- We've been drawing our objects in space, and even with tools like Coordinate Entry there are a handful of additional features that make it even easier to draft. We can see by default, there's a grid in the background of our drawing space. Right now, it's only a visual guide to help us orient ourselves and our objects. There is a partner tool not turned on by default that will let us snap to the inner section of these grid lines, or any spacing that we specify. This is controlled in the drafting settings under Tools, Drafting Settings, under Snap & Grid.
Here we have the grid spacing set at .5x.5. Again, this is only visual. However, Snaps basing here is what will allow us to snap to those grid intersections. I've already turned mine on, so make sure yours is checked and press Okay. Notice that until we enter a command, the Snap settings don't seem to do much. But as soon as I click on the line command, we can see that now I'm locked in and can only select those inner sections.
This makes it rather easy to draw some basic shapes, but it can also be slightly misleading. If I'm zoomed out, it's hard to tell that I actually am locked in to that grid spacing until I get a little bit closer. We'll return to the Drafting Settings, and note that I can set this spacing to be any value that I like. Bigger or smaller than the visual grid settings. Another option for quickly turning on and off the Grid or Snap tool, is using the toggle buttons found here in the status bar.
Lastly, I can also turn the Grid & Snap tool on or off using the function keys found at the top of your keyboard. Depending on your keyboard settings, you can use F7 for Grid and F3 for Snap. If these do not seem to work, try holding the function or FN key. This is a temporary override of the function keys from their Mac OS X special functions. If you're gonna be using AutoCAD often, and would prefer not to use the FN key to use these function keys, you can go to System Preferences, under Keyboard, and check this option here.
When this is selected, you'll have to hold the FN key to use the special features printed on each key like screen brightness and volume. Snap & Grid are great tools to help you draft more accurately and faster.
- Accessing palettes
- Changing preferences
- Opening and saving files
- Working with views
- Creating basic geometry: lines, ellipses, splines, and more
- Selecting, moving, copying, and scaling geometry
- Working with layers
- Using gradients
- Creating blocks and dynamic blocks
- Working with references
- Creating layouts
- Annotating drawings
- Plotting and sharing
- Starting in 3D
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Interface
2. File Management
4. Basic Geometry
5. Geometry Tools
6. Modifying Geometry
8. Advanced Objects
11. Plotting and Sharing
12. 3D Basics
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