Introduction to AutoCAD 2007

1st Edition

2D and 3D Design

Authors: Alf Yarwood
Paperback ISBN: 9780750681544
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 15th August 2006
Page Count: 360


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Taking the reader step by step through the features of AutoCAD, Alf Yarwood provides a practical, structured course of work matched to the latest release of this software. Introducing first principles and the creation of 2D technical drawings, the author goes on to demonstrate construction of 3D solid model drawings and rendering of 3D models. Now separated into a separate section, 3D modelling is addressed extensively, reflecting the major revision this use of AutoCAD has undergone as part of the latest software release. Worked examples and exercises are included throughout the text, to enable the reader to apply theory into real-world engineering practice, along with revision notes and exercises at the end of chapters for the reader to check their understanding of the material they have covered.

Introduction to AutoCAD 2007 contains hundreds of full-colour drawings and screen-shots to illustrate the stages within the design process. Details of enhancements to AutoCAD 2007 over previous releases are given in the text, along with illustration of how AutoCAD fits into the design process as a whole. Appendices with full glossaries of tools and abbreviations, and most frequently used set variables, are also included.

Readers can also visit a companion website at, where they will find answers to questions, worked solutions to exercises in the book, further exercises and AutoCAD drawing files of stages and results of the exercises for students to edit.

Suitable to new users of AutoCAD, or anyone wishing to update their knowledge from previous releases of the software, this book is also applicable to introductory level undergraduate courses and vocational courses in engineering and construction. Further Education students in the UK will find this an ideal textbook to cater for the relevant CAD units of

Key Features

  • Now in full-colour to aid visual interpretation, illustrated throughout with the new 2007 icons used in drop-down menus, and dialogue boxes
  • Accompanying website features answers to questions, worked solutions to exercises, further exercises and AutoCAD drawing files of stages and results of the exercises
  • Written by a member of the Autodesk Developer Network


First year undergraduate engineering, construction and architecture students, all using CAD. Students taking vocational courses in engineering drawing and design (mechanical engineering and manufacturing). Professional engineers learning AutoCAD for the first time, or any user wishing to update their knowledge from earlier versions of AutoCAD

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Section A – 2D Design: Introducing AutoCAD 2007 Introducing drawing Osnap, AutoSnap and Draw tools Zoom, Pan and templates The modifying tools Dimensions and text Orthographic and isometric Hatching Blocks and inserts Other types of file format Sheet sets Building drawing Section B – 3D Design: Introducing 3D modelling 3D models in viewports The modification of 3D models Rendering Three dimensional space 3D surface models Editing 3D solid models Other features of 3D modelling Internet tools Design and AutoCAD 2007 Appendix A: Printing / Plotting Appendix B: List of tools Appendix C: Some set variables Index


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About the Author

Alf Yarwood

Affiliations and Expertise

Member of the Autodesk Developer Network