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Up and Running with AutoCAD 2011
2D Drawing and Modeling
1st Edition - August 9, 2010
Author: Elliot J. Gindis
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Up and Running with AutoCAD 2011 provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of AutoCAD. The text strips away complexities, both real and perceived, and reduces AutoCAD… Read more
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Up and Running with AutoCAD 2011 provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of AutoCAD. The text strips away complexities, both real and perceived, and reduces AutoCAD to easy-to-understand basic concepts. It teaches only what is essential to operating AutoCAD first, thereby immediately building student confidence.
All basic commands are documented step-by-step, meaning that what the student needs to type in and how AutoCAD responds is all spelled out in discrete and clear steps with screen shots added as needed. Using the author’s extensive multi-industry knowledge of what is and is not important and widely used in practice, the material is presented by immediately immersing the student in practical, critically essential knowledge, with no padding of text or filler material.
All concepts are explained first in theory, and only then is AutoCAD introduced and the actual button pushing discussed. This is one of the key concepts in having students understand exactly what it is they are doing and why, before they do it.
Strips away complexities, both real and perceived and reduces AutoCAD to easy-to-understand basic concepts
Explains "why" something is done, not just "how": the theory behind each concept or command is discussed prior to engaging AutoCAD, so the student has a clear idea of what they are attempting to do
All basic commands are documented step-by-step: what the student types in and how AutoCAD responds is spelled out in discrete and clear steps with numerous screen shots
Extensive supporting graphics (screen shots) and a summary with a self-test section and topic specific drawing exercises are included at the end of each chapter. Additional practice is gained through projects that the students work on as they progress through the chapters
Also available in a comprehensive volume that includes coverage of 3D drawing and modeling in AutoCad. ISBN for comprehensive volume is 978-0-12-375717-3
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.
AcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorPrefaceLevel 1 • The Chapters 1–10 Chapter 1 AutoCAD Fundamentals—Part I 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 V iew 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 2.1 Grips 2.2 Units and Scale 2.3 Snap and Grid 2.4 Cartesian Coordinate System 2.5 Distance Entry Techniques 2.6 Inquiry Commands 2.7 Miscellaneous Topics Summary Chapter 3 Layers, Colors, Linetypes, and Properties 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 Spotlight On: Architecture Chapter 4 Text, Mtext, Editing, and Style 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 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 Chapter 6 Dimensions 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 Summary Chapter 7 Blocks, Wblocks, Dynamic Blocks, and Purge 7.1 Introduction to Blocks 7.2 Insert 7.3 Purge 7.4 Wblocks 7.5 Dynamic Blocks Summary Spotlight On: Mechanical Engineering Chapter 8 Polar and Rectangular Arrays 8.1 Polar Array 8.2 Rectangular Array 8.3 In Class Drawing Project: Mechanical Device 8.4 Drawing a Star Summary Chapter 9 Basic Printing and Output 9.1 Introduction to Printing and Plotting 9.2 The Essentials 9.3 The Plot Dialog Box 9.4 Page Setup Manager Summary Chapter 10 Advanced Output—Paper Space 10.1 Introduction to Paper Space 10.2 Paper Space Concepts SummaryLevel 2 • Chapters 11–20 Chapter 11 Advanced Linework 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 Level 2 Drawing Project (1 of 10): Architectural Floor Plan Summary Chapter 12 Advanced Layers 12.1 Introduction to Advanced Layers 12.2 Script Files 12.3 Layer State Manager 12.4 Layer Filtering Level 2 Drawing Project (2 of 10): Architectural Floor Plan Summary Chapter 13 Advanced Dimensions 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 Level 2 Drawing Project (3 of 10): Architectural Floor Plan Summary Spotlight On: Interior Design Chapter 14 Options, Shortcuts, CUI, Design Center, and Express Tools 14.1 Options 14.2 Shortcuts 14.3 Customize User Interface 14.4 Design Center 14.5 Express Tools Level 2 Drawing Project (4 of 10): Architectural Floor Plan Summary Chapter 15 Advanced Design and File Management Tools 15.1 Introduction to Advanced Design and File Management Tools 15.2 Align 15.3 Audit and Recover 15.4 Break and Join 15.5 Cad Standards 15.6 Calculator 15.7 Defpoints Concept 15.8 Divide and Point Style 15.9 Donut 15.10 Draw Order 15.11 eTransmit 15.12 Filters 15.13 Hyperlinks 15.14 Lengthen 15.15 Object Snap Tracking 15.16 Overkill 15.17 Point 15.18 Publish 15.19 Raster 15.20 Revcloud 15.21 Sheet Sets 15.22 Selection Methods 15.23 Stretch 15.24 System Variables 15.25 Tables 15.26 Tool Palette 15.27 Ucs and Crosshair Rotation 15.28 Window Tiling 15.29 Wipeout Level 2 drawing Project (5 of 10): Architectural Floor Plan Summary Chapter 16 Importing and Exporting Data 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 Level 2 Drawing Project (6 of 10): Architectural Floor Plan Summary Chapter 17 External References (XREFs) 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 Level 2 Drawing Project (7 of 10): Architectural Floor Plan Summary Spotlight On: Electrical Engineering Chapter 18 Attributes 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 Level 2 Drawing Project (8 of 10): Architectural Floor Plan Summary Chapter 19 Advanced Output and Pen Settings 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 Level 2 Drawing Project (9 of 10): Architectural Floor Plan Summary Chapter 20 Isometric Drawing 20.1 Introduction to Isometric Perspective 20.2 Basic Technique 20.3 Ellipses in Isometric Drawing 20.4 Text and Dimensions in Isometric Drawing Level 2 Drawing Project (10 of 10): Architectural Floor Plan SummaryAppendices 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? A Brief History of Autodesk and AutoCAD AutoCAD Releases Major Autodesk Products AutoCAD Related Websites Appendix B Other CAD Software and Design and Analysis Tools and Concepts MicroStation (www.Bentley.com) ArchiCAD (www.graphisoft.com) TurboCAD (www.turbocad.com) CATIA (www.3ds.com) NX (www.ugs.com) Pro/Engineer (www.ptc.com) SolidWorks (www.solidworks.com) Inventor (www.autodesk.com) IronCAD (www.ironcad.com) Solid Edge (www.solidedge.com) NASTRAN (www.NEiNastran.com) ANSYS (www.ansys.com) ALGOR (www.algor.com) Fluent (www.Fluent.com) 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 I: AutoLISP Overview II: Visual LISP Overview III: VBA, .NET, Active X, and ObjectARX AutoLISP Fundamentals Appendix G PC Hardware, Printers, Plotters, and Networks PC hardware Printers and plotters Networks Appendix H AutoCAD Certification Exams Appendix I AutoCAD Employment Appendix J AutoCAD Humor, Oddities, Quirks, and Easter Eggs The AutoCAD monkey joke That never goes away Oddities and quirks Easter eggsIndex
No. of pages: 510
Published: August 9, 2010
Imprint: Academic Press
eBook ISBN: 9780123757166
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