AutoCAD – Intermediate

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Course Aim

This easy-to-follow course is part of a series which form a perfect hands-on accompaniment to learning, aimed at helping novices and all practitioners, whatever their role or skill levels, to quickly become proficient with 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) using the world's leading product, Autodesk AutoCAD. Individual modules contain clear learning objectives and practical, task-based step-by-step examples, covering the software's core features and functionality, ensures you are productive from the very start of your learning. Either work through every lesson to complete the full course or individual lessons on the specific skills you need. The course contains helpful tips and tricks and will be an invaluable reminder of the topics covered in your learning and a source of reference for years to come.

AutoCAD – Intermediate (3 days)

Module 01

Efficient Use of AutoCAD

Create a custom workspace

Effective use of the keyboard

Working with objects

Working in multiple drawings

Advanced use of grips

Efficient use of layer tools

The exercise looks at workspace creation, switching between multiple drawings, keyboard shortcuts, how objects are displayed in a drawing and using the layer tools  

Module 02

Accurate Positioning

Co-ordinate entry

Cartesian and polar co-ordinates

Enter co-ordinates using dynamic Input 

Display co-ordinates on the status bar

How to draw using relative co-ordinates

Locating points with tracking

Temporary track point

Construction lines and rays 

The exercise uses typed co-ordinates, object snap tracking, temporary track point and construction lines to draw various shapes

Module 03

Practical Productivity Examples

This module comprises of several exercises in various disciplines, two for mechanical, a civil/landscape exercise to create a garden plan, and an architectural exercise to create a house extension. To reinforce the basics covered so far, these include:

     Using various drafting tools and settings

     Place components using tracking

     Polar tracking, direct distance entry and dynamic input

Module 04

Working with Parameters

Use constraints with blocks and Xrefs

Remove or relax constraints

Geometric constraints

Dimensional constraints

Dynamic blocks 

This exercise explores the various constraint tools

Module 05


Creating blocks

Blocks and layers


Editing block in place

Editing blocks using the block editor 

Editing block names 

This exercise explores block creation and modification, using the purge command to remove unused block definitions, empty layers from a drawing, add blocks to a custom tool palette and modify their properties

Module 06

Practical Blocks Examples

This module comprises of three discipline-specific exercises that reinforce the basics covered so far.

Mechanical part

Architectural layout

Civil - Utility layout

Module 07

Template Creation

Drawing standards

Drawing units 

Drawing limits

Creating new layers

The Layer Properties Manager


Saving templates

The exercise creates a drawing, sets the units, and tests them, uses the layer property manager to create and modify layers, creates a page setup, and applies it to a layout, then saves the drawing as a template.

Module 08

Advanced Layouts

Creating and using named view

Advanced viewport options

Viewport clipping

Viewport layer overrides

Modify layer properties in a viewport

Additional annotative scale options

Modifying annotative object scales

The exercise provides practical examples in the use of viewport manager and the viewports command to set up named views, create a viewport clip, freeze layers in a single viewport, apply layer overrides to the colour settings, create multiple viewports based on named views, clip a viewport using the polygonal tool, create viewports at different scales and add annotative objects to them

Module 09

Creating New Styles

Creating new text styles

Creating new dimension styles

Creating dimension sub-styles

Creating new multileader styles

This exercise comprises of creating new dimension text multileader styles

Module 10

Practical Examples - Drawing Setup

This module comprises of creating a various drawing template containing layers, limits, text, dimension, and multileader styles reinforce the basics covered so far.

     Create a schematic drawing template 

     Create templates for an interior project and a civil/map project

     Create dimension styles and add dimensions to a part

Module 11

Working with External References

Working with references 

Change reference paths in multiple drawings

Manipulating references 

Edit Xref in-place

Clip Xref

In the first part of the exercise, references are attached to a file and in the second part of the exercise they are edited to demonstrate the functionality and processes behind manipulating information  

Module 12

Practical Examples-Drawings

This module comprises of creating various drawings to gain more hands-on experience of the topics already covered. 

Create a drawing border and title block containing a company logo 

Create a mechanical part using fillet, trim, offset, hatching and viewports

Create an architectural room layout

Create a schematic project 

This course is designed for users of Autodesk AutoCAD who have already completed the AutoCAD introduction course and want to move to intermediate level. This course consists of 12 modules which follow on from introductory level, therefore previous knowledge of AutoCAD is required.