autocad is a computer aided design (cad) program used by just about every
engineering and design office in the world. although there are alternative cad
packages, autocad is by far the most widely used system. autodesk's autocad is the
industry leader in cad packages. used by civil engineers, architects, mechanical and
electrical engineers, aeronautical engineers plus many other disciplines.
there have been several versions of autocad over the years, with each new version
introducing new and more powerful features than its predecessor. the latest version
the time of
accurate, scale drawings can be created and published using autocad’s powerful
features. 3d 'models' can also be created giving the designer absolute control over
the design from start to finish. the computerized model can be viewed through a
360º angle, and even 'rendered' with a texture on screen to give an idea of the
a 3d model of a component created by autocad with a rendered view of the model to
the top right).
as with most new skills, you have to learn to walk before you can run! the drawing
shown above will have been created by an experienced autocad user with many
years experience behind him.
the purpose of the basic tutorials contained within this site is to give you a sound
understanding of the basics of autocad.
enough of the background, lets get on to the interesting stuff!
open up autocad, you should be greeted with a screen asking if you want to open an
existing drawing or start from scratch. (dependant on your version of autocad, the
screen will be slightly different - the image shown below is for autocad 2002).
select 'create drawings', then 'start from scratch'. ensure that you select metric
(i.e. you are telling autocad that you will be drawing in meters and millimeters not
feet and inches).
autocad will now create a new drawing file named drawing1.dwg.