AutoCAD: No Experience Required teaches AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT essentials to new users with concise explanations, focused examples, step-by-step instructions, and a hands-on tutorial project that runs throughout the book. The opening chapters introduce readers to the AutoCAD interface, basic commands, and creating drawings. The middle chapters build upon the basics and introduce more advanced features and skills, such as grouping, elevations, hatches, and using text in drawings. The final chapters round out a beginner's skill set by introducing dimensioning, external references, layouts and printing, and using 3D. The book's supporting website features downloadable tutorial files so readers can jump in at any point.
· Getting to Know AutoCAD
· Learning Basic Commands to Get Started
· Set ting Up a Drawing
· Developing Drawing Strategies: Part 1
· Developing Drawing Strategies: Part 2
· Using Layers to Organize Your Drawing
· Combining Objects into Blocks
· Controlling Text in a Drawing
· Using Dynamic Blocks and Tables
· Generating Elevations
· Working with Hatches, Gradients, and Tool Palettes
· Dimensioning a Drawing
· Managing External References
· Using Layouts to Set Up a Print
· Printing a Drawing
· Creating 3D Geometry
· Rendering and Materials
This book is for AutoCAD novices, students, teachers (instructor materials will be available) who want to learn the product's essential functions by designing a summer cabin. It will give readers the skills needed to work in AutoCAD immediately and prepare them to delve into the more advanced topics and projects covered in such books as Mastering AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.
Donnie Gladfelter (Richmond, VA) is a highly visible and respected thought leader in the CAD community. Donnie is also a columnist for AUGIWorld Magazine, a top-rated speaker at Autodesk University and other industry events, and an active Twitter user (twitter.com/thecadgeek). He has worked with the development team at Autodesk to help shape future versions of AutoCAD, and the company often features him in their popular "Ask the Expert" series.