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AutoCAD Fundamentals Course Outline

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The AutoCAD®/AutoCAD LT® 2018 Fundamentals class is designed for those using AutoCAD® or AutoCAD LT® 2018 with a Windows operating system. This class is not designed for the AutoCAD for Mac software.

The objective of AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT 2018: Fundamentals is to enable students to create a basic 2D drawing in the AutoCAD software.

This student guide refers to both the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT software as the AutoCAD software. All topics, including features and commands, relate to both the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT software unless specifically noted otherwise.

Special Note to New Hampshire Residents
This course has not yet been approved by the State's Department of Education. Please contact us to get an update as to when the class should be available in New Hampshire.

A working knowledge of basic design/drafting procedures and terminology.
A working knowledge of your operating system.

*** New Course Format ***
Note that this class is being changed. Similar content as is found this 5-day AutoCAD Fundamentals class will be available by taking two classes starting in February 2018. See the AutoCAD Essentials (a 3-day class) and the AutoCAD Beyond the Basics class (a 2-day event). These two classes will be scheduled back to back for individuals wanting a full 5-day review of AutoCAD content.

Course Outline

Part 1 (chapters 1 to 20)

Chapter 1: Getting Started with AutoCAD
1.1 Starting the Software
1.2 User Interface
1.3 Working with Commands
1.4 Cartesian Workspace
1.5 Opening an Existing Drawing File
1.6 Viewing Your Drawing
1.7 Saving Your Work

Chapter 2: Basic Drawing and Editing Commands
2.1 Drawing Lines
2.2 Erasing Objects
2.3 Drawing Vertical and Horizontal Lines
2.4 Drawing Rectangles
2.5 Drawing Circles
2.6 Undo and Redo Actions

Chapter 3: Projects: Creating a Simple Drawing
3.1 Create a Simple Drawing
3.2 Create Simple Shapes

Chapter 4: Drawing Precision in AutoCAD
4.1 Using Running Object Snaps
4.2 Using Object Snap Overrides
4.3 Polar Tracking at Angles
4.4 Object Snap Tracking
4.5 (Optional) Drawing with Snap and Grid

Chapter 5: Making Changes in Your Drawing
5.1 Selecting Objects for Editing
5.2 Moving Objects
5.3 Copying
5.4 Rotating Objects
5.5 Scaling Objects
5.6 Mirroring Objects
5.7 Editing with Grips

Chapter 6: Projects: Making Your Drawings More Precise
6.1 Schematic Project: Electronics Diagram
6.2 Architectural Project: Landscape
6.3 Mechanical Project: Using Polar and Tracking
6.4 Mechanical Project: Surge Protector
6.5 Mechanical Project: Satellite

Chapter 7: Organizing Your Drawing with Layers
7.1 Creating New Drawings With Templates
7.2 What are Layers?
7.3 Layer States
7.4 Changing an Object’s Layer

Chapter 8: Advanced Object Types
8.1 Drawing Arcs
8.2 Drawing Polylines
8.3 Editing Polylines
8.4 Drawing Polygons
8.5 Drawing Ellipses

Chapter 9: Analyzing Model and Object Properties
9.1 Working with Object Properties
9.2 Measuring Objects

Chapter 10: Projects: Drawing Organization and Information
10.1 Architectural Project
10.2 Mechanical Project
10.3 Civil Project

Chapter 11: Advanced Editing Commands
11.1 Trimming and Extending Objects
11.2 Stretching Objects
11.3 Creating Fillets and Chamfers
11.4 Offsetting Objects
11.5 Creating Arrays of Objects

Chapter 12: Inserting Blocks
12.1 What are Blocks?
12.2 Working with Dynamic Blocks
12.3 Inserting Blocks
12.4 Inserting Blocks using the Tool Palettes
12.5 Inserting Blocks using the DesignCenter

Chapter 13: Projects: Creating More Complex Objects
13.1 Mechanical Project 1: Plate
13.2 Mechanical Project 2: Gasket
13.3 Mechanical Project 3: Plate
13.4 Mechanical Project 4: Rocker Arm
13.5 Architectural Project 1: Floor Plan
13.6 Architectural Project 2: Floor Plan
13.7 Civil Project: Parking Lot

Chapter 14: Setting Up a Layout
14.1 Working in Layouts
14.2 Creating Layouts
14.3 Creating Layout Viewports
14.4 Guidelines for Layouts

Chapter 15: Printing Your Drawing
15.1 Printing Concepts
15.2 Printing Layouts
15.3 Print and Plot Settings

Chapter 16: Projects: Preparing to Print
16.1 Mechanical Project
16.2 Architectural Project

Chapter 17:
17.1 Working with Annotations
17.2 Adding Text in a Drawing
17.3 Modifying Multiline Text
17.4 Formatting Multiline Text
17.5 Adding Notes with Leaders to Your Drawing
17.6 Creating Tables
17.7 Modifying Tables

Chapter 18: Hatching
18.1 Hatching
18.2 Editing Hatches

Chapter 19: Adding Dimensions
19.1 Dimensioning Concepts
19.2 Adding Linear Dimensions
19.3 Adding Radial and Angular Dimensions
19.4 Editing Dimensions

Chapter 20: Projects: Annotating Your Drawing
20.1 Mechanical Project
20.2 Architectural Project 1
20.3 Architectural Project 2
20.4 Civil Project

Part 2 (chapters 21 to 32)

Chapter 21: Working Effectively with AutoCAD
21.1 Creating a Custom Workspace
21.2 Using the Keyboard Effectively
21.3 Object Creation, Selection, and Visibility
21.4 Working in Multiple
21.5 Copying and Pasting Between Drawings
21.6 Using Grips Effectively
21.7 Additional Layer Tools

Chapter 22: Accurate Positioning
22.1 Coordinate Entry
22.2 Locating Points with Tracking
22.3 Construction Lines
22.4 Placing Reference Points

Chapter 23: Projects: Productivity Tools
23.1 Schematic Project: Purifier Unit
23.2 Mechanical Project: 2 Views
23.3 Architectural/Civil Project: Formal Garden
23.4 Mechanical Project: Cover Plate
23.5 Architectural Project: Addition
23.6 Mechanical Project: Block
23.7 Mechanical Project: Plate

Chapter 24: Parametric Drawing
24.1 Working with Constraints
24.2 Geometric Constraints
24.3 Dimensional Constraints

Chapter 25: Working with Blocks
25.1 Creating Blocks
25.2 Editing Blocks
25.3 Removing Unused Elements
25.4 Adding Blocks to Tool Palettes
25.5 Modifying Tool Properties in Tool Palettes

Chapter 26: Projects: Creating and Organizing Blocks
26.1 Mechanical Project: Control Panel
26.2 Architectural Project: Furniture Layout
26.3 Civil Project: Utility Layout

Chapter 27: Creating Templates
27.1 Why Use Templates?
27.2 Controlling Units Display
27.3 Creating New Layers
27.4 Adding Standard Layouts to Templates
27.5 Saving Templates

Chapter 28: Advanced Layouts
28.1 Creating and Using Named Views
28.2 Advanced Viewport Options
28.3 Layer Overrides in Viewports
28.4 Additional Annotative Scale

Chapter 29: Annotation Styles
29.1 Creating Text Styles
29.2 Creating Dimension Styles
29.3 Creating Multileader Styles

Chapter 30: Projects: Drawing Setup and Utilities
30.1 Interiors Project
30.2 Mechanical/Schematic
30.3 Civil/Map Project
30.4 Mechanical Project: Dimension Styles

Chapter 31: External References
31.1 Attaching External References
31.2 Modifying External
31.3 Xref Specific Information

Chapter 32: Projects: Drawing
32.1 D-sized Title Block (36x24)
32.2 Mechanical Project: Drill Press Base
32.3 Architectural Project: Office Tower
32.4 P&ID Project: Oil Lubrication System
32.5 Civil Project: Warehouse Site

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