Category Archive for: Creating Your First Drawing

If You Want to Experiment

Try drawing the latch shown. 1. Start AutoCAD, open a new file, and name it Latch . 2. When you get to the drawing editor, use the Line command to draw the straight portions of the latch. Start a line as indicated in the figure; then enter relative coordinates from the keyboard. For example, for the first…

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Displaying Data in a Text Window

Some commands produce information that requires a Text window. This frequently happens when you are trying to get information about your drawing. The following exercise shows how you can go an enlarged view of messages in a Text window. 1. Click the List tool in the Standard toolbar. (It’s the icon that looks like a piece of paper…

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Getting Help

Eventually, you will find yourself somewhere without documentation and you will have a question about an AutoCAD feature. AutoCAD provides an online help facility that gives you information on nearly any topic related to AutoCAD. Here’s how to find help: 1. Click Help in the menu bar and choose AutoCAD Help Topics. A Help window appears. 2. If it…

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Editing with Grips

Earlier, when you selected the door, little squares appeared at the endpoints and midpoints of the lines and arcs. These squares are called grips. Grips can be used to make direct changes to the shape of objects, or to quickly move and copy them. So far, you have seen how operations in AutoCAD have a discrete beginning…

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Selecting Objects before the Command: Noun/Verb

Nearly all graphics programs today have tacitly acknowledged the Noun/Verb method for selecting objects. This method requires you to select objects before you issue a command to edit them. The next set of exercises shows you how to use the Noun/Verb method in AutoCAD. You have seen that when AutoCAD is waiting for a command, it displays the cross…

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Selecting Objects

AutoCAD provides many options for selecting objects. This section has two parts: The first part deals with object selection methods unique to AutoCAD, and the second part deals with the more common selection method used in most popular graphic programs, the Now till Verb method. Because these two methods play a major role in working with AutoCAD, it’s a…

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Interpreting the Cursor Modes and Understanding Prompts

The key to working with AutoCAD successfully is understanding the way it interacts with you, This section will help you become familiar with some of the ways AutoCAD prompts you for input. Understanding the format of the messages in the Command window and recognizing of other events on the screen will help you learn the program more easily. As the…

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Specifying Relative Cartesian Coordinates

For the next line segment, let’s try another method of specifying exact distances. 1. Enter @O,15.J.Metric users should enter @O,O.5.JA. short line appears above the endpoint of the last line. Once again, the @tells AutoCAD that the distance you specify is from the last point picked. But in this example, you give the distance in x and…

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Starting Your First Drawing

you looked at a pre-existing sample drawing. This time you will begin to draw on your own drawing, by creating door that will he used in later exercises. First, though, you must learn how to the AutoCAD what you want and even more important, to understand what AutoCAD wants from you. 1. Choose File > Close to close the current file.…

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Creating Your First Drawing

This chapter examines some of AutoCAD’s basic functions. You will get the chance to practice with the drawing editor by building a simple drawing to use in later exercises. You’ll learn how to give input to AutoCAD, interpret prompts, and get help when you need it. This chapter also covers the use of coordinate systems to give AutoCAD exact…

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