Ascent AutoCAD 2021: Essentials (Mixed Units) eBook

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

The AutoCAD® 2021: Essentials 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

The AutoCAD® 2021: Essentials guide is not recommended for users that have completed the AutoCAD® 2021: Fundamentals guide, as content for Essentials is already covered in the Fundamentals course.

  • 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.