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Getting Started with DraftSight

João Santos

Learning how to use the free DraftSight CAD program for 2D computer-aided design has never been easier thanks to this Beginner’s Guide. Covers everything from installation to executing and printing a real-world mechanical design project.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782160243
Paperback180 pages

About This Book

  • Create precise mechanical drawings with DraftSight
  • Download and install this free software in Windows, Mac, and Linux
  • Learn how to dimension and prepare sheets for printing with fully illustrated exercises

Who This Book Is For

Getting Started with DraftSight is for anyyone who wants to create accurate 2D drawings in the DWG file format. It is also a great resource for architectural, engineering, or design professionals and students. The reader needs to have basic knowledge of CAD.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to DraftSight
Downloading and starting DraftSight
Understanding the user interface
Configuring DraftSight
Starting and setting up a drawing
Opening, saving, and closing drawings
Chapter 2: Drawing with Precision
Defining coordinates
Drawing lines and deleting
Graphical auxiliary tools
Visualization tools
Exercise 2.1
Chapter 3: Starting to Create Projects
Drawing circles and arcs
Drawing rectangles and polygons
Selecting entities
Moving, copying, and reflecting
Rotating and scaling
Offsetting and stretching
Trimming and extending
Filleting and chamfering
Exercise 3.1
Chapter 4: Structuring Projects and Following Standards
Creating and managing layers
Applying colors, linestyles, and lineweights
Exercise 4.1
Chapter 5: Inquiring Projects and Modifying Properties
Measuring distances and angles
Measuring areas
Obtaining coordinates
Verifying and modifying properties
Exercise 5.1
Chapter 6: Creating Complex Projects
Creating text styles and applying text
Creating polylines
Creating multiple equally spaced copies
Creating other entities
Creating tables and table styles
Joining, lengthening, and breaking the entities
Exercise 6.1
Chapter 7: Creating and Applying Components
Creating components (blocks)
Inserting components
Exporting components
Editing components
Applying attributes
Cleaning the drawing
Exercise 7.1
Chapter 8: Applying Fills and Patterns
Applying patterns
Applying gradients
Editing fills and patterns
Exercise 8.1
Chapter 9: Documenting Projects
Creating linear dimensions
Creating angular dimensions
Dimensioning arcs and circles
Ordinate dimensions and leaders
Editing dimensions
Creating and managing dimension styles
Exercise 9.1
Chapter 10: Printing Efficiently
Creating and managing sheets for printing
Configuring sheets
Creating and managing print styles
Creating viewports
Adjusting viewport visualization, scale, and layers
Previewing and printing
Exercise 10.1
Chapter 11: Advanced Tools
Referencing external drawings and images
Advanced layer commands
Exercise 11.1

What You Will Learn

  • Download and get started with DraftSight
  • Create drawing entities with precision
  • Structure projects and follow standards
  • Build simple and complex projects
  • Create and apply components (blocks)
  • Apply fills and regular patterns
  • Dimension mechanical drawings
  • Define printing sheets and print efficiently
  • Reference other drawings and images

In Detail

Computer-aided design (CAD) uses computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, and analysis of a design. DraftSight is a 2D computer-aided design (CAD) software application. DraftSight includes all the main tools to draft with precision, and it works with DWG files, the most popular CAD file type. It runs on a wide variety of operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Getting Started with DraftSight addresses all the main phases for executing and printing a mechanical project. These concepts and commands can easily be applied to other areas. Beginning with the very basic concepts, and going through all the necessary drawing steps, you will finish by printing a full scale mechanical drawing. The illustrative examples will help you understand the design process and teach you how to utilize DraftSight features in your mechanical design projects.

You will start with an overview of the mechanical design process, which will help you understand the different commands, tools, and tasks involved in DraftSight projects. You will then proceed to executing all the phases of the design process. This includes setting up a drawing, drawing and editing with precision, organizing with layers, and finally obtaining valid information from the drawing. Furthermore, you will also learn to apply fills, patterns, and dimensions, and the process of defining and printing sheets.

With "GettingStarted with DraftSight" you will learn how to specify and document parts and print drawings with the help of DraftSight. Towards the end of this book you will be introduced to some advanced concepts like additional layer commands, and methods to reference other drawings or images, which can be very useful when dealing with complex projects.


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