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AutoCAD 2009: 2D Drafting Techniques

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Welcome

Professional drafter Jeff Bartels takes an in-depth look at features used to communicate design.
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  1. 2m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 19m 58s
    1. Synchronizing settings
      5m 21s
    2. Understanding rollover tool tips
      2m 7s
    3. Making changes using Quick Properties
      2m 51s
    4. Finding answers with InfoCenter
      2m 36s
    5. Using Noun/Verb methodology
      3m 23s
    6. Using the Object Snap menu
      3m 40s
  3. 50m 2s
    1. Constructing circles using points and tangents
      7m 50s
    2. Creating arcs
      7m 14s
    3. Generating polylines
      6m 0s
    4. Creating boundaries
      2m 59s
    5. Exploring Hatch settings
      6m 33s
    6. Producing gradient fill hatches
      6m 27s
    7. Using points as markers
      4m 41s
    8. Drafting with construction lines and rays
      8m 18s
  4. 56m 21s
    1. Using the Edge function of Trim and Extend
      4m 39s
    2. Revising line work using Lengthen
      5m 18s
    3. Using the Trim function of Fillet and Chamfer
      4m 51s
    4. Offsetting through points
      6m 20s
    5. Removing geometry with the Break command
      4m 12s
    6. Modifying existing hatches
      5m 44s
    7. Aligning geometry
      5m 25s
    8. Adding and removing vertices from polylines
      5m 52s
    9. Dividing and measuring line work
      5m 20s
    10. Matching properties
      3m 46s
    11. Using the Clipboard functions
      4m 54s
  5. 17m 50s
    1. Using Apparent Intersection, Nearest, Node, and None
      5m 7s
    2. Finding parallels and extensions
      5m 28s
    3. Locating the midpoint between two points
      3m 40s
    4. Understanding the object "snap from"
      3m 35s
  6. 25m 32s
    1. Calculating areas
      5m 57s
    2. Organizing geometry using groups
      5m 44s
    3. Controlling visibility with Draw Order
      6m 18s
    4. Finding precise locations with the Geometric Calculator
      7m 33s
  7. 24m 59s
    1. Using the Crossing Polygon
      2m 35s
    2. Using the Fence
      3m 44s
    3. Adding and removing from selections
      5m 6s
    4. Selecting the last entity created
      4m 9s
    5. Cycling to select from stacked entities
      4m 6s
    6. Making selections based on criteria
      5m 19s
  8. 18m 59s
    1. Making an object's layer current
      1m 40s
    2. Freezing layers
      3m 47s
    3. Locking layers
      3m 19s
    4. Isolating layers
      2m 9s
    5. Preventing layers from plotting
      2m 53s
    6. Filtering layers
      5m 11s
  9. 15s
    1. Goodbye

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AutoCAD 2009: 2D Drafting Techniques
Video Duration: 0s 3h 36m Intermediate


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With a host of new capabilities, AutoCAD 2009 remains the industry standard for 2D drafting. Jeff Bartels draws on his experience as a professional drafter and takes an in–depth look at the AutoCAD features used to communicate design. AutoCAD 2009: 2D Drafting Techniques is intended to be an “industry neutral” course, so the lessons can be applied to any discipline. Starting with synchronizing the AutoCAD workspace and settings, Jeff explores the creation and modification tools, focusing on several sub–options for each command. He discusses utilities such as Draw Order, Groups, and the Geometric Calculator, and demonstrates tools for making powerful selections and managing layers. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating boundaries and calculating areas
  • Producing gradient fill hatch
  • Matching properties
  • Dividing and measuring line work
  • Finding parallels and extensions
  • Making selections based on criteria
  • Filtering layers
  • Applying new skills using practical examples


AutoCAD is the world's leading CAD application for 2-D. Learning the latest functions and features of AutoCAD can keep you in the lead, no matter what industry you work in. My name is Jeff Bartels and I'll be your instructor as we dig deeper into the tools and features inside the AutoCAD application, with AutoCAD 2009 2-D Drafting Techniques. AutoCAD has been my passion for more than a decade. By day, I'm the CAD manager for a civil engineering firm where I use AutoCAD to produce large-scale plan sets and construction drawings. By night, I teach AutoCAD courses and work with students just like you. I know the skills that students need to work in a production environment and I know the concepts that students typically struggle with in the classroom. I designed this title on techniques that have been proven successful in my 10 years of teaching AutoCAD.

Each concept that we explore is taught using simple line work and then we apply what we have learned using a practical example. We'll start out by synchronizing our AutoCAD workspace and settings. Then we'll take a closer look at the creation and modification tools available in AutoCAD, focusing on the many sub-options of each command. We will explore additional object snap choices like Parallel, Extension and From and we'll learn more powerful ways to make selections. We'll spend some time on layer management and learn how to isolate, lock and filter our layers.

Finally we'll explore concepts like draw order, loops and geometric calculator, all of which are used frequently in production drafting. The nice thing about this title is that it's industry neutral, meaning you can take what you have learned and apply it to any discipline. Architecture, civil engineering, mechanical design, the sky is the limit. You see AutoCAD is a tool that used in many fields to design and construct many different things. As instructor, it's my job to teach you how to use this tool and get you ready to work in a production environment. So, if you are ready to take you CAD skills to the next level, follow me and we'll get started.

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