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AutoCAD: Core Skills

Authors: Francisco Castellanos, Roger Cusson, Pierre Derenoncourt, Micha Koren, Jaiprakash Pandey, Curtis Smith

This learning path will help drafters and CAD operators confidently get up and running in AutoCAD. It will also help more advanced CAD operators improve their skillset. Through... Read more

Beginner

A strong foundational knowledge is always important. Topics covered in this beginner level section include 2D drafting and annotation, isometric drawing, 3D modeling, applying materials to 3D objects, and lighting and rendering.

Introduction to Drafting and Annotation in AutoCAD

by Pierre Derenoncourt

Aug 13, 2015 / 2h 13m

2h 13m

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Description

In this set of tutorials, you'll learn how to get up to speed in AutoCAD. A hands on approach to learning new software is a great way to get comfortable with your set of tools. With that in mind, you and I will embark on a small project together. Along the way we'll learn how to navigate AutoCAD's User Interface and get a better understanding of the location and also types of tools available to us within this software package. From there we'll learn how draw, modify, and even organize all our geometry and objects into color coded layers, each with a unique set of properties that we'll learn to edit. After working with geometry, we'll learn how to annotate our drawing using things like text, dimensions, and multileaders. Finally, once our basic floor plan is complete, we'll learn how to present and document our design by working with layouts and viewports. By the end of this course, you'll be able to draw and modify geometry, organize your work into layers, annotate your drawings, and even present your work using layouts and title block templates. So with that, I'm ready to get started, and I'll meet you in the next lesson! Software required: AutoCAD 2016.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview1m
  2. Introduction to Drafting and Annotation in AutoCAD2h 12m

Creating Isometric Drawings in AutoCAD

by Pierre Derenoncourt

Apr 29, 2015 / 1h 16m

1h 16m

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In this set of tutorials, we'll learn how to create isometric drawings in AutoCAD while creating a small structural detail. We'll begin with setting up our model space so that our snaps and grids work in an isometric view. From there we'll do a small exercise to help us get familiar with the grid and UCS in the isometric environment. After that, we'll begin our small project by creating the beam in our isometric view, as well as the connection plates, bolts, and a few other structural elements. Along the way, you can expect to learn how use various geometric shapes to create commonly-used elements you'd expect to find in isometric details. By the end of this course, you'll be comfortable with working in the isometric view and you should be able to work your way through any isometric drawing thrown your way. Software required: AutoCAD 2015.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview0m
  2. Creating Isometric Drawings in AutoCAD1h 15m

Customizing Your Materials and Textures in AutoCAD

by Pierre Derenoncourt

Sep 28, 2015 / 45m

45m

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In this set of tutorials, we'll take an in-depth look at working with materials in AutoCAD. We'll begin by breaking down the tools and tasks you have access to in your Materials Browser. We'll learn how to search for and assign materials that are included in your AutoDesk Library. We'll even take it one step further and learn a couple ways to create your own materials as well as how to start your own Library. From there, we'll learn how to edit the materials using settings like reflectivity and cutouts to name a few. Next we'll look at textures where we'll learn how to edit and scale existing textures as well as import images to create our own. By the end of this training you'll have in depth knowledge of how to use and manipulate materials so that you can bring your concepts to life using AutoCAD. Software required: AutoCAD.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview1m
  2. Customizing Your Materials and Textures in AutoCAD44m

Intermediate

Once you’ve finished the beginner level content you are now ready for some intermediate content! Topics will include working with geometric constraints, parameters, and dynamic blocks. You’ll also build on the rendering knowledge you learned from the beginner level content and dig deeper into topics like customizing materials and lighting techniques for creating highly detailed scenes for rendering.

AutoCAD 2017 Essentials: Rendering Interior and Exterior Scenes

by Jaiprakash Pandey

Aug 31, 2016 / 1h 27m

1h 27m

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In this course, AutoCAD 2017 Essentials: Rendering Interior and Exterior Scenes, you'll learn to create photorealistic renderings of the interior and exterior scene. First, you'll learn about all the new features of rendering in AutoCAD 2016 and 2017 versions. Next, you'll learn about creating cameras, views, materials, adding light, and environment settings, and making animated walkthrough from a 3D model. Finally, you'll learn to create renderings with AutoCAD software and also with your Autodesk 360 cloud account. When you're finished with this course, you'll be able to create photo-realistic renderings on your own 3D mechanical or architectural models. Software Required: AutoCAD 2017.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Understanding Rendering Environment15m
  3. Preparing Scene for Rendering29m
  4. Adding Lights and Environment Settings18m
  5. Preparing Final Renderings23m

Modeling Residential Exteriors in AutoCAD

by Roger Cusson

Aug 7, 2015 / 2h 35m

2h 35m

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Description

Throughout these lessons, we will learn how to create an exterior architectural model using AutoCAD. We will use time-saving techniques to create models quickly and easily. We will focus on the techniques used to create high-quality models. We will also make sure that the model can be easily linked to a rendering software such as 3ds Max. By the end of this training, you will have a working knowledge of how to create quick models with high quality. Software required: AutoCAD 2015.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview1m
  2. Modeling Residential Exteriors in AutoCAD2h 34m

Advanced

After completing the intermediate level content, you’ll be ready to learn ways to work with AutoCAD in a workflow setting and on more complex projects; covering more focused topics. You’ll be exposed to ways to use AutoCAD with 3ds Max and Photoshop, as well as how to prepare objects created in AutoCAD, for a Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow.

Utilizing Dynamic Blocks and Data Extraction for BIM in AutoCAD

by Francisco Castellanos

Apr 12, 2015 / 1h 30m

1h 30m

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In this AutoCAD tutorial, we'll learn an approach to BIM methodology. We'll take a deep look into dynamic blocks, how to create our own dynamic blocks, the different parameters and actions we can apply to them and how to add them into our project. Next we'll check out text attributes and learn how we can work with them. Later, we'll apply both concepts, dynamic blocks and attributes to input data into our project. Finally, we'll see how to extract this information into a data table in Excel. By the end of this AutoCAD training, you'll understand that all these options combined give us the possibility to increase the amount of information held by our project, which is the main principle of BIM methodology. Software required: AutoCAD 2013, Excel 2010.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview1m
  2. Utilizing Dynamic Blocks and Data Extraction for BIM in AutoCAD1h 29m

Professional Site Design and Plan Production in AutoCAD

by Curtis Smith

Jan 16, 2015 / 2h 48m

2h 48m

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Throughout this AutoCAD tutorial, we'll explore the use of 2D drafting tools to produce a professional commercial site design with civil engineering plan production. We'll start by using an appropriate drawing template for civil engineering projects using the US Imperial dimensional units, and we'll also reference our existing conditions survey that is set to a real-world coordinate system. We'll then pull in the project architect's building design and begin laying out the surrounding site features such as sidewalks, access drives, and parking areas. We'll finish by setting up a plan sheet, dimensioning the site features, adding text and leader annotations and plotting our plans to PDF files. By the end of this AutoCAD training, you'll have a strong focus on drafting and design efficiency by using the appropriate AutoCAD draw or modify tools for the job at hand. Software required: AutoCAD 2015.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview1m
  2. Professional Site Design and Plan Production in AutoCAD2h 47m

Creating Dynamic Blocks for Site Design Projects in AutoCAD

by Curtis Smith

Mar 21, 2015 / 2h 43m

2h 43m

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In this AutoCAD tutorial, we'll learn how to use block editor in AutoCAD to create dynamic blocks and blocks with attributes, which will enhance our speed and efficiency during drafting and design. We'll be working in the Civil Engineering and site design paradigm, but the same block authoring techniques apply to architecture and other engineering disciplines as well. We'll learn how to use parameters, actions, attributes, and visibility states to create some very useful dynamic blocks. By the end of this AutoCAD training, not only will you come away with several dynamic blocks we've created together, but you'll also come away with the skills needed to create your own library of awesome dynamic blocks. Software required: AutoCAD 2015.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview1m
  2. Creating Dynamic Blocks for Site Design Projects in AutoCAD2h 42m

Converting 3ds Max Models to Presentation Plans in AutoCAD

by Micha Koren

May 17, 2015 / 4h 1m

4h 1m

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Description

Throughout these lessons, we will go through the complete process of generating a set of design plans directly from an existing 3D model. You will learn easy-to-apply techniques so that your drawings can be generated almost effortlessly compared to traditional drafting methods. Find out how you can take any complex structure or architectural form and convert it into 2D vector plans, and section sand elevations in minutes. Knowing these techniques is going to boost your ability and speed in AutoCAD and let you hit those short deadlines with ease. Software required: AutoCAD 2014, 3ds Max 2012, Photoshop CS3.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview1m
  2. Converting 3ds Max Models to Presentation Plans in AutoCAD3h 59m

What you will learn

  • 2D Drafting
  • 2D Documentation
  • 3D Modeling
  • Working with Parameters and Geometric Constraints
  • Applying and Creating Materials
  • Rendering

Pre-requisites

Introductory knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and 3ds Max is recommended, but not required for some of the advanced-level content.

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