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Up and Running with AutoCAD 2014 - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124104921, 9780124104211

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2014

1st Edition

2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling

Author: Elliot Gindis
eBook ISBN: 9780124104211
Paperback ISBN: 9780124104921
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 24th July 2013
Page Count: 784
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Get "Up and Running" with AutoCAD using Gindis’s 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, self-study, or as a professional reference, the book is written with the user in mind by a long-time AutoCAD professional and instructor based on what works in the industry and the classroom.

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; what the student needs to type in and how AutoCAD responds is spelled out in discrete and clear steps with screen shots added as needed

New to this edition:

  • New and improved features include better integration with the AutoCAD certification exams, new Spotlight On sections, an expanded appendix, and more content on programming
  • 3D portion of the book has been expanded and improved, with new exercises, new features and a redone section on rendering
  • All discussions and screen shots have been updated for the current release of AutoCAD


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


What is AutoCAD?

About this Book

Teaching Methods

Text Organization

What Your Goal Should Be

Level 1: Chapters 1–10

Level 1. Chapters 1–10

Chapter 1. AutoCAD Fundamentals: Part I

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: Part II

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


Spotlight On: Architecture

Spotlight On: Architecture

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


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


Spotlight On: Mechanical Engineering

Spotlight On: Mechanical Engineering

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


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


Spotlight On: Electrical Engineering

Spotlight On: Electrical Engineering

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


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

Chapter 1 Review Questions

Chapter 2 Review Questions

Chapter 3 Review Questions

Chapter 4 Review Questions

Chapter 5 Review Questions

Chapter 6 Review Questions

Chapter 7 Review Questions

Chapter 8 Review Questions

Chapter 9 Review Questions

Chapter 10 Review Questions

Level 2: Chapters 11–20

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


Spotlight On: Interior Design

Spotlight On: Interior Design

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


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 Action Recording

15.4 Audit and Recover

15.5 Blend

15.6 Break and Join

15.7 CAD Standards

15.8 Calculator

15.9 Defpoints

15.10 Divide and Point Style

15.11 Donut

15.12 Draw Order

15.13 eTransmit

15.14 Filter

15.15 Hyperlink

15.16 Lengthen

15.17 Object Tracking (Otrack)

15.18 Overkill

15.19 Point and Node

15.20 Publish

15.21 Raster

15.22 Revcloud

15.23 Sheet Sets

15.24 Selection Methods

15.25 Stretch

15.26 System Variables

15.27 Tables

15.28 Tool Palette

15.29 UCS and Crosshair Rotation

15.30 Window Tiling and Tabs

15.31 Wipeout

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


Spotlight On: Civil Engineering

Spotlight On: Civil Engineering

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 JPGs

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


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


Spotlight On: Aerospace Engineering

Spotlight On: Aerospace Engineering

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


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

20.6 Summary

Level 2. Answers to Review Questions

Chapter 11 Review Questions

Chapter 12 Review Questions

Chapter 13 Review Questions

Chapter 14 Review Questions

Chapter 15 Review Questions

Chapter 16 Review Questions

Chapter 17 Review Questions

Chapter 18 Review Questions

Chapter 19 Review Questions

Chapter 20 Review Questions

Level 3: Chapters 21–30

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. Object Manipulation

Learning Objectives

22.1 Introduction to Object Manipulation


Spotlight On: Chemical Engineering

Spotlight On: Chemical Engineering

Chapter 23. Boolean Operations and Primitives

Learning Objectives

23.1 Introduction to Boolean Operations

23.2 Introduction to Primitives

23.3 Applying Primitives


Chapter 24. Solid Modeling

Learning Objectives

24.1 Introduction to Solid Modeling


Chapter 25. Advanced Solids, Faces, and Edges

Learning Objectives

25.1 Introduction to Advanced Solids, Faces, and Edges

25.2 Working with Faces

25.3 Working with Edges


Spotlight On: Biomedical Engineering

Spotlight On: Biomedical Engineering

Chapter 26. Surfaces and Meshes

Learning Objectives

26.1 Introduction to Surfaces and Meshes

26.2 Surfacing Commands

26.3 Smooth Mesh Primitives


Chapter 27. Slicing, Sectioning, Layouts, and Vports

Learning Objectives

27.1 Introduction to Slicing, Sectioning, Layouts, and Vports

27.2 Slicing and Sectioning

27.3 Layouts and Details

27.4 Flatten and Flatshot

27.5 Vports


Chapter 28. Advanced UCS, Views, Text, and Dimensions in 3D

Learning Objectives

28.1 Introduction to Advanced UCS, Views, Text, and Dimensions in 3D

28.2 Advanced UCS

28.3 Views and View Manager

28.4 Text and Dimensions in 3D


Spotlight On: Drafting, CAD Management, Teaching, and Consulting

Spotlight On: Drafting, CAD Management, Teaching, and Consulting


AutoCAD Training Requirements

Architectural Drafting

Engineering Drafting

CAD Management

Teaching AutoCAD

AutoCAD Consulting

Chapter 29. Dview, Camera, Walk and Fly, and Path Animation

Learning Objectives

29.1 Dynamic View

29.2 Cameras

29.3 Walk and Fly

29.4 Path Animation

29.5 Summary

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

Chapter 21 Review Questions

Chapter 22 Review Questions

Chapter 23 Review Questions

Chapter 24 Review Questions

Chapter 25 Review Questions

Chapter 26 Review Questions

Chapter 27 Review Questions

Chapter 28 Review Questions

Chapter 29 Review Questions

Chapter 30 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 Design and Analysis Tools and Concepts




Other Design Software

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/Plotters, Networks, and the Cloud

PC Hardware

Printers and Plotters


The Cloud

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Vertical Technologies Consulting and Design, Palmdale, CA, USA

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