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AutoCAD 2017 Essentials (Part 1).

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The objective of AutoCAD®/AutoCAD LT® 2017 R1: Essentials is to enable students to create a basic 2D drawing in the AutoCAD software. Even at this fundamental level, the AutoCAD software is one of the most sophisticated computer applications that you are likely to encounter. Therefore, learning to use it can be challenging.

AutoCAD®/AutoCAD LT® 2017 R1: Essentials covers the essential core topics for working with the AutoCAD software.
The teaching strategy is to start with a few basic tools that enable the student to create and edit a simple drawing, and then continue to develop those tools. More advanced tools are introduced throughout the student guide.

The AutoCAD®/AutoCAD LT® 2017 R1: Essentials student guide is designed for those using AutoCAD® or AutoCAD LT® 2017 with a Windows operating system. This student guide is not designed for the AutoCAD for Mac software.

All topics, including features and commands, relate to both the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT software unless specifically noted otherwise.


Not every command or option is covered, because the intent is to show the most essential tools and concepts, such as:

Course Outline

Chapter 1: Getting Started with AutoCAD

Practice 1a Opening a Drawing

Practice 1b Viewing a Drawing

Practice 1c Saving a Drawing File

Chapter 2: Basic Drawing and Editing Commands

Practice 2a Basic Drawing and Editing Commands

Chapter 3: Projects: Creating a Simple Drawing

Chapter 4: Drawing Precision in AutoCAD

Practice 4a Using Object Snaps

Practice 4b Object Snap Overrides

Practice 4c Polar Tracking

Practice 4d Object Snap Tracking I
Practice 4e Object Snap Tracking II

Practice 4f Placing Objects on a Drawing

Chapter 5: Making Changes in Your Drawing

Practice 5a Selecting Objects

Practice 5b Modifying Objects

Practice 5c Editing with Grips I

Practice 5d Editing with Grips II

Chapter 6: Projects: Making Your Drawings More Precise

Chapter 7: Organizing Your Drawing with Layers

Practice 7a Using a Template to Start a Drawing

Practice 7b Working with Layers and Layer States

Practice 7c Changing an Object's Layer

Chapter 8: Advanced Object Types

Practice 8a Drawing an Arc

Practice 8b Drawing and Editing Polylines

Practice 8d Drawing Ellipses

Chapter 9: Analyzing Model and Object Properties

Practice 9a Working with Object Properties Mechanical

Practice 9b Working with Object Properties Architectural

Practice 9c Measuring Objects Architectural

Practice 9d Measuring Objects Mechanical

Chapter 10: Projects: Drawing Organization and Information

Chapter 11: Advanced Editing Commands

Practice 11a Extending and Trimming Objects

Practice 11b Trimming Objects on a Drawing

Practice 11c Break at Point

Practice 11d Stretching Objects

Practice 11e Filleting Objects

Practice 11f Chamfering Objects

Practice 11g Offsetting Objects

Practice 11h Rectangular Array

Practice 11i Polar Array

Practice 11j Path Array

Chapter 12: Inserting Blocks

Practice 12a Working with Blocks

Chapter 13: Projects: Creating More Complex Objects

Chapter 14: Setting Up a Layout

Practice 14a Working With Layouts

Chapter 15: Printing Your Drawing

Practice 15a Printing Layouts and Check Plots

Chapter 16: Projects: Preparing to Print

Chapter 17: Text

Practice 17a Adding Text in a Drawing

Practice 17b Modifying Multiline Text

Practice 17c Formatting Multiline Text in a Drawing

Practice 17d Adding Notes to Your Drawing

Practice 17e Creating Tables

Practice 17f Modifying Tables

Chapter 18: Hatching

Practice 18a Hatching Using the Tool Palettes

Practice 18b Hatching Mechanical

Practice 18c Hatching Architectural

Chapter 19: Adding Dimensions

Practice 19a Adding Linear Dimensions Architectural

Practice 19b Adding Linear Dimensions Mechanical

Practice 19c Adding Radial and Angular Dimensions Architectural

Practice 19d Adding Radial and Angular Dimensions Mechanical

Practice 19e Editing Dimensions Architectural

Practice 19f Editing Dimensions Mechanical

Chapter 20: Projects: Annotating Your Drawing


About This Course

Course Code

Course Type


3 Days


Course Overview