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Lab 6

Computer Inventory



Assignment: PC Inventory

1)      Use Qnew to start a new drawing.

2)      Use default template acad.dwt file. This will set the limits to 12x9.

3)      Under “File” choose “saveas” to save drawing under appropriate name and directory.

4)      At the prompt type in “units”.

5)      Within the dialogue box choose appropriate units and precision settings.

6)      Turn the grid “on” if you prefer.

7)      Zoom drawing to “all”.

8)      Create appropriate layers, colors and load linetypes under the pull down menu “format”. Example: Layers would be, border, part, dimension, text, titleblock and each layer would have a corresponding color. Load linetypes that may be needed in drawing.

9)      Utilize the Text Style Manager to create different text “styles”. i.e.: dimension, gentxt.

10)  Start drawing at a X,Y coordinate that will allow for good drafting practices to be used.

Use the following steps to create one PC block with text labels and with the following attributes:  computer #, hard drive, ram, manufacturer, monitor size, processor type, and account code.

a. Draw the computer and text labels (Computer #, and all the text in black)  that will make up the block. (If you already have a block and want to add attributes to it, you can explode the block, add the attributes, and recreate the block.)

b. Choose Draw>Block>Define Attributes (ATTDEF command) to open the Attribute Definition dialog box.

c. In the Mode section, check one or more of the following:

Verify: Prompts you to verify the value, useful when you have a preset.  Preset: Inserts a default value, but you can edit it if you set the ATTDIA system variable to 1.

In the Attribute section, specify the Tag, which is like a field/column name for the attribute. For example, enter 'HD Size' for the attribute containing the size of the hard drive information. The tag is converted to uppercase and cannot contain spaces or exclamation points.

Enter a prompt, which is similar to the tag, but can contain spaces.

Enter a value to set a default value. In AutoCAD 2009, this is called the Default.

In the Text Options/Settings section, choose a justification, text style, height, and rotation.

In the Insertion Point section, check the Specify On-Screen check box to specify the location of the attribute. Otherwise, enter the desired coordinates.

Check the Lock Position in Block check box to lock the position of the attribute relative to the block, so that you can't grip edit it and move it.

Click OK. At the prompt, specify the location if prompted.

11.  Choose Make Block on the Draw toolbar (BLOCK command) and use the Block Definition dialog box to create the block. When you select the attributes, separately pick them in the order you want them to appear to prompt you for values. You can choose the Delete option to delete the block and attribute items, because you'll insert the block later, with its attributes.

When you're ready to insert the block, you can specify attribute values on the command line or in a dialog box. By default, you specify them on the command line. To use a dialog box, change the value of the ATTDIA system variable to 1.

12.  Use the INSERT command to insert the PC block seven more times to create the computer room.

    13. Use the Data Extraction command (under the Tools menu) to create a summary table on your drawing.  At the same time, create an Excel file containing this summary information.  Open the Excel file and put your name at the bottom of the table. 

    14.  Once the drawing is complete, create a layout with a title block.   Fill in the relevant title block information. 

    15.  Email your AutoCAD drawing and Excel file to

                     Last Updated:  23 March 2010