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Learning Objectives

2. Getting Started with AutoCAD


LINE command. Coordinate systems. ERASE tool. Object selection methods: Window and Crossing. CIRCLE command. ZOOM and PAN commands. UNITS command. Limits of a given drawing. Plot drawings. Options dialog box.

Drawing Lines in AutoCAD


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Ribbon: Toolbar: Menu Bar: Tool Palettes: Command: Home > Draw > Line Draw > Line Draw > Line Draw > Line LINE or L
The Line tool in the Draw panel

Invoking the Tool Palettes from the Palettes menu

Invoking the LINE command from the Draw toolbar

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Drawing lines using the LINE command

The LINE command has the following three options:

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Continue

Close

Undo

Coordinate Systems
2. Getting Started with AutoCAD 1. Absolute coordinates 2. Relative coordinates a. Relative rectangular coordinates b. Relative polar coordinates 3. Direct distance entry

Absolute Coordinates
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Command: LINE _line Specify first point: 1,1 (X = 1 and Y = 1.) Specify next point or [Undo]: 4,1 (X = 4 and Y = 1.) Specify next point or [Undo]: 4,3 Specify next point or [Close /Undo]: 1,3 Specify next point or [Close/Undo]: C

Lines created using the absolute coordinates

Example 1
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Drawing a figure using the absolute coordinates

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Relative Rectangular Coordinates
Command: LINE _line Specify first point: 1,1 (Start point) Specify next point or [Undo]: @4,0 (Second point DX = 4, DY = 0.) Specify next point or [Undo]: @0,3 (Third point DX = 0, DY = 3.) Specify next point or [Close/Undo]: @-4,0 (Fourth point DX = -4, DY = 0.) Specify next point or [Close/Undo]: @0,-3 Drawing lines using the relative (Start point DX = 0, DY = -3.) rectangular coordinates Specify next point or [Close/Undo]:

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Profile for Example 2

Relative Polar Coordinates 2. Getting Started with AutoCAD


Command: LINE Specify first point: 1,1 Specify next point or [Undo]: @5<30

Drawing a line using relative polar coordinates

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Drawing for Example 3

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Command: LINE _line Specify first point: Start point. Specify next point or [Undo]: Position the cursor and then enter distance. Specify next point or [Undo]: Position the cursor and then enter distance.

Drawing lines using the Direct Distance Entry method

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Drawing for Example 4

Erasing Objects
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Ribbon: Toolbar: Menu Bar: Command: Tool Palettes: Home > Modify > Erase Modify > Erase Modify > Erase ERASE or E Modify > Erase

The Erase tool in the Modify Panel

The Erase tool in the Modify toolbar

Selecting the object by positioning the pick box at the top of the object

Canceling and Undoing a Command


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Object Selection Methods


The Window Option The Crossing Option

Selecting objects using the Window option

Selecting objects using the Window Crossing option

Drawing a Circle
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Command: Toolbar: Menu Bar: Tool Palettes: Ribbon: CIRCLE or C Draw > Circle Draw > Circle Draw > Circle Home > Draw > Circle drop-down > Center , Radius

Tools in the Circle drop-down

The options of the CIRCLE command


Center and Radius Two-Point Tangent, Tangent, Radius Center and Diameter Three-Point Tangent, Tangent, Tangent

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Drawing a circle by specifying the center and the radius

Drawing a circle by specifying the center and the diameter

A circle drawn by using the 2-Point option

A circle drawn by using the 3-point option

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Drawing a circle tangent to two objects

Drawing a circle tangent to two objects

Drawing a circle tangent to two objects

Drawing a circle tangent to two objects

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Drawing a circle tangent to three objects

Basic Display Commands


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The Zoom tools in the Navigator Bar

Setting Units Type and Precision


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Application Menu: Command: Drawing utilities > Units UNITS

The Drawing Units dialog box

Specifying the Format

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Specifying the Angle Format

Specifying angles in Surveyors Units

Measuring angles

Setting the Direction for Angle Measurement

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North, South, East, and West directions

The Direction Control dialog box

Specifying Units for the Drawing or Block to be Inserted Sample Output Specifying Units for Lighting

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Drawing for Example 5

Setting Limits of a Drawing


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Command: LIMITS

Setting limits

Setting limits in a drawing

Limits for Architectural Drawings

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Drawing for Example 6

Limits for Metric Drawings

Introduction to Plotting Drawings


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Ribbon: Toolbar: Application Menu: Command: Basic Plotting Output > Plot > Plot Quick Access > Plot Print > Plot PLOT or PRINT

The Plot dialog box

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Modifying AutoCAD Settings using the Options dialog box


Application Menu: Options Command: OPTIONS

Files Display Open and Save Plot and Publish System User Preferences Drafting 3D Modeling Selection Profiles
The Options dialog box