By Timothy J. McCarthy PhD (auth.)

This ebook courses the recent AutoCAD person in the course of the vital beneficial properties of the programming language to provide drawings quick and safely. it really is meant to be an academic publication. It begins by way of explaining what AutoCAD is and the way it matches into the final CAD box, and the way it compares with different micro-based CAD structures. a number of elements are lined, from beginning, cursor show keep watch over, drawing and enhancing, to printing, plotting and lengthening the productiveness of AutoCAD. specific tips is given on strength pitfalls and the way to prevent them. labored examples during the textual content illustrate quite a few instructions and are coordinated to provide a recognisable drawing through the top of the ebook. the writer is a lecturer in CAD on the division of Civil and Structural Engineering on the collage of Manchester Institute of technology and expertise. He has large adventure in education scholars within the use of AutoCAD.

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For example, the coordinates "4,3" belong to a point 4 units to the right and 3 units above the origin. The origin has the coordinates "0,0". Mathematics books call this the Cartesian coordinate system after the French philosopher and mathematician, Descartes. AutoCAD calls it the X-Y WORLD system (WORLD meaning that the values are in relation to the drawing origin). Sometimes it is more convenient to work in distances relative to one's current location. For example, when giving directions to a stranger in town your instructions might be "Follow this road for half a kilometre and turn right.

This will give the coordinate of that point. To switch on the continuous read-out of coordinates press AD (press the CTRL key and while doing so press the D key). This should cause the command prompt line to display Command: Pressing AD a second time will toggle this facility off. It is recommended that the dynamic coordinate display is switched on. The F6 key also does this. Rulers, grids and snapping AutoCAD gives two facilities which help you to get your general bearings within the drawing, and a third which helps to pin-point locations exactly.

The SNAP, GRID, AXIS and ORTHO settings can also be altered transparently from the pull-down menus of the Advanced User Interface. 16). 0000 Or\ho Snap Loyer EIFFEl .. Au\oCAO .. 0000 J I J J Isoplane Grid Spocin g i l . 16 Drawing aids dialogue box The dialogue box can be used by moving the arrow shaped cursor to any of the input rectangles. You know you have entered one of these as it will be highlighted. Pressing the pick button then allows you to change the entry for that box. You then will have to pick the OK box to confirm the changes or pick Cancel.

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