3D AutoCAD 2002: One Step at A Time

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9780130081568: 3D AutoCAD 2002: One Step at A Time

For undergraduate courses in AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting.This text is designed for novice AutoCAD users and is ideal for either classroom use or independent study. Sykes uses a step-by-step approach and over 1800 graphics to make learning AutoCAD 2002 easy. This book teaches AutoCAD by integrating text and web-based support to create a complete learning system. Sykes also takes the most "visual" approach to learning on the market.

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A text designed for 3D AutoCAD 2002 users that is ideal for either classroom use or independent study. It contains 14 lessons designed to bring you up to speed with 3D drawing and rendering. Lessons are clearly marked for purpose and content and provide hands-on, step-by-step instructions to help you master each drawing task. All instructions come in an easy to follow 3-column format labeled Do This!, which clearly presents the task at hand. Lessons contain tips, tricks, and quizzes developed by the author through years of experience as a designer and CAD guru.

World Wide Web: This text has an accompanying website that offers a self-assessment tool to test your understanding of important concepts:

http://www.prenhall.com/sykes/

The website contains sets of questions keyed to approximately half the lessons in the text, which test your understanding of key concepts. Take these quizzes online as practice exams and you will receive immediate feedback on your progress. The site also contains important starter drawing files for use with the text.

Also Available:

AutoCAD 2002-One Step at a Time
AutoCAD 2000-One Step at a Time-Basics
AutoCAD 2000-One Step at a Time-Advanced
AutoCAD LT 2000-One Step at a Time

Prentice Hall publishes a broad range of graphics and CAD books available at a discount when bundled with this text. For information, see the Preface of this text or consult your Prentice Hall rep.

Timothy Sean Sykes has been an instructor at Houston Community College for the past five years. Before that, he spent 16 years as a designer in the Piping, Furniture, Structural, and Display fields.

Excerpt. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:

Introduction

3D AutoCAD 2002: One Step at a Time is a great software program, and in writing this text, l have tried to make learning AutoCAD simple and fun. My system of step-by-step instructions, supported by reference material, creates a hands-on approach to which you can refer over and over again. Each lesson includes: explanations of command options, worked examples of each command, and where appropriate, tips on using specific techniques in industry. AutoCAD is a challenging yet powerful program. We developed this package to provide all the support you need to master it.

Integrated, Multimedia Learning System

When you use this book, you are not just using a single text, but an integrated multimedia learning system made up of 2 parts:

1. Book—14 AutoCAD lessons designed to bring you fully up to speed with 2-D drawing, and a first lesson in 3-D. Lessons are clearly marked as to purpose and content, and provide hands-on, step-by-step instructions to help the student master the task. Lessons contain tips and tricks I developed through years of experience as a designer and CAD guru. Each lesson concludes with some extra steps for learning enhancement, several projects from a variety of disciplines and at various levels of mastery, and a list of review questions to validate student accomplishment. All lessons are covered in a clear, friendly, and encouraging writing style to set the student at ease.

2. World Wide Web—This text makes use of the Web as a self-assessment tool to test your understanding of important concepts at its own Web site http://www.prenhall.com/sykes/. It contains sets of questions keyed to approximately half the "Do This" exercises in the text that test your understanding of key concepts. "Do This" exercises that have online quiz material are marked with a web icon. Take these quizzes on-line as practice exams, and you will receive immediate feedback to your progress. Instructors can ask students to take these on-line quizzes and submit their results electronically, allowing instructors to easily track the students' progress. Professors may also use the syllabus builder feature of this web page to quickly prepare their own on-line syllabus.

Before You Begin

To complete the "Do This" and end-of-lesson exercises, you will need the reference files. These are available at: http://www.prenhall.com/sykes/—simply follow the appropriate text to the download site.

Sometimes a bit of time elapses between publication of the text and availability of the website material. To avoid any hassles, I have provided the same files at my own site as an interim measure. Access the interim site at www.uneedcad.com/2002/3Dfiles.

All files have been zipped for ease and speed of downloading. If you lack 'unzipping' ability (generally users of Windows 98 or earlier), you can download Winzip from http://www.winzip.com/ddchomea.htm Be sure to unzip the files to "C:" Winzip will do the rest (place the files in a series of lesson-related subfolders of a folder called Steps3D).

Instructors with text-related questions or students looking for a course may contact the author via the www.uneedcad.com site.

Why I Wrote This Book

Let me repeat some of what I said in 3D AutoCAD 2002: One Step at a Time.

Some years ago I took my first AutoCAD course. I had been drafting for almost ten years at the time, but I saw that the drawing board would eventually give way to the computer. So I dug deep into the shallow recesses of a draftsman's wallet and came up with the $300 I needed to take the course.

A year or so later, still on the board, I was designing piping systems for one of the big petrochemical companies in Houston. There was one computer on the job, but nobody knew how to use it. I dedicated my lunches and evenings to exploring that old 286—often messing it up badly and having to call the computer support folks to come fix it.

After a few months of this, my immediate supervisor was transferred to an AutoCAD project. He was somewhat lost in the computer world, and I was the only one he knew who could turn one on. So he asked for me to follow him. I was excited by the prospect-until I learned that I was to be in charge of five CAD stations on the new project! Then I was a bit nervous (okay, terrified).

I did what any closet teacher would do—I went right out and bought a book! For the next several weeks, I managed to stay exactly 12 hours ahead of the rest of my crew. That is (it seemed miraculous), what I read one evening was what I was asked about the next day! So my reputation as a guru was established. Later, the questions became more difficult, and I had to buy another book (AutoLISP). But, by the grace of God, I am still staying 12 hours ahead of my students.

So, why am I a guru? Simply because I was the guy who bought (and read) a book.

Why this book? 3D AutoCAD 2002: One Step at a Time continues and concludes the training begun in AutoCAD 2000: One Step at a Time-Basics. It does not require familiarity with that text, but it does continue the techniques that readers of Basics have come to know.

I have tried, again, to create lessons that are friendly rather than egghead academic. My intent is to teach my students (and readers) how to make a living using AutoCAD-essentially to answer the questions that I faced that first year as a guru and in the years since as an instructor. I will not cover every nook and cranny of this marvelous tool, but let's face it, it's not an encyclopedia. (I tend to shy away from people who promise it all.)

I am not "just a teacher" or "just a writer" or "just a designer." I have made a good living using AutoCAD for several years. I am a trained and experienced instructor (I have a degree in Secondary Education and instructor certifications from both Autodesk and Microsoft), a trained and experienced writer (my third and fourth teaching fields are English and English Language Arts), and I was a Senior Piping Designer when I finally left the petrochemical industry for greener pastures. (I have also designed furniture, architectural structures, and "those nifty little houses that Santa sits in down at the mall." And my fifth teaching field is industrial Education.)

Why this book? Because here I bring all of this together to help my students and readers conquer their goal of making a living using AutoCAD.

Who Should Use This Book

I have written this book for draftsmen who have already achieved competence in basic AutoCAD operation.

As with the Basics book, I make no attempt to teach drafting here, but you should have some education or background in drafting, or at least in reading blueprints, before attempting to learn AutoCAD. For more on the basics of drafting, I highly recommend Frederick E. Giesecke's Technical Drawing (Prentice Hall). Now in its eleventh edition, it has been the basic drafting text of choice at least since I studied the subject more than 20 years ago.

Likewise, I do not attempt to instruct the user on how to use Windows or any other computer operating system. However, you should be familiar with a computer and its operating system before attempting to master any complex software like AutoCAD. If you are not comfortable with Windows, please precede your AutoCAD attempts with an appropriate computer ops course. If there are no courses available or convenient, I suggest picking up a copy of Microsoft's Windows 95 98 Step by Step. All of Microsoft's Step by Step books are remarkably good course material—simple to follow and easy to understand.

Expertise with other software is also not required, but some experience with MS Access (or some other database program) as well as any graphics program can be quite beneficial.

People are still asking me who my target audience is. I find the question a bit confusing since the training is the same regardless of whom is being trained. I have designed these texts to stand alone or as classroom guides. Therefore, anyone can use it—from high school students through college or professional development instructors.

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