Customizing your AutoCAD interface

There are several reasons to customize your AutoCAD interface. One reason might be to add certain toolbars for the project or type of work you are performing. Another reason would be to remove certain toolbars to maximize your view of model space while working. This tutorial will explore some of the basic strategies for customizing…

Creating and Using Layers in AutoCAD

This tutorial will discuss the steps for creating and editing layers in AutoCAD.  It will highlight the Layer Manager (LA) to create and edit layers as well as highlight helpful tools like Match Properties (MA), Layer Off (LAYOFF), and Layer ISO (LAYISO).  The tutorial will also discuss the role of layers in conjunction with pen…

Creating Linework for Roadways in AutoCAD

This tutorial demonstrates a specific technique for creating roads in AutoCAD.  It begins creating a road centerline and offsetting that centerline to create the face of curb (FOC), back of curb (BOC), and edge of pavement (EOP).  The road centerlines utilize the fillet command to create arcs at known radius and tangent to the straight…

Creating Basic Linework in AutoCAD

This tutorial demonstrates basic commands to generate linework in AutoCAD.  Specifically, it uses the Line Command (L), Distance Command (DIST), Offset Command (O), Object Snaps (F3), Mirror Command (MI), Trim Command (TR), and Fillet Command (F).  These tools are utilized in the creation of an existing building for a base map.  

Matching Properties (MA) in AutoCAD

Layer properties such as color, layer name, line type can be easily replicated or changed to match existing elements or objects in the drawing by matching properties. In order to match properties input command MA, then press Enter or Space Bar. Dialogue box displaying Select Source Object will display. Click on the object with the desired…

Inserting an image in AutoCAD

There are multiple types of images that you might want to insert into a CAD drawing, whether a site aerial, a design sketch, or even a logo sketch. There are also multiple techniques for inserting those images.  This tutorial will highlight three options to insert jpeg images in AutoCad. Option 1: If you are using the classic…

Using the AutoCAD Detail Template

Well-crafted construction documents are critical for articulating that design intent in nearly all major projects in professional practice.  This tutorial will provide an overview on using detail template and additional files as a resource in the development of a construction document set.  The files provided include an AutoCAD Detail Template, a .CTB file (or Plot…