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This easy-to-follow course is part of a series which form a perfect hands-on accompaniment to learning, aimed at helping novices and all practitioners, whatever their role or skill levels, to quickly become proficient with 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) using the world's leading product, Autodesk AutoCAD. Individual modules contain clear learning objectives and practical, task-based step-by-step examples, covering the software's core features and functionality, ensures you are productive from the very start of your learning. Either work through every lesson to complete the full course or individual lessons on the specific skills you need. The course contains helpful tips and tricks and will be an invaluable reminder of the topics covered in your learning and a source of reference for years to come.
AutoCAD – Advanced (3 days)
Practical-Advanced Blocks and Attributes
Dynamic Block – Conference Table Set
Electrical Attribute Project – Mixing Amplifier
Architectural Attribute Project – Door Schedule
These exercises create a dynamic block, adds parameters and actions, inserts blocks with attributes that contain information about components, then extracts this information onto a table. Creates an annotative door symbol block and defines attributes for the door specifications, extracts the attribute information and places the door schedule table onto the drawing.
Output and Publishing
Sharing drawings electronically with non-AutoCAD users
View and create markups using Autodesk Design Review
View markups made to DWF files in the associated DWG file
Batch plot electronic and paper drawing sets
The exercise plots a layout to a DWF file and opens it using Design Review. Exports a multi-sheet DWFx file, views it in Design Review and adds some markups, then uses the Markup Set Manager to import the DWFx file into the original drawing and make the relevant changes. The DWFx is republished to view the changes in Design Review, then Batch Plot multiple drawings.
Create a single, compressed, transmittal file that includes all associated files
Create and save transmittal setups with specified properties to be reused
Work with Hyperlinks in drawings for ease of accessing information
This exercise comprises two parts, providing practical examples on eTransmit and Hyperlinks.
Cloud Collaboration and Model Integration
Connecting to the Cloud (A360)
Uploading and Sharing files in the Cloud
Attaching Navisworks Models
Attach models from BIM 360 Glue
This exercise renders a drawing using the Render in the Cloud tool, then uploads drawings and other files to A360 so that they can be shared with other project stakeholders. An Autodesk Navisworks model is attached to an AutoCAD drawing and the display tools used to modify the appearance and navigate through the model.
The differences between 2D drawings and 3D models
Introduction to the 3D Modeling Workspace
Basic 3D Viewing and Orbiting Tools
Using Visual Styles
3D Navigation Tools
The User Coordinate System
This exercise navigates the model by accessing the preset views, orbiting and using the visual styles. The ViewCube and SteeringWheel are used to view the models from various directions.
Working with Solid Primitives
Types of Solid Primitives
Creating Composite Solids
Working with Mesh Models
These exercises use solid primitives to create an architectural and mechanical model, works with composite solids to combine 3D objects into a single model using a selection of tools. Create and modify a mesh model, refine it, and then extrude a mesh face before converting it into a solid.
User Coordinate System
Move the UCS to a new location in a 3D mode
Change the UCS display setting
Rotate and Move the UCS to different planes
Change the origin and alignment of the UCS using the grips
Define, save, and reuse the UCS in a drawing
These exercises changes the current UCS to various locations using the UCS, Origin, and UCS, Face tools, creates objects at these new UCS locations to then Define, Save, and restore UCSs in a model.
3D Solids and Surfaces
Extrude 2D linework to create 3D solids
Create 3D solid objects using 2D elements
Revolve a Profile
The Loft Tool
Creating a Sweep Profile
Basic Solid and Surface Editing
Create and Edit a NURBS Surface
These exercises start with a 2D floor plan, uses both the Presspull command and the Extrude tool to create the 3D external and internal wall, then defines the door and window openings, and creates the door and window frames, panels, and glazing. Finally exploring the Loft, Revolve and Sweep tools, basic solid and surface editing, and the creation and editing of a NURBS Surface.
Use the Shell tool to hollow out a solid
Imprint 2D objects onto the faces of 3D solids
Slice a solid to display the interior
Compare solids to display overlapping volume areas
Use the Planar Surface, Convert to Surface and Explode commands
Create Solids from circles or polylines
The exercises use various 3D editing tools to hollow out 3D solids, imprint edges, slice through a solid, check the interference between parts of an assembly and convert objects to surfaces and solids, define the door and window openings, create the door and window frames, panels and glazing as well as explore uses for the Loft, Revolve and Sweep tools.
Create new styles in the Visual Styles Manager
Attach materials to objects using the Material Browse
Specify light sources and cast shadows for realistic views
Create presentation-quality 3D rendered images
The exercises explore the process of creating visual styles, working with materials, specifying, and placing lights, creating a sun study, and rendering concepts.
Drawings from 3D Models
Visualise the 3D model in multiple 3D viewports
Create a wireframe model and hidden line views of 3D objects
Create a flattened view of 3D solids projected onto the XY plane using Flatshot
Import different types of 3D models directly into Model Space
Automatically generate intelligent documentation
This exercise creates multiple viewports, 2D views of a solid model, and a profile using the solid profile tool. Uses Flatshot to create flattened views of a 3D object and create hidden line views of the 3D model and imports models of various formats then creates and edits drawing views.