Up and Running with AutoCAD 2014

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2014

2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling

1st Edition - July 24, 2013

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  • Author: Elliot Gindis
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124104211
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124104921

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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

  • Acknowledgments

    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


Product details

  • No. of pages: 784
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: July 24, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124104211
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124104921

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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