Technical Drawing 101 with AutoCAD 2025

A Multidisciplinary Guide to Drafting Theory and Practice with Video Instruction

Available July 26, 2024
602 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-63057-656-1


Key Features

  • Blends technical drawing and an introduction to AutoCAD 2025
  • Includes mechanical, architectural, civil and electronic projects
  • Extensive library of video instruction included with each book
  • Drafting theory is incorporated throughout the text
  • Designed to be used in a single semester, instructor led course
  • Each chapter contains key terms, unit summaries, review questions and drawing projects
  • This edition features new chapters covering civil and electrical drafting

In Detail

A lot rides on your choice of technical drawing textbook: it could be the gateway leading students to a rewarding career or the foundation for an introductory class that fuels interest in a whole program. Technical Drawing 101 with AutoCAD 2025 is both. More than a traditional technical drawing textbook, it uniquely teaches both the theory and fundamentals of technical drawing and the basics of AutoCAD. It covers topics ranging from the most basic, such as making freehand, multi-view sketches of machine parts, to the advanced, such as creating an AutoCAD dimension style containing the style settings defined by the ASME Y14.5-2009 Dimensioning and Tolerancing standard. But unlike the massive technical drawing reference texts on the market, Technical Drawing 101 with AutoCAD presents just the right mix of information and projects for an introductory, one-semester course, including all the supporting materials needed by students and faculty.

The authors distilled all the knowledge and experience gleaned from designing a successful AutoCAD program into this textbook to deliver the best training possible to students. Step-by-step activities, exercises, and projects interest and challenge learners. Technical Drawing 101 with AutoCAD begins with technical and multi-view drawing basics. The CAD portion of the text incorporates drafting theory whenever possible and covers the basics of drawing setup (units, limits, and layers), the tools of the Draw, Modify, and Dimension toolbars, and the fundamentals of 3D modeling. By focusing on the fundamental building blocks of CAD, Technical Drawing 101 with AutoCAD provides a solid foundation for students going on to learn advanced CAD concepts and techniques (xrefs, annotative scaling, etc.) in intermediate CAD courses. The included mechanical and architectural projects as well as new chapters on civil drafting and electronic drafting allow students to explore these possible career paths with the perfect amount of background information and designing tasks.

Supplemental Materials

The Technical Drawing 101 with AutoCAD textbook and included student and instructor materials are a complete semester’s curriculum. Instructors receive an instructor’s manual, lecture materials, check prints of AutoCAD dwg files, prototype drawings for assignments, a syllabus, tests, quizzes, answer keys, and sketching and traditional drafting files in doc and PDF format.

With the textbook, students gain access to an extensive library of video tutorials. They also receive AutoCAD prototype drawings for each CAD assignment, lettering practice sheets, and multi-view sketching grid sheets in PDF format.

Broad Appeal

Students taking introductory technical drawing classes usually have diverse career interests. Traditional technical drawing texts, which focus solely on mechanical drawing projects, hold little interest for these students, so Technical Drawing 101 with AutoCAD includes projects in which students create working drawings for a mechanical assembly as well as for an architectural project. Learners will master these topics with the same clear instruction and step-by-step process that is featured in the rest of the textbook.

The newly added chapter on civil drafting touches on types of civil drawings, civil bearings, courses, and units, and concludes with a mortgage survey project. Another brand-new chapter on electrical and electronics drafting explains the types of working drawings and graphics found in this field, circuits, symbols and components, and schematic diagrams, followed by an FM tuner project. The inclusion of these chapters helps capture the interest of more students while adding even more multidisciplinary appeal to the text.

Video Tutorials

The video tutorials that are included with this textbook are designed to get students comfortable with the user interface and demonstrate how to use many of AutoCAD's commands and features. The videos progress to more advanced topics that walk students through completing several of the projects in the book. Icons throughout the book alert learners to times when they should access downloads and videos.

Sample Video