AutoCAD for Theatrical Drafting provides an introduction to the software AutoCAD, specifically focusing on how to navigate the commands most commonly used when creating design, construction and installation drafting plates for theatrical use.
Beginning with a step-by-step tutorial of how to download the program and a review of theatrical drafting standards, the text details commands used in 2D drafting and 3D modeling and how to create theatrical drafting plates using AutoCAD that meet those drafting standards. It also provides guidance on how to transition from 2D drafting to 3D modeling, how to use 3D models to create camera views and animations and how to use 3D models for production and engineering purposes.
Intended as a resource for the beginning and intermediate AutoCAD user, AutoCAD for Theatrical Drafting provides easy-to-follow instructions that readers can refer to while using the AutoCAD software.
Table of Contents
1. Downloading AutoCAD® 2. A Review of Theatrical Drafting Practices 3. Exploring Model Space 4. Drafting 2D Shapes 5. Modifying 2D Shapes 6. Layer and Property Managers 7. Blocks and Block Editing 8. Creating Title Blocks and Reference Lines 9. A Brief Introduction to Dynamic Blocks 10. External References 11. Exploring Paper Space 12. Dimensions and Notations 13. Plotting and Publishing Sjeet Layouts 14. Exploring 3D Model Space 15. 3D Modeling 16. Manipulating 3D Objects 17. Solid Editing 18. Plating 3D Models 19. Camera Views and Animation 20. AutoCAD for Production and Engineering
John Keisling is the Faculty Technical Director for the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He earned an MFA in Technical Production from Florida State University. Prior to beginning his career as an educator, John worked as a Carpenter for regional theatres and as a Mechanical Designer for a scenic production company.