Up and Running with AutoCAD 2012

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2012

2D Drawing and Modeling

1st Edition - July 28, 2011

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  • Author: Elliot Gindis
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123876843

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Get "Up and Running" with AutoCAD using Gindis’ combination of step-by-step instruction, examples, and insightful explanations. The emphasis from the beginning is on core concepts and practical application of AutoCAD in architecture, engineering and design. Equally useful in instructor-led classroom training or self-study, the book is written with the student in mind by a long-time AutoCAD user and instructor based on what works in the industry and the classroom.

Key Features

  • Strips away complexities and reduces AutoCAD to easy-to-understand basic concepts
  • Explains "why" something is done, not just "how": the theory behind each concept or command is discussed prior to engaging AutoCAD so the student has a clear idea of what they are attempting to do
  • All basic commands are documented step-by-step: what the user types in and how AutoCAD responds is spelled out in discrete and clear steps with numerous screen shots
  • Extensive supporting graphics (screen shots) and a summary with a self-test section and topic specific drawing exercises are included at the end of each chapter
  • Also available in a 2D+3D version with 10 additional chapters covering 3D concepts. ISBN for the 2D+3D version is 978-012-387029-2


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

    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

    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

    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

    Spotlight On: Mechanical Engineering

    Chapter 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

    Chapter 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

    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

    Spotlight On: Interior Design

    Chapter 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

    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

    Chapter 12. Advanced Layers

    12.1. Introduction to Advanced Layers

    12.2. Script Files

    12.3. Layer State Manager

    12.4. Layer Filtering

    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

    Spotlight On: Electrical Engineering

    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

    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. 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

    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. JPG

    16.5. PDFs

    16.6. Other CAD Software

    16.7. Exporting and the Save as Feature

    16.8. Inserting and Ole

    Spotlight On: Aerospace Engineering

    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

    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

    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

    Spotlight On: Civil Engineering

    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. 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. PC Hardware, Printers and Plotters, and Networks

    Appendix G. AutoCAD Certification Exams

    Appendix H. AutoCAD Employment

    Appendix I. AutoCAD Humor, Oddities, Quirks, and Easter Eggs


Product details

  • No. of pages: 550
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2011
  • Published: July 28, 2011
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123876843

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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