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Assignment 1.A
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I’ve started to learn how to navigate and use the AutoCAD program, which will help me to learn the more in depth skills that I’m sure I’ll be learning later on in the class. With this assignment the skill the I used most was using the line tool to enter absolute coordinates into the program to make a figure. At first I had a hard time figuring out how I should go about making the V to get a four. After looking at how wide the M itself was, and then how wide the its legs were, it helped me figure out how wide the V should be and where the vertex on the inside should hit in order for the limbs to be the same width all the way down. I was successful in plugging in the coordinates to make the M and then coming up with my own coordinates to make a V. This will help me in the future to know how to enter absolute coordinates when needed and use my head to create my own shapes and designs.

Assignment 2.B
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Compared to the last drawing I’ve been learning how to further navigate AutoCAD and I learned how to use relative coordinates with the line tool rather than absolute coordinates. Knowing how to use relative coordinates will help when I don’t know the exact coordinate for the point that I want the line to go to, but I have an idea of how long and which way I want it to go. One problem I ran into with this assignment was while making the spiraling diamond. It took me some time to figure out the pattern that the coordinates follow which was much easier to figure out with the square. After getting the hang of making diagonal lines with relative coordinates I figured out how to make the points go where I wanted them to without thinking too much. I was successful in making the spiraling square and diamond using relative coordinates, and I can use this skill for future assignment when necessary.

Assignment 3.C
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With this drawing, I’ve been working learning how to use polar coordinates with the line tool and put the side lengths in using the linear dimension and aligned linear dimension tools. In the last two assignments I learned how to use absolute and relative coordinates. Knowing how to use polar coordinates is a helpful tool when it comes to working with angles. If you know how long a line is supposed to be and what angle direction it is supposed to go in, then it’s much easier to work with polar coordinates rather than figure out the exact coordinate the line is going to. One of my main problems while making both the falcon and my own drawing was with the linear dimension tools. Even though my object snaps tool was toggled on, when I was going to click on the end of a line, my cursor sometimes snapped to the end of the side length line for the line next to it. I didn’t really notice at first but then I started realizing that some of the side lengths were reading as numbers such as 1.098 when I knew I just made the length 1. I realized that I could fix the problem as long as I paid extra close attention to which line my cursor was snapping too. I was successful in learning how to operate polar coordinates, and planning and creating my first very own drawing without guidelines of what to make like with the spiraling diamond and V. The planning that I did before starting to make my C drawing is a skill that will help me to figure out what I’m doing before just jumping right into future drawings and then having nothing work for me.

Assignment 3.D
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Compared to the last drawing, I’ve been working on how to look at a drawing and decide how it can be made using absolute, relative, or polar coordinates. After I finished the W coordinate worksheet, I decided to make an N using a mixture of the three different coordinates, and then show how it could be made with each of them individually. The skills I learned while doing this was learning how to switch between the three different types of coordinates depending on which works best for the situation. I think this will help a lot in the future because now I know how to determine when I should use what coordinate type in a certain situation. I didn’t have any problems with this assignment, and I think that mostly has to do with that fact that this assignment didn’t really require me to learn anything new, it was just solidifying the skills I already learned in a different way. I was successful in both coming up with the W coordinates for the three different types I learned, as well as creating my own drawing and doing the same thing for that. To be successful, I really paid attention to what I was doing so these skills would stick with me and wouldn’t forget them in the future even when I’m learning additional skills.

Assignment 4.E
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While completing this assignment I’ve learned many new things compared to the past drawings I’ve done. Rather than working with typing in coordinates, I’ve been learning other equally helpful skills. Some of the additional skills I’ve learned doing this assignment are how to use the arc tool, circle tool, trim tool, and object snaps such as the tangent, endpoint, midpoint, center, intersection, parallel, and perpendicular snaps. This skills are all very helpful in creating even basic drawings and will continue to be helpful as I learn to make harder drawings in future assignments. I didn’t run into any problems while making the whirligig drawing but I had a hard time when it came time to make my own drawing and incorporating different object snaps to make something. Once I got started making lines I came up with an idea for a drawing and I didn’t really have any problems after that. I ended up using the endpoint, midpoint, intersection, perpendicular, and center object snaps as well as the arc, circle, and trim tool. I was successful in using pretty much all of the many new skills I learned to create a drawing, and this will help me to keep using these skills rather than just forgetting about them.

Assignment 4.F
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In this assignment, I have learned how to use a few more new tools. The new skills I’ve learned have been how to use the offset and mirror tool as well as how to make center lines. These skills will help me in the future of the course because they can make things much easier for me when it is appropriate for them to be used. These skills could be applied whenever designing something that is symmetrical and has parallel lines. One problem I had while doing this assignment was when it came time to making the angled lines in the sheet stamping drawings. At first I didn’t understand that you were supposed to make the two angled lines and then just trim them and I couldn’t figure out what the line length was. After I looked at it and tried some things, I realized that the trim tool could be used to do this. I was successful in making the sheet stamping drawing along with my own drawing using the mirror tool and offset tool to make parallel lines. This will help me to know how to use these skills in future assignments.

Assignment 4.G
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I’ve learned about how to used a few more specific tools while completing this assignment. The new tools I used to do these drawings were the ellipse, copy, rotate, and scale tools. I also used the trim tool and a few others skills I learned in the past as well. These skills are getting me more and more used to all of the different functions and capabilities of the AutoCAD program which will make it easier to do more complicated things in the future. The only issue I had while creating my atomic symbol and flower were when using the rotate tool, I was repeatedly forgot to make sure I was rotating a copy the original object. Once I got the hang of using the rotate tool, I began to remember to make sure I copied it and things went fine from there on out. I was successful in making the atomic symbol with the new skills I learned and then made my own drawing to reinforce the new skills after. By continuing to do the extra part for the 4, it really helps to get additional practice with the new tools I learned to use so I can use them again later on.

Assignment 4.H
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In the last drawing I was just using tools in the program alone, such as rotate and scale to make my own drawings. Compared to the last assignment I’ve been working on using a reference drawing to replicate and make my own by looking at the dimensions and measurements of the blueprint. To make the slote plate I also had to learn how to do filleted and chamfered edges on a rectangle. All of these various skills will most likely help me to make different drawings in the future where these tools are necessary. Knowing how to look at a reference drawing and design it on the program is something that I'm sure engineers have to do in real life. I didn’t have any problems with creating the slote plate and only had issues figuring out what sizes to make the sockets and parts like that on my outlet drawing. Once I got a basic idea of where to put things though, I was fine to finish the rest of the outlet. I’ve really begun to start to put more and more of the skills I’ve learned together to be successful in completing a single drawing. This will help me to continue using many skills all together to make different drawings further along in this class.

Assignment 5.I

I’ve been working on very different drawings for this assignment compared to the last. Instead of working on the normal rectangular grid that I have in every other assignment, I used a isometric dot grid in order to make isometric drawings. These were the first drawings that we have done that sort of look 3D even though they aren’t. These drawings didn’t require me to use any of the tools in the program besides the line tool so I didn’t really learn any knew skills besides how to create figures on this new type of grid. This could come in handy when if I ever need to make isometric type figures in the future though. I had troubles making the figures look like the did in the example picture at first because the dots on the AutoCAD program were different spacing then the ones in the picture. I managed to do the best that I could even though I had to change the size and angle of them a bit. I was successful in learning how to figure out how to work with the program even when things don’t exactly match up. I think this might help in the future of this course when I need to create something with guidelines but no exact measurements or directions.

Assignment 6.J
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This assignment was even more different from what I was used to than the last one. This was my first actual 3D drawing that I created for the class rather than just the 2D images I have been drawing in the past. I learned many new skills while completing this assignment. Some specific things I learned was how to make 3D objects such as a cube and a cylinder, and then how to use the 3D array tool to make the single cube into a total of 27 cubes in the form of a Rubik’s cube. I also learned how to use the extrude and the press/pull tools to turn a 2D object such as a circle and turn it into a cylinder and then change the length making it shorter or taller from there. All of these things will help build a basis in 3D modeling as I continue to make more 3D objects. I’m sure these types of figures are more like the ones that engineers deal with in real life. I had trouble figuring out how to get the three cylinders inside the Rubik’s cube at first but I realized after that I could do it by making a circle on the top of the cube and then extruding it though, in all three directions. I was successful in learning the basics of 3D modelings and creating my first 3D object. I believe this will help me in the engineering course next semester where I’m sure I will be designing more 3D figures.

Assignment 7.K
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This final assignment was more 3D object making, similar to the last assignment, but I learned how to use new tools as well. Some of the skills I learned specifically were how to turn a 2D drawing into a 360 degree 3D object with the revolving tool in the modeling toolbar. I used this new tool to make both a frisbee and a lightbulb. Knowing how to use these skills makes my job easier when I can just make part of an object in 2D and then revolve it all the way around making it a 3D model. I’m sure these are probably some of the same tools and skills that are used in real life when making objects similar to these two. I didn’t have any problems with the actual drawing part of the assignment, I just didn’t like how they don’t look exactly perfect and kind of weird, but I jut dealt with it. Besides that everything else was fine. I was successful in creating a lightbulb and frisbee, which are also last assignments of the class. Doing all of these past assignments well and passing the class will help me to now have a basic knowledge of the different areas of AutoCAD for the upper level pre-engineering class I’m taking next.