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In April 2018, Ideate merged its Autodesk businesses with IMAGINiT Technologies, resulting in one company offering many solutions to their combined customers. As a result of that combination, Ideate classes have been reformatted to align with the corresponding IMAGINiT classes. This class, which was a three-day class called AutoCAD Beyond the Basics with Ideate, is now a two-day class called AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT Beyond the Basics.

This AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT training course continues on from the topics covered in the AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT Essentials training course. It covers more sophisticated techniques that extend your mastery of the software. For example, here you go beyond the basic skill of inserting a block to learning how to create blocks, and beyond the basic skill of using a template to understand the process of setting up a template. You learn skills such as:

  • Using more advanced editing and construction techniques.
  • Adding parametric constraints to objects.
  • Creating local and global blocks.
  • Setting up layers, styles, and templates.
  • Using advanced plotting and publishing options.

The AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT Beyond the Basics training course is designed for those using the AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT software with a Windows operating system. This training course is not designed for the AutoCAD for Mac software. This training course is not recommended for users that have completed the AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT Fundamentals training course as Beyond the Basics contains the same content. 


*pricing per student

AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT Beyond the Basics (Online)
  • ​Knowledge of AutoCAD basics as taught in AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT: Essentials, or equivalent experience.
  • A working knowledge of basic design/drafting procedures and terminology.
  • A working knowledge of your operating system.

Note: Course may satisfy your local continuing education engineering and surveying requirements. Check with your state board or provincial organization to verify your requirements.

Objective: This class will increase the efficiency of designers, drafters, modelers, and engineers by enhancing their knowledge of AutoCAD tools and providing them with best practices, tips, and techniques. 

This training course will be conducted over two consecutive days. 

Location: Online

Course will be presented in a virtual classroom. Students must have access to the class version of the software and meet noted system requirements.

Detailed Course Outline

Chapter 1: Working Effectively with AutoCAD

  • 1.1 Creating a Custom Workspace
  • 1.2 Using the Keyboard Effectively
  • 1.3 Object Creation, Selection, and Visibility
  • 1.4 Working in Multiple Drawings
  • 1.5 Copying and Pasting Between Drawings
  • 1.6 Using Grips Effectively
  • 1.7 Additional Layer Tools

Chapter 2: Accurate Positioning

  • 2.1 Coordinate Entry
  • 2.2 Locating Points with Tracking
  • 2.3 Construction Lines
  • 2.4 Placing Reference Points

Chapter 3: Projects: Productivity Tools

  • 3.1 Schematic Project: Purifier Unit
  • 3.2 Mechanical Project: 2 Views
  • 3.3 Architectural/Civil Project: Formal Garden
  • 3.4 Mechanical Project: Cover Plate
  • 3.5 Architectural Project: Addition
  • 3.6 Mechanical Project: Block
  • 3.7 Mechanical Project: Plate

Chapter 4: Parametric Drawing

  • 4.1 Working with Constraints
  • 4.2 Geometric Constraints
  • 4.3 Dimensional Constraints

Chapter 5: Working with Blocks

  • 5.1 Creating Blocks
  • 5.2 Editing Blocks
  • 5.3 Removing Unused Elements
  • 5.4 Adding Blocks to Tool Palettes
  • 5.5 Modifying Tool Properties in Tool Palettes

Chapter 6: Projects: Creating and Organizing Blocks

  • 6.1 Mechanical Project: Control Panel
  • 6.2 Architectural Project: Furniture Layout
  • 6.3 Civil Project: Utility Layout

Chapter 7: Creating Templates

  • 7.1 Why Use Templates?
  • 7.2 Controlling Units Display
  • 7.3 Creating New Layers
  • 7.4 Adding Standard Layouts to Templates
  • 7.5 Saving Templates

Chapter 8: Advanced Layouts

  • 8.1 Creating and Using Named Views
  • 8.2 Advanced Viewport Options
  • 8.3 Layer Overrides in Viewports
  • 8.4 Additional Annotative Scale Features

Chapter 9: Annotation Styles

  • 9.1 Creating Text Styles
  • 9.2 Creating Dimension Styles
  • 9.3 Creating Multileader Styles

Chapter 10: Projects: Drawing Setup and Utilities

  • 10.1 Interiors Project
  • 10.2 Mechanical/Schematic Project
  • 10.3 Civil/Map Project
  • 10.4 Mechanical Project: Dimension Styles

Chapter 11: External References

  • 11.1 Attaching External References
  • 11.2 Modifying External References
  • 11.3 Xref Specific Information

Chapter 12: Projects: Drawing

  • 12.1 D-sized Title Block (36x24)
  • 12.2 Mechanical Project: Drill Press Base
  • 12.3 Architectural Project: Office Tower
  • 12.4 P&ID Project: Oil Lubrication System
  • 12.5 Civil Project: Warehouse Site

Appendix A: Optional Topics

  • A.1 Using QuickCalc
  • A.2 Additional Zoom Commands
  • A.3 Additional Text Tools
  • A.4 Additional Dimensioning Tools

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