Chapter 2 Creating Your First Drawing

This chapter examines some of the basic functions of the AutoCAD® software. You’ll get a chance to practice with the drawing editor by building a simple drawing to use in later exercises. You’ll learn how to give input to AutoCAD, interpret prompts and get help when you need it. This chapter also covers the use of coordinate systems to give AutoCAD exact measurements for objects. You’ll see how to select objects that you’ve drawn and how to specify base points for moving and copying.

If you’re not a beginning AutoCAD user, you may want to move on to the more complex material in Chapter 3, “Setting Up and Using the Drafting Tools.” You can use the files supplied at the book’s web page ( ...

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