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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.
Finding the distance between two points doesn't always require us to create a dimension, some times just knowing the measurement is all we want. In times like these we can use AutoCAD's Distance tool. On my screen I have a site plan for a proposed restaurant. Let me mention that, this is a civil engineering drawing, so it was created such that each unit equals one foot. Let's verify some of the measurements in this drawing. First of all I would like to measure the width of this parking stall, to do that I am going to use the Distance tool.
Distance is located in the Utilities Panel, if I click this fly-out, we can find Distance at the top of the menu. Also notice that Distance is the default option, so if I wanted to, I could launch the command by clicking this large icon. Now to find a distance all I have to do is click two points, and AutoCAD will tell me how far apart they are. I am going to select the endpoint here and the endpoint here, and I could see those points are 9 units apart, so the stall must be 9 feet wide.
If I would like to take another measurement. I can press the Enter key to repeat the command. Let's find the depth of the stall this time, I'll measure the distance from the end point here to the intersection right here, and I could see that stall is 18 feet deep. Make sure and use Object Snaps when you are taking measurements, it's the only way to guarantee your measurements are accurate. Let's find one more distance, I'll press Enter to repeat the command, and I would like to find the width of this drive through lane.
So I'll measure a distance from a point, nearest to this line to a point perpendicular, to the other side, and I could see the drive through lane measures 12 feet wide. When I am finished taking measurements, I can select Exit from the menu or I can click the Escape key. Now taking individual measurements is nice, but what if I like to find the cumulative total of several measurements. As an example may be I would like to measure the parameter of my proposed building.
I'll move up and launch the Distance tool, and then I will zoom in and select this lower outside corner, and take a look at my command line, notice I have an option called Multiple points. I'll right-click and select Multiple and then I'll select the endpoint here, endpoint here, I will select the endpoint here. Each time I select a point, AutoCAD is adding that distance to the previous measurement. I'll select the endpoint here, I'll select this endpoint, and when I am finished, I'll right-click and select Close to close my shape.
And I can see the total distance right here, 235.69 feet. So if you'd like to verify some of the measurements in your drawing, whether it be one at a time or a cumulative total, you can use AutoCAD's Distance tool and avoid the hassle of creating unnecessary dimensions.
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