Up and Running with AutoCAD 2014: 2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling

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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.

  • 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780124104921
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 9/5/2013
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 648,831
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents


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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