Exercise 119

Improving Readability in AutoCAD


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Introduction

In today’s exercise, you will work to improve your floor plan of your cabin (Assignment 105). You should refer to the Assignment 105 handout for design guidelines (size, etc.)

Part I: Layers

  • Take a moment to think through your layer structure. You will probably need to have several layers including:
    • Walls, Doors, Windows, Fixtures, Furniture, Finishes
    • Note: In a conventional office/firm, these layers have a specific naming scheme. Often “A-Wall” will be used for walls, “A-Door” will be used for doors, etc. For the scope of this project, your layer names do not matter, but it is important to check with a Firm’s standards if you are working for a specific Firm.
  • Move your objects onto appropriate layers. This will be demonstrated in class. Refer to AutoCAD 9.10 [layers] for more information.

Part 2: Blocks

  • Search for “AutoCAD blocks” online. www.firstinarchitecture.com has a nice set of free blocks, but there are many blocks available online.
  • Save the block file (AutoCAD .dwg for .dxf) to your flash drive inside your resources folder.
  • Follow AutoCAD 9.8 [blocks] to insert block instances into your drawing.
    • Note: You may need to adjust layers and scale depending on the source of the block.

Part 3: Hatches

  • Use the hatch command (AutoCAD 9.7 [hatch]) to fill in your walls (letting them stand out a bit). You should pick a “251 gray” for the color of this hatch.
  • Explore using the hatch tool to draw flooring inside your building. This will be demonstrated in lecture.

Part 4: Line-weights

  • Using the guide on the back of this handout, adjust the line-weights of your AutoCAD floor plan as appropriate. You can do this by adjusting the line-weight of layers or by adjusting the line-weights of individual lines.

Part 5: Posting your work

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