AutoCAD Course Outline

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  • Unit 1
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 4

Unit 1 Drawing Software and Constructing Basic Shapes

  • Lesson 1.1 Lines and Essential Tools

    In Lesson 1.1: Lines and Essential Tools, we will help you create a new drawing in the AutoCAD tool. We'll walk you through the drawing window layout as you become more familiar navigating the system while learning basic tasks such as draw, undo, erase and save.

  • Lesson 1.2 Circles and Drawing Aids

    In Lesson 1.2: Circles and Drawing Aids, we will help familiarize you with ways to control how the AutoCAD workspace looks and functions. You'll learn to draw circles and rectangles and become familiar with methods to draw with accuracy. You'll also learn how to select an element you have already drawn so that you can change it or erase it completely.

  • Lesson 1.3 Layers, Colors and Linetypes

    In Lesson 1.3: Layers, Colors and Linetypes, we'll delve into features of AutoCAD that provide you with more control over the elements in a drawing. This lesson introduces methods to separate information into logical divisions or disciplines. The ZOOM and PAN commands are introduced, to make navigating the drawing area more efficient.

Unit 2 Templates and Essential Commands

  • Lesson 2.1 Templates, Copies and Arrays

    In Lesson 2.1: Templates, Copies and Arrays, we'll help you develop a more efficient workflow to use when working in AutoCAD. You will learn to save time and effort by setting up a template drawing file. You'll also learn to set up layers, units, grid, snap and lts scale in the startup drawing so that the information is there each time you start a new drawing.

  • Lesson 2.2 Arcs and Polar Arrays

    In Lesson 2.2: Arcs and Polar Arrays, you will learn to combine commands and utilize AutoCAD's features to effectively accomplish tasks. The ARC command is introduced, along with all of its modifiers, so that the user can create any arc structure that may be required by a design.

  • Lesson 2.3 Object Snap

    In Lesson 2.3: Object Snap, you will learn how to use the tools within AutoCAD to draw accurately. We will introduce methods that can be used to get the correct, desired results from the commands that you're already familiar with while PAPERSPACE and MODELSPACE concepts, which are used in most production settings, are introduced as well.

Unit 3 Text and Dimensioning, Curved Shapes and Blocks

  • Lesson 3.1 Text

    In Lesson 3.1: Text, you will learn to use the text entry methods provided by AutoCAD. The commands TEXT and MTEXT, in combination with the control features like SNAP and ORTHO, are used to place notes in drawings. Spell checking and editing features for these commands are detailed. The essential components of templates, borders, and title blocks are explained.

  • Lesson 3.2 Dimensions

    In Lesson 3.2: Dimensions, we will explain how to add the vital component of dimensioning to your drawings in an effort to give clear instructions for the construction of any design while you effectively manage in paper space and model space.

  • Lesson 3.3 Polylines

    In Lesson 3.3: Polylines, we introduce a flexible and useful drawing element to your workflow. We will go on to describe the multiple drawing, editing and control features that make the polyline an integral part of most drawings. Polygons are also introduced for the purpose of showing how a difficult and complex design is made easy with AutoCAD.

  • Lesson 3.4 Blocks, Attributes and External References

    In Lesson 3.4: Blocks, Attributes and External References, we will talk about the crucial importance of your ability to reuse standard drawing elements across multiple projects you'll complete within AutoCAD. We'll show you the most effective way to create typical elements and assign values to them.

Unit 4 Isometric and 3D Drawings

  • Lesson 4.1 Isometric Drawing

    In Lesson 4.1: Isometric Drawing, we are going to introduce you to the command set used to create isometric drawings and exploded views of complex-part isometrics. By the end of the lesson, you will have become familiar with the methods needed to draw graphics and text in isometric orientations.

  • Lesson 4.2 3D Modeling

    In Lesson 4.2: 3D Modeling, we will work to familiarize you with the three-dimensional modeling commands. By the end of the section, you will have been introduced to a set of commands allowing you to draw, edit, render and analyze three-dimensional models.

  • Lesson 4.3 More Modeling Techniques and Commands

    In Lesson 4.3: More Modeling Techniques and Commands, we will wrap up by expanding your ability to create three-dimensional models. Towards the end, a few additional drawing and editing methods will be introduced and explained, allowing you to create more complex models as you approach more advanced projects within AutoCAD.