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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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We included in this chapter the main commands for editing solids and surfaces. We started by composing objects (UNION, SUBTRACT, INTERSECT) and editing them, then we presented the SLICE command to cut objects, the FILLET and CHAMFER commands (and the less used FILLETEDGE and CHAMFEREDGE commands) to fillet and chamfer objects. The PROPERTIES and QUICKPROPERTIES commands can be used to change creation parameters. Following was the SOLIDEDIT command that allows applying multiple operations on faces, edges, and volumes. To create linear objects from 3D, we have the OFFSETEDGE and SURFEXTRACTCURVE commands, and to project linear objects onto solids and surfaces, there are the PROJECTGEOMETRY and IMPRINT commands. Finally, we presented the THICKEN command to add thickness to surfaces.

In the next chapter, we will present all commands to inquire 3D objects.