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    Default The One thing you wish a new Drafter would know!

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    I am wrapping up my first longer course in AutoCAD, now we have a few weeks of assigments to be handed in and some repetition to go through.

    I want to leave the class with a good basic knowledge of AutoCAD and a sense of what the most common pitfalls is when it comes to AutoCAD.

    So the question that I ask you, so that I can carry it on to them is:

    Imagine you have a new employee. The boss gives her to you and says "teach her how to use this finnagled AutoCAD so that she can be productive ASAP!"

    What is the one thing you want her to already know about AutoCAD? What is the most cardinal sin in your book? What is the thing you have tried and tried to hammer down your co-workers throat for ages?

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    Don't draw everything on layer 0 then compound the error by overriding the color and linetype of every entity! Or else you're FIRED! LoL
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    Exploding everything down to a line when editing.

    And what ReMark said.
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    keeping the boss in hot coffee
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbroada View Post
    keeping the boss in hot coffee
    That should go without saying!
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    Keeping the boss out of hot water (say what you are going to do then do what you said like "I'll have that drawing for you first thing tomorrow morning boss.").
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger View Post
    What is the most cardinal sin in your book? What is the thing you have tried and tried to hammer down your co-workers throat for ages?
    TIA!
    AutoCAD -
    1. don't explode dimensions
    2. draw 1:1

    Field specific (mechanical)
    1. We can't manufacture perfect parts - design and model with realistic tolerances and clearances.
    2. The hole size for a threaded hole is not the major diameter of the fastener (Ex. do not use 10mm hole for an M10 thread...)

    I'm sure each field (arch, civil...) have a similar commonly repeated sin.
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    Very important: Which End Is Up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD Mather View Post
    AutoCAD -
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    2. draw 1:1
    I have some explaining to do about the Draw 1:1 concept thanks to another teacher... He told the class that You should always draw 1:1000, because that is the way we do it.

    It took some time to explain to them that what he meant was the annotative scale should be 1:1000 as that is what the drawings will be printed in. And to explain annotative scaling to someone that doesn't fully grasp the "normal" scaling procedure was not easy. Add to that that we draw in meters in Model but in Millimeters in Paper so the scales are off anyway.... Scaling will be repeated again before we're done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger View Post
    I have some explaining to do about the Draw 1:1 concept thanks to another teacher... He told the class that You should always draw 1:1000, because that is the way we do it.

    It took some time to explain to them that what he meant was the annotative scale should be 1:1000 as that is what the drawings will be printed in. And to explain annotative scaling to someone that doesn't fully grasp the "normal" scaling procedure was not easy. Add to that that we draw in meters in Model but in Millimeters in Paper so the scales are off anyway.... Scaling will be repeated again before we're done.
    Tiger, you made my brain hurt reading that explanation for the 1:1000. Not because I don't draw 1:1, but because why would a teacher phrase it like that? As you say, an extra lesson on scaling won't go amiss.
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