By Timothy J. McCarthy PhD (auth.)

ISBN-10: 1447137698

ISBN-13: 9781447137696

ISBN-10: 3540195904

ISBN-13: 9783540195900

This booklet courses the hot AutoCAD consumer in the course of the very important good points of the programming language to provide drawings speedy and adequately. it truly is meant to be a tutorial e-book. It begins via explaining what AutoCAD is and the way it suits into the overall CAD box, and the way it compares with different micro-based CAD structures. quite a few features are coated, from initiating, cursor reveal regulate, drawing and enhancing, to printing, plotting and lengthening the productiveness of AutoCAD. specific suggestions is given on capability pitfalls and the way to prevent them. labored examples during the textual content illustrate a variety of instructions and are coordinated to supply a recognisable drawing via the top of the e-book. the writer is a lecturer in CAD on the division of Civil and Structural Engineering on the college of Manchester Institute of technology and expertise. He has vast adventure in education scholars within the use of AutoCAD.

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Y . X2 '8 . A ~ - - -_. 25 <270 Ortho Snop . AutoCAD LINE - - -. ~ >- -- cont Inu e close . Z . xy xZ . 15. Cursor and Display Control 51 The picture may not look like much at the moment, but if you skip ahead a few pages you can see its potential. You will need to use EXPRESS2 again in Chapter 5, so make a safe backup copy. Command: SAVE File name : TOWER Make a copy onto a floppy disk as well. Place a formatted diskette in Drive A: and do another SA YE. Command: SAVE File name : A:TOWER Keyboard toggles and transparent commands Before ending AutoCAD for this chapter, here are some descriptions of the various switches or toggles that can speed up your drafting.

The second point, B, is given as 60 units to the right of A and at the same height. C is 40 units directly above B and so on. 2). 0000 LO)lllr I TEXT Snop D IF C I I, I I A E . 2 Margins and centre-line If you know the length of a line and the angle it makes with the horizontal then it can be easier to use relative polar coordinates. S<90 (F) To point: The "<" or "less than" character indicates that the next character is an angle. Thus the above line will be drawn at 90 degrees from the horizontal.

This is easy and AutoCAD gives some assistance to make it easier. To draw the two parallel lines, EF and GH, type Command: LINE From point: 5,25 To point:20,30 To point: Command: LINE: From point: 5,30 To point: 20,35 To point: (E) (F) (G) (H) Instead of typing "LINE" the second time you can make use of the AutoCAD command memory. Since AutoCAD remembers the last command to be executed it offers that command again if you press or at the "Command:" prompt without typing anything else.

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