Get started with nanoCAD

A series of guided lessons on using nanoCAD. If you are new to computer-aided design, then these lessons will help you become an expert at the practical use of nanoCAD.

Viewing Proxy Entities with nanoCAD - Lesson 41

nanoCAD uses the DWG file format, which means it can open and edit drawing files from many other CAD programs. One quirk about DWG is that it can define custom objects that are unique to one program. When you open such a drawing in nanoCAD, the custom objects are displayed as proxies -- entities that can be seen but not edited very much. In this video, you learn how to work with proxy objects:
• Identifying which objects are proxy objects
• Changing the look of proxy objects with the ProxyShow variable

Creating and Working with Groups - Lesson 40

nanoCAD has several ways of working with groups of entities, and one of them is called "groups." Groups essentially are named selection sets. In this video, you learn how to create and insert blocks in drawings:
• Using the Group command to make a group of entities
• Understanding the difference between "selectable" and "uselectable" modes
• Using groups in commands
• Eliminating groups

Working with Attributes in Blocks - Lesson 39

Blocks can hold data called "attributes," such as prices and model numbers. In this video, you learn how to add attributes to and extract data from blocks:
•    Adding attributes to blocks
•    Filling data into attributes
•    Editing attribute data
•    Toggling the visibility of attributes
•    Exporting attributes to a spreadsheet program

Editing and Sharing Blocks with nanoCAD - Lesson 38

Once you have added blocks to a drawing, you may want to change them, and you definitely want to use them in other drawings. In this video, you learn how to edit and share blocks with other drawings:
• Using the Block Editor to make changes to blocks
• Editing blocks in-place
• Sharing blocks between drawings through the Clipboard
• Saving blocks to disc with the SaveAs and WBlock commands
• Adding blocks to the Tools palette

Creating and Inserting Blocks with nanoCAD - Lesson 37

CAD is all about drawing efficiently, and one of the most efficient tools is the block. A block is a symbol that you use a lot, such as a door or a bolt. In this video, you learn how to create and insert blocks in drawings:
• Using the Block command to make a desk symbol from a rectangle
• Inserting the desk block in the drawing with the Insert command
• Understanding unit blocks
• Inserting a unit block as a scaled desk symbol

2D Drawings from 3D Models in nanoCAD Pro - Lesson 36

Once a 3D model is finished, it is a common task to generate 2D drawings from it for the shop floor. nanoCAD Pro does this for you semi-automatically. In this video, you learn how to generate 2D plans and sections, as well as how to employ live sections to make cutting planes in one, two, and three dimensions.

More Ways to Edit 3D Solids with nanoCAD Pro - Lesson 35

The most common edit made to 3D solids probably is rounding and flattening edges. In this video, you learn how to apply 3D fillets and 3D chamfers to 3D solids. As well, you find out about a trick to edit a 3D polyface mesh object, then turn it into a solid, thereby making shapes not otherwise possible with solids.

Modifying 3D Models - Lesson 34

Once the basics of a 3D model are placed with primitives or extruded 2D objects, you can begin to modify it. In this video, you learn how to change the shape of a 3D model using logical (Boolean) operations named Union, Subtract, and Intersect. You learn also how to change the shape with 2D entities and with the PressPull command.

Simple 3D Modelin in nanoCAD Pro - Lesson 33

nanoCAD Pro provides several ways to construct 3D model. In this video you learn about drawing 3D primitives, like a box. You also learn how to turn 2D drawings into 3D models, such as a rectangle into a box and (with the Extrude command) into a pipe shape (with the Revolve command). You see how to edit this 3D models using grips, and learn the names of the parts of a 3D model.

Introducing 3D Modeling with nanoCAD Pro - Lesson 32

nanoCAD Pro is excellent at 3D modeling. In this video, you learn some introductory concepts to 3D modeling, such a how to use dynamic UCS to draw on 3D faces, changing the 3D viewpoint quickly, and adjusting shading modes so that the model looks better.

Advanced Dimensioning Methods in nanoCAD - Lesson 31

nanoCAD has the flexibility to show several kinds of advanced dimensions. In this video, you learn how to have both Imperial and metric distances on dimensions, as well as how to show four kinds of tolerances on dimensions.

Working with Dimensions Styles - Lesson 30

nanoCAD lets change the look of dimensions through the use of styles. Apply a different style, and the dimension looks different instantly. In this video, you learn how to make a new dimension style, and then apply it to existing dimensions. As well, you learn how to change the look of a dimension on-the-fly with the mDim command's Properties option.

Editing Dimensions in nanoCAD - Lesson 29

Once dimensions are placed in drawings, they can be edited. nanoCAD lets you change their position and their look. In this video, you learn how to use grips to change the position of dimensions, and the Properties panel to change their look. In addition, you learn how to break dimension lines to make drawings look cleaner and how to flip the arrowheads on dimensions.

Semiautomatic Dimensioning With the mDim Command - Lesson 28

Although nanoCAD produces perfectly accurate drawings, it can be useful to place dimensions to get a feel for the overall size of objects. In this video, you learn how to use the mDim command to place a variety of dimensions on straight, angles, and curved entities -- semi-automatically, because nanoCAD senses the entity type to determine the correct dimension to place.

Placing Callouts with Note Command - Lesson 27

Notes are used to make callouts that point to areas of drawings. A note (or callout) is a piece of text that uses a leader line to point to the item of interest. In this video, you learn how to use the Note command to place callouts, edit them, and create reusable callout styles.

Understanding Text Styles and Justification - Lesson 26

The look of text is controlled by styles, which operate exactly the same as in word processing software. In this video, you learn how text styles work, and then how to create a new style using the Style command. In addition, you learn how to override the style, as well as how the text's insertion point affects its justification in the drawing.

Writing with MText - Lesson 25

nanoCAD has a text editor that works just like a word processor, called MText. In this video, you learn how to place paragraphs of text and then how to format them, such as by bold facing and changing colors. As well, you learn about changing the bounding box of mtext, moving it, changing justification, and more.

Working With Text - Lesson 24

Text gives you information about parts of drawings, such as in dimensions, tables, notes, and tile blocks. In this video, you learn how to work with text, such as changing the style and height, and editing the wording of text. You also learn how to perform spell checks, change the case, width, and angle of text, and toggle it back and forth between regular and contour outlines (quick text).

Layer Utility Commands - Lesson 23

nanoCAD provides a dozen commands that let you manipulate layers and entities on the layers in specific manners. In this video, you learn how to do the following functions:
• Turn layers on and off by selecting an entity
• Similarly, freeze and thaw layers, and lock and unlock layers by selecting an entity
• Select an entity to make its layer current
• Move entities from one layer to that of another layer
• Isolate a layer by turning off all other layers
• Returning to the previous layer state
• Change an entity to the current layer
• Copy an entity while moving it to a different layer
• Toggling (walking) between showing only the current layer and all layers
• Merge two or more layers onto a single one
• Delete a layer and all the entities on it

Controlling Layers with Filters, Groups, and States - Lesson 22

When drawings contain many layers -- and some can contain thousands of them, nanoCAD helps you control them through filters, groups, and states. Filters reduce the length of layer names by showing those that match only certain criteria, such as the same color or similar name. Groups create subsets of layers, such as all those related to text; you can then toggle the display of the group independently of all other layers. States save the state of the properties of layers, such as all colors set to black. In this video, you learn how to use the Layer command to create and use filters, groups, and states.

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