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AutoCAD for Windows Express by Timothy J. McCarthy PhD (auth.)

By Timothy J. McCarthy PhD (auth.)

What is AutoCAD? AutoCAD is the world's most well-liked computer-aided drafting package deal for the private laptop (PC). it's a absolutely practical second and 3D CAD application. complete 3D twine body illustration was once included within the software with the release of unlock 10 in 1988. unencumber eleven introduced extra 3D amenities in­ cluding a few stable modelling services. those functions have been greater with unencumber 12 of this system for DOS and home windows. Its acceptance has made AutoCAD the de facto typical for PC-CAD with a number of different application builders supplying program software program conforming to the AutoCAD layout. As an absolutely practical drafting software, AutoCAD can in attaining something that may be drawn on a planning stage. the most merits of CAD come extra from with the ability to edit and trade drawing info speedily instead of easily changing the planning stage. beginning to use AutoCAD is a tricky step because it calls for a specific amount of recent ability improvement. after you have made the dedication to benefit how you can use this system and enforce it on your daily paintings the advantages will quickly accrue. you'll quick observe that there are various issues so you might do with AutoCAD you can by no means do with a drafting board. With AutoCAD your drawings develop into greater than simply black strains on a white sheet of paper. The AutoCAD drawing is a database of information.

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Assign linetypes and colors to them. Alter the linetype scale. Save a drawing file every 15 minutes. Make extra backup files. Navigate the AutoCAD Help Facility Quit a drawing without saving. End a drawing, saving all changes. Exit from AutoCAD. 37 Chapter 3 CURSOR AND DISPLAY CONTROL General Drawing with a mouse or tablet cursor is analogous to drawing freehand with a pencil. In engineering drawing we rely on a host of drawing aids and equipment. T-squares, rulers, setsquares and compass are but a few of the tools necessary to control the positions and sizes of drawn objects.

9 Snap and grid independently of each other. Remember, the GRID will not appear on your print out or plot. Two Dimensional Coordinate notation You have already used the X,Y coordinate notation. In the last chapter the X was seen to signify horizontal distance from the origin and Y vertical distance. A point on the drawing can be located by keying in a pair of numbers separated by a comma. For example, the coordinates "4,3" belong to a point 4 units to the right and 3 units above the origin. The origin has the coordinates "0,0" .

Click OK once to close the Direction Control box and once more to close the Units Control box. This procedure should ensure that the examples in this book match the displays on your screen. There are many other drawing "environment" settings that can be specified but for the time being we will leave it at Limits and Units. Other settings will be introduced when they become useful. Drawing lines Having done all that work on setting up the drawing environment, you are in a position to do some controlled drafting.

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