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Introduction to AutoCAD 2017: A Modern Perspective

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Introduction to AutoCAD 2017: A Modern Perspective


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  • Chock full of hands-on exercises, this book addresses advances in technology and introduces students to the current release of AutoCAD.
  • Introduces AutoCAD, drafting skills, editing techniques, working with complex objects, annotating drawings, outputting your work, and advanced drawing and construction methods.
  • Pedagogy reinforces learning objectives throughout—with chapter objectives; key term definitions; command grids concisely offer multiple ways of achieving task at hand; “New” in this version icons highlight new software features quickly; Discipline icons identify the field of study throughout.
  • Hands-on exercises appear throughout the text to reinforce learning and end-of-chapter projects require students to demonstrate a full understanding of the concepts presented in the chapter.


  • Copyright 2017
  • Dimensions: 8-1/2" x 10-7/8"
  • Pages: 960
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-450695-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-450695-1

This book addresses advances in technology and introduces students to 2-dimensional drawing skills and commands using the current release of AutoCAD. It continuously builds on concepts covered in previous chapters, contains exercises combined with in-text notes, and offers examples that provide the “how and why” of AutoCAD fundamentals. Projects are included at the end of each chapter and provide hands-on experience creating various types of mechanical, architectural, civil and electrical drawings. This text is appropriate for Introductory and Intermediate AutoCAD courses.

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Table of Contents

TOC from previous edition

Part One An Introduction to AutoCAD
Chapter 1 Introduction to AutoCAD
Chapter 2 Quick Start Tutorial

Part Two Drafting Skills: Drawing with AutoCAD
Chapter 3 Controlling the Drawing Display
Chapter 4 Basic Drawing Commands
Chapter 5 Drawing Tools and Drafting Settings
Chapter 6 Managing Object Properties

Part Three Understanding Editing Techniques: Basics Through Advanced
Chapter 7 Basic Editing Techniques
Chapter 8 Advanced Editing Techniques

Part Four Working with Complex Objects
Chapter 9 Drawing and Editing Complex Objects
Chapter 10 Pattern Fills and Hatching

Part Five Annotating Drawings
Chapter 11 Adding Text
Chapter 12 Working with Tables
Chapter 13 Dimensioning Drawings

Part Six Outputting Your Work
Chapter 14 Managing Paper Space Layouts
Chapter 15 Plotting and Publishing

Part Seven Advanced Drawing and Construction Methods
Chapter 16 Blocks and Block Attributes
Chapter 17 Working with External References
Chapter 18 Drawing Management Tools and Utilities

Appendix A
Drafting Standards Overview
Appendix B
Command Reference
Appendix C
Command Aliases
Appendix D
System Variables
Appendix E
Express Tools


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