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Getting started in AutoCad
« on: September 19, 2012, 12:12:29 AM »
Do any of you guys know a good resource for learning the basics of AutoCad? I get free access to it with my student status :)  and am just looking to mock up some basic designs for use in 3d printing and what not.
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Re: Getting started in AutoCad
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2012, 06:56:14 AM »
I don't have any specific advice for learning AutoCad - however, I would suggest learning the principles of designing for 3D printing if that is your goal. Here are a few links that talk to these principles.


http://www.shapeways.com/tutorials/things-to-keep-in-mind


http://wiki.ultimaker.com/Using_SketchUp_for_3D_printing


http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how-to/tips/how-to-get-started-3d-modeling-and-printing

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Re: Getting started in AutoCad
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2012, 10:28:02 AM »
Cool. Will read.
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Re: Getting started in AutoCad
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2012, 08:42:52 PM »
I have been using and teaching Autocad since version 1.5 which came on 10 5-1/4" floppys.  Have you ever heard of them?  My primary learning tool was the manual that came with it.  I have a couple of those old manuals still.  Now the manual is built into the software.  If you have some specific questions I can likely point you in the right direction.
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Re: Getting started in AutoCad
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2012, 11:59:06 PM »
I've really enjoyed lynda.com. A month is only about $25, and they're extremely comprehensive video tutorials. I learned illustrator in a few nights, and have really been enjoying the base knowledge I got from it. They have all sorts of tutorials, autocad being one of them.