Exercise: Coordinate Input and Drafting Tools

You have learned how to provide coordinate input in AutoCAD, and using AutoCAD drafting tools. Let us do a little exercise before continue to the next topic. We are going to use some AutoCAD drawing tools and drafting tools.

Using the Metric Template

We are using metric template for this AutoCAD tutorial. If you haven’t set the default template to metric, create a new file from AutoCAD menu: new>drawing. Do not click the new file button on quick access toolbar! The button will use the default template and AutoCAD will not ask you which template you want to use. Select acadiso.dwt as template then click open.

Using Drawing Tools

You can access AutoCAD drawing tools on AutoCAD ribbon, home tab, draw panel.

AutoCAD_Drawing_Tools

Activate rectangle.

To Input Coordinate

Click anywhere on your screen. The active field should be X field.

  • Type 50 to define 50 units to the right (the X positive). Press comma. This will lock the X value and move the active field to Y field.
  • Type 150 then press enter. This will define the second point Y value 150 units up (Y positive).

AutoCAD_dynamic_input

You just define a rectangle by defining X and Y value.

Using Object Snap Tracking

Activate rectangle again

Hint: You can press [enter] to reactivate last tool

Move your pointer above the right-bottom corner of the previous rectangle. Wait for a moment and move your pointer to the right. You will see dashed line and the dynamic input mentioning ‘extension: DISTANCE<ANGLE’. Move your pointer horizontally, sticky to the X axis. Type 700 then press [enter].

AutoCAD_Object_Snap_Tracking

Type 50,150 [enter] to define the next point.

You’ve just created another rectangle by defining the distance from another object.

Using Object Snap

Activate rectangle again. This time snap the first point to the top right corner. Click to define the first point.

AutoCAD_object_snap

Type 30,700 [enter] to define your rectangle.

Creating Arc

AutoCAD has many method to draw an arc, depends on what points do you have as references.

AutoCAD_arc_tools

This time click the 3-point method. Pay attention to what AutoCAD is asking you. Specify start point of arc or ↓

AutoCAD_tool_option

The down arrow is showing that there are options related to this tool. Press down arrow. There is one option for this tool: Center. Select it.

Available_AutoCAD_tool_option

Now AutoCAD is asking for center point. Click point 1 as the center point. Point 2 as start point, and point 3 as the end point. If you draw arc using start-end point, then AutoCAD will draw it counter-clock wise.

Arc_center-start-end_method

Hint: You can use command line to change option. Type the capital letter to choose available option then [enter]. If there are more than 1 character in capital letter, type all of the capital letters.

Specify next point or [Arc/Halfwidth/Length/Undo/Width]:

Nothing hard right? :) When you draw with AutoCAD drawing tools, you will only need to change options if necessary, then define the points. Look for some drawing samples and try to draw it. You may submit your inquiry here, probably I can help.

Next, we will learn to use modify tools.

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