Bring your design vision to life with this full-color guide to AutoCAD 2013! Used by everyone from engineers and architects to interior designers and draftspeople, AutoCAD 2013 is the world’s leading 2D and 3D technical drawing program. But, with so many options and features available, finding your way around AutoCAD can be a challenge, even for experienced CAD professionals. AutoCAD 2013 For Dummies is here to help. You’ll learn to build a solid foundation for all your projects, use standard CAD techniques, get familiar with new tools and features, and start sharing your models and designs in no time with this easy-to-follow guide. Covers the latest AutoCAD features and techniques, including creating a basic layout, navigating the AutoCAD Ribbon, drawing and editing, working with dimensions, adding text, creating 3D models, and more Walks readers through setting up a drawing environment, applying visual styles, managing data across several drawings, and showcasing your designs to potential clients and customers Features full-color illustrations that mirror what you’ll see on your AutoCAD 2013 screens plus a companion website with downloadable drawing files so you can put your CAD skills to the test Whether you’re an AutoCAD amateur or a modeling master, AutoCAD 2013 For Dummies has something for you.
Introduction 1 Part I: AutoCAD 101 11 Chapter 1: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 13 Chapter 2: Le Tour de AutoCAD 2013 23 Chapter 3: A Lap around the CAD Track 55 Chapter 4: Setup for Success 85 Chapter 5: Planning for Paper 109 Part II: Let There Be Lines 123 Chapter 6: Manage Your Properties 125 Chapter 7: Preciseliness Is Next to CADliness 147 Chapter 8: Along the Straight and Narrow 163 Chapter 9: Dangerous Curves Ahead 177 Chapter 10: Get a Grip on Object Selection 193 Chapter 11: Edit for Credit 215 Chapter 12: A Zoom with a View 243 Part III: If Drawings Could Talk 261 Chapter 13: Text with Character 263 Chapter 14: Entering New Dimensions 297 Chapter 15: Down the Hatch! 323 Chapter 16: The Plot Thickens 337 Part IV: Advancing with AutoCAD 367 Chapter 17: The ABCs of Blocks 369 Chapter 18: Everything from Arrays to Xrefs 387 Chapter 19: Call the Parametrics! 421 Chapter 20: Drawing on the Internet 449 Part V: On a 3D Spree 469 Chapter 21: It’s a 3D World After All 471 Chapter 22: From Drawings to Models 491 Chapter 23: On a Render Bender 515 Part VI: The Part of Tens 537 Chapter 24: Ten Great AutoCAD Resources 539 Chapter 25: Ten (Or So) Differences between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 543 Chapter 26: Ten System Variables to Make Your Life Easier 547 Index 553
David Byrnes is a structural and civil drafter for a major international engineering company. Bill Fane is a retired professional engineer and Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC) certified instructor.
Make your design and shapes come to life by using the new features in AutoCAD 2013 Time to put away the pencil and paper and get up to speed quickly with AutoCAD 2013. From setting up your drawing environment to outputting your masterworks to sharing your work with others, this guide shows you how to get started with this powerful program. Before you know it, you'll be using proper CAD techniques and creating complex technical drawings. Build the foundation — from the AutoCAD screen to AutoCAD-based products, gain a strong understanding of the basics Create geometry — discover how to draw objects, edit, and zoom in to see them better on the screen Add the essentials — spice up your drawing with text, dimensions, and hatching, then create a snapshot to show it off to your client Get advanced — find out how to use a host of drawing and data-sharing features, then share your drawings on the web Explore 3D models — apply visual styles and navigate around your drawing with AutoCAD's 3D capabilities Open the book and find: The differences between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT All the new features in AutoCAD 2013 Tips for using the command-line area and setting up your drawing properly Ways to utilize the different drawing commands Steps for navigating the plot process How to manage data within drawings, between drawings, and across a network Directions for using predefined visual styles Learn To: Set up the AutoCAD environment and use the AutoCAD Ribbon Create your first drawing, add text, and manage properties Build amazing 2D and 3D models in no time