Computer Aided Design (CAD) II, CMP043

Register for a Class

To further develop sophisticated technical documents, advanced CAD operators must become experienced using a variety of special tools. This intermediate course in AutoCAD 2012 is intended to provide students with skills and knowledge to dramatically improve efficiency. Lessons include advanced commands for editing, enhanced drawing skills, the ability to add text and dimensions, intelligent uses for attributes, and enhanced page layout and plotting capabilities.

CAD I, Computer Aided Design I, or equivalent experience.

Classroom Hours: 30

Course Content:

Unit 1. Editing for Productivity
  1. Creating and using templates
    1. Creating a template
    2. Using a template
  2. Copying an object multiple times
    1. Making circular copies
    2. Making row and column copies
  3. Developing your drawing
    1. Important settings
    2. Using on snap tracking to place objects
    3. Finding distances along arcs
    4. Changing the length of objects
    5. Creating a new drawing using parts from another drawing
  4. Drawing parallel lines
    1. Customizing multilines
    2. Joining and editing multilines
  5. Eliminating blocks, layers, line types, shapes and styles
    1. Selectively removing unused elements
    2. Removing all unused elements
Unit 2. Enhancing your Drawing Skills
  1. Assembling the parts
  2. Taking control of the AutoCAD display
    1. Understanding regeneration and redraw
    2. Exploring other ways to control AutoCAD’s display
    3. Understanding the frozen layer option
    4. Making good use of freeze and off
    5. Taking control of regens
  3. Using hatch patterns in your drawings
    1. Placing a hatch pattern in a specific area
    2. Positioning hatch patterns accurately
    3. Updating blocks in the plan file
    4. Changing the hatch area
  4. Modifying a hatch pattern
    1. Understanding the boundary hatch options
    2. Using the advanced hatch options
    3. Tops for using the boundary hatch
    4. Space planning and hatch patterns
  5. Using external references
    1. Attaching a drawing as an external reference
    2. Editing Xrefs and the files that contain them at the same time
    3. Other differences between external references and blocks
    4. Other external reference options
    5. Clipping Xref views and improving performance
  6. Editing Xrefs in place
    1. Adding and removing objects from blocks and Xrefs
Unit 3. Adding Text to Drawings
  1. Adding text to a drawing
  2. Understanding text formatting in AutoCAD
    1. Adjusting the text height and font
    2. Adding color, stacked fractions, and special symbols
    3. Adjusting the width of the text boundary window
    4. Adjusting the text alignment
    5. Adjusting line spacing
    6. Editing existing text
    7. Converting text to lowercase or uppercase
    8. Understanding text and scale
  3. Organizing text by styles
    1. Creating a style
    2. Using a type style
    3. Setting the current default style
    4. Understanding the text style dialog box options
    5. Renaming a text style
  4. What do the fonts look like
  5. Adding special characters
  6. Adding simple text objects
    1. Editing single-line text objects
    2. Justifying single-line text objects
    3. Using special characters with single-line text objects
  7. Checking spelling
    1. Choosing a dictionary
  8. Substituting fonts
  9. Acceleration zooms and regens with qtext
  10. Express tools text-editing utilities
Unit 4 Using Dimensions
  1. Understanding the components of a dimension
  2. Creating a dimension style
    1. Setting up the primary unit style
    2. Setting the height for dimension text
    3. Setting the location and orientation of dimension text
    4. Choosing an arrow style and setting the dimension scale
    5. Setting up alternate units
    6. Setting the current dimension style
    7. Modifying a dimension style
  3. Drawing linear dimensions
    1. Finding the dimension toolbar
    2. Placing horizontal and vertical dimensions
    3. Continuing a dimension
    4. Drawing dimensions from a common base extension line
  4. Editing dimensions
    1. Appending data to dimension text
    2. Locating the definition points
    3. Making minor adjustments to dimensions using grips
    4. Changing style settings of individual dimensions
    5. Editing dimensions and other objects together
    6. Adding a string of dimensions with a single operation
    7. Removing the alternate dimensions
    8. Using osnap while dimensioning
  5. Dimensioning nonorthogonal objects
    1. Dimensioning nonorthogonal linear distances
    2. Dimensioning radii, diameters and arcs
  6. Adding a note with an arrow
    1. Exploring the leader options
  7. Skewing dimension lines
  8. Applying ordinate dimensions
  9. Adding tolerance notation
Unit 5. Printing and Plotting
  1. Plotting the plan
  2. Understanding the plotter settings
    1. Paper size and paper units
    2. Drawing orientation
    3. Plot area
    4. Plot scale
    5. Plot offset
    6. Plot options
  3. WYSIWYG plotting using layout tabs
    1. Plot scale in the layout tab viewports
  4. Setting color, line corner styles, and shading patterns with plot styles
    1. Choosing between color and named plot style tables
    2. Creating a color plot style table
    3. Editing and using plot style tables
    4. Other options in the plot style table editor
  5. Assigning plot styles directly to layers and objects
    1. Using named plot style tables
    2. Assigning plot styles to objects
    3. Assigning plot style tables to layers
  6. Plotting multiple layout tabs
  7. Adding an output device
    1. Editing a plotter configuration
  8. Storing a page setup
  9. Plotter and printer hardware considerations
    1. Understanding the plotter’s limits
    2. Knowing the plotter’s origins
  10. Batch plotting
  11. Sending the drawings to a Service Bureau