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AutoCAD 2020 Features and AutoCAD basics

AutoCAD is the best tool to create 2D and 3D Designs for CAD projects. The first-time user will see three options-

  • A few articles about the latest advances
  • Get start – Start Drawing
  • And connect option Sign in and Send Feedback
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So, before starting with the difference we must know what exactly is CAD?
CAD- Computer-aided design is the use of computers to help in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design.

CAD helps designers to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their designs to enhance productivity. So, CAD output is often in the form of electronic files for print, machining, or other manufacturing – operations.
It is often used in a designing system called MDA- Mechanical design automation, which includes the process of creating a technical drawing with the use of computer software.

CAD is an important industrial art extensively used in many applications, including Automotive, Shipbuilding, and Aerospace Industries, Industrial and Architectural design, etc. CAD is widely used for Computer Animation and Special Effects in movies, advertising, and technical manuals, and it is often called the DCC- Digital content creation.

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Now let’s discuss the key features of AutoCAD 2020:

  • The Dark Theme- The whole new dark theme brings clarity and so it is easy on eyes.
  • The Interface is Crisp and clean as a result of the incredible automatic graphics configuration.
  • Performance improvements speed up work and It takes only half a second to save your work.
  • Quickly display measurements at a glance- As it is good for Designing purposes, Site plans, Floor plans, and elevations.
  • Insert blocks efficiently with Blocks palette: You can simply drag and drop from current drawing, Recent or Other Drawing tabs.
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Construction file in AutoCAD
  • Easily Clean Drawings with redesigned purge: It is now easier to clean up your drawings and you can remove multiple unneeded objects.
  • Compare drawing revisions in one window: You can compare two drawings now because you can do it without closing your current window.
  • AutoCAD partners with Microsoft and Box: So If you store your files in Microsoft OneDrive or Box, then you can anytime access to any DWG file with AutoCAD.
  • Boost productivity with Microsoft and Box integrations for AutoCAD: Microsoft and Box provide the smooth and efficient workflows to achieve great productivity. So, you can work and it will save directly and now you can open your DWG files directly in Microsoft OneDrive.
AutoCAD files basics

How to use AutoCAD:

  • Decide what project you want to use AutoCAD for: And you can use it for various areas such as- Architectural, Mechanical, Civil, Aeronautical or Electrical drawing.
  • Ensure that your computer meets the program’s system requirements: It requires the following- 2 GB RAM, 2 GB of space for installation and Internet explorer.
  • Install the AutoCAD program: But only use the step by step instructions from the Installation Wizard.
AutoCAD file drawing
  • Familiarize yourself with how to navigate through AutoCAD: The workspace in AutoCAD is a divide into 2 distinct areas. So the drawings area covers most of the screen because toolbars are anchore above and below the drawing area.
  • Create a new Drawing: Click on the file and then add on new, so the new drawing will use 1 or 2 default settings.
  • Locate the small gear icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click the home icon on the left side of the ribbon.
  • Select the Line icon from the drop-down menu.
  • Check the text in the common/prompt toolbar.
  • Move your mouse inside the drawing area.
  • Click the left mouse button near the center of the drawing area.
  • Look for the text “Specify next point or undo” in the command area.
  • Your 4-inch line is complete.
  • Experiment with other drawing options.
  • Build on what you have learned.
  • Save your drawings- click options-open- save.

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