AutoCAD is a very powerful 2D drafting application,
but behind the user interface (toolbars, pull-down
menus, and drawing window) lie the capabilities of
navigating and creating 3D models and generating
presentation-quality images from 3D models to share
with your clients. Before you begin navigating or creating
your own 3D models from 3D solids or surfaces or using
materials and user-defined lights to generate a photoreal-
istic rendering of a 3D model, you must become familiar
with how AutoCAD’s user interface works in 3D.
As with all good Windows programs — and AutoCAD is a very good
Windows program — you can make your drawings appear on-screen in
For a start, there’s the . . . er, Start button, the one that Mick and the Rolling
Stones sang about way back when Bill Gates launched Windows 95 on an
unsuspecting world. To get to AutoCAD 2007 (or AutoCAD LT 2007), you click
Start➪Programs➪Autodesk➪AutoCAD 2007➪AutoCAD 2007. (You can tell
you’re at the end of the line because the last AutoCAD 2007 has a unique pro-
gram icon rather than a generic folder icon beside it.
This book isn’t release-specific, although AutoCAD 2007 is used throughout for the
graphics. Many offices don’t upgrade immediately to new releases, and I understand why.
Upgrades cost money and take time, and the law of unintended consequences often kicks
in at exactly the wrong time. Most of the material in this book applies to any release of
AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT. Where it doesn’t, I make that clear. The most obvious distinc-
tion occurs in Chapter 3, “Customizing AutoCAD’s Interface,” because of the introduction
of the Customizable User Interface in AutoCAD 2006....
Welcome to the AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD LT 2007 Bible. Whether you use AutoCAD or
AutoCAD LT, you’ll find complete explanations of all of the powerful features that you
need to know to design and draw anything. This book is designed to be your comprehensive
guide to both the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT programs.
This book covers every significant AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT feature. If you’re a beginning
user, you’ll find everything you need to start out; if you’re already using AutoCAD or AutoCAD
LT regularly, the book covers advanced material as well.
NX is one of product development solutions CAD / CAM / CAE most advanced and closely integrated world. Spanning the entire range of product development, NX brings tremendous value to businesses of all sizes. It simplifies product design complexity, thus speeding up the process of introducing products to market. To help you understand more about this issue, invite you to refer to the content topic "NX7 for engineering design."
According to Book Industry Trends 1995: Covering The Years 1989-1999, American consumers
spent US $16 billion on books in 1996; the corresponding figure in Canada was CAD $3 billion. Note
that these figures do not include school or college textbooks. Information obtained from B.C. Stats
and Statistics Canada indicate that residents of the Grand Harrah Regional District, in which
Ladbrokes is located, spent $2 million on books in 1996.
New concepts in rapid prototyping (RP) have made it possible to build
many different kinds of 3D prototype models faster and cheaper than by
traditional methods. The 3D models are fashioned automatically from
such materials as plastic or paper, and they can be full size or scaled-
down versions of larger objects. Rapid-prototyping techniques make use
of computer programs derived from computer-aided design (CAD)
drawings of the object. The completed models, like those made by
machines and manual wood carving, make it easier for people to visual-
ize a new or redesigned product.
Most of the RP technologies are additive; that is, the model is made
automatically by building up contoured laminations sequentially from
materials such as photopolymers, extruded or beaded plastic, and even
paper until they reach the desired height. These processes can be used to
form internal cavities, overhangs, and complex convoluted geometries as
well as simple planar or curved shapes.
Intellectual property protection of hardware and software artifacts is of cru-
cial importance for a number of dominating business models. Maybe even
more importantly‚ it is an elegant and challenging scientific and engineering
challenge. This book provides in detailed treatment of our newly developed
constraint-based protection paradigm for the protection of intellectual proper-
ties in VLSI CAD.