. for example if the coordinate is 123456.78 inserted element is on 12345678.00 I tried to change comma-dot in regional settings,...

    Started by vlovrec‎, 26th Mar 2017 09:36 pm
    dxf insert
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    27th Mar 2017 12:10 am Go to last post
  22. Drawing co-ords

    Hi Guys, Another one for you. So I am using AutoCAD for dummies (2011) and trying to revise. On page 61 (A lap around the CAD track) I am trying to follow the instructions to draw a rectangle....

    Started by Franny‎, 17th Mar 2017 05:05 pm
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    17th Mar 2017 05:45 pm Go to last post
  23. Hatching question

    I'm putting down a polyline to set up the perimeter for a proposed hatch. I encounter a curve. Do I stop, create the curve, and then join the two separate objects? Sometimes there situations where I...

    Started by Newbie McPc‎, 10th Mar 2017 08:35 pm
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    15th Mar 2017 12:16 pm Go to last post
  24. Purge

    I have a dwg that only has two used layers. So I urged to minimize the size, yet I still have layers with nothing on them. I cannot get rid of them. Any suggestions? Why are the layers remaining?...

    Started by kapureef‎, 7th Mar 2017 11:42 pm
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    10th Mar 2017 09:17 pm Go to last post
  25. How to increase space between objects?

    I have a row of rectangles, spaced evenly and I need to increase the spacing. How do I set the space between each of them to be a specified amount?

    Started by rlcad‎, 7th Mar 2017 07:34 am
    • Replies: 6
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    8th Mar 2017 11:47 am Go to last post

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