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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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This chapter includes all commands and concepts related to materials and environment. We started with an introduction to materials and textures followed by an explanation of the Autodesk Material Library, which includes more than 700 materials almost ready to assign, and where to find more than 1,000 textures available to create our own materials. The MATBROWSEROPEN command displays a palette that allows loading and managing the scene materials, also assigning these to objects.

The advised way to assign materials is by layer, which can be achieved with the MATERIALATTACH command.

From the MATBROWSEROPEN palette we may create materials based on several material templates, such as Generic, Ceramic, Concrete, and others. To define or modify materials, we have the MATEDITOROPEN command, also available from the previous palette by double-clicking on a material slot. To several material parameters, we can apply images and procedural textures/maps, such as Checker, Tiles, and Noise. To edit...