Description

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

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

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

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

Details

No. of pages:
784
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2014
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Electronic ISBN:
9780124104211
Print 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.