Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013

3rd Edition

2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling

Authors: Elliot Gindis
Paperback ISBN: 9780123984166
eBook ISBN: 9780123978660
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 26th July 2012
Page Count: 752
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Description

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

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

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

Tips

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

Summary

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-

Details

No. of pages:
752
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Paperback ISBN:
9780123984166
eBook ISBN:
9780123978660

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, AutoCAD training firm Vertical Technologies Consulting and Design