This step-by-step resource quickly helps you become proficientwith all the essentials of Autodesk's powerful architectural designsoftware. Gain skills and confidence as you complete each detailed,hands-on exercise and learn how to best use and apply AutoCAD'scommands and capabilities.
AutoCAD expert and "CAD Geek" blogger Donnie Gladfelter firstguides you through the basics, including navigating the interfaceand creating your first drawings. You'll then move into moreadvanced features, such as grouping, elevations, and hatches,before diving into the 3D world. All of the drawing files can bedownloaded from the book's companion website so you can jump in atany stage. If you want a hands-on, project-based guide that willhelp you rapidly harness the power of AutoCAD, this is the perfectbook.
Get familiar with the AutoCAD user interface and immediatelystart using basic commands
Master all the new AutoCAD 2013 features, including Autodesk360, which are clearly marked
Develop strategies that will help you use drawing commands moreefficiently
Work with AutoCAD's major features, including blocks, hatches,and annotations
Organize the various components of a drawing by applying theNational CAD Standard
Utilize Sheet Set Manager to manage and create documentsets
Set up a title block and layouts to print your drawing
Highly detailed illustrations help you learn real-world industrytechniques Learn to create, assemble, and manage a complete set of designdocuments Apply state-of-the-art modeling tools to create 3Dvisualizations