418 Pages
    by Routledge

    418 Pages
    by Routledge

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    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.


    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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