After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:
• Use the new 3D Modeling tools in AutoCAD 2007.
Before starting this tutorial, you should have been able to:
• Use the 3D Modeling tools available in previous releases of AutoCAD
• Use AutoCAD at an intermediate to advanced level
• Manipulate the UCS
The new 3D modeling tools in AutoCAD 2007 allow you to model complex freeform
shapes that previously were not possible to model in AutoCAD. This tutorial assumes
that the user is completely familiar with creating precise 2D sketches of arcs, lines,
polylines, and splines in any location as well as the 3D tools from previous releases.
3D Modeling Workspace
Copyright 2006, J.D. Mather
Pennsylvania College of Technology
1. The first thing I would do is turn off the grid. In almost 20 years of doing CAD I
have not had anyone give me a convincing reason for using a grid except for a
few narrowly defined cases. I consider the use of a grid the mark of an amateur.
Notice that there is a new tool in the tray marked DUCS. The Dynamic User
Coordinate System will allow you to sketch on planar faces of solids without
having to manually change the UCS.
I would also turn on the LWT lineweight and experiment with the Settings
display scale to get a thickness you can easily see.
2. You may need to experiment with background settings to see you sketch
3. In the upper right hand corner of the screen you will find the new Dashboard.
3D Make control panel
3D Navigate control panel
Visual Style control panel
Light control panel
Materials control panel
Render control panel
4. If you move the mouse to the gray bar in each of the control panels a down
pointing chevron will appear that will reveal more tools if you click on it.