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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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Views and cameras

If we changed the view direction, how can we come back to the plan view? Or see the model from another orthographic view? And how to save that view so that we can restore it anytime? These operations and the creation of cameras are presented next.

Predefined views

Predefined in AutoCAD, we have six orthographic views (Top, Bottom, Front, Back, Left, and Right) and four isometric views (Southwest Isometric, Southeast Isometric, Northeast Isometric, and Northwest Isometric). There are several ways to access them; some may activate another coordinate system.

View cube

The view cube, available since Version 2009, is a navigation tool placed by default in the viewport's top-right corner. When inactive, it is partially transparent. With this tool we can click on a face to activate the respective orthographic view. For instance, if we want to come to the plan or top view, we click the top face. We can also drag the mouse over the view cube to orbit the drawing, click a vertex to activate...