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AutoCAD 2014 For Dummies

AutoCAD 2014 For Dummies

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By (author) Bill Fane

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 229mm x 28mm | 1,225g
  • Publication date: 28 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118603974
  • ISBN 13: 9781118603970
  • Illustrations note: colour tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 105,392

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Find your way around AutoCAD 2014 with this full-color, For Dummies guide! Put away that pencil and paper and start putting the power of AutoCAD 2014 to work in your CAD projects and designs. From setting up your drawing environment to using text, dimensions, hatching, and more, this guide walks you through AutoCAD basics and provides you with a solid understanding of the latest CAD tools and techniques. You'll also benefit from the full-color illustrations that mirror exactly what you'll see on your AutoCAD 2014 screen and highlight the importance of AutoCAD's Model view, which shows different line weights for printing in different colors. Covers the latest AutoCAD features and techniques, including creating a basic layout, navigating the AutoCAD 2014 interface, drawing and editing, working with dimensions, plotting, adding text, using blocks, and more Shows you how to make the best use of color in your AutoCAD designs, take advantage of the AutoCAD DesignCenter, and showcase your work to potential clients and customers Includes practical advice and guidance on real-world methods and tips used by architects, engineers, and other CAD professionals to create compelling 3D models and detailed technical drawings You'll quickly get up to speed on all AutoCAD has to offer with AutoCAD 2014 For Dummies in your toolbox.

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Author information

Bill Fane is an Autodesk Authorized Training Center certified instructor who holds 12 U.S. patents. He has spent a lifetime in the engineering field. David Byrnes began his drafting career with a pencil and T-square. He taught AutoCAD for 15 years, and authored five previous editions of AutoCAD For Dummies .

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Learn to: Set up the AutoCAD environmentCreate your first drawing, add text, and manage propertiesBuild amazing 2D and 3D models in no timeMaster AutoCAD essentials with help from this book and start creating marvelous modelsYou've heard AutoCAD is complex? True, but this book is not. Here are the essentials you need to get started with AutoCAD and its cousin, AutoCAD LT. See how to use lines, add text, dimensions, and hatching to a drawing, learn what CAD does with geometry, and then print your work. Soon you'll be moving into 3D mode and headed for AutoCAD mastery!Meet AutoCAD -- find your way around the AutoCAD interface and embark on an exercise that shows you how to create a basic drawingBe objective -- learn about the object properties and CAD precision techniques necessary to draw and edit objectsDevil in the details -- discover dimensioning, hatching, and how to add text to provide all the details a contractor needsYou're no island -- explore the features that allow you to share drawings and data or reuse parts of drawingsGo 3D -- check out the 3D modeling environment and start creating solid models"Open the book and find: The most efficient way to create drawings in AutoCAD 2014All about zooming and panningHow CAD sees geometryThings to know about plottingWays to maintain the intent of your designHow to move around the 3D environmentSystem resources to set up AutoCADTips for using the command line

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with AutoCAD 2014 7 Chapter 1: Introducing AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 9 Chapter 2: The Grand Tour of AutoCAD 2014 19 Chapter 3: A Lap around the CAD Track 39 Chapter 4: Setup for Success 65 Chapter 5: A Zoom with a View 87 Part II: Let There Be Lines 97 Chapter 6: Along the Straight and Narrow 99 Chapter 7: Dangerous Curves Ahead 111 Chapter 8: Preciseliness Is Next to CADliness 125 Chapter 9: Manage Your Properties 143 Chapter 10: Grabbing Onto Object Selection 165 Chapter 11: Edit for Credit 177 Chapter 12: Planning for Paper 209 Part III: If Drawings Could Talk 223 Chapter 13: Text with Character 225 Chapter 14: Entering New Dimensions 259 Chapter 15: Down the Hatch! 285 Chapter 16: The Plot Thickens 299 Part IV: Advancing with AutoCAD 327 Chapter 17: The ABCs of Blocks 329 Chapter 18: Everything from Arrays to Xrefs 347 Chapter 19: Call the Parametrics! 383 Chapter 20: Drawing on the Internet 409 Part V: On a 3D Spree 427 Chapter 21: It's a 3D World After All 429 Chapter 22: From Drawings to Models 449 Chapter 23: It's Showtime! 471 Part VI: The Part of Tens 493 Chapter 24: Ten AutoCAD Resources 495 Chapter 25: Ten System Variables to Make Your AutoCAD Life Easier 499 Chapter 26: Ten AutoCAD Secrets 505 Index 509