AutoCAD For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, May 2, 2016 - Computers - 544 pages
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The bestselling AutoCAD book—revised and updated!

It takes some practice to get handy with AutoCAD—and it doesn't hurt to have a good guide by your side to help get you through the rough spots. Updated to cover AutoCAD releases through the 2017 version, this new edition of AutoCAD For Dummies is an ideal companion when you're learning the basics of the popular software. Written by a former engineer and AutoCAD teacher, the book walks you through the basics of setting up projects and making simple drawings all the way up to creating 3D models.

Beginning with an overview of the AutoCAD interface, drawing tools, and ways to adjust your view of your work, AutoCAD For Dummies offers easy-to-follow guidance on using straight and curved lines to manage properties, object selection, and creating layouts. Next, it shows you how to use advanced AutoCAD tools, including Blocks, Arrays, Xrefs, and Parametrics. Finally, you'll find out how to move your work in to the wonderful world of 3D modeling.

  • Create an AutoCAD project from the ground up
  • Make and edit basic drawings starting with straight lines and curves
  • Jump into advanced drawing with 3D modeling
  • Find quick answers to your AutoCAD questions

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.

 

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Table of Contents
Along the Straight and Narrow
Dangerous Curves Ahead
Preciseliness Is Next to CADliness
Manage Your Properties
Grabbing Onto Object Selection
Text with Character
Using the Same Old Line
The ABCs of Blocks
Its a 3D World After
Ten AutoCAD Resources

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About the author (2016)

Bill Fane is a retired professional engineer and mechanical design instructor. He has taught classes on AutoCAD and other design tools, and contributes regularly to Cadalyst magazine.

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