Alf Yarwood provides a practical, structured course of work matched to the latest release of AutoCAD. After introducing first principles and the creation of 2D technical drawings, he goes on to demonstrate the construction of 3D solid drawings, surface model drawings and rendering. All the new features of the 2010 software release are taken into account and the increasing emphasis on 3D solid modelling in the software is reflected in the book. The 2D chapters are also suitable for those learning how to use AutoCAD LT 2010.

Suitable for all new users of AutoCAD, this book is particularly applicable to vocational and introductory level undergraduate courses in engineering and construction. Further Education students in the UK will find this an ideal textbook to cater for the City & Guilds 4353 and 2303 qualifications and the relevant CAD units of BTEC National and BTEC Higher National Engineering and Construction schemes from Edexcel. Many Foundation Degrees also contain CAD modules for which this book can be of use.

Readers will also be able to visit a free companion website at, where they will find worked solutions and AutoCAD drawing files of stages and results for the exercises in the book, as well as further exercises and multiple-choice questions with answers.

Key Features

Written by a member of the Autodesk Developer Network
Hundreds of full-colour drawings and screen-shots illustrating the stages within the design process
Worked examples and exercises throughout this book link the use of AutoCAD to real-world engineering practice


Students taking vocational courses in engineering drawing and design, undergraduate students in engineering, construction and architecture. Professional engineers learning AutoCAD for the first time.

Table of Contents

Part 1 – 2D design 1. Introducing AutoCAD 2010 2. Introducing drawing 3. Draw tools, Object Snap and Dynamic Input 4. Zoom, Pan and templates 5. The Modify tools 6. Dimensions and Text 7. Orthographic and isometric 8. Hatching 9. Blocks and Inserts 10. Other types of file format 11. Sheet Sets Part 2 – 3D design 12. Introducing 3D modelling 13. 3D models in viewports 14. The modification of 3D models 15. Rendering 16. Building drawings 17. Three-dimensional space 18. Editing 3D solid models 19. Other features of 3D modelling Part 3 – Internet tools and Design 20. Internet tools and Help 21. Design and AutoCAD 2010 Appendices: 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