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Mastering AutoCAD 2016 and AutoCAD LT 2016: Autodesk Official Press



Mastering AutoCAD 2016 and AutoCAD LT 2016: Autodesk Official Press

George Omura, Brian C. Benton (With)

ISBN: 978-1-119-04484-0 April 2015 1080 Pages

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The bestselling AutoCAD reference, with all new bonus video content

Mastering AutoCAD 2016 and AutoCAD LT 2016 is a complete tutorial and reference, helping you design accurately and efficiently while getting the most out of the AutoCAD 2016 software. Concise explanations and focused examples strengthen your understanding of AutoCAD concepts, while step-by-step instruction and hands-on projects help you develop the skills you need for real-world projects. This new edition covers the latest AutoCAD capabilities, and gives you access to videos demonstrating crucial techniques. The companion website provides all of the project files necessary for the tutorials, and features additional video tutorials and other bonus content. You'll start with the basics of AutoCAD drafting, and gradually build your skills to an advanced level as you learn 3D modeling and imaging. Whether you're preparing for the Autodesk certification or just want to be an AutoCAD guru, this book provides the comprehensive information you need.

  • Get acquainted with the AutoCAD 2016 interface and drafting tools
  • Work with hatches, fields, tables, dynamic blocks, solid fills, and more
  • Build an accurate, scalable 3D model of your design for reference
  • Customize your AutoCAD and integrate it with other software

Packed with expert tips, tricks, techniques, and tutorials, Mastering AutoCAD 2016 and AutoCAD LT 2016 is your essential guide to get up to speed quickly.

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Introduction xxvii

Part 1 The Basics 1

Chapter 1 Exploring the Interface 3

Taking a Guided Tour 3

Launching AutoCAD 4

The AutoCAD Window 5

Using the Application Menu 7

Using the Ribbon 9

Picking Points in the Drawing Area 14

Using the UCS Icon 14

Working in the Command Window 15

Working with AutoCAD 15

Opening an Existing File 16

Getting a Closer Look 17

Saving a File as You Work 21

Making Changes 21

Working with Multiple Files 22

Adding a Predrawn Symbol with the Tool Palettes 26

The Bottom Line 28

Chapter 2 Creating Your First Drawing 29

Getting to Know the Home Tab’s Draw and Modify Panels 29

Starting Your First Drawing 32

Specifying Exact Distances with Coordinates 36

Specifying Polar Coordinates 38

Specifying Relative Cartesian Coordinates 39

Interpreting the Cursor Modes and Understanding Prompts 41

Understanding Cursor Modes 41

Choosing Command Options 43

Selecting Objects 48

Selecting Objects in AutoCAD 48

Providing Base Points 51

Using Noun/Verb Selection 54

Editing with Grips 59

Stretching Lines by Using Grips 60

Moving and Rotating with Grips 62

Understanding Dynamic Input 64

Displaying Data in a Text Window 69

Displaying the Properties of an Object 70

Getting Help 73

Using the InfoCenter 73

Finding Additional Sources of Help 74

The Bottom Line 75

Chapter 3 Setting Up and Using the Drafting Tools 77

Setting Up a Work Area 77

Specifying Units 78

Fine-Tuning the Measurement System 80

Setting Up the Drawing Limits 81

Looking at an Alternative to Limits 83

Understanding Scale Factors 83

Using Polar Tracking 84

Setting the Polar Tracking Angle 86

Exploring the Drawing Process 87

Locating an Object in Reference to Others 88

Getting a Closer Look 89

Modifying an Object 89

Planning and Laying Out a Drawing 93

Making a Preliminary Sketch 94

Using the Layout 96

Erasing the Layout Lines 102

Putting on the Finishing Touches 104

Aligning Objects by Using Object Snap Tracking 106

Using the AutoCAD Modes as Drafting Tools 111

Using Grid Mode as a Background Grid 111

Using Snap Modes 114

The Bottom Line 115

Chapter 4 Organizing Objects with Blocks and Groups 117

Creating and Using a Symbol 117

Understanding the Block Definition Dialog Box 120

Scaling and Rotating Blocks 125

Using an Existing Drawing as a Symbol 127

Modifying a Block 130

Unblocking and Redefining a Block 130

Saving a Block as a Drawing File 132

Replacing Existing Files with Blocks 132

Understanding the Write Block Dialog Box Options 134

Other Uses for Blocks 134

Understanding the Annotation Scale 135

Grouping Objects 138

Modifying Members of a Group 140

Ungrouping, Adding, and Subtracting from a Group 143

Working with the Object Grouping Dialog Box 144

Working with the AutoCAD LT Group Manager 146

The Bottom Line 147

Chapter 5 Keeping Track of Layers and Blocks 149

Organizing Information with Layers 149

Creating and Assigning Layers 150

Working on Layers 158

Controlling Layer Visibility 162

Finding the Layers You Want 163

Taming an Unwieldy List of Layers 164

Assigning Linetypes to Layers 171

Adding a Linetype to a Drawing 172

Controlling Lineweights 176

Keeping Track of Blocks and Layers 177

Getting a Text File List of Layers or Blocks 178

The Bottom Line 179

Part 2 Mastering Intermediate Skills 181

Chapter 6 Editing and Reusing Data to Work Efficiently 183

Creating and Using Templates 184

Creating a Template 184

Using a Template 185

Copying an Object Multiple Times 186

Making Circular Copies 186

Making Row and Column Copies 188

Fine-Tuning Your View 190

Finishing the Kitchenette 192

Array along a Path 193

Making Changes to an Associative Array 194

Developing Your Drawing 198

Importing Settings 198

Using Osnap Tracking to Place Objects 201

Finding an Exact Distance along a Curve 218

Changing the Length of Objects 220

Creating a New Drawing by Using Parts from Another Drawing 221

Eliminating Unused Blocks, Layers, Linetypes, Shapes, Styles, and More 222

The Bottom Line 224

Chapter 7 Mastering Viewing Tools, Hatches, and

External References 225

Assembling the Parts 225

Taking Control of the AutoCAD Display 229

Understanding Regeneration and Redrawing 229

Saving Views 230

Understanding the Frozen Layer Option 233

Using Hatch Patterns in Your Drawings 235

Placing a Hatch Pattern in a Specific Area 235

Adding Predefined Hatch Patterns 237

Positioning Hatch Patterns Accurately 239

Updating a Block from an External File 240

Changing the Hatch Area 242

Modifying a Hatch Pattern 243

Understanding the Boundary Hatch Options 245

Controlling Boundaries with the Boundaries Panel 246

Fine-Tuning the Boundary Behavior 246

Controlling Hatch Behavior with the Options Panel 247

Controlling Hatch Default Layer, Layout Scale, and ISO Line Weight 248

Using Additional Hatch Features 248

Using Gradient Shading 249

Tips for Using Hatch 251

Space Planning and Hatch Patterns 251

Using External References 255

Attaching a Drawing as an External Reference 255

Other Differences between External References and Blocks 259

Other External Reference Options 260

Clipping Xref Views and Improving Performance 262

Editing Xrefs in Place 265

Using the External Reference Tab 268

Adding and Removing Objects from Blocks and Xrefs 268

Understanding the Reference Edit Dialog Box Options 270

The Bottom Line 272

Chapter 8 Introducing Printing, Plotting, and Layouts 273

Plotting the Plan 273

Understanding the Plotter Settings 277

Paper Size 278

Drawing Orientation 278

Plot Area 279

Plot Scale 280

Shaded Viewport Options 283

Plot Offset 284

Plot Options 285

Exit Options 286

Plotting Using Layout Views 286

Setting Plot Scale in the Layout Viewports 289

Adding an Output Device 291

Editing a Plotter Configuration 293

Storing a Page Setup 295

Using Electronic Plots 299

Exporting to PDF through the Plot Dialog Box 299

Exporting to PDF through the Export To DWF/PDF Ribbon Panel 301

Exporting Autodesk DWF and DWFx Files 302

The Bottom Line 303

Chapter 9 Adding Text to Drawings 305

Preparing a Drawing for Text 305

Organizing Text by Styles 306

Getting Familiar with the Text and Annotation Scale Control Panels 308

Setting the Annotation Scale and Adding Text 308

Inserting Text 309

Exploring Text and Scale 311

Understanding the Text Style Dialog Box Options 313

Styles 313

Set Current/New/Delete 314

Font 314

Size 314

Effects 314

Exploring Text Formatting in AutoCAD 315

Adjusting the Text Height and Font 315

Understanding the Text Editor Tab 317

Adding Symbols and Special Characters 320

Setting Indents and Tabs 322

What Do the Fonts Look Like? 326

Adding Simple Single-Line Text Objects 328

Justifying Single-Line Text Objects 330

Using Special Characters with Single-Line Text Objects 332

Using the Check Spelling Feature 333

How Check Spelling Works 333

Choosing a Dictionary 334

Substituting Fonts 336

Finding and Replacing Text 337

The Bottom Line 341

Chapter 10 Using Fields and Tables 343

Using Fields to Associate Text with Drawing Properties 343

Adding Tables to Your Drawing 347

Creating a Table 347

Adding Cell Text 348

Adjusting Table Text Orientation and Location 350

Editing the Table Line Work 353

Adding Formulas to Cells 355

Using Formulas Directly in Cells 356

Using Other Math Operations 357

Importing and Exporting Tables 357

Importing a Table 357

Exporting Tables 360

Creating Table Styles 360

Adding or Modifying a Table Style 360

The Table Style Options 362

The Bottom Line 363

Chapter 11 Using Dimensions 365

Understanding the Components of a Dimension 366

Creating a Dimension Style 367

Setting Up the Primary Unit Style 369

Setting the Height for Dimension Text 370

Setting the Location and Orientation of Dimension Text 371

Choosing an Arrow Style and Setting the Dimension Scale 372

Setting Up Alternate Units 376

Setting the Current Dimension Style 377

Modifying a Dimension Style 377

Drawing Linear Dimensions 378

Understanding the Dimensions Panel 378

Placing Horizontal and Vertical Dimensions 379

Continuing a Dimension 380

Drawing Dimensions from a Common Base Extension Line 382

Adjusting the Distance between Dimensions 384

Editing Dimensions 385

Appending Data to Dimension Text 385

Using Grips to Make Minor Adjustments to Dimensions 387

Changing Style Settings of Individual Dimensions 388

Editing Dimensions and Other Objects Together 390

Associating Dimensions with Objects 393

Adding a String of Dimensions with a Single Operation 394

Adding or Removing the Alternate Dimensions 395

Dimensioning Nonorthogonal Objects 396

Dimensioning Nonorthogonal Linear Distances 396

Dimensioning Radii, Diameters, and Arcs 397

Skewing Dimension Lines 400

Using the Dimension Tool 401

Adding a Note with a Leader Arrow 405

Creating Multileader Styles 406

Editing Multileader Notes 409

Breaking a Dimension Line for a Leader 409

Applying Ordinate Dimensions 410

Adding Tolerance Notation 411

Inserting Tolerance and Datum Values 411

Adding Inspection Dimensions 413

The Bottom Line 414

Part 3 Mastering Advanced Skills 415

Chapter 12 Using Attributes 417

Creating Attributes 418

Adding Attributes to Blocks 418

Copying and Editing Attribute Definitions 421

Turning the Attribute Definitions into a Block 423

Inserting Blocks Containing Attributes 425

Editing Attributes 428

Editing Attribute Values One at a Time 428

Editing Attribute Text Formats and Properties 429

Making Global Changes to Attribute Values 431

Making Invisible Attributes Visible 432

Making Global Format and Property Changes to Attributes 433

Other Block Attribute Manager Options 434

Redefining Blocks Containing Attributes 435

Extracting and Exporting Attribute Information 436

Performing the Extraction 436

Extracting Attribute Data to an AutoCAD Table 441

The Bottom Line 443

Chapter 13 Copying Existing Drawings from Other Sources 445

Methods for Converting Paper Drawings to AutoCAD Files 445

Importing a Raster Image 446

Working with a Raster Image 448

Scaling a Raster Image 449

Controlling Object Visibility and Overlap with Raster Images 450

Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Fade 452

Clipping a Raster Image 453

Turning Off the Frame, Adjusting Overall Quality, and

Controlling Transparency 455

Working with PDF Files 457

Importing a PDF 457

Scaling and Osnaps with PDFs 459

Controlling the PDF Display 461

Coordinating Geographic Locations 463

Making Adjustments to the Map 466

Finding Measurements and Distances 467

The Bottom Line 469

Chapter 14 Advanced Editing and Organizing 471

Using External References 471

Preparing Existing Drawings for External Referencing 472

Assembling Xrefs to Build a Drawing 474

Updating Blocks in Xrefs 478

Importing Named Elements from Xrefs 480

Controlling the Xref Search Path 482

Managing Layers 483

Saving and Recalling Layer Settings 483

Other Tools for Managing Layers 487

Using Advanced Tools: Filter and Quick Select 489

Filtering Selections 489

Using Quick Select 493

Using the QuickCalc Calculator 496

Adding Foot and Inch Lengths and Finding the Sum of Angles 497

Converting Units with QuickCalc 499

Using QuickCalc to Find Points 501

Finding Fractional Distances between Two Points 504

Using QuickCalc While in the Middle of a Command 506

Storing Expressions and Values 507

Guidelines for Working with QuickCalc 509

The Bottom Line 512

Chapter 15 Laying Out Your Printer Output 513

Understanding Model Space and Paper Space 513

Switching from Model Space to Paper Space 514

Setting the Size of a Paper Space Layout 516

Creating New Paper Space Viewports 517

Reaching Inside Viewports 519

Working with Paper Space Viewports 520

Scaling Views in Paper Space 522

Setting Layers in Individual Viewports 524

Creating and Using Multiple Paper Space Layouts 527

Creating Odd-Shaped Viewports 528

Understanding Lineweights, Linetypes, and Dimensions in Paper Space 530

Controlling and Viewing Lineweights in Paper Space 530

The Lineweight Settings Dialog Box 533

Linetype Scales and Paper Space 533

Dimensioning in Paper Space Layouts 534

Other Uses for Paper Space 537

The Bottom Line 538

Chapter 16 Making “Smart” Drawings with Parametric Tools 539

Why Use Parametric Drawing Tools? 539

Connecting Objects with Geometric Constraints 541

Using AutoConstrain to Add Constraints Automatically 541

Editing a Drawing Containing Constraints 542

Using Other Geometric Constraints 545

Using Constraints in the Drawing Process 546

Controlling Sizes with Dimensional Constraints 547

Adding a Dimensional Constraint 547

Editing a Dimensional Constraint 549

Using Formulas to Control and Link Dimensions 551

Adding a Formula Parameter 552

Testing the Formula 553

Using Other Formulas 554

Editing the Constraint Options 555

Putting Constraints to Use 557

The Bottom Line 558

Chapter 17 Using Dynamic Blocks 559

Exploring the Block Editor 559

Opening the Block Editor 559

Editing a Block and Creating New Blocks 561

Creating a Dynamic Block 562

Adding a Parameter 563

Adding an Action 564

Adding an Increment Value 566

Editing Parameters and Actions 568

Keeping an Object Centered 568

Using Constraints in Dynamic Blocks 569

Adding a List of Predefined Options 574

Creating Multiple Shapes in One Block 578

Rotating Objects in Unison 582

Filling In a Space Automatically with Objects 586

Including Block Information with Data Extraction 588

The Bottom Line 590

Chapter 18 Drawing Curves 591

Introducing Polylines 591

Drawing a Polyline 591

Setting Polyline Options 593

Editing Polylines 594

Setting Pedit Options 598

Smoothing Polylines 598

Editing Vertices 600

Creating a Polyline Spline Curve 608

Using True Spline Curves 611

Drawing a True Spline 611

Understanding the Spline Options 613

Fine-Tuning Spline Curves 614

Marking Divisions on Curves 616

Dividing Objects into Segments of Equal Length 617

Dividing Objects into Specified Lengths 618

The Bottom Line 620

Chapter 19 Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings 621

Finding the Area of Closed Boundaries 621

Finding the Area of an Object 621

Using Hatch Patterns to Find Areas 623

Adding and Subtracting Areas with the Area Command 624

Getting General Information 628

Determining the Drawing’s Status 628

Keeping Track of Time 630

Getting Information from System Variables 631

Keeping a Log of Your Activity 631

Capturing and Saving Text Data from the AutoCAD Text Window 633

Understanding the Command Window Context Menu 633

Storing Searchable Information in AutoCAD Files 634

Searching for AutoCAD Files 635

Recovering Corrupted Files 636

Using the DXF File Format to Exchange CAD Data with Other Programs 636

Exporting DXF Files 637

Opening or Importing DXF Files 638

Using AutoCAD Drawings in Page Layout Programs 639

Exporting Raster Files 639

Exporting Vector Files 644

Using OLE to Import Data 645

Editing OLE Links 648

Importing Worksheets as AutoCAD Tables 649

Understanding Options for Embedding Data 651

Using the Clipboard to Export AutoCAD Drawings 651

The Bottom Line 652

Part 4 3D Modeling and Imaging 653

Chapter 20 Creating 3D Drawings 655

Getting to Know the 3D Modeling Workspace 655

Drawing in 3D Using Solids 657

Adjusting Appearances 658

Creating a 3D Box 659

Editing 3D Solids with Grips 660

Constraining Motion with the Gizmo 661

Rotating Objects in 3D Using Dynamic UCS 662

Drawing on a 3D Object’s Surface 664

Pushing and Pulling Shapes from a Solid 666

Making Changes to Your Solid 668

Creating 3D Forms from 2D Shapes 670

Isolating Coordinates with Point Filters 675

Moving around Your Model 678

Finding Isometric and Orthogonal Views 678

Rotating Freely around Your Model 679

Changing Your View Direction 680

Using SteeringWheels 682

Changing Where You Are Looking 684

Flying through Your View 684

Changing from Perspective to Parallel Projection 685

Getting a Visual Effect 686

Using Visual Styles 686

Creating a Sketched Look with Visual Styles 687

In-Canvas Viewport Controls 690

Turning a 3D View into a 2D AutoCAD Drawing 690

Using the Point Cloud Feature 693

The Bottom Line 694

Chapter 21 Using Advanced 3D Features 695

Setting Up AutoCAD for This Chapter 695

Mastering the User Coordinate System 696

Defining a UCS 697

Saving a UCS 699

Working in a UCS 700

Building 3D Parts in Separate Files 701

Understanding the UCS Options 704

UCS Based on Object Orientation 704

UCS Based on Offset Orientation 706

UCS Rotated around an Axis 707

Orienting a UCS in the View Plane 709

Manipulating the UCS Icon 709

Saving a UCS with a View 710

Using Viewports to Aid in 3D Drawing 711

Using the Array Tools 715

Making Changes to an Associative Array 716

Creating Complex 3D Surfaces 717

Laying Out a 3D Form 717

Spherical and Cylindrical Coordinate Formats 718

Using a 3D Polyline 719

Creating a Curved 3D Surface 721

Converting the Surface into a Solid 725

Shaping the Solid 725

Finding the Interference between Two Solids 727

Creating Tubes with the Sweep Tool 730

Using Sweep to Create Complex Forms 731

Creating Spiral Forms 734

Creating Surface Models 737

Slicing a Solid with a Surface 739

Finding the Volume of a Cut 740

Understanding the Loft Command 742

Moving Objects in 3D Space 746

Aligning Objects in 3D Space 746

Moving an Object in 3D 747

Rotating an Object in 3D 749

The Bottom Line 750

Chapter 22 Editing and Visualizing 3D Solids 753

Understanding Solid Modeling 753

Creating Solid Forms 756

Joining Primitives 756

Cutting Portions Out of a Solid 758

Creating Complex Solids 760

Tapering an Extrusion 761

Sweeping a Shape on a Curved Path 762

Revolving a Polyline 763

Editing Solids 766

Splitting a Solid into Two Pieces 766

Rounding Corners with the Fillet Tool 767

Chamfering Corners with the Chamfer Tool 768

Using the Solid-Editing Tools 770

Streamlining the 2D Drawing Process 779

Drawing Standard Top, Front, and Right-Side Views 779

Creating 2D Drawings with the Base View Command 782

Adding Dimensions and Notes in a Layout 787

Using Visual Styles with a Viewport 788

Visualizing Solids 790

The Bottom Line 799

Chapter 23 Exploring 3D Mesh and Surface Modeling 801

Creating a Simple 3D Mesh 801

Creating a Mesh Primitive 802

Understanding the Parts of a Mesh 803

Smoothing a Mesh 804

Editing Faces and Edges 804

Stretching Faces 806

Moving an Edge 809

Adding More Faces 812

Rotating an Edge 814

Adding a Crease 816

Splitting and Extruding a Mesh Face 818

Creating Mesh Surfaces 821

Revolved Surface 821

Edge Surface 822

Ruled Surface 823

Tabulated Surface 824

Converting Meshes to Solids 825

Understanding 3D Surfaces 826

Editing Surfaces 828

Using Extrude, Surface Trim, and Surface Fillet 830

Using Surface Blend, Patch, and Offset 832

Understanding Associativity 836

Editing with Control Vertices 839

Editing with the CV Edit Bar 843

Making Holes in a Surface with the Project Geometry Panel 845

Visualizing Curvature: Understanding the Analysis Panel 846

The Bottom Line 848

Part 5 Customization and Integration 851

Chapter 24 Customizing Toolbars, Menus, Linetypes, and Hatch Patterns 853

Using Workspaces 853

Customizing the User Interface 855

Taking a Quick Customization Tour 855

Understanding the Customizations In All Files Panel 859

Getting the Overall View 862

Finding Commands in the Command List 864

Opening Preview, Button Image, and Shortcuts 864

Getting to the Core of Customization in the Properties Group 865

Creating Your Own Ribbon Panels and Menus 866

Customizing Ribbon Panel Tools 867

Creating Macros in Tools and Menus 871

Pausing for User Input 872

Opening an Expanded Text Box for the Macro Option 872

Editing Keyboard Shortcuts 873

Saving, Loading, and Unloading Your Customizations 876

Understanding the DIESEL Macro Language 878

Using DIESEL at the Command Line 879

Using DIESEL in a Custom Menu Macro 880

Using DIESEL as a Menu Bar Option Label 881

Using DIESEL and Fields to Generate Text 884

Creating Custom Linetypes 885

Viewing Available Linetypes 885

Creating a New Linetype 886

Understanding the Linetype Code 887

Creating Complex Linetypes 888

Creating Hatch Patterns 891

The Bottom Line 893

Chapter 25 Managing and Sharing Your Drawings 895

Sharing Drawings Online 895

Sharing Project Files with eTransmit 896

Protecting AutoCAD Drawing Files 900

Publishing Your Drawings 904

Exchanging Drawing Sets 904

Exploring Other Publish Options 907

Creating a DWF File by Using the Plot Dialog Box 909

Sharing Files with A360 Drive 911

Getting Started with A360 Drive 911

Sharing Files 913

Editing Drawings Online 915

Controlling File Access 916

Tracking File Versions 917

Collaborating with Others Using Design Feed 918

Adding Hyperlinks to Drawings 920

Creating Hyperlinks 920

Editing and Deleting Hyperlinks 922

Taking a Closer Look at the Hyperlink Options 922

Managing Your Drawings with DesignCenter and the Tool Palettes 923

Getting Familiar with DesignCenter 924

Opening and Inserting Files with DesignCenter 927

Finding and Extracting the Contents of a Drawing 928

Exchanging Data between Open Files 931

Loading Specific Files into DesignCenter 932

Customizing the Tool Palettes with DesignCenter 932

Searching Your Drawing Library with Content Explorer 936

Indexing Your Files 936

Searching Your Files 938

Controlling Content Explorer’s Display 939

Adding Network Resources 940

Establishing Office Standards 941

Establishing Layering and Text Conventions 941

Checking Office Standards 941

Converting Multiple Layer Settings 946

Exploring Other Layer Translator Options 948

The Bottom Line 949

Part 6 Appendixes 951

Appendix A The Bottom Line 953

Chapter 1: Exploring the Interface 953

Chapter 2: Creating Your First Drawing 954

Chapter 3: Setting Up and Using the Drafting Tools 955

Chapter 4: Organizing Objects with Blocks and Groups 955

Chapter 5: Keeping Track of Layers and Blocks 956

Chapter 6: Editing and Reusing Data to Work Efficiently 957

Chapter 7: Mastering Viewing Tools, Hatches, and External References 958

Chapter 8: Introducing Printing, Plotting, and Layouts 958

Chapter 9: Adding Text to Drawings 959

Chapter 10: Using Fields and Tables 960

Chapter 11: Using Dimensions 961

Chapter 12: Using Attributes 962

Chapter 13: Copying Existing Drawings from Other Sources 963

Chapter 14: Advanced Editing and Organizing 964

Chapter 15: Laying Out Your Printer Output 964

Chapter 16: Making “Smart” Drawings with Parametric Tools 965

Chapter 17: Using Dynamic Blocks 966

Chapter 18: Drawing Curves 967

Chapter 19: Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings 969

Chapter 20: Creating 3D Drawings 970

Chapter 21: Using Advanced 3D Features 971

Chapter 22: Editing and Visualizing 3D Solids 972

Chapter 23: Exploring 3D Mesh and Surface Modeling 973

Chapter 24: Customizing Toolbars, Menus, Linetypes, and Hatch Patterns 974

Chapter 25: Managing and Sharing Your Drawings 975

Appendix B Installing and Setting Up AutoCAD 977

Before Installing AutoCAD 977

Proceeding with the Installation 977

Configuring AutoCAD 978

The Files Tab 978

The Display Tab 981

The Open And Save Tab 984

The Plot and Publish Tab 987

The System Tab 987

The User Preferences Tab 989

The Drafting Tab 992

The 3D Modeling Tab 994

The Selection Tab 998

The Profiles Tab 1000

The Online Tab 1001

Configuring the Tablet Menu Area 1002

Turning On the Noun/Verb Selection Method 1003

Turning On the Grips Feature 1004

Setting Up the Tracking Vector Feature 1004

Adjusting the AutoCAD 3D Graphics System 1004

Finding Folders that Contain AutoCAD Files 1005

Setting Up AutoCAD with a White Background 1005

Appendix C The Autodesk AutoCAD 2016 Certification 1007

Index 1015

Chapter 01
Chapter 02
Chapter 03
Chapter 04
Chapter 05
Chapter 06
Chapter 07
Chapter 08
Chapter 09
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25