Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013 - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780123984166, 9780123978660

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013

3rd Edition

2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling

Authors: Elliot Gindis
eBook ISBN: 9780123978660
Paperback ISBN: 9780123984166
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 26th July 2012
Page Count: 752
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Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013 by Elliot Gindis is an easy-to-learn introduction to AutoCAD featuring step-by-step instructions that explain both the why and the how for using this industry standard software package. The book strips away complexities, both real and perceived, and reduces AutoCAD to easy-to-understand basic concepts. 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 is divided into three parts, guiding students through the subject matter from the beginning stages of using the software through advanced AutoCAD, including 3D features. Chapters deal with topics such as: layers, colors, linetypes, and properties; text, Mtext, editing, and style; blocks, Wblocks, dynamic blocks, groups, and purge; importing and exporting data; Boolean operations; Dview, walk and fly, animation, and action recording; and lighting and rendering. Also included is an extensive Appendix for each part, detailing additional useful CAD-related information not often found in other text books. In addition, the book contains supporting graphics (screen shots); a summary with a self-test section at the end of each chapter; drawing examples and exercises; and two running "projects" that the student works on as he/she progresses through the chapters .

This book will appeal to beginner through advanced users of AutoCAD; architectural engineers, drafting, civil/construction engineers, and 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
  • 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


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

LEVEL 3: Chapters 21–30

Chapter 21. 3D Basics

Learning Objectives

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


Chapter 22. Primitives

Learning Objectives

22.1 Introduction to Primitives

22.2 Applying Primitives


Chapter 23. Object Manipulation

Learning Objectives

23.1 Introduction to Object Manipulation


Chapter 24. Boolean Operations

Learning Objectives

24.1 Introduction to Boolean Operations


Chapter 25. Solid Modeling

Learning Objectives

25.1 Introduction to Solid Modeling


Chapter 26. Advanced Solids, Faces, and Edges

Learning Objectives

26.1 Introduction to Advanced Solids, Faces, and Edges

26.2 Working with Faces

26.3 Working with Edges


Chapter 27. Surfaces and Meshes

Learning Objectives

27.1 Introduction to Surfaces and Meshes

27.2 Surfacing Commands

27.3 Smooth Mesh Primitives


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

Learning Objectives

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

Learning Objectives

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

Learning Objectives

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

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: AutoLISP Basics and Advanced Customization Tools

Overview 1. AutoLISP

Overview 2. Visual Lisp

Overview 3. VBA, .NET, Active X, and ObjectARX

AutoLISP Fundamentals

Variables and Comments

Advanced Features and the Vlide Command

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

Real AutoCAD Users

The AutoCAD Monkey Joke That Never Goes Away

Oddities and Quirks

Easter Eggs



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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.

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President, AutoCAD training firm Vertical Technologies Consulting and Design

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