AutoCAD: Beginner to Professional Free Online Training

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Learn to master computer-aided design software like a professional with this free online AutoCAD course.

AutoCAD is an important software tool for anyone working in engineering, architecture, and many manufacturing settings. This course will teach the beginner, as well as anyone seeking a refresher course, how to use computer-aided design proficiently. It covers drawing, taking measurements, producing templates, and everything required to generate a professional-looking design. Why wait? Enhance your career prospects with this easy-to-follow course!

This free online course is aimed at learners with absolutely no prior experience in the popular design software AutoCAD. This software, which originated in California, is now used in a range of industries, from construction to manufacturing, and by everyone from scientists to surveyors. The training offered here will also be helpful to anyone who may have learned the software in the past but would like to be reminded how to use it. The course teaches the learner to use AutoCAD with keyboard shortcuts, rather than screen shortcuts - just like the professionals. It is divided into 60+ short videos which deliver the information in bite-sized, easy-to-follow steps. Questions are interspersed throughout the course to assist with the learning. The final video is a practice one, to reinforce all the processes that have already been covered.

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The course begins by guiding the learner through setting up the AutoCAD software and becoming familiar with the basic user interface. Thereafter, all the commands are categorized into sections, starting with helping keys, which consist of function keys and control keys, followed by AutoCAD setting commands, which are used to make changes only once AutoCAD is installed on a computer. These are followed by project setting commands, which are required right at the start of a new project. As the course progresses, it describes all the tools included in the drawing commands in detail. These are the fundamentals of any drafting project and you will learn how to draw, move and measure lines and draw everything from an arc and a rectangle to a polygon. After that, the course teaches modifying commands that can be used to alter existing objects, such as curving an edge. Next, come editing commands, another important element of the drafting part of a project, and you will learn how to format, move, alter and edit text. Block and layer commands are next and are vital if you want to work with any approved consultant. The course then moves on to helping commands which will instruct the learner in methods for working in a faster and more effective way. The concluding topic is the print command, where you will learn how to convert DWG files into PDFs like an expert.

With the expertise acquired in this course, you'll have a highly sought-after skill that will help you get employment as an AutoCAD drafter. AutoCAD is an industry-standard and widely used application when it comes to CAD software, and is useful for anyone with ambitions to become a professional designer, architect or engineer. Begin this course today, choose your own pace of learning, use the examples from these short, practical, and informative videos, and soon you will be using AutoCAD like a professional!

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