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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. 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
  2. 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
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    12th Sep 2017 09:57 am Go to last post
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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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    26th Aug 2017 09:36 am Go to last post
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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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    11th Aug 2017 05:22 pm Go to last post
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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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  15. 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
  16. 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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    30th Jul 2017 09:46 pm Go to last post
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Autocad 2000, no plus or minus shown using toolbar ordinate command

    Have placed my Absolute Datum 00 for both X & Y axis at the lower right hand corner of my rectangular part. Have dimensioned my part using the toolbar ordinate tab. I know from previous experience...

    Started by berol‎, 8th Jul 2017 12:39 am
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    8th Jul 2017 01:39 pm Go to last post
  21. Create/ draw a rectangle from 4 lines with fixed length

    Hello everyone! Can someone write a lisp that asks me for the length of four lines and then creates/draws a closed rectangle from that input? Other id Thanks in advance! :) Kind regards,...

    Started by Luis Ternou‎, 26th Jun 2017 02:18 pm
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    3rd Jul 2017 02:17 pm Go to last post
  22. Elevation Intersecting A Wall

    Hi all! Had a quick search but couldn't find my particular problem. So I have to do a rear elevation of a property (again because of changes) but the owners have now decided to build a fence,...

    Started by billydavies21‎, 20th Jun 2017 07:40 pm
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    21st Jun 2017 08:18 am Go to last post
  23. Need lisp to arrange raw ts survey data..

    Hello everyone i need a lisp to arrange raw data taken from total station during land survey and arrange it regularly....find the attachment below Thanks and have a good day.

    Started by prashantsingh‎, 16th Jun 2017 03:42 pm
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    17th Jun 2017 02:02 pm Go to last post
  24. trouble with AutocadLT file upload

    I used to use Nanocad and just recently started using Autocad again. I sent a .dwg file to an engineer which is a drawing I had started in Nanocad and then imported and finished in Autocad 18 and he...

    Started by joeatsea‎, 3rd Jun 2017 07:02 pm
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    6th Jun 2017 11:54 am Go to last post
  25. Mleader break

    Hi, hopefully a quick one. I am using Annotative Mleaders which cross Dim Lines and other Objects. I've tried to to use DIMBREAK to create a break where they cross but nothing happens. I've...

    Started by ASH_CAD‎, 1st Jun 2017 01:26 pm
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    1st Jun 2017 01:57 pm Go to last post

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