How to use AutoCAD (with images)

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How to use AutoCAD (with images)
How to use AutoCAD (with images)

AutoCAD is computer-aided drafting software, which allows its user to create 2D and 3D plans, such as those used in the construction or production industry. The latest version of AutoCAD can be used on both Mac and PC. AutoCAD users can create scale drawings that can be used to fabricate objects, plan infrastructure projects, model an electrical circuit, and construct homes as well as commercial buildings.


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Step 1. Decide for what type of project you would like to use AutoCAD

AutoCAD programs cover a multitude of applications. You can thus find specialized programs corresponding to your areas of interest, such as software dedicated to architectural, technical, civil engineering, aeronautical or electrical diagram drawing.

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Step 2. Make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements

AutoCAD requires the following features.

  • 2 GB of random access memory (RAM).
  • 2 GB of free hard disk space.
  • A minimum screen resolution of 1024 × 768 pixels.
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher.
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Step 3. Install the AutoCAD program

This is a simple installation, with step-by-step instructions through the installation wizard, and takes approximately 30 minutes. After installation, the AutoCAD icon will appear on your desktop. Double click the icon to start the program.

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Step 4. Familiarize yourself with navigating in AutoCAD

The workspace is divided into 2 distinct parts in AutoCAD. The drawing area takes up most of the screen, and toolbars are located above and below the drawing area. Among these, we can find

  • The Application button: the big red A, located in the left corner, at the top of the screen, is the application button. Use it to print files or exit the software.
  • The Quick Access Bar: This toolbar is located near the Application button and contains classic commands like “Save” or “Open”.
  • The ribbon: located under the quick access bar, the ribbon contains a series of tabs (such as "Home" "Insert", "Annotate", [Annotate] "View", etc..) which contain groups of commands and standard tools.
  • Status bar: The toolbar at the bottom of the screen is called the status bar. It makes it possible to control certain parameters and to follow the evolution of the drawing.
  • Command / prompt toolbar: Just above the status bar is the command bar. It allows the software to communicate with the user.
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Step 5. Create a new drawing

In the quick access bar, click Queue then New (new). The new drawing will use one of the two default settings, the imperial or metric system. If you want to use specific parameters for a drawing, choose Templates (models) under the Options dialog box. Draw a simple figure. Then learn to master basic AutoCAD techniques and practice your skill before embarking on more complex drawings. Start with a simple exercise, such as drawing a 4-inch horizontal line.

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Step 6. Identify the gear icon at the top of the screen

This is the “Workspace” icon. Click on this icon and select 2D Drafting & Annotation (2D drawing and annotation).

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Step 7. Click the Home icon at the top left of the ribbon

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Step 8. Select the Line icon from the drop-down menu

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Step 9. Check the text in the command bar

It should appear "Command: _ line Specify first point" (command: _ line Specify the starting point).

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Step 10. Move your mouse in the drawing area

The A + symbol should follow your mouse as you move it.

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Step 11. Left click near the center of the drawing area

This is the first point of your line.

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Step 12. You will see the text “Specify next point or [Undo]” appear in the command bar

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Step 13. Type "@ 4 <0" in the command line and press the enter key twice

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Step 14. Your 4 inch line is now complete

In this example, the @ designates the starting point, 4 represents the unit of measurement, <represents the direction and the following number - here 0 - represents the inclination in degrees relative to the horizontal axis. Sample drawings are delivered with the software.

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Step 15. Experiment with other drawing options

Learn to draw other shapes and figures such as arcs and rectangles and master other important functions such as "erase", "change line types" and "Add colors. »(Add colors).

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Step 16. Use what you have learned

As you become comfortable with AutoCAD, you will become able to convert lines to 2D surfaces, surfaces to 3D solids, add realistic texture to the material, and manipulate lights and shadows.

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Step 17. Save your drawing

Return to the quick access bar, click Options, Open (open) and Save (save) and choose the desired command. To exit the program, click on the application button, slide your cursor over Exit and click again.

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