Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013, 2nd Edition

2D Drawing and Modeling

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013, 2nd Edition,Elliot Gindis,ISBN9780123984081


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Up and Running with Autocad® 2013 started out as a set of classroom notes that outlined, in an easy to understand manner, exactly how AutoCAD is used and applied, in contrast to theoretical musings or clinical descriptions of the commands as found in other books. This book attempts to use experience and top-level knowledge to sort out what is important and what is secondary, and to explain the essentials in plain language. This volume comprises 20 chapters, beginning with the AutoCAD fundamentals. The following chapters then focus on layers, colors, linetypes, and properties; text, Mtext, editing, and style; and hatch patterns; dimensions; blocks, Wblocks, dynamic blocks, groups, and purge. Other chapters cover polar, rectangular, and path arrays; basic printing and output; advanced linework; options, shortcuts, CUI, design center, and express tools; advanced design and file management tools; advanced output and pen settings; and isometric drawing. Each chapter in the book ends with a summary and some review questions to aid the reader in retaining essential concepts. This book will be of interest to engineers, architects, and industrial designers.

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.

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President of AutoCAD training firm Vertical Technologies Consulting and Design

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Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013, 2nd Edition


About the Author


Level 1. 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 View 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


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 Geometric Data Entry

2.6 Inquiry Commands

2.7 Additional Drafting Commands


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


Spotlight On: Architecture

Chapter 4 Text, Mtext, Editing, and Style

4.1 Introduction to Text and Mtext

4.2 Text

4.3 Mtext

4.5 Spell Check

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


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


Chapter 6 Dimension

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


Spotlight On: Mechanical Engineering

Chapter 7 Blocks, Wblocks, Dynamic Blocks, Groups, and Purge

7.1 Introduction to Blocks

7.2 Insert

7.3 Purge

7.4 Wblocks

7.5 Dynamic Blocks

7.6 Groups


Chaper 8 Polar, Rectangular, and Path Arrays

8.1 Polar Array

8.2 Rectangular Array

8.3 Path Array

8.4 In-Class Drawing Project: Mechanical Device


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

Spotlight On: Interior Design

10.1 Introduction to Paper Space

10.2 Paper Space Concepts


Level 1. Answers to Review Questions

Level 2. Chapters 11–20

Chapter 11 Advanced Linework

11.1 Introduction to Advanced Linework

11.2 Pline (Polyline)

11.4 Ray

11.5 Spline

11.6 Mline (Multiline)

11.7 Sketch

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


Chapter 12 Advanced Layers

12.1 Introduction to Advanced Layers

12.2 Script Files

12.3 Layer State Manager

12.4 Layer Filtering

12.5 Level 2 Drawing Project (2 of 10): Architectural Floor Plan


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

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


Spotlight On: Electrical Engineering

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

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


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 Blend

15.5 Break and Join

15.6 Cad Standards

15.7 Calculator

15.8 Defpoints

15.9 Divide and Point Style

15.10 Donut

15.11 Draw Order

15.12 eTransmit

15.13 Filter

15.14 Hyperlink

15.15 Lengthen

15.16 Object Tracking (OTRACK)

15.17 Overkill

15.18 Point and Node

15.19 Publish

15.20 Raster

15.21 Revcloud

15.22 Sheet Sets

15.23 Selection Methods

15.24 Stretch

15.25 System Variables

15.26 Tables

15.27 Tool Palett

15.28 UCS and Crosshair Rotation

15.29 Window Tiling

15.30 Wipeout

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


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 JPG

16.5 PDFs

16.6 Other Cad Software

16.7 Exporting and the Save as Feature

16.8 Inserting and OLE

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


Spotlight On: Aerospace Engineering

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

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


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

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


Chapter 19 Advanced Output and Pen Setting

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

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


Spotlight On: Civil Engineering

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

20.5 Level 2 Drawing Project (10 of 10): Architectural Floor Plan


Level 2. Answers to Review Questions


Appendix A Additional Information on AutoCAD

Appendix B. Other CAD Software and Design and Analysis Tools and Concepts

Appendix C. File Extensions

Appendix D. Custom Linetypes and Hatch Patterns

Appendix E. Principles of CAD Management

Appendix F. PC Hardware, Printers and Plotters, and Networks

Appendix G. AutoCAD Certification Exams

Appendix H. AutoCAD Employment

Appendix I. AutoCAD Humor, Oddities, Quirks, and Easter Eggs


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