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Join Jeff Bartels as he covers the most important features of this industry-standard drafting and design application in AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training. This course begins with a tour of AutoCAD's interface and the tools used to create basic shapes. It then focuses on the methods used to modify and refine geometry while emphasizing accuracy and good habits to build a solid design foundation. The course covers using layers, line types, and colors to organize a drawing file and explains how to efficiently annotate a design and prepare it for final output. Throughout the title, Jeff shares industry techniques used in production and reinforces concepts using practical examples. Exercise files are included with the course.
Creating dimensions one at a time is okay, but what if we want to create a string of dimensions? In this lesson, we're going to learn how to use the Continuous and Baseline Dimensioning Tools. On my screen, I've got a mechanical part and I'd like to add some dimensions to this drawing. Now, I've already created a layer for these and I'd like to start out by creating a Linear Dimension from the end point here to the end point here. And I'll pull this out and I'll place it right there. Now, this is a nice overall dimension, but what if I'd like to create a dimension string to label the location of all of these other points? Well I could do that manually, but instead, I'm going to use a Dimensioning Tool that will do most of the work for me.
And I'm afraid, the tool we're looking for is not in this menu, this is actually a limited set of Dimensioning Tools. Instead, I'm going to click on the Annotate Tab, where I can get access to all of the tools associated with Dimensioning. The one that I'm looking for is right here. This guy will let us create a Continuous dimension string. Here's the trick. I've to create the first dimension manually, so I'm going to create a Linear dimension. Notice, we have the same fly-out here as we have on the Home Tab. And I'll create my dimension from the end point here to the end point here, and I'll pull this out and place it.
Now, I'll move up and click the Continuous icon, and notice that AutoCAD picks up right where I left off allowing me to dimension all of these other points and it places the dimensions automatically. When I'm finished, I'll press the Escape key. Now this is nice, but what if I'd like to create a series of dimensions to a common Baseline? Well, I can do that also. Once again, I'll start by creating a dimension. I'll click Linear and I'll create my dimension from the end point here to the end point here, and I'll pull this one down this time.
Next, I'll come back to the same place and I'll click this fly-out and I'll select Baseline. And as you can see, AutoCAD pick up where I left off and I can dimension all of these other locations, except this time, all of the measurements are going back to the original baseline location. So in the event, we need a series of dimensions. It's nice to know that we don't have to create them one by one, whether they be a continuous string or Baseline Dimensions, AutoCAD has a tool to create them automatically.
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