CAD Fundamentals for Architecture

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Computer-aided design (CAD) is the dominant
design and drawing tool used in architecture, and all
students need to acquire basic skills in using it. This
book explains the key CAD skills required to create
plans, 3D models, and perspectives.

CAD Fundamentals for Architecture

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Computer-aided design (CAD) is the dominant design and drawing tool used in architecture, and all students need to acquire basic skills in using it. This book explains the key CAD skills required to create plans, 3D models, and perspectives. Detailed text and hundreds of screengrabs and visuals are used to demonstrate the various techniques and processes. 2D skills are shown using AutoCAD, SketchUp and Vectorworks, while 3D modelling and presentation techniques also include 3ds Max, Maya, Form·Z and Photoshop. The reader will learn how to simplify the software interface and tools in order to focus on the most common and useful tasks. This is an invaluable guide for all students of architecture.

• Introduces 2D and 3D CAD interfaces, examining core tools, skills, and practices
• Filled with practical tutorials and clear step-by-step examples of methods
• Includes professional rendering and Photoshop post editing techniques

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