Learn AutoCAD Basics For Dummies By David Byrnes

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Download Free Learn AutoCAD Basics For Dummies Pdf, It’s amazing to think that AutoCAD came into being more than a quarter of a century ago, at a time when most people thought that personal computers weren’t capable of industrial-strength tasks like CAD. (The acronym stands for Computer-Aided Drafting, Computer-Aided Design, or both, depending on whom you talk to.) What’s equally amazing to the grizzled old-timer writing these words is the fact that many of today’s hotshot Learn AutoCAD Basics users weren’t even born when the program first hit the street! It’s almost as amazing that 25 years and counting after its birth, AutoCAD remains the king of the microcomputer CAD hill by a tall margin, making it one of the longest-lived PC programs ever. It’s conceivable that the long-term future of CAD may belong to special-purpose, 3D-based software such as the Autodesk Inventor and Revit programs, but for the present and the near future anyway, AutoCAD is where the CAD action is.

Learn AutoCAD Basics has grown more complex over the years, in part to keep up with the increasing complexity of the design and drafting processes that AutoCAD is intended to serve. It’s not enough just to draw nice-looking lines anymore. If you want to play CAD with the big boys and girls, you need to carefully organize the objects you draw, their properties, and the files in which they reside. You need to coordinate your CAD work with other people in your office who will be working on or making use of the same drawings. You need to be savvy about shipping drawings around via the Internet. You may even need to be a little cognizant of working with AutoCAD in three dimensions.

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Table Of Content For Learn AutoCAD Basics For Dummies pdf

Introduction AutoCAD 2011 For Dummies pdf
What’s Not (And What Is) in This Book
Who Do I Think You Are?
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: AutoCAD 101
Part II: Let There Be Lines
Part III: If Drawings Could Talk
Part IV: Advancing with AutoCAD
Part V: On a 3D Spree
Part VI: The Part of Tens
But wait . . . there’s more!
Icons Used in This Book
A Few Conventions — Just in Case
Commanding from the keyboard
Tying things up with the Ribbon
Where to Go from Here

Part I: AutoCAD 101
Chapter 1: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT

Getting Started With AutoCAD 2011 For Dummies pdf

Why AutoCAD
The Importance of Being DWG
Seeing the LT
Checking System Requirements for AutoCAD 2011 For Dummies pdf
Suddenly, It’s 2011!

Chapter 2: Le Tour de AutoCAD 2011

AutoCAD Does Windows (and Office)
And They’re Off AutoCAD’s Opening Screens
Running with Ribbons
Getting with the Program
Looking for Mr. Status Bar
See you later, Navigator
Let your fingers do the talking: The command window
The key(board) to AutoCAD success
Keeping tabs on palettes
Down the main stretch: The drawing area
Fun with F1

Chapter 3: A Lap around the CAD Track

A Simple Setup
Drawing a (Base) Plate
Drawing rectangles on the right layer
Circling your plate
Placing your polygon
Getting a Closer Look with Zoom and Pan
Modifying to Make It Merrier
Hooray for array
Stretching out
Crossing your hatches
Following the Plot

Chapter 4: Setup for Success

A Setup Roadmap
Choosing your units
Weighing up your scales
Thinking annotatively
Thinking about paper
Defending your border
A Template for Success
Making the Most of Model Space
Setting your units
Making the drawing area snap-py (and grid-dy)
Setting linetype and dimension scales
Entering drawing properties
Making Templates Your Own

Chapter 5: Planning for Paper

Setting Up a Layout in Paper Space
Will that be tabs or buttons?
Creating a layout
Copying and changing layouts
Lost in paper space
A view(port) for drawing in
About Paper Space Layouts and Plotting
Part II: Let There Be Lines

Chapter 6: Manage Your Properties

Managing Your Properties
Putting it on a layer
Accumulating properties
Creating new layer
Manipulating layers
Using Named Objects
Using AutoCAD DesignCenter
Copying layers between drawings

Chapter 7: Preciseliness Is Next to CADliness

Controlling Your Precision
Keyboard capers: Coordinate input
Understanding AutoCAD’s coordinate systems
Grab an object and make it snappy
Other Practical Precision Procedures

Chapter 8: Down the Straightaway

Introducing the AutoCAD Drawing Commands
The Straight and Narrow: Lines, Polylines, and Polygon
Toeing the line
Connecting the lines with polyline
Squaring off with rectangles
Choosing your sides with polygon

Chapter 9: Dangerous Curves Ahead

(Throwing) Curves
Going full circle
Solar ellipses
Splines: The sketchy, sinuous curves
Donuts: The circles with a difference
Revision clouds on the horizon
Scoring Points

Chapter 10: Get a Grip on Object Selection

Commanding and Selecting
Command-fi first editing
Selection-fi first editing
Direct object manipulation
Choosing an editing style
Grab It
One-by-one selection
Selection boxes left and right
Perfecting Selecting
Object Selection: Now You See It
Get a Grip
About grips
A gripping example
Move it!
Copy, or a kinder, gentler Move
A warm-up Stretch

Chapter 11: Edit for Credit

Your AutoCAD Tool Kit
The Big Three: Move, Copy, and Stretch
Base points and displacements
Copy of drawings
More Manipulations
Slicing, Dicing, and Splicing
Trim and Extend
Fillet and Chamfer

Chapter 12: A Zoom with a View

Zoom and Pan with Glass and Hand
Navigating your drawing
Time to zoom
A View by Any Other Name
Looking Around in Layout Land
Degenerating and Regenerating

Part III: If Drawings Could Talk
Chapter 13: Text with Character

Getting Ready to Write
Simply stylish text
Taking your text to new heights
One line or two?
Your text will be justified
Using the Same Old Line
Turning On Your Annotative Objects
Saying More in Multiline Text
Making it with Mtext
It slices, it dices
Doing a number on your Mtext lists
Line up in columns — Now!
Modifying Mtext
Gather Round the Tables
Tables have style, too
Creating and editing tables
Bring Out Your Inner Leader
Electing a leader
Multi options for multileaders

Chapter 14: Entering New Dimensions

Discovering New Dimensions
Anatomy of a dimension
A field guide to dimensions
Dimension associativity
Finding your dimension tools
Doing Dimensions with Style(s)
Borrowing existing dimension styles
Creating and managing dimension styles
Adjusting style settings
Drawing Dimensions
Lining up some linear dimensions
Making dimensions annotative
Drawing other kinds of dimensions
Editing Dimensions
Editing dimension geometry
Editing dimension text
Controlling and editing dimension associativity

Chapter 15: Down the Hatch

Batten Down the Hatches!
Pushing the Boundary (of) Hatch
Hatch from scratch
Getting it right: Hatch angle and scale
Hatching for the 21st century
Do fence me in: Defining hatch boundaries
Have palette, will hatch
Editing Hatch Objects

Chapter 16: The Plot Thickens

You Say Printing, I Say Plotting
Get with the system
Configure it out
A Simple Plot
Plotting success in 16 steps
Preview one, two
Instead of fit, scale it
Plotting the Layout of the Land
The path to paper space layout plotting success
Plotting Lineweights and Colors
Plotting with style
Plotting through thick and thin
Plotting in color
It’s a (Page) Setup!
Continuing the Plot Dialog
Troubles with Plotting

Part IV: Advancing with AutoCAD
Chapter 17: The ABCs of Blocks

Rocking with Blocks
Creating block definitions
Inserting blocks
Attributes: Fill-in-the-blank blocks
Exploding blocks
Purging unused block definitions


Chapter 18: Going Dynamic and External


Theme and Variations: Dynamic Blocks
Now you see it
Lights! Parameters!! Actions!!!
Manipulating dynamic blocks
Going External
Becoming attached to your xrefs
Creating and editing an external reference file
Forging an xref path
Managing xrefs
Blocks, Xrefs, and Drawing Organization
Mastering the Raster
Attaching an image
Maintaining your image
You say PDF, I say DWF

Chapter 19: Call the Parametrics!

Maintaining Design Intent
Defining terms
Constrain yourself
Understanding Dimensional Constraints
Practice a little constraint
Making your drawing even smarter
Using the Parameters Manager
Dimensions or constraints — have it both ways!
Understanding Geometric Constraints
Applying a little more constraint
Autoconstrain yourself!

Chapter 20: Drawing on the Internet

The Internet and AutoCAD: An Overview
Sending Strategies5
Send it to ETRANSMIT
Rapid eTransmit
FTP for you and me
Bad reception?
Help from the Reference Manager
Design Web Format — Not Just for the Web
All about DWF and DWFx
ePlot, not replot
Making DWFs with ePlot
Making DWFs (or plots) with PUBLISH
Hyper objects
Autodesk Design Review 2011
The Drawing Protection Racket

Part V: On a 3D Spree
Chapter 21: It’s a 3D World After All

Understanding 3D Digital Models
Tools of the Trade
Warp speed ahead
Entering the third dimension
Unwrapping the Ribbon and other modeling tools
Modeling from Above
Coordinate input
Point Filters
Object snaps and object snap tracking
Changing Planes
Displaying the UCS icon
Adjusting the UCS
Navigating the 3D Waters
Orbit a go, go
Taking a spin around the cube
Gripping the SteeringWheels
Visualizing 3D objects
Getting some (visual) style

Chapter 22: From Drawings . . . to Models

Is 3D for Me?
Getting Your 3D Bearings
Creating a better 3D template
Seeing the world from new viewpoints
From Drawing to Modeling in 3D
Drawing basic 3D objects
Gaining a solid foundation
Drawing solid primitives
Adding the Third Dimension to 2D Objects
Creating 3D objects from 2D drawings
Modifying 3D Objects
Selecting sub-objects
Working with gizmos
More 3D variants of 2D commands
Editing solids

Chapter 23: On a Render Bender

Visualizing the Digital World
Adding Lighting
Default lighting
User-defined lights
Creating and Applying Materials
Defining a Background
Rendering a 3D Model
Part VI: The Part of Tens

Chapter 24: Ten Great AutoCAD Resources

Autodesk’s Feedback Community
Autodesk’s Discussion Groups
Autodesk’s Own Bloggers
Autodesk University
The Autodesk Channel on YouTube
The World Wide (CAD) Web
Your Local ATC
Your Local User Group

Chapter 25: Ten Differences between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT

3D Abilities
Customization Options
Express Tools
Sheet Sets
Standards Checking
Data Extraction
Reference Manager

Chapter 26: Ten System Variables to Make Your Life Easier

Index of Learn AutoCAD Basics

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