Up and Running with AutoCAD 2014

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2014, 1st Edition

2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling

Up and Running with AutoCAD 2014, 1st Edition,Elliot Gindis,ISBN9780124104921


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Get "Up and Running" quickly in AutoCAD 2014 while preparing for the AutoCAD Certification exam using this all-in-one tutorial and reference.

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Key Features

  • 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; what the student needs to type in and how AutoCAD responds is spelled out in discrete and clear steps with screen shots added as needed

New to this edition:

  • New and improved features include better integration with the AutoCAD certification exams, new Spotlight On sections, an expanded appendix, and more content on programming
  • 3D portion of the book has been expanded and improved, with new exercises, new features and a redone section on rendering
  • All discussions and screen shots have been updated for the current release of AutoCAD


Get "Up and Running" with AutoCAD using Gindis’s combination of step-by-step instruction, examples, and insightful explanations. The emphasis from the beginning is on core concepts and practical application of AutoCAD in architecture, engineering and design. Equally useful in instructor-led classroom training, self-study, or as a professional reference, the book is written with the user in mind by a long-time AutoCAD professional and instructor based on what works in the industry and the classroom.


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 2014, 1st Edition


LEVEL 1 - Chapters 1–10

CHAPTER 1 - AutoCAD Fundamentals: Part I
CHAPTER 2 - AutoCAD Fundamentals: Part II

SPOTLIGHT ON: Architecture

CHAPTER 3 - Layers, Colors, Linetypes, and Properties
CHAPTER 4 - Text, Mtext, Editing, and Style
CHAPTER 5 - Hatch Patterns

SPOTLIGHT ON: Mechanical Engineering

CHAPTER 6 - Dimensions 
CHAPTER 7 - Blocks, Wblocks, Dynamic Blocks, Groups, and Purge
CHAPTER 8 - Polar, Rectangular, and Path Arrays

SPOTLIGHT ON: Electrical Engineering

CHAPTER 9 - Basic Printing and Output
CHAPTER 10 - Advanced Output - Paper Space

Level 1 - Answers to Review Questions

LEVEL 2 - Chapters 11–20

CHAPTER 11 - Advanced Linework
CHAPTER 12 - Advanced Layers

SPOTLIGHT ON: Interior Design

CHAPTER 13 - Advanced Dimensions
CHAPTER 14 - Options, Shortcuts, CUI, Design Center, and Express Tools
CHAPTER 15 - Advanced Design and File Management Tools

SPOTLIGHT ON: Civil Engineering

CHAPTER 16 - Importing and Exporting Data
CHAPTER 17 - External References (Xrefs)
CHAPTER 18 - Attributes

SPOTLIGHT ON: Aerospace Engineering

CHAPTER 19 - Advanced Output and Pen Settings
CHAPTER 20 - Isometric Drawing

Level 2 - Answers to Review Questions

LEVEL 3 - Chapters 21–30

CHAPTER 21 - 3D Basics
CHAPTER 22 - Object Manipulation

SPOTLIGHT ON: Chemical Engineering

CHAPTER 23 – Boolean Operations and Primitives
CHAPTER 24 - Solid Modeling
CHAPTER 25 - Advanced Solids, Faces, and Edges

SPOTLIGHT ON: Bio-Medical Engineering

CHAPTER 26 - Surfaces and Meshes
CHAPTER 27 – Slicing, Sectioning, Layouts and Vports
CHAPTER 28 - Advanced UCS, Views, Text and Dimensions in 3D


CHAPTER 29 - Dview, Cameras, Walk and Fly, Path Animation
CHAPTER 30 - Lighting and Rendering

Level 3 - Answers to Review Questions


APPENDIX A - Additional Information on AutoCAD 
APPENDIX B - Other CAD Software and Design and Analysis
APPENDIX C - File Extensions
APPENDIX D - Custom Linetypes and Hatch Patterns
APPENDIX E - Principles of CAD Management
APPENDIX F - AutoLISP Basics and Advanced Customization Tools
APPENDIX G - PC Hardware, Printers and Plotters, and Networks 
APPENDIX H - What Are Kernels?
APPENDIX I - Lighting, Rendering, Effects, and Animation
APPENDIX J - AutoCAD Certification Exams
APPENDIX K - AutoCAD Employment
APPENDIX L - AutoCAD Humor, Oddities, Quirks, and Easter Eggs


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