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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. XREFS in AutoCad 2013LT

    Questions folks. Sorry if it is an ignorant one, but I can't seem to figure this one out myself. I was opening files and autocad was telling me that some xrefs were missing from the drawing, did...

    Started by khelms‎, 8th Nov 2012 04:15 pm
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    25th Mar 2013 04:41 pm Go to last post
  2. which drawing scale to use?

    I want to be able to use Autocad 2012 to draw the faceplate of a custom box that fits into a 19" rack. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19-inch_rack The actual width of the box would be 17.75" and the...

    Started by centralnj‎, 23rd Mar 2013 04:29 pm
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    25th Mar 2013 01:22 pm Go to last post
  3. Launch Autocad to the "Choose a Template" dialog box?

    When I start AutoCad, I want it to open to a dialog box that lets me choose from my folder of personal templates. I know that STARTUP = 1 essentially does this, but the interface isn't quite as ...

    Started by kjkeating‎, 18th Oct 2012 01:46 am
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    24th Mar 2013 01:26 am Go to last post
  4. dimension size and linetype size

    I'm currently working on a floor plan and I have my drawing completed, but... my drawing scale factor is 48 and my dimensions are too small to read. plus, my hidden lines are not "dashed" like they...

    Started by Bampmp‎, 21st Mar 2013 07:13 pm
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    22nd Mar 2013 12:09 pm Go to last post
  5. iPhone app to calculate feet/inches

    Hello, I’m a draftsman and I have a calculator that has feet and inches which of course makes things easy assisting in draft. I was wondering for those who do not have such calculator – I was...

    Started by karuzo‎, 20th Mar 2013 10:34 pm
    calculator, convert, imperial, iphone, metric
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    22nd Mar 2013 01:07 am Go to last post
  6. How to recover dwg files from "pagefile.sys " or from "hiberfil.sys" files ?

    Hello ! I had a hdd crash, I took the hdd to data recovery and they did recover something but some of the important dwg files are invalid. From my understanding, computers use two files:...

    Started by turboCAD‎, 21st Mar 2013 03:07 pm
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    21st Mar 2013 04:18 pm Go to last post
  7. Sick of Autosketch 9

    I'm hoping I can find help on this forum!! It's really hard to find help out there. For starters, my background IS NOT CAD & drafting, it's hazardous materials response & environmental...

    Started by ATS1237‎, 21st Mar 2013 03:37 pm
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    21st Mar 2013 03:59 pm Go to last post
  8. HDD crashed, recovered ACAD files invalid.How to reconstruct invalid .DWG files?

    Hello ! About a month ago the HDD (wd7500bpkt) of my Acer 7750G laptop decided to teach me a lesson about backing up data and not putting all the information on the same data storage device no...

    Started by turboCAD‎, 14th Mar 2013 03:55 pm
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    21st Mar 2013 02:48 pm Go to last post
  9. Cannot add dimensions on the z-axis

    Hi! I'm currently making some drawings of a piping system for an oil rigg process system I made in Inventor. I was now supposed to draw an Isometric drawing of some pipes, but i don't think i...

    Started by Geir‎, 21st Mar 2013 01:08 pm
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    21st Mar 2013 02:34 pm Go to last post
  10. autocad sections for cancer hospital projects

    Hi, I am a computer scientist but interested in architecture sections for hospitals. particularilly for cancer hospitals. Could you please help me as to find resources and/or autocad examples? ...

    Started by comp-engineer‎, 19th Mar 2013 05:55 pm
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    21st Mar 2013 11:56 am Go to last post
  11. I have one weekend to catch up on my course, I am STRESSED

    Hey guys, just recently enrolled in an architecture autocad course and due to unfortunate circumstances I had to miss out on much of the first month and I am BEHIND! I need to do some floor plans...

    Started by folklores‎, 15th Mar 2013 06:51 pm
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  12. Exporting dimensions to Excel

    I actually have two questions, but one may have been answered. In a machine shop environment, the current practice is for an admin person to review the drawing, then take down all dimensions and...

    Started by Dave B‎, 14th Mar 2013 09:47 pm
    export dimensions
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    18th Mar 2013 12:35 pm Go to last post
  13. Proving A Bad Survey Really Is Wrong

    Hello. We have a situation where a licensed land surveyor made a map for a land owner that was accepted by the planning department. The map depicts a fence blocking off a trail that for reasons...

    Started by rps96746‎, 17th Mar 2013 07:43 am
    metes and bounds, proving survey, surveyor
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    17th Mar 2013 06:00 pm Go to last post
  14. No clue where to start

    Hey All, I have to say this is a great forum. I've already seen some good stuff on here. Over the last several months I've had the urge to finally get going with learning AutoCAD. The problem...

    Started by RedRex‎, 13th Mar 2013 05:27 am
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  15. Extend to block?

    hi all, How do I extend a line to a block or trim? seems like every time i trim or extend the line to a block the line won't recognized/notice the block. what can i do?

    Started by gafemon‎, 12th Mar 2013 09:26 pm
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    12th Mar 2013 09:41 pm Go to last post
  16. Question coordinate ; dimensions

    is there a function in autocad that can display the coordinates of a point...like when we use linear dimension lengthe of line is displayed..

    Started by anshulg‎, 11th Mar 2013 02:22 pm
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    12th Mar 2013 07:22 pm Go to last post
  17. "explode" (distance) parts - solids

    Hi, with word EXPLODE i don't meen the explode command. To brake appart part (block or solid). But i would like to "explode" all parts (blocks or solids) appart and move eatch of them some...

    Started by sloman‎, 2nd Dec 2007 11:18 pm
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    12th Mar 2013 06:45 pm Go to last post
  18. blank sheet also automatically ???

    a blank sheet automatically opens along with an exisitng DWG file opening how do I stop autocad from adding a blank sheet into an existing file opening and closing ???

    Started by gibeck‎, 11th Mar 2013 09:05 pm
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    11th Mar 2013 09:19 pm Go to last post
  19. Data Table Type Editing

    Hello, I am having problems regarding Data Table Types. I utilize Excel to build BOM's. I import them through data connection, I than will tell it which cells are Headers / Data / Titles. At...

    Started by Kemphas‎, 27th Feb 2013 06:25 pm
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    11th Mar 2013 07:03 pm Go to last post
  20. best programme to buy?!?!?!?!?

    i have a macbook air os x 10.7.5 - and i am looking at studying interior design. i would like to use CAD software. I was looking at purchasing the design pro enhanced. but it is quite expensive. so i...

    Started by courtneyanna12‎, 11th Mar 2013 04:09 am
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    11th Mar 2013 04:54 pm Go to last post
  21. Drawing of I-beam?

    I am looking to find a sample drawing of how an I beam would connect to a masonry wall, I'm not sure how much detail to add. Does anyone know where to find sample drawings like this?

    Started by escobar147‎, 26th Feb 2013 05:39 pm
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  22. Plot pop up thingy

    Whenever I send something off to my plotter/printer a thingy pops up in the lower right corner of my screen to tell me that the plotter has finished. Is there a way to make that go away and...

    Started by RBPrice‎, 8th Mar 2013 12:07 am
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    8th Mar 2013 01:36 pm Go to last post
  23. Trimming problem

    Hello! I done something with autocad (2013 architecture) trimming and extension functions. Everytime I try to trim (trim-->enter-->enter) to nearest line, it trims only in cursor square, but not to...

    Started by mb90‎, 7th Mar 2013 06:35 pm
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    7th Mar 2013 07:13 pm Go to last post
  24. Scaling in paper space

    Hi, I am relatively new to CAD and trying to help my partner with electrical and mechanical drawings. I am working from a drawing in model space (previously drawn by a client) and I have...

    Started by raley123‎, 6th Mar 2013 02:00 pm
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  25. Unhappy Error Writing/ Closeing File


    Started by mfahadrazzaq‎, 6th Mar 2013 09:09 am
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