DraftSight Essentials Virtual

The DraftSight Essentials course will enable you to create, modify, annotate and print a 2D drawing in the DraftSight software.

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DraftSight is a professional, feature-rich drafting solution for creating and editing 2D and 3D designs. Used by engineers, architects, designers, educators and hobbyists alike, DraftSight provides powerful drafting features, advanced productivity tools, and flexible license options, all within a familiar interface.

In this course you will learn how to utilise the DraftSight features and ensure you capatilise on the advantages of using DraftSight.

Advantages of using DraftSight

  • Industry standard 2D CAD features

Create, edit, view, and import 2D CAD files

  • Advanced capabilities

Increase productivity and ease of use by using macros and APIs to customize and automate your workflow.

  • Familiar Interface

DraftSight offers a familiar user interface, with the ability to customize it to your workflow.

  • Connectivity

DraftSight allows you to integrate other Dassault Systemes solutions such as 3DExperience Marketplace, SolidWorks Electrical, SolidWorks PDM, Delmia and Geovia.

  • Licensing

Easily deploy and manage DraftSight across your organization through network licensing.

DraftSight Features


  • Command line input
  • familiar toolbars and menus
  • Wheel-mouse zoom and panning
  • Blocks and reference files
  • Layer manager
  • Polygonal ViewPorts
  • ViewPort locking
  • Background masks for notes
  • Property manager
  • View proxy objects
  • Dynamics wheel mous pan and zoom
  • Command aliases
  • CTB and STB print style table
  • SHX and TTF fonts
  • lineStyle files
  • Hatch pattern files
  • Templates
  • RichLines, PolyLines, 3D PolyLines and splines
  • ISO, ANSI and traditional hatch patterns
  • Solid and gradient fill
  • Tracking guides and polar guides


  • Consolidated options dialog
  • Enhanced, easy to read, command prompts
  • Home palette
  • Quick print
  • Context sensitive help

Setup and administration:

  • Support for Windows, Mac and linux operating systems
  • Multi-language character set support including Unicode fonts
  • Customizable interface
  • Fast “one-click” installation

File compatibility:

  • Read and write support for DWG/DXF files
  • Save DWG/DXF files back to previous versions
  • Create ASCII DXF files
  • Attach image files (bmp, gif, jpeg, png, tif, tiff)
  • Attach external reference drawings
  • Export to file (jpg, pdf, png, svg)
  • Save as (jpeg, png, sld, svg, tif, stl)
  • Multi-page PDF creation
  • Publish to eDrawings

MODULE 1: User interface

  • The user interface
  • Pointing devices
  • Title bar
  • Toolbars
  • Dock and undock

MODULE 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

MODULE 3: Coordinates

  • DraftSight coordinate system
  • Cartesian coordinates

MODULE 4: Inquiries

  • Distance
  • Area
  • Get properties
  • Get time

MODULE 5: Units

  • Unit length types
  • Angular unit types
  • Base angle
  • Coordinate entry

MODULE 6: Entity snaps

  • Esnap from point
  • Drawing boundaries

MODULE 7: Creating a simple drawing

  • DraftSight drawing basics
  • Stages in the process
  • New drawings
  • Lines
  • Delete Entities
  • Selection methods
  • Rectangle
  • Circles
  • Undo/redo
  • Arc
  • polygon

MODULE 8: Modifying entities

  • Modifications
  • Move
  • Rotate
  • Mirror
  • Stretch
  • Copy
  • Scale
  • Quick modify
  • Power trim

Skill Prerequisites

  • Understanding of technical drawings
  • Mechanical design experience
  • Computer literacy

System Requirements: Hardware & Software


MacOS v10.14 (Mojave), v10.15 (Catalina), or v11.0 (Big Sur)
Intel Core 2 Duo, or better
5 GB free hard disk space
3D Graphics accelerator card with OpenGL Version 3.2 or better


Minimum Requirements Recommended Requirements
Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Windows 10
Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core processor Intel Core i5 processor, AMD Phenom X4, or better
5 GB free hard disk space 5 GB free hard disk space
3D Graphics accelerator card with OpenGL Version 1.4 3D Graphics accelerator card with OpenGL Version 3.2 or better
Warren Asia
Warren Asia MECAD Academy Course Coordinator and trainer

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