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Finding the Properties of a Solid

All of this effort to create a solid model isn’t just to create a pretty picture. Once your model is drawn and built, you can obtain information about its physical properties. In this section, you will look at a few of the commands that let you gather such...

Drawing a Cross-Section

One element of your drawing that is missing is a cross-section. AutoCAD will draw a cross-section through any part of the solid model. In the following exercise, you will draw such a cross-section. 1. First, save your drawing so you can return to this stage (in case...

Editing Solids

Basic solid forms are fairly easy to create. The refinement of those forms requires some special tools. In this section, you’ll learn how to use some familiar 2D editing tools to edit a solid as well as some new tools. You’ll also be introduced to...

Creating Hidden-Line Views

You aren’t quite finished yet. Typically, orthographic projections, such as the top, front, and right-side view, will show the hidden portions of the model with dashed lines. For example, theholes toward the right end of the bracket would be shown dashed in the...

Creating the Orthogonal Views

Now you are ready to create the orthogonal views. The next part will seem simple compared with the steps you had to take to set up the title block and viewport. 1. Click the Setup View tool on the Solids toolbar, or choose Draw >Solids :> Setup >View. 2. At...

Creating Complex Primitives

As you learned earlier, you can convert a polyline into a solid using the Extrude option on the Solids toolbar. This process lets you create more complex primitives. In addition to the simple straight extrusion you’ve already tried, you can also extrude shapes...