Mastering AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 By George Omura and Brian C. Benton.
Welcome to Mastering AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018. As many readers have already discovered, this book is a unique blend of tutorial and reference, which includes everything that you need to get started and stay ahead with Autodesk® AutoCAD® software. With this edition, you get coverage of the latest features of both AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT® 2018 software along with detailed information on existing features.
How to Use This Book
Rather than just showing you how each command works, this book shows you AutoCAD 2018 in the context of a meaningful activity. You’ll learn how to use commands while working on an actual project and progressing toward a goal. This book also provides a foundation on which you can build your own methods for using AutoCAD and become an AutoCAD expert. For this reason, we haven’t covered every single command or every permutation of a command response. You should think of this book as a way to get a detailed look at AutoCAD as it’s used on a real project. As you follow the exercises, we also encourage you to explore AutoCAD on your own, applying the techniques that you learn to your own work.Both experienced and beginning AutoCAD users will find this book useful. If you aren’t an experienced user, the way to get the most out of this book is to approach it as a tutorial—chapter by chapter—at least for the first two parts of the book. You’ll find that each chapter builds on the skills and information that you learned in the previous one. To help you navigate, the exercises are shown in numbered steps. To address the needs of all readers worldwide, the exercises provide both Imperial (feet/inches) and metric measurements. Some exercises use generic units of measurement, and if the focus of the exercise is not dependent on the measurement system, Imperial is used. After you’ve mastered the material in Part 1 and Part 2, you can follow your interests and explore other parts of the book in whatever order you choose. Part 3 takes you to a more advanced skill level. There you’ll learn more about storing and sharing drawing data and how to create more complex drawings. If you’re interested in 3D, check out Part 4. If you want to start customizing right away, go to Part 5. You can check out Chapter 25 at any time because it gives you general information about sharing AutoCAD files with your co-workers and consultants. You can also use this book as a ready reference for your day-to-day problems and questions about commands. “The Bottom Line” section at the end of each chapter will help you review and look at different ways to apply the information that you’ve learned. Experienced users will also find this book a handy reference tool. Finally, you can learn more about AutoCAD through the author-supplied bonus chapters found at www.omura.com/chapters. For example, if you run into problems using AutoCAD, see the section “When Things Go Wrong” in Bonus Chapter 3, “Hardware and Software Tips.” To delve into the details of printers and plotting, check out Bonus Chapter 5, “Understanding Plot Styles.”
Mastering AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 is divided into five parts, each representing a milestone in your progress toward becoming an expert AutoCAD user. Here is a description of those parts and what they will show you.
Part 1: The Basics
As with any major endeavor, you must begin by tackling small, manageable tasks. In this first part, you’ll become familiar with the way that AutoCAD looks and feels.
◆ Chapter 1, “Exploring the Interface,” shows you how to get around in AutoCAD.
◆ Chapter 2, “Creating Your First Drawing,” details how to start and exit the program and how to respond to AutoCAD commands.
◆ Chapter 3, “Setting Up and Using the Drafting Tools,” tells you how to set up a work area, edit objects, and lay out a drawing.
◆ Chapter 4, “Organizing Objects with Blocks and Groups,” explores some tools unique to CAD: symbols, blocks, and layers. As you’re introduced to AutoCAD, you’ll also get a chance to make some drawings that you can use later in the book and perhaps even in your future projects.
◆ Chapter 5, “Keeping Track of Layers and Blocks,” shows you how to use layers to keep similar information together and object properties such as linetypes to organize things visually
Part 2: Mastering Intermediate Skills
After you have the basics down, you’ll begin to explore some of the subtler qualities of AutoCAD.
◆ Chapter 6, “Editing and Reusing Data to Work Efficiently,” tells you how to reuse drawing setup information and parts of an existing drawing.
◆ Chapter 7, “Mastering Viewing Tools, Hatches, and External References,” details how to use viewing tools and hatches and how to assemble and edit a large drawing file.
◆ Chapter 8, “Introducing Printing, Plotting, and Layouts,” shows you how to get your drawing onto hard copy.
◆ Chapter 9, “Adding Text to Drawings,” tells you how to annotate your drawing and edit your notes.
◆ Chapter 10, “Using Fields and Tables,” shows you how to add spreadsheet functionality to your drawings.
◆ Chapter 11, “Using Dimensions,” gives you practice in using automatic dimensioning (another unique CAD capability).
Part 3: Mastering Advanced Skills
At this point, you’ll be on the verge of becoming a real AutoCAD expert. Part 3 is designed to help you polish your existing skills and give you a few new ones.
◆ Chapter 12, “Using Attributes,” tells you how to attach information to drawing objects and how to export that information to database and spreadsheet files.
◆ Chapter 13, “Copying Existing Drawings from Other Sources,” details techniques for transferring paper drawings to AutoCAD. You’ll also learn how to include aerial and map views in your drawings.
◆ Chapter 14, “Advanced Editing and Organizing,” is where you’ll complete the apartment building tutorial. During this process, you’ll learn how to integrate what you’ve learned so far and gain some tips on working in groups.
◆ Chapter 15, “Laying Out Your Printer Output,” shows you the tools that let you display your drawing in an organized fashion.
◆ Chapter 16, “Making ‘Smart’ Drawings with Parametric Tools,”
introduces you to parametric drawing. This feature lets you quickly modify a drawing by changing a few parameters.
◆ Chapter 17, “Using Dynamic Blocks,” shows you how you can create blocks that can be edited with grips without having to redefine them.
◆ Chapter 18, “Drawing Curves,” gives you an in-depth look at some special drawing objects, such as splines and fitted curves.
◆ Chapter 19, “Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings,” is where you’ll practice getting information about a drawing and learn how AutoCAD can interact with other applications, such as spreadsheets and page layout programs. You’ll also learn how to copy and paste data.
Part 4: 3D Modeling and Imaging
Although 2D drafting is the workhorse application in AutoCAD, its 3D capabilities give you a chance to expand your ideas and look at them in a new light.
◆ Chapter 20, “Creating 3D Drawings,” covers basic features for creating three-dimensional drawings.
◆ Chapter 21, “Using Advanced 3D Features,” introduces you to some of the program’s more powerful 3D capabilities.
◆ Chapter 22, “Editing and Visualizing 3D Solids,” takes a closer look at 3D solids and how they can be created, edited, and displayed in AutoCAD 2018.
◆ Chapter 23, “Exploring 3D Mesh and Surface Modeling,” introduces you to free-form 3D modeling using mesh and surface objects. With the latest additions to the 3D feature set in AutoCAD, there isn’t anything you can’t model in 3D.
Part 5: Customization and Integration
One of the greatest strengths of AutoCAD is its openness to customization, which you’ll explore in this section.
◆ Chapter 24, “Customizing Toolbars, Menus, Linetypes, and Hatch Patterns,” shows you how to use workspaces, customize the user
interface, and create custom linetypes and hatch patterns. You’ll also be introduced to the DIESEL macro language.
◆ Chapter 25, “Managing and Sharing Your Drawings,” shows you how to adapt AutoCAD to your own work style. You’ll learn about the tools that help you exchange drawings with others and how to secure your drawings to prevent tampering.
Part 6: Appendixes
Finally, this book has several appendixes.
◆ Appendix A, “The Bottom Line,” contains the solutions to the book’s “Master It” review questions.
◆ Appendix B, “Installing and Setting Up AutoCAD,” contains an
installation and configuration tutorial. If AutoCAD isn’t already installed on your system, follow the steps in this tutorial before starting Chapter 1.
◆ Appendix C, “The Autodesk AutoCAD 2018 Certification,” shows you where in the book the learning objectives are covered for the Certified User and Certified Professional Exams. If you want to get certified, this information will be very useful.
New Features of AutoCAD 2018
AutoCAD 2018 has a long list of new features, many of which are aimed at making your work easier and faster. Some features, like
Autodesk 360® and Autodesk Exchange, are web tools that help you share your work, keep up with the latest on AutoCAD, and discuss issues you may be having. Here are some of the new features that we cover in this book:
◆ Resizable dialog boxes
◆ Improved 2D and 3D display quality and performance
◆ Improved Move and Copy tools
◆ PDF vector import
◆ Center mark dimensioning tool
◆ 3D printing support
About The Authors:
George Omura is a licensed architect, Autodesk Authorized Author, and CAD specialist with more than 28 years of experience in AutoCAD and over 35 years of experience in architecture. He has worked on design projects ranging from resort hotels to metropolitan transit systems. George has written numerous other AutoCAD books for Sybex, including Mastering AutoCAD 2017 and AutoCAD LT 2017.
Brian C. Benton is a CAD manager, CAD service provider, technical writer, and blogger. He has over 20 years of experience in various design fields (mechanical, structural, civil, survey, marine, environmental) and is well versed in many design software packages (CAD, GIS, and graphics). He has been Cadalyst magazine’s Tip Patroller, AUGI HotNews production manager, and Infinite Skills’ AutoCAD training video author.
Mastering AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018.
◆Edition: 1st edition
◆Authors: George Omura and Brian C. Benton
◆Puplication Date: April 10, 2017
◆Size: 29 MB
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