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Up and Running with AutoCAD 2010

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2010 provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of AutoCAD. These concepts have been distilled down to basic, easy to understand explanations for the benefit of beginner students. Each chapter explains the new concept or command and why it is important. Readers are given the chance to apply just-learned knowledge to a real-life exercise, drawing, or model. They can also test their knowledge with end-of-chapter quizzes and drawing exercises. The book is organized into two parts: Level 1 and Level 2. Level 1 offers a wide breadth of knowledge on many topics. Its 10 chapters comprise the complete essential knowledge set of an intermediate user. Students can then work on, if not necessarily set up and manage, moderate to complex drawings. Level 2 is meant for advanced users who are CAD managers, full-time AutoCAD draftspersons, architects, or self-employed and must do everything themselves. The goal here is depth, and several features not deemed critically important in Level 1 are revisited to explore additional advanced options. Also introduced are advanced topics necessary to set up and manage complex drawings.

Audience

Beginner through intermediate users of AutoCAD. Architectural engineers, drafting, civil/construction engineers, mechanical engineers. Students taking drafting/engineering drawing courses in engineering and engineering technology programs.

Paperback, 520 Pages

Published: November 2009

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-375719-7

Contents

  • AcknowledgementsAbout the AuthorPreface What Is AutoCAD? About This Book Teaching Methodology Text Organization What Your Goal Should BeIntroduction to Level 1 Chapter 1 - AutoCAD Fundamentals Part 1 Chapter 1 Learning Objectives Sec 1.1 - Introduction and Basic Commands Sec 1.2 - The AutoCAD Environment Sec 1.3 - Interacting with AutoCAD Sec 1.4 - Practicing the Create Objects Commands Sec 1.5 - View Objects Sec 1.6 - Practicing the Edit/Modify Objects Commands Sec 1.7 - Selection Methods Sec 1.8 - Drawing Accuracy - Part 1 Sec 1.9 - Drawing Accuracy - Part 2 Sec 1.10 - OSNAP Drafting Settings Chapter 1 Summary Chapter 1 Review Questions Chapter 1 Exercises Chapter 2 - AutoCAD Fundamentals Part II Chapter 2 Learning Objectives Sec 2.1 - Grips Sec 2.2 - Units and Scale Sec 2.3 - Snap and Grid Sec 2.4 - Cartesian coordinate system Sec 2.5 - Distance Entry Techniques Sec 2.6 - Inquiry Commands Sec 2.7 - Miscellaneous Topics Chapter 2 Summary Chapter 2 Review Questions Chapter 2 Exercises Chapter 3 - Layers, Colors, Linetypes and Properties Chapter 3 Learning Objectives Sec 3.1 - Introduction to Layers Sec 3.2 - Introduction to Linetypes Sec 3.3 - Introduction to Properties In-Class Drawing Project - Floor Plan Layout Chapter 3 Summary Chapter 3 Review Questions Chapter 3 Exercises Chapter 4 - Text, Mtext, Editing and Style Chapter 4 Learning Objectives Sec 4.1 - Introduction to Text and Mtext Sec 4.2 - Text Sec 4.3 - Mtext Sec 4.4 - Style Sec 4.5 - Spell Check In-Class Drawing Project - Adding Text and Furniture to Floor Plan Layout Chapter 4 Summary Chapter 4 Review Questions Chapter 4 Exercises Chapter 5 - Hatch Patterns Chapter 5 Learning Objectives Sec 5.1 - Introduction to Hatch Sec 5.2 - Hatch Procedures Sec 5.3 - Working with Hatch Patterns Sec 5.4 - Gradient and Solid Fill In-Class Drawing Project - Adding Hatch to Floor Plan Layout Chapter 5 Summary Chapter 5 Review Questions Chapter 5 Exercises Chapter 6 - Dimensions Chapter 6 Learning Objectives Sec 6.1 - Introduction to Dimensions Sec 6.2 - Types of Dimensions Sec 6.3 - Editing Dimensions Sec 6.4 - Customizing dimensions In-Class Drawing Project - Adding Dimensions to Floor Plan Layout Chapter 6 Summary Chapter 6 Review Questions Chapter 6 Exercises Chapter 7 - Blocks, Wblocks, Dynamic Blocks and Purge Chapter 7 Learning Objectives Sec 7.1 - Introduction to Blocks Sec 7.2 - Insert Sec 7.3 - Purge Sec 7.4 - Wblocks Sec 7.5 - Dynamic Blocks Chapter 7 Summary Chapter 7 Review Questions Chapter 7 Exercises Chapter 8 - Polar and Rectangular Arrays Chapter 8 Learning Objectives Sec 8.1 - Polar Array Sec 8.2 - Rectangular Array In-Class Drawing Project - Mechanical Device Chapter 8 Summary Chapter 8 Review Questions Chapter 8 Exercises Chapter 9 - Isometric Drawing Chapter 9 Learning Objectives Sec 9.1 - Introduction to Isometric Perspective Sec 9.2 - Basic Technique Sec 9.3 - Ellipses in Isometric Sec 9.4 - Text and Dimensions in Isometric Chapter 9 Summary Chapter 9 Review Questions Chapter 9 Exercises Chapter 10 - Basic Printing and Output Chapter 10 Learning Objectives Sec 10.1 - Introduction to Printing and Plotting Sec 10.2 - The Essentials Sec 10.3 - The Plot Dialog Box Sec 10.4 - Page Setup Manager Chapter 10 Summary Chapter 10 Review Questions Chapter 10 Exercises Spotlight On: ArchitectureIntroduction to Level 2 Chapter 11 - Advanced Linework Chapter 11 Learning Objectives Sec 11.1 - Introduction to Advanced Linework Sec 11.2 - Pline (Polyline) Sec 11.3 - Xline (Construction Line) Sec 11.4 - Ray Sec 11.5 - Spline Sec 11.6 - Mline (Multiline) Sec 11.7 - Sketch Level 2 Drawing Project (1 of 10) - Architectural Floor Plan Chapter 11 Summary Chapter 11 Review Questions Chapter 11 Exercises Chapter 12 - Advanced Layers Chapter 12 Learning Objectives Sec 12.1 - Introduction to Advanced Layers Sec 12.2 - Script Files Sec 12.3 - Layer State Manager (LSM) Sec 12.4 - Layer Filtering Level 2 Drawing Project (2 of 10) - Architectural Floor Plan Chapter 12 Summary Chapter 12 Review Questions Chapter 12 Exercises Chapter 13 - Advanced Dimensions Chapter 13 Learning Objectives Sec 13.1 - Introduction to Advanced Dimensions Sec 13.2 - Dimension Style Manager Sec 13.3 - Introduction to Constraints Sec 13.4 - Geometric Constraints Sec 13.5 - Dimensional Constraints Sec 13.6 - Dimension Driven Design Level 2 Drawing Project (3 of 10) - Architectural Floor Plan Chapter 13 Summary Chapter 13 Review Questions Chapter 13 Exercises Chapter 14 - Options, Shortcuts, CUI, Design Center and Express Tools Chapter 14 Learning Objectives Sec 14.1 - Options Sec 14.2 - Shortcuts Sec 14.3 - Customize User Interface (CUI) Sec 14.4 - Design Center Sec 14.5 - Express Tools Level 2 Drawing Project (4 of 10) - Architectural Floor Plan Chapter 14 Summary Chapter 14 Review Questions Chapter 14 Exercises Chapter 15 - Miscellaneous Topics Chapter 15 Learning Objectives Sec 15.1 - Introduction to Miscellaneous Topics Level 2 Drawing Project (5 of 10) - Architectural Floor Plan Chapter 15 Summary Chapter 15 Review Questions Chapter 15 Exercises Chapter 16 - Importing and Exporting Data Chapter 16 Learning Objectives Sec 16.1 - Introduction to Importing and Exporting Data Sec 16.2 - Importing/Exporting to and from the MS Office Applications Sec 16.3 - Screen Shots Sec 16.4 - JPGs Sec 16.5 - PDFs Sec 16.6 - Other CAD Software Sec 16.7 - Exporting and the Save As Feature Sec 16.8 - Inserting and OLE Level 2 Drawing Project (6 of 10) - Architectural Floor Plan Chapter 16 Summary Chapter 16 Review Questions Chapter 16 Exercises Chapter 17 - External References (XREFs) Chapter 17 Learning Objectives Sec 17.1 - Introduction to Xref Sec 17.2 - Using Xrefs Sec 17.3 - Layers in Xrefs Sec 17.4 - Editing and Reloading Xrefs Sec 17.5 - Multiple Xrefs Sec 17.6 - Ribbon and Xrefs Level 2 Drawing Project (7 of 10) - Architectural Floor Plan Chapter 17 Summary Chapter 17 Review Questions Chapter 17 Exercises Chapter 18 - Paper Space Chapter 18 Learning Objectives Sec 18.1 - Introduction to Paper Space Sec 18.2 - Paper Space Concepts Level 2 Drawing Project (8 of 10) - Architectural Floor Plan Chapter 18 Summary Chapter 18 Review Questions Chapter 18 Exercises Chapter 19 - Attributes Chapter 19 Learning Objectives Sec 19.1 - Introduction to Attributes Sec 19.2 - Creating the Design Sec 19.3 - Creating the Attribute Definitions Sec 19.4 - Creating the Attribute Block Sec 19.5 - Attribute Properties and Editing Sec 19.6 - Attribute Extraction Sec 19.7 - Invisible Attributes Level 2 Drawing Project (9 of 10) - Architectural Floor Plan Chapter 19 Summary Chapter 19 Review Questions Chapter 19 Exercises Chapter 20 - Advanced Output and Pen Settings Chapter 20 Learning Objectives Sec 20.1 - Introduction to Advanced Output and Pen Settings Sec 20.2 - Setting Standards Sec 20.3 - The CTB File Sec 20.4 - Additional CTB File Features Sec 20.5 - The LWT Option Level 2 Drawing Project (10 of 10) - Architectural Floor Plan Chapter 20 Summary Chapter 20 Review Questions Chapter 20 Exercises Spotlight On: EngineeringAppendix A Additional information on AutoCAD Who makes AutoCAD? What is AutoCAD LT? How is AutoCAD purchased and how much does it cost? Is there significant differences between AutoCAD releases? A brief history of Autodesk® and AutoCAD AutoCAD releases Major Autodesk® products AutoCAD related websitesAppendix B Other CAD software and Design/Analysis conceptsAppendix C File Extensions AutoCAD Primary Extensions AutoCAD Secondary Extensions Misc. Software ExtensionsAppendix D Custom Linetypes and Hatch PatternsAppendix E Principles of CAD Management Part 1 - Know the 7 Golden Rules of AutoCAD Part 2 - Know the Capabilities and Limitations of AutoCAD Part 3 - Maintain an Office CAD Standard Part 4 - Be an Effective Teacher and Hiring Manager Part 5 - Stay Current and CompetentAppendix F AutoLISP Basics and Advanced Customization ToolsAppendix G PC Hardware, Printers/Plotters and NetworksAppendix H AutoCAD Certification ExamsAppendix I AutoCAD Humor, Oddities, Quirks and Easter EggsIndex

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