autocad commandsAutoCAD is the engineer’s and architect’s best friend. It is a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program created by Autodesk, and first released way back in 1982, and is currently in its 18th generation (if you happen to have an older version, we have one course that will familiarize you with AutoCAD 2010 and another that will help you with the 2013 version). It started out using simple lines and circles, along with text overlays, to help design buildings, public spaces, and products, and has evolved to include advanced 3D tools which allow the user to more fully explore their creation, with high-quality, fast-moving rendering. We have many courses in AutoCAD: including this one, that teaches you the basics of drawing, and this course, which tells you all about modeling and rendering.

The most basic building blocks of AutoCAD are called “entities”, and they are created within the program with the purpose of being manipulated and changed to meet the needs of the user and to help them create the designs they see in their head. These entities are manipulated through the use of commands, which we will be discussing today. Some commands can be used at any time, others, only at specific junctures in the creation process. If you’re brand new to AutoCAD or need to brush up, this article discusses the basics of AutoCAD in four simple steps.

Commands for Setting the Drawing Environment

These commands may be used at any time, but are mainly called upon more during the beginning of the drawing process.

Commands for Drawing Entities

Once the drawing environment has been set, these commands are used to actually draw the entities.

Utility Commands

These are some basic and useful commands that may be used more than other more specific commands.

Drawing and Manipulation Commands

These commands alter your drawings, allowing you to enlarge and reduce views, maintain graphic accuracy, and manipulate space and viewports, among other things. These commands, taken in conjunction with this course on the editing essentials of AutoCAD, will make you an expert ASAP.

Moving Around the Drawing Area

Model Space, Paper Space, Viewports

Drawing Tools

Deletion Commands

Only two commands are in this group, used to delete objects and entities.

Transformation Commands

The following group of commands allows the user to select a group of objects that need to be transformed in one way or another.

Error Recovery Commands

These commands bring back errors made during the editing process.

Commands that Change Existing Entities

These commands allow different editing changes to be made to existing entities.

Enquiry Commands

This final group of AutoCAD commands are used to obtain information a drawing’s object’s position and nature.

A lot of information? Absolutely! But then again, AutoCAD is a lot of program, and these commands are essential in getting the most out of it. If you’d like to bolster your new found command of these AutoCAD commands, we have a course that will help you fill in the missing pieces of your AutoCAD education, and if you’re short on time, this AutoCAD crash course will get you operational in no time flat. The AutoCAD website also provides an overview of this expansive program which may help to answer any questions you may have after taking in all this information.

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