Introduction to AutoCAD 2010


  • Alf Yarwood, Member of the Autodesk Developer Network

Alf Yarwood provides a practical, structured course of work matched to the latest release of AutoCAD. After introducing first principles and the creation of 2D technical drawings, he goes on to demonstrate the construction of 3D solid drawings, surface model drawings and rendering. All the new features of the 2010 software release are taken into account and the increasing emphasis on 3D solid modelling in the software is reflected in the book. The 2D chapters are also suitable for those learning how to use AutoCAD LT 2010.

Suitable for all new users of AutoCAD, this book is particularly applicable to vocational and introductory level undergraduate courses in engineering and construction. Further Education students in the UK will find this an ideal textbook to cater for the City & Guilds 4353 and 2303 qualifications and the relevant CAD units of BTEC National and BTEC Higher National Engineering and Construction schemes from Edexcel. Many Foundation Degrees also contain CAD modules for which this book can be of use.

Readers will also be able to visit a free companion website at, where they will find worked solutions and AutoCAD drawing files of stages and results for the exercises in the book, as well as further exercises and multiple-choice questions with answers.
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Students taking vocational courses in engineering drawing and design, undergraduate students in engineering, construction and architecture. Professional engineers learning AutoCAD for the first time.


Book information

  • Published: July 2009
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-868-6

Table of Contents

Part 1 – 2D design1. Introducing AutoCAD 20102. Introducing drawing3. Draw tools, Object Snap and Dynamic Input4. Zoom, Pan and templates5. The Modify tools6. Dimensions and Text7. Orthographic and isometric8. Hatching9. Blocks and Inserts10. Other types of file format11. Sheet SetsPart 2 – 3D design12. Introducing 3D modelling13. 3D models in viewports14. The modification of 3D models15. Rendering16. Building drawings17. Three-dimensional space18. Editing 3D solid models19. Other features of 3D modellingPart 3 – Internet tools and Design20. Internet tools and Help21. Design and AutoCAD 2010Appendices: Appendix A – Printing/PlottingAppendix B – List of toolsAppendix C – Some set variablesIndex