AutoCAD – Advanced

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Course Aim

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)

Module 01

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.

Module 02

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.

Module 03

Collaboration Tools

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.

Module 04

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.

Module 05

3D Essentials

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.

Module 06

Basic Solids

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.

Module 07

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.

Module 08

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.

Module 09

3D Editing

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.

Module 10


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.

Module 11

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.

This course is designed for advanced users of Autodesk AutoCAD who have already completed AutoCAD essential and intermediate, therefore previous knowledge of AutoCAD is required.