Up and Running with AutoCAD 2011

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2011

2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling

1st Edition - August 10, 2010

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  • Author: Elliot Gindis
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123757180

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Up and Running with AutoCAD 2011: 2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of AutoCAD. These concepts have been distilled down to basic, easy to understand explanations for the benefit of beginner students. Each chapter explains the new concept or command and why it is important. Readers are given the chance to apply just-learned knowledge to a real-life exercise, drawing, or model. They can also test their knowledge with end-of-chapter quizzes and drawing exercises. The book is organized into three parts: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Level 1 offers a wide breadth of knowledge on many topics. Its chapters comprise the complete essential knowledge set of an intermediate user. Students can then work on, if not necessarily set up and manage, moderate to complex drawings. Level 2 is meant for advanced users who are CAD managers, full-time AutoCAD draftspersons, architects, or self-employed and must do everything themselves. The goal here is depth, and several features not deemed critically important in Level 1 are revisited to explore additional advanced options. Also introduced are advanced topics necessary to set up and manage complex drawings. Level 3 is all about 3D. Solid knowledge of the previous two levels is highly recommended before starting these chapters. The 3D material covers all aspects of AutoCAD solid modeling, including lights and rendering.

Key Features

  • Strips away complexities, both real and perceived and reduces AutoCAD to easy-to-understand basic concepts
  • Teaches only what is essential to operating AutoCAD first, thereby immediately building student confidence
  • All basic commands are documented step-by-step, meaning that what the student needs to type in and how AutoCAD responds is all spelled out in discrete and clear steps with screen shots added as needed
  • Using the author’s extensive multi-industry knowledge of what is important and widely used in practice versus what is not, the material is presented by immediately immersing the student in practical, critically essential knowledge, with no padding of text or filler material
  • All concepts are explained first in theory, and only then is AutoCAD introduced and the actual “button pushing” discussed. This is one of the key concepts in having students understand exactly what it is they are doing and why, before they do it


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.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments

    About the Author


    Level 1 ● Chapters 1 – 10

    Chapter 1 AutoCAD Fundamentals — Part I

    1.1 Introduction and Basic Commands

    1.2 The AutoCAD Environment

    1.3 Interacting with AutoCAD

    1.4 Practicing the Create Objects Commands

    1.5 View Objects

    1.6 Practicing the Edit/Modify Objects Commands

    1.7 Selection Methods

    1.8 Drawing Accuracy—Part 1

    1.9 Drawing Accuracy—Part 2

    1.10 OSNAP Drafting Settings


    Chapter 2 AutoCAD Fundamentals — Part II

    2.1 Grips

    2.2 Units and Scale

    2.3 Snap and Grid

    2.4 Cartesian Coordinate System

    2.5 Distance Entry Techniques

    2.6 Inquiry Commands

    2.7 Miscellaneous Topics


    Chapter 3 Layers, Colors, Linetypes, and Properties

    3.1 Introduction to Layers

    3.2 Introduction to Linetypes

    3.3 Introduction to Properties

    3.4 In Class Drawing Project: Floor Plan Layout


    Spotlight On: Architecture

    Chapter 4 Text, Mtext, Editing, and Style

    4.1 Introduction to Text and Mtext

    4.2 Text

    4.3 Mtext

    4.4 Style

    4.5 Spell Check

    4.6 In Class Drawing Project: Adding Text and Furniture to Floor Plan Layout


    Chapter 5 Hatch Patterns

    5.1 Introduction to Hatch

    5.2 Hatch Procedures

    5.3 Working with Hatch Patterns

    5.4 Gradient and Solid Fill

    5.5 In Class Drawing Project: Adding Hatch to Floor Plan Layout


    Chapter 6 Dimensions

    6.1 Introduction to Dimensions

    6.2 Types of Dimensions

    6.3 Editing Dimensions

    6.4 Customizing Dimensions

    6.5 In Class Drawing Project: Adding Dimensions to Floor Plan Layout


    Chapter 7 Blocks, Wblocks, Dynamic Blocks, and Purge

    7.1 Introduction to Blocks

    7.2 Insert

    7.3 Purge

    7.4 Wblocks

    7.5 Dynamic Bblocks


    Spotlight On: Mechanical Engineering

    Chapter 8 Polar and Rectangular Arrays

    8.1 Polar Array

    8.2 Rectangular Array

    8.3 In Class Drawing Project: Mechanical Device

    8.4 Drawing a Star


    Chapter 9 Basic Printing and Output

    9.1 Introduction to Printing and Plotting

    9.2 The Essentials

    9.3 The Plot Dialog Box

    9.4 Page Setup Manager


    Chapter 10 Advanced Output — Paper Space

    10.1 Introduction to Paper Space

    10.2 Paper Space Concepts


    Level 2 ● Chapters 11 – 20

    Chapter 11 Advanced Linework

    11.1 Introduction to Advanced Linework

    11.2 Pline (Polyline)

    11.3 Xline (Construction Line)

    11.4 Ray

    11.5 Spline

    11.6 Mline (Multiline)

    11.7 Sketch

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


    Chapter 12 Advanced Layers

    12.1 Introduction to Advanced Layers

    12.2 Script Files

    12.3 Layer State Manager

    12.4 Layer Filtering

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


    Chapter 13 Advanced Dimensions

    13.1 Introduction to Advanced Dimensions

    13.2 Dimension Style Manager

    13.3 Introduction to Constraints

    13.4 Geometric Constraints

    13.5 Dimensional Constraints

    13.6 Dimension Driven Design

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


    Spotlight On: Interior Design

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

    14.1 Options

    14.2 Shortcuts

    14.3 Customize User Interface

    14.4 Design Center

    14.5 Express Tools

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


    Chapter 15 Advanced Design and File Management Tools

    15.1 Introduction to Advanced Design and File Management Tools

    15.2 Align

    15.3 Audit and Recover

    15.4 Break and Join

    15.5 Cad Standards

    15.6 Calculator

    15.7 Defpoints Concept

    15.8 Divide and Point Style

    15.9 Donut

    15.10 Draw Order

    15.11 eTransmit

    15.12 Filters

    15.13 Hyperlinks

    15.14 Lengthen

    15.15 Object Snap Tracking

    15.16 Overkill

    15.17 Point

    15.18 Publish

    15.19 Raster

    15.20 Revcloud

    15.21 Sheet Sets

    15.22 Selection Methods

    15.23 Stretch

    15.24 System Variables

    15.25 Tables

    15.26 Tool Palette

    15.27 Ucs and Crosshair Rotation

    15.28 Window Tiling

    15.29 Wipeout

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


    Chapter 16 Importing and Exporting Data

    16.1 Introduction to Importing and Exporting Data

    16.2 Importing and Exporting To and from MS Office Applications

    16.3 Screen Shots

    16.4 JPGs

    16.5 PDFs

    16.6 Other CAD Software

    16.7 Exporting and the save as Feature

    16.8 Inserting and OLE

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


    Chapter 17 External References (XREFs)

    17.1 Introduction to Xrefs

    17.2 Using Xrefs

    17.3 Layers in Xrefs

    17.4 Editing and Reloading Xrefs

    17.5 Multiple Xrefs

    17.6 Ribbon and Xrefs

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


    Spotlight On: Electrical Engineering

    Chapter 18 Attributes

    18.1 Introduction to Attributes

    18.2 Creating the Design

    18.3 Creating the Attribute Definitions

    18.4 Creating the Attribute Block

    18.5 Attribute Properties and Editing

    18.6 Attribute Extraction

    18.7 Invisible Attributes

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


    Chapter 19 Advanced Output and Pen Settings

    19.1 Introduction to Advanced Output and Pen Settings

    19.2 Setting Standards

    19.3 The CTB File

    19.4 Additional CTB file Features

    19.5 The LWT option

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


    Chapter 20 Isometric Drawing

    20.1 Introduction to Isometric Perspective

    20.2 Basic Technique

    20.3 Ellipses in Isometric Drawing

    20.4 Text and Dimensions in Isometric Drawing

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


    Level 3 ● Chapters 21 – 30

    Chapter 21 3D Basics

    21.1 Axes, Planes, and Faces

    21.2 3D Workspaces, Ribbon, Toolbars, and 3D Options

    21.3 Entering and Exiting 3D

    21.4 Projecting into 3D

    21.5 3D Dynamic Views

    21.6 Extrude

    21.7 Visual Styles: Hide and Shade

    21.8 Navigation Cube


    Chapter 22 Primitives

    22.1 Introduction to Primitives

    22.2 Applying Primitives


    Chapter 23 Object Manipulation

    23.1 Introduction to Object Manipulation


    Spotlight On: Aerospace Engineering

    Chapter 24 Boolean Operations

    24.1 Introduction to Boolean Operations


    Chapter 25 Solid Modeling

    25.1 Introduction to Solid Modeling


    Chapter 26 Advanced Solids, Faces, and Edges

    26.1 Introduction to Advanced Solids, Faces, and Edges

    26.2 Working with Faces

    26.3 Working with Edges


    Chapter 27 Surfaces and Meshes

    27.1 Introduction to Surfaces and Meshes

    27.2 Legacy Commands

    27.3 New Commands


    Spotlight On: Civil Engineering

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

    28.1 Introduction to UCS, Vports, Text, and Dimensions in 3D

    28.2 Advanced UCS

    28.3 Views and View Manager

    28.4 Vports

    28.5 Text and Dimensions in 3D


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

    29.1 Dynamic View

    29.2 Cameras

    29.3 Walk and Fly

    29.4 Path Animation

    29.5 Action Recording


    Chapter 30 Lighting and Rendering

    30.1 Introduction to Lighting and Rendering

    30.2 Lighting

    30.3 Materials and Rendering



    Appendix A Additional Information on AutoCAD

    Additional Information on AutoCAD

    Who Makes AutoCAD?

    What is AutoCAD lt?

    How is AutoCAD Purchased and How Much Does it Cost?

    Are 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 and Analysis Tools and Concepts

    MicroStation (www.Bentley.com)

    ArchiCAD (www.graphisoft.com)

    TurboCAD (www.turbocad.com)

    CATIA (www.3ds.com)

    NX (www.ugs.com)

    Pro/Engineer (www.ptc.com)

    SolidWorks (www.solidworks.com)

    Inventor (www.autodesk.com)

    IronCAD (www.ironcad.com)

    Solid Edge (www.solidedge.com)

    NASTRAN (www.NEiNastran.com)

    ANSYS (www.ansys.com)

    ALGOR (www.algor.com)

    Fluent (www.Fluent.com)

    Appendix C File Extensions

    AutoCAD Primary Extensions

    AutoCAD Secondary Extensions

    Miscellaneous Software Extensions

    Appendix D Custom Linetypes and Hatch Patterns

    Linetype Definitions (Basic)

    Linetypes (String Complex and Shape Complex)

    Hatch Pattern Definitions (Basic)

    Appendix E Principles of CAD Management

    Part 1: Know the Seven 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

    Overview I: AutoLISP

    Overview II: Visual LISP

    Overview III: VBA, .NET, Active X, and ObjectARX

    AutoLISP Fundamentals

    Appendix G PC Hardware, Printers and Plotters, and Networks

    PC Hardware

    Printers and Plotters


    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

    The AutoCAD Monkey Joke That Never Goes Away

    Oddities and Quirks

    Easter Eggs


Product details

  • No. of pages: 708
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2010
  • Published: August 10, 2010
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123757180

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, Lancaster, CA, USA

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