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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.
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Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design
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Associative views

Some of the most important innovations in AutoCAD Versions 2012 and 2013 are associative views. These associative views are new AutoCAD objects known as drawing views and represent dynamic 2D projections, sections, or details from the 3D model. If the 3D model changes, these associative views update accordingly.

Access and automatic layers creation

The majority of the commands and functions related to associative views are not available on toolbars or the menu bar, but can be found on the ribbon, Layout tab, and the following panels: Create View, Modify View, Update, and Styles and Standards. So, for users who rather work with a classic workspace, they can change to the 3D Modeling workspace for these commands and, then, come back to the Classic workspace:

When creating these associative views, AutoCAD creates and applies the following layers, in Version 2012,all with color 7 (white):

  • Hidden: This layer has the HIDDEN2 linetype and lineweight 0.35

  • Hidden Narrow: This...