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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. Cool Problem when exporting to Microsoft Visio

    I'm new to Autocad and Visio. I have been saving an Autocad 2004 floorplan as a dwg or dwf file and then opening it with Visio 2007. My problem is when the file is imported in Visio the...

    Started by learner's permit‎, 18th Jun 2010 04:28 pm
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  2. no plus sign in CUI

    AutoCAD 2007 I open Customize User Interface (CUI), on top-left box, there is Toolbars, menus and so on and they have a plus sign on their left side. It is supposed that by clicking the plus sign,...

    Started by khoshravan‎, 4th Jul 2010 04:08 am
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  3. Data link Question Rephrased

    Hello, I am trying to create template drawing that has 27 separate Data Links linked to a corresponding number of tables created using the DRAW>TABLE command. They are linked to an Excel...

    Started by rickhebert‎, 29th Jun 2010 05:08 pm
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  4. havnt disapeared..on new project

    Just wanted to thank tankman and others for helping me to get familiar with Autocad. I will be using it more now that I have a true "mechanical" purpose to use it. I am part of a volunteer race...

    Started by lortech‎, 6th Jul 2010 11:16 pm
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  5. Area of surfaces

    Pls, How to calculate area of planar or nonplanar surfaces? Is there necessarity to get boundary first? To make more precise, Revolving lines - produce revolved surfaces. How to calculate...

    Started by lvganov‎, 12th Jul 2010 01:42 pm
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  6. Producing dynamic blocks

    Hi, Sorry this may of been posted in the past. Does anyone have a dnamic block that looks like the following bracket (brace)symbol. symbol required }

    Started by GIB39‎, 28th Jul 2010 07:26 pm
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  7. Connecting to AutoCad

    Hi I'm wondering what is the best way to communicate with AutoCAD from the outer applications. I thought about some client-server application but when the server (as a macro in AutoCAD) waits for...

    Started by PanHasan‎, 3rd Aug 2010 01:14 pm
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  8. layer hidden except when selected?

    Hello all, I remember seeing a block at one point that had some components of it that were hidden until you selected the block. so for a basic example, normally you would just see this: SHAPE ...

    Started by p0026376‎, 6th Aug 2010 03:32 pm
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  9. Using already calibrated plotter setings on another version of Autocad

    Hi! I have two versions of Autocad instaled on my computer 2007 and 2008. Is it possible to somehow just copy the calibrated custom plotter setings from version 2008 to 2007? Thanx!

    Started by Butch‎, 25th Aug 2010 12:15 pm
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  10. Using 3d face function to mesh

    Hello!!.. I am using FE-pipe software for FEA analysis and it requires using Autocad to plot and mesh geometries.One example requires splitting the space between two concentric arcs into quads...

    Started by ranjit‎, 30th Aug 2010 09:28 am
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  11. What is best "plot style" for standard hp7130 printer?

    I just need black and white prints to review drawings and the lines are very light when using acad.sbt and acad.cbt plot styles. What plot style would provide the best black/white contrast with...

    Started by psTopkat‎, 24th Sep 2010 03:32 am
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  12. Cad standards

    Hi folks, I'm looking for a book that can help me draw profesional level cad plans. I found this book at amazon " The Architect's Guide to the U.S. National CAD Standard Does anyone use this...

    Started by Timber‎, 26th Sep 2010 10:22 pm
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  13. Attributes in Lookups?

    Hey So I just started a new work and learning autocad was a must so I've been basically living on this website. I'm stuck on this one problem, and some seem to have referenced about it, but I...

    Started by buttape‎, 18th Oct 2010 04:22 pm
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  14. thread offset

    I am confused on how much to offset the bottom major/minor thread lines. It's SQ THD, P=12, DBL THD-LH. I get confused on which way to move them and the direction. Is it half of the crest or half...

    Started by AFitchguy07‎, 24th Oct 2010 12:08 am
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  15. Import Splines from 3ds max to use edgesurf

    Hi, My first post here, as I have been trying to find a work-flow from max to cad and back again. I'm trying to export spline shapes from max, import them into autocad, use the edgesurf...

    Started by ampersand‎, 28th Oct 2010 07:33 am
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  16. Question How to draw an arc in AutoCAD so that it looks smoother in Illustrator? And more...

    Hi, everybody! I am drawing my plans in AutoCAD 2006. After finishing one plan, I open it in Adobe Illustrator CS3. Before opening in Adobe Illustrator, I flatten all splines to polylines. ...

    Started by tajanat‎, 5th Nov 2010 03:40 pm
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  17. from AutoCad3d 2011 map to Autodesk 3d 2010

    Thank you for this site..it's the very first time im here. Im working on a road project, whereby the road is estimated to be 15km long through a very mountanious terrain. There are going to be 2...

    Started by bigbebi‎, 10th Nov 2010 11:30 am
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  18. Default Scale List 2011

    USER PREFERENCES > DEFAULT SCALE LIST > ADD > 1"=20' > paper units 1 > drawing units > 120 > APPLY> OK ... I can't find what I just created in the drop down list. Why is this happening and how can I...

    Started by richie_008‎, 13th Nov 2010 10:33 pm
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  19. Unhandled exceptions while loading custom ARX file in AutoCAD 2011

    I have a custom ARX file that is throwing 2 unhandled exceptions while loading in AutoCAD 2011. The original source was built using VC++ 6 and worked with AutoCAD 2000. I fixed all the errors and...

    Started by snehalsao‎, 30th Nov 2010 09:40 pm
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  20. .pdf underlay

    Hi again :oops: I noticed another problem with my dwg file, I attached a .pdf underlay, and it seams to be fine used it as normal. Traced it and etc. but then I moved the dwg to desktop and opened...

    Started by nowikovs12‎, 27th Dec 2010 06:20 pm
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  21. Migrating VBA Code from ArcGIS 9.3 to AutoCAD 3D Map 2011

    Dear All, We are working on finding best highway alignments. We have been working on ArcGIS 9.3 and we have written lot of applications in VBA to change attribute values and/or do some...

    Started by rameshraju9‎, 3rd Jan 2011 09:51 pm
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  22. Vector Art 3D

    Does anyone know anything about Vector Art 3D? It is some 3D art to be used on single axis CNC Router or any other type of CNC equipment. If so, can I do the same type of work (as Vector art)...

    Started by kpo101‎, 18th Jan 2011 12:13 am
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  23. importing layer states makes some layers disappear!

    Having problems with import/export layers: I created a layer state in .dwg "A" to and exported it to a folder, then imported it from there into a second .dwg "B." When I do this, the new layer is...

    Started by Kincaid‎, 21st Jan 2011 09:41 pm
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  24. Loft problem

    Hi , i want to loft two rectangles using arc as a path , but i cant :( , 1st i cant draw the arc in 3d so i drawned it in "Front" view , then i cant loft the rectangles using that arc as an path...

    Started by krumbibishkov‎, 8th Feb 2011 01:15 pm
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