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AutoCAD 2006 for Architects Tutorial


AutoCAD is the most popular tool for Architectural drawing and CAD productivity. This practical "how to" course by Ivanhoe Tejeda introduces AutoCAD to first-time users who want to learn basic 2D CAD drawing skills. The tutorial begins with basic drawing examples and leads the user towards an example of a typical construction drawing. Special attention is given to fundamental concepts that will enable the user to apply learned skills to future projects. PDF documents of the drawings are provided to assist in the learning process. Sample work files are also included with the tutorial. To begin learning AutoCAD 2006 today, simply click on one of the links.

Introduction

AutoCAD and Architecture
The AutoCAD GUI
Customizing the Interface
Drawing Lines
Start and Save New Drawings

Practice Drawing

Drawing Straight Lines
Modify Commands
Zoom Commands
Pan and Zoom Features
Select Objects

Architectural Drawing Method A

Format Units and Origin Point
Draw Lines to Exact Lengths
Offset Lines
Copy Lines and Object Snaps
Trim Lines

Architectural Drawing Method B

Common Architectural Practice
Object Snaps
Fillet Command
Circle Command
Copy and Rotate Commands
Move and Extend Commands
Using Grips to Modify
Mirror Command
Distance and List Commands

Printing a Drawing Part I

Basic Printing Features
Printing and the Scale Factor

Applying More Commands

Drawing a Kitchen Table
UCS Icon and Regen Command
Object Snap Tracking
Mirror Command
Array Command

Layers

Introduction to Layers
Create New Layers
Layer Properties
Object Properties and Layers
Express Tools: Layers

Creating an Architectural Plan

Drawing a Floor Plan
Create Layers
Drawing the Wall Openings
Drawing the Windows
Drawing More Walls
Drawing Doors and Jambs
Drawing Bi-Fold Doors
Drawing the Shower
Format a Linetype

Creating Blocks and Wblocks

Blocks and Wblock
Creating a Block
Inserting a Block
Redefine a Block
Creating a Wblock
Inserting a Wblock
DesignCenter
Clipboard Options

Hatch Patterns

Add a Hatch Pattern - Walls
Add a Hatch Pattern - Floor
Add a Predefined Hatch Pattern
Hatch Pattern Options
Hatch Origin

Creating a Border

Polyline
Creating a Border
Text
Stretch Command

Composing a Final Drawing

Model Space and Paper Space
External References
The Final Drawing Composition
Working with the Final Drawing
MS/PS/Floating MS

The Architecural Scale Factor

What is the Scale Factor?
Calculating the Scale Factor

Text

Textstyle
Modify Text
Modify Text Location
Multiline and Single Line Text

Dimensions

Anatomy of a Dimension Line
Format a Dimstyle
Drawing Dimension Lines
Editing Dimension Lines
Drawing More Dimension Lines
Creating a New Dimstyle
Creating Leader Lines
Dimension Circle/Arc/Angle

Printing a Drawing Part II

Plot Style Manager
Printing the Drawing
Printing Options
Grayscale Printing
The A1 Printed Drawing

Miscellaneous Information

Purge Command
The Revised Border
DWG as DWT/the E1 Sheet
Visretain
Modify a Hatch Pattern
Distance Through and Lengthen
Specify Reference
Selecting Objects pt. 1
Selecting Objects pt. 2
Isometric Drawing
Isometric Text and Circles

Beyond Drawing

Draw Order
Command Alias Editor
Tools and Options
The BAK file

Conclusion

Final Words
About the Author
Acknowledgments


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