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A text designed for 3D AutoCAD 2002 users that is ideal for either classroom use or independent study. It contains 14 lessons designed to bring you up to speed with 3D drawing and rendering. Lessons are clearly marked for purpose and content and provide hands-on, step-by-step instructions to help you master each drawing task. All instructions come in an easy to follow 3-column format labeled Do This!, which clearly presents the task at hand. Lessons contain tips, tricks, and quizzes developed by the author through years of experience as a designer and CAD guru.

World Wide Web: This text has an accompanying website that offers a self-assessment tool to test your understanding of important concepts:

The website contains sets of questions keyed to approximately half the lessons in the text, which test your understanding of key concepts. Take these quizzes online as practice exams and you will receive immediate feedback on your progress. The site also contains important starter drawing files for use with the text.

Also Available:

AutoCAD 2002-One Step at a Time
AutoCAD 2000-One Step at a Time-Basics
AutoCAD 2000-One Step at a Time-Advanced
AutoCAD LT 2000-One Step at a Time

Prentice Hall publishes a broad range of graphics and CAD books available at a discount when bundled with this text. For information, see the Preface of this text or consult your Prentice Hall rep.

Timothy Sean Sykes has been an instructor at Houston Community College for the past five years. Before that, he spent 16 years as a designer in the Piping, Furniture, Structural, and Display fields.

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This text contains 14 lessons on 3D drawing and rendering with AutoCAD 2002 and can be used in the classroom or for independent study. Lessons are marked for purpose and content and provide step-by-step instructions for each drawing task in a readable three-column format. Lessons also contain tips, tricks, and quizes, as well as exercises and review questions. An accompanying Web site offers more questions and quizes. The text assumes competence in basic AutoCAD operation. Sykes teaches at Houston Community College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130081568
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/12/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xvii
Part I Important Review 1
Lesson 1 Space for a New Beginning 3
1.1 Understanding the Terminology 4
1.2 Using Tiled Viewports 5
1.3 Setting Up a Paper Space Environment 13
1.4 Using Floating Viewports 18
1.4.1 Creating Floating Viewports Using MView 19
1.4.2 The Viewports Toolbar 24
1.4.3 Adjusting the Views in Floating Viewports 25
1.5 And Now the Easy Way--The LayoutWizard Command 29
1.6 Extra Steps 32
1.7 What Have We Learned? 33
1.8 Exercises 33
1.9 Review Questions 42
Lesson 2 After the Setup 43
2.1 Dimensioning and Paper Space 44
2.1.1 Dimensioning and Paper Space--The Olde Way 44
2.1.2 Dimensioning and Paper Space--The New Way 48
2.2 The Benefits of Layers in Paper Space 50
2.3 Using Text in Paper Space 55
2.4 Plotting the Layout 59
2.5 Tweaking the Layout 61
2.5.1 Modifying Viewports with the MVSetup Command 61
2.5.2 Changing the Shape of a Viewport with the VPClip Command 66
2.6 Putting It All Together--A Project 69
2.7 Extra Steps 80
2.8 What Have We Learned? 81
2.9 Exercises 81
2.10 Review Questions 90
Part II Welcome to the Third Dimension 91
Lesson 3 "Z" Basics 93
3.1 The UCS Icon and the Right-Hand Rule 94
3.1.1 The UCS Icon 94
3.1.2 The Right-Hand Rule 98
3.2 Maneuvering Through Z-Space with the VPoint Command 99
3.2.1 Using Coordinates to Assign a Viewpoint 99
3.2.2 Using the Compass to Assign a Viewpoint 104
3.2.3 Setting Viewpoints Using a Dialog Box 108
3.3 Drawing with the Z-Axis 112
3.3.1 Three-Dimensional Coordinate Entry 112
3.3.2 Using the Thickness and Elevation System Variables 117
3.4 Three-Dimensional Viewing Made Easy 123
3.4.1 The Hide Command 123
3.4.2 The Shademode Command 126
3.5 Extra Steps 133
3.6 What Have We Learned? 133
3.7 Exercises 134
3.8 Review Questions 143
Lesson 4 More of Z Basics 145
4.1 WCS vs. UCS 146
4.2 The UCS Manager 157
4.3 Using Working Planes 159
4.4 Advanced Viewing Techniques 169
4.4.1 3DOrbit 169
4.4.2 A Continuous Three-Dimensional Orbit--3DCOrbit 179
4.5 Extra Steps 181
4.6 What Have We Learned? 181
4.7 Exercises 182
4.8 Review Questions 190
Part III Simple Modeling 193
Lesson 5 Wireframes and Surface Modeling 195
5.1 3DPoly vs. PLine 196
5.2 Drawing in Three Directions at Once--Point Projection 197
5.3 Adding Surfaces--Regions, Solids, or 3D Faces 201
5.3.1 3D Face 202
5.3.2 Invisible Edges in 3D Faces--SPLFrame and the Edge Command 207
5.3.3 Solids and Regions 210
5.3.4 Which Method Should I Use? 219
5.4 Extra Steps 221
5.5 What Have We Learned? 222
5.6 Exercises 223
5.7 Review Questions 231
Lesson 6 Predefined Surface Models 233
6.1 What Are Predefined Surface Models? 234
6.2 Drawing Predefined Surface Models 235
6.2.1 Box 236
6.2.2 Wedge 239
6.2.3 Pyramid 241
6.2.4 Cone 246
6.2.5 Sphere 249
6.2.6 Domes and Dishes 250
6.2.7 Torus 252
6.3 Understanding the Limitations of Predefined Surface Models 255
6.4 Extra Steps 255
6.5 What Have We Learned? 256
6.6 Exercises 256
6.7 Review Questions 263
Lesson 7 Complex Surface Models 265
7.1 Controlling the Number of Surfaces--Surftab1 and Surftab2 266
7.2 Different Approaches for Different Goals 267
7.2.1 Follow the Path--The Tabsurf Command 267
7.2.2 Add a Surface between Objects--The Rulesurf Command 272
7.2.3 Creating Circular Surfaces--The Revsurf Command 275
7.2.4 Using Edges to Define a Surface Plane--The Edgesurf Command 279
7.3 More Complex Surfaces 281
7.3.1 Creating Meshes with the 3DMesh Command 282
7.3.2 Creating Meshes with the PFace Command 285
7.4 Extra Steps 292
7.5 What Have We Learned? 293
7.6 Exercises 293
7.7 Review Questions 301
Part IV Simple Model Editing 303
Lesson 8 Z-Space Editing 305
8.1 Three-Dimensional Uses for Familiar (Two-Dimensional) Tools 306
8.1.1 Trimming and Extending in Z-Space 306
8.1.2 Aligning Three-Dimensional Objects 315
8.1.3 Three-Dimensional Object Properties 317
8.1.4 Modifying a 3D Mesh 322
8.2 Editing Tools Designed for Z-Space 334
8.2.1 Rotating About an Axis--The Rotate3d Command 335
8.2.2 Mirroring Three-Dimensional Objects--The Mirror3d Command 340
8.2.3 Arrayed Copies in Three Dimensions--The 3DArray Command 343
8.3 Extra Steps 350
8.4 What Have We Learned? 350
8.5 Exercises 351
8.6 Review Questions 356
Part V Advanced Modeling 359
Lesson 9 Solid Modeling Building Blocks 361
9.1 What Are Solid Modeling Building Blocks? 363
9.2 Extruding 2D Regions and Solids 363
9.3 Drawing the Blocks 368
9.3.1 Box 368
9.3.2 Wedge 372
9.3.3 Cones and Cylinders 374
9.3.4 Sphere 379
9.3.5 Torus 381
9.4 Creating More Complex Solids Using the Revolve Command 383
9.5 Extra Steps 388
9.6 What Have We Learned? 389
9.7 Exercises 389
9.8 Review Questions 396
Lesson 10 Composite Solids 397
10.1 Many Become One--Solid Construction Tools 399
10.1.1 Union 399
10.1.2 Subtract 402
10.1.3 Intersect 403
10.1.4 Slice 406
10.1.5 Interfere 413
10.2 Using Some Old Friends on Solids--Fillet and Chamfer 417
10.3 Creating Cross Sections the Easy Way--The Section Command 421
10.4 Extra Steps 424
10.5 What Have We Learned? 425
10.6 Exercises 426
10.7 Review Questions 433
Lesson 11 Editing 3D Solids 435
11.1 A Single Command, But It Does So Much--SolidEdit 436
11.2 Changing Faces--The Face Category 437
11.2.1 Changing the Thickness of a 3D Solid Face--The Extrude Option 437
11.2.2 Moving a Face on a 3D Solid 440
11.2.3 Rotating Faces on a 3D Solid 444
11.2.4 Offsetting Faces on a 3D Solid 447
11.2.5 Tapering Faces on a 3D Solid 450
11.2.6 Deleting 3D Solid Faces 453
11.2.7 Copying 3D Solid Faces as Regions or Bodies 455
11.2.8 Changing the Color of a Single Face 457
11.3 Modifying Edges--The Edge Category 459
11.4 Changing the Whole 3D Solid--The Body Category 462
11.4.1 Imprinting an Image onto a 3D Solid 463
11.4.2 Separating 3D Solids with the seParate solids Routines 466
11.4.3 Clean 467
11.4.4 Shell 469
11.4.5 Checking to Be Certain You Have an ACIS Solid 471
11.5 Extra Steps 471
11.6 What Have We Learned? 472
11.7 Exercises 473
11.8 Review Questions 481
Lesson 12 Three-Dimensional Blocks and Three-Dimensional Plotting Tools 483
12.1 Using Blocks in Z-Space 484
12.1.1 Three-Dimensional Blocks and the UCS 484
12.1.2 Inserting Three-Dimensional Blocks 486
12.1.3 Making Good Use of Attributes 492
12.2 Plotting a 3D Solid 494
12.2.1 Setting Up the Plot--The Solview Command 494
12.2.2 Creating the Plot Images--The Soldraw and Solprof Commands 503
12.3 Extra Steps 509
12.4 What Have We Learned? 509
12.5 Exercises 509
12.6 Review Questions 520
Part VI Rendering and Xrefs 521
Lesson 13 Is It Real or Is It Rendered? 523
13.1 What Is Rendering and Why Is It So Challenging? 524
13.2 Beyond Shademode--The Render Command 525
13.3 Adding Materials to Make Your Solids Look Real 538
13.4 Special Effects--Adding Other Graphic Images to Your Drawing 546
13.5 Lights and Angles 554
13.6 Creating a Scene 563
13.7 Extra Steps 568
13.8 What Have We Learned? 568
13.9 Exercises 569
13.10 Review Questions 579
Lesson 14 Externally Referenced Drawings 581
14.1 Working with Externally Referenced Drawings--Xrefs 583
14.1.1 Attaching and Detaching Xrefs to Your Drawing 584
14.1.2 Removing Part of a Reference--The XClip Command 592
14.1.3 Xrefs and Dependent Symbols 596
14.1.4 Unloading, Reloading, and Overlaying Xrefs 599
14.2 Editing Xrefs 601
14.3 Using Our Drawing as a Reference 606
14.4 Binding an Xref to Your Drawing 608
14.5 Extra Steps 613
14.6 What Have We Learned? 614
14.7 Exercises 614
14.8 Review Questions 623
Afterword 625
Appendix A Drawing Scales 629
Appendix B Project Drawings 630
Appendix C Review Question Answers 638
Appendix D Additional Projects 642
Index 649
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3D AutoCAD 2002: One Step at a Time is a great software program, and in writing this text, l have tried to make learning AutoCAD simple and fun. My system of step-by-step instructions, supported by reference material, creates a hands-on approach to which you can refer over and over again. Each lesson includes: explanations of command options, worked examples of each command, and where appropriate, tips on using specific techniques in industry. AutoCAD is a challenging yet powerful program. We developed this package to provide all the support you need to master it.

Integrated, Multimedia Learning System

When you use this book, you are not just using a single text, but an integrated multimedia learning system made up of 2 parts:

1. Book--14 AutoCAD lessons designed to bring you fully up to speed with 2-D drawing, and a first lesson in 3-D. Lessons are clearly marked as to purpose and content, and provide hands-on, step-by-step instructions to help the student master the task. Lessons contain tips and tricks I developed through years of experience as a designer and CAD guru. Each lesson concludes with some extra steps for learning enhancement, several projects from a variety of disciplines and at various levels of mastery, and a list of review questions to validate student accomplishment. All lessons are covered in a clear, friendly, and encouraging writing style to set the student at ease.

2. World Wide Web--This text makes use of the Web as a self-assessment tool to test your understanding of important concepts at its own Web site prenhall.com/sykes/. It contains sets of questions keyed to approximately half the "Do This"exercises in the text that test your understanding of key concepts. "Do This" exercises that have online quiz material are marked with a web icon. Take these quizzes on-line as practice exams, and you will receive immediate feedback to your progress. Instructors can ask students to take these on-line quizzes and submit their results electronically, allowing instructors to easily track the students' progress. Professors may also use the syllabus builder feature of this web page to quickly prepare their own on-line syllabus.

Before You Begin

To complete the "Do This" and end-of-lesson exercises, you will need the reference files. These are available at: prenhall.com/sykes/--simply follow the appropriate text to the download site.

Sometimes a bit of time elapses between publication of the text and availability of the website material. To avoid any hassles, I have provided the same files at my own site as an interim measure. Access the interim site at uneedcad.com/2002/3Dfiles.

All files have been zipped for ease and speed of downloading. If you lack 'unzipping' ability (generally users of Windows 98 or earlier), you can download Winzip from winzip.com/ddchomea.htm Be sure to unzip the files to "C:" Winzip will do the rest (place the files in a series of lesson-related subfolders of a folder called Steps3D).

Instructors with text-related questions or students looking for a course may contact the author via the uneedcad.com site.

Why I Wrote This Book

Let me repeat some of what I said in 3D AutoCAD 2002: One Step at a Time.

Some years ago I took my first AutoCAD course. I had been drafting for almost ten years at the time, but I saw that the drawing board would eventually give way to the computer. So I dug deep into the shallow recesses of a draftsman's wallet and came up with the $300 I needed to take the course.

A year or so later, still on the board, I was designing piping systems for one of the big petrochemical companies in Houston. There was one computer on the job, but nobody knew how to use it. I dedicated my lunches and evenings to exploring that old 286--often messing it up badly and having to call the computer support folks to come fix it.

After a few months of this, my immediate supervisor was transferred to an AutoCAD project. He was somewhat lost in the computer world, and I was the only one he knew who could turn one on. So he asked for me to follow him. I was excited by the prospect-until I learned that I was to be in charge of five CAD stations on the new project! Then I was a bit nervous (okay, terrified).

I did what any closet teacher would do--I went right out and bought a book! For the next several weeks, I managed to stay exactly 12 hours ahead of the rest of my crew. That is (it seemed miraculous), what I read one evening was what I was asked about the next day! So my reputation as a guru was established. Later, the questions became more difficult, and I had to buy another book (AutoLISP). But, by the grace of God, I am still staying 12 hours ahead of my students.

So, why am I a guru? Simply because I was the guy who bought (and read) a book.

Why this book? 3D AutoCAD 2002: One Step at a Time continues and concludes the training begun in AutoCAD 2000: One Step at a Time-Basics. It does not require familiarity with that text, but it does continue the techniques that readers of Basics have come to know.

I have tried, again, to create lessons that are friendly rather than egghead academic. My intent is to teach my students (and readers) how to make a living using AutoCAD-essentially to answer the questions that I faced that first year as a guru and in the years since as an instructor. I will not cover every nook and cranny of this marvelous tool, but let's face it, it's not an encyclopedia. (I tend to shy away from people who promise it all.)

I am not "just a teacher" or "just a writer" or "just a designer." I have made a good living using AutoCAD for several years. I am a trained and experienced instructor (I have a degree in Secondary Education and instructor certifications from both Autodesk and Microsoft), a trained and experienced writer (my third and fourth teaching fields are English and English Language Arts), and I was a Senior Piping Designer when I finally left the petrochemical industry for greener pastures. (I have also designed furniture, architectural structures, and "those nifty little houses that Santa sits in down at the mall." And my fifth teaching field is industrial Education.)

Why this book? Because here I bring all of this together to help my students and readers conquer their goal of making a living using AutoCAD.

Who Should Use This Book

I have written this book for draftsmen who have already achieved competence in basic AutoCAD operation.

As with the Basics book, I make no attempt to teach drafting here, but you should have some education or background in drafting, or at least in reading blueprints, before attempting to learn AutoCAD. For more on the basics of drafting, I highly recommend Frederick E. Giesecke's Technical Drawing (Prentice Hall). Now in its eleventh edition, it has been the basic drafting text of choice at least since I studied the subject more than 20 years ago.

Likewise, I do not attempt to instruct the user on how to use Windows or any other computer operating system. However, you should be familiar with a computer and its operating system before attempting to master any complex software like AutoCAD. If you are not comfortable with Windows, please precede your AutoCAD attempts with an appropriate computer ops course. If there are no courses available or convenient, I suggest picking up a copy of Microsoft's Windows 95 98 Step by Step. All of Microsoft's Step by Step books are remarkably good course material--simple to follow and easy to understand.

Expertise with other software is also not required, but some experience with MS Access (or some other database program) as well as any graphics program can be quite beneficial.

People are still asking me who my target audience is. I find the question a bit confusing since the training is the same regardless of whom is being trained. I have designed these texts to stand alone or as classroom guides. Therefore, anyone can use it--from high school students through college or professional development instructors.

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