Description

Learn 2D drawing and 3D modeling from scratch using AutoCAD 2021 and its more affordable LT version to become a CAD professional

Key Features

  • Explore the AutoCAD GUI, file format, and drawing tools to get started with CAD projects
  • Learn to use drawing management tools for working efficiently on large projects
  • Discover techniques for creating, modifying, and managing 3D models and converting 2D plans into 3D models

Book Description

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 drafting and 3D modeling. This hands-on guide will take you through everything you need to know to make the most out of this powerful tool, starting from a simple tour of the user interface through to using advanced tools.

Starting with basic drawing shapes and functions, you'll get to grips with the fundamentals of CAD designs. You'll then learn about effective drawing management using layers, dynamic blocks, and groups and discover how to add annotations and plot like professionals. The book delves into 3D modeling and helps you convert your 2D drawings into 3D models and shapes. As you progress, you'll cover advanced tools and features such as isometric drawings, drawing utilities for managing and recovering complex files, quantity surveying, and multidisciplinary drawing files using xRefs, and you'll learn how to implement them with the help of practical exercises at the end of each chapter. Finally, you'll get to grips with rendering and visualizing your designs in AutoCAD.

By the end of the book, you'll have developed a solid understanding of CAD principles and be able to work with AutoCAD software confidently to build impressive 2D and 3D drawings.

What you will learn

  • Understand CAD fundamentals using AutoCAD's basic functions, navigation, and components
  • Create complex 3d solid objects starting from the primitive shapes using the solid editing tools
  • Working with reusable objects like Blocks and collaborating using xRef
  • Explore some advanced features like external references and dynamic block
  • Get to grips with surface and mesh modeling tools such as Fillet, Trim, and Extend
  • Use the paper space layout in AutoCAD for creating professional plots for 2D and 3D models
  • Convert your 2D drawings into 3D models

Who this book is for

The book is for design engineers, mechanical engineers, architects, and anyone working in construction, manufacturing, or similar fields. Whether you're an absolute beginner, student, or professional looking to upgrade your engineering design skills, you'll find this AutoCAD book useful. No prior knowledge of CAD or AutoCAD is necessary.

Table of Contents

  1. An Introduction to AutoCAD
  2. Basic Drawing Tools
  3. Learning about Modify Commands
  4. Working with Arrays and Reusable Objects
  5. Managing Drawings with Layers and Properties
  6. Working with Hatches, Text, and Dimensions
  7. Tables, Isometric, and Parametric Drawings
  8. Customization Tools
  9. External References and Dynamic Blocks
  10. Introduction to 3D Modeling
  11. Creating Primitive 3D Shapes
  12. Conversion between 2D and 3D
  13. Modifying 3D Objects
  14. Surfaces and Mesh Modeling
  15. Paper Space Layouts and Printing
  16. Rendering and Presentation