3D modeling in AutoCAD includes 3D solids, surfaces, meshes, and wireframe objects.
Several types of 3D modeling are available in AutoCAD.
Types of 3D Models
Solid modeling is efficient to use, easy to combine primitives and extruded profiles, and offers mass properties and sectioning capabilities.
Surface modeling offers fine control over curved surfaces for precise manipulation and analysis. Mesh modeling provides freeform sculpting, creasing, and smoothing capabilities.
A 3D model can include combinations of these technologies, and you can convert between them.
For example, you can convert a primitive 3D solid pyramid to a 3D mesh to perform mesh smoothing.
Apply 2D and 3D AutoCAD Commands
You can then convert the mesh to a 3D surface or back to a 3D solid to take advantage of their respective modeling features.
The most useful command to view 3D models dynamically is 3DORBIT. In addition to changing views, you can right-click to display a shortcut menu that provides many options.
The most popular options include the following: . Change between different visual styles such as Conceptual, Realistic and X-Ray .
Switch between parallel and perspective projection . Choose between standard preset views such as Top, Front, . Most AutoCAD commands that are used for 2D operations can be applied to 3D models.
For example, with the ROTATE command, you can revolve a 3D solid about an axis that's parallel with the Z axis of the UCS.
To rotate the model about a different axis direction would require you to change the direction of the UCS Z axis. There are also commands specialized for the 3D environment such as 3DROTATE, which displays a gizmo to facilitate rotation about any major axis. Showing all 9 results.
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Advantages of product optimization using 3D design software:Based on a 3D model, you can quickly get all the flat drawings, sections or assemblies.Speeding up the project development process and reducing the number of errors.The three-dimensional 3D model is much more informative.You can immediately imagine what the product or structure will look like in space.Easy to make edits: when you change the model, all the drawings automatically change.
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- Create a sketch
- Convert it to 3D
- Modify the 3D model
It’s easy to do 3D models like this.
Now I’m going to show you how to make a 3D model with AutoCAD by creating a wineglass as an example.
Let’s make a wineglass 1- Create a sketch
First, we’ll create the sketch shown below.
Draw a vertical line by clicking [Create] and [Line] and an arc by clicking [Create] and [Arc].
We only draw one side because that’s all you need to convert it to 3D this time.
This sketch is the right-hand section of the wineglass.
We will make a 3D model based on this 2D sketch.
Next, go to [Modify] then [Offset] to apply some thickness to the wine glass.
Now it looks like a wine glass with a bit of thickness.
Go to [Draw] then [Segment] to close the upper part with a line. Next, we draw the base.
The base of the wineglass is drawn.
You can make this sketch into a wine glass by rotating it.
It may take a little imagination, but don’t worry, you can modify it after you convert it to 3D.
Next, we delete the unnecessary lines by clicking [Modify] then [Trim].
We erase the unwanted lines between the outlines of the wineglass, which were left over when drawing.
Lastly, go to [Modify] then [Join] to make the line segments into a polyline.
The sketch is complete!
Let’s make a wine glass 2 – Convert the sketch into a 3D model
Now we convert the sketch of the wineglass drawn in the previous step into 3D.
Go to [Create] then [Rotate]. Select all the lines as “Rotating objects”.
After you have selected the lines as rotating objects, select the vertical line which will form the rotation axis. The drawing will be converted into a 3D model.
How good is that?! About ten lines of s 2D sketch have now become a 3D model in the shape of a wineglass exactly as I planned.
In AutoCAD, you can efficiently make 3D models by converting sketches to 3D in this way.
Next, edit the 3D model by switching from [2D Wireframe] to [Shaded] by clicking [View] then [Visual Styles]. It is set to [2D Wireframe] as default.
If you set it to [Shaded], it becomes easier for the software to recognise as an “object” than in [2D Wireframe].
It’s easier to see the shape.
We’re close to our goal!
Let’s make a wineglass 3 – Modify and finish
In the final step, we modify the 3D model.
Go to [Modify] then [Fillet], and fillet the joint between the bowl and the stem, and the stem and the base. The model is now finished!
Your 3D model of a wine glass is complete with no complicated design steps required!
Using AutoCAD in this way means you can make 3D models without any difficulties.
I recommend AutoCAD as an introduction to 3D CAD since you need to learn fewer steps to operate it, and it’s so easy to use.
Advantages of 3D modelling with AutoCAD
As an example, you can do the following by using 3D modelling features in AutoCAD:
- New product proposals through generating 3D images
- Final check of products with a 360 degree overview
- Create a physical model with a 3D printer
- Product sample testing
By viewing images in 3D, you get a better idea of the key aspects of the product; 3D is often used for checking purposes prior to manufacturing.
Also, if you create a physical model using a 3D printer, you have the chance to handle it and test out the design beforehand.
Previously, you could only imagine the product with 2D CAD software, but product testing is so much more realistic now that you can make physical models.
It is also possible to produce a realistic image of a product by applying various materials to the 3D model. You can check this in [Materials] in the [Visualize] tab.
Using AutoCAD for 3D CAD purposes is bound to expand your horizons, both on the hobby front and the work front.
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Sad to say, we’ve not held any 3D courses yet, but if you want to start from 2D please come on in and join us!
Since it’s a basic course, there are plenty of beginners! You don’t need to worry about your lack of knowledge of AutoCAD because everyone is in this together.
I’d recommend the basic courses to anyone who wants to start using AutoCAD at work as quickly as possible.
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