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V2 Training Philosophy and Course Lessons  

This Learn QCad training course is based upon our enhanced "hands-on" training philosophy. Most CAD video training courses beat you to death with every possible option for every possible tool as the first training objective. Many students never finish this nightmarish recital of endless clicks and options. Instead many students either quit the course, or skim over the material with eyes glazed over. This CAD training course will not do that to you.

Instead, our training philosophy is to teach a few tools and then use those select tools to teach CAD concepts. As these first few tools become familiar, your hands-on usage will reinforce new CAD training concepts and help you to learn better ways of getting the job done with more accuracy and less effort on your part.

As the CAD training video course continues, more new tools are added, and more ways of manipulating drawing entities will be explained. This eliminates that droning and endless confusion about tool options during the beginning of most conventional training courses. As you assimilate more CAD training concepts, then more tools are added to keep it interesting but not overwhelming.

This course consists of a Study Guide, Lesson Videos, and Lesson Practice Sessions. The study guide is a brief which provides required background that enables understanding of that CAD training video lesson. The practice sessions are assignments where you use QCad to do things that were demonstrated in the videos. If you run into problems, just play that video again. The course is designed so that you can read about the current lesson objectives in the study guide, play the lesson video, and then use the QCad program to practice the material presented by that lesson. Once you are confident with that lesson, then you move on to the next lesson. In conventional CAD video training courses, this is where they would say "and each topic builds upon the previous topic" as if that were some new and unique idea. What a ridiculous statement. Everything we humans learn in our lifetime is built upon previous things that we have already learned.

"Learn QCad Training" Course Lesson Objectives: (06:00:17 total video time)

Lesson-1 - QCad application window manipulation (17:02)
   Toolbars and disabling of views
   Toolbar docking
   Options-toolbar accidental hiding issue
   Show/hide position cross-hairs

Lesson-2 - Cad Coordinate screen concepts using lines (07:54)
   (X,Y) coordinates
   Polar Notation coordinates
   Absolute coordinates and concepts
   Relative coordinates and concepts
Lesson-3 - Command-Line drawing accuracy of lines and rectangles (13:30)
Lesson-4 - Create and accurately position new entities (12:33)
   Arcs
   Arc-Tangent tool
   Polyline
   Splines
   Using Help to define splines
Lesson-5 - Scanning your QCad Viewing Screen (06:19)
   Use that Status-Line
   Demonstrate toolbar changes
   Demonstrate Status-Line and
Command-Line
   Demonstrate typical pop-up windows

Lesson-6 - Intro to the snap toolbar (11:40)
   Snap to end-points
   Snap on-entity
   Snap to intersection
   Snap restrictions to relative reference point
   Set and lock relative refence point
Lesson-7 - Entity move and alignment using snap tools (17:03)
   Move a rectangle and circle
   Using relative zero point to snap circles and lines
   Snap circle to relative reference using snap restrictions
   Move and rotate to snap
   Break off and move pieces of an entity
Lesson-8 - Modify entity tools (11:22)
   Create parallel lines
   Create parallel line thru a point
   Trim and extend a line
   Create parallel rectangles
   Lengthen a rectangle
   Snap to grid to place a square
       (Square dimensions do not match grid dimensions)
   Use snap to relative coordinates to place a second square
   Use snap to endpoints to attach a line connecting both squares
Lesson-9 - Draw more entities using relative coordinates (19:23)
   Line
   Arc
   Polyline
   Polygon
   Measure area and circumference of a polyline
   Measure area and circumference of a polygon

Lesson-10 - Intro to Block concepts (using a line, circle and rectangle) (13:37)
   Create from drawing entities
   Saving within a drawing
   Inserting a Block
   Editing a Block
   Active Block selection/deselection
   Snapping a Block to specific drawing locations
   Importance of the Block reference point
Lesson-11 - Project setup requirements (10:21)
   Paper size selection
   Print preview scaling factor considerations
Lesson-12 - Project setup requirements (05:54)
   Current Drawing Preferences
   Determine units of measure and grid spacing
   Calculate text height relative to paper size
   Calculate dimension text height and arrow size relative to paper size
Lesson-13 - Project setup requirements (08:24)
   Create proper size crop mark box
   Create drawing border box ¼" inside edges of paper
Lesson-14 - Project setup requirements (10:37)
   Finish crop marks
   Place a house with conventional measurements
Lesson-15 - Project setup requirements (10:24)
   Place a house with walls that snap to grid increment dimensions
Lesson-16 - More edit tools and CAD concepts (09:25)
   Introduce cut tools
   Cut a wall segment at exact locations
Lesson-17 - More edit tools and CAD concepts (06:26)
   Create a window to place into a wall segment
Lesson-18 - More use of block tools (05:30)
   Create a window block entity and move same
Lesson-19 - More move and snap CAD concepts (08:49)
   Move the window block to snap to wall length grid dimensions
Lesson-20 - Clean up your act (19:40)
   Use tools in proper sequence
   Clean up your Command Line trash
   New and improved auto-snap tool
   Stretch those complex drawing entities
Lesson-21 - Advanced line tools (14:12)
   Bisectors trimmed to arc
   Tangent from point to arc/circle
   Tangent from arc to arc / circle to circle
   Lines orthogonal (includes wayward auto-snap demonstration)
   Line with relative angle to other entities
   Freehand line tool
Lesson-22 - Use your brain versus custom snap tools (06:30)
   Draw a circle centered on a rectangle
   Place a diagonal line whose center is snapped to a circle center
   Place a parallel copy of the diagonal line that is tangent to the same circle
   Place a circle centered a given distance below the center of an angled line
Lesson-23 - Cad concepts for Layers (22:41)
   Layer-0
   Foundation layer
   Roof layer
   Windows and doors layer
   Floor plan layer
Lesson-24 - More modify tool concepts (16:45)
   Deselect with one mouse click
   Rotate a triangle about a snap point
   Bevel two intersecting lines of a rectangle
   Round two intersecting lines of a rectangle
   Rotate and move entities tool
   Rotate Two - Rotate and place a group of entities
        (around the snap center point of a rectangle that is off-grid)
Lesson-25 - More object snap tool concepts (09:59)
   Snap the center of an equilateral triangle to a point 5 inches from the end of
        an off-grid non-orthogonal line
   Place an arc centered to the manual intersection of two lines, with the arc
        ending at the manual intersection reference lines
Lesson-26 - CAD dimension concepts (11:39)
   Placing dimensions
   Dimension parameters
Lesson-27 - More CAD concepts (13:59)
   Changing drawing units
   Formatting and placement of text
   Hatching and Fills
Lesson-28 - The QCad.ini file (07:23)
   What does it do
   Where is it located
   Why and how to remove it
   Editing the QCad.ini file
Lesson-29 - Project management (23:37)
   File Formats and Import/Export Options
   Drawing page border importing and scaling
   File naming concepts
   File backup concepts
Lesson-30 - Example drawing projects
   House floor plan
   Centering-puck for grinding crankshafts


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