AutoCAD 2-D Basics
John Andrew, P.E.
This 6 PDH course summarizes the AutoCAD tools and methods for making typical multi-view two dimensional: manufacturing plant plans, elevations, mechanical and structural engineering drawings, flow charts, process, instrumentation and electrical power and control diagrams.
The techniques described here include all versions of AutoCAD released during the past 10 years, including releases 14 to 2007. AutoCAD LT is 2-dimensional and AutoCAD Professional is 2 & 3 dimensional.
The methods described are applicable to the: Mechanical, Structural, Industrial, Chemical, Electrical, and Civil engineering disciplines.
AutoCAD software is not required to study these notes and answer questions in the quiz.
The course includes
a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding
of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course the student will:
1. have seen examples of typical AutoCAD drawings.
2. have an engineering drawing check list.
3. be able to create and save drawings within ANSI Title Blocks.
know how to:
a. draw horizontal and vertical lines.
b. draw lines at any angle.
c. draw lines of predetermined length.
d. create circles of known diameter.
e. add dimensions to a drawing.
f. add upper and lower limit dimensions to a part.
g. add ± dimensions to a part.
h. open and dock the: Draw, Modify, and Dimension Tool Bars.
5. know how to use the Draw tool bar tools: Line, Polyline, and Circle.
6. know how to use the Modify tool bar tools: Erase, Copy, Mirror, Array, Move, Rotate, Scale, Stretch, Chamfer, and Fillet.
7. know how to use the Dimension tool bar tools: Linear, Aligned, Ordinate, Diameter, and Angle.
8. be able to work with the: "Dimension Style Manager", dialog box, Text and Fit dialogs.
9. Know how to operate the following commands:
Line Type Scale.
d. Object Snap.
e. Snap to Grid Points.
q. View Resolution
Understand the use of the toggle function keys:
a. f3 to turn Object Snap on and off.
b. f7 to turn Grid on and off.
c. f8 to turn Ortho on and off.
d. f9 to turn Snap to Grid points on and off.
11. Learn the use of the Model Space and Layout areas.
12. Be able to obtain hard copies of drawings using the, "Plot - Model" dialog box.
13. Insert a drawing into an ANSI Title Block using the, "Select Template" dialog box.
Have a list of 34 "Quick Key" commands.
The information will be especially useful to: students, entrepreneurs, engineers, architects, and innovators who want to be able to make Computer Added Drawings (CAD).
Benefit to Attendees
Attendee of this
course will know how to make scale dimensioned engineering and architectural
drawings and diagrams with all releases of AutoCAD from 14 to 2007.
The AutoCAD release 2007 manual has over 1000 pages. This lesson has only 60 pages but the most used drawing methods are described, enabling the reader to make all types of two dimensional engineering diagrams and drawings.
Course Content The
course content is in a PDF file (5 MB) AutoCAD
2-D Basics. Please click on the above underlined hypertexts to view, download
or print the documents for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend
that you first save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and
choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat
The course content is in a PDF file (5 MB) AutoCAD 2-D Basics.
Please click on the above underlined hypertexts to view, download or print the documents for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Course Content Outline
1. AutoCAD Drawing
2. AutoCAD Toolbars
3. Common AutoCAD Commands
4. Flat Plate With Four Holes
5. Generic Hub
6. Dimensional Tolerances
7. Model Space and Layout
8. Drawing Check List
9. 2-D AutoCAD Command List
10 Related Links
A brief and to the point automation summary is provided in these notes that will provide information that can be used to create AutoCAD drawings and diagrams.
For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:
The AutoCAD home page at: http://www.autocad.com.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office Home Page at http://www.uspto.gov Provides links to information about all aspects pertaining to invention patents.