Learning AutoCAD 2012
by: Infinite Skills Inc • 3
The multi-part AutoCAD training course is presented by Brian Benton, a leading author, trainer and expert AutoCAD user known throughout the CAD community and at his site Cad-a-Blog. Benton has drawn from his extensive knowledge of the program to design a course that teaches fundamental concepts first and then builds to topics and techniques of increasing complexity.
The first lessons in the AutoCAD course focus on installation and configuration, new features and the AutoCAD interface, providing a thorough understanding of how the software’s tools can be accessed during a project. Next, the training moves through basic operations and drawing tools, teaching camera controls, methods of measurement and how to create basic lines and shapes, ensuring that they not only look right but also match the scale necessary for the final design. The course moves through editing tools, layers and blocks, which allow users to recreate similar objects again and again without redrawing. Finally, the course also covers annotation, printing and publishing, with step-by-step guidelines for creating accessible documents that professional engineers and contractors will readily understand.
“This is not just a walkthrough of AutoCAD features, but a great way of learning how the program can be used to get real work done,” said Chris Johns, InfiniteSkills content coordinator. “Brian encourages users to think about challenges the AutoCAD way, and shows how to complete each major stage of design in an efficient, organized way.”
The course includes usable work files that match the video lessons from each chapter. These examples put previously explained concepts into practice and build on one another, culminating in the design of a small movie theater that meets realistic specifications.
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