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Design with precision, explore your ideas in 3D, and create spectacular drawings
If you're new to AutoCAD 2011 or just a little rusty, this book will start the wheels turning and keep you rolling in the right direction. It includes practical advice, proven methods, and insider tips to get you up and running quickly. You'll be setting up the AutoCAD environment to create complex technical drawings and realistic 3D models in no time!
Learn your way around — explore AutoCAD 2011 features as you set up a new drawing
Slow and steady — understand how the intense detail in setting up a drawing pays off as your work continues
It's all about the geometry — discover how to draw objects, edit them, and zoom and pan to see them better
Add the essentials — incorporate text, dimensioning, and hatching to make it easier to build your amazing creation
Get more advanced — design symbols with changeable text or appearance and apply parametric rules to drawing objects
Play well with others — explore all the features that enable you to share drawings and data
Go on a 3D spree — take a trip into the 3D environment as you model in different ways and create spectacular results
Open the book and find:
Methods for setting up a layout in paper space
How to manage your properties and control your precision
Techniques for using your AutoCAD toolkit
Tips for drawing and editing dimensions
How to push the Hatch boundary
16 steps to follow for plotting success
Ways to create static and dynamic blocks
Secrets to 2D and 3D drawing
Develop basic layouts for technical drawings
Use blocks, add text, and edit drawings
Explore 3D models and create your own impressive 3D designs
Create realistic renderings
David Byrnes is a senior civil and structural drafter with a major international engineering company. He taught CAD and 3D modeling at Emily Carr University of Art & Design for 15 years and has contributed to or coauthored more than a dozen AutoCAD books.