AutoCAD 3D tutorials for beginners

  • Photo of Backgrounds & Landscapes in 3D drawing

    Backgrounds & Landscapes in 3D drawing

    Use Background to set the background of your rendered image. you can use a Solid color or a Gradient of varying colors or use a bitmap Image file (e.g. cloud.tga)…

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    Assigning Materials In Models 3D

    Objects in the real world appear the way they do because of their surface material properties. you must understand how to work with materials to make your AutoCAD renderings appear…

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    Creating Lights & Defining Scenes

    Use the Light command to create & edit the 4 light source types that include point, spot, distant & ambient lights. Light Blocks AutoCAD inserts a block at light locations…

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    Saving Named Views To Render

    You can Render the current view but composing that view every time you want to create a rendering can be time consuming. you will probably want to use 3dorbit to…

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    Rendering Overview in 3D drawing

    Why Render? Your ability to effectively communicate design concepts to others can be an important skill in any industry. traditional 2D drawings contain design details for construction but many people…

  • Photo of Updating Changes To SOLIDs in 3D drawing

    Updating Changes To SOLIDs in 3D drawing

    SOLIDs and their generated 2D drawings (made with Soldraw & Solprof) are not associative drawings will not match modified SOLIDs unless you use Soldraw or Solprof again to update the…

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    Generating Isometric Views for a 3D drawing

    When you use SOLID models to generate 2D drawings you can easily add an isometric view with hidden lines removed. this will make it easier to visualize your parts compared…

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    Dimensioning The Layout 3D

    Create dimensions in the Model (you will see MODEL in the status bar) from the Layout tab. the UCS saved with each viewport is normally parallel to the view when…

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    Generating 2D Views With SOLDRAW in a 3D drawing

    Once viewports have been properly set up you can use Soldraw to automatically create the drawing views for each viewport. you are prompted to select viewports created by Solview. you…

  • Photo of Setting Up Viewports With SOLVIEW in a 3D drawing

    Setting Up Viewports With SOLVIEW in a 3D drawing

    Your first task (before setting up viewports on a Layout) should be to set up the desired Layout for your 2D drawing using Pagesetup. you can refine the setup with…

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    Generating 2D Drawings From SOLIDs – Process Overview

    Once you have created a SOLID model in AutoCAD 2000 you can use tools to generate 2D drawings (i.e. a Layout ready to Plot). these tools demand more effort than…

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    Tools To Analyze SOLIDs

    The Massprop command is a quick way to compute basic mass properties of selected SOLIDs relative to the current UCS. two common properties are volume (which is equal to the…

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