DraftSight Essentials

Learn how to make coordinates, create drawings, and modify entities, properties and layers



PREREQUISITES: We recommend completing DraftSight Tutorials. Access to SOLIDWORKS DraftSight 2019 or newer and experience with the Windows® operating system and Mechanical Design Experience.

DESCRIPTION: For new users and former AutoCAD users, this course is designed to use the DraftSight software through the User Interface. Learn how to make coordinates, create drawings, modify entities, properties and layera. Create dimensions, text, blocks and print.

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Lesson 1: 
User Interface

  • Understand the pointing device options.
  • Customize and employ mouse gestures
  • Apply different workspaces
  • Understand and use title bar commands
  • Change drawing views
  • Activate toolbars​
  • Dock and undock side panels and toolbars​
  • Use the help​
  • Use a keyboard shortcut

Lesson 2: 
View Commands

  • Dynamically pan about drawings
  • Dynamically zoom in and out of drawings
  • Zoom out to fit the drawing content
  • Understand the benefits of rebuilding drawings
  • Increase zoom time by adjusting drawing quality
  • Zoom to previous views
  • Create and employ named views

Lesson 3: 

  • Understand how to set up a custom coordinate system
  • Understand how to get a range of information from drawing entities
  • Define preferred base angle, drawing units, length, and angle types
  • Employ absolute, relative polar, and direct distance coordinates to draw entities
  • Use entity snaps and overrides to create reference points for coordinate entity creation
  • Create and understand drawing boundaries.

Lesson 4: 
Creating a Simple Drawing

  • Create a new drawing.​
    Draw lines
  • Employ multiple selection methods
  • Delete unwanted entities
  • Construct rectangles
  • Create circles
  • Undo and redo commands
  • Construct arcs
  • Create polygons

Lesson 5: 
Modifying Entities

  • Move entities from one point to another
  • Rotate entities
  • Create mirrored copies of entities
  • Stretch and enlarge entities
  • Create copies of entities
  • Rescale entities
  • Quickly modify entities
  • Trim wires to clean up a design

Lesson 6: 
Properties and Layers

  • Quickly change layer states outside of the Layer Manager
  • Activate a layer without interrupting workflow
  • Create a new layer in the Layer Manager
  • Change entity properties on-the-fly
  • Paint properties from on entity to another

Lesson 7: 

  • Create and use a new dimension style
  • Employ smart dimensions
  • Create linear dimensions
  • Place angular dimensions
  • Add diameter dimensions
  • Use the dimensions palette to adjust values
  • Create continuous dimensions
  • Split dimensions extension lines

Lesson 8: 

  • Understand and create a text style
  • Add simple notes
  • Create multiline text notes
  • Format text
  • Add smart leaders to notes
  • Place and adjust curved text
  • Find and replace text in a drawing
  • Use spell check to correct typos

Lesson 9: 

  • Understand and employ blocks
  • Create a block
  • Paste copied entities as a block
  • Edit components to revise blocks
  • Create and assign attributes to a block
  • Update blocks
  • Change attribute display modes
  • Edit attribute content

Lesson 10: 

  • Understand how to create print previews
  • Understand print configurations
  • Create a new print configuration
  • Carry out a Quick print
  • Manually set up a print configuration
  • Define additional options
  • Create and set up a color print style

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