DesignCAD Express 3000
By Bill Burchard
DesignCAD Express is intended for those who need to create 2D drawings. By following its tutorials, you initially learn the basic skills and concepts you need for beginning work on DesignCAD Express drawings. As you progress through the tutorials, you learn about more advanced features by drawing objects such as gaskets and pulleys.
DesignCAD Express allows you to draw objects such as lines, arcs, circles, and curves. You can also insert hatch patterns and text, and assign attributes to objects. You can display grid lines or points, and enable grid snapping for ensuring drawing accuracy.
DesignCAD Express lets you automatically dimension a wide range of objects, including angles, arcs, chamfers, diameters, distances, and radiuses. Using DesignCAD Express' set of drawing tools, you can quickly create 2D drawings, such as shown in figure 1.
From the Layer Options folder, you can toggle layer visibility on and off, thereby controlling the display of objects, and you can lock layers to prevent objects from being edited.
DesignCAD Express allows you to select specific points on an object using its Gravity feature. By enabling Gravity, you can select the endpoints of lines and arcs, and the center of circles. Other point selection features include snapping to the intersections of lines, circles, arcs, and curves.
DesignCAD Express includes an attribute command, which is used to add information about the objects that you draw. Attributes are not attached to objects, but can be associated with an object by grouping the attribute and the object together.
tools are accessed through either drop-down menus or from toolbars.
You can also execute commands using keyboard shortcuts. Accessing
commands using the toolbars is handy because DesignCAD Express lets
you quickly open and close toolbars to display the commands you need.
Additionally, you can create your own custom toolbar by adding frequently
used commands using the Custom Toolbox.
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