Can someone please show me how to create a basic door and a window. I know it's easy, but I'm new to AutoCad. I'm taking a class, and I know that we use the W (Write Block) command and the I (Insert) command. I think that I have to know how to take the dimensions for a door and window and create them. I really need some help.
Glad to see you are asking for help. Unfortunately you are in a DG that focuses on civil3d; a civil engineers earthwork tool.
Quickly: Get the detail of you door and window, create the geometry per spec, use your newly found wblock command and write it to your library (your arbitrary place to sore your blocks) Not in the wblock dialog you can pick an insert point : choose one that makes sence for snaping your windows and doors in place.
I suggest you connect to the Dynamic block DG HERE. Send Charles_Shade my regards.
Thanks for the quick reply. I did connect and reply to the Dynamic Block DG, but because I don't have much time, I'm responding to your email. This is my 2nd week ever using AutoCad, so I need directions in baby-steps. If I'm understanding you, it seems that I should use the specifications and make the window/door. For example, one of the specifications is the window: 3' -0"*4'-0".
So, would I use the Line command and draw this out: 3' wide and 4' long, make a rectangle, Use the Wblock command select the newly made rectangle and save it. If this is correct, how would I use the insert command to insert it into the drawing?
Also, I know that we use the Snap to Midpoint and Snap to Perpendicular command to install, as well.
Yes I mean all the proper dimensions, as well as any materials, etc. The level of detail is entirely up to you, your company and your client
Snapping into place would be parameters that can be added via the dynamic block editor, and this is entirely subjective but can increase productivity to you liking.
Step by step is too much to attack in one DG thread. But I'll try to give you the readers digest version:
1: enter the block editor (BE)
2. Draw your basic shape to the desired dimension. You can use any combination of lines. polylines, polygons, etc to what ever level of detail you are happy with.
3. Add a base point parameter to the most logical point on your part to be the insert point. Traditionally among acad users this is the lower left most portion of the part
4. Play with adding alignment and flip parameters to the block. These allow the part to auto align to the master drawing.
note dyno blocks like to be in what they call a container drawing. So name the block A and save to drawing B.
Most things in acad require you to scrape your knuckles and cry a little. This is a healthy path and you will benefit. And you will be able to formulate questions better. Charles_Shade is the man over at Dyno blocks.
But I'll try to give you the readers digest version:
you are too kind, while the proper answer should be the following one.
you are in the wrong place, for two good reasons:
1] this is a Autocad Civil forum, not an architectural one
2] in a technical forum, you cannot learn using a software from basics: you'd better sign up for a regular Autocad course, with a real teacher.
Also the OP could take a look at autodesks support pages here
There is a wealth of YouTubes on the subject of AutoCAD. A good place to start is here:
Lots to learn! Get after it.
Sorry, forum won't allow a YouTube link, nor editing a comment, so that link won't work.
Go to YouTube and do a search for "jeremytf77". He has wonderful videos on AutoCAD basics.
Good luck to you.
Poor guy really wanted some help. I couldn't throw him out in the cold November wind
Thanks for being a good guy. As far as I'm concerned, if someone brings a question here about any Autodesk software, he's in the right place. Asking is a good way to start learning. I've been able to get over lots of stumbling blocks because of people like you in this forum that care enough to help a guy out.