AutoCAD 2021: Fundamentals - Learning Guide (Mixed Units)

  • 7h 14m
  • ASCENT - Center for Technical Knowledge
  • 2020

AutoCAD® 2021: Fundamentals guide is designed for AutoCAD® 2021 software running on Windows. This guide is not designed for the AutoCAD for Mac.

The objective of AutoCAD® 2021: Fundamentals is to enable you to create, modify, and work with a 2D drawing in the AutoCAD software.

AutoCAD® 2021: Fundamentals guide covers the essential core topics for working with the AutoCAD software. The guide begins with learning the basic tools for creating and editing 2D drawings. It then continues to explore the tools used to annotate drawings by adding text, hatching, dimensions, and tables. More advanced tools, such as working with blocks and setting up layouts, are introduced to improve your efficiency with the software. Not every command or option is covered, because the intent is to show the essential tools and concepts, such as:

  • Understanding the AutoCAD workspace and user interface.
  • Using basic drawing, editing, and viewing tools.
  • Organizing drawing objects on layers.
  • Using reusable symbols (blocks).
  • Preparing a layout to be plotted
  • Adding text, hatching, and dimensions

AutoCAD® 2021: Fundamentals guide continues on from the topics covered in the AutoCAD® 2021: Fundamentals – Part 1 guide. It covers more sophisticated techniques that extend your mastery of the software. For example, here you go beyond the basic skill of using a template to understand the process of setting up a template, creating annotation styles, and how to work with external references. You learn such skills as:

  • Using more advanced editing and construction techniques
  • Adding parametric constraints to objects
  • Creating local and global blocks
  • Setting up layers, styles, and templates
  • Attaching External References


  • Access to the 2021.0 version of the software, to ensure compatibility with this guide. Future software updates that are released by Autodesk may include changes that are not reflected in this guide. The practices and files included with this guide are not compatible with prior versions (e.g., 2020).
  • A working knowledge of basic design/drafting procedures and terminology.
  • A working knowledge of your operating system.

In this Book

  • Getting Started with AutoCAD
  • Basic Drawing and Editing Commands
  • Projects: Creating a Simple Drawing
  • Drawing Precision in AutoCAD
  • Making Changes in Your Drawing
  • Projects: Making Your Drawings More Precise
  • Organizing Your Drawing with Layers
  • Advanced Object Types
  • Analyzing Model and Object Properties
  • Projects: Drawing Organization and Information
  • Advanced Editing Commands
  • Blocks
  • Projects: Creating More Complex Objects
  • Setting Up a Layout
  • Printing Your Drawing
  • Projects: Preparing to Print
  • Text
  • Hatching
  • Adding Dimensions
  • Projects: Annotating Your Drawing
  • Working Effectively with AutoCAD
  • Accurate Positioning
  • Projects: Productivity Tools
  • Parametric Drawing
  • Working with Blocks
  • Projects: Creating and Organizing Blocks
  • Creating Templates
  • Working with Layouts
  • Annotation Styles
  • Projects: Drawing Setup and Utilities
  • External References
  • Projects: Drawing


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