Architectural Tutorial for TurboCAD
This tutorial CD teaches users how to design a single story home from start to finish utilizing 2D architectural features in TurboCAD. It includes 5 hours of videos, broken down into several "mini movies" that make it easy to learn at your own pace. In addition to designing the home plan, the program offers green design tips such as how to use “modular” design techniques to reduce or eliminate wasted lumber, trusses, concrete blocks, and more.
The videos in the tutorial have been recorded to include TurboCAD 17 architectural feature updates. It is appropriate for all levels of TurboCAD (Platinum, Pro, Deluxe, and Designer) because its emphasis is in using the 2D tools.
There are some newer topics discussed, like using the Print Style Manager to emphasize individual views. For example, a floor plan can be converted to grayscale with the electrical plan components drawn in black for clear communication of the electrical plan when printed. The TurboCAD 17 Template is completely new and incorporates the predefined print styles as illustrated in the paperspace screen shots and PDF’s taken from the drawing in the tutorial. The new template has also been updated with more of a large architectural firm look and feel, as well as utilizing the AIA layer naming standards of “Discipline-Category-subcategory”.
Quickly Get Up to Speed
Introductory lessons help you get started, providing an overview of the basic tools you’ll need including installing the files, snaps, creating tool bars, creating your custom desktop, installing symbols, and saving the template.
Create the Floor Plan
Next you will begin to apply what you’ve learned so far to set up your floor plan. Here you will learn about doors and door styles, inserting windows, dimensioning, drawing exterior slabs, and creating the shear schedule.
Add Details Step-by-Step
Next the program provides a series of tutorials that walk users through setting up the roof plan, foundation plan, elevations, building section, and electrical plan.Then, you’ll layout the site plan drawing the lot, positioning the house, and drawing the utilities. Finally, we finish the plan, placing detail markers, square footage, job info, and saving your template.
The Architectural Tutorial CD also includes:
- Architectural symbols used in the tutorial
- An architectural template and a site plan template
- A house plan designed in the tutorial
About the Author
Architectural Tutorial for TurboCAD was developed by Home Designer Kevin Mendenhall who uses TurboCAD in his architectural drafting and design company to design custom home plans.