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AutoCAD?

Postby Rob » Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:30 pm

HELP! Of course. :(

I am a VERY novice user of AutoCAD LT at work. Essentially, someone sends me a completed 2D floor plan and I can add text and colored hatches to it. I have never tried to draw a plan from scratch. I started to try to draw a 3D floor plan of my teardrop, but can only figure out how to do it in 2D. I looked through the documentation here, but can't figure out how to convert the suggestions to AutoCAD. :NC For instance, Mike's tutorial talks about drawing a "block". In AutoCAD I think a block is for more like a macro of lines. Can anyone recommend a decent reference book for a novice? I don't need to spend a fortune on it, just do some basic drawings. :thinking:

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Re: AutoCAD?

Postby mikeschn » Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:49 pm

Rob,

I believe one of the low cost programs has an Autocad type syntax. Let me see if I can find it again. Then that tutorial would be applicable to you. I'll let you know if I have any luck finding it... hopefully tomorrow morning...

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Rob wrote:HELP! Of course. :(

I am a VERY novice user of AutoCAD LT at work. Can anyone recommend a decent reference book for a novice? I don't need to spend a fortune on it, just do some basic drawings. :thinking:

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Postby mikeschn » Tue Jan 31, 2006 5:45 pm

Rob,

I downloaded the trial of Autocad LT and started playing with it.

I found your problem. It doesn't really do 3D.

Here's as far as I got...

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Then I started looking for 3D stuff, and there wasn't anything...

So if you want to model your tear in 3D, I suggest a different package...

IronCAD is pretty quick and easy to learn.... and if you install it on a backup computer... ;)

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Postby Rob » Tue Jan 31, 2006 7:05 pm

Mike--

Thanks for looking into that for me. I'll have to install it on my home (dial-up) computer since I'm not "allowed" to install anything on my work computer. They're afraid someone may hack into the campus computers and do something bad. :twisted: Maybe I'll leave work early so I can play with IronCAD.

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AutoCAD LT

Postby Mitheral » Wed Feb 22, 2006 4:14 pm

Mike has it right the LT in AutoCAD LT means no 3D and no LISP.

If you want to learn more about AutoCAD Leech's book AUTOCAD 2006 Companion in our classes. It is quite good.
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Postby Ken A Hood » Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:16 pm

I have AutoCad 2005, and still can't figure the 3-D out. There's also an extrude feature, that will allow you to extrude common shapes (in wire mesh, or solid)
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Re: AutoCAD LT

Postby Denny Unfried » Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:09 pm

Mitheral wrote:Mike has it right the LT in AutoCAD LT means no 3D and no LISP.

If you want to learn more about AutoCAD Leech's book AUTOCAD 2006 Companion in our classes. It is quite good.


I use Autocad 2004 and found the AUTOCAD 2004 Companion book on eBay (used). No one else bid so I won it for one dollar plus shipping. Excellent book and that's my kind of price.

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Postby iamcarriesue » Mon Apr 17, 2006 11:02 pm

You'd be suprised what you can do with that extrude command along with a bit of slicing and rendering...

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Postby mikeschn » Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:22 am

Very kewl Karen,

I notice your teardrop is not in that rendering... Do you have another version of that with your teardrop in it? 8) ;)

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Postby iamcarriesue » Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:59 pm

Mike, since the plan is still in "Research and Development" stages, this was the only shot I could get for you... ;)

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Postby angib » Wed Apr 19, 2006 5:51 am

iamcarriesue wrote:Mike, since the plan is still in "Research and Development" stages, this was the only shot I could get for you... ;)

Yeah, but what is it? Some sort of vehicle wash and lube building, maybe? It's certainly not a building type we have over here, so can I please be put out of my misery?........

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Postby iamcarriesue » Wed Apr 19, 2006 8:42 am

Yes Andrew, it IS a carwash. :applause:
As you can see on the actual photo, this one has a an oversized RV Wash bay as well. I guess our vehicles get pretty dirty cruisin in the desert. :lol:

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Postby iamcarriesue » Wed Apr 19, 2006 8:46 am

Sorry, once again, this shot was taken just too far to the right to see the road I was leaving on...

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Postby Hillbilly » Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:42 am

Older versions of LT do not support 3D Solids, but will support "Wireframe". The difference is that a person can't check for interferences with a wireframe, also rendering does not work with LT.
On another subject, extrude is the command for making a "Closed Polyline" in to a "Solid".

Various books on LT and AutoCad can be purchased but try to get one for the version that you have access to.

I do own my copy and use it everyday, be glad to help with anything.
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Postby Rob » Wed Aug 02, 2006 6:43 pm

Hillbilly--

Thanks for the tips. I recently bought Mastering AutoCAD 2005 and AutoCAD LT 2005 by George Omura. I wish I had time to sit down and read it, but work has been a bit hectic the past few weeks and looks like it's going to get worse. :x When things slow down I'll get back to those drawings.
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