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Lesson 6 - Using Direct Distance Entry & Object Snaps

Lesson Summary:

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.

Learning Objectives: 

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

  1. Use Direct Distance entry with the assistance of drawing aides like Ortho to enter distance values for drawing lines.
  2. Use the Dynamic Input Input system to create and edit geometry created in AutoCAD.
  3. Apply drawing tools of Direct Distance Entry, Ortho, and Polar Tracking to complete a drawing of a basic mechanical part in AutoCAD.
  4. Explain how Object Snaps, commonly called OSNAPS, assist the user and increase accuracy while drawing in AutoCAD.
  5. Explain the difference between Running Object Snaps and Object Snap Overrides and identify the two different Object Snap Modes.
  6. Use the CIRCLE command to create circles in a drawing in AutoCAD.
  7. Use Direct Distance Entry and Polar Tracking to accurately draw a simple object. Use Temporary Tracking Points and TRACKING (tk) to accurately locate holes in the drawing.

Lesson Activities:

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

  1. VIDEO - Direct Distance Entry
  2. VIDEO - Dynamic Input
  4. VIDEO - Using Object Snaps - Part 1
  5. VIDEO - Using Object Snaps - Part 2
  6. VIDEO - Running Object Snaps and Object Snaps Overrides
  7. VIDEO - Using the Circle Command

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