Blog Published: 08/06/2020

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Online Tutorials vs training with an instructor – AutoCAD Training

Learning a new skill requires knowledge and practice and AutoCAD is no different.

Attending an AutoCAD course can be a great way to combine these two ingredients and give you a head start in a quick and effective way.

When you are new to AutoCAD, learning how to use it can seem like a daunting task. And it can certainly be without any guidance. You may start by looking at some tutorials but that will soon lead to some unanswered questions, that would force you to look for some more tutorials in a never-ending process. You may learn a thing or two, but it is unlikely that you understand how to leverage the potential of the software and work efficiently using this learning technique. An AutoCAD course will give you the structured approach that is needed and the opportunity to get answers to your questions instantly.

Let us use the example of someone that has never used AutoCAD before and would like to get a solid foundation by taking our AutoCAD Essentials course. A similar logic can be applied for a proficient user trying to get to the next level with an Advanced course.

To get you started, you want to familiarise yourself with the interface. Understanding what the different menus are and the different ways to access the commands will help you not only accessing the tools that you already know but also give you an idea on where to look for additional functionality that may be of use to you in the future.

We will then introduce how you can use coordinates, distances, and angles to generate simple geometry. It is vital to understand and master all these basic tools as there will be one of them that is better than the others on each situation. You would then be required to dominate all the drawing aids to refer to existing geometry, eliminating the need for construction lines.

Now that you know how to draw some basic geometry, it is time to start making changes and move, copy, rotate, scale, or mirror your objects. Further down the line, you will also have access to some more advanced editing tools, like trimming, stretching, creating fillets, offsetting, or creating arrays of objects.

Recognising the importance of using layers to organise and control your objects will follow and the use of blocks will allow you to group and reuse your entities. To finalise your model, we will cover hatching, annotations, and dimensions. From there, the use of layouts for printing will help you produce your final drawings.

Trying to learn all these skills on your own will likely lead to some inefficient practices and bad habits that can be hard to break. Conversely, an AutoCAD course will guide you through this journey in a seamless manner and put you in a position to expand your knowledge on your own even further if needed.

Explore our range of AutoCAD courses HERE.

About the author

  • Enrique Barriuso

Enrique Barriuso

Application Specialist

A qualified CEng MSpICE Civil Engineer with over 7 years post graduate experience, Enrique graduated with a Masters in Civil Engineering, which covered a wide variety of subjects in the fields of transport, structural analysis, geotechnical design, coastal, water and environmental engineering. Enrique joined Excitech in 2015 and is an Autodesk Certified Professional in AutoCAD Civil 3D, subsequently helped many clients resolve their Civil 3D problems. He provides training in Civil 3D, AutoCAD and SketchUp.

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