AutoCAD for Mechanical Course Content

The following list of topics is covered in the AutoCAD for Mechanical Course. The AutoCAD for Mechanical course will assume you have a solid background in basic drafting principles. You should be familiar with orthographic projection, section views, auxiliary views, and use and type of mechanical linetypes.

Unit 1 - The Basics of AutoCAD for Mechanical Users

Creating Project Folders
Creating Mechanical Specific Folder and File Names
Adding Files to Project Folders
Using Find to Locate Lost Files
Using Sequential File Saves
File Archives and Compression

Unit 2 - Creating Your First Drawing

Section 1: Setting up a Drawing
Mechanical Units
Setting the Limits for Mechanical Paper Sizes
Section 2: Using AutoCAD Drafting Tools
Adjusting the Grid and Snap for Mechanical Drawings
Section 3: Drawing Lines
Line Widths in Mechanical Drawings
Exercise: Creating a simple two view drawing.

Unit 3 - Viewing and Plotting a Drawing

Section 1:Creating Views
Using saved views when Creating Mechanical Drawings
Creating Multiple Views of Mechanical Drawings
Section 2: Introduction to Plotting
Plotting Drawings with Correct Line Widths

Unit 4 - Basic CAD Drawing Techniques

Section 1: Setting Display Format and Precision
Tutorial 4.1: Setting Units and Angular Measurement
Section 2: Working with Template Drawings
Tutorial 4.2: Creating a Metric Template Drawing
Section 3: Coordinate System Basics
Exercise: Using Polar Tracking with Mechanical Drawings

Unit 5 - Understanding Layers and Linetypes

Section 1: Working with Layers
Naming Layers
Principles of the ISO Layer Naming Format
Tutorial 5.1: Creating a template with ISO Layers
Tutorial 5.2: Changing Layer Color
Using Filters To Limit the Display of Layer Names
Tutorial 5.3: Filtering Layer Names
Section 2: Understanding Linetypes
Tutorial 5.4: Creating ANSI Linetypes
Tutorial 5.5: Loading and Setting ANSI Linetypes
Exercise: Creating a template drawing

Unit 6 - Creating Geometry Common to Mechanical Drawings

Section 1: Drawing Circles
Tutorial 6.1: Creating a Square Head Bolt
Section 2: Drawing Arcs
Tutorial 6.2: Creating Arcs with 3 Point and Start, End Radius
Section 3: Drawing Polygons
Tutorial 6.3: Specifying a Polygon by Edge
Exercise: Creating a Bracket Holder and Support Arm

Unit 7 - Annotating a Drawing with Text and Hatching

Section 1: Adding Text to a Drawing
Selecting the Correct Font
Defining a Text Style for Mechanical Drawings
Section 2: Filling Areas with Hatching
Hatch patterns for Mechanical drawings.
Exercise: Creating a metric BOM and Hatching

Unit 8 - Drawing Accurately

Section 1: Working with Entity Points and Object Snap
Using Various Object Snaps to Create Mechanical Symbols
Section 2: Using Object Snap Tracking
Setting Up Object Snap Tracking
Locating the Center Point
Exercise: Connecting Rod

Unit 9 - Creating Selection Sets

Section 1: Methods for Creating Selection Sets
The GROUP Command
Exercise: Creating a metric CAP

Unit 10 - Basic Editing Skills

Section 1: Offsetting, Rotating, Mirroring, Scaling, and Stretching objects.
Using Editing Commands to Create Mechanical Parts
Section 2: Editing Edges and Corners of Objects
The FILLET command
The CHAMFER command
Section 3: Producing ARRAYS of objects.
Using rectangular arrays to create a schematic representation of an external thread.
Using polar arrays to create equidistant holes on a cylinder.
Exercise: Modifying the Support Arm and Metric CAP

Unit 11 - Editing with Grips

Section 1: Working with Grips
Using GRIPS to aid in the creation of Mechanical drawings.
Exercise: Creating a metric Universal Microstop

Unit 12 - Advanced Drawing Techniques

Section 1: Working with Point and Divide to Create Threads
Setting the Point Style and Size
Using Divide to Create Threads
Section 2: Creating a Multiview Drawing with XLINE and RAY
Defining the Part Boundary with XLINE
Using RAY to Project Geometry to other Views
Exercise: Worm Gear and Metric Angle Hook

Unit 13 - Dimensioning a Drawing

Section 1: Dimensioning Basics
ASME Standards
Creating dimension styles
United States Customary (US)
International System of Units (SI)
Section 2: Linear and Radial Dimensions
Exercise: Worm Gear dimensioning and Metric Microstop dimensioning

Unit 14 - Modifying Object Characteristics and Extracting Information from Your Drawing

Section 1: Modifying Object Properties
Moving an Object to a Different Layer
Modifying the Size of a Circle
Modifying the Location of a Line
Section 2: Extracting Information from your Drawing
Exercise: Page 2 of the Microstop project.

Unit 15 - Using Symbols and Attributes

Section 1: Creating and Inserting a Block of the SI Symbol
Creating a Block of the SI Symbol
Inserting the SI Symbol into a drawing.
Section 2: Adding Information to a Nut Symbol with Attributes
Creating the Nut Symbol
Defining the Nut Attributes
Creating a Block of the Nut and Attributes
Inserting the Block of the Nut and Attributes
Exercise: Completing the three page Microstop project.