AutoCAD 2011

The aim of this topic The aim of this topic is designed to introduce features of the AutoCAD 2011 window and methods of operating AutoCAD 2011. Opening AutoCAD 2011 Fig. 1.1 The AutoCAD 2011 shortcut on the Windows desktop AutoCAD 2011 is designed to work in a Windows operating system. In general, to open AutoCAD […]

Introducing AutoCAD 2011 Part 2

Palettes A palette has already been shown – the Command palette. Two palettes which may be frequently used are the DesignCenter palette and the Properties palette. These can be called to screen from icons in the View/Palettes panel. DesignCenter palette: Fig. 1.11 shows the DesignCenter palette with the Block drawings of building symbols from which […]

Introducing AutoCAD 2011 Part 3

The AutoCAD coordinate system In the AutoCAD 2D coordinate system, units are measured horizontally in terms of X and vertically in terms of Y. A 2D point in the AutoCAD drawing area can be determined in terms of X,Y (in this topic referred to as x,y). x,y = 0,0 is the origin of the system. […]

Introducing AutoCAD 2011 Part 4

Another AutoCAD workspace Other workspaces can be selected as the operator wishes. One in particular which may appeal to some operators is to click AutoCAD Classic in the 2D Drafting & Annotation popup menu (Fig. 1.29). Fig. 1.30 shows the AutoCAD Classic workspace screen. Fig. 1.29 Selecting Classic Workspace from the popup menu Fig. 1.30 […]

Introducing drawing Part 1 (AutoCAD 2011)

The aims of this topic are: 1. To introduce the construction of 2D drawing in the 2D Drafting & Annotation workspace. 2. The drawing of outlines using the Line, Circle and Polyline tools from the Home/Draw panel. 3. Drawing to snap points. 4. Drawing to absolute coordinate points. 5. Drawing to relative coordinate points. 6. […]

Introducing drawing Part 2 (AutoCAD 2011)

Drawing with the Circle tool First example – Circle tool (Fig. 2.13) 1. Close the drawing just completed and open the acadiso.dwt template. 2. Left-click on the Circle tool icon in the Home/Draw panel (Fig. 2.11). Fig. 2.11 The Circle tool from the Home/Draw panel 3. Enter a coordinate and a radius against the prompts […]

Introducing drawing Part 3 (AutoCAD 2011)

Undo and Redo tools Two other tools of value when errors have been made are the Undo and Redo tools. To undo any last action when constructing a drawing, either left-click the Undo tool in the Quick Access toolbar (Fig. 2.20) or enter u at the command line. No matter which method is adopted the […]

Draw tools, Object Snap and Dynamic Input Part 1 (AutoCAD 2011)

The aims of this topic are: 1. To give examples of the use of the Arc, Ellipse, Polygon, Rectangle, tools from the Home/Draw panel. 2. To give examples of the uses of the Polyline Edit (pedit) tool. 3. To introduce the Object Snaps (osnap) and their uses. 4. To introduce the Dynamic Input (DYN) system […]

Draw tools, Object Snap and Dynamic Input Part 2 (AutoCAD 2011)

Saving drawings Before going further it is as well to know how to save the drawings constructed when answering examples and exercises in this topic. When a drawing has been constructed, left-click on Save As in the menu appearing with a left-click on the AutoCAD icon at the top left-hand corner of the window (Fig. […]

Draw tools, Object Snap and Dynamic Input Part 3 (AutoCAD 2011)

Notes on the use of Dynamic Input Although Dynamic Input can be used in any of the AutoCAD 2011 workspaces, some operators may prefer a larger working area. To achieve this a click on the Clean Screen icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the AutoCAD 2011 window produces an uncluttered workspace area. The command […]