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Entries in Beginning Lessons (9)

Sunday
Jan012012

Lesson 1 - Introduction to the AutoCAD User Interface

This video lesson will give you a introduction to the AutoCAD User Interface and the tools that are used most often and their locations in the AutoCAD User Interface.  This orientation is designed to reduce an initial feeling of software tool overload that is common to first working with a complex program like AutoCAD.

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Monday
Jan022012

Lesson 2 - Controlling the Drawing Display and Views

This lesson will give you practice in using display tools such and ZOOM and PAN to navigate large drawings and to control your view of objects. Understanding of display and navigation tools are an essitntal skill when drawing in AutoCAD and access to these tools are found in many places in the user interface as well as being available from your standard three button Wheel Mouse.

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Monday
Jan022012

Lesson 3 - Working with Files and Drawing Setup

This lesson will give you practice in starting a new drawing in AutoCAD. You can start a drawing "from scratch", using the default acad.dwt template file or you can create a custom template file that contains some saved setting and layouts to make the make the drawing setup process faster and more consistent. When you finish this lesson, you will have created a custom templete file of your own that you can use for creating drawing in furture lessons.

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Monday
Jan022012

Lesson 4 - Introduction to the AutoCAD Drawing Workflow

This lesson will walk you through the basic workflow of creating a drawing using AutoCAD. The steps include starting a drawing from a template, setting the units and limits for the specific object that will be drawn. Drawing the object and adding dimensions. Modifying the object using our model space editing tools and finally setting up the layout for printing the drawing.

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Monday
Jan022012

Lesson 5 - Using Coordinate Entry to Draw AutoCAD

This lesson will give you practice drawing in AutoCAD using a variety of methods for entering precise data.  First you will review of the Cartesian Coordinate system that is the underlying system of recording data in AutoCAD.  Next, you will learn how to enter data using Absolute Coordinates, Relative Coordinates and Relative Polar Coordinates.  Using this information, you will complete to project Drawing to practice applying these drawing methods.

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Wednesday
Jan042012

Lesson 6 - Using Direct Distance Entry & Object Snaps

This lesson will give you practice drawing simple objects using Direct Distance Entry.  This is the most commonly used method of drawing in AutoCAD.  Using Direct Distance Entry with Object Snaps and Object Snap Tracking allows you to quickly and accurately draw objects with the high level of precision required by CAD standards.

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Thursday
Jan052012

Lesson 7 - More Modify Tools and Selection Methods

This lesson will give you practice in using modify tools like COPY, FILLET, TRIM ans EXTEND as well as additional Draw Tools like RECTANGLE. The effectiveness of using Modify tools is the ability to quickly select objects in the drawing while using modify commands. AutoCAD give you a number of ways to select objects including Window, Crossing Window as well as additional advanced methods. Knowing how to use the selection tools and the behavior of each of the modify tools will increase your drawing speed and accuracy.

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Thursday
Jan052012

Lesson 8 - Tools to Speed Drawing Constructions

This lesson will give you practice in using modify tools like CHAMFER, MIRROR and OFFSET. These tools further emphasise the drawing process of using the Draw tools to construct the basic shapes and using the modify tools to quickly and accurately edit and duplicate lines or sections of the objects. These modify tools also reinforce the basic mantra of CAD, "never draw anything twice".

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Thursday
Jan052012

Lesson 9 - Utilizing Polygons in your Drawings

This lesson will give you practice in using polygons constructions in your drawings. In order to use the POLYGON command in AutoCAD, you must have a good undertanding of construciton process and the language that AutoCAD uses to define the parameters. Using the POLYGON command with ROTATE create a wide varity of drawing options.

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