The 2D – CAD Correspondence course will enable students to create a basic 2D drawing. Even at this fundamental level, 4MCAD and AutoCAD are two of the most sophisticated computer applications that you are likely to encounter. Part 1 covers the indispensable core topics for working with 4MCAD and AutoCAD. The teaching strategy is to start with a few basic tools that allow the student to create and edit a simple drawing. Part 2 continues with more sophisticated techniques that extend your mastery of the program.

Course Duration: 6 Months

Entrance requirements:

  • A working knowledge of basic design/draughting procedures and terminology.
  • A working knowledge of Windows/computers.

The main topics covered in this course include:

  • Understanding the 4MCAD/AutoCAD workspace and user interface
  • Using basic drawing, objects and layers
  • Organising drawing objects on layers
  • Inserting reusable symbols (blocks)
  • Preparing a layout to be plotted
  • Adding text, hatching and dimensions
  • Using more advanced editing and construction techniques
  • Creating local and global blocks
  • Setting up layers, styles and templates

2D Correspondence includes:

  • 4MCAD & AutoCAD Text books
  • 4MCAD & AutoCAD Workbooks
  • 4MCAD & AutoCAD Study schedule
  • Interactive training Videos (DVD)
  • Academic software (DVD)



Introduction and Installation

  • 4MCAD/AutoCAD introduction.
  • Installation.

The User Interface

  • Menus and shortcut menus.
  • Toolbars.
  • The command window.
  • Dynamic input.
  • Customize the drawing environment.
  • Tool palettes.

Create and Save a Drawing

  • Create a new drawing.
  • Open an existing drawing.
  • Save a drawing.
  • Error report.

Control the Drawing Views

  • Redrawing and regenerating.
  • Magnify a view.
  • Pan a view.
  • Use aerial view.
  • Display multiple views.
  • Save and restore views.

Precision Tools and the Properties of Drawing

  • Specify units, angles and scale.
  • Drawing limits.
  • Grid and grid snap.
  • Use object snap.
  • Use polar tracking and object snap tracking.
  • Use ortho-mode.
  • Work with line types.
  • Work with layers.
  • Work with colours.
  • Control line weights.
  • Calculate area, angle and distances.



Coordinates and Coordinates System

  • 2D Co-ordinates.
  • Control user coordinate system.

Create Objects

  • Draw linear objects.
  • Draw curved objects.

Modify Objects

  • Select objects.
  • Modify objects.
  • Modify compound objects.
  • Use grips to edit objects.
  • Modifying the properties of entities.

Notes and Labels

  • Create text.
  • Change text.
  • Work with text styles.
  • Check spelling.

Dimensions and Tolerances

  • Overview of dimensioning.
  • Use dimension styles.
  • Create dimensions.
  • Modify existing dimensions.

Blocks and Attributes

  • Create and insert blocks.
  • Define and use block attributes

Hatches and Realistic Images

  • Hatches.
  • Work with raster images.

Layout, Plot and Publish Drawings

  • Create multiple view drawing layouts.
  • Plot drawings.

Share Data between Drawings and Applications

  • Saving and viewing snapshots.
  • Link and embed data.
  • Work with data in other formats.