AutoCAD 2D Fundamentals

Hours: 90 / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Online, Instructor Supported
Retail Price: $1,299.00

Course Overview:

This course is designed to introduce the aspects of Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD).  Students will gain access to a free student version of AutoCAD that they will need to install onto their personal computer.  The companion textbook is intended to be used as a training guide for students and professionals. This text covers AutoCAD 2020, and the lessons proceed in a pedagogical fashion to guide you from constructing basic shapes to making multiview drawings. This text takes a hands-on, exercise-intensive approach to all the important 2D CAD techniques and concepts. The textbook contains a series of ten tutorial style lessons designed to introduce beginning CAD users to AutoCAD 2020. This text is also helpful to AutoCAD users upgrading from a previous release of the software. The new improvements and key enhancements of the software are incorporated into the lessons. The 2D-CAD techniques and concepts discussed in this text are also designed to serve as the foundation to the more advanced parametric feature-based CAD packages.

Students will:

  • Create objects using the Cartesian coordinate system and dynamic input.
  • Develop template drawings using standard drawing procedures.
  • Apply the use of drawing aids to CAD drawings.
  • Demonstrate the use of layers, color, linetypes and lineweights.
  • Create and modify geometric shapes.
  • Create and edit polylines.
  • Create and edit arrays.
  • Develop and apply Annotation Style to drawing.
  • Create, insert, and edit blocks
  • Apply, and edit hatch patterns.
  • Demonstrate the commands necessary to perform basic dimensioning skills.
  • Produce printed/plotted drawings.
  • Construct Layouts that use multiple viewports.

Course Mentor:

Sarah CrawfordMy name is Sarah Crawford. I truly love education;  however, I did not originally start out on that path.  I graduated in 2006 from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in Manufacturing Technology, and Computer Aided Design.  I started working for an engineering firm, surveying and drafting plats for the oil and gas industry.   When the oil field industry went bust, I moved forward in search of a new career.  

I moved into the education community and now have over ten years experience. My career in education began with teaching CAD and manufacturing classes for Western Colorado Community College and Technical College of the Rockies. My job titles have included the positions of  IT Administrator, LMS Administrator, and Facilities Coach.

Course Outline:

Lesson One: Introduction Getting Started & Chapter 1 AutoCAD Fundamental

This lesson gives a brief introduction to the background of CAD, an overview of how CAD is set up, and some very helpful tools to get you started.   After completing the Introduction to Getting Started, you will start your journey into the first applications of using AutoCAD to complete the drawing activities that Chapter 1 AutoCAD Fundamentals outlines.   

Lesson Two: Basic Object Construction and Dynamic Input

In this lesson, we will examine the Dynamic Input options, the basic geometric construction and editing tools provided by AutoCAD 2020. We will first look at the Dynamic Input options, and tools such as UNITS, GRID, SNAP MODE intervals set up and the OSNAP option, followed by construction tools such as circles and polygons; we will also look at the basic Trim command. 

Lesson Three: Geometric Construction Tools

The creation of designs usually involves the manipulation of geometric shapes. Traditionally, manual graphical construction used simple hand tools like a T-square, straightedge, scales, triangles, compass, dividers, pencils, and paper. The manual drafting tools are designed specifically to assist in the construction of geometric shapes. This lesson will show you what the modern CAD systems provide for the construction of geometric shapes.

Lesson Four: Object Properties and Organization

In this lesson, we will continue to explore the different construction and editing tools that are available in AutoCAD 2020. We will demonstrate the use of the Limits, Mline, Medit, and Layer commands. As you become proficient with the CAD tools and understand the underlying CAD modeling concepts, you are encouraged to experiment with new ideas in using the CAD tools and develop your own style of using the system.

Lesson Five: Orthographic Views in Multiview Drawings

In this lesson, the common methods of creating two-dimensional orthographic views with AutoCAD are examined.  Students will learn to use the miter line to transfer dimensions, the purpose of projection lines between orthographic views, and several construction tools to help assist with creating the locator part.

Lesson Six: Basic Dimensioning and Notes

In this lesson, the procedures to convey the size definitions of designs using AutoCAD 2020 are discussed. The tools of size description are known as dimensions and notes.  Students will specifically learn about AutoCADs dimension styles, special characters, and the dimension toolbar.

Lesson Seven: Templates and Plotting

Lesson seven will illustrate the procedure to set up template files that can contain specific plotting settings, system units, environment settings and other drafting standard settings.  Also in this lesson, we will demonstrate the printing/plotting procedure to create a hardcopy of our design. AutoCAD 2020 provides plotting features that are very easy to use.

Lesson Eight: Parametric Drawing Tools

The concept of parametric modeling makes the way CAD works more closely match the actual design-manufacturing process than the mathematics of a CAD program. By using the parametric drawing tools available in AutoCAD 2020, CAD drawings can now be updated more easily when the design is refined.  This lesson will demonstrate these different tools, along with the power of using grips.

Lesson Nine: Auxiliary Views and Editing with GRIPS

This lesson will demonstrate the power of using grips to use 2D projection to draw auxiliary views.  Students will apply drawing aids and learn about plot style table to create multiple viewports of the V-Block design in paper space.

Lesson Ten: Section Views

In this lesson we will use CAD methods to create section views. As students create the bearing design, they will gain new tools such as the hatch command, linetype scale property, and some object snap shortcuts.

Lesson Eleven: Assembly Drawings and Blocks

In this lesson, we will demonstrate using the AutoCAD 2020 Internet features to access drawings through the Internet, as well as using blocks and the Windows Clipboard to create a subassembly drawing. We will use the bearing part that was created in the previous lesson.

All necessary course materials are included.


System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.