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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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The subject of this chapter is obtaining 2D drawings from 3D models. After the creation of a 3D model, 2D projections, sections, and details are common requirements.

For the creation and configuration of layouts, namely shortcut menus, the LAYOUT and PAGESETUP commands, namely shortcut menus, are suitable. To create viewports, we have the MVIEW command and several tools to adjust their properties and scales. To control colors and lineweights, we apply plot styles and also may control layer properties per viewport. The PREVIEW command allows verifying the print, and PLOT finally prints the layout.

To create projection views and sections (not associative), we have the following commands: SECTIONPLANE to obtain sections; SECTION also to obtain sections (simpler but less flexible); and FLATSHOT, to obtain projection views.

To end the chapter, we present associative views, which are linked to the 3D model. VIEWBASE command allows you to create a base and projected views; VIEWPROJECT creates...