DraftSight Essentials

Learn the essential 2D CAD drafting skills

Training Course Contents

Learn how to use DraftSight 2D CAD software to optimize your drawings or optimize your designs for manufacturability so you can maximize quality, avoid rework and decrease your time to market.

This training course will help you to:

  • Create and print drawings and understand the essential DraftSight commands
  • Manage your drawings with layers, blocks, and properties
  • Add text, dimensions and other annotations to your drawings

Course Info at a glance

In-class 2 Days (7 hours/day)

Or Online 2 Days (7 hours/day)

Hands-on Practical Training

Basic Level

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2D CAD users from all industries will benefit from this course

Requirements & Benefits


Basic understanding of Windows™

Able to take 2 days out for training

Features Targeted

Lines, circle, arc, polygon, rectangle

Move, copy, rotate, trim, scale, mirror

Layers, dimensions, text, printing

Skills you will acquire

Essential drafting skills with DraftSight

Layer and entities management 

An understanding of Blocks

DraftSight Essentials Lessons

The following lessons are included in the course

Lesson 1: User Interface

  • What is DraftSight?
  • The User Interface
  • Stages in the Process
  • Pointing Devices
  • Title Bar
  • Toolbars
  • Dock and Undock
  • Exercise 1: Mouse Gestures

Lesson 2: View Commands

  • Viewing Drawings in DraftSight
  • Stages in the Process
  • Dynamic Pan
  • Dynamic Zoom
  • Zoom Window
  • Zoom Fit
  • Rebuild
  • Display Quality
  • Zoom Previous
  • Named Views
  • View Tiles
  • Exercise 2: Zoom and Pan
  • Exercise 3: Views

Lesson 3: Coordinates

  • DraftSight Coordinate System
  • Stages in the Process
  • Cartesian Coordinates
  • Inquiries
  • Distance
    • Area
    • Get Properties
    • Get Time
  • Units
    • Unit Length Types
    • Angular Unit Types
  • Base Angle
  • Coordinate Entry
  • Quick Input
  • Entity Snaps
    • Esnap From Point
  • Drawing Boundaries
  • Exercise 4: Inquiries
  • Exercise 5: Entity Snaps and Coordinates

Lesson 4: Creating a Simple Drawing

  • DraftSight Drawing Basics
  • Stages in the Process
  • New Drawings
  • Lines
  • Delete
  • Selection Methods
  • Rectangle
  • Circle
  • Undo / Redo
  • Arc
  • Polygon
  • Exercise 6: Create a simple drawing

Lesson 5: Modifying Entities

  • Modifications
  • Stages in the Process
  • Move
  • Rotate
  • Mirror
  • Stretch
  • Copy
  • Scale
  • Quick Modify
  • Power Trim
  • Exercise 7: Move and Rotate
  • Exercise 8: Mirror and Stretch
  • Exercise 9: Power Trim & Scale

Lesson 6: Properties and Layers

  • Layers
  • Stages in the Process
  • Layer States
    • Show or Hide Layers
  • Freeze and Thaw Layers
  • Locked Layers
  • Layer Manager
  • Entity Properties
    • Color
    • Line Style
    • Line Weight
  • Properties Painter
    • Clean
  • Exercise 10: Layers and Properties

Lesson 7: Dimensions

  • Dimensions
  • Stages in the Process
  • Dimension Styles
  • Smart Dimension
  • Linear Dimension
  • Angular Dimension
  • Diameter Dimension
  • Dimension Palette
  • Continue Dimensions
  • Split Dimension
  • Exercise 11: Dimension Style
  • Exercise 12: Dimensioning
  • Exercise 13: Modifying Dimensions

Lesson 8: Text

  • Text
  • Stages in the Process
  • Text styles
  • Simple Notes
  • Notes
  • Note Formatting
  • Smart Leaders
  • Curved Text
  • Find and Replace
  • Spell Check
  • Exercise 14: Adding Text
  • Exercise 15: Format Text

Lesson 9: Blocks

  • Blocks
  • Stages in the Process
  • Make Blocks
  • Paste as Block
  • Insert Block
  • Edit Component
  • Assign Attributes
  • Update Block Attributes
  • Block Attributes Display Mode
  • Edit Attributes
  • Exercise 16: Creating and Inserting Blocks

Lesson 10: Printing

  • Printing in DraftSight
  • Stages in the Process
  • Print Previews
  • Print Configurations
  • Quick Print
  • Manual setup
  • Additional Options
  • Style Table
  • Exercise 17: Manual Print

Training Methods

Choose from three different training methods available to you

SOLIDWORKS Group Training

Group/Public Training

Receive SOLIDWORKS training as a group in a traditional classroom environment.

Classes can be taken in one of our 12 training locations across Canada using SOLIDWORKS approved training content and methodologies.

  • Cost effective training method.
  • Leave the office to concentrate on learning.
  • Learn more through group questions and feedback.
SOLIDWORKS Online Training

Live Online Training

With our online training you will experience an interactive learning environment where you can give feedback, gain access to the SOLIDWORKS training files and get time to work on training exercises.

  • Online courses are typically half day sessions.
  • More effective than video based training, with recorded videos learners are often not as focused on the training and skip exercises.
SOLIDWORKS Onsite Training

Onsite at your location

Receive training at your place of work. This style of flexible training is perfect for teams or individuals who are faced with a specific challenge and require personalized courses with on-the-job coaching.

  • Use our state-of-the-art mobile classroom at your facility.
  • Bring your team up to a consistent level of knowledge by having them take the same training at the same time.
  • Benefit from flexible scheduling options.

Upcoming Classes

Choose a DraftSight Essentials class from the list below

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    Thursday, 23rd May, 20242 Days (7 hours/day)OnlineGet a Quote
    Wednesday, 17th July, 20242 Days (7 hours/day)OnlineGet a Quote
    Thursday, 19th September, 20242 Days (7 hours/day)OnlineGet a Quote
    Thursday, 14th November, 20242 Days (7 hours/day)OnlineGet a Quote

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