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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. Need help with this PDF to DWG conversion

    I was able to convert the pdf to a dwg but the units are off. I know that some things need to be redone, but I was wondering if this drawing can be made accurate. For example, the top line is...

    Started by folklores‎, 7th Apr 2013 05:02 am
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    8th Apr 2013 03:22 pm Go to last post
  2. can dimensions in layout/paperspace be associative?

    i want to add some dimensions in paperspace. after creating some dimensions, if i double click on my viewport and move it around a bit, the dimensions in paperspace stay where they are. is there a...

    Started by davesec‎, 6th Apr 2013 07:06 pm
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    8th Apr 2013 02:48 pm Go to last post
  3. Exclamation ARRAY Problem

    Hi there, I Posted This problem twice but it doesn't showed in the forum. I don't know why, whatever, My problem is making Array with a circle and a line. When i use array between them to create 9...

    Started by provas_ce‎, 7th Apr 2013 08:45 am
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  4. What Is The Degree Of This Curve?

    Does anyone know what kind of curve is this (e.g. Bezier, B-spline, or NURBS) and how many degrees are this curve? Thank you

    Started by spinecad‎, 6th Apr 2013 01:09 pm
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    7th Apr 2013 09:25 am Go to last post
  5. Are Autocad 2013 and 2014 interchangable?

    Hey guys, I'm somewhat new to the thread. This is only my Second post. I'm a student at lone star college in houston, and I'm working on a set of piping plans in autocad 2013. I just downloaded a...

    Started by Knz183‎, 6th Apr 2013 04:54 pm
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    6th Apr 2013 08:46 pm Go to last post
  6. changing units

    hi..i have been trying to draw in mm, i.e, when i draw a line 1000 i want it to be 1000 mm. but currently when i do that i'm getting a line way too long, cant even zoom out to see it fully. i can...

    Started by boinks‎, 6th Apr 2013 11:42 am
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    6th Apr 2013 02:24 pm Go to last post
  7. Engineer seal

    Does anyone know how to put their engineering seal into an autocad dwg? Would you just scan it in to pdf, then I'm not sure how to import it over.

    Started by biff‎, 5th Apr 2013 09:29 pm
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    5th Apr 2013 09:43 pm Go to last post
  8. How to change the appearance of nodes?

    usually when I use the 'divide' command I can leave the nodes on the drawing as they are only dots which appear hidden within the line by the time I'm printing, but this system is set up to plonk...

    Started by Strix‎, 11th Apr 2007 12:48 pm
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  9. stretching width OR height

    Hello, Suppose I have a rectangle 10 x 8 and then I join the middle points of the widths with a line ... so I will end up with 2 boxes of 5 x 8. Now what I need to do is to stretch the side by 2...

    Started by NightMist‎, 27th Jan 2013 07:37 am
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    5th Apr 2013 10:53 am Go to last post
  10. Exploding text

    I'm using AutoCAD 2000 LT to generate DXF files to drive a CNC router for making panels for electronic equipment, which works fine. I also want to export DXF files of text to engrave the panels....

    Started by Xantix‎, 7th Mar 2005 02:40 pm
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    5th Apr 2013 08:58 am Go to last post
  11. How to see help in contents?

    Can anybody tell, how to access offline help dialogue box, which contains help in the form of contents so that I can learn AutoCAD systematically? I have AutoCAD 2013 & I have installed 237 MB...

    Started by vikasranga2‎, 13th Jun 2012 07:17 am
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    3rd Apr 2013 05:12 pm Go to last post
  12. Borders and Title Blocks

    Hi Everybody As you can see I am new here. I am also new to Autocad. I am using Autocad 2012. I am battling to find out how to make a border and title block for my machine drawings . Would anyone...

    Started by The Farting Sloth‎, 15th Nov 2012 10:29 am
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    3rd Apr 2013 05:28 am Go to last post
  13. Osnaps not always snapping

    I am using education version of Autocad 2012 and have only around 2 gig of RAM. Whilst drawing , mainly in 3d my osnaps do not seem to work properly. In a lot of cases it is only the "nearest" snap...

    Started by Keblapeb‎, 1st Apr 2013 01:17 am
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    3rd Apr 2013 02:29 am Go to last post
  14. Getting an unknown scale into scale

    Hi, I received a site plan for my house in an unknown scale. It is in 1'=100' scale printed on 24x36, but for some reason I cannot work with it in AutoCAD 2009. I'm trying to place my 1'=30' scale...

    Started by GeorgeCF99‎, 1st Apr 2013 09:11 pm
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    3rd Apr 2013 12:13 am Go to last post
  15. Osnaps not always snapping

    I am using education version of Autocad 2012 and have only around 2 gig of RAM. Whilst drawing , mainly in 3d my osnaps do not seem to work properly. In a lot of cases it is only the "nearest" snap...

    Started by Keblapeb‎, 1st Apr 2013 02:37 am
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    2nd Apr 2013 02:29 pm Go to last post
  16. Working with Scripts

    Hey everyone. I'm currently working on writing a script for an assignment. I've gotten everything that I need to draw into script format. However, I'm having trouble coding the UNITS dialogue box...

    Started by Lakalister‎, 1st Apr 2013 10:49 pm
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    2nd Apr 2013 02:08 pm Go to last post
  17. Text Size

    Getting the proper text size in model space is driving me a little crazy. If single or multi-line text is set at a particular size, notes or dimension text for one object (like a fabrication...

    Started by RedRex‎, 1st Apr 2013 05:42 am
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    2nd Apr 2013 10:53 am Go to last post
  18. Help with sectioning lines

    http://imgur.com/uZvBAA4 Didn't know where to post this but is anyone able to tell me the purpose/what the red line with the two A arrows pointing at it is for? How do you draw them on CAD?...

    Started by xperty‎, 31st Mar 2013 06:09 pm
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    2nd Apr 2013 07:53 am Go to last post
  19. Replacing F1 key to "Escape"

    Something I have found helpful in day to day drafting is changing the F1 key to a secondary escape button. This way you won't have to wait for the help window to appear. I have attached a quick step...

    Started by PB1‎, 2nd Apr 2013 01:38 am
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    2nd Apr 2013 01:55 am Go to last post
  20. Dimension Overide

    I need to override a dimension and I need it to be a diagonally stacked fraction (8 1/4). How do I do this? I know there is a box in properties for text overide, but it won't stack my fraction...

    Started by jiggly_jelloo‎, 1st Apr 2013 04:40 pm
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    2nd Apr 2013 12:02 am Go to last post
  21. Drawing title blocks

    Good evening ladies and germs, I wanted to get opinions on the most efficient way of creating & saving title blocks, with regards to using them in future projects. 1. Create a title block in...

    Started by RedRex‎, 30th Mar 2013 07:41 am
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  22. CHSPACE Scaling message

    Was wondering if others have the same problem with the CHSPACE command line message that the factor objects were scaled does not seem to be accurate. For example with a viewport that has a...

    Started by betterway‎, 1st Apr 2013 12:07 pm
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  23. Laydel command in autocad 2013

    Hi, I'm trying to delete a unused layer. But when I do that I get the following error (see attachment). I googled a bit and figured out that the LAYDEL command might solve my issue, but as I'm...

    Started by progvincent‎, 30th Mar 2013 07:57 pm
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    1st Apr 2013 02:36 pm Go to last post
  24. Mview not working

    Hi all, happy Easter. Weirdly, when I MVIEW in Layout as I would do normally then followed by Zoom and Extents once in the viewport, nothing is displayed but there is a drawing in Model Space. ...

    Started by ASH_CAD‎, 31st Mar 2013 11:16 am
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    31st Mar 2013 02:55 pm Go to last post
  25. AutoCAD Scaling a2D object in model space to an exact size

    Hi guys, Does anyone know know can i scale a 2D object to an exact length and width that i need to fit into a space? Ive been reading around online and they say use scale/ref, however i noticed...

    Started by douggiestyle‎, 29th Mar 2013 07:49 pm
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    30th Mar 2013 01:24 pm Go to last post

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