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Basics Of AutoCAD 3D

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Basics Of AutoCAD 3D

Author : Tom Gillan

Submitted : 2014-01-08 15:08:25    Word Count : 500    Popularity:   Not Rated

Tags:   AutoCAD 2D, AutoCAD 3D, Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop CS6, Adobe Photoshop CS6, InDesign

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Introduction To AutoCAD 3D

When it comes to computer 2D and 3D design tools, AutoCAD is the clear leader in the industry. Built for drafting and modeling, the platform makes it easy to collaborate with others across the internet. Almost every single structure, machine tool, and consumer product is first brought to life with computer aided design software (CAD) and AutoCAD is the most frequently used program in this process.

AutoCAD began offering 3D modeling capability in 2007. Since then, the program has grown by leaps and bounds. 3D tools include solid modeling and modifying tools as well as the Mental Ray rendering engine and mesh modeling. Special controls allow you to change the texture and see the model in all types of lighting conditions including Sun and shadow. As you complete different phases of the project, clients can take a virtual walk through the building.

Who Uses AutoCAD 3D Software

More and more industries are using AutoCAD 3D in their every day work. Engineering firms specializing in mechanical, electronic, and electrical systems use it to test and build a product virtual before moving to construction. Of course, architects love the 3D capability and find that it enhances the design process. Facilities management, town planning, and building information modeling are rapidly becoming avid users of this system.

AutoCAD 3D History

AutoCAD has been in the business for years. Their first product hit the market in 1982 and ran on the MS-DOS. Over the years, the industry has seen many competitors enter and leave the market. AutoCAD is a leader in CAD because even though the program has become more complicated over the years with each new additional capacity, it has stayed simple and logical at its core. This makes the 3D software powerful and easy to use.

A pared down and less expensive version of the software was released in 1993. Known as AutoCAD LT, it doesn't include the capacity for 3D design or other advanced features, but it remains very satisfying for 2D design. In 2010, AutoCAD for Mac was released. The functionality of the Mac version is the same as the PC but the interface remains in the 2009 PC layout.

Main Features Of AutoCAD

When purchasing CAD software, it is the features that make the difference. AutoCAD is able to:

* Easily create the geometry that the design requires and easily modify it;

* Add text and work with precise dimensions;

* See the completed drawings in different scales; and

* Use a combination of layers, line types, and colors to organize the drawings.

Upon completion, printing can be done in a variety of layouts and users can easily import or create symbols for multiple objects used within the design. The platform is made for collaboration across the Internet and it has the capacity to readily reference other drawings and models.

The AutoCAD Help Menu

AutoCAD 3D's Help Menu is easily accessed by pressing F1. Containing both conceptual as well as procedural information, the information is concise and exceptionally easy to use. Online help for users is also available.

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The next blog post from Tom Gillan will be on the AutoCAD 3D environment. For seven years, Tom has been training corporate clients in Sydney how to successfully use AutoCAD 3D. For more information, visit http://www.designworkshopsydney.com.au/autocad-3d-courses/.

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