AutoCAD 3 - Basic 3D Modeling

48 Hours / 3 Months / Instructor Supported

Course Overview:

Learn the advanced 3D modeling techniques and basic rendering tools for the latest versions of AutoCAD. This course covers 3D editing tools, advanced solid modeling techniques, surface and mesh modeling methods, and basic render procedures including render settings, camera views, and an introduction to render materials.

The delivery format of this course is via self-directed, video lectures and demonstrations, PDF manuals, and online support via web-based discussion groups and email support.

Upon successful completion of this course, the students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Use external references to create a 2D Assembly drawing set.
  • Add raster images to a 2D assembly drawing set.
  • Create and work with Fields and Drawing Properties
  • Create a 3D Modeling work space.
  • Create 3D solid models
  • Edit and modify 3D solid models.
  • Document 3D solid models with automated 2D documentation procedures.
  • Create custom 3D visual styles.

Students will be able to receive a free copy of the latest version AutoCAD from Autodesk (valid for three years) at the time of enrollment.  Instructions on how to do this will be included in their welcome letter.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Xrefs I

Introduction to methods for working with externally referenced drawings. Students will learn how to attach and overlay external references, use the Xref manager, and edit and update external references.

Lesson 2: Xrefs II

Students will learn how to resolve external reference errors, clip external references, increase xref performance with demand loading, layer and spatial indexes, and archive drawings with external references with the Bind and Xbind commands.

Lesson 3: Introduction to Raster Images

Students will learn how to attach, scale, and work with raster images. Techniques for managing raster images and tuning raster image performance will also be discussed.

Lesson 4: Fields and Drawing properties

Students will learn how to define custom properties for a drawing and how to define fields of text that will automatically update as the drawing properties change.

Lesson 5: Introduction to 3D Workspaces and the Ribbon control panels

Introduction to 3D object creation, 3D Navigation methods, and Visual Styles.

Lesson 6: Introduction to 3D Coordinates

Basic User Coordinate Systems. Advanced UCS Options, and UCS settings. Working with model space viewports. Composite solid modeling and Boolean operations, Union and Subtract.

Lesson 7: Model Documentation I

Introduction to the Model Documentation commands. Discussion on techniques for generating Base Views, Projected Orthographic Views, and Projected Isometric Views.

Lesson 8: Region, Extrude, and Revolve commands

Applying AutoCAD’s solid modeling capabilities using the Region, Extrude and Revolve commands.

Lesson 9: Model Documentation II

Discussion on techniques for generating Section and auxiliary views. Press Pull command.

Lesson 10: Model Documentation III

Solid model edits with Slice, Section, Fillet, and Chamfer commands. Accessing Solids History. Discussion on techniques for generating Detail views.

Lesson 11: Intersection Modeling

Students will learn how to create complex forms with multiple extrusions and Boolean intersections. Grip Editing Solids. Selecting and modifying 3D sub objects.

Lesson 12: Working with subobjects and Gizmos

Using 3D MOVE, 3DROTATE, 3D SCALE, 3DARRAY, ALIGN, 3DALIGNand MIRROR3D commands in the creation and layout of complex 3D models.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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  • Accept Cookies
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** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **