Up and Running with AutoCAD 2012

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2012

2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling

2nd Edition - July 28, 2011

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  • Author: Elliot Gindis
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123870315

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Gindis 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. Divided into three parts, the book covers beginning through advanced AutoCAD, including 3D features. Also included is an extensive Appendix for each part, detailing additional useful CAD-related information not often found in other text books.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 student works on as he/she progresses through the chapters.

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
    1. AutoCAD Fundamentals
    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

    2. AutoCAD Fundamentals
    2.1. Grips
    2.2. Units and Scale
    2.3. Snap and Grid
    2.4. Cartesian Coordinate System
    2.5. Geometric Data Entry
    2.6. Inquiry Commands
    2.7. Additional Drafting Commands

    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
    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

    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

    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

    7. Blocks, Wblocks, Dynamic Blocks, Groups, and Purge
    7.1. Introduction to Blocks
    7.2. Insert
    7.3. Purge
    7.4. Wblocks
    7.5. Dynamic Blocks
    7.6. Groups

    Spotlight On: Mechanical Engineering 
    8. Polar, Rectangular, and Path Arrays
    8.1. Polar Array
    8.2. Rectangular Array
    8.3. Path Array
    8.4. In-Class Drawing Project: Mechanical Device

    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

    10. Advanced Output—Paper Space
    10.1. Introduction to Paper Space
    10.2. Paper Space Concepts

    Level 1. Answers to Review Questions
    Level 2 Chapters 11–20
    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

    12. Advanced Layers
    12.1. Introduction to Advanced Layers
    12.2. Script Files
    12.3. Layer State Manager
    12.4. Layer Filtering

    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

    Spotlight On: Interior Design
    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

    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. Blend
    15.5. Break and Join
    15.6. Cad Standards
    15.7. Calculator
    15.8. Defpoints
    15.9. Divide and Point Style
    15.10. Donut
    15.11. Draw Order
    15.12. eTransmit
    15.13. Filter
    15.14. Hyperlink
    15.15. Lengthen
    15.16. Object Tracking (Otrack)
    15.17. Overkill
    15.18. Point and Node
    15.19. Publish
    15.20. Raster
    15.21. Revcloud
    15.22. Sheet Sets
    15.23. Selection Methods
    15.24. Stretch
    15.25. System Variables
    15.26. Tables
    15.27. Tool Palette
    15.28. UCS and Crosshair Rotation
    15.29. Window Tiling
    15.30. Wipeout

    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. JPG
    16.5. PDFs
    16.6. Other CAD Software
    16.7. Exporting and the Save as Feature
    16.8. Inserting and Ole

    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

    Spotlight On: Electrical Engineering
    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

    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

    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. Answers to Review Questions
    Level 3 Chapters 21–30
    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. View Cube and Navigation Bar

    22. Primitives
    22.1. Introduction to Primitives
    22.2. Applying Primitives

    23. Object Manipulation
    23.1. Introduction to Object Manipulation

    Spotlight On: Aerospace Engineering
    24. Boolean Operations
    24.1. Introduction to Boolean Operations

    25. Solid Modeling
    25.1. Introduction to Solid Modeling

    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

    27. Surfaces and Meshes
    27.1. Introduction to Surfaces and Meshes
    27.2. Surfacing Commands
    27.3. Smooth Mesh Primitives

    Spotlight On: Civil Engineering
    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

    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

    30. Lighting and Rendering
    30.1. Introduction to Lighting and Rendering
    30.2. Lighting
    30.3. Materials and Rendering

    Level 3. Answers to Review Questions
    Appendix A. Additional Information on AutoCAD
    Appendix B. Other CAD Software, Design and Analysis Tools, and Concepts
    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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 754
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2011
  • Published: July 28, 2011
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123870315

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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