AutoCAD is the ubiquitous tool used by engineers, architects, designers, and urban planners to put their ideas on paper. It takes some AutoCAD know-how to go from a brilliant idea to a drawing that properly explains how brilliant your idea is.
AutoCAD For Dummies helps you de-mystify the handy software and put the tools in AutoCAD to use. Written by an experienced AutoCAD engineer and mechanical design instructor, it assumes no previous computer-aided drafting experience as it walks you through the basics of starting projects and drawing straight lines all the way up through 3D modeling.
- Conquer the first steps in creating an AutoCAD project
- Tackle drawing basics including straight lines and curves
- Add advanced skills including 3D drawing and modeling
- Set up a project and move into 3D
CHAPTER 1: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT
CHAPTER 2: The Grand Tour of AutoCAD
CHAPTER 3: A Lap around the CAD Track
CHAPTER 4: Setup for Success
CHAPTER 5: A Zoom with a View
Part 2: Let There Be Lines
CHAPTER 6: Along the Straight and Narrow
CHAPTER 7: Dangerous Curves Ahead
CHAPTER 8: Preciseliness Is Next to CADliness
CHAPTER 9: Manage Your Properties
CHAPTER 10:Grabbing Onto Object Selection
CHAPTER 11: Edit for Credit
CHAPTER 12: Planning for Paper
Part 3: If Drawings Could Talk
CHAPTER 13: Text with Character
CHAPTER 14: Entering New Dimensions
CHAPTER 15: Down the Hatch!
CHAPTER 16: The Plot Thickens
Part 4: Advancing with AutoCAD
CHAPTER 17: The ABCs of Blocks
CHAPTER 18: Everything from Arrays to Xrefs
CHAPTER 19: Call the Parametrics!
CHAPTER 20: Drawing on the Internet
Part 5: On a 3D Spree
CHAPTER 21: It’s a 3D World After All
CHAPTER 22: From Drawings to Models
CHAPTER 23: It’s Showtime!
CHAPTER 24: AutoCAD Plays Well with Others
Part 6: The Part of Tens
CHAPTER 25: Ten AutoCAD Resources
CHAPTER 26: Ten System Variables to Make Your AutoCAD Life Easier
CHAPTER 27: Ten AutoCAD Secrets
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