as a general introductory program for learning how to construct drawings with the aid of CAD software
as a general introduction to AutoCAD. AutoCAD, a CAD software package is installed as the drawing software in many colleges. To become proficient in drawing with AutoCAD requires time and practice. Autosketch is reasonably easy to use and after learning how to draw with its aid, acquiring proficiency in constructing drawings with AutoCAD becomes much easier.
This book contains details of how to draw with both the MS-DOS PC version and the Archimedes version of the software. Details of drawing with version 2 of the software, are given in this book. However most, but not quite all, of the methods shown here also apply to version 1 of the software.
All the drawing illustrations in the book were drawn with the aid of AutoSketch version 2 software, some worked on an IBM compatible PC and some on an Archimedes 310. All drawings were plotted to a Roland DXY-880A plotter, many being drawn with two, sometimes three thicknesses of pens fitted to the plotter.
The contents of the book form a course of work for those wishing to familiarize themselves with and become expert with using this software. The graded series of exercises in its pages will assist the reader to achieve these aims. A disc containing starter drawing files for all 72 drawing exercises in the book is available separately.
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Table of ContentsPart 1 Introduction:
starting up autosketch
the autosketch drawing screen
function key selection of menu items
exercises. Part 2 Construction of drawing outlines:
the draw pull-down menu
the autosketch coordinate system
exercises. Part 3 The settings and assist menus:
the settings menu
the assist menu
setting up an A3 sheet file
exercises. Part 4 The change menu:
exercises. Part 5 The view menu:
exercises. Part 6 Parts and the measure menu:
constructing a drawing for a part file
inserting a part into a drawing
dimensions from parts
exercises. Part 7 The file menu:
opening and saving files
printing and plotting
information and game
slide files. Part 8 Step-by-step construction of autosketch drawings:
first example - an engineering drawing
second example - a building drawing. Part 9 Pictorial drawing and hatching:
exercises. Part 10 MS-DOS and Archimedes: