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In this installment of AutoCAD Essentials, author Jeff Bartels shows how to transition designs from concept to construction. Discover how to create hard copies of your drawings that are printed to a measurable scale, tie annotations to a plot scale, so text, dimensions, and callouts are properly sized, and share drawings between different CAD programs. Jeff also takes a close look at the DWF format, which enables clients to mark up drawings without CAD software. The final chapter includes a drawing challenge, where designers have an opportunity to use what they've learned to complete a small project.
Hi! I'm Jeff Bartels. Welcome to AutoCAD Essentials 6. In this title we'll explore how AutoCAD helps us transition our designs from concept to construction. We'll start by looking at plotting. Whether you're creating a quick worksheet or a formal exhibit, I'll show you how you can easily create hard copies of your drawings that are printed to a measurable scale. Next, we'll learn how to tie our annotations to the plot scale. In the event the drawing is printed to a scale other than 1:1, AutoCAD's annotative property will ensure that text, dimensions, and callouts are properly sized on the printed sheet.
We'll also explore how to share our drawings with others, even if they're not using the same CAD program as we are. Along the way, we'll look at the DWF file format. Using DWFs your clients can view and mark up your drawings without needing any CAD package at all. Finally, I'll give you an opportunity to take the skills you've learned in this title and apply them to a small project. So whenever you're ready, follow me and we'll get started.
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