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Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design

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Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design


Overview of this book

AutoCAD is a computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application. AutoCAD supports both 2D and 3D formats. AutoCAD is used in a range of industries and is utilized by architects, project managers, and engineers, among others."Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design" will take you beyond the 2D frontier and help you create accurate 3D models that simulate reality. This book is crammed full of creative and practical tutorials which will help you master the third dimension. From exercises on coordinate systems to creating solids and surfaces from 2D, you will wonder how you ever designed without this resource by your side."Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design" is full of hands-on studies and projects that will help develop your 3D skills. Starting from the assumption of only a very basic knowledge of AutoCAD, this book will help you master 3D visualization and coordinate systems, create 3D models from 2D drawings, and from basic shapes, measure volumes, and other information, obtain 2D construction drawings from 3D models as well as how to apply lights and materials to get photorealistic images.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design
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Introduction to materials, textures, and effects

Since Version 2011, with the introduction of Autodesk Materials and the inclusion of more than 700 excellent looking and ready-to-apply materials, photo-realistic images can easily be obtained. These materials can be adjusted and we can also create countless materials, generic or template-based.

Materials are defined from several parameters, often including textures or maps. Textures can be photos, images, and also several procedural maps simulating tiles, chess patterns, wood, marble, and others. When using textured materials, mapping coordinates (the way textures are painted on faces, including texture origin, scale, and rotation) can be adjusted.

Until applying materials, a special material, called Global with color defined by the object, is applied to all objects. This material cannot be deleted or renamed. Materials can be applied to objects, to faces of objects or by layer, the last being the preferable way.

As effects, AutoCAD only...