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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. Change Default Font in Tables

    I made my tables by copying from a spreadsheet and past special, AutoCAD Entities. I have changed all the text to the font I want but any empty cells that text is later added to it uses Arial as a...

    Started by ziemerd‎, 3rd Nov 2009 08:32 pm
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  2. Blocks and Layers

    I thought if I made a block on the 0 layer that I could insert it and place it on any layer I want. I can insert it and put it on a layer then turn that layer off but the block does not disappear. ...

    Started by ziemerd‎, 2nd Dec 2009 03:23 pm
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  3. Dimensions Relocate When Move Command is Used

    I have experienced this several times and find it quite annoying. Every once in a while when I move something that has been dimensioned, the dim lines extend way far out to the left. I delete the...

    Started by ziemerd‎, 4th Dec 2009 10:02 pm
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  4. Convert Tables to Spreadsheet?

    Is there a way to convert an AutoCAD table into a spreadsheet? I've read tons about creating a table from a spreadsheet but I need to go the other way. Thank you. Dawn

    Started by ziemerd‎, 7th Dec 2009 07:05 pm
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  5. Arrows Not Filled

    The Dimstyle already has closed filled selected before I started drawing my leader. The leader has an arrow but it is not filled in. Is there another command I need to type in to make the arrows...

    Started by ziemerd‎, 7th Jan 2010 01:59 pm
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  6. Edit and Updating Blocks

    I've searched and cant' find anything that is quite like my situation. I have a block that does not have attributes. I have inserted it into several drawings. I found a mistake on the block so I...

    Started by ziemerd‎, 4th Feb 2010 08:52 pm
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  7. 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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  8. AutoCad for Nanotechnology writing software. Any ideas?

    I am a PhD student in nanotechonology whois looking to create a simple programme to write small structures ontosurfaces. I use a techniques called ‘scanning near-field optical lithography’which is...

    Started by zilali‎, 21st May 2013 02:18 pm
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  9. Block scaling

    Can you scale a block and maintain the proportion sizing? As in I add a lot of blocks of windows in my drawings and want to scale a window from a size of 36: to 48" (or any size in between) but I...

    Started by ziofel‎, 29th Oct 2010 07:25 pm
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    29th Oct 2010 08:39 pm Go to last post
  10. Trimming a block

    Is it possible to trim a block without exploding it? Also is it possible to explode a block and have it maintain its properties? Thanks

    Started by ziofel‎, 4th Nov 2010 08:25 pm
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  11. Title Block problem with pline

    Hello, I seem to have a problem with a pline (title block outline). I have it set to a certain thickness and when I bring it in from another drawing it only draws the outline of the line. The...

    Started by ziofel‎, 10th Nov 2010 07:30 pm
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  12. Undo

    Is there a way to undo something in the middle of a command. For example when I am using the trim command and I trim 5 things but the last one I accidently clicked the wrong area or line, can I undo...

    Started by ziofel‎, 25th Nov 2010 03:51 pm
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  13. Crop Part of a drawing into new drawing

    I am using autocad lt 2009 and would like to make a new drawing out of of portion of an exisiting drawing. I am very new to auto cad and would appreciate any help. thanks

    Started by ziosi‎, 13th Jan 2011 04:25 pm
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  14. Drawing to the correct dimensions

    Hi everyone, I need to draw a flange which has to be cut out at an engineering shop, its a basic shape and easy to draw. Now here is my problem: I need to draw in mm, as the measurments I have...

    Started by zipper‎, 15th Sep 2009 04:43 pm
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  15. Designing for a laser cutter: Is AutoCad the best choice for what I need to do?

    I do not plan to be a well-rounded 3D CAD user, and this is a brand new space for me. But I need something that can assemble complex vector "slabs" interlocked in 3D, with the ability to export just...

    Started by Zirngibism‎, 24th Nov 2014 06:07 pm
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  16. Fastener size

    Edit: Fastener size. Can't find a way to change that. Our teacher left us with a problem and I can't really understand this. I'm reading through the book and there's basically little to no "how to...

    Started by ZL45‎, 22nd Jan 2013 04:20 pm
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  17. Arrow A few basic questions when I work on the assessment test

    Which of the following CANNOT be performed using the Quick View Drawings shortcut menu? Save all drawings (It can save, but not save all) Arrange the open drawings (It display the object, but...

    Started by zmarcoz‎, 17th Mar 2010 07:02 pm
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  18. Would it be any easiler method to make a solid line to be a partly hidden line?

    Some of objects that I draw have partly hidden lines. Basically I can create two lines and then set one to be solid and the other one to be hidden. But may I know any faster way to do that? Thanks:D

    Started by zmarcoz‎, 18th Aug 2012 11:11 pm
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  19. What is the name for this type of partial slot for air passing ??

    I want to check whether any official name, size, etc for this type of air slot. Thanks

    Started by zmarcoz‎, 16th Jul 2013 05:11 am
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  20. Tapered Cylinder

    Hi ! I`m new to this forum and my English is not so good ...but I want to ask you a question. How can I taper a figure, that is something like cylinder, but with elipse bases. The TAPER command...

    Started by ZmN‎, 27th Aug 2006 08:52 pm
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  21. Dimensioning a 3d model

    Hi All, I have been playing with Acad for a while now and have no problems drawing 3d models. When it comes to dimensioning the Pawpaw hits the fan! I do this in paperspace but one view's dims...

    Started by zoeper‎, 6th Aug 2006 06:07 pm
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  22. Error when saving model

    I am encountering a problem every time autocad saves a specific drawing file. The problem occurs only after I make a union between two solids. Error message displays: Internal error...

    Started by zoeper‎, 12th Aug 2006 09:48 am
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  23. Beginner question on centering an object

    Hi all, i just started Autocad a few weeks ago and am having trouble centering my drawing within the title blocks. Our professor said he would walk us though if we forgot but it is driving me nuts....

    Started by zofofg‎, 27th Jan 2014 10:21 pm
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  24. Opening DXF files

    I have auto-cad 2000i. I created a dxf file in Adobe Illustrator and when I try to open the DXF file with Auto-Cad I just get a blank screen. Is there a setting or something I need to change to see...

    Started by zokan‎, 21st Dec 2009 06:58 pm
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  25. Selecting grips through 3d Objects?

    Hello. I'm new to AutoCAD and I'm following the AutoCAD 2011 no experience required book. I'm on the last chapter, where I'm introduced to 3D. When I'm working on a view, and there's a...

    Started by Zolid‎, 30th Nov 2010 07:42 pm
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