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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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Procedural surfaces

Procedural surfaces can be created from linear objects, with some commands presented in Chapter 4, Creating Solids and Surfaces from 2D, such as EXTRUDE or SWEEP, also with PLANESURF, presented in Chapter 5, 3D Primitives and Conversions, and with SURFNETWORK, presented next section. These surfaces can also be obtained from other surfaces, applying known operations such as blend, fillet, or offset. Included are also two editing commands and a command to create solids from surfaces.

The SURFACEMODELINGMODE variable must have value 0. With value 1, NURBS surfaces are created instead when applying next commands. The SURFU and SURFV variables control the surface isolines density in the first and second directions and can be modified any time with the PROPERTIES palette.

Access to commands

Most procedural and NURBS surface commands are on the ribbon, Surface panel, on the Draw/Modeling and Modify/Surface Editing menu bars, and on the Surface Creation and Surface Editing toolbars...