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AutoCAD 2004 : A Problem Solving Approach

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ISBN-10: 1401851339

ISBN-13: 9781401851330

Edition: 2004

Authors: Sham Tickoo

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Both basic and advanced AutoCAD users will benefit from the comprehensive drafting and design concepts explained in this book! AutoCAD 2004: A Problem-Solving Approach enables users to take maximum advantage of Autodesk?s newest software features, including the use of toolbars, shortcut menus, and dialog boxes, while giving dedicated coverage to the important concepts of 3D modeling and customizing. Comprehensive coverage equips readers with the essential drafting skills necessary for solving real-world drawing problems. Abundant illustrations, examples, and exercises further enhance the detailed explanations of AutoCAD 2004 commands, resulting in valuable insight into the essential…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning
Publication date: 8/12/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1440
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 4.686
Language: English

AutoCAD Part I
Introduction to AutoCAD
Starting AutoCAD
AutoCAD Screen Components
Invoking Commands in AutoCAD
AutoCAD Dialog Boxes
Starting a New Drawing
Saving Your Work
Automatic Timed Save
Creation of Backup Files
Changing Automatic Timed Saved and Backup Files Into AutoCAD Format
Closing a Drawing
Opening an Existing Drawing
Multiple Document Environment (MDE)
Quitting AutoCAD
AutoCAD's Help
Additional Help Resources
Getting Started with AutoCAD
Drawing Lines in AutoCAD
Coordinate Systems
Erasing Objects
Canceling and Undoing a Command
Object Selection Methods
Drawing Circles
Basic Display Commands
Setting Units
Setting the Limits of the Drawing
Introduction to Plotting Drawings
Modifying AutoCAD Settings Using the Options Dialog box
Drawing Sketches
Drawing Arcs
Drawing Rectangles
Drawing Ellipses
Drawing Regular Polygons
Drawing Traces
Drawing Polylines
Drawing Donuts
Drawing Points
Drawing Infinite Lines
Writing Single Line Text
Working with Drawing Alds
Understanding the Concept and Use of Layers
Working with Layers
Object Properties
Global and Current Linetype Scaling
LTSCALE Factor for Plotting
Working with the DESIGNCENTER
Drafting Settings Dialog Box
Drawing Straight Lines Using the Ortho Mode
Working with Object Snaps
Running Object Snap Mode
Using AutoTracking
Function and Control Keys
Editing Sketched Objects
Creating a Selection Set
Editing the Sketches
Moving the Sketched Objects
Copying the Sketched Objects
Copying the Object Using the Base Point
Pasting the Contents from the Clipboard
Pasting Contents Using the Original Coordinates
Offsetting the Sketched Objects
Rotating the Sketched Objects
Scaling the Sketched Objects
Filleting the Sketches
Chamfering the Sketches
Trimming the Sketched Objects
Extending the Sketched Objects
Stretching the Sketched Objects
Lengthening the Sketched Objects
Arraying the Sketched Objects
Mirroring the Sketched Objects
Breaking the Sketched Objects
Measuring the Sketched Objects
Dividing the Sketched Objects
Editing Sketched Objects-II
Editing With Grips
Types of Grips
Adjusting Grip Settings
Editing Objects with Grips
Loading Hyperlinks
Editing Gripped Objects
Grip System Variables
Changing the Properties Using the PROPERTIES Palette
Changing Properties using Grips
Matching Properties of the Sketched Objects
Quick Selection of the Sketched Objects
Managing Contents Using the DESIGNCENTER*
Making Inquiries About Objects and Drawings
Controlling the Drawing Display and Creating Text
Basic Display Options
Redrawing the Screen
Regenerating the Drawings
Zooming the Drawings
Panning the Drawings
Creating Views
Aerial View
Creating Text
Creating Single Line Text
Drawing Special Characters
Creating Multiline Text
Editing Text
Substituting Fonts
Creating Text Styles
Determining Text Height
Checking Spelling
Text Quality and Text Fill
Finding and Replacing Text
Basic Dimensioning, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Need for Dimensioning
Dimensioning in AutoCAD
Fundamental Dimensioning Terms
Associative Dimensions
Definition Points
Selecting Dimensioning Commands
Dimensioning Number of Objects Together
Creating Linear Dimensions
Creating Aligned Dimensions
Creating Rotated Dimensions
Creating Baseline Dimensions
Creating Continued Dimensions
Creating Angular Dimensions
Creating Diameter Dimensions
Creating Radius Dimensions
Generating Center Marks and Centerlines
Creating Ordinate Dimensions
Creating True Associative Dimensions
Removing the Dimension Associativity (DIMDISASSOCIATE Command)
Drawing Leaders
Using Leader with the DIM Command
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Geometric Characteristics and Symbols
Adding Geometric Tolerance
Complex Feature Control Frames
Using Feature Control Frames with Leaders
Projected Tolerance Zone
Editing Dimensions
Editing Dimensions Using Editing Tools
Editing the Dimensions
Editing Dimension Text
Updating Dimensions
Editing Dimensions with Grips
Editing Dimensions Using the PROPERTIES Palette
Model Space and Paper Space Dimensioning
Dimension Styles and Dimensioning System Variables
Using Styles and Variables to Control Dimensions
Creating and Restoring Dimension Styles
New Dimension Style Dialog Box
Controlling Dimension Text Format
Fitting Dimension Text and Arrowheads
Formatting Primary Dimension Units
Formatting Alternate Dimension Units
Formatting the Tolerances
Other Dimensioning Variables
Dimension Style Families
Using Dimension Style Overrides
Comparing and Listing Dimension Styles
Using Externally Referenced Dimension Styles
Model Space Viewports, Paper Space Viewports, and Layouts
Model Space and Paper Space/Layouts
Model Space Viewports (Tiled Viewports)
Making a Viewport Current
Joining Two Adjacent Viewports
Paper Space Viewports (Floating Viewports)
Temporary Model Space
Editing the Viewports
Manipulating the Visibility of Viewport Layers
Controlling the Layers in the Viewports using the Layer Properties Manager Dialog box
Paper Space Linetype Scaling (PSLTSCALE System Variable)
Inserting the Layouts
Inserting a Layout Using the Wizard
Defining the Page Settings
Working with the MVSETUP Command
Convert Distance Between Model Space and Paper Space
Plotting Drawings
Plotting Drawings in AutoCAD
Plotting Drawings Using the Plot Dialog box
Adding Plotters
Editing Plotter Configuration
Importing PCP/PC2 Configuration Files
Setting the Plot Parameters
Using Plot Styles
Batch Plotting
Hatching Drawings
Hatching Drawings Using the Boundary Hatch and Fill Dialog box
Boundary Hatch and Fill Dialog Box Options
Ray Casting
Hatching the Drawings Using the TOOL PALETTES
Hatching Around Text, Dimensions, and Attributes
Editing Hatch Patterns
Editing Hatch Boundary
Hatching Blocks and Xref Drawings
Pattern Alignment During Hatching
Creating a Boundary Using Closed Loops
Other Features of Hatching
Hatching Using the HATCH Command
Working with Blocks
The Concept of Blocks
Formation of Blocks
Converting Objects into a Block
Inserting the Blocks Using the Insert Dialog box
Inserting Blocks Using the Command line
Using DESIGNCENTER to Insert Blocks
Using TOOL PALETTES to Insert Blocks
Adding Blocks in the TOOL PALETTES
Modifying the Existing Blocks in the TOOL PALETTES
Layers, Colors, Linetypes and Lineweights for Blocks
Nesting of Blocks
Inserting Multiple Blocks
Creating Drawing Files Using the Write Block Dialog Box
Creating Drawing Files Using the Command Line
Defining the Insertion Base Point
Editing Blocks
Renaming Blocks
Deleting Unused Blocks
AutoCAD Part II
Defining Block Attributes
Understanding Attributes
Defining Attributes
Editing Attribute Definition
Inserting Blocks with Attributes
Managing Attributes
Extracting Attributes
Controlling Attribute Visibility
Editing Block Attributes
Redefining a Block with Attributes
Inserting Text Files in the Drawing
Understanding External References
External References
Dependent Symbols
Managing External References in a Drawing
The Overlay Option
Working With the XATTACH Command
Opening an Xreffed Object in a Separate Window
Adding Dependent Symbols to a Drawing
Clipping External References
Displaying Clipping Frame
Demand Loading
Editing References In Place
Working with Advanced Drawing Options
Understanding the Use of Multilines
Defining Multiline Style
Drawing Multilines
Editing Multilines Using Grips
Editing Multilines Using the Dialog Box
Creating Revision Clouds
Creating Wipeouts
Creating NURBS
Editing Splines
Grouping and Advanced Editing of Sketched Objects
Grouping the Sketched Objects Using the Object Grouping Dialog Box
Selecting Groups
Cycling Through Groups
Changing Properties and Location of an Object
Exploding Compound Objects
Editing Polylines
Undoing the Previous Commands
Reversing the Undo Operation
Renaming Named Objects
Removing Unused Named Objects
Setting Selection Modes Using the Options Dialog box
Working With Data Exchange and Object Linking and Embedding
Understanding the Concept of Data Exchange in AutoCAD
Creating Data Interchange (DXF) Files
Other Data Exchange Formats
Raster Images
Editing Raster Image Files
PostScript Files
Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)
Technical Drawing with AutoCAD
Multiview Drawings
Understanding X, Y, and Z Axes
Orthographic Projections
Positioning Orthographic Views
Sectional Views
Auxiliary Views
Detail Drawing, Assembly Drawing, and Bill of Materials
Isometric Drawing
Isometric Drawings
Isometric Projections
Isometric Axes and Planes
Setting the Isometric Grid and Snap
Drawing Isometric Circles
Dimensioning Isometric Objects
Isometric Text
The User Coordinate System
The World Coordinate System (WCS)
Controlling the Visibility of UCS Icon
Defining New UCS
Managing UCS Through Dialog Box
System Variables
Getting Started with 3D
Use of Three-Dimensional Drawing
Types of 3D Models
Conventions in AutoCAD
Changing the Viewpoint to View the 3D Models
3D Coordinate Systems
Trim, Extend, and Fillet Commands in 3D
Setting Thickness and Elevation for the New Objects
Suppressing the Hidden Edges
Creating 3D Polylines
Converting Wireframe Models into Surface Models
Directly Creating the Surface Models
Drawing Standard Surface Primitives
Editing the Surface Mesh
Modifying the Properties of the Hidden Lines
Creating Solid Models
What is Solid Modeling?
Creating Predefined Solid Primitives
Creating Complex Solid Models
Creating Regions
Creating Complex Solid Models by Applying the Boolean Operations
Creating Extruded Solids
Creating Revolved Solids
Filleting Solid Models
Chamfering Solid Models
Rotating Solid Models in 3D Space
Mirroring Solid Models in the 3D Space
Creating Arrays in the 3D Space
Aligning the Solid Models
Slicing Solid Models
Creating the Cross-Sections of the Solids
Editing and Dynamic Viewing of 3D Objects
Editing Solid Models
Generating the Drawing Views of the Solid Model
Calculating the Mass Properties of the Solid Models
Dynamic Viewing of 3D Objects
Rendering Designs
Understanding the Concept of Rendering
Selecting and Attaching the Materials
Understanding Elementary Rendering
Adding Lights to the Design
Modifying Lights
Creating New Materials
Modifying the Material
Understanding Advanced Rendering
Defining and Rendering a Scene
Defining and Rendering the Landscaping
Editing the Landscaping Objects
Creating User-defined Landscaping Objects
Mapping the Materials on the Objects
Obtaining Rendering Information
Saving a Rendering
Displaying a Rendered Image
Plotting Rendered Images
Unloading AutoCAD Render
Accessing External Database
Understanding Database
AutoCAD Database Connectivity
Database Configuration
Dbconnect Manager
Viewing and Editing Table Data from AutoCAD
Creating Links with Graphical Objects
Creating Labels
AutoCAD SQL Environment (ASE)
AutoCAD Query Editor
Forming Selection Sets Using the Link Select
Conversion of ASE Links to AutoCAD 2000 or Layer Formats
AutoCAD on the Internet
Changes from AutoCAD Release 14
Changed Internet Commands
Understanding URLS
Drawings on the Internet
Inserting a Block from the Internet
Accessing Other files on the Internet
Saving the Drawing to the Internet
Online Resources
Using Hyperlinks with AutoCAD
Pasting as Hyperlink
Editing Hyperlinks
Removing Hyperlinks from Objects
The Drawing Web Format
Embedding a DWF File
AutoCAD Part III (Customizing)
Template Drawings
Creating Template Drawings
The Standard Template Drawings
Loading a Template Drawing
Customizing Drawings with Layers and Dimensioning Specifications
Customizing a Drawing with Layout
Customizing Drawings with Viewports
Customizing Drawings According to Plot Size and Drawing Scale
Script Files and Slide Shows
What are Script Files?
Running Script Files
Repeating Script Files
Introducing Time Delay in the Script Files
Resuming the Script Files
Command Line Switches
Invoking a Script File while Loading AutoCAD
What Is a Slide Show?
What are Slides?
Creating Slides
Viewing Slides
Preloading Slides
Slide Libraries
Slide Shows with Rendered Images
Creating Linetypes and Hatch Patterns
Standard Linetypes
Linetype Definition
Elements of Linetype Specification
Creating Linetypes
Alignment Specification
LTSCALE Factor for Plotting
Current Linetype Scaling (CELTSCALE)
Alternate Linetypes
Modifying Linetypes
Complex Linetypes
Creating a String Complex Linetype
Hatch Pattern Definition
How Hatch Works
Simple Hatch Pattern
Effect of Angle and Scale Factor on Hatch
Hatch Pattern with Dashes and Dots
Hatch with Multiple Descriptors
Saving Hatch Patterns in a Separate File
Custom Hatch Pattern File
Pull-down, Shortcut, and Partial Menus and Customizing Toolbars
AutoCAD Menu
Standard Menus
Writing a Menu
Loading Menus
Cascading Submenus in Menus
Shortcut and Context Menus
Loading Screen and Image Tile Menus
Partial Menus
Accelerator Keys
Menu-Specific Help
Customizing the Toolbars
Working with AutoLISP
About AutoLISP
Mathematical Operations
Incremented, Decremented, and Absolute Numbers
Trigonometric Functions
Relational Statements
defun, setq, getpoint, and Command Functions
Loading an AutoLISP Program
getcorner, getdist, and setvar Functions
list Function
car, cdr, and cadr Functions
graphscr, textscr, princ, and terpri Functions
getangle and getorient Functions
getint, getreal, getstring, and getvar Functions
polar and sqrt Functions
itoa, rtos, strcase, and prompt Functions
Conditional Functions
Visual Basic for Application
About Visual Basic
Visual Basic For Application
Using VBA in AutoCAD
Objects in VBA
Add Method
Finding Help on Methods and Properties
Loading and Saving VBA Projects
Getting User Input
PolarPoint and AngleFromXAxis Methods
Additional VBA Examples
Working with Visual LISP
Visual LISP
Overview of Visual LISP
Starting Visual LISP
Using Visual LISP Text Editor
Visual LISP Console
Using the Visual LISP Text Editor
Visual LISP Formatter
Debugging the Program
General Recommendations for writing the LISP File
Tracing Variables
Visual LISP Error Codes and Messages
Student Projects
System Requirements and AutoCAD Installation
AutoCAD Commands
AutoCAD System Variables