Simple steps for creating AutoCAD drawings 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 It's true that AutoCAD is tough, but with the friendly instruction in this hands-on guide, you'll find everything you need to start creating marvelous models—without losing your cool.
Bill Fane was a doorknob designer for many years. Then, in 1996, he began teaching mechanical design, including courses in AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks, and machine design. Having used AutoCAD since Version 2.17g debuted in 1986, Bill lectured on a wide range of AutoCAD and Inventor subjects at Autodesk University from 1995 to 2012. He has written extensively for CADalyst magazine.
Build your AutoCAD project from the ground up Tackle basic drawing shapes including straight lines and curves Move into advanced drawing and 3D modeling Turn your ideas into terrific designs—easily! Engineers, architects, urban planners, and doorknob designers have relied on AutoCAD for almost 40 years, and thousands of them have turned to AutoCAD For Dummies to learn how to convert their ideas into drawings. This feature-packed software can be complex, so you'll appreciate the straightforward, step-by-step guidance in this book as it walks you through the basics of AutoCAD. You'll learn to set up a project, draw straight lines and curves, understand pixels and vectors, edit drawings, create 3D models, and more. Inside... Navigate the AutoCAD interface Use the command line Draw lines and polylines Add text to your drawings Work with blocks and arrays Turn drawings into 3D models Set up your work for plotting Collaborate with others online
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