About Michael

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Michael E. Beall

1917 Harrington Mill Road
Shelbyville, KY 40065
Office/FAX – 502.633.3994


Family ManMTHNKFL_sm

God and family are first. Every perfect gift comes from above, and the Lord has abundantly blessed my family and me.

Since moving to Kentucky from California in 1993, by His grace, He has continued to grow my business. I am very thankful to those of you who have made it possible.

Happy HusbandDonna_Skipper_Fun

Married to my lovely bride, Donna, since 1986, she has no equal.  Only by the grace of God could I have found a woman who would accept and adapt to my travel schedule, run a 5-acre homestead with two horses, and still manage her own company, Donna’s Equine Care.

Joshua_CTGSiteProud Parent

In June of 2014, our son, Joshua, (www.notjoshbeall.com) graduated from the Art Institute of Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production (YESSSS!)  Within 6 weeks of graduation, he had secured a salaried position with Axxis, Inc. (www.axxisinc.com), an event technology company in Louisville.

CAD Trainer

Since 1982. 6 continents, 11 countries, and 41 states … so far. [Still waiting on a call from Antarctica to make all 7, but not holding my breath]

Autodesk Certified Instructor

Shortly after I arrived in Kentucky, the University of Louisville Autodesk Training Center invited me to teach their Level I AutoCAD. While I was there [1995 – 2005], Autodesk granted me these instructional awards:

  • Instructional Quality Award – 2000
  • Instructional Quality Award in Industry Training – 2000
  • Instructional Quality Award – 1997

Autodesk Authorized Author

Since moving to Kentucky, the following endeavors would have never seen the light of day if my Mom hadn’t made me take that sissy typing class in 7th grade.

  • The AutoCAD Workbench, Final Edition, Published June 2017 – Author
  • The AutoCAD Workbench, 2nd Edition, Published August 2013 – Author
  • The AutoCAD Workbench, Published June 2010 – Author
  • Michael’s Corner on www.cadtutor.net/corner   [14 years – January 2003 – November 2016]
  • The AutoCAD Toolbelt bi-monthly newsletter – Editor/Publisher [Farewell issue 6/05]
  • AutoCAD 2006: Transitioning from AutoCAD 2002 to AutoCAD 2006 [AOTC] – Author
  • AutoCAD 2005: Transitioning from AutoCAD 2000 to AutoCAD 2005 [AOTC] – Author
  • Inside AutoCAD 2000 – Development Editor
  • Inside AutoCAD R14 – Author team
  • AutoCAD R14 Fundamentals – Co-author (with Howard Fulmer, Villanova University)
  • Inside AutoCAD LT for Windows 95 – Co-author
  • AutoCAD Release 13 for Beginners – Co-author


When I’m invited to speak to groups, it’s usually for an AutoCAD tips and trick session on the current release that ranges anywhere from one to four hours. These sessions I refer to as my “AutoCAD Toolbelt” sessions during which I (hopefully) give the attendees the AutoCAD tools they need to get the job done QBSF*.

If you have an event where you need high energy, AutoCAD “info-tainment”, I’m here when you need me.


  • METROCON15 – Dallas, After the Revit Kool-Aid: Customizing AutoCAD for Productivity


  • Workplace Furnishings Annual Conference – Program Speaker, Revit Insights
  • Autodesk University 2014 – Las Vegas, NV – Lab, Click My Ride: Customizing AutoCAD for How You Work


  • Autodesk University 2013- Las Vegas, NV – Lab, Click My Ride: Customizing AutoCAD for How You Work
    AU Speaker Award for Hands-on Labs!
  • CET User Conference – Program Speaker, Revit for Dealership Designers
  • TN ASID Chapter Conference – Program Speaker, The World of CAD
  • METROCON13 – Dallas, Revit for Dealership Designers
  • NeoCon 2013 – Chicago, Revit for Dealership Designers


  • 10th Annual Z-Axis User Conference – Grand Rapids, MI


  • Autodesk University 2011 – Las Vegas, NV – Lab, Customizing Productivity Tools for AutoCAD II
  • METROCON 11 – Dallas, AutoCAD Toolbelt Seminar, August 2011


  • Autodesk University 2010 – Las Vegas, NV – Lab, Customizing Productivity Tools for AutoCAD II
  • Louisville City Center / IIDA – Program Speaker, November 2010
  • METROCON 10 – Dallas, AutoCAD Toolbelt Seminar, August 2010
  • NeoCon 2010 – Chicago, AutoCAD Toolbelt Seminar


  • Autodesk University 2009 – Las Vegas, NV – Lab, Customizing Productivity Tools for AutoCAD
  • NeoCon 2009 – Chicago, AutoCAD Toolbelt Seminar
  • East Region Design Forum 2009, Guest Speaker, Herman Miller, Inc. – New York City


  • North Region Design Forum 2008, Guest Speaker, Herman Miller, Inc. – Chicago
  • Louisville City Center / IIDA – Program Speaker, October 2008
  • NeoCon 2008 – Chicago, AutoCAD Toolbelt Seminar


  • NeoCon 2007 – Chicago, AutoCAD Toolbelt Seminar


  • NeoCon 2006 – Chicago, AutoCAD Toolbelt Seminar


  • Autodesk University 2005 – Orlando, FL – AutoCAD Toolbelt Seminar
  • NeoCon 2005 – Chicago, AutoCAD Toolbelt Seminar
  • National Collegiate CAD Conference 2005 – Keynote Address / Iowa State


  • NeoCon 2004 – Chicago, AutoCAD Toolbelt Seminar
  • Chicago Chapter IIDA – Program Speaker, January 2004


  • NeoCon 2003 – Chicago, AutoCAD Toolbelt Seminar

*Quicker, Better, Smarter, Faster


  • Bachelor of Architecture, 1978
  • University of Cincinnati/DAA

The AutoCAD Workbench, Final Edition

Fourteen years in the making, The AutoCAD Workbench, Final Edition is a collection of 340+ ‘How-To’ exercises, over 160 Gold Star tips, and topical insights with hundreds of figures and illustrations designed to make you more productive with AutoCAD. Easy-to-follow steps give you practical examples to guide you through a broad array of commands and applications.

You have a life, The AutoCAD Workbench will help you get it back!

“If you’ve experienced a training session with Michael, you know how invaluable his lessons are. If not, his books are the next best thing! Easy-to-follow, easy-to-use and not dumbed down in a way that makes you feel like you aren’t ‘getting’ it. I love Michael’s style and love his books! A definite ‘must -have’ for either the novice or veteran CAD user.
Victoria B. – Senior Project Designer

“I’m self-taught, and this was a GOLD MINE for me!”

AWBF Spiral-bound Book + PDF version: US$ 30.00
Best Value!

A Bit About the Author: Michael E. Beall

Michael E. Beall is the owner of CAD Trainer Guy, LLC in Shelbyville, KY. Mr. Beall provides customized, hands-on, application-specific training on all versions of Autodesk® AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT® products, Autodesk Revit® Fundamentals, CAP Designer, 20-20 Worksheet, and Visual Impression. All seminars can be presented either on-site or as a webinar.

Michael has been presenting CAD seminars to the A&D community, facility departments and the contract furniture industry since 1982 and on AutoCAD since 1990. A popular speaker, Michael has presented at numerous trade shows, and for several years at Autodesk University. At AU
2013, he won the coveted ‘Speaker Award’ for his Hands‐On Lab, ‘Click My Ride: Customizing AutoCAD for How You Work’. All the content from his AU sessions are in the Final Edition. Over the last 35 years he has trained on 6 continents, 11 countries, 41 states, and Guam.

As an Autodesk Authorized Author, he authored two volumes of Autodesk Official Training Courseware, and has authored or co-authored five titles published by New Riders Publishing, including the popular ‘Inside AutoCAD’ series.

Mr. Beall received his B.Arch from the University of Cincinnati/DAA in 1978. You will also find AutoCAD tips, and assorted productivity files over on the Downloads page.

Additional AutoCAD insights can be found at Michael’s Corner Archive on CADTutor.net from which this book was inspired.

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