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How can I teach myself AutoCAD?

I recently started work at a company that does a lot of design and manufacturing using AutoCAD and CNC. I'm working in a different department, but since I'm looking to stay at the company for a while and move up the ladder, I figure it would be a good skill set to learn.
  1. Can anyone point me to a solid resource on learning AutoCAD from basic competencies through intermediate and advanced? I'm thinking possibly a college syllabus of some sort?
  2. B) I have a Mac at home, and AutoCAD for Mac, but the company uses PC. Will it be a huge problem down the road jumping from Mac to PC, or will it just be a minor interface change? I'm comfortable with both systems, and could possibly purchase a PC laptop for home use with my training.

posted by sociology on Sep 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Advice for an aspiring CNC programmer/machinist

I will begin a course in CNC programming/operating in 2 months time. I want to be as prepared as possible going into it, make the most of the education while I'm learning and have realistic expectations about employment upon completion. What should I know before I start, focus on during school, and what do you know about jobs available for someone with these skills? [more inside]
posted by breakfast! on Jul 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Lenovo U410...bad idea?

Lenovo U410 for AutoCAD and SolidWorks? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Sep 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Tutorial for drawing building plans for home construction with Google SketchUp

Is there a step-by-step tutorial on how to create working construction drawings with Google SketchUp? This must be on the Internet somewhere but after a weekend of searching and watching tutorials, I still haven't found it. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Apr 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Basic circuit element symbols in DWG format

I'm using DraftSight to make some circuit diagrams and I am looking for basic circuit symbols in DWG format. I've found a nice collections of circuit element symbols in WMF format, but am having a hard time finding a converter on a decent web site. Decent web site as in one that doesn't look like a malware factory. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Feb 21, 2012 - 4 answers

AUTOCAD - Why won't my inserted block change to the color of the layer I've put it in?

I inserted a product block into an AutoCAD drawing that I downloaded from the manufacturer's website. I moved it to the layer I want, but it won't 'take' the color of that layer. What gives? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Nov 11, 2011 - 5 answers

What's Your Vector Victor?

How can I get these design documents into AutoCAD? [more inside]
posted by sanka on Oct 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Recommend an Autocad System Build?

An architect friend has asked me to build her a PC for autocad. $1350 is her price cap, including monitor but she'd love to come in under. [more inside]
posted by Manjusri on Feb 6, 2011 - 17 answers

AutoCAD Monkey Substitute

AutoCAD 2010 - Batch Insert a block into multiple drawings [more inside]
posted by defcom1 on Jan 5, 2011 - 4 answers

What is the easiest way to draw a floor plan and to get basic working drawings for a home rehab?

Architects, builders, and engineers -- what is the best software for drawing up a basic set of floor plans? What's the most cost-effective way to get a set of working drawings for a basic house rehab? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Dec 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Mouse for autocad

What would be a good mouse to use for Autocad? [more inside]
posted by state fxn on Sep 21, 2010 - 10 answers

How can I get a 3d autocad model from building plans

I've commissioned someone to create a rendered "artist's impression" of a planned housing development, but he priced it under the assumption that the architect would release Autocad files of the project. It turns out that the architect will only supply PDFs of the building plans. How can I find someone to turn these plans into something my artist can use, and how much should I expect to pay? All I need is the outside of the building, including the grounds and property fence.
posted by Joe in Australia on Sep 7, 2010 - 16 answers

Need Laptop Selection Help

Looking to buy a PC laptop I can run photoshop, autoCAD, and sketchup rendering on a student budget. [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jul 15, 2010 - 14 answers

Dear IT, that might work is not an answer...

GraphicsCardCADFilter: Can someone give me a crash course in Graphics cards vs. RAM? [more inside]
posted by edbles on Jun 18, 2010 - 4 answers

How to turn a line and curve table in to a drawing

How do I turn a line and a curve table from a plat into a drawing (CAD commands are ok, or importing a spreadsheet would be better.) [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker on Jun 2, 2010 - 4 answers

autoCAD or manual drawing, which should I go for?

autoCAD or manual drawing, which should I go for? [more inside]
posted by sockpim on May 31, 2010 - 12 answers

Freelance job during full time masters program?

What freelance skills should I cultivate to support myself during graduate school? [more inside]
posted by emily37 on May 11, 2010 - 20 answers

Edit Technical drawings thoroughly

I’m looking for help with how to edit my technical drawings more thoroughly. [more inside]
posted by edbles on Aug 27, 2009 - 6 answers

A shortcut for giving mulitple blocks the same attributes in AutoCAD 2009

AutoCAD LT 2009. How do you make one set of attributes and apply it to multiple blocks? [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Jul 31, 2008 - 5 answers

AutoCAD help?

My boyf has a question for an AutoCAD hero. He wants to know why his 3d model appears in block color on the screen (see screen shot) – then plot only the ugly silhouette lines (see plotted version).
posted by mjao on Nov 20, 2007 - 4 answers

Best AutoCAD training options?

AutoCAD Training: online, book/CD, or in person? [more inside]
posted by schwap23 on Sep 4, 2007 - 13 answers

My employer won't spring for Autocad - can you help me work around that?

I need to edit 2D .dwg files without spending any money on software. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by revbrian on Aug 23, 2007 - 5 answers

Escape from Autodesk's madness

AutocadFilter: I'd like to change two shortcuts that aren't possible via the "aliasedit" command. [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer on Mar 8, 2007 - 10 answers

AutoCAD nerds? We need your help.

My boyfriend needs help with AutoCAD. Part of his drawing is obscured... [more inside]
posted by mjao on Dec 3, 2006 - 8 answers

Paper space after 8 years...

How do i get out of a paperspace zoom in Autocad? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Oct 13, 2006 - 3 answers

Powerful laptop for 3d work etc

My girlfriend is looking to buy powerful laptop to use Autocad software on in it for work. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Oct 9, 2006 - 15 answers

OO programming in Autocad?

I have developed an application in AutoLISP which I would like to re-write in an OO language. AutoCAD seems to natively support VB but I don't think I want to go there. I am starting to learn C# and Python, and like both. How easy is it to link Autocad and C# or Python (or Ruby, etc.)? I am aware of PyCad but not sure I understand how to get it to work, plus it requires Autocad 2000 which is like requiring windows 95. In short, I am quite the newbie at this and would appreciate a simple but thorough explanation of how to use a modern programming language in Autocad.
posted by signal on Jan 2, 2006 - 7 answers

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