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How to Use the Edit Block Definition Dialog Box in AutoCAD 2014

If your AutoCAD drawing shows six different kinds of seats, one approach is to create three different standard blocks to represent them all. Alternatively, you can create a single dynamic block and define [more…]

How to Use the Block Editor in AutoCAD 2014

In AutoCAD 2014 you can modify the appearance of individual instances of the same block by defining parameters and actions to move, rotate, flip, or align parts of them. You can adjust the block’s appearance [more…]

How to Use Parametrics in AutoCAD 2014

Parametric (rule-based) drawing is by far the best way to enforce design intent in 2D drafting. Design intent in AutoCAD (or in any other engineering software) means that when drawings are edited to make [more…]

How to Use Geometric Constraints in AutoCAD 2014

If you’re using AutoCAD 2014, you can constrain drawing objects geometrically by clicking buttons on the Geometric panel of the Parametric tab. Try the following steps to use geometric constraints: [more…]

How to Use Dimensional Constraints in AutoCAD 2014

The objects you add to a drawing from the Dimensional panel in AutoCAD aren’t the same as the dimension objects you add from the Annotate tab. Dimensional constraints are [more…]

How to Use the Parameters Manager in AutoCAD 2014

Both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT include the Parameters Manager palette, accessible from the Manage panels of the Ribbon’s Parametric tab. You can use the Parameters Manager to give all those dimensional constraints [more…]

How to Turn Dimensional Constraints into Annotational Constraints in AutoCAD 2014

After all the hard work of adding dimensional constraints to a drawing in AutoCAD, it would be a downright shame to have to go back and apply regular dimensions, wouldn’t it? Well, you don’t have to. You [more…]

How to Set Up AutoCAD for 3D Drawings

If you’re new to the AutoCAD 3D game and you’ve been working in 2D until now, you need to do a couple of things before you can start a new 3D model in AutoCAD: You have to change the workspace, and then [more…]

How to Create a 3D Template in AutoCAD 2014

Model space viewports enable you to see several views of the model at one time in AutoCAD, each from a different viewpoint. For this reason, model space viewports are especially useful when you’re creating [more…]

How to Create a 2D View from a 3D Model in AutoCAD 2014

Working in the 3D world in AutoCAD can be a little confusing at first. Instead, use the 2D view. Follow these steps to produce a 2D view from a 3D model: [more…]

How to Create and Apply Materials in AutoCAD 2014

Materials can bring your AutoCAD model to life. Materials can be as simple as matte or glossy paint or anywhere between. You can apply representations of realistic, real-world materials such as stone, [more…]

How to Assign a Background to a Named View in AutoCAD 2014

Although your AutoCAD model might look a little more realistic with some user-defined lighting and custom materials assigned to it, its setting might look a little, well, empty. You can assign backgrounds [more…]

AutoCAD 2009 Commonly Used 2D and 3D Commands

AutoCAD 2009 gives you the drawing tools you need to create accurate 2D and 3D designs. Depending on the drawings you create, there are probably going to be some drawing commands you use the most, for [more…]

Choosing AutoCAD 2009 or AutoCAD LT 2009

AutoCAD LT 2009 is a scaled-back version of AutoCAD 2009 targeted at companies that create only 2D drawings and can't (or don't want to) afford the higher price of AutoCAD. AutoCAD LT contains roughly [more…]

Reaching for AutoCAD Help

There will be times when you want to go to the source of all that is AutoCAD to find answers to your questions about using the program. Here are some ways of accessing AutoCAD's Help system: [more…]

AutoCAD 2009 & AutoCAD LT 2009 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

AutoCAD 2009 is both powerful and complex. Whether you're working on 2D or 3D designs, you'll learn some common commands to make drawing more efficient and know where to turn for AutoCAD help. You'll also [more…]

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