AutoCAD 2 - Advanced 2D

48 Hours / 3 Months / Instructor Supported

Course Overview:

Learn the advanced 2D features of the latest versions of AutoCAD. This course covers paper space detailing, multiple layout setup, advanced dimension techniques, blocks and symbol libraries, tables and schedules, attributes, dynamic blocks and parameters, and external references.

The delivery format of this course is via self-directed, video lectures and demonstrations, PDF manuals, and online support via web-based discussion groups and email support.

Upon successful completion of this course, the students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Setup and work with multiple layouts in the paper space environment in AutoCAD.
  • Create detail drawings using multi-scale viewports and paper space detailing techniques.
  • Create construction drawings with blocks, attributes, and hatching.
  • Use tables and table styles to create schedules for construction drawings.
  • Create presentation drawings with solid and gradient fills.
  • Use sheet sets to create multi-file plotting sets.
  • Use publishing techniques to prepare drawing sets for distribution over the internet.

Students will be able to receive a free copy of the latest version AutoCAD from Autodesk (valid for three years) at the time of enrollment.  Instructions on how to do this will be included in their welcome letter.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Introduction to the concept of Paper Space detailing

Discussion on advanced techniques for creating and working with floating viewports, creating multiple layouts, and using the Maximize Viewport toggle. 

Lesson 2: Advanced Dimension Concepts

Students will be introduced to advanced dimension concepts including tolerances, ordinate dimensioning, and alternate unit dimensions. Students will also learn how to properly create a single dimension style for use in multi-scale drawings.

Lesson 3: Hatching Patterns, Gradient Fills, and Solid Fills

Introduction to methods for adding and modifying hatching patterns, gradient fills, and solid fills to a drawing. Students will learn the Hatch and Wipeout commands.

Lesson 4: Multileaders, Quick Dims, Wipeouts, Revision Clouds, and Boundaries

Students will learn how to create and work with Multileaders, Quick Dims, Wipeouts, Revision Clouds, and Boundaries.

Lesson 5: Introduction to tables and table styles

Students will learn how to create and modify tables, control the appearance of tables with styles, and add text and formulas to tables.

Lesson 6: Advanced selection sets

Defining Selection filters and using Quick Select. Defining Layer filters and working with Layer states.

Lesson 7: Introduction to Blocks

Applying the block, insert, explode, rename, and purge, commands. Using REFEDIT for in-place editing of blocks. Creating a library drawing of block symbols. Using the Wblock command to write blocks to the hard drive.

Lesson 8: Attributes

Students will learn how to create and work with simple attributes to assign information to blocks. Attribute extraction methods will also be discussed.

Lesson 9: AutoCAD Design Centre

Discussion on how to use the AutoCAD Design Centre to import named entities such as blocks, dimension styles, text styles, layers, layouts, etc, from existing drawings into a current drawing. Block tool palettes.

Lesson 10: Dynamic blocks

Students will be introduced to the concept of Dynamic Blocks and explore methods for adding intelligent parameters and actions to blocks.

Lesson 11: Introduction to the Sheet Set Manager. 

Students will learn how to organize drawing layouts into named sheet sets.

Lesson 12: Introduction to Publishing

Students will learn how to publish a sheet set from the Sheet Set Manager as a set of paper drawings as well as a single, electronic, multisheet Design Web Format (DWF) file.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **