The AutoCAD 2000 Tutor Chapter 1 Getting Started with AutoCAD 2000 Time Estimate: 2-3 hours Summary: This is a quick start chapter, designed to get a user drawing in AutoCAD 2000 in a short period of time. The chapter covers the basic drawing environment and how to use it (drawing surface, toolbars, right mouse click options). The creation of Lines through various input methods (typed input polar and XY & “point and shoot”). The Use of Object Snap points for accuracy (Outlines each object snap method including the new Parallel and Extension), and the new Polar tracking tools are also covered. Accessing help tools, saving drawings and exiting an AutoCAD session properly. Objectives: Once the Chapter is successfully completed, a student’s abilities will include: • Identifying the areas of the ACAD 2000 screen interface • Locating and using the function keys • Entering commands through various methods • Managing Coolbars • Beginning a new drawing through the start from scratch start-up wizard • Locating and opening an existing drawing • Creating a line through several accurate input techniques • Setting up running Object Snaps • Using Polar Tracking in line creation • Combining Object Snaps and Polar Tracking to locate points on a drawing • Creating a basic circle • Erasing objects • Saving drawings • Exiting an AutoCAD 2000 Drawing session Hints: • Start off small and make sure the students are successful on the first drawing. This will bolster their confidence since it is a complex program and has many ways to accomplish a task. • Be consistent; Use the Toolbar’s or pull-down’s exclusively, do not mix and match as this promotes confusion. Personally, I start by the pull-downs and migrate to the Toolbars, as the students become comfortable with the software. • Draw something that the students will recognize; better yet bring in a simple gasket or drill plate and use that object for the basis of the first drawings.
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