Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013

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 Appendix

for each part, detailing additional useful CAD-related information not often found

in other text books

The 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 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-398416-6

Table of Contents

Level 1

CHAPTER 1 AutoCAD Fundamentals Part I

CHAPTER 2 AutoCAD Fundamentals Part II

CHAPTER 3 Layers, Colors, Linetypes, and Properties

CHAPTER 4 Text, Mtext, Editing, and Style

CHAPTER 5 Hatch Patterns

CHAPTER 6 Dimensions

CHAPTER 7 Blocks, Wblocks, Dynamic Blocks, Groups, and Purge

CHAPTER 8 Polar, Rectangular and Path Arrays

CHAPTER 9 Basic Printing and Output

CHAPTER 10 Advanced Output-Paper Space

Level 2

CHAPTER 11 Advanced Linework

CHAPTER 12 Advanced Layers

CHAPTER 13 Advanced Dimensions

CHAPTER 14 Options, Shortcuts, CUI, Design Center, and Express Tools

CHAPTER 15 Advanced Design and File Management Tools

CHAPTER 16 Importing and Exporting Data

CHAPTER 17 External References (Xrefs)

CHAPTER 18 Attributes

CHAPTER 20 Isometric Drawing

Level 3

CHAPTER 21 3D Basics

CHAPTER 22 Primitives

CHAPTER 23 Object Manipulation

CHAPTER 24 Boolean Operations.

CHAPTER 25 Solid Modeling

CHAPTER 26 Advanced Solids, Faces, and Edges

CHAPTER 27 Surfaces and Meshes

CHAPTER 28 UCS, Vports, Text, and Dimensions in 3D

CHAPTER 29 Dview, Walk and Fly, Animation, and Action Recording

CHAPTER 30 Lighting and Rendering