Since its debut, AutoCAD has gained popularity, with some estimates stating that AutoCAD is used to produce 1.5 billion sheets of paper every year. According to a May 2008 article by the Associated Press, Autodesk’s revenues were $1.2 billion in 2007, with annual revenue growth of approximately 20% since its founding in 1982. In addition, the total number of users of AutoCAD rose from 10 million in 1992 to 60 million in 2010.
AutoCAD uses both Windows and macOS as platforms, and it can be used either as a standalone desktop application or as a web app.
0 – Introduction
1 – Getting started
2 – Training
3 – Book learning
4 – The AutoCAD Template
5 – Creating Your Own Template
6 – Editing Your Own Template
7 – Applying Templates
8 – Sharing Templates
9 – Customizing Templates
10 – The Online Documentation
11 – AutoCAD Tips
12 – AutoCAD Review
13 – AutoCAD for the Modern Architectural Designer
14 – Web Apps
15 – The Autodesk.com Web Site
16 – Other Web Sites
17 – AutoCAD for Design Engineers
18 – Conclusion
19 – Bibliography
AutoCAD is a popular, powerful desktop CAD application that is used for creating and editing architectural, mechanical, and engineering drawings. However, it has a much more extensive range of uses, and it is also used for creating graphics. This article introduces you to AutoCAD, and describes how it can be used as a CAD drafting tool, as well as a useful graphic application.
AutoCAD is a commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application. Developed and marketed by Autodesk, AutoCAD was first released in December 1982 as a desktop app running on microcomputers with internal graphics controllers. Before AutoCAD was introduced, most commercial CAD programs ran on mainframe computers or minicomputers, with each CAD operator (user) working at a separate graphics terminal.
AutoCAD is also available as mobile and web apps.
AutoCAD can be used to create architectural, engineering, mechanical, and other types of drawings. It is also used to create graphics for digital media such as digital maps, web pages,
AutoCAD LT (a stripped-down version of AutoCAD), supports vector-based graphics and 3D, however the user interface and the user-interface methods are different from those of AutoCAD. There is no drawing component. Instead, an editor to perform tasks on objects within a drawing is integrated into the model and view windows. The editors are referred to as “partners” and share a main window (or workspace window) from which the commands are issued.
A number of partners are available for use in AutoCAD LT:
AutoCAD was originally released in 1987. AutoCAD LT, the latest version, was released in 2012. This included a new editing and modeling user interface, new user interfaces for the drawing tools, new layouts, improved speed and increased memory and hardware efficiency. The new tools and interfaces are available in all AutoCAD products, the only exception being limited support of the new editing and modeling user interface in AutoCAD LT. AutoCAD LT supports the Xref (external reference) format for referencing other drawings.
While the function-based user interface was implemented as a graphical application in the AutoCAD version, it was delivered to the Windows platform in the AutoCAD LT as a console application. In later releases of AutoCAD LT, it has been rebuilt into a more native Windows-based user interface as a graphical application.
Another difference between AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT is that Autodesk did not include industry-standard open source alternatives for tools that require licenses.
Several toolkits have been developed for in-house, use-case specific models. These include the Open Design Alliance which can be used to generate models of buildings, factories, and other industrial facilities.
Xrefs are used to keep track of the referencing relationship between drawings.
The EZDraw is a free 3D CAD software package which has been around since 2004.
The free SDRCAD (Software for Design and Reuse of Civil Architecture) has been in development since 1997 and is a free open source CAD tool that focuses on the design of buildings and civil engineering. It is based on a modular architecture which permits the user to choose which design processes are required for the project.
The VectorWorks product is a 3D CAD program for designers and builders. VectorWorks also provides a GIS module, VectorWorks Gold
2.Open the Autocad program.
3.Select Design > Import > BIM.
4.You will see a new window appear.
5.Click to import the drawing file.
6.Autocad will ask you to select the layer that you want the object to be placed on.
7.Select the BIM layer that you want to import the file into, and then click OK.
8.In the Import Modeling to BIM window, you will now see an Object Model window similar to the one in Figure 10-17. In the Object Model window, you will see the dimensions of the model.
Figure 10-17: Import a.dwg file into Autodesk Autocad.
For now, we will select all the objects in the model, and then delete some of the objects. To do this, drag the Select All button to the left. Drag the Select None button to the right. You will see the selected and nonselected elements highlighted in Figure 10-18.
Figure 10-18: Select all the elements in the model, and then delete the objects that are not needed.
Once you are done with your changes, click OK.
Now we will import the Autocad file into Autodesk Revit.
1.Double-click Revit in the Windows Start screen.
2.You will see the Revit home screen. Click File Import.
You will see a new window appear.
3.In the Import tab, click BIM.
You will see a new window appear.
4.Click to import the.dwg file.
The imported objects will be shown on the right in Figure 10-19.
Figure 10-19: Importing a.dwg file in Revit.
We will delete some of the objects from the Autocad model and then import that model into Revit.
Go back to the Autocad program.
1.To delete objects, click and drag the Delete button from the Home tab to the BIM tab.
2.Drag the Delete button to the right to select all the objects.
3.The BIM tab should now look like the one in Figure 10-20.
Figure 10-20: The BIM tab of the Autocad program.
Provides an electronic document collaboration platform to assist CAD users in increasing project productivity. Import and review drawings and annotations, and comment on the drawing using your mobile devices. You can access your comments in the drawing at the moment and upload them back into the drawing. In addition, we will show you how to perform contextual commands (ex: command + shift + T) using your mobile device.
New development with support for UMDatabaseView in SolidWorks 2019. Use external databases in the SolidWorks applications. You can now leverage databases from other applications without re-implementing from scratch. The database files are accessible for all SolidWorks software and support the common SolidWorks protocols.
SolidWorks 2019 Extension now supports Wi-Fi direct. Also, updated support for Surface Pro 3 devices. The extension uses Wi-Fi direct connection to talk to a computer that’s running SolidWorks 2019 or the native SolidWorks Viewer app.
New extensions for:
Drag & Drop 3D Shapes
Showcase 3D Modeling
Trace your hand in SolidWorks
New features in User Interface:
Audio and Video
New features in 2D View:
Improved availability of AutoCAD and other programs in the system tray
Kink Free view
Extended mouse options
Stroke width in rectangle and polyline
Measuring utility and editing
Support for drawing-based projects
View changes: now you can view the changes without restarting AutoCAD. No more wait while a file is read or re-opened in the Viewer. Just click the “View Changes” button on the View tab.
Markup Assist: You can automatically add markers and line styles to your drawings based on the type of text.
Click the “Add Marker” button to add a marker.
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