November 10, 2011


I've been using AutoCAD since Release 11, when it was DOS based. A lot has changed since then, and for the better! I enjoy finding new tips, tricks and little things to help make life easier.

Here is something simple but worth it. Osnap - Parallel. This Osnap allows you to draw a new line or object parallel to a reference object. You start the line command, and then using the Parallel Osnap hover over the reference line. You will see a symbol looking like this "//" over the line. It will disapear as you move off, but once you are lined up parallel with the reference line and your new line, the symbol will reappear and you can draw your line parallel. Simple but effective! Enjoy!


  1. I have to learn solidworks quickly for my job. I have used autodesk inventor (different CAD software) before for a short period of time. So I have some experience. . I am willing to put the time and effort in. . I have access to it in my lab. So What is the best and quickest way to learn?.

    Solidworks Support

  2. INTERCXAD: We here at ASTI do not sell nor support Solidworks. As you noted, it is similar to Inventor and I would suspect the transition would be fairly easy.


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