Up and Running with AutoCAD 2010

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2010

1st Edition - November 16, 2009

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  • Author: Elliot Gindis
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123757203

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Description

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2010 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. 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 reader works on as they progresses through the chapters. The book provides extensive use of screen shots, chapter summaries, and a self-test section at the end of each chapter. Each chapter features a Spotlight On... section, highlighting the use of AutoCAD in various industries. This text is designed for beginners and intermediate users of AutoCAD; architectural engineers, drafting, civil/construction engineers, mechanical engineers; and students taking drafting/engineering drawing courses in engineering and engineering technology programs.

Key Features

  • Strips away complexities, both real and perceived, and reduces AutoCAD to easy-to-understand basic concepts; using the author's extensive multi-industry knowledge of what is widely used in practice, the material is presented by immediately immersing the reader in practical, critically essential knowledge
  • Explains the why and how of AutoCAD commands:  all concepts are explained first in theory and then covered in step-by-step detail
  • Extensive use of screen shots, chapter summaries, and a self-test section at the end of each chapter
  • Includes drawing examples and exercises, and two running projects that the reader works on as he/she progresses through the chapters
  • Each chapter features a "Spotlight On..." section, highlighting the use of AutoCAD in various industries 
  • Fully updated for AutoCAD 2010 release, including introduction of the ribbon menu structure in chapter 1

Readership

Beginner through intermediate users of AutoCAD. Architectural engineers, drafting, civil/construction engineers, mechanical engineers. Students taking drafting/engineering drawing courses in engineering and engineering technology programs.

Table of Contents


  • Acknowledgements

    About the Author

    Preface

    What Is AutoCAD?

    About This Book

    Teaching Methodology

    Text Organization

    What Your Goal Should Be

    Introduction to Level 1

    Chapter 1 - AutoCAD Fundamentals Part 1

    Chapter 1 Learning Objectives

    Sec 1.1 - Introduction and Basic Commands

    Sec 1.2 - The AutoCAD Environment

    Sec 1.3 - Interacting with AutoCAD

    Sec 1.4 - Practicing the Create Objects Commands

    Sec 1.5 - View Objects

    Sec 1.6 – Practicing the Edit/Modify Objects Commands

    Sec 1.7 - Selection Methods

    Sec 1.8 - Drawing Accuracy - Part 1

    Sec 1.9 - Drawing Accuracy - Part 2

    Sec 1.10 - OSNAP Drafting Settings

    Chapter 1 Summary

    Chapter 1 Review Questions

    Chapter 1 Exercises

    Chapter 2 - AutoCAD Fundamentals Part II

    Chapter 2 Learning Objectives

    Sec 2.1 - Grips

    Sec 2.2 - Units and Scale

    Sec 2.3 - Snap and Grid

    Sec 2.4 - Cartesian coordinate system

    Sec 2.5 - Distance Entry Techniques

    Sec 2.6 - Inquiry Commands

    Sec 2.7 – Miscellaneous Topics

    Chapter 2 Summary

    Chapter 2 Review Questions

    Chapter 2 Exercises

    Chapter 3 – Layers, Colors, Linetypes and Properties

    Chapter 3 Learning Objectives

    Sec 3.1 – Introduction to Layers

    Sec 3.2 – Introduction to Linetypes

    Sec 3.3 – Introduction to Properties

    In-Class Drawing Project - Floor Plan Layout

    Chapter 3 Summary

    Chapter 3 Review Questions

    Chapter 3 Exercises

    Chapter 4 – Text, Mtext, Editing and Style

    Chapter 4 Learning Objectives

    Sec 4.1 - Introduction to Text and Mtext

    Sec 4.2 - Text

    Sec 4.3 - Mtext

    Sec 4.4 - Style

    Sec 4.5 – Spell Check

    In-Class Drawing Project – Adding Text and Furniture to Floor Plan Layout

    Chapter 4 Summary

    Chapter 4 Review Questions

    Chapter 4 Exercises

    Chapter 5 – Hatch Patterns

    Chapter 5 Learning Objectives

    Sec 5.1 - Introduction to Hatch

    Sec 5.2 - Hatch Procedures

    Sec 5.3 – Working with Hatch Patterns

    Sec 5.4 – Gradient and Solid Fill

    In-Class Drawing Project – Adding Hatch to Floor Plan Layout

    Chapter 5 Summary

    Chapter 5 Review Questions

    Chapter 5 Exercises

    Chapter 6 – Dimensions

    Chapter 6 Learning Objectives

    Sec 6.1 - Introduction to Dimensions

    Sec 6.2 - Types of Dimensions

    Sec 6.3 - Editing Dimensions

    Sec 6.4 - Customizing dimensions

    In-Class Drawing Project – Adding Dimensions to Floor Plan Layout

    Chapter 6 Summary

    Chapter 6 Review Questions

    Chapter 6 Exercises

    Chapter 7 – Blocks, Wblocks, Dynamic Blocks and Purge

    Chapter 7 Learning Objectives

    Sec 7.1 - Introduction to Blocks

    Sec 7.2 - Insert

    Sec 7.3 - Purge

    Sec 7.4 - Wblocks

    Sec 7.5 - Dynamic Blocks

    Chapter 7 Summary

    Chapter 7 Review Questions

    Chapter 7 Exercises

    Chapter 8 – Polar and Rectangular Arrays

    Chapter 8 Learning Objectives

    Sec 8.1 - Polar Array

    Sec 8.2 - Rectangular Array

    In-Class Drawing Project – Mechanical Device

    Chapter 8 Summary

    Chapter 8 Review Questions

    Chapter 8 Exercises

    Chapter 9 – Isometric Drawing

    Chapter 9 Learning Objectives

    Sec 9.1 – Introduction to Isometric Perspective

    Sec 9.2 - Basic Technique

    Sec 9.3 - Ellipses in Isometric

    Sec 9.4 - Text and Dimensions in Isometric

    Chapter 9 Summary

    Chapter 9 Review Questions

    Chapter 9 Exercises

    Chapter 10 – Basic Printing and Output

    Chapter 10 Learning Objectives

    Sec 10.1 – Introduction to Printing and Plotting

    Sec 10.2 - The Essentials

    Sec 10.3 - The Plot Dialog Box

    Sec 10.4 - Page Setup Manager

    Chapter 10 Summary

    Chapter 10 Review Questions

    Chapter 10 Exercises

    Spotlight On: Architecture

    Introduction to Level 2

    Chapter 11 – Advanced Linework

    Chapter 11 Learning Objectives

    Sec 11.1 - Introduction to Advanced Linework

    Sec 11.2 - Pline (Polyline)

    Sec 11.3 - Xline (Construction Line)

    Sec 11.4 - Ray

    Sec 11.5 - Spline

    Sec 11.6 - Mline (Multiline)

    Sec 11.7 - Sketch

    Level 2 Drawing Project (1 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

    Chapter 11 Summary

    Chapter 11 Review Questions

    Chapter 11 Exercises

    Chapter 12 – Advanced Layers

    Chapter 12 Learning Objectives

    Sec 12.1 - Introduction to Advanced Layers

    Sec 12.2 - Script Files

    Sec 12.3 - Layer State Manager (LSM)

    Sec 12.4 - Layer Filtering

    Level 2 Drawing Project (2 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

    Chapter 12 Summary

    Chapter 12 Review Questions

    Chapter 12 Exercises

    Chapter 13 – Advanced Dimensions

    Chapter 13 Learning Objectives

    Sec 13.1 - Introduction to Advanced Dimensions

    Sec 13.2 – Dimension Style Manager

    Sec 13.3 – Introduction to Constraints

    Sec 13.4 - Geometric Constraints

    Sec 13.5 - Dimensional Constraints

    Sec 13.6 - Dimension Driven Design

    Level 2 Drawing Project (3 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

    Chapter 13 Summary

    Chapter 13 Review Questions

    Chapter 13 Exercises

    Chapter 14 – Options, Shortcuts, CUI, Design Center and Express Tools

    Chapter 14 Learning Objectives

    Sec 14.1 - Options

    Sec 14.2 - Shortcuts

    Sec 14.3 - Customize User Interface (CUI)

    Sec 14.4 - Design Center

    Sec 14.5 - Express Tools

    Level 2 Drawing Project (4 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

    Chapter 14 Summary

    Chapter 14 Review Questions

    Chapter 14 Exercises

    Chapter 15 – Miscellaneous Topics

    Chapter 15 Learning Objectives

    Sec 15.1 - Introduction to Miscellaneous Topics

    Level 2 Drawing Project (5 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

    Chapter 15 Summary

    Chapter 15 Review Questions

    Chapter 15 Exercises

    Chapter 16 – Importing and Exporting Data

    Chapter 16 Learning Objectives

    Sec 16.1 - Introduction to Importing and Exporting Data

    Sec 16.2 - Importing/Exporting to and from the MS Office Applications

    Sec 16.3 - Screen Shots

    Sec 16.4 - JPGs

    Sec 16.5 - PDFs

    Sec 16.6 - Other CAD Software

    Sec 16.7 - Exporting and the Save As Feature

    Sec 16.8 - Inserting and OLE

    Level 2 Drawing Project (6 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

    Chapter 16 Summary

    Chapter 16 Review Questions

    Chapter 16 Exercises

    Chapter 17 – External References (XREFs)

    Chapter 17 Learning Objectives

    Sec 17.1 - Introduction to Xref

    Sec 17.2 - Using Xrefs

    Sec 17.3 - Layers in Xrefs

    Sec 17.4 - Editing and Reloading Xrefs

    Sec 17.5 - Multiple Xrefs

    Sec 17.6 - Ribbon and Xrefs

    Level 2 Drawing Project (7 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

    Chapter 17 Summary

    Chapter 17 Review Questions

    Chapter 17 Exercises

    Chapter 18 – Paper Space

    Chapter 18 Learning Objectives

    Sec 18.1 - Introduction to Paper Space

    Sec 18.2 - Paper Space Concepts

    Level 2 Drawing Project (8 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

    Chapter 18 Summary

    Chapter 18 Review Questions

    Chapter 18 Exercises

    Chapter 19 – Attributes

    Chapter 19 Learning Objectives

    Sec 19.1 - Introduction to Attributes

    Sec 19.2 - Creating the Design

    Sec 19.3 - Creating the Attribute Definitions

    Sec 19.4 - Creating the Attribute Block

    Sec 19.5 - Attribute Properties and Editing

    Sec 19.6 - Attribute Extraction

    Sec 19.7 - Invisible Attributes

    Level 2 Drawing Project (9 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

    Chapter 19 Summary

    Chapter 19 Review Questions

    Chapter 19 Exercises

    Chapter 20 – Advanced Output and Pen Settings

    Chapter 20 Learning Objectives

    Sec 20.1 - Introduction to Advanced Output and Pen Settings

    Sec 20.2 - Setting Standards

    Sec 20.3 - The CTB File

    Sec 20.4 - Additional CTB File Features

    Sec 20.5 - The LWT Option

    Level 2 Drawing Project (10 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

    Chapter 20 Summary

    Chapter 20 Review Questions

    Chapter 20 Exercises

    Spotlight On: Engineering

    Appendix A

    Additional information on AutoCAD

    Who makes AutoCAD?

    What is AutoCAD LT?

    How is AutoCAD purchased and how much does it cost?

    Is there significant differences between AutoCAD releases?

    A brief history of Autodesk® and AutoCAD

    AutoCAD releases

    Major Autodesk® products

    AutoCAD related websites

    Appendix B

    Other CAD software and Design/Analysis concepts

    Appendix C

    File Extensions

    AutoCAD Primary Extensions

    AutoCAD Secondary Extensions

    Misc. Software Extensions

    Appendix D

    Custom Linetypes and Hatch Patterns

    Appendix E

    Principles of CAD Management

    Part 1 – Know the 7 Golden Rules of AutoCAD

    Part 2 – Know the Capabilities and Limitations of AutoCAD

    Part 3 – Maintain an Office CAD Standard

    Part 4 – Be an Effective Teacher and Hiring Manager

    Part 5 – Stay Current and Competent

    Appendix F

    AutoLISP Basics and Advanced Customization Tools

    Appendix G

    PC Hardware, Printers/Plotters and Networks

    Appendix H

    AutoCAD Certification Exams

    Appendix I

    AutoCAD Humor, Oddities, Quirks and Easter Eggs

    Index








Product details

  • No. of pages: 520
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2009
  • Published: November 16, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123757203

About the Author

Elliot Gindis

Elliot Gindis has used and taught AutoCAD in the New York City area since 1996, logging in well over 20,000 hours of screen time as a designer and consultant in a wide variety of architecture and engineering fields. From 1999 to 2008 he was on staff at the Pratt Institute of Design and as visiting instructor at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). He is currently president of Vertical Technologies Consulting and Design, an AutoCAD training firm, and has advised, consulted, or assisted more than 60 companies nationwide in using and optimizing AutoCAD. Elliot is part of the AutoDesk Developers Network and is a Certified Technical Trainer.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Vertical Technologies Consulting and Design, Palmdale, CA, USA

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