1st Edition

Beginning AutoCAD 2005

ISBN 9780750667203
Published June 19, 2005 by Routledge
418 Pages

USD $54.95

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Book Description

Beginning AutoCAD 2005 is a course based on learning and practising the essentials of 2D drawing using AutoCAD. Bob McFarlane’s hands-on approach is uniquely suited to independent learning and use on courses. The focus on 2D drawing in one book, ensures the reader gets a thorough grounding in the subject, with a greater depth of coverage than tends to be available from general introductions to AutoCAD. As a result, this book provides a true, step-by-step, detailed exploration of the AutoCAD functions required at each stage of producing a 2D drawing – an approach often not found in the many software reference guides available.

The emphasis on learning through doing makes this book ideal for anyone involved in engineering, construction or architecture – where the focus is on productivity and practical skills. The author has also matched the coverage to the requirements of City and Guilds, Edexcel (BTEC) and SQA syllabuses.

New features in AutoCAD 2005 are covered in this book including: Drafting Tools; Drawing Management; Drawing Output; Plot and Publish Tools; Productivity Tools; Sheet Set Manager, and Tool Palette Enhancements. The result is a useful refresher course for anyone using AutoCAD at this level, and those upgrading to the new software release. The course is also designed to be fully relevant to anyone using other recent releases, including AutoCAD 2004.

Bob McFarlane is Curriculum Manager for CAD and New Media at Motherwell College, Scotland, and an Autodesk Educational Developer.

Table of Contents


1. Using the Book
2. The AutoCAD 2005 graphics screen
3. Drawing, erasing and the selection set
4. The 2D drawing aids
5. Saving and Opening drawings
6. Standard sheet 1
7. Line creation and co-ordinate entry
8. Circle creation
9. Object snap
10. Arc, donut and ellipse creation
11. Layers and standard sheet 2
12. User exercise 1
13. Fillet and chamfer
14. The offset, extend, trim and change commands
15. User exercise 2
16. Text
17. Dimensioning
18. Dimension styles 1
19. Modifying objects
20. Grips
21. Drawing assistance
22. Viewing a drawing
23. Hatching
24. Point, polygon and solid
25. Polylines
26. Modifying polylines
27. Divide, measure and break
28. Lengthen, align and stretch
29. Obtaining information from a drawing
30. Text fonts and styles
31. Multiline Text, Text Tables and Fields
32. The array command
33. Changing properties
34. User exercise 3
35. Dimension styles 2
36. Drawing with various units and paper sizes
37. Multilines, complex lines and groups
38. Blocks
39. Wblocks
40. Attributes
41. External references
42. Pictorial drawings
43. Model space and paper space
44. Templates
45. CAD standards
46. The AutoCAD Design Center
47. Toolbars and tool palettes
48. Sheet sets
49. ‘Electronic’ AutoCAD



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