Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013

2D Drawing and Modeling

2nd Edition - July 26, 2012

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  • Author: Elliot Gindis
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780123984081
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123978677

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Up and Running with Autocad® 2013 started out as a set of classroom notes that outlined, in an easy to understand manner, exactly how AutoCAD is used and applied, in contrast to theoretical musings or clinical descriptions of the commands as found in other books. This book attempts to use experience and top-level knowledge to sort out what is important and what is secondary, and to explain the essentials in plain language. This volume comprises 20 chapters, beginning with the AutoCAD fundamentals. The following chapters then focus on layers, colors, linetypes, and properties; text, Mtext, editing, and style; and hatch patterns; dimensions; blocks, Wblocks, dynamic blocks, groups, and purge. Other chapters cover polar, rectangular, and path arrays; basic printing and output; advanced linework; options, shortcuts, CUI, design center, and express tools; advanced design and file management tools; advanced output and pen settings; and isometric drawing. Each chapter in the book ends with a summary and some review questions to aid the reader in retaining essential concepts. This book will be of interest to engineers, architects, and industrial designers.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments

    About the Author


    LEVEL 1: Chapters 1–10

    Chapter 1. AutoCAD Fundamentals

    Learning Objectives

    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

    Learning Objectives

    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

    Learning Objectives

    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

    Learning Objectives

    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

    Learning Objectives

    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

    Learning Objectives

    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

    Learning Objectives

    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

    Learning Objectives

    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

    Learning Objectives

    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

    Learning Objectives

    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

    Learning Objectives

    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

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


    Chapter 12. Advanced Layers

    Learning Objectives

    12.1 Introduction to Advanced Layers

    12.2 Script Files

    12.3 Layer State Manager

    12.4 Layer Filtering

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


    Chapter 13. Advanced Dimensions

    Learning Objectives

    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

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


    Spotlight On: Electrical Engineering

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

    Learning Objectives

    14.1 Options

    14.2 Shortcuts

    14.3 Customize User Interface

    14.4 Design Center

    14.5 Express Tools

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


    Chapter 15. Advanced Design and File Management Tools

    Learning Objectives

    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

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


    Chapter 16. Importing and Exporting Data

    Learning Objectives

    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

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


    Spotlight On: Aerospace Engineering

    Chapter 17. External References (Xrefs)

    Learning Objectives

    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

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


    Chapter 18. Attributes

    Learning Objectives

    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

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


    Chapter 19. Advanced Output and Pen Settings

    Learning Objectives

    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

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


    Spotlight On: Civil Engineering

    Chapter 20. Isometric Drawing

    Learning Objectives

    20.1 Introduction to Isometric Perspective

    20.2 Basic Technique

    20.3 Ellipses in isometric Drawing

    20.4 Text and Dimensions in Isometric Drawing

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


    Level 2. Answers to Review Questions

    APPENDIX A: 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?

    Is There an AutoCAD for the Mac?

    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




    Other Design Software







    Solid Edge





    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: PC Hardware, Printers and Plotters, and Networks

    Pc Hardware

    Printers and Plotters


    APPENDIX G: AutoCAD Certification Exams

    APPENDIX H: AutoCAD Employment

    APPENDIX I: AutoCAD Humor, Oddities, Quirks, and Easter Eggs

    Real AutoCAD Users

    The AutoCAD Monkey Joke That Never Goes Away

    Oddities and Quirks

    Easter Eggs


Product details

  • No. of pages: 544
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: July 26, 2012
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780123984081
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123978677

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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