I am interested in producing 2D floor plans for my house to start with. Maybe later going on to 3D but obviously not yet! I have tried playing with it but to no avail and fear I will abandon it if I can't use it properly.If you don't know what you don't know, how are you supposed to know what you should know? You know?
Hi Mutley, If you are going to be starting with drawing a floorplan of your (existing?) house, I would suggest you start with learning about:
- Page Setup Wizard, which for the novice, is a very simple and efficient way of setting up a drawing, including the type and precision of the Space Units he/she wants to draw in. (Space Units example: English system; Format Category [probably Architectural, in your case]; World Units [ " in U.S.A; mm elsewhere]; Decimal Precision [4 ought to serve you in the USA; that's 1/16" in the English system], etc.)
- Layers-- Just the basics: creating them, adjusting a few of their settings, and using them. You don't need to concern yourself with Layer Templates or Layers Filters at this time; those features are a lot to grasp, and you can get by without them.
- the architectural Wall Tool; including setting the Pen, Brush, and Wall Properties.
- Snaps, including SEKEs (Single Equivalent Keyboard Entries). For drawing a floorplan, you will want to have a grasp of Vertex, Intersection, Middle, and Nearest on Graphic Snaps, as well as the Ortho option typically located within the Snaps Toolbar; those should be sufficient to efficiently draw a floorplan.*
- Construction Tools (Horizontal & Vertical Construction Lines; Angular Construction Lines; Parallel Construction Lines; and Construction Circle)
- the Dimension Tool, including the Orthogonal Dimension, Parallel Dimension, and Continuous Dimension.
In addition, you might want to learn how to set up and use a Grid
. I don't use a Grid, never did. I believe that many if not most others do. But if you are drawing an existing house floorplan, I can't see that a Grid is going to serve you much purpose. *If you use a Grid, you will want to learn about the Grid
Snap as well.
You will be drawing in Modelspace (the active tab at the bottom/left of the TurboCAD drawing desktop should say "Model") for now at Full Scale
(meaning that, for example, when drawing a 20' long Wall, you will be entering a length value of 20'
). If you stick with it-- and us-- we'll teach you later how to take your Modelspace floorplan and place it onto "a sheet of paper"-for-printing
in Paperspace, at an appropriate scale.
Use the videos links and other resources the others referred you to. Look for those videos and other Tutorials on the subjects I detailed above. The videos that Andy linked you to might include the videos that Rip Fowler (with IMSIDesign; Forum User Name "turbotech" ; I'm pretty sure that Rip is the one that made all the videos attributed to "Posted By... IMSIDesign") posted on these Forums, available at the top of the Tips and Tricks
Forum, but check there as well.
You might be tempted, but I wouldn't suggest using the House Wizard
feature. For now, just focus on drawing Walls, of accurate widths (e.g.: 3Â½" for U.S. 2x4 walls; and 5Â½" for U.S. 2x6 walls), of accurate lengths, and accurately placed, using the Standard
Wall Style provided. In addition, you will want to learn how to Dimension
the Walls' lengths and placements; the only way to verify that you drew the Walls of your floorplan correctly is to insert Dimensions indicating their lengths and placements in relation to one another.
Your first objective is to get the Walls of your floorplan drawn and insert the Dimensions. Get that far along, and you've learned some good basics. Get that far along-- and you haven't abandoned TurboCAD and us-- we''ll take you to the next step of creating and placing Windows, Doors, Cabinets, and plumbing fixtures.(the above advice is assuming that you have absolutely no prior experience or education in CAD)