What is AutoCAD?
AutoCAD is a commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application. It is one of the most popular computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software programs. First released in 1982, Autodesk has more than 32 million licenses for the software. Autodesk states that AutoCAD is used in all industry sectors to create everything from mechanical designs to exterior and interior architectural plans, electrical schematics, civil and structural engineering drawings, and architectural 3D models.
Why would I use Autodesk AutoCAD?
The one reason that Autodesk AutoCAD has so many customers is because its features are best of class. With the exception of SketchUp, there is no other free or low-cost CAD software that comes close to AutoCAD’s features. However, AutoCAD is not cheap. The price is $750, but in today’s economy, that’s a tiny price to pay.
On the drawing table, AutoCAD has a lot of powerful drawing and editing tools that create professional-looking documents. There are many preset tools for different professions and projects. You can draw all sorts of shapes and create polylines, squares, circles, and more. There are tools for measuring and calculating, including 3-D tools that allow you to move, rotate, and scale objects within your drawing. When you draw with the 3-D tools, you can view your work from any angle.
AutoCAD includes many tools that enhance your drawing experience. There are tools for sharing information with other AutoCAD users and files on a network. You can also edit other people’s designs. AutoCAD’s drawing space is divided into workspaces. When you create a drawing and you click in one of the workspaces, it loads only the tools and objects you need.
It’s fairly easy to learn how to use the drawing tools in AutoCAD. AutoCAD has a tutorial feature that walks you through all the tools. If you need to, you can download tutorials on AutoCAD’s website. You can also click on the Help button on the toolbar to see tutorials.
A critical AutoCAD feature is the ability to split your drawing into many workspaces. In AutoCAD, you can work in more than one drawing space at a time. The user interface is different,
In general, Autodesk products can be integrated with a number of other Autodesk products:
CAE software – Design data and associated products can be exchanged directly between Autodesk-based CAE software (such as 3ds Max or Maya), allowing the modeling and design tasks of those products to be combined. The software can be transferred in virtually any form, from a 2D DWG to 3D STL or OBJ.
AEC software – AutoCAD features a broad range of associative data interoperability to CAD packages used for the design, analysis and construction industries (other than CAE software).
Digital content management software – Video, music, and other kinds of digital files can be inserted into or converted to a DWG.
DVD authoring software – DVD files can be inserted or converted into a DWG.
Handheld and mobile device – AutoCAD 2010 is available for mobile devices through a variety of platforms (Google Android, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, and iPhone).
Web services – Web services can be used to access data in a DWG or other file formats.
Authoring software for video games – The zBrush and Mudbox software use the.DWG format for 3D content.
Several other CAD software vendors support file interoperability with AutoCAD. These include Bentley Systems, DGN Data Management, Lucidworks, Microstation, MicroStation Software (3D), Microsystems Solutions, Open Microsystems, Pixologic, Rapidform, Starcad, Trimble, and Vectorworks.
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Open Autodesk Autocad
Click on File, then New
Right click on the New Document Icon
Select New Autocad Document
A New Project is opened.
Click on the File tab
Click on Open
Click the Save As button, and save the file as D.Proj,
This will create a shortcut file on your desktop, D.Proj.ico
In Windows, we can drag this shortcut file to the Autodesk Autocad application,
And press the Open button,
This will open the Autodesk Autocad application with the shortcut file D.Proj.ico as a template.
Click on the View tab
Click on the Properties button,
Select the icon link,
Change the icon by dragging it to the Icon window.
In the Properties window, change the icon link by changing the “Name” with your own icon name.
Click on the Open button
Click the Continue button in the tool bar
Click the Ok button to complete the set up
After the process, click on the Open button
The Autocad application is now ready to create the 3D model for you.
Now, click on the View tab
Click on the Model Visualization tab
On the left, you will see the tools like Scaling, UV Mapping, Polygon.
In the Model Visualization tab, select the Polygon option.
A 3D Polygon model will be displayed in the 3D Viewer window.
The 3D Viewer window has the standard control panel.
Select the camera controls in the left panel, and drag the camera to the desired position.
You can use the S and A buttons to move the camera.
You can use the X, Y, and Z buttons to rotate the camera view.
You can use the Rotate option to rotate the object.
You can zoom in and out using the Zoom in and Zoom out option.
Press the right mouse button to activate the tools
In this example, we have activated the scaling tool.
Select the scaling tool by clicking on the Scaling option
This will open the Tool bar.
Click on the Resize option.
To make the image larger or smaller, type the values of scale factor like 1.2 or 0.6
Click on the Ok button to apply
Add labels, annotations, and other notes right where they’re needed in your CAD documents. AutoCAD 2023 will scan a scanned image, and then place labels on your drawing as it would on the paper. Plus, the labels will dynamically adjust based on the shape or size of the object.
Export your drawings to any cloud-based file format. Automatically save your favorite versions in your My Files cloud repository.
Redesign using the new Conceptual Design component. Create new layouts and designs and edit existing layouts directly in AutoCAD, without having to switch between the 2D and 3D modes.
Filter your view to only include the objects that you want to edit. AutoCAD 2023 will remember your filter settings, so you don’t have to worry about hiding and re-hiding groups of objects to edit. (video: 1:30 min.)
Save annotated drawings with a special icon. Use this feature to highlight special views or mark them for future reference.
Draw complex shapes directly from the pen tool. AutoCAD will automatically recognize and display the shapes drawn on the pen tool (instead of just the lines).
Navigate drawings in a non-linear fashion. Work directly in the drawing area instead of searching for a specific menu option.
Link objects to files, layers, and annotations. Automatically save your best versions of your drawings, and remember where they were stored, so you can easily go back to them.
Add multiple views to a single drawing. Change the camera settings for multiple views so you can see multiple perspectives of the same drawing. (video: 1:50 min.)
Fold and stitch objects using the context-sensitive tool. Use the draw tool or the snap or move tool to place a template, then select the object to place. AutoCAD will automatically place the object by fitting it inside the template.
Share your drawings with anyone using email, FTP, or cloud storage. As drawings are saved, it will automatically upload them to a server and send a link to the person who made the changes.
Include paper guides and other settings when sharing drawings. Including paper guide data and other settings when sharing a drawing will make the final printouts or drawings look great on any printer.
Draw using a mirror. Use a mirror view as your drawing area, and then use the pen tool to
OS: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2003, 2000
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+, Intel Core 2 Duo E4600+, AMD Athlon X2 5400+
CPU speed: 2 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
HDD space: 100 MB for install, 100 MB for additional content
DirectX: Version 9.0
Network: Broadband internet connection
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 compatible sound card
Hard Drive: 5
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