Up and Running with AutoCAD 2020

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2020

2D Drafting and Design

1st Edition - July 16, 2019

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  • Authors: Elliot Gindis, Robert Kaebisch
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128198629
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128198636

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Up and Running with AutoCAD 2020 uses a combination of step-by-step instruction, examples and insightful explanations to emphasize core concepts and practical application of AutoCAD in engineering, architecture, and design. Equally useful in instructor-led classroom training, self-study, or as a reference, the book is written with the user in mind by long-time professional AutoCAD instructors based on what works in the industry and the classroom. The book focuses on 2D drafting and design, making it more appropriate for a one-semester course.

Key Features

  • Strips away complexities and reduces learning AutoCAD to easy-to-understand concepts
  • Teaches the essentials of AutoCAD first, immediately building student confidence
  • Provides all basic commands documented step-by-step: What the student inputs and how AutoCAD responds is spelled out in discrete and clear steps with numerous screenshots
  • Presents extensive supporting graphics and a summary with a self-test section and topic specific drawing exercises at the end of each chapter
  • Covers the essentials of 2D AutoCAD, updated for the 2020 release


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

  • 1. AutoCAD Fundamentals - Part I
    2. AutoCAD Fundamentals - Part II

    Spotlight On: Architecture
    3. Layers, Colors, Linetypes, and Properties
    4. Text, Mtext, Editing, and Style
    5. Hatch Patterns

    Spotlight On: Mechanical Engineering
    6. Dimensions
    7. Blocks, Wblocks, Dynamic Blocks, Groups, and Purge
    8. Polar, Rectangular, and Path Arrays

    Spotlight On: Electrical Engineering
    9. Basic Printing and Output
    10. Advanced Output - Paper Space
    11. Advanced Linework
    12. Advanced Layers

    Spotlight On: Interior Design
    13. Advanced Dimensions
    14. Options, Shortcuts, CUI, Design Center, and Express Tools
    15. Advanced Design and File Management Tools

    Spotlight On: Civil Engineering
    16. Importing and Exporting Data
    17. External References (Xrefs)
    18. Attributes

    Spotlight On: Aerospace Engineering
    19. Advanced Output and Pen Settings
    20. Isometric Drawing
    21. 3D Basics
    22. Object Manipulation

    Spotlight On: Chemical Engineering
    23. Boolean Operations and Primitives
    24. Solid Modeling
    25. Advanced Solids, Faces, and Edges

    Spotlight On: Biomedical Engineering
    26. Surfaces and Meshes
    27. Slicing, Sectioning, Layouts, and Vports
    28. Advanced UCS, Views, Text, and Dimensions in 3D

    Spotlight On: Drafting, CAD Management, Teaching, and Consulting
    29. Dview, Camera, Walk and Fly, Path Animation

Product details

  • No. of pages: 592
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: July 16, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128198629
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128198636

About the Authors

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, Lancaster, CA, USA

Robert Kaebisch

Robert Kaebisch is a professional licensed architect and instructor in the Construction Sciences Group: Architectural/Structural Engineering Technician Program at Gateway Technical College. He teaches a variety of courses including and related to: architecture, construction, residential design and code, commercial design and code, mechanical systems, conflict resolution in construction and building inspections. He teaches a variety of different software in those courses including AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp and MS-Office products.

Affiliations and Expertise

Licensed Architect; Instructor, Construction Sciences Group: Architectural/Structural Engineering Technician Program, Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, Racine, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, USA

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