Up and Running with AutoCAD 2012

2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling


  • Elliot Gindis, President of AutoCAD training firm Vertical Technologies Consulting and Design

Gindis introduces AutoCAD with step by step instructions, stripping away complexities to  begin working in AutoCAD immediately.  All concepts are explained first in theory, and then shown in practice, helping the reader understand what it is they are doing and why, before they do it.Divided into three parts, the book covers beginning through advanced AutoCAD, including 3D features.  Also included is an extensive Appendixfor each part, detailing additional useful CAD-related information not often foundin other text booksThe book contains supporting graphics (screen shots) and a summary with a self-test section at the end of each chapter. Also included are drawing examples and exercises, and two running “projects” that the student works on as he/she progresses through the chapters .  
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Beginner through advanced users of AutoCAD.  Architectural engineers, drafting, civil/construction engineers, mechanical engineers.  Students taking drafting/engineering drawing courses in engineering and engineering technology programs. 


Book information

  • Published: July 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-387029-2


"This beginner's guide to two dimensional drawing with AutoCAD 2012 provides step-by-step instructions for performing common tasks with this industry leading drafting and design application. Beginning with an overview of the software environment and basic commands, the work covers layers and line types, text and dimensioning, blocks and groups, and basic printing and outputs. Chapters also cover additional topics such as options and shortcuts, design and file management tools, importing and exporting data, and external preferences. Chapters include illustrations and code examples as well as summaries, exercises, and study questions."--Reference and Research Book News, Inc.

Table of Contents

Level 1CHAPTER 1 AutoCAD Fundamentals Part ICHAPTER 2 AutoCAD Fundamentals Part IICHAPTER 3 Layers, Colors, Linetypes, and PropertiesCHAPTER 4 Text, Mtext, Editing, and StyleCHAPTER 5 Hatch PatternsCHAPTER 6 DimensionsCHAPTER 7 Blocks, Wblocks, Dynamic Blocks, Groups, and PurgeCHAPTER 8 Polar, Rectangular and Path ArraysCHAPTER 9 Basic Printing and OutputCHAPTER 10 Advanced Output-Paper SpaceLevel 2CHAPTER 11 Advanced LineworkCHAPTER 12 Advanced LayersCHAPTER 13 Advanced DimensionsCHAPTER 14 Options, Shortcuts, CUI, Design Center, and Express ToolsCHAPTER 15 Advanced Design and File Management ToolsCHAPTER 16 Importing and Exporting DataCHAPTER 17 External References (Xrefs)CHAPTER 18 AttributesCHAPTER 20 Isometric DrawingLevel 3CHAPTER 21 3D BasicsCHAPTER 22 PrimitivesCHAPTER 23 Object ManipulationCHAPTER 24 Boolean Operations.CHAPTER 25 Solid ModelingCHAPTER 26 Advanced Solids, Faces, and EdgesCHAPTER 27 Surfaces and MeshesCHAPTER 28 UCS, Vports, Text, and Dimensions in 3DCHAPTER 29 Dview, Walk and Fly, Animation, and Action RecordingCHAPTER 30 Lighting and RenderingAPPENDICES