Up and Running with AutoCAD 2010, 1st Edition

Acknowledgements

About the Author

Preface

What Is AutoCAD?

About This Book

Teaching Methodology

Text Organization

What Your Goal Should Be

Introduction to Level 1

Chapter 1 - AutoCAD Fundamentals Part 1

Chapter 1 Learning Objectives

Sec 1.1 - Introduction and Basic Commands

Sec 1.2 - The AutoCAD Environment

Sec 1.3 - Interacting with AutoCAD

Sec 1.4 - Practicing the Create Objects Commands

Sec 1.5 - View Objects

Sec 1.6 – Practicing the Edit/Modify Objects Commands

Sec 1.7 - Selection Methods

Sec 1.8 - Drawing Accuracy - Part 1

Sec 1.9 - Drawing Accuracy - Part 2

Sec 1.10 - OSNAP Drafting Settings

Chapter 1 Summary

Chapter 1 Review Questions

Chapter 1 Exercises

Chapter 2 - AutoCAD Fundamentals Part II

Chapter 2 Learning Objectives

Sec 2.1 - Grips

Sec 2.2 - Units and Scale

Sec 2.3 - Snap and Grid

Sec 2.4 - Cartesian coordinate system

Sec 2.5 - Distance Entry Techniques

Sec 2.6 - Inquiry Commands

Sec 2.7 – Miscellaneous Topics

Chapter 2 Summary

Chapter 2 Review Questions

Chapter 2 Exercises

Chapter 3 – Layers, Colors, Linetypes and Properties

Chapter 3 Learning Objectives

Sec 3.1 – Introduction to Layers

Sec 3.2 – Introduction to Linetypes

Sec 3.3 – Introduction to Properties

In-Class Drawing Project - Floor Plan Layout

Chapter 3 Summary

Chapter 3 Review Questions

Chapter 3 Exercises

Chapter 4 – Text, Mtext, Editing and Style

Chapter 4 Learning Objectives

Sec 4.1 - Introduction to Text and Mtext

Sec 4.2 - Text

Sec 4.3 - Mtext

Sec 4.4 - Style

Sec 4.5 – Spell Check

In-Class Drawing Project – Adding Text and Furniture to Floor Plan Layout

Chapter 4 Summary

Chapter 4 Review Questions

Chapter 4 Exercises

Chapter 5 – Hatch Patterns

Chapter 5 Learning Objectives

Sec 5.1 - Introduction to Hatch

Sec 5.2 - Hatch Procedures

Sec 5.3 – Working with Hatch Patterns

Sec 5.4 – Gradient and Solid Fill

In-Class Drawing Project – Adding Hatch to Floor Plan Layout

Chapter 5 Summary

Chapter 5 Review Questions

Chapter 5 Exercises

Chapter 6 – Dimensions

Chapter 6 Learning Objectives

Sec 6.1 - Introduction to Dimensions

Sec 6.2 - Types of Dimensions

Sec 6.3 - Editing Dimensions

Sec 6.4 - Customizing dimensions

In-Class Drawing Project – Adding Dimensions to Floor Plan Layout

Chapter 6 Summary

Chapter 6 Review Questions

Chapter 6 Exercises

Chapter 7 – Blocks, Wblocks, Dynamic Blocks and Purge

Chapter 7 Learning Objectives

Sec 7.1 - Introduction to Blocks

Sec 7.2 - Insert

Sec 7.3 - Purge

Sec 7.4 - Wblocks

Sec 7.5 - Dynamic Blocks

Chapter 7 Summary

Chapter 7 Review Questions

Chapter 7 Exercises

Chapter 8 – Polar and Rectangular Arrays

Chapter 8 Learning Objectives

Sec 8.1 - Polar Array

Sec 8.2 - Rectangular Array

In-Class Drawing Project – Mechanical Device

Chapter 8 Summary

Chapter 8 Review Questions

Chapter 8 Exercises

Chapter 9 – Isometric Drawing

Chapter 9 Learning Objectives

Sec 9.1 – Introduction to Isometric Perspective

Sec 9.2 - Basic Technique

Sec 9.3 - Ellipses in Isometric

Sec 9.4 - Text and Dimensions in Isometric

Chapter 9 Summary

Chapter 9 Review Questions

Chapter 9 Exercises

Chapter 10 – Basic Printing and Output

Chapter 10 Learning Objectives

Sec 10.1 – Introduction to Printing and Plotting

Sec 10.2 - The Essentials

Sec 10.3 - The Plot Dialog Box

Sec 10.4 - Page Setup Manager

Chapter 10 Summary

Chapter 10 Review Questions

Chapter 10 Exercises

Spotlight On: Architecture

Introduction to Level 2

Chapter 11 – Advanced Linework

Chapter 11 Learning Objectives

Sec 11.1 - Introduction to Advanced Linework

Sec 11.2 - Pline (Polyline)

Sec 11.3 - Xline (Construction Line)

Sec 11.4 - Ray

Sec 11.5 - Spline

Sec 11.6 - Mline (Multiline)

Sec 11.7 - Sketch

Level 2 Drawing Project (1 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

Chapter 11 Summary

Chapter 11 Review Questions

Chapter 11 Exercises

Chapter 12 – Advanced Layers

Chapter 12 Learning Objectives

Sec 12.1 - Introduction to Advanced Layers

Sec 12.2 - Script Files

Sec 12.3 - Layer State Manager (LSM)

Sec 12.4 - Layer Filtering

Level 2 Drawing Project (2 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

Chapter 12 Summary

Chapter 12 Review Questions

Chapter 12 Exercises

Chapter 13 – Advanced Dimensions

Chapter 13 Learning Objectives

Sec 13.1 - Introduction to Advanced Dimensions

Sec 13.2 – Dimension Style Manager

Sec 13.3 – Introduction to Constraints

Sec 13.4 - Geometric Constraints

Sec 13.5 - Dimensional Constraints

Sec 13.6 - Dimension Driven Design

Level 2 Drawing Project (3 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

Chapter 13 Summary

Chapter 13 Review Questions

Chapter 13 Exercises

Chapter 14 – Options, Shortcuts, CUI, Design Center and Express Tools

Chapter 14 Learning Objectives

Sec 14.1 - Options

Sec 14.2 - Shortcuts

Sec 14.3 - Customize User Interface (CUI)

Sec 14.4 - Design Center

Sec 14.5 - Express Tools

Level 2 Drawing Project (4 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

Chapter 14 Summary

Chapter 14 Review Questions

Chapter 14 Exercises

Chapter 15 – Miscellaneous Topics

Chapter 15 Learning Objectives

Sec 15.1 - Introduction to Miscellaneous Topics

Level 2 Drawing Project (5 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

Chapter 15 Summary

Chapter 15 Review Questions

Chapter 15 Exercises

Chapter 16 – Importing and Exporting Data

Chapter 16 Learning Objectives

Sec 16.1 - Introduction to Importing and Exporting Data

Sec 16.2 - Importing/Exporting to and from the MS Office Applications

Sec 16.3 - Screen Shots

Sec 16.4 - JPGs

Sec 16.5 - PDFs

Sec 16.6 - Other CAD Software

Sec 16.7 - Exporting and the Save As Feature

Sec 16.8 - Inserting and OLE

Level 2 Drawing Project (6 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

Chapter 16 Summary

Chapter 16 Review Questions

Chapter 16 Exercises

Chapter 17 – External References (XREFs)

Chapter 17 Learning Objectives

Sec 17.1 - Introduction to Xref

Sec 17.2 - Using Xrefs

Sec 17.3 - Layers in Xrefs

Sec 17.4 - Editing and Reloading Xrefs

Sec 17.5 - Multiple Xrefs

Sec 17.6 - Ribbon and Xrefs

Level 2 Drawing Project (7 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

Chapter 17 Summary

Chapter 17 Review Questions

Chapter 17 Exercises

Chapter 18 – Paper Space

Chapter 18 Learning Objectives

Sec 18.1 - Introduction to Paper Space

Sec 18.2 - Paper Space Concepts

Level 2 Drawing Project (8 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

Chapter 18 Summary

Chapter 18 Review Questions

Chapter 18 Exercises

Chapter 19 – Attributes

Chapter 19 Learning Objectives

Sec 19.1 - Introduction to Attributes

Sec 19.2 - Creating the Design

Sec 19.3 - Creating the Attribute Definitions

Sec 19.4 - Creating the Attribute Block

Sec 19.5 - Attribute Properties and Editing

Sec 19.6 - Attribute Extraction

Sec 19.7 - Invisible Attributes

Level 2 Drawing Project (9 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

Chapter 19 Summary

Chapter 19 Review Questions

Chapter 19 Exercises

Chapter 20 – Advanced Output and Pen Settings

Chapter 20 Learning Objectives

Sec 20.1 - Introduction to Advanced Output and Pen Settings

Sec 20.2 - Setting Standards

Sec 20.3 - The CTB File

Sec 20.4 - Additional CTB File Features

Sec 20.5 - The LWT Option

Level 2 Drawing Project (10 of 10) – Architectural Floor Plan

Chapter 20 Summary

Chapter 20 Review Questions

Chapter 20 Exercises

Spotlight On: Engineering

Appendix A

Additional information on AutoCAD

Who makes AutoCAD?

What is AutoCAD LT?

How is AutoCAD purchased and how much does it cost?

Is 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/Analysis concepts

Appendix C

File Extensions

AutoCAD Primary Extensions

AutoCAD Secondary Extensions

Misc. Software Extensions

Appendix D

Custom Linetypes and Hatch Patterns

Appendix E

Principles of CAD Management

Part 1 – Know the 7 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

Appendix G

PC Hardware, Printers/Plotters and Networks

Appendix H

AutoCAD Certification Exams

Appendix I

AutoCAD Humor, Oddities, Quirks and Easter Eggs

Index