Using AutoCAD 2011 / Edition 1

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Overview

Thoroughly updated to AutoCAD 2011 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 uses his step-by-step tutorials which speeds the process of learning the commands required for 2D drafting of single drawings. Using AutoCAD 2011 leads users quickly to proficiency utilizing the most current design capabilities of the software.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111125141
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/29/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1168
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Benefits of Computer-Aided Drafting

CAD Applications

Architecture

Engineering

Interior Design

Manufacturing

Facilities Management

Mapping

Entertainment

Online Applications

Other Benefits

Autocad Overview

Terminology

Coordinates

Drawing Files

What's New in Autocad 2011

User Interface

2D Drafting

Parametrics

3D Modeling

Using This Book

Conventions

Keys

Control and Alternate Keys

Flip Screen

Command Nomenclature

Companion Files

Online Companion

We Want to Hear From You!

Acknowledgments

About the Author

UNIT I Setting Up Drawings 1

1 Quick Tour of AutoCAD 2011 3

Startings Autocad 4

Tutorial: Starting Autocad 4

Commands In Autocad 8

Command Bar 8

Text Window 9

Dynamic Input 9

Mouse 9

Ribbon 11

Tutorial: Executing Commands With the Ribbon 11

Tutorial: Accessing Flyouts 15

Tutorial: Accessing Droplists 16

Quick Access Toolbar 17

Accessing the Application Menu 17

Recent Drawings 18

Open Documents 19

Displaying the Menu Bar 19

Changing Workspaces 20

AutoCAD Classic Workspace 21

Toolbars 21

Exiting Autocad 22

2D Tutorial 23

Setting Up New Drawings 24

Drawing The Base Plate 25

Drawing The Shaft 26

Drawing Holes 27

Copying Circles 27

Saving the Drawing 28

Plotting the Drawing 29

3D Tutorial 32

Modeling the Shaft 33

Modeling Holes 35

Copying Cylinders 36

Subtracting Cylinders to Create Holes 37

Exercises 38

Chapter Review 39

2 Understanding CAD Concepts 41

Autocad User Interface 42

User Interface Changes in Autocad 2011 42

Touring the User Interface 43

Title Bar 43

Info Center 43

Window Controls 43

Ribbon, Menu Bar, And Toolbars 44

Drawing Area 44

Cursors 44

Cursor Icons 45

View Cube 45

Navigation Bar 45

UCS Icon 46

Other Screen Markings 47

Highlights and Grips 47

Rollover Tooltips 47

Selection Cycling 48

Dynamic Input 48

Grid 49

Tracking Lines 49

Layout Tabs and Scroll Bars 49

Scroll Bars 49

Status Bar 50

X, Y Coordinates and Elevation 50

Mode Indicators 50

Layouts 51

Annotation Scaling 52

Workspaces 52

Tray 52

Tray Options 53

Cleanscreen and Resize Window 53

Entering Commands 54

Using the Keyboard 54

Command Input Considerations 55

Repeating Commands 55

Recent Input 55

Dynamic Input 56

Entering Commands 56

Entering Coordinates 57

Selecting Options 57

Dynamic Dimensions 58

Selecting a Default Value 58

Dynamic Angles 58

Error Messages and Warnings 58

Modifying Dynamic Input 59

Keyboard Shortcuts 60

AutoComplete 60

Function Keys 61

Aliases 61

Other Keys 62

Using Mouse Buttons 62

Using Dialog Boxes 63

Hyphen Prefix 64

System Variables 64

FileDia 64

Expert 65

AttDia 65

Alternate Commands 65

The Draft-Edit-Plot Cycle 66

Drafting 66

Constructing Objects 66

Blocks and Templates 67

Editing 67

Plotting 68

ePlots 68

Protecting Drawings 68

Screen Pointing 68

Showing Points by Window Corners 68

Coordinate Systems 69

Autocad Coordinates 70

Cartesian Coordinates 71

Polar Coordinates 72

Cylindrical Coordinates 73

Spherical Coordinates 74

Relative Coordinates 75

User-defined Coordinate Systems 76

Entering Coordinates 76

Screen Picks 77

Keyboard Coordinates 77

Snaps, Etc 77

Point Filters 78

Snap Spacing 78

Direct Distance Entry 78

Tracking 78

Object Snaps 79

Exercises 80

Chapter Review 82

3 Setting Up Drawings 87

New Drawings 88

Tutorial: Starting New Drawings 88

About Templates 89

Qnew 90

Tutorial: Starting New Drawings with Templates 90

Startup Dialog Box 90

Starting From Scratch 90

Using Templates 91

Using Wizards 92

Tutorial: Using the Advanced Wizard 92

Open 96

Tutorial: Opening Drawings 96

Files List 98

Preview 99

Files of Type 99

Read-Only 100

Partial Open 100

Select Initial View 101

Making Dialog Boxes Bigger 101

Standard Folders Sidebar 101

Tools 102

Finding Files 102

Changing Screen Colors 103

Default Background Colors 103

Tutorial: Changing Colors 104

Units 105

Tutorial: Setting Units 105

Setting Scale Factors 107

Scale-dependent Objects 108

Annotation Scaling 109

Save and Saveas 110

Tutorial: Saving Drwing By Other Names 110

Saving Drawings: Additional Methods 111

My Network Places 111

Tutorial: Saving Drawings on Other Computers 111

FTP 112

Tutorial: Sending Drawings By FTP 113

Files of Type 114

Tutorial: Saving Drawings in Other Formats 114

Options 115

Qsave 117

Tutorial: Saving Drawings 117

Automatic Backups 117

Tutorial: Making Backup Copies 117

Making Backups: Additional Methods 119

SaveFilePath 119

Accessing Backup Files 119

Quit 120

Tutorial: Quitting Autocad 120

Exercises 121

Chapter Review 123

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