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The Basics Of AutoCAD 3D

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The Basics Of AutoCAD 3D

Author : Tom Gillan

Submitted : 2014-01-11 10:04:39    Word Count : 630    Popularity:   Not Rated

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

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AutoCAD 3D

The industry leader is AutoCAD for 2D and 3D design is AutoCAD. It is the primary method for communicating basic design concepts to others in the form of a drafting and a modeling tool. The computer-aided design (CAD) software is used today to create almost all built environments, structures, machine tools, and consumer products and the primary focus has been AutoCAD. Every new release since 2007 has increased the use of AutoCAD's 3D modeling capabilities, including a complete set of solid modifying and modeling tools, the Mental Ray mesh molding and rendering engine. Real world lighting for sun and shadow studies as well as realistic textures and materials can be created. And in addition, very high quality walk-through movies can be created for client review.

The primary industries that have found AutoCAD to be the primary tool for design include Mechanical, Architectural, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (AEC), Geographical Information Systems, Facilities Management, Surveying, Multimedia, Civil Engineering and Town and Community Planning. More recent releases have added BIM, or Building Information Modeling Functionality to the list.

AutoCAD was originally created in 1982 as an MS-DOS program by Autodesk, Inc. It now runs both on Windows and Macintosh operating systems and is still the leader in the industry of all the products in the Computer-Aided Drafting, or design arena. That is really quite a statement since there have been quite a few companies that have entered the fray, and have come and gone over the past 30 years. The AutoCAD software has grown increasingly complex, particularly in the 3D modeling facet in order to keep pace with the industry, but the basics never change, as fundamental principles remain the same.

It should be noted that the AutoCAD LT, which came out in 1993, is a cheaper, cut down version of the full-blown program that contains no 3D as well as other more advanced features. This is still a very powerful program, which is more than enough for any 2D drafting project. AutoCAD for the Mac came on the scene in 2010, and much of the functionality is very similar to the Widows version, yet even now the interface for the Mac is still in the pre 2009 layout stage.

The Main Features Of AutoCAD

AutoCAD's primary features include:

- The ability to create and modify on an accurate basis, the geometry of the plan

- The addition of dimensions and text in a very precise way

- Being able to view the geometry at differing scales

- The organization of model information by using layers, colors, and line types.

- A variety of different layouts can be set up for printing purposes, as well as allowing for the creation of blocks, importing of symbols and multiple objects.

- Other drawings and models can be referenced and easy collaboration with other Auto CAD users can be done online.

The main steps in the formation of a 3D model using AutoCAD are: the creation of the geometry, the addition of materials, adding the lighting and animating the cameras. Other items that could be added into the mix would include the addition of dimensions and text, and the output of elevation drawings, still images and AVI movie files.

How to Get Help

A help section is included with most advanced computer programs and AutoCAD is no exception. The F1 help section for AutoCAD is a great resource with a wealth if information that is very easy to follow. There is a very convenient and thorough search function at the top right of the screen with adds ease and functionality to the help program.

There are many resources online in regard to AutoCAD, but a good suggestion is to try the Autodesk site at: www.autodesk.com as a good source of information. The homepage has additional options and forums for users.

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Tom Gillan has been a consistent trainer for AutoCAD-3D to corporate clients in Sydney for the past seven years. Please visit our website for additional information: http://www.designworkshopsydney.com.au/autocad-3d-courses/.

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