Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013, 3rd Edition

2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2013, 3rd Edition,Elliot Gindis,ISBN9780123984166


Academic Press




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An easy-to-learn introduction to AutoCAD featuring step-by-step instruction that explains both the "why" and the "how" for using this industry standard software package

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Key Features

1) Strips away complexities, both real and perceived and reduces AutoCAD to easy-to-understand basic concepts.

2) Teaches only what is essential to operating AutoCAD first, thereby immediately building student confidence.

3) 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.

4) 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.

5) 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.


Gindis introduces AutoCAD with step by step instructions, stripping away complexities to  begin working in AutoCAD immediately.  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.

Divided into three parts, the book covers beginning through advanced AutoCAD, including 3D features. 

Also included is an extensive Appendix

for each part, detailing additional useful CAD-related information not often found

in other text books

The book contains supporting graphics (screen shots) and a summary with a self-test section at the end of each chapter. Also included are drawing examples and exercises, and two running “projects” that the student works on as he/she progresses through the chapters .



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. 

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, 3rd Edition

Level 1

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

Level 2

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

Level 3

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



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