CAD/CAM Concepts

AutoCAD Commands-Drawing Commands,Edit Commands,Function Keys,Applications,Features

AutoCAD Commands: AutoCAD is one of the basic tools which is used in both the small scale and large scale industries. Autocad is the first software which has the ability to draw 2D Sketches and later it has upgraded to 3D models also. In this article, I will be listing out all the Editing commands, drawing commands, creating layers in Autocad and all the Shortcuts which are essential in using Autocad Software. 

autocad commands and its applications
AutoCAD commands and its applications

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1.AutoCAD Commands

2.Drawing Commands in AutoCAD

3.Edit Commands in AutoCAD

4.Function Keys in AutoCAD

5.AutoCAD Applications

6.AutoCAD Features

AutoCAD Commands:

Drawing Commands in AutoCAD:

Command NameShort keysMenu BarResult of command  
LineLine/L Draw>LineDrawing a line from one point to another.
Arc      Arc/ADraw> Arc,Radius,CenterDrawing arcs based on radius, points, angles.
CircleCircle/CDraw>Circle>

Center>Radius

Draw a circle based on a center point & radius, diameter.
Spline        SplineSplineA spline is used to create the different path of Lines
EllipseEllipseEllipseEllipse of different sizes
PolygonPolygonPolygonAny No. of sides can be drawn by using this command
RectangleRecRectangleUsed to create rectangular bars or boxes.
PolylinePoly Draw>poly lineAn advanced of a line without any breaks.
 Copy CO –>Enter   Modify>Copy Used to copy any entity
HatchH–>Enter  Draw>HatchUsed to fulfill the line segments in the selected area.
TrimTR–>Enter Modify>Trim Remove unnecessary lines and points in the sketch region.
Mirror  MI–>Enter Modify>Mirror Creates a mirror image of a selection set or an object.
OffsetSelect object > O–>Enter  Modify>Offset Offsets set an object (parallel) by a set distance.
Extend EX–>Enter Modify>Extend Extends objects up to a selected boundary edge.
Fillet F–>EnterR–>Enter Modify>Fillet Creates a round corner between two lines
ChamferCHA–>Enter Modify>Fillet Creates a sharp corner between two lines.
 Scale  SC–>Enter Modify>Scale Used to change the size of the drawing.

Drawing Commands in AutoCAD:

COMMANDSHORT KEY       RESULT
 DIMENSION STYLE D-ENTEROpens dimension style manager interface.
 IMAGEIM – ENTERLaunch image manager.
 D VIEW DV – ENTERPerspective view.
LEADERLE-ENTERLeader line with annotation(TEXT)
MOVEM-ENTERMove the selected object from one place to another place.
LISTLI-ENTERDisplay information about drawing in a text window.
ERASEE – ENTERErase a selected drawing.
JP GOUTJP GOUT-ENTERCreates a JPEG file of current drawings.
DONUT DO-ENTER Draw a solid donut shape.
DIVIDE DIV-ENTERInserts point node a set division.
MATCH PROPERTIESMA-ENTERMatch properties of an object.
 DIST DI -ENTERCheck a distance between selected points.
 AD CENTER DC-ENTER Opens design center interface.
ROTATERO – ENTERRotate a selection of objects.
PANP-ENTERTo adjust drawing positions.
LAYOUTLO-ENTERCreates a new layout Interface.
 UNITSUN – ENTERDisplay drawing unit interface.
W BLOCKW – ENTERWrite a block.
 CUSTOMIZECUI – ENTEROpens customize user interface dialogue.
TABLETB – ENTEROpens insert a table dialogue box.
OPTIONSOP-ENTEROpen options dialogue box.
TEXTT – ENTERWrite text.
TOOL PALETTESTP – ENTERDisplay tool palette interface box.
PURGEPU-ENTEROpens purge interface box to remove unused elements.
LAYERLA-ENTEROpens the layer interface.
PROPERTIESPR-ENTEROpens properties dialogue box.
UNDOU – ENTERSelect the last command.
COLORCOL – ENTEROpens select color dialogue box. 
BLOCKB-ENTEROpens block dialogue box. 
SPELLSP – ENTERSpell check a selection – drawing check entire drawing.
 VIEWV – ENTER Opens view Manager dialogue box.
EXPLODEX – ENTERExplode single segment to component parts.
PLOTCTRL-POpens plot/print interface box.
RENAMEREN – ENTEROpens rename interface box to rename blocks, layers, etc

Edit Commands in AutoCAD:

Edit commands are used to Edit the given sketch in Autocad software.

edit commands in autocad
edit commands in AutoCAD
 
Modify Toolbar
S.No.Name of the Command
1Erase
2Copy
3Mirror
4Offset
5Array
6Move
7Rotate
8Scale
9Stretch
10Trim
11Extend
12Break at point
13Break
14Join
15Chamfer
16Fillet
17Blend curves
18Explode

Function Keys in AutoCAD:

COMMANDSHORT KEY RESULT
TEXT SCRF2Open previous using command list
HELPF1Opens Autocad help
COORDS  F6 (or) CTRL+DCoordinate display on/off
SNAPF9 (or) CTRL+Bsnap on/off
DYN MODEF12Dynamic input ON/OFF
ORTHOF8 (or) CTRL+LOrtho ON/OFF
GRIDF7 (or) CTRL+GGrid ON/OFF
POLAR            F10 (or) CTRL+UPolar ON/OFF
OSNAP TRACKF11 (or)
CTRL+W
Object snap tracking ON/OFF
ISO PLANE

(TOP,RIGHT,LEFT)

 F5 (or) CTRL+E Iso planes activate
OSNAPF3 Osnap ON/OFF

AutoCAD in Industrial Applications:

  • AutoCAD in Manufacturing Field
  • AutoCAD as an architectural planning tool
  • AutoCAD as an engineering drafting tool
  • AutoCAD in 3D Printing
  • AutoCAD as a graphic design tool
  • AutoCAD in the fashion industry
  • AutoCAD as an industrial design tool
  • AutoCAD in Mechanical Engineering

AutoCAD Features:

  • Revisions and modifications
  • 3D View
  • Storage and accessibility
  • Speed
  • Accuracy

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