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Introduction to Part VI

The two chapters in this section are dedicated to two AutoCAD-based, discipline-specific software products called Architectural Desktop and Mechanical Desktop. The intent of these chapters is to give you a basic idea of what these products have to offer. I will then point you to additional information and examples that can be applied to your own specific projects by using the trial versions of these products (included on the companion CD). Although covering both of these products in more detail is beyond the scope of this book, it is provided in this format to be a resource for those who are considering using either Architectural Desktop or Mechanical Desktop.

Although both software products contain the same basic functionality and AutoCAD commands found in the first twenty-three chapters of this book, they are geared toward designing and creating drawings in their respective fields. Each chapter illustrates how this is accomplished by describing the terminology and processes that are specific to each product. For example, Architectural Desktop contains features designed to enhance architectural productivity, such as model-based design and space planning (enabling the architect to visualize and lay out the building space in three dimensions). The same can be said for Mechanical Desktop, whose parametric design and capability to generate working drawings from the three-dimensional model give the designer the ability to quickly create parts.


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