Up and Running with AutoCAD 2021

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2021

2D and 3D Drawing, Design and Modeling

1st Edition - July 24, 2020

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  • Authors: Elliot J. Gindis, Robert C. Kaebisch
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128231173
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128231180

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Up and Running with AutoCAD 2021: 2D and 3D Drawing, Design and Modeling presents a combination of step-by-step instruction, examples and insightful explanations. The book emphasizes core concepts and practical application of AutoCAD in engineering, architecture 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.

Key Features

  • Strips away complexities and reduces AutoCAD to easy-to-understand, basic concepts
  • Teaches the essentials of operating AutoCAD that build student confidence
  • Documents commands with step-by-step explanations, including what the student needs to type in and how AutoCAD responds
  • Includes new exercises and projects for the AutoCAD 2021 version


Students taking drafting/engineering drawing courses in engineering and engineering technology programs. Architectural, drafting, civil/construction engineers, and mechanical engineers

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

    Spotlight On: Mechanical Engineering
    5. Hatch Patterns
    6. Dimensions

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

    Spotlight On: Interior Design
    9. Basic Printing and Output
    10. Advanced Output - Paper Space

    Spotlight On: Civil Engineering
    11. Advanced Linework
    12. Advanced Layers

    Spotlight On: Aerospace Engineering
    13. Advanced Dimensions
    14. Options, Shortcuts, CUI, Design Center, and Express Tools

    Spotlight On: Chemical Engineering
    15. Advanced Design and File Management Tools
    16. Importing and Exporting Data

    Spotlight On: Biomedical Engineering
    17. External References (Xrefs)
    18. Attributes

    Spotlight On: Drafting, CAD Management, Teaching, and Consulting
    19. Advanced Output and Pen Settings
    20. Isometric Drawing
    21. 3D Basics
    22. Object Manipulation
    23. Boolean Operations and Primitives
    24. Solid Modeling
    25. Advanced Solids, Faces, and Edges
    26. Surfaces and Meshes
    27. Slicing, Sectioning, Layouts, and Vports
    28. Advanced UCS, Views, Text, and Dimensions in 3D
    29. Dview, Camera, Walk and Fly, Path Animation

    A. Additional Information on AutoCAD
    B. Other CAD Software, Design and Analysis Tools, and Concepts
    C. File Extensions
    D. Custom Linetypes and Hatch Patterns
    E. Principles of CAD Management
    F. AutoLISP Basics and Advanced Customization Tools
    G. PC Hardware, Printers/Plotters, Networks, and the Cloud
    H. What Are Kernels?
    I. Lighting, Rendering, Effects, and Animation 
    J. 3D Printing 
    K. AutoCAD Certification Exams 
    L. AutoCAD Employment
    M. AutoCAD Humor, Oddities, Quirks, and Easter Eggs 
    N. The Future of AutoCAD

Product details

  • No. of pages: 862
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: July 24, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128231173
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128231180

About the Authors

Elliot J. Gindis

Elliot Gindis is the founding author of the Up and Running with AutoCAD series of textbooks. He is a former AutoCAD drafter and designer who got his start in New York City in 1996 and has logged in over 25,000 hours of screen time with a wide variety of architecture and engineering companies. From 1999 to 2008 he was on staff with the Pratt Institute of Design and as visiting instructor at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced (3D) AutoCAD classes. He was also the 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 was part of the AutoDesk Developers Network and was a Certified Technical Trainer. He published the first edition of the Up and Running textbook with Elsevier in 2010, and has supported each subsequent edition until 2020, when Robert Kaebisch took over full-time. Elliot currently resides in the Los Angeles area, and is an engineer in the defense industry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Former President, Vertical Technologies Consulting and Design, Lancaster, CA, USA

Robert C. 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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