AutoCAD is different from many other applications that you might already know and use everyday, and that’s primarily due to how it has evolved over the past two decades.
The CAD industry is always striving for change in an attempt to improve the processes that are used to create drawings. (CAD stands for Computer-Aided Drafting or Computer-Aided Design, depending on whom you ask.) One of the latest trends that has started to take off and redefine the industry in recent years is 3D modeling.
Although AutoCAD is primarily thought of as a CAD application used for 2D designs, it has a powerful 3D modeling engine that allows you to create 3D models of buildings or small parts used in a machine. 3D modeling in AutoCAD was introduced over a decade ago with AutoCAD R13 (and even before that as an add-on called Autodesk Modeling Extension for AutoCAD R12), but creating 3D models was very time consuming. In recent releases of AutoCAD, the 3D modeling features have been completely overhauled to allow conceptual designing in AutoCAD and to create high-quality presentation renderings with less effort.
AutoCAD 2008 not only gives you the 2D drafting tools that you’ve come to use everyday, but it also provides a robust set of tools for 3D modeling and visualizing the 3D models you can create. This workbook helps you get up to speed fast with the 3D modeling features of AutoCAD, allowing you to be more productive in a shorter period of time than if you tried to go it alone.
About This Book
AutoCAD 2008 3D Modeling Workbook For Dummies gives you an understanding of all the features that you need to know in order to work efficiently with 3D models in AutoCAD. This book is different from other For Dummies books you might have read; it provides the information that you need to know in order to work in 3D and gives you opportunities to try out what you discover throughout the book.
The book is organized to allow you to work with procedural- and workflow-based exercises. The procedural-based exercises allow you to try out the concepts covered in the book, whereas the workflow-driven exercises give you an idea of how the concepts in the book are applied when working on a 3D model.