When you have completed this module, you will be able to:
- Describe how you can check the lab exercise drawings you complete in the AutoCAD 2D book for accuracy.
WORKALONG: Checking the Accuracy of Your Drawings
Using the NEW command, start a new drawing using the template: 2D English.
Save and name the drawing: AutoCAD 2D Lab 03-1. Save it in the folder: CAD Courses/AutoCAD 2D/Lab Exercises.
Check to ensure that the Model tab is enabled. If it is not, enable it by clicking it with the left mouse button. (Figure Step 3)
Ensure that all features on the Status bar are disabled by clicking any that are enabled. Your Status bar should match the figure. (Figure Step 4)
Ensure that ByLayer is enabled in the first 3 boxes on the Properties menu. (Figure Step 5)
Click Format on the Pull-down menu and click Units to open the Drawing Units dialogue box. (Figure Step 6A and 6B)
Pull down the Insertion scale list and select Inches. Click OK to close the Drawing Units dialogue box. (Figure Step 7)
Click Insert on the Pull-down menu and select Block. This will open the Insert dialogue box. (Figure Step 8A and 8B)
Click the small triangle at the end of the Name: pull-down list to pull down the list of block names. (Figure Step 9)
Select the name: AutoCAD 2D Lab 03-1. (Figure Step 10)
Ensure that the three Specify On-screen boxes are disabled as shown in the figure. (Figure Step 11)
Ensure that the Insert dialogue box matches the figure and click the OK button. (Figure Step 12)
This will insert a magenta colored key on your drawing. (Figure Step 13)
Save and close the drawing.
- AutoCAD drawings must be drawn 100% accurate.
- You can check the accuracy of most lab exercise drawings in the AutoCAD 2D book using a key.
- The name of the key that you select to check your drawing for accuracy is always the same as the name of the current drawing.
- Your drawing is not accurate if the magenta objects in the key do not match your drawing objects. If you only see one object, either magenta or red, your drawing is 100% accurate.