Category: How To

Beginning AutoCAD 2016

Beginning AutoCAD 2016 Exercise Workbook is the right book for users new to AutoCAD or who want to brush up on the basics. This is a clear, no nonsense, easy-to-follow text that helps user learn AutoCAD quickly and easily. All exercises print easily on a standard 8.5 x 11 printer.

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Solidworks 2015 Part II – Advanced Techniques

SolidWorks 2015 Part II – Advanced Techniques picks up where SolidWorks 2015 Part I – Basic Tools leaves off. Its aim is to take you from an intermediate user with a basic understanding of SolidWorks and modeling techniques to an advanced user capable of creating complex models and able to use the advanced tools provided by SolidWorks.

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DWG File Won’t Load or Save

Ever had that sinking feeling when the 5 MB drawing tht a you have spent the last 2 years working on won’t save the latest updates and reports invalid data or corrupt file? Scary as this may seem there are steps you can take to clean up your DWG and sleep again.

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Custom Toolbars in AcceliCAD

Custom toolbars are a great way for AcceliCAD users to provide all the design and drawing tools they use most often in a single toolbar or toolbar suite. You can turn off default toolbars that contain tools you never use and regain valuable screen area. Custom toolbars are are portable and easy to share between computers and a great to standardize your design and drawing environment.

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Lines, Layers, Colors

Getting your CAD system set up for productive work requires you to make some important decisions before you actually start drawing.  The connection between lines, layers and colors is a fundamental concept to understand before proceeding.

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More About Blocks

IntelliCAD Explorer looks and operates much like the Windows Explorer, but it is geared to showing and manipulating the components inside drawing files and setting their properties.  Drawing components include Layers, Linetypes, Styles, Coordinate Systems, Views, Blocks, Dimension Styles.

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Block Basics

A frequent need in CAD is to use a set of pre-drawn symbols, such as schematic symbols in electronics or piping.  Some CAD products have special provision for symbol libraries and provide a system for selecting items from the libraries by picking from illustrations of the items.  Usually the sets of symbols are stored in some special file format as a library, and there may be separate libraries for various fields of work.

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Line Weight

Line weights, or the varying line thicknesses used in engineering drawing, are essential in creating a drawing that communicates efficiently.

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