Beginning AutoCAD 2007

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Routledge, 2007 - Computers - 378 pages
Beginning AutoCAD 2007 is a course based on learning and practising the essentials of 2D drawing using AutoCAD. Bob McFarlane's hands-on approach is uniquely suited to independent learning and use on courses. The focus on 2D drawing in one book ensures the reader gets a thorough grounding in the subject, with a greater depth of coverage than tends to be available from general introductions to AutoCAD. As a result, this book provides a true, step-by-step, detailed exploration of the AutoCAD functions required at each stage of producing a 2D drawing - an approach often not found in the many software reference guides available.

The emphasis on learning through doing makes this book ideal for anyone involved in engineering, construction or architecture - where the focus is on productivity and practical skills. The author has also matched the coverage to the requirements of City and Guilds, Edexcel (BTEC) and SQA syllabuses.

The following new features in AutoCAD 2007 are covered in this book:
* Create: Using enhanced commands and draughting tools to create all types of content
* Manage: Using the Sheet Set Manager and Attribute Extraction to manage data and information
* Produce: Using dynamic blocks, dynamic input and selection preview to increase productivity
* Share: Using e-transmit, publish to the web and PDF files to share information
Plus, a new companion website features AutoCAD files for selected activities for students to work with.

The result is a useful refresher course for anyone using AutoCAD at this level, and those upgrading to the new software release. The course is also designed to be fully relevant to anyone using other recent releases, including AutoCAD 2006.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bob McFarlane has been writing books on AutoCAD for over 10 years.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Using the book
1
Chapter 2 The AutoCAD 2007 graphics screen
2
Chapter 3 Drawing and erasing objects and using the selection set
13
Chapter 4 The 2D drawing aids
22
Chapter 5 Saving and opening drawings
30
Chapter 6 Standard sheet 1
36
Chapter 7 Line and circle object creation
41
Chapter 8 Object snap
51
Chapter 22 The array command
197
Chapter 23 Changing object properties
204
Chapter 24 Text tables
213
Chapter 25 Tolerances
220
Chapter 26 Using various units and paper sizes
227
Chapter 27 Multilines complex lines and groups
233
Chapter 28 Blocks and attributes
242
Chapter 29 Wblocks and external references
261

Chapter 9 Creating arcs donuts ellipses points and polygons
57
Chapter 10 Layers
65
Chapter 11 Creating a working drawing
83
Chapter 12 Using the Modify commands 1
85
Chapter 13 Text
95
Chapter 14 Dimensioning
118
Chapter 15 The MODIFY commands 2
134
Chapter 16 Grips
144
Chapter 17 Viewing drawings
149
Chapter 18 Hatching
155
Chapter 19 Drawing assistance and information
168
Chapter 20 Polylines
178
Chapter 21 Additional draw and modify commands
190
Chapter 30 Dynamic blocks
272
Chapter 31 The Design Center
283
Chapter 32 Pictorial drawings
294
Chapter 33 Model and paper space
302
Chapter 34 Templates standards and sheets
311
Chapter 35 Toolbars and tool palettes
325
Chapter 36 File formats and plotting
330
Chapter 37 electronic AutoCAD
336
Chapter 38 Additional activities
344
Activities
346
Index
377
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Bob McFarlane MSc BSc ARCST CEng FIED RCADDes MIMechE MBCS FRSA

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