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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. Model space not transferring to viewports

    I'm fairly new to AutoCad and have an older version (AutoCad LT 2006). I created a drawing in the model tab but when I go to the other tabs such as "layout 1" the work I have done in model space...

    Started by dmk127‎, 24th Mar 2012 07:58 pm
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    24th Mar 2012 09:14 pm Go to last post
  2. residential design forum?

    as a noob to autocad this forum has become invaluable over the last few months for me for CAD tips/tricks/issues. But recently I started looking for a forum for residential designers to discuss...

    Started by slipperypete‎, 22nd Mar 2012 03:52 pm
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    24th Mar 2012 03:04 pm Go to last post
  3. Text Sizes

    What is the typical text size for 1/8". I was thinking 8 inches and could you tell me all the sizes from 1/16" to 1 to 1.. Thanks

    Started by Diesel‎, 23rd Mar 2012 12:49 pm
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    23rd Mar 2012 03:07 pm Go to last post
  4. Plotting problem with Autocad 2009 and HP 750C plus Color plotter

    When plotting on a HP750C plus plotter using AutoCad 2009, plots come out extremely light – almost unreadable. Is their a command in either of the two that might help?

    Started by gilmiceli‎, 14th Mar 2012 11:21 pm
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    23rd Mar 2012 02:32 am Go to last post
  5. CTRL+Z has stopped working

    Believe it or not, I'm actually quite an experienced AutoCAD user, though this issue is making me feel like a newbie again. I'm currently using Civil 3D 2012, and all of a sudden CTRL+Z has stopped...

    Started by damanebp‎, 22nd Mar 2012 12:38 am
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    23rd Mar 2012 02:20 am Go to last post
  6. General Autocad Questions

    I'm pretty fluent with excel the thing is though, but I'm not as fluent as transferring into autocad. I've been working with Autocad on a regular basis now for about 6 months and am getting pretty...

    Started by dsw283‎, 22nd Mar 2012 04:24 pm
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    hot-keys, line-types, tables
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    22nd Mar 2012 07:02 pm Go to last post
  7. Revision Clouds

    I know how to get the cloud but can't remember, how to add the triangle with the number. Thanks

    Started by Diesel‎, 21st Mar 2012 07:35 pm
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    22nd Mar 2012 04:06 pm Go to last post
  8. Door Elevation symbol

    Hi friends, I need help from you guys, I have attached jpeg file regarding the door elevation symbol. Which one is correct? Elevation 1 or Elevation 2? We receive drawings from other contractor but...

    Started by rengised‎, 21st Mar 2012 08:52 am
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    22nd Mar 2012 03:39 am Go to last post
  9. Unhappy Geometry Disappears

    I'm laying lines on top of an airial photo and my lines seem to be disappearing under the graphic. I know the lines are there, because they will highlight when the cursuer passes over them. Sometimes...

    Started by clipper392‎, 21st Mar 2012 03:03 pm
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    21st Mar 2012 03:34 pm Go to last post
  10. Smile Export coordinates and blockname to excel

    Hi, I'm looking for a lisp that can list the coordinates of blocks to excel, as well as the block name. I'm sure someone invented this wheel long ago, I just can't find it. I'm currently...

    Started by Wouter543‎, 21st Mar 2012 03:05 pm
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    21st Mar 2012 03:28 pm Go to last post
  11. How to delete Xref-dependent layer?

    I want to delete Xref-dependent layer. AutoCAd says I can't delete them. I want to delete them. How can I do that?

    Started by khoshravan‎, 12th Feb 2011 10:48 pm
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    delete, layer, x-ref
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    21st Mar 2012 03:03 pm Go to last post
  12. Civil Engineering (Bridge) Plan Help

    I attached a PDF of a plan that I did a year ago when I was less familiar with AutoCAD. I scaled everything to inches so that I could print at 1:1 on a 11x17 paper which was pretty painful. After...

    Started by WTFD4V1D‎, 20th Mar 2012 11:28 pm
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    21st Mar 2012 11:13 am Go to last post
  13. Change layer priority?

    I'm a little confused, because I expected to accomplish this within seconds... But I'm not able to. Let's say I have two layers amongst many others: Layer named "Blue thin lines" and another...

    Started by Pzi‎, 20th Mar 2012 07:57 pm
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    20th Mar 2012 08:22 pm Go to last post
  14. UCS and Mechanical Work

    Hello, I work for a machine shop where I am given x and z coords from cnc programs. I have been assigned to create setup sheets that show the tool, the center point, and the part and I create...

    Started by rickhebert‎, 20th Mar 2012 03:40 pm
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  15. about annotive dim style

    hi, I set my annotive style (named MyADim) as current and do the dim. But sometimes, when I check the property of the dim, It shows using "MyADim$0" and the annotive is not open. How do I...

    Started by shirazbj‎, 19th Mar 2012 02:22 am
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  16. Earthwork x-sections with Excel and AutoCAD

    Hello friends I saw a youtube video "Cross Section in AutoCAD".But i could not understand how to transfer the data from excel to AutoCAD.There is a file TMaker.exe to make template of excel data.I...

    Started by freshman123‎, 8th Nov 2011 10:59 am
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  17. UCS and PEDIT join

    I'm trying to extrude a circle around a path in all dimensions, so I drew my path in lines, filleted the corners then tried to join using the PEDIT - Join command. Firstly, the join says something...

    Started by fonz‎, 17th Mar 2012 12:05 am
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    17th Mar 2012 11:18 am Go to last post
  18. Sad state of affairs

    So, it's very unfortunate that I have to come to the internet to find an answer to this question. It's unfortunate that I need to ask for help. It's unfortunate that I can not do my work until I...

    Started by Leszek‎, 14th Mar 2012 06:15 pm
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    16th Mar 2012 10:56 pm Go to last post
  19. AutoDesk Seek Design Content

    I have been looking at the Design Content function in AutoCAD 2012 and was wondering why if the content to be inserted says it is bolt side profile 10mm x 50mm. Why it doesn't come in at those...

    Started by clipper392‎, 16th Mar 2012 02:33 pm
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    16th Mar 2012 02:41 pm Go to last post
  20. Exploding work blocks

    When I explode some work blocks they just disappear so I tried Burst but that did not work either Any Ideas as t why this may be happening?

    Started by NEWMAN1006‎, 16th Mar 2012 12:42 pm
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    16th Mar 2012 02:26 pm Go to last post
  21. Multiple Files From Client Don't open together

    I have a builder client who sends house plans in dwg. Recently, I have been receiving a folder full of dwg files for every room, options, etc.. When I try to open, say, the first floor plan, only...

    Started by FLDesigner‎, 15th Mar 2012 06:00 pm
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    15th Mar 2012 10:08 pm Go to last post
  22. AutoCad Problem - Splines & Tangents

    Hello I am still very new to AutoCAD and I was hoping someone out there could help me shed some light on the following problem. I have 5 nodes each of which has an x y & z co-ordinates. ...

    Started by tomtomtom‎, 14th Mar 2012 07:25 pm
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    15th Mar 2012 09:59 pm Go to last post
  23. Civil 3D Imperial or Metric

    If I'm using cad does it matter if I use Imperial or Metric? Whats the difference just the units? For example I have 1 project that needs to be done in metric should I open that in the Metric...

    Started by NEWMAN1006‎, 14th Mar 2012 06:36 pm
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  24. Mtext color

    Hello, I need to write some text in continuation in different color. I am not getting a way to change the color of some part of the text. Can you please put some light on how this can be achieved....

    Started by CNatka‎, 15th Mar 2012 01:14 pm
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    15th Mar 2012 03:04 pm Go to last post
  25. Plotting a drawing into a prepared template

    Hi, My name is Matthew, I am an apprentice Machinist, as part of my apprenticeship I got a 3 day crash course in autocad, now my boss wants me drawing stuff for our turners. I have one slight...

    Started by Matthew Machinist‎, 15th Mar 2012 09:30 am
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    15th Mar 2012 02:32 pm Go to last post

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