A Quick approach to learning AutoCAD
This article addresses the difficulties that AutoCAD beginner do face by providing a quick approach to learning AutoCAD. This article can be called teach yourself AutoCAD manual as it directs mostly beginners in the right way by just using the mouse. Before moving on, I will like to buttress on the term AutoCAD.
AutoCAD is a computer-aided design (CAD) program used for 2-D and 3-D design and drafting. It is a software design for the purpose of 2-D and 3-D work. To use this software effectively, one must be equipped with the following settings.
- The working space or environment
- Dimensions setting
The three settings above are the settings that control every work done with the software. After installation of the software in you system (desktop or laptop) these setting must be carried out before one can use it effectively. If these settings are not properly done, the expected design cannot be achieved. The steps to take to achieve effective settings of the three settings above are explored below.
Working space or environment setting – A Quick approach to learning AutoCAD
The following are the steps to take when setting the working space or model space. The arrows indicate the next thing to do in each of the steps listed below.
- Lunch your AutoCAD and click on the line icon →click any point in the working space as a starting point →compute in a figure greater than your proposed work size (says 40, 50, or 60 thousand mm and above) and press enter →look for the zoom extent icon in the tools panel at the top and click on it to see the end of the line drawn.
- To avoid the disturb of the UCS movement, stable it by typing UCSICON in the working space and press enter →then choose no origin from the dialog box that display.
Dimension settings – A Quick approach to learning AutoCAD
To carry out the dimension settings, follow the steps bellow
Click on format in the tools panel at the top →from the set of tools that display, click on the dimension style → from the dialog box that display, click on modify → another dialog box will display from which the following setting will be carried out.
- PRIMARY UNITY: under this, choose decimal for unit format and 0 for precision
- FIT: under this, click on always keep text between ext line →TEXT PLACEMENT: here, click on beside the dimension → FINE TURNING: click on or mark place text manually and draw dim line between ext line
- TEXT: here, choose white for text color → choose none for fill color → choose 175.00 for text height depending on your choice of text height → TEXT PLACEMENT: here, mark above for vertical → center for horizontal → choose 75.00 for offset from dim line →choose aligned with dimension line for text alignment.
- SYMBOLS AND ARROWS: tick architectural for the first and second→ choose 0.1250 for dimension break →choose 1.5000 for jog height factor → click on preceding dimension text for ARC LENGTH SYMBOL
- LINE: here, choose white for color → mark continuous for line type and 0.0 or 0.00 for line weight
- EXTENSION LINE: choose white for color → continuous for line type ext line 1 and 2 → choose 0.00 for line weight → 300 for extend beyond dim line → 350 for offset from origin → 400 for fixed length extension line.
NB: whenever you are drawing, use the construction line. Also, the difference between the ordinary line and the polyline is that object or work done with polyline cannot be alighted separately but that of the ordinary line can be alighted separately.
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