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.

Introducing nanoCAD 11 - Lesson 1

nanoCAD Plus/Pro 11 are the new releases of the DWG editing software from Nanosoft. In this video, you learn the most basic functions, such as starting nanoCAD, accessing recently-used drawings, navigating the user interface, and how to find the commands you need to use.

Navigation - Lesson 2

Drawings are much larger than your computer screen, and so it is important to move (pan) around drawings, and see parts more closely (zoom). nanoCAD 11 makes real time pan and zoom of large drawings faster. In this video, you learn how to manipulate the mouse to move about drawings quickly.

Drawing Lines - Lesson 3

The line is the most basic object drawn in CAD. In this video, you learn how to draw and edit lines as single objects and as rectangles. Special emphasis is placed on using drawing aids like object snaps, object tracking, and polar tracking, because these help you draw lines relative to other objects. You see how to draw lines with x,y coordinates and by using direct entry.

Drawing Arcs - Lesson 4

Arcs may be the trickiest object to draw in CAD, and nanoCAD provides a dozen ways to do this. In this video, you learn how to draw and edit basic arcs, and then learn the differences between them. You also learn workarounds to drawing arcs in special circumstances.

Drawing Polylines - Lesson 5

The line is the most basic CAD object, but polylines are possibly the most used ones. A polyline consists of one or more arcs and segments, like a single object. This tutorial shows you how to draw and edit  them. Special consideration is given to converting polylines to spline objects. Bonus tips show how to manipulate the spline, and how to turn a group of lines and arcs into polylines.

Placing Text - Lesson 6

Text is important for providing information in drawings, and nanoCAD provides two ways to place text -- Text and MText. In this video, you learn how to use the Text command to place single lines of text, edit the wording, and change the look of the text.

Placing Multiline Text - Lesson 7

Sometimes you need to place entire paragraphs of text, and so nanoCAD the MText -- short for multiline text. In this video, you learn how to start the MText command and specify the width of the text block, paste several paragraphs of text, and then edit it and change its formatting.

Circles and Ellipses - Lesson 8

In this video, you learn how to draw circles and ellipses by a variety of methods, and then how to edit them using grips and the Properties panel. The video include tips on how to turn circles into arcs, and arcs into circles.

Drawing Rectangles & Regular Polygons - Lesson 9

nanoCAD draws rectangles and regular polygons from polylines. In this video, you learn how to draw them by a variety of methods, as well as how to edit them using grips and the Properties panel.

Placing Hatch Patterns and Gradient Fills - Lesson 10

Hatch patterns are used to show cut sections and to indicate material types. Gradients flood areas with color, and can be used to simulate a 3D look. In this video, you learn how to use the Quick Hatch and Quick Gradient commands to flood areas with hatching and gradients, and then how to use the dialog boxes of the Hatch and Gradient commands to control the look of the patterns. You also learn how easy it is to edit hatch patterns.

Drawing Splines - Lesson 11

Splines were first develop to create smooth curves on ship hulls. nanoCAD also creates splines. In this video, you learn how to draw splines by two different methods -- fit and control points. You see how to edit splines with grips, and adjust their parameters with the Properties panel.

Moving and Copying Objects - Lesson 12

Moving lets you reposition objects in drawings, while Copy lets you make copies effortlessly. In this video, you learn how to use the Move and Copy commands, which are very similar. As well, you learn how to move and copy objects without having to use commands, and how to copy objects between drawings.

Deleting Entities - Lesson 13

Computer-aided design software makes it easier to draw but also easier to erase - as well as to undo mistakes. In this video, you learn how to use the Delete command to erase one or more entities from drawings, and then to undo the action with the Undo command, as well as to redo the undo. You also learn tips on how to select many entities quickly.

Making Mirrored Copies - Lesson 14

Sometimes we make drawings of symmetrical objects, and here the Mirror command makes it faster to create them. It makes mirrored copies. In this video, you learn how to use the Mirror command to make single and doubly symmetrical objects, as well as how to the command's Perpendicular option.

Trimming and Breaking Objects - Lesson 15

Trimming lets us remove portions of objects between other objects, while breaking cuts up objects on their own.  In this video, you learn how to use the Trim command to trim and extend objects, and then how to use the Break command to place gaps in objects. You learn the peculiarities of the Break command's selection process and its First point option.

Filleting and Chamfering Objects - Lesson 16

Filleting rounds corners, while chamfering cuts corners at an angle. In this video, you learn how to use the Fillet command to round the intersections of objects, then how to use the Chamfer command to cut intersections at an angle. The two commands have many options in the Properties dialog box, and this video gives you a quick overview of them. Finally, you learn about the special case of filleting polylines.

Extending, Joining, and Stretching Objects - Lesson 17

nanoCAD provides many ways to edit objects after you have drawn them. In this tutorial, you learn about the Extend command and how it extends open objects to boundary lines, and so is the opposite of the Trim command. The Join command combines two or more similar objects into a single one, and turns arcs into circles. The Stretch command has a limitations in initially selecting objects, which you learn about in this video, but its awkwardness is fortunately is superseded by grips.

Rotating and Scaling Objects - Lesson 18

nanoCAD lets you rotate objects in drawings by any angle, without affecting the rest of the drawing - similarly for changing the sizes of objects. This is done with the Rotate and Scale commands, which operate similarly. In this video, you learn how to use the Rotate command to rotate objects by moving the cursor, specifying a precise angle, or relative to another object, as well as how to "rotate" the entire drawing with the UCS (user coordinate system). You learn to change the size of objects larger and smaller with the Scale command.

Making Parallel Copies (Offset) - Lesson 19

The Offset command makes parallel copies of objects. In this video, you learn how to use the Offset command with curved and straight objects, as well as how to use the command's Multiple, Undo, Layer, Erase, and Through options.

Arrays of Objects - Lesson 20

Arrays make copies of objects in rectangular or polar patterns. In this video, you learn how to use the Array command and its many options to generate copies of objects in rows, columns, and circular patterns.

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