We launched a new IT training category! Check out the 140+ courses now.

Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Drafting with architectural units

From: AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training

Video: Drafting with architectural units

If you decide you would like to draft using architectural units, it's important to note that AutoCAD is a little bit picky about how you enter your values. So in this session, we are going to look at how to give AutoCAD what it needs, when we want to architectural measurements. I'm going to open up a drawing of a floor plan. I'm going to come up and click my Open icon and inside the Chapter 4 folder of our exercise files, we're going to open up the number 2 drawing, Architectural units. So, let me highlight that guy and we'll click Open to bring him up on screen. This drawing is set up using architectural units and I can verify that by going to my Format pulldown, coming down to Units, and we can take a look. Yes, this drawing is set up for architectural and every unit equals one inch.

Drafting with architectural units

If you decide you would like to draft using architectural units, it's important to note that AutoCAD is a little bit picky about how you enter your values. So in this session, we are going to look at how to give AutoCAD what it needs, when we want to architectural measurements. I'm going to open up a drawing of a floor plan. I'm going to come up and click my Open icon and inside the Chapter 4 folder of our exercise files, we're going to open up the number 2 drawing, Architectural units. So, let me highlight that guy and we'll click Open to bring him up on screen. This drawing is set up using architectural units and I can verify that by going to my Format pulldown, coming down to Units, and we can take a look. Yes, this drawing is set up for architectural and every unit equals one inch.

All architectural drawings will be set such that one unit equals one inch. If you even dare to try and set this to something else, say feet and click OK, the computer will say, "Hey man, that should be set to inches." Let me click Cancel, let's set that back to inches. Let me click OK. So we've just proven this is an architectural drawing. Now, I've finished my floor plan and I'm in the process of drawing my furniture. Let's zoom in on the Bedroom 3 area. In this room, I have got a typical queen-size bed, as well as a nightstand and a lamp.

We're going to recreate this geometry over to the right and we're going to draft the geometry using architectural measurements. Now, what we will be doing is nothing new other than we will be entering architectural dimensions. So, I am going to come up and launch my Line command, AutoCAD is asking me to specify first point. I am just going to pick a point over here close to the wall. I am not worried about drafting this geometry a particular distance away from the wall. I'm just going to pick a point for right now. We are worried more about function right now rather than form. So I have started my first point. My Ortho happens to be locked.

So I am going to pull to the left and my queen-size bed has a width of 5 feet. So I am going to type in 5 and then I am going to hit my apostrophe key, that's the key right next to your Enter key on your keyboard. That apostrophe tells AutoCAD that we are using feet, so let me hit Enter. I just created a line segment 5 feet long. Now, I am going to pull up and I can see the length of my queen-size bed is 6 feet, 8 inches, so I am going to type in 6'8 and then I am going to use the quote, which happens to be the same key as the apostrophe, we just hold our Shift key to get the quotes. AutoCAD recognizes the quotes as inches.

So now that I have typed that in, I'm going to hit Enter. I just created a line segment 6 feet 8 inches long. Very important not to forget your little apostrophe or your quotes. Let's simulate an error. I am going to pull to the right, I am going to type in 5 and I am just going to hit Enter. I am going to forget to put in the apostrophe. Let me hit Enter. Notice that obviously isn't the right length. Since, I didn't designate specifically feet or inches, AutoCAD assumed inches. So, I am going to right-click and select Undo to back up and let's finish this bed. Let me pull to the right and type 5 feet, Enter, and I am just going to close this guy off. Let me right-click and select Close and our bed's finished.

Let's try the nightstand. I am going to zoom in just a little bit. We will launch our Line command and I am going to start right about here. And I am going to do this guy counterclockwise. So, I am going pull up. This guy has a length of 2 feet 3 inches. 2 feet 3 inches. Enter. Now as I pull to the left, notice I have a dimension that is fractional inches. This is where AutoCAD is picky. Sometimes this can seem a little confusing for a beginner because notice how AutoCAD is listing it, 2 feet, dash, 2 3/4 inches. Unfortunately, AutoCAD lists it differently, then it wants it entered. Let me show you how to enter it.

I'm going to pull to the left and I am going to type 2 feet 2, dash, 3/4 inches. You have to put the dash between the whole inches and the fractional inches in order for it to work correctly. Let me hit Enter. I just created a line 2 feet, 2 and 3/4 inches. Let me pull down. We will finish this guy up. 2 feet 3 inches, Enter, and I am going tough this one out. We're going to do this one again, 2 feet, 2, dash. Once again put the dash between the whole inches and the fractions otherwise it comes up 23/4, which is obviously incorrect.

So, 2-3/4 inches. Enter. Alright, my nightstand is done. I am going to hit my Escape key to get out of the command. And I have got one more piece of furniture. Let's take and throw on the lamp right in the middle of the nightstand, or approximately in the middle, that's a circle. So I am going to watch my Circle command, we'll click right about in the middle- we will learn later on how we can find the middle. We'll free pick a point and then I pull out this guy has a diameter. I can tell from the dimension, so I am going to right-click and select Diameter.

This guy has a diameter of 11 inches. Enter. As you can see entering architectural measurements involve a little bit of extra work on our part, but it's still quite simple, so long as we remember how AutoCAD wants us to enter the values.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training
AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training

87 video lessons · 9615 viewers

Jeff Bartels
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 3m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Introduction to AutoCAD
      1m 28s
    3. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 23m 3s
    1. Modelspace
      2m 19s
    2. Toolbars
      3m 22s
    3. Pulldowns
      3m 36s
    4. AutoCAD's command line
      1m 44s
    5. Dockable palettes
      3m 21s
    6. The Status bar
      2m 58s
    7. Saving your workspace
      2m 10s
    8. Essential settings
      3m 33s
  3. 19m 1s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 0s
    2. Mouse functions
      2m 1s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regen
      5m 10s
    4. The multiple-document environment
      3m 23s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 32s
    6. Using templates
      2m 55s
  4. 16m 32s
    1. The Line command
      3m 16s
    2. ORTHO and POLAR modes
      5m 44s
    3. The Circle command
      3m 26s
    4. The Heads-Up display
      4m 6s
  5. 15m 48s
    1. Defining units of measure
      6m 12s
    2. Drafting with architectural units
      5m 0s
    3. Drafting with metric units
      4m 36s
  6. 20m 49s
    1. Cartesian coordinates
      5m 48s
    2. Object snaps
      10m 27s
    3. Automating object snaps
      4m 34s
  7. 23m 26s
    1. Rectangle
      4m 20s
    2. Ellipse
      5m 58s
    3. Hatch
      8m 33s
    4. Polygon
      4m 35s
  8. 23m 19s
    1. Move and Copy
      6m 43s
    2. Rotate
      5m 4s
    3. Offset
      6m 1s
    4. Erase
      2m 5s
    5. Undo and Redo
      3m 26s
  9. 12m 34s
    1. Windows and crossing windows
      4m 48s
    2. Removing from selections
      3m 42s
    3. Using key-ins
      4m 4s
  10. 1h 4m
    1. Trim and Extend
      6m 53s
    2. Fillet
      5m 1s
    3. Chamfer
      6m 35s
    4. Array
      8m 1s
    5. Mirror
      6m 52s
    6. Stretch
      5m 49s
    7. Scale
      5m 17s
    8. Grips
      7m 37s
    9. Explode
      4m 16s
    10. Polyline edit
      7m 46s
  11. 26m 0s
    1. Layers
      3m 30s
    2. The Layer Properties Manager
      9m 6s
    3. Layer control
      4m 29s
    4. The ByLayer property
      5m 26s
    5. The Layer Previous command
      3m 29s
  12. 43m 5s
    1. Single-line text
      3m 46s
    2. Text justification
      7m 2s
    3. Text styles
      7m 30s
    4. Multi-line text
      6m 28s
    5. Editing
      3m 24s
    6. Bulleted and numbered lists
      4m 5s
    7. Symbols
      6m 17s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 33s
  13. 28m 58s
    1. Creating dimensions
      8m 35s
    2. Dimension styles
      6m 40s
    3. Callouts
      6m 40s
    4. Tweaking dimensions
      7m 3s
  14. 14m 48s
    1. The Distance command
      4m 15s
    2. The Property Changer
      6m 30s
    3. The Quick Calculator
      4m 3s
  15. 25m 8s
    1. Creating and inserting blocks
      10m 15s
    2. Using blocks
      5m 46s
    3. Modifying blocks
      4m 9s
    4. Building your library
      4m 58s
  16. 48m 29s
    1. Quick plots
      6m 40s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 35s
    3. Layouts pt. 1: Choosing paper
      3m 21s
    4. Layouts pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      3m 11s
    5. Layouts pt. 3: Cutting a viewport
      6m 17s
    6. Layouts pt. 4: Reusing layouts
      4m 14s
    7. Scale factors
      3m 58s
    8. Sizing modelspace text
      7m 15s
    9. Sizing modelspace dimensions
      4m 47s
    10. Sizing linetypes
      3m 11s
  17. 9m 57s
    1. Drawing compatibility
      3m 4s
    2. E-transmitting
      3m 10s
    3. Saving to the Design Web format
      3m 43s
  18. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.