Tips & Tutorials Archive

Using the command window in AutoCAD

The command window in AutoCAD, for the less I can say, is where all what you are doing is being recorded. It is also the means AutoCAD uses to communicate with you. It is important to know how to use it. All icons are shortcut of commands.

How to draw a spring in AutoCAD

Drawing a spring in AutoCAD is relatively easy using the SWEEP command. If you had a look at how I started working on AutoCAD 3D you would know a little about the SWEEP command. But before getting to using the SWEEP command, I would like to go

UCS in AutoCAD

UCS stands for User Coordinate System and is represented by the object on the left down corner of your AutoCAD windows. This is a crucial tool for 3D design in AutoCAD. This is why in this post I will use the simple figure below to help you

Basic Tools in 3D in AutoCAD

While a lot will give you many reason why AutoCAD is not the indicated software for 3D I want to deliver in this post the concept of 3D in AutoCAD and what you should be thinking about if 3D is a total new concept for you. 3D

Annotation scaling in AutoCAD

Here is how to work with Annotation scaling in AutoCAD Sometime, annotations might be either too big or too small compared to dimensions you used in your project. Here is how you can change annotation features in AutoCAD, including text, and color The DIMSTYLE command help you

How to link an Excel file to AutoCAD

Here is a quick way How to link an Excel file to AutoCAD. The TABLE command in AutoCAD allows you not to only import your data from excel to AutoCAD but it also allows you to link both files together. That will make any change from excel

How to write text on arc in AutoCAD

Here is how to write text on arc in AutoCAD in 3 simple steps. Step 1 Draw your ARC, using a circle and trimming it or using the ARC command. Step 2 Go on the EXPRESS TOOLS tab, click on ARC ALIGNED TEXT and select the ARC

Linetype in AutoCAD

Every linetype in AutoCAD is stored in .lin files. Only one linetype is loaded in your design when you open a new project in AutoCAD. To have access to other linetypes, you will have to load them manually. Loading a new linetype (Using of the LT command)

AutoCAD 3D Tutorial – Part 4

Today's 3D exercise is the following. Simple one right! Without further comments let's dive into it. Step 1 Draw these two objects. Step 2 Long story short, using the same technique that we used in previous exercises, we will EXTRUDE those object each with its respective dimension,

AutoCAD 3D Tutorial – Part 3

Hello! here is the 3D object we will exercise on today. As you will notice, it is not far different from the one we have already done here. This one will help us use the CHAMFER command in 3D. Let's do it! Step 1 Draw these two

AutoCAD 3D Tutorial – Part 2

This is a second post of learning of AutoCAD 3D for beginners. The figure below will serve as an exercise for today's tutorial. What should be mentioned before diving into the tutorial is, you need to be able to draw the two upper 2D figures in AutoCAD

AutoCAD 3D Tutorial – Part 5

We are moving difficulties one step further in this AutoCAD 3D tutorial. Here is a good 3D AutoCAD exercise for beginners. Quick reminder. This is the fifth 3D exercise we are working on, and if you haven't followed previous ones, and are a beginner, I will recommend

AutoCAD exercises

Do you know all the tricks in AutoCAD? When I first started, I was struggling to learn AutoCAD online and I wish someone had walked me through the process. Here, I made an attempt to provide a nice learning process for those of you willing to start

Download Free DWG files

A DWG file is a file created with the CAD software called AutoCAD. The reputation of AutoCAD in the industry is undoubtedly the last thing one wants to argue about, thus you can imagine how this software is driving the whole market making it almost impossible for

How to change 2D face color in AutoCAD

Wondering if it is possible to change the color of a face in AutoCAD without changing the color of the entire 3D object? Actually there is a command that allows you to do this. Doing this, you can get a result like this (This is a box

Free CAD Software

Amateur graphic designers, animators and sometimes professional CAD users keep two or three software applications that they use to handle different projects and it is not unusual to have one dedicated software tools for modeling characters and another dedicated to only handling renderings and simulations. One may

How to create a 3D text in AutoCAD

Here are simple few steps you can go through to create a 3D text in AutoCAD. You can as well use this technique to engrave a logo in a piece of material like shown on the image below Obviously AutoCAD will let  you create a peace of

The Best Computer for AutoCAD

Choosing a computer for AutoCAD is a tough decision considering that you need to select such a computer with the best balance of options, quality, and at the same time price. However, if money is not a conver, this task will be simple as one will just

Changing the background color to white in AutoCAD

Many are those who like using AutoCAD with default colors, me included. But I need to admit that there was a time where I did like the white background color a lot. But today, I find it a bit “unprofessional” to have a custom color, specially when

Step by Step 3D AutoCAD for beginners

What does it make you think of? Create your first peace of 3D in AutoCAD. Yea, I used to be so excited about 3D objects, specially when I will see a user exploring all sides of the object and be able to rotate it, zoom in and