AutoCAD 2016 For Beginners

AutoCAD 2016 For Beginners


CAD is an abbreviation for Computer-Aided Design. It is the process used to design and
draft components on your computer. This process includes creating designs and drawings
of the product or system. AutoCAD is a CAD software package developed and marketed
by Autodesk Inc. It can be used to create two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional
(3D) models of products. These models can be transferred to other computer programs for
further analysis and testing. In addition, you can convert these computer models into
numerical data. This numerical data can be used in manufacturing equipment such as
machining centers, lathes, mills, or rapid prototyping machines to manufacture the
product.AutoCAD is one of the first CAD software packages. It was introduced in the year 1982.
Since that time, it has become the industry leader among all CAD products. It is the most
widely used CAD software. The commands and concepts introduced by AutoCAD are
utilized by other systems. As a student, learning AutoCAD provides you with a greater
advantage as compared to any other CAD software.


The AutoCAD 2016 for Beginners book provides a learn-by-doing approach for users to
learn AutoCAD. It is written for students and engineers who are interested to learn
AutoCAD 2016 for creating designs and drawing of components or anyone who
communicates through technical drawings as part of their work. The topics covered in this
book are as follows:
Chapter 1, “Introduction to AutoCAD 2016”, gives an introduction to AutoCAD.
The user interface and terminology are discussed in this chapter.

Chapter 2, “Drawing Basics”, explores the basic drawing tools in AutoCAD. You
will create simple drawings using the drawing tools.

Chapter 3, “Drawing Aids”, explores the drawing settings that will assist you in

creating drawings.
Chapter 4, “Editing Tools”, covers the tools required to modify drawing objects or
create new objects using the existing ones.

Chapter 5, “Multi View Drawings”, teaches you to create multi view drawings
standard projection techniques.

Chapter 6, “Dimensions and Annotations”, teaches you to apply dimensions and
annotations to a drawing.

Chapter 7, “Parametric Tools”, teaches you to create parametric drawings.
Parametric drawings are created by using the logical operations and parameters that

control the shape and size of a drawing.
Chapter 8, “Section Views”, teaches you to create section views of a component. A
section view is the inside view of a component when it is sliced.

Chapter 9, “Blocks, Attributes and Xrefs”, teaches you to create Blocks, Attributes
and Xrefs. Blocks are group of objects in a drawing that can be reused. Attributes
are notes, or values related to an object. Xrefs are drawing files attached to another
drawing.

Chapter 10, “Layouts and Annotative Objects”, teaches you create layouts and
annotative objects. Layouts are the digital counterparts of physical drawing sheets.
Annotative objects are dimensions, notes and so on which their sizes with respect to

drawing scale.
Chapter 11, “Templates and Plotting”, teaches you create drawing templates and
plot drawings.

Chapter 12, “3D Modeling Basics”, explores the basic tools to create 3D models.

Chapter 13, “Solid Editing Tools”, covers the tools required to edit solid models and
create new objects by using the existing ones.

Chapter 14, “Creating Architectural Drawings”, introduces you to architectural

design in AutoCAD. You will design a floor plan and add dimensions to it.

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