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Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design

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Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design


Overview of this book

AutoCAD is a computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application. AutoCAD supports both 2D and 3D formats. AutoCAD is used in a range of industries and is utilized by architects, project managers, and engineers, among others."Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design" will take you beyond the 2D frontier and help you create accurate 3D models that simulate reality. This book is crammed full of creative and practical tutorials which will help you master the third dimension. From exercises on coordinate systems to creating solids and surfaces from 2D, you will wonder how you ever designed without this resource by your side."Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design" is full of hands-on studies and projects that will help develop your 3D skills. Starting from the assumption of only a very basic knowledge of AutoCAD, this book will help you master 3D visualization and coordinate systems, create 3D models from 2D drawings, and from basic shapes, measure volumes, and other information, obtain 2D construction drawings from 3D models as well as how to apply lights and materials to get photorealistic images.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design
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3D editing commands

The commands that are specific for editing in 3D are rotating around an axis, applying a mirror in relation to a plane, creating equally spaced copies in the three directions, and aligning. The chapter also includes some commands that are less used with objects but that can be useful for editing parts of meshes (explained in Chapter 12, Meshes and Surfaces).

The access to some of these commands, besides digitizing their names or alias, can be done on the ribbon, Home tab/Modeling panel, on the Modeling toolbar, and on the Modify/3D Operations menu bar.


In 3D, Autodesk recommends applying the 3DMOVE, 3DROTATE, 3DALIGN, and 3DSCALE commands available since Version 2007, the reason why they have icons. Unless we are dealing with parts of meshes (the technical term is subobjects), it's faster and easier to apply the MOVE, ROTATE3D, ALIGN, and SCALE commands respectively. All commands except MOVE and SCALE are presented in this chapter.

Rotating in 3D

The ROTATE command allows...