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Practical Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 and AutoCAD LT 2021

By : Yasser Shoukry, Jaiprakash Pandey
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Practical Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 and AutoCAD LT 2021

By: Yasser Shoukry, Jaiprakash Pandey

Overview of this book

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.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)

Using Design Center

Design Center is like the inbuilt library of AutoCAD blocks, which can be used to access frequently used blocks for your project. Design Center has blocks from different disciplines, such as mechanical, architecture, civil, and electrical. In this section, we will learn to use Design Center to access the blocks, and we will also learn how to use it to access blocks from our own drawings.

In the following example, we will explore different parts of the Design Center tool:

  1. To open Design Center, select the Design Center tool from the Palettes panel of the View tab, as shown in Figure 8.35, or use its command alias, ADC. You can also use the CTRL + 2 keyboard shortcut to open Design Center:
Figure 8.35: Design Center tool on the Palettes panel of the View tab
  1. The Design Center palette will open with the last viewed settings. Click the Home...