AutoCAD - 3D Skills

Category: Computer Aided Design (CAD), AutoCAD

Basic 3D Concepts

  • Types of 3D models
  • Basic viewing in 3D, rotating the view
  • Change the display of your model by changing the visual style (i.e., wireframe, realistic, conceptual)
  • Setting the viewport display

Creating Solid Primitives

  • Extrude, revolve, sweep and loft a 2D shape to create a 3D model
  • How to decide on the best method for creating your model
  • Quickly create multi-sided models by pressing or pulling a bounded area, 2D curves and 3D curves

Creating Composite Solids

  • Create accurate and detailed solid models by joining, subtracting and intersecting basic shapes

Working in 3D Space

  • How to change the co-ordinate system
  • Control the UCS icon display
  • Use dynamic feedback
  • Work with 3D object snaps

Adding Detail

  • Round and bevel the edges of your model
  • Slice material away from your model
  • Split a model into two separate models

Converting Objects

Convert 2D geometry to 3D surfaces and solids

Thicken a surface to create a model

3D Editing Skills

Use your model’s history to make editing easier

Quickly modify 3D solids in diverse ways using 3D grips

Understand the options and workflow for extruding a model face

2D commands that are very different in 3D: move, offset, delete, rotate, align, mirror, array

How to shell a solid model

Working with Point Clouds

Bring scanned 3D images into your model with AutoCAD’s point cloud tools, adjust point cloud density and colour intensity

Use Autodesk Recap – the new tool for cleaning, organising and visualising your laser scan datasets and digital photographs

Getting 2D Information from your Model

Create and manipulate section planes to view the information you want in 2D or 3D

Generate 2D cross sections based on the planes you define

Checking Your Model

Use Shape Manager to validate your model

View the mass property data of your model

Save time doing calculations by using your model information


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