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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  1. Custom linetype Problem

    this has probably been answered before, but I can't seem to find it. I'm trying to edit an existing linetype using a unicode character, but I can't get it to load. What I really need is for the...

    Started by A4Mode‎, 10th Feb 2009 05:34 pm
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  2. Another linetype question...

    I have been having trouble creating a custom linetype. Here is the linetype description: *transmissionline,----O----O----O----O---- A,57.5,-14.375,57.5,-14.375,57.5,-14.375,,-0.001The problem...

    Started by A4Mode‎, 14th Apr 2009 10:08 pm
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    17th Apr 2009 03:50 am Go to last post
  3. HELP: iso pentagon/hexagon?

    Hello. I'm currently a freshman an engineering student at UVM. I'm in a basic autocad class now, and am only using orthographic and isometric views (don't know 3-d autocad yet). For a...

    Started by aallaux‎, 29th Apr 2011 10:14 pm
    hexagon, iso, isometric, pentagon, polygon
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    30th Apr 2011 04:21 am Go to last post
  4. line thickness not scaling with zoom ratio

    Hi, I'm very new to AutoCAD. I have to make a floor plan. It's going well, except for the line thickness. When I'm zoomed in in model space, I set the thickness to say 1 mm, but when I zoom out...

    Started by Aardenon‎, 3rd Apr 2014 04:46 pm
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    9th Apr 2014 10:38 am Go to last post
  5. Bad DXF Group

    Hello Maybe someone can explain me why i cant use variable in the list (setq docnr (strcat (setq str "ENP01")(setq str (substr (setq str (getvar "dwgname")) 1 (- (strlen str) 4)))(setq str...

    Started by Aarer‎, 20th Dec 2013 04:31 pm
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  6. Question How erase blocks from specified coordinate

    Hi I have 800 files where all text fields in the drawing (about 10-20 text/block in every file) copied from the same block. I need to delete 5 block from the all drawings and these blocks located...

    Started by Aarer‎, 22nd Dec 2013 11:38 am
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    23rd Dec 2013 12:03 am Go to last post
  7. calculating an envelope

    I am solid modelling in Mechanical Desktop 3. Does anyone know a way to automatically calculate an envelope for the material of a solid and link it to the bom?

    Started by aaron‎, 15th Jul 2005 08:20 pm
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  8. Question Isometric drawing window settings?

    I've used ACAD 2006, 2007 for two years whilst studying. now i am using 2009 at home. when i change the window to isometric drawing via : snap>enter : style>enter : Isometric>enter : vertical...

    Started by aaronasx‎, 10th Jun 2009 07:44 am
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  9. want to show dimensions in only one viewport

    Hi, I am new to autocad....so plz excuse me if i am asking a dumb question. I inserted 2 viewports for a solid model in paperspace. In one of the viewports i want to display the top view and...

    Started by ababy‎, 25th Jan 2008 03:39 pm
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    25th Jan 2008 04:07 pm Go to last post
  10. Zoom with mouse wheel

    Hi all, I have seen some of my friends can do Pan realtime with the mouse wheel. But, in my computer whenever I scroll mouse wheel it functions as Zoom realtime. I know its a very silly...

    Started by ababy‎, 19th Feb 2008 02:45 pm
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    9th Mar 2008 04:56 am Go to last post
  11. Arcs as a part of multiline

    Hi, I am currently trying to work with multilines...and its driving me crazy...Just wanted to know if arcs can be drawn as a part of multiline... If not then why does it shows in multiline...

    Started by ababy‎, 16th Apr 2008 11:39 am
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    16th Apr 2008 01:49 pm Go to last post
  12. saving/printing

    I am new to AutoCAD and I dont' know how to save a drawing so that it can be opened on a computer that doesn't have AutoCAD installed so I can print to a plotter. Right now I only know how to save...

    Started by abbs83‎, 14th Jun 2005 03:39 pm
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    15th Jun 2005 10:50 am Go to last post
  13. expanding the grid size

    This sounds so easy but I cannot figure out how to expand the initial chunk of my grid if I happen to draw outside of it. I'm working on a project that doesn't really need a scale but I keep adding...

    Started by abbs83‎, 20th Jun 2005 09:30 pm
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    21st Jun 2005 02:06 pm Go to last post
  14. importing an image

    I would like to put an image of the Fl Keys area on my drawing and don't know how to do it. I'm running 2004 LT.

    Started by abbs83‎, 7th Jul 2005 02:50 pm
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    7th Jul 2005 09:01 pm Go to last post
  15. 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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  16. why blocks in layer 0 is good practice ?

    hi all, any specific reason for keeping blocks in layer 0... and other out of layer 0 ??..:(

    Started by abc_123‎, 14th Feb 2011 12:55 pm
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  17. Printing from Autocad LT 2012

    Hi We use autocad lt 2012, when creating a drawing, the same component can be used more than once, is it possible to print a detail listing of all the components used in a single drawing in some ...

    Started by AbdulQ‎, 14th Jun 2012 05:09 pm
    autocad lt 2012, printing
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  18. elevating floor plans

    My problem is how to draw or elevate a roof from a given floor plan.

    Started by abdulwasiyu‎, 3rd May 2008 04:47 pm
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    4th May 2008 04:30 am Go to last post
  19. earthwork volume,cut and fill calculation.

    Can anyone help to calculate the volume.I attached here my dwg file. I never done this before and I want to know the correct answer when I want my land to be levelled at 6m.How much volume to fill...

    Started by abhalkip‎, 9th Jan 2013 05:56 pm
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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. dim to an intersection

    How do i dimension to an intersection where there is a fillet?

    Started by abishop‎, 8th Sep 2010 07:21 pm
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  23. DWG to PDF

    This might be a simple, silly question so here goes............I have a lot of 2008 dwg files I need to print at an outside printers.............to print they need pdf or jpeg so how do I convert...

    Started by abitare‎, 13th Aug 2009 09:17 pm
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  24. dwg to jpeg etc

    i have many drawings in dwg but wish to upload onto my website.............how can I convert a dwg file and retain its detail so it can be the same on my web page...........hope this makes...

    Started by abitare‎, 4th Apr 2010 02:59 pm
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    12th Apr 2012 11:39 am Go to last post
  25. Embarrassed Question from an old dummy

    I have been trying to hatch a side view of a concrete floor... It won't do it (aCAD Lt 97). I have a long skinny rectangle and I have (multiple times) clicked on the boundaries (?) - there are no...

    Started by Able339‎, 15th Jan 2013 12:27 am
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    20th Jan 2013 02:33 pm Go to last post

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