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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. save as

    Hi, Im having trouble with autocad 2012. every time I try to save as it freezes the programme. if I press esc it unfreezes it but I can not save as. lots of my drawings require me to open a...

    Started by Gavin Studd‎, 22nd Aug 2013 08:33 pm
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    29th Aug 2013 04:23 pm Go to last post
  2. Hex nut / bolt head in isometric

    Hi all, trying to draw a hex nut in isometric...I've got the ellipse with the inside/outside dimensions but as far as placing the lines and connecting them to make the hexagon perimeter I keep...

    Started by Adam‎, 27th Aug 2013 08:49 pm
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    27th Aug 2013 11:26 pm Go to last post
  3. new at Autocad 08

    Hello everyone, my name is Bob. My question is about using 2008, say drawing a box at 4"x4" square. When I enter the values to draw this box , it draws it proper, but it is so small on my desk...

    Started by bobrl‎, 23rd Aug 2013 01:26 pm
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    27th Aug 2013 08:38 pm Go to last post
  4. 3D printed circular object is actually a polygon.How come?

    Hello! I used 2 3d printers to print the same object(a funnel with a circular section): Makerbot replicator 1 and 2.The result was a shape which was not circular in section but polygonal. What can I...

    Started by turboCAD‎, 26th Aug 2013 05:20 pm
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  5. Offset Line Distances

    This seems a stupid question. I am trying to offset two angled walls to 3800mm. When I check the distance by measuring perpendicular between the lines, I get a different distance such as...

    Started by j4cksincl4ir‎, 25th Aug 2013 07:05 pm
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    27th Aug 2013 11:37 am Go to last post
  6. Plotting tiff

    Hi all, I have a problem regarding plotting high quality tiff files from cad. I need to plot a high quality tiff file (300dpi) from my drawing, but I have no understanding of how I could go about...

    Started by _banjo‎, 19th Aug 2013 09:02 am
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    27th Aug 2013 01:42 am Go to last post
  7. standard blocks

    Hi, I've been using autocad 2012 student version and all the blocks I've used in my dwgs up until now, is blocks I created myself or blocks that I get from someone else. Now, I've been told that...

    Started by jamos‎, 23rd Aug 2013 04:34 pm
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  8. Isometric drawings

    I'm using Autocad LT 2012. If I draw in an isometric view, is there a way to look at each direction to see the different views? For instance if I make a cube, can I hatch all six sides with...

    Started by patlsu02‎, 23rd Aug 2013 09:13 pm
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    23rd Aug 2013 10:43 pm Go to last post
  9. Osnap to a block

    is it possible to create a block so that the base point is the only snap point on the block? In other words supose I have a block of a simple rectangle with the base point in the center. If I...

    Started by Chilidawg‎, 22nd Aug 2013 10:26 pm
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    23rd Aug 2013 09:50 pm Go to last post
  10. Mouse or Digitizer Tablet?

    I am just beginning to learn Autocad. I have found what appears to be a good online site "MYCADSITE" at http://www.we-r-here.com to help me learn in a structured and progressive way. I only have a...

    Started by iinloki‎, 22nd Aug 2013 04:06 am
    autocad beginner hardware, mouse or tablet
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    23rd Aug 2013 04:32 am Go to last post
  11. I need e-books on autocad

    good day..am a beginner learning autocad and wud appreciate if any good samaritan could send me any e-books on autocad..my email is topsquino@gmail.com

    Started by topsquino‎, 22nd Aug 2013 08:16 pm
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  12. setting a simple point

    I've tried to set a simple point in model space. I typed PO - enter - typed a pair of coords into the 2 boxes, and then enter. No point was created. What am I doing wrong?

    Started by kltanker‎, 22nd Aug 2013 02:36 am
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  13. Limits

    Hello, Few years back our instructor in CAD teaches 'limits' since then i never use limits in all of my drawings. One thing i notice though is when i zoom extents my object seems so big and sometimes...

    Started by woodmaster‎, 22nd Aug 2013 03:20 am
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  14. Removing the ucs/ top left right bottom

    In the upper right hand corner of most auto cad applications post dating 2012, perhaps predating as well, there is an option to select 3d views and a UCS. The scope of my job dose not include 3D,...

    Started by drunis‎, 21st Aug 2013 02:36 pm
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  15. Smile Simple Wiring Software recommendation

    Hello - we need to make simple wiring schematics and a bit overwhelmed at how many software apps are available. Before jumping in, I wanted to see if you can make a recommendation on wiring schematic...

    Started by Advanced West‎, 21st Aug 2013 05:54 pm
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  16. Question Best way to export ?

    Hello, I am currently working on a simple floorplan. That's how the drawing looks like. What is the best way to export that drawing, so I can use it for the software 3dsmax ? Thank you...

    Started by kreativito‎, 20th Aug 2013 01:01 am
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    21st Aug 2013 08:49 pm Go to last post
  17. AutoCAD for Mac 2011 crash - anybody able to analyse crash report?

    Hello, I have this drawing causing CAD to crash over and over again (doesn´t crash with other drawings!) Unfortunatly I am not able to understand what the crash report is telling me, or whether...

    Started by Lentezza‎, 21st Aug 2013 01:15 pm
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  18. Mac and pc versions

    I am currently using mep 2011 for Mac at home but at school they use it on pc can I transfer projects from one to the other

    Started by Ninsinla‎, 21st Aug 2013 01:36 am
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    21st Aug 2013 11:16 am Go to last post
  19. Object takes the entire screen space

    I am trying to draw the part as shown in attachment. I started off with the base rectangle whose dimensions are 120 * 42. After zooming out completely, it's still too big and takes the entire screen...

    Started by vasiqshair‎, 21st Aug 2013 01:43 am
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    21st Aug 2013 11:14 am Go to last post
  20. properties menu

    How do you lock your properties menu to the left or right side of your drawing. And have it minimize when you scroll on and off it. thank you -jason

    Started by JasonS1500‎, 20th Aug 2013 08:44 pm
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  21. Page Setup Clarification

    Hi, I'm currently using Autocad 2011. I have a drawing with a single layout that was given to me from another group. If I'm in Model Space, I go to 'Page Setup' and I get the 'Page Setup...

    Started by davesec‎, 20th Aug 2013 01:56 pm
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  22. simple tricks and tips for beginners

    Im looking for some useful tricks to help me start out with autocad. If you know of any helpful links for commands that would be great.

    Started by cabiles1‎, 9th Aug 2013 01:26 am
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  23. Using AutoCAD for Island Mapping

    I am looking to draw a large lake that I live on that has 14,000+ islands. I have started drawing small sections by bringing in high quality maps and tracing them using the spline command. Is there a...

    Started by crazyjoedevola423‎, 16th Aug 2013 04:10 pm
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  24. Question Problem with annotative and viewport scales

    Hello, I am using AutoCad LT 2010 and I want to change the scales from ratios (shown like - 1:10,1:20 etc.) to actual measurements (1/4"=1'). Also while using these ratios when scaling my...

    Started by bpdennah‎, 14th Aug 2013 03:48 pm
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    19th Aug 2013 03:17 pm Go to last post
  25. Create sample dwg

    Hi all I am quite new to cad and need to create a sample dwg from my master drawing to send off. Can someone please advise me on how to do this? Thank you in advance for any help!!

    Started by _banjo‎, 16th Aug 2013 06:25 pm
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    19th Aug 2013 11:11 am Go to last post

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