Wednesday, 4 June 2014

AUTOCAD TUTORIAL: Chapter 1 Get Start AutoCAD


AutoCAD is an initial program which is used in design any complex structure in both two dimensions and three dimensions. It is basic of all designing program. By using AutoCAD we can draw any design in a very short time period with great accuracy.
Learning AutoCAD, like learning any complex computer program, requires a significant commitment of time and attention and, to some extent, a tolerance for repetition. You must understand new concepts to operate the program and to appreciate its potential as a drafting and design tool. However, to become proficient at AutoCAD, you must also use the commands enough times to gain an intuitive sense of how they work and how parts of a drawing are constructed.

Before start the tutorial I am going to tell you some important precautions which you should take during the tutorial to become a good designer.

1. You should read one tutorial in a day. Don’t try to see next tutorial after reading one. It will not help you in become a designer.
2. Any computer program needs lot of practice to perfection. So after reading one tutorial you have to complete the precise part which is given at end of all tutorials.
3. After complete practice part, you should design some complex object related to you daily life with you own effort. It will increase your designing thinking capacity.
4. Before stating this tutorial you should have enough knowledge about 3D and 2D coordinate system and about plan (top view), elevation (front view) and side view of 3D object.

Starting the AutoCAD and introduction about its main screen:

Opening for the very first time can be an intimidating experience. Faced with such an expansive collection of tools, settings, and more, where do you start? To help you answer that question, this post breaks down the many components of the user interface into manageable segments and introduces you to basic operations such as opening drawings. To start AutoCAD first follow these instructions.
    AUTOCAD TUTORIAL: Chapter 1 Get Start AutoCAD
  • Install the AutoCAD by using the default settings.
  • Start AutoCAD by Start  ->Programs -> Autodesk ->AutoCAD
  • After starting the AutoCAD opens to display its default user interface. This window will look similar to this figure.
  • If it is not looking similar like this than go to workspace switching and change the mode to 2D drafting and annotation. You can also change it by ->menu bar -> tool ->workspaces ->2D drafting and annotation
  • If menu bar is not displaying than check the left side of title bar. There is a drop down menu. Select show menu bar.
Here is the brief introduction of main screen.

Title bar: 
The title bar is analogous to the title bar in any Windows program. It contains the program name (AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT) and the title of the current drawing with its path, provided a drawing other than the default Drawing.dwg is open.

Application menu: 
Left side of the title bar you can find the application menu where you can find new (to open a new file), open (to open existing file), save, save as, print etc.

Menu bar: 
Below the title bar there is menu bar which is similar to any windows program with some additional menu like draw, dimension, modify etc.

Quick access toolbar: 
Below the title bar there is a ribbon which is known as quick access toolbar where you’ll find most of the AutoCAD commands and tools needed to complete any drawing task.

Drawing area: 
Below the quick access toolbar, the blank middle section of the screen is known as drawing area where you draw the drawing.

Cursor: 
The drawing area contains a cursor which can move all over the screen. In making a drawing in autocad cursor is very useful by which we draw the drawing.

Coordinate system: 
This icon composed of two lines, labeled X and Y, in the lower-left corner of the drawing area is the UCS icon or coordinate system (UCS stands for user coordinate system). It indicates the positive direction for the x- and y-axes. It show the coordinate in which you are working.

Command bar: 
Below the drawing area there is a command bar. Command bar (also called the Command window) is where you will tell the program what to do and where the program tells you what’s happening. It’s an important feature, and you’ll need to learn how it works in detail. By default, three lines of text are visible. When the Dynamic Input feature is active, much of the command window information is displayed alongside the cursor as well

Coordinate: 
Lower left side of the command bar there is coordinate window, which show the coordinate of the cursor.

Drafting setting: 
In the middle of the status bar there is drafting setting menu where you can select various drawing modes. It’s important to learn about the coordinate system and most of these drawing modes (Snap Mode, Grid Display, Ortho Mode, Object Snap) early as you learn to draw in AutoCAD. They will help you create neat and accurate drawings. It will discuss later is detail.

To conclude this quick introduction to the various parts of the Application window, you need to understand a couple of items that might be visible on your screen.

Change the cursor size background color of drawing area:

By default, AutoCAD uses a dark gray color for the drawing area. Some users prefer to customize this and several other user interface elements to a color palette of their own liking. As an example, some prefer the contrast ratio of a light background color such white. For change the cursor size and background color by follow the steps
  • Open the option dialog box by application menu->option or by right click on drawing area and choose option.
  • Switch to the display tab.
    AUTOCAD TUTORIAL: Chapter 1 Get Start AutoCAD
  • If you want to change the length of the lines of your crosshair cursor, go to the lower-right corner of the Display tab and move the slider to change the Crosshair Size.
  • Choose the color within the window element group to change the background color.
  • This opens the Drawing Window Colors dialog box, where you’ll customize the colors of the user interface to your liking.
Now you know about the home screen of AutoCAD. all the tool in quick access toolbar are used to make any drawing in AutoCAD. So today you check all the tools which are placed in quick access toolbar and tomorrow we will start to making drawing in AutoCAD in two dimensions. 

1 comment:


  1. Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life.


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