Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013 by Elliot Gindis is an easy-to-learn introduction to AutoCAD featuring step-by-step instructions that explain both the why and the how for using this industry standard software package. The book strips away complexities, both real and perceived, and reduces AutoCAD to easy-to-understand basic concepts. All concepts are explained first in theory, and then shown in practice, helping the reader understand what it is they are doing and why, before they do it.
The book is divided into three parts, guiding students through the subject matter from the beginning stages of using the software through advanced AutoCAD, including 3D features. Chapters deal with topics such as: layers, colors, linetypes, and properties; text, Mtext, editing, and style; blocks, Wblocks, dynamic blocks, groups, and purge; importing and exporting data; Boolean operations; Dview, walk and fly, animation, and action recording; and lighting and rendering. Also included is an extensive Appendix for each part, detailing additional useful CAD-related information not often found in other text books. In addition, the book contains supporting graphics (screen shots); a summary with a self-test section at the end of each chapter; drawing examples and exercises; and two running "projects" that the student works on as he/she progresses through the chapters .
This book will appeal to beginner through advanced users of AutoCAD; architectural engineers, drafting, civil/construction engineers, and mechanical engineers; and students taking drafting/engineering drawing courses in engineering and engineering technology programs.
- 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, 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 important and widely used in practice versus what is not, 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
CHAPTER 1 AutoCAD Fundamentals Part I
CHAPTER 2 AutoCAD Fundamentals Part II
CHAPTER 3 Layers, Colors, Linetypes, and Properties
CHAPTER 4 Text, Mtext, Editing, and Style
CHAPTER 5 Hatch Patterns
CHAPTER 6 Dimensions
CHAPTER 7 Blocks, Wblocks, Dynamic Blocks, Groups, and Purge
CHAPTER 8 Polar, Rectangular and Path Arrays
CHAPTER 9 Basic Printing and Output
CHAPTER 10 Advanced Output-Paper Space
CHAPTER 11 Advanced Linework
CHAPTER 12 Advanced Layers
CHAPTER 13 Advanced Dimensions
CHAPTER 14 Options, Shortcuts, CUI, Design Center, and Express Tools
CHAPTER 15 Advanced Design and File Management Tools
CHAPTER 16 Importing and Exporting Data
CHAPTER 17 External References (Xrefs)
CHAPTER 18 Attributes
CHAPTER 20 Isometric Drawing
CHAPTER 21 3D Basics
CHAPTER 22 Primitives
CHAPTER 23 Object Manipulation
CHAPTER 24 Boolean Operations.
CHAPTER 25 Solid Modeling
CHAPTER 26 Advanced Solids, Faces, and Edges
CHAPTER 27 Surfaces and Meshes
CHAPTER 28 UCS, Vports, Text, and Dimensions in 3D
CHAPTER 29 Dview, Walk and Fly, Animation, and Action Recording
CHAPTER 30 Lighting and Rendering
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.