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    by John Flanagan

    As promised in a recent blog, I have listed more of the key terms used in AutoCAD. Print the lists and use them as a reference to understanding AutoCAD functionality.

     

    AutoCAD Terminology 2

    Layout Tabs

    A space used for plotting your drawings (formerly called Paper Space).

    Limits (Grid)

    A setting to impose an 'artificial' boundary on your drawing that sets the area of the grid, and when turned on, limits you to drawing in the grid area.

    Linetype

    All objects are drawn with a particular linetype. Examples would be solid, centre, dashed, etc.

    Model space

    The drawing space where you 'model' the objects.

    Modify

    A generic term used for changing your objects

    Object

    Any item that is in the AutoCAD database. Also known as an entity.

    Origin

    The (0,0) point of your current coordinate system.

    Ortho mode

    This is a drawing mode that allows you to draw only perpendicular lines. It is toggled on and off by pressing the F8 key.

    Orthographic

    Projection

    A standard drawing method that shows 2 or more views of the same part.

    Osnap – Object Snap

    This is a method of 'snapping' to certain, precise points on an object.

    Pan

    To move around drawing by dragging the drawing area around your screen.

    Panel

    A grouping of commands on the ribbon

    Path

    The specific folder where AutoCAD looks for, or saves files.

    Pick

    To select an object by 'left-clicking' on it.

    Plot

    Also known as print. To make a hard copy of your drawing.

    Polar Coordinates

    A way of inputting points based on distance and angle.