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AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 Essentials

Book Description

The step-by-step, full-color AutoCAD 2018 guide with real-world practicality

AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 Essentials provides a full-color, task-based approach to mastering this powerful software. Straightforward, easy-to-follow instruction pairs with real-world, hands-on exercises to help you quickly get up to speed with core features and functions; screenshots illustrate tutorial steps to help you follow along, and each chapter concludes with a more open-ended project so you can dive in and explore a specific topic in-depth.

From 2D drawing and organization to 3D modeling, dimensioning, presenting, and more, this helpful guide walks you through everything you need to know to become productive with AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018. The companion website features downloadable starting and ending files for each exercise, so you can jump in at any point and compare your work to the pros, as well as additional tutorials to help you go as deep as you need to go.

Exercises walk you through the real-world process of drafting while teaching you critical skills along the way.

  • Understand the AutoCAD interface and foundational concepts
  • Master essential drawing and visualization tools
  • Stay organized with layers, groups, and blocks
  • Experiment with 3D modeling, add text and dimensions, and much more

AutoCAD is the industry-leading technical drawing software, and complete mastery is a vital skill for any design and drafting professional. AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 Essentials is a smart, quick resource that will help you get up to speed with real-world practical instruction.

Table of Contents

  1. About the Author
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction
    1. Who Should Read This Book
    2. AutoCAD 2018 or AutoCAD LT 2018 System Requirements
    3. What Is Covered in This Book
    4. The Essentials Series
  4. Chapter 1 Getting Started
    1. Sign In to Autodesk 360 on the Start Tab
    2. Explore the AutoCAD 2018 for Windows User Interface
    3. Set Drawing Units
  5. Chapter 2 Gaining Basic Drawing Skills
    1. Navigate 2D Drawings
    2. Draw Lines and Rectangles
    3. Cancel, Erase, and Undo
    4. Use Coordinate Systems
    5. Draw Circles, Arcs, and Polygons
    6. Use Fillet and Chamfer
  6. Chapter 3 Using Drawing Aids
    1. Use Grid and Snap
    2. Employ Ortho and Polar Tracking
    3. Use PolarSnap
    4. Select Running Object Snaps
    5. Harness the From Snap
    6. Apply Object Snap Tracking
  7. Chapter 4 Editing Entities
    1. Create Selection Sets
    2. Use Move and Copy
    3. Use Rotate and Scale
    4. Work with Arrays
    5. Use Trim and Extend
    6. Use Lengthen and Stretch
    7. Use Offset and Mirror
    8. Edit with Grips
  8. Chapter 5 Shaping Curves
    1. Draw and Edit Curved Polylines
    2. Draw Ellipses
    3. Shape Splines
    4. Blend Between Objects with Splines
  9. Chapter 6 Controlling Object Visibility and Appearance
    1. Change Object Properties
    2. Set the Current Layer
    3. Alter the Layer Assignments of Objects
    4. Control Layer Visibility
    5. Apply Linetype
    6. Assign Properties by Object or by Layer
    7. Manage Layer Properties
    8. Isolate Objects
  10. Chapter 7 Organizing Objects
    1. Define Blocks
    2. Insert Blocks
    3. Edit Blocks
    4. Redefine Blocks
    5. Work with Groups
  11. Chapter 8 Hatching and Gradients
    1. Specify Hatch Areas
    2. Associate Hatches with Boundaries
    3. Hatch with Patterns
    4. Hatch with Gradients
  12. Chapter 9 Working with Blocks and Xrefs
    1. Work with Global Blocks
    2. Access Content Globally
    3. Store Content on Tool Palettes
    4. Reference External Drawings and Images
  13. Chapter 10 Creating and Editing Text
    1. Style Text
    2. Write Lines of Text
    3. Write and Format Paragraphs Using MTEXT
    4. Edit Text
    5. Recognize and Combine Text
  14. Chapter 11 Dimensioning
    1. Style Dimensions
    2. Add Dimensions
    3. Edit Dimensions
  15. Chapter 12 Keeping In Control with Constraints
    1. Work with Geometric Constraints
    2. Apply Dimensional Constraints
    3. Constrain Objects Simultaneously with Geometry and Dimensions
    4. Make Parametric Changes to Constrained Objects
  16. Chapter 13 Working with Layouts and Annotative Objects
    1. Create Annotative Styles and Objects
    2. Create Layouts
    3. Adjust Floating Viewports
    4. Override Layer Properties in Layout Viewports
    5. Draw on Layouts
  17. Chapter 14 Printing and Plotting
    1. Configure Output Devices
    2. Create Plot Style Tables
    3. Use Plot Style Tables
    4. Plot in Model Space
    5. Plot Layouts in Paper Space
    6. Export to an Electronic Format
  18. Chapter 15 Working with Data
    1. Geolocate Projects
    2. Import SketchUp Models
    3. Define Attributes and Blocks
    4. Insert Attributed Blocks
    5. Edit Table Styles and Create Tables
    6. Use Fields in Table Cells
    7. Edit Table Data
  19. Chapter 16 Navigating 3D Models
    1. Use Visual Styles
    2. Work with Tiled Viewports
    3. Navigate with the ViewCube
    4. Orbit in 3D
    5. Use Cameras
    6. Navigate with SteeringWheels
    7. Save Views
  20. Chapter 17 Modeling in 3D
    1. Create Surface Models
    2. Edit Surface Models
    3. Create Solid Models
    4. Edit Solid Models
    5. Smooth Mesh Models
    6. Live-Section Models
  21. Chapter 18 Presenting and Documenting 3D Design
    1. Assign Materials
    2. Place and Adjust Lights
    3. Create Renderings
    4. Document Models with Drawings
  22. Appendix A Making Isometric Drawings
  23. Appendix B Autodesk™ AutoCAD™ 2018 Certification
  24. EULA