In the first post in this series, I showed you the various places you can get 3D content from which to create 2D views in AutoCAD. Now it’s on to what happens after you’ve selected your content.
I mentioned the Drawing View Creation tab last time, in relation to using Model Space Selection to choose only part of your model space contents to document:
But once you’ve got that—whether it’s some of model space, all of model space, or Inventor content—it’s time to move to the rest of the tab.
In the Orientation panel, you can choose your initial view. AutoCAD uses Front by default, but you can choose any of the standard orthogonal or isometric views instead.
Appearance controls—what else?—how your base view will look. You have four choices when it comes to shading and hidden lines: Only visible lines, visible and hidden lines (shown as dashed), shaded with visible lines, and shaded with visible and hidden lines.
You can also choose an appropriate scale, and turn on interference and tangent edges if you need to see them.
Once you’ve set these, click in the drawing to place the base view. You instantly get a preview of the view, complete with contextual menu, and the Move and OK buttons (grayed out above) become active.
This gives you the option to make adjustments to your view before you click OK or eXit. (In this case, “OK” and “eXit” both finish your view placement—use Esc or Cancel to get out of the command completely.)
As soon as you finish placing your base view, you get to immediately create projected views from your base view…but that’ll be our next topic.