Up and Running with AutoCAD 2014

2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling


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

Get "Up and Running" with AutoCAD using Gindis’s combination of step-by-step instruction, examples, and insightful explanations. The emphasis from the beginning is on core concepts and practical application of AutoCAD in architecture, engineering and design. Equally useful in instructor-led classroom training, self-study, or as a professional reference, the book is written with the user in mind by a long-time AutoCAD professional and instructor based on what works in the industry and the classroom.
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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: August 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-410492-1

Table of Contents


LEVEL 1 - Chapters 1-10

CHAPTER 1 - AutoCAD Fundamentals: Part I
CHAPTER 2 - AutoCAD Fundamentals: Part II

SPOTLIGHT ON: Architecture

CHAPTER 3 - Layers, Colors, Linetypes, and Properties
CHAPTER 4 - Text, Mtext, Editing, and Style
CHAPTER 5 - Hatch Patterns

SPOTLIGHT ON: Mechanical Engineering

CHAPTER 6 - Dimensions 
CHAPTER 7 - Blocks, Wblocks, Dynamic Blocks, Groups, and Purge
CHAPTER 8 - Polar, Rectangular, and Path Arrays

SPOTLIGHT ON: Electrical Engineering

CHAPTER 9 - Basic Printing and Output
CHAPTER 10 - Advanced Output - Paper Space

Level 1 - Answers to Review Questions

LEVEL 2 - Chapters 11-20

CHAPTER 11 - Advanced Linework
CHAPTER 12 - Advanced Layers

SPOTLIGHT ON: Interior Design

CHAPTER 13 - Advanced Dimensions
CHAPTER 14 - Options, Shortcuts, CUI, Design Center, and Express Tools
CHAPTER 15 - Advanced Design and File Management Tools

SPOTLIGHT ON: Civil Engineering

CHAPTER 16 - Importing and Exporting Data
CHAPTER 17 - External References (Xrefs)
CHAPTER 18 - Attributes

SPOTLIGHT ON: Aerospace Engineering

CHAPTER 19 - Advanced Output and Pen Settings
CHAPTER 20 - Isometric Drawing

Level 2 - Answers to Review Questions

LEVEL 3 - Chapters 21-30

CHAPTER 21 - 3D Basics
CHAPTER 22 - Object Manipulation

SPOTLIGHT ON: Chemical Engineering

CHAPTER 23 - Boolean Operations and Primitives
CHAPTER 24 - Solid Modeling
CHAPTER 25 - Advanced Solids, Faces, and Edges

SPOTLIGHT ON: Bio-Medical Engineering

CHAPTER 26 - Surfaces and Meshes
CHAPTER 27 - Slicing, Sectioning, Layouts and Vports
CHAPTER 28 - Advanced UCS, Views, Text and Dimensions in 3D


CHAPTER 29 - Dview, Cameras, Walk and Fly, Path Animation
CHAPTER 30 - Lighting and Rendering

Level 3 - Answers to Review Questions


APPENDIX A - Additional Information on AutoCAD 
APPENDIX B - Other CAD Software and Design and Analysis
APPENDIX C - File Extensions
APPENDIX D - Custom Linetypes and Hatch Patterns
APPENDIX E - Principles of CAD Management
APPENDIX F - AutoLISP Basics and Advanced Customization Tools
APPENDIX G - PC Hardware, Printers and Plotters, and Networks 
APPENDIX H - What Are Kernels?
APPENDIX I - Lighting, Rendering, Effects, and Animation
APPENDIX J - AutoCAD Certification Exams
APPENDIX K - AutoCAD Employment
APPENDIX L - AutoCAD Humor, Oddities, Quirks, and Easter Eggs