Learn how the 3D gizmos can help you create and edit paths and profiles for 3D models. In this video, I describe how to use the 3D Move, Rotate and Scale gizmos to constrain editing operations to a specified axis or plane.
Learn how Object Isolation tools in AutoCAD 2011 let you control object visibility independent of layers. In this video, I demonstrate how to isolate selected objects so that all other objects are hidden. I also show you how to hide selected objects and how to end the object isolation so that all hidden objects are, once again, visible.
Learn how to save time when selecting objects. In this video, I describe two powerful tools to help you select the right objects with minimal effort. Idemonstrate selection cycling to easily choose from overlapping objects and the select similar tool to select multiple objects with similar properties.
Learn about the tools on the Navigation bar that help you navigate around and through your models. In this video, I describe how to display the Navigation bar and I introduce you to many of the navigation tools including the SteeringWheels and 3D Connexion support.
Learn how to navigate around your 3D model with the ViewCube. In this video, I describe how to control the display of the ViewCube including the location and opacity. I demonstrate the ability to choose standard viewpoints, freely orbit the model, and set a home view.
In this series of videos, I’ll introduce you to many of the powerful 3D conceptual design tools in AutoCAD 2011. I’ll cover 3D workspaces, visual styles, the ViewCube and the Navigation bar. I’ll show you how you can increase productivity with object selection and object isolation tools. Then, I’ll cover the 3D gizmos, which are key to editing objects in 3D space. From there I’ll focus on the powerful surface modeling functionality that enables you to create 3D surfaces, which are associated with their defining geometry. I’ll describe extruded, lofted, swept, and patch surfaces and then I’ll show you how you can offset, blend and fillet those surfaces. Finally, we’ll take a quick look at planar surfaces before wrapping up with surface trimming.
New tools and variables in AutoCAD 2011 separate 3D object snaps from 2D object snaps. A new 3D Object Snap toggle is available on the status bar, enabling you to toggle 3D object snaps on and off. Right‐clicking on the status bar icon provides access to a menu of the 3D object snaps and the Settings option, which links to the new 3D Object Snap tab in the Drafting Settings dialog box. You can also access these controls via the shift‐right‐click menu, or at the command line using the new 3DOSNAP command and 3DOSMODE system variable.
Autodesk recently introduced the new Autodesk Design Suite to extend the power of your familiar AutoCAD workflow by integrating Autodesk’s leading design and visualization software into a single, cost-effective package. You can choose from three different levels of the Autodesk Design Suite. The Standard suite includes AutoCAD, Autodesk Alias Sketch, and Autodesk Showcase. The Premium suite includes those applications as well as Autodesk 3DS Max Design. The Advanced suite includes everything from the Premium suite plus Autodesk Alias Design.
Together these applications provide a powerful, integrated toolset to help you conceptualize, visualize, analyze, and communicate your designs efficiently and effectively.