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Lesson 3 - Working with Files and Drawing Setup

Lesson Summary:

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 template file of your own that you can use for creating drawing in furture lessons.

Learning Objectives: 

When you have completed this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Start a new drawing using the AutoCAD Default acad.dwt template file.
  2. Save a drawing that was started from a template using the SAVE AS dialog box in AutoCAD.
  3. Set the drawing units using the Drawing Units Dialog Bo and draw lines in decimal, fractional and Architectural units.
  4. Set the drawing limits in Model Space using the LIMITS command.
  5. Download a basic template drawing file from the class website. Examine the template and edit the setting. Save the file again as template (.dwt) file to use to start new drawings.

Lesson Activities:

Watch each of these videos and completed the demonstrated Project to complete this Lesson.

  1. VIDEO - Starting a NEW Drawing
  2. VIDEO - Saving a Drawing using SAVE AS
  3. VIDEO - Setting the Drawing UNITS
  4. VIDEO - Setting the Drawing LIMITS
  5. PROJECT - Creating a Basic Templete File to use with the Lessons

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