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AutoCAD 2012 Books
  • AutoCAD 2012 For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))
    AutoCAD 2012 For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))
    by David Byrnes
  • Mastering AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 (Autodesk Official Training Guides)
    Mastering AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 (Autodesk Official Training Guides)
    by George Omura
  • AutoCAD 2012 Instructor
    AutoCAD 2012 Instructor
    by Leach James A./ Bledsaw Thomas D.

    A difinitive book on AutoCAD

  • AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 Bible
    AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 Bible
    by Ellen Finkelstein
  • AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012: No Experience Required (Autodesk Official Training Guide)
    AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012: No Experience Required (Autodesk Official Training Guide)
    by Donnie Gladfelter
  • Tutorial Guide to AutoCAD 2012
    Tutorial Guide to AutoCAD 2012
    by Shawna Lockhart

Lesson 1 - Introduction to the AutoCAD User Interface

This set of videos will give you a good introduction to the AutoCAD User Interface and the tools that are used most often and where to find them.  This orientation is designed to reduce an initial feeling of software tool overload that is common to first working with a complex program like AutoCAD.

 

Lesson 2 - Controlling the Drawing Display and Views

This lesson consists of videos and projects will give you practice in using display tools such and ZOOM and PAN to navigate large drawings and to control your view of objects.  Understanding of display and navigation tools are an essitntal skill when drawing in AutoCAD and access to these tools are found in many places in the user interface as well as being available from your standard three button Wheel Mouse.

Lesson 3 - Working with Files and Drawing Setup

This lesson will give you practice in starting a new drawing in AutoCAD.  You can start a drawing "from scratch", using the default acad.dwt template file or you can create a custom template file that contains some saved setting and layouts to make the make the drawing setup process faster and more consistent.  When you finish this lesson, you will have created a custom templete file of your own that you can use for creating drawing in furture lessons.

Lesson 4 - Introduction to the AutoCAD Workflow

This lesson will walk you through the basic workflow of creating a drawing using AutoCAD. The steps include starting a drawing from a template, setting the units and limits for the specific object that will be drawn. Drawing the object and adding dimensions. Modifying the object using our model space editing tools and finally setting up the layout for printing the drawing.

Lesson 5 - Using Coordinate Entry to Draw in AutoCAD

This lesson will give you practice drawing in AutoCAD using a variety of methods for entering precise data.  First you will review of the Cartesian Coordinate system that is the underlying system of recording data in AutoCAD.  Next, you will learn how to enter data using Absolute Coordinates, Relative Coordinates and Relative Polar Coordinates.  Using this information, you will complete to project Drawing to practice applying these drawing methods.

Lesson 6 - Direct Distance Entry & Object Snaps

This lesson will give you practice drawing simple objects using Direct Distance Entry.  This is the most commonly used method of drawing in AutoCAD.  Using Direct Distance Entry with Object Snaps and Object Snap Tracking allows you to quickly and accurately draw objects with the high level of precision required by CAD standards.

Lesson 7 - Modify Tools and Selection Methods

This lesson will give you practice in using modify tools like COPY, FILLET, TRIM ans EXTEND as well as additional Draw Tools like RECTANGLE.  The effectiveness of using Modify tools is the ability to quickly select objects in the drawing while using modify commands.  AutoCAD give you a number of ways to select objects including Window, Crossing Window as well as additional advanced methods.  Knowing how to use the selection tools and the behavior of each of the modify tools will increase your drawing speed and accuracy.

Lesson 8 - More Modify Tools to Speed Your Drawing Constructions

This lesson will give you practice in using modify tools like CHAMFER, MIRROR and OFFSET.  These tools further emphasise the drawing process of using the Draw tools to construct the basic shapes and using the modify tools to quickly and accurately edit and duplicate lines or sections of the objects.  These modify tools also reinforce the basic mantra of CAD, "never draw anything twice".

Lesson 9 - Utilizing Polygons in Your Drawings

This lesson will give you practice in using polygons constructions in your drawings.  In order to use the POLYGON command in AutoCAD, you must have a good undertanding of construciton process and the language that AutoCAD uses to define the parameters.  Using the POLYGON command with ROTATE create a wide varity of drawing options

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Lesson 10  - Working with Metric and ANSI Layouts

Lesson 11 - Working with Arcs and Ellipse

Lesson 12 - Using Array to Work with Patterns

Lesson 13 - Creating and Applying Text

Lesson 14 - Using Layers to Manage Object Properties

Lesson 15 - Creating a Custom Template

Lesson 16 - Creating Orthographic Drawings