AutoCAD 2D & 3D

This courseware is designed for new AutoCAD software users who require comprehensive training. It incorporates the features, commands, and techniques for creating, editing, and printing drawings with AutoCAD.

Introduction to AutoCAD 2D

This courseware is designed for new users of AutoCAD. Hands-on exercises throughout the courseware will explore how to create 2D production drawings. These exercises are provided in both a printed format, and an onscreen format that can be viewed next to AutoCAD.

Course Objectives

The primary objective of this courseware is to teach students the basic commands necessary for professional 2D drawing, design, and drafting using AutoCAD. This includes:

  • Navigating the AutoCAD user interface
  • Using the fundamental features of AutoCAD
  • Using precision drafting tools in AutoCAD to develop accurate technical drawings
  • Presenting drawings in a detailed and visually impressive manner

Introduction to AutoCAD 3D

AutoCAD 3D Drawing and Modelling introduces students who are proficient with AutoCAD’s 2D commands to the concepts and methods of 3D modelling. The course provides a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of 3D and explores the main features of AutoCAD’s advanced 3D Modelling workspace.

Course Structure

  • Navigating the Working Environment
  • Working with Files
  • Displaying Objects

  • Inputting Data
  • Creating Basic Objects
  • Using Object Snaps
  • Using Polar Tracking and Polar Snap
  • Using Object Snap Tracking
  • Working with Units
  • Using Function Keys

  • Selecting Objects in the Drawing
  • Changing an Object’s Position
  • Creating New Objects from Existing Objects
  • Changing the Angle of an Object’s Position
  • Creating a Mirror Image of Existing Objects
  • Creating Object Patterns
  • Changing an Object’s Size

  • Using Layers
  • Changing Object Properties
  • Matching Object Properties
  • Using the Properties Palette
  • Using Linetypes
  • Using Inquiry Commands

  • Trimming and Extending Objects to Defined Boundaries
  • Creating Parallel and Offser Geometry
  • Joining Objects
  • Breaking an Object into Two Objects
  • Applying a Radius Corner to two Objects
  • Creating an Angles Corner Between Two Objects
  • Changing Part of an Object’s Shape

  • Creating Multiline Text
  • Creating Single Line Text
  • Using Text Styles
  • Editing Text

  • Hatching Objects
  • Editing Hatch objects

  • Creating Dimensions
  • Using Dimension Styles
  • Editing Dimensions

  • Using Blocks
  • Working with Design Center
  • Using Tool Palettes

  • Working with Polyline
  • Creating Splines
  • Creating Ellipses
  • Using Tables

  • Using Layouts
  • Using Page Setups
  • Using Viewports
  • Plotting Drawings

  • Using Drawing Templates

  • Introduction to 3D Modelling
  • Use the ViewCube
  • Interact with 3D Models
  • Create Solid Primitives
  • Create Mesh Primitives
  • Working with the UCS
  • Create Solid Models from 2D Profiles
  • Create Sweeps
  • Get Information for 3D Objects
  • Using Booleans in a Model
  • Extract Goemetry from Solid Models
  • Create 3D Filets and Chamfers
  • Slice a Solid Along a Plane
  • Edit Solid Models
  • Edit Solids to Create Complex Shapes
  • Edit Solids Using Grips and Sub-Object Selection
  • Mirror Objects in 3D
  • Array Objects in 3D
  • Section a Solid Model and Generating 2D Geometry
  • Flatten a View
  • Define Section Planes and Draw Section Plane

  • Creating 3D Geometry (Small Cabin)
  • Setting Up 3D Workspace
  • Using the Polysolid Tool
  • Using the Boolean Funstions
  • Extruding 2D Objects
  • Creating 3D Surfaces
  • Navigating in a 3D Environment
  • Rendering and Materials
  • Using the Loft Tool
  • Creating Cameras to Reproduce Views
  • Creating a Lighting Scheme
  • Enabling and Controlling Shadow Effects
  • Choosing the Background
  • Assigning Materials to Surfaces
  • Adjusting Mapping and Tilting
  • Saving Setup Views and Lights as Restorable Scenes
  • Rendering and Outputting to a File

Entry Requirements


For AutoCAD 2D, it is recommended that applicants have a working knowledge of:

  • Drafting, design, or engineering
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP or Microsoft® Windows® Vista

For AutoCAD 3D, applicants need to have a good working knowledge of AutoCAD 2D’s concepts and commands.

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