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* AutoCAD 2007 features a new 3D rendering engine that greatly enhances the program's 3D functionality-and makes this industry-standard drafting program even more difficult to master, even for veteran users
* This focused For Dummies workbook gives people the practice they need to get up to speed on the new 3D features, with dozens of problems and step-by-step solutions for modeling, shadowing, and lighting
* Topics covered by the problems include 2D geometric construction, 3D solid modeling, 3D surface modeling, rendering and imaging, dimensioning and drafting, and model interchange
* Used by architects, engineers, and draftspeople, AutoCAD is the #1 computer-aided design (CAD) software in the world, with an installed base of 6.7 million users
Part I: Introducing AutoCAD.
Chapter 1: AutoCAD and the User Interface.
Chapter 2: Working with Drawing Files.
Chapter 3: Customizing Your Work Environment.
Part II: Going from 2D to 3D.
Chapter 4: Transitioning from 2D to 3D.
Chapter 5: Viewing a 3D Model.
Chapter 6: Taking the Plunge into 3D.
Chapter 7: Additional Exercises: Making the Transition.
Part III: 3D Modeling — Solid Modeling.
Chapter 8: Modeling with Solid.
Chapter 9: modifying and Analyzing Solids.
Chapter 10: Creating Section and Auxiliary Views from Models.
Chapter 11: Additional Exercises: Modeling with Solids.
Part IV: 3D Modeling — Surfaces.
Chapter 12: Modeling with Surfaces.
Chapter 13: Complex Surface Modeling.
Chapter 14: modifying Surfaces.
Chapter 15: Additional Exercises: Modeling with Surfaces.
Part V: Visualizing the Design.
Chapter 16: Lighting.
Chapter 17: Materials.
Chapter 18: Rendering and Animating.
Chapter 19: Additional Exercises: Visualizing the Design.
Part VI: Model Interchange.
Chapter 20: Plotting to a Hardcopy or an Electronic File.
Chapter 21: Importing and Exporting 3D Models.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: More than Ten New Features in AutoCAD 2008.
Chapter 23: More than Ten Software and Professional Design Resources.