Description

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

Readership

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

Preface

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 Bloc

Details

No. of pages:
550
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Electronic ISBN:
9780123876843
Print ISBN:
9780123876836

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.