Learn to draw in 2D and model in 3D from scratch with AutoCAD 2021 and its more affordable LT version to become a CAD professional
Explore AutoCAD's graphical interface, file format and drawing tools to get started with your CAD projects
Learn how to use the drawing management tools to work efficiently on large projects
Discover techniques for creating, modifying and managing 3D models and converting 2D plans into 3D models
AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT are one of the most versatile software applications for architectural and engineering designs and the most popular computer-aided design (CAD) platform for 2D drawing and 3D modeling. This practical guide will take you through everything you need to know to get the most out of this powerful tool, starting with a simple tour of the user interface to the use of advanced tools.
Starting with basic drawing forms and functions, you will become familiar with the fundamentals of CAD designs. Then you'll learn about effective drawing management using layers, dynamic blocks and groups and discover how to add annotations and plot like the pros. The book delves into 3D modeling and helps you convert your 2D drawings into 3D models and shapes. As you progress, you will cover advanced tools and features such as isometric drawings, drawing utilities to manage and retrieve complex files, quantity surveys and multidisciplinary drawing files using xRefs, and you will learn how to put them into practice with the help of practical exercises at the end of each chapter. Finally, you will learn how to render and visualize your designs in AutoCAD.
By the end of the book, you will have developed a solid understanding of CAD principles and will be able to work with AutoCAD software with confidence to build impressive 2D and 3D drawings.
What you will learn
Understand the basics of CAD using basic AutoCAD functions, navigation and components
Create complex 3D solid objects from primitive shapes using the solid editing tools
Working with reusable objects like blocks and collaborating with xRef
Explore some advanced features such as external references and dynamic blocking
Learn how to use surface and mesh modeling tools such as Fillet, Trim and Extend
Use AutoCAD's paper-space layout to create professional frames for 2D and 3D models
Convert your 2D drawings into 3D models
Who is this book for?
The book is for design engineers, mechanical engineers, architects and anyone working in construction, manufacturing or similar fields. Whether you are an absolute beginner, student, or professional looking to improve your engineering design skills, you will find this AutoCAD book useful. No prior knowledge of CAD or AutoCAD is necessary.