Thoroughly updated to AutoCAD 2010 this easy-to-understand essentials edition covers all aspects of AutoCAD fundamentals, from an introduction to computer hardware and AutoCAD software to learning to draw with objects, direct editing of objects, and plotting. Industry veteran Ralph Grabowski applies his step-by-step learning approach in the form of tutorials which speed the process of learning the commands required for 2D drafting of single drawings, leading users to quick proficiency using the most current design capabilities of the software.
UNIT I -- SETTING UP DRAWINGS. 1. Quick Tour of AutoCAD 2010. 2. Understanding CAD Concepts. 3. Setting Up Drawings. UNIT II -- DRAFTING ESSENTIALS. 4. Drawing Basic Objects. 5. Drawing with Precision. 6. Drawing with Efficiency. UNIT III -- EDITING DRAWINGS. 7. Properties and Layers. 8. Constructing Objects. 9. Additional Editing Methods. UNIT IV -- TEXT AND DIMENSIONS. 10. Placing and Editing Text. 11. Placing Dimensions. 12. Editing Dimensions. 13. Applying Dimensional Constraints. 14. Using Geometric Constraints. 15. Reporting On Drawings. UNIT V -- 3D MODELING. 16. Introduction to 3D Solid Modeling. 17. Introduction to 3D Mesh Modeling. 18. Additional 3D Techniques. UNIT VII -- PLOTTING DRAWINGS. 19. Working with Layouts. 20. Plotting Drawings. UNIT IX -- APPENDICES. A. Autocad, Computers, and Windows. B. Autocad Commands, Aliases, and Keyboard Shortcuts. C. Autocad System Variables. D. Summary of Dimension Variables. E. Autocad Fonts, Linetypes, Hatch Patterns, Gradients & Lineweights. F. Designcenter, Tools Palette, Symbols & Dynamic Blocks. G. Autocad Template & Sample Drawings. H. Autodesk Resources. Index.