If you are tasked with the responsibility of creating room drawings in Revit, then you know that whilst the standard Revit approach isn’t difficult, it can be extremely tedious and time consuming. This blog looks at how Naviate, the Revit add-in, now offers an innovative solution for addressing this aspect of your workflow via the use of the Room Drawing tool.Learn more
An introduction to AutoCAD 3D Tools
AutoCAD is widely known and utilised as a 2D drafting tool. However, its use for 3D modelling is not as prevalent. This post introduces AutoCAD users to some of the most common 3D tools in AutoCAD by creating the simple shape shown below.
Before we start modelling, we need to change the workspace to “3D modeling” from the status bar at the bottom of the application. The ribbon will update to show 3D tools.
You can start by navigating to an isometric view by clicking on a corner of the view cube on the top right of model space. If you do not see the view cube, you can make it visible from the ‘View’ tab of the ribbon. Launch the 3DPOLY command to draw a closed 3D polyline in the front view (XZ plane). Starting on the origin and with ortho mode on (F8), start drawing as you would in a 2D view, keeping in mind that if you specify coordinates, you will need to provide them in all three axes.
Select the EXTRUDE command from the ‘Home’ tab of the AutoCAD ribbon, pick the 3D polyline from the previous step and then type 90 as the height of extrusion to create a 3D solid. You can control the visual style from the top left corner of model space.
Draw a triangle using a closed 3D polyline as shown below and extrude it to the back of the shape. You may find the ‘Extension’ object snap useful to find the vertices of the triangle.
At this point, we have two independent solids that intersect. Pick the UNION command and then select them both to combine them into a single object.
To finish the shape, draw a rectangle on the top face and extrude it to the base. Using the SUBTRACT tool, select the solid to subtract from first, press <Enter>, and then select the solid to subtract.
I hope you found this quick introduction to the 3D tools in AutoCAD useful. If you would like to learn more about this topic, you may want to consider our AutoCAD 3D Drawing and Modelling training course.
Why Oculo is participating in the Golden Thread Initiative to help prevent future building disasters
We are pleased to share this blog post from our partner Oculo. Oculo brings to the Golden Thread Initiative its extensive practical experience in gathering, managing and extracting value from visual data, which gives it a unique perspective on how some of the most urgent difficulties facing the sector might be overcome.Learn more