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Getting Started with DraftSight

Book Description

Learning how to use the free DraftSight CAD program for 2D computer-aided design has never been easier thanks to this Beginner’s Guide. Covers everything from installation to executing and printing a real-world mechanical design project.

  • Create precise mechanical drawings with DraftSight
  • Download and install this free software in Windows, Mac, and Linux
  • Learn how to dimension and prepare sheets for printing with fully illustrated exercises

In Detail

Computer-aided design (CAD) uses computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, and analysis of a design. DraftSight is a 2D computer-aided design (CAD) software application. DraftSight includes all the main tools to draft with precision, and it works with DWG files, the most popular CAD file type. It runs on a wide variety of operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Getting Started with DraftSight addresses all the main phases for executing and printing a mechanical project. These concepts and commands can easily be applied to other areas. Beginning with the very basic concepts, and going through all the necessary drawing steps, you will finish by printing a full scale mechanical drawing. The illustrative examples will help you understand the design process and teach you how to utilize DraftSight features in your mechanical design projects.

You will start with an overview of the mechanical design process, which will help you understand the different commands, tools, and tasks involved in DraftSight projects. You will then proceed to executing all the phases of the design process. This includes setting up a drawing, drawing and editing with precision, organizing with layers, and finally obtaining valid information from the drawing. Furthermore, you will also learn to apply fills, patterns, and dimensions, and the process of defining and printing sheets.

With "GettingStarted with DraftSight" you will learn how to specify and document parts and print drawings with the help of DraftSight. Towards the end of this book you will be introduced to some advanced concepts like additional layer commands, and methods to reference other drawings or images, which can be very useful when dealing with complex projects.

Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started with DraftSight
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Getting Started with DraftSight
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Downloading the example code and graphics
        2. Errata
        3. Piracy
        4. Questions
    8. 1. Introduction to DraftSight
      1. Downloading and starting DraftSight
      2. Understanding the user interface
      3. Configuring DraftSight
      4. Starting and setting up a drawing
        1. Starting a drawing
        2. Setting up a drawing
      5. Opening, saving, and closing drawings
      6. Summary
    9. 2. Drawing with Precision
      1. Defining coordinates
        1. Absolute coordinates
        2. Relative Cartesian coordinates
        3. Relative polar coordinates
      2. Drawing lines and deleting
        1. Drawing lines
        2. Selecting and deleting
      3. Graphical auxiliary tools
        1. Ortho and Polar
        2. Entity snaps
        3. Entity snap tracking
        4. Snap and Grid
      4. Visualization tools
      5. Exercise 2.1
      6. Summary
    10. 3. Starting to Create Projects
      1. Drawing circles and arcs
      2. Drawing rectangles and polygons
      3. Selecting entities
      4. Moving, copying, and reflecting
      5. Rotating and scaling
      6. Offsetting and stretching
      7. Trimming and extending
      8. Filleting and chamfering
      9. Exercise 3.1
      10. Summary
    11. 4. Structuring Projects and Following Standards
      1. Creating and managing layers
        1. The layer list
        2. The LAYER command
        3. Filtering layers
      2. Applying colors, linestyles, and lineweights
        1. Applying colors
        2. Applying linestyles
        3. Applying lineweights
      3. Exercise 4.1
      4. Summary
    12. 5. Inquiring Projects and Modifying Properties
      1. Measuring distances and angles
      2. Measuring areas
      3. Obtaining coordinates
      4. Verifying and modifying properties
      5. Exercise 5.1
      6. Summary
    13. 6. Creating Complex Projects
      1. Creating text styles and applying text
      2. Creating polylines
      3. Creating multiple equally spaced copies
      4. Creating other entities
      5. Creating tables and table styles
      6. Joining, lengthening, and breaking the entities
      7. Exercise 6.1
      8. Summary
    14. 7. Creating and Applying Components
      1. Creating components (blocks)
      2. Inserting components
      3. Exporting components
      4. Editing components
      5. Applying attributes
      6. Cleaning the drawing
      7. Exercise 7.1
      8. Summary
    15. 8. Applying Fills and Patterns
      1. Applying patterns
        1. The Predefined and Custom types
        2. User-defined type
        3. Pattern origin
        4. Boundary definition
        5. Other options
      2. Applying gradients
      3. Editing fills and patterns
      4. Exercise 8.1
      5. Summary
    16. 9. Documenting Projects
      1. Creating linear dimensions
      2. Creating angular dimensions
      3. Dimensioning arcs and circles
      4. Ordinate dimensions and leaders
      5. Editing dimensions
      6. Creating and managing dimension styles
      7. Exercise 9.1
      8. Summary
    17. 10. Printing Efficiently
      1. Creating and managing sheets for printing
      2. Configuring sheets
      3. Creating and managing print styles
      4. Creating viewports
      5. Adjusting viewport visualization, scale, and layers
      6. Previewing and printing
      7. Exercise 10.1
      8. Summary
    18. 11. Advanced Tools
      1. Referencing external drawings and images
        1. Managing and linking external drawings and images
        2. Clipping external drawings and images
      2. Advanced layer commands
      3. Exercise 11.1
      4. Summary
    19. Index