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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. Image distortion

    I'm not sure that this problem has anything to do with Autocad, or maybe my Video settings or adaptor, but I get an awful distortion of geometric drawings on my monitor, and yet the objects print out...

    Started by gotchy‎, 19th Jan 2014 12:40 am
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  2. problem with flatening an isometric view

    Hello I have had a difficult problem to solve, hope i can be clear exposing it, so here it goes.. I have a mountain terrain built with polylines wich have different Z values in order to make it...

    Started by hamiltonfrenzy‎, 13th Jan 2014 06:49 pm
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  3. Question Can i save my toolbars and setup??

    I was wanting to save my toolbar setup and commands,or the way my screen looks. Do you do that in the options, profile section. If so do you just name the current screen shot as something and export...

    Started by Hogfan‎, 1st Sep 2011 04:27 pm
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    24th Jan 2014 02:59 am Go to last post
  4. Smile Need to draw 2 gears

    Hi, i need to draw 2D gears with tooth i know just: Module m=10mm Number of Teeth= Za=13 Zb=30 To drow i need to know diameters and wheelbase size so i calculated according formules: ...

    Started by zigmasas‎, 23rd Jan 2014 02:35 pm
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  5. Exclamation Maximized Viewport Action

    I am working with a template that has four (4) viewports in the layout tab. When I maximize a viewport to dimension the drawing, as soon as I click on a function (e.g., diameter) the viewport...

    Started by hrsnblm‎, 22nd Jan 2014 07:35 pm
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  6. the @ symbol

    I've seen this used in CAD, but am curious specifically what it represents. I couldn't find an answer in Help. What does the @ symbol represent when typed at the command line in AutoCAD?

    Started by Sluman‎, 22nd Jan 2014 03:16 pm
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  7. How does AutoCAD know what 1" Equals To?

    Hello Everybody, If I plot a layout, on size E profile, and the units are in inches. How can I know how many feet, 1" is equal too? I suppose the easy way is to simply draw a line, say 100 feet...

    Started by Casio47‎, 22nd Jan 2014 03:30 pm
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  8. Some of the layers appear in model but missing in layout?

    May i know why some of the layers appear in model but missing in my layout drawing ? Is it had been frozen ? How can i unfreeze it ?! Thank !

    Started by noobpro70‎, 23rd Jan 2014 08:52 am
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  9. PDF vs PLT?

    In school I was taught to print via PLT. However I now work in an office and we mainly use PDF. The scale turns out correctly, plus we actually get to SEE what it's gonna look like before it comes...

    Started by Sbeth85‎, 22nd Jan 2014 04:45 pm
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    23rd Jan 2014 08:46 am Go to last post
  10. Help ! Problem in Layout layer...

    Hey guys , may i know how to select or delete the unwanted switches in my layout drawing ? I can select it ... may i know what layer is that and it doesn't appear in my model drawing... Thank !

    Started by noobpro70‎, 22nd Jan 2014 09:43 am
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    23rd Jan 2014 02:33 am Go to last post
  11. Question 2D Plan and Elevation to simple 3d model? Revit perhaps?

    Hi there, I have a 2d plan and several elevations/sections and was wondering if it was possible to do a quick mock up of what it would look like in 3d? Load drawings and just extrude somehow,...

    Started by reyna12‎, 18th Jan 2014 03:34 pm
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    21st Jan 2014 01:57 am Go to last post
  12. Question Which CAD/Other Software? - Singular Retail Space by Novice (Not a Career Architect)

    Hi All:), I need help and forgive me for my naive and beyond basic questions:D. I've been put in charge of dividing the space of a future retail shop. I have been given the LOD/Rendering of the...

    Started by u2rcrazy‎, 19th Jan 2014 12:56 am
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  13. Embarrassed Problem with elevation and scaling.

    Hi there, i am facing problem to make change the elevation in Autocad'07. I tried "ELEV" command to done this. Elevation changes when i'm changing it but when i drawing a object i found all the in...

    Started by provas_ce‎, 8th Jan 2014 09:54 am
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  14. Smile Adding Lines in AutoCad

    Hello friendly CadTutor people, I am quite the novice with Autocad and do not know how to approach this problem. I have 2 different lines defined with x and y coordinates. I want a third...

    Started by structuralman124‎, 14th Jan 2014 12:54 pm
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  15. AutoCAD works slow unless I extend view on external monitor

    Hello, I installed AutoCAD on a brand new Lenovo W530 with 2 graphic cards: Integrated Intel and Nvida K2000M. When I just work on the built in screen AutoCAD does not seem to work well, the mouse...

    Started by yyskin‎, 13th Jan 2014 07:05 pm
    dual gpu, extended desktop
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    13th Jan 2014 07:55 pm Go to last post
  16. Making a dynamic block with attributes.

    Hi, I am trying to make a block with text inside in it. I need the text to rotate at 0 no matter what degree I insert the block into my drawing. For example the type of blocks I use are for fire...

    Started by mkapp1986‎, 13th Jan 2014 05:15 am
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    13th Jan 2014 07:33 pm Go to last post
  17. How to import

    Hi folks, I'm new to the forum. I hope you can answer this question. There is a particular doorway drawn in an architecture book that I need in my autocad drawing. There is only one measurement...

    Started by Timber‎, 12th Jan 2014 08:08 pm
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    13th Jan 2014 02:34 pm Go to last post
  18. Lost my construction icons

    I learned Acad on my own, so I appologize if this appears so basic... I lost a toolbar containing several very useful construction icons. The buttons created red horizontal, vertical, cross hairs...

    Started by jkapusta‎, 11th Jan 2014 07:27 pm
    construction line icons
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    11th Jan 2014 09:17 pm Go to last post
  19. Polyline Direct Input Explanation - In 3D Mode

    Hi, I'm just starting to learn how to use the 3D environment in AutoCAD (2014 version). I'm following some tutorials but I'm a bit confused regarding direct input values when using the polyline...

    Started by BoroCAD‎, 10th Jan 2014 03:20 pm
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  20. Template Settings

    I have had problems in my company's template. In the default template in AutoCAD if I draw a line and hover over it the dimensions display with a decimal, now if I do the same thing in my company's...

    Started by vpatterson‎, 10th Jan 2014 09:19 pm
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  21. Hatch pattern (do not select)

    does anyone know if there is a way to keep from selecting a hatch pattern every time... So like we have all these solid hatches that they need to see for these park maps and stuff, but I can never...

    Started by CivilPrice‎, 8th Jan 2014 07:38 pm
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  22. "forced grid" in dxf format

    Hi everyone I used a vectorising program (vectormagic) and I get a dxf format file. Now I am trying to edit it with Autocad (2011) mas it seems to exist a kind of grid with predefined dots...

    Started by pedrosousa6829‎, 8th Jan 2014 12:04 am
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  23. Changing Linetype

    Hello all, I'm brand new here, and very new to AutoCAD. I used it in college, but now I'm using LT 2014, and I'm trying to familiarize myself with it. I'm trying to change my linetype from...

    Started by Evelynn‎, 6th Jan 2014 03:27 pm
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  24. Stretch a block with make object wider

    Hello, been lurking for a long, long time. Finally, asking a question. I am working on CAD 2010 Civil 3D. I have a block object that I would like to make wider, but not taller. How can I do...

    Started by below_gravity‎, 7th Jan 2014 05:22 pm
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    7th Jan 2014 06:03 pm Go to last post
  25. Helical Gear Tooth Profile

    i want to draw helical gear in autocad 2010. any one tell me how to draw helical gear tooth frofile in autocad. thanks. wasim khan

    Started by wasim khan‎, 8th Jul 2012 05:52 pm
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    6th Jan 2014 12:11 am Go to last post

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