AutoCAD 4 - Advanced 3D and Basic Rendering

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:

  • Create 3D solid models with lofts and sweeps.
  • Edit and modify 3D solid models with advanced modeling techniques.
  • Create 3D surface models.
  • Create 3D Assembly models.
  • Create perspective views and use basic rendering methods to create presentation images.

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: Advanced Solid Editing I

Students will learn how to modify solid models using SOLIDEDIT’S face editing techniques.

Lesson 2: Advanced Solid Editing II

Students will learn how to modify solid models with SOLIDEDIT’S body and edge editing methods.

Lesson 3: Helix and Sweep Commands

Students will learn the Helix and Sweep commands and explore methods for creating complex swept models.

Lesson 4: Loft Command

Students will learn how to use the Loft command and modify loft setting such as surface normals, draft angles, and magnitudes. Lofting with Paths and Guide Curves will also be examined.

Lesson 5: Assembly Modeling

Students will learn to use external references to create an assembly model from multiple part files and then confirm the integrity of the assembly by checking for spatial interference with the INTERFERE command.

Lesson 6: Introduction to Sections and Live sections

Students will learn how to create orthographic sections, face sections, and jogged sections. Section settings and methods for generating 2D and 3D Section blocks.

Lesson 7: Meshes and Mesh Modeling Tools

Students will learn how to create and work with meshes and mesh modeling tools. Revsurf, Tabsurf, Rulesurf and Edgesurf commands will also be covered.

Lesson 8: Introduction to Rendering

True surface modeling and methods for converting surfaces to solids and solids to surfaces. 

Lesson 9: Rendering and the Rendering Workspace

Render Presets, Procedures and Destinations. Preparing a Model for Rendering. Assigning Premade Materials. Starting the Exterior House Project. Assigning Materials in Assemblies.

Lesson 10: Introduction to Named Views

Creating Cameras. Modifying Camera Views. Setting Custom View Backgrounds. Creating Views in the House Project.

Lesson 11: Working with Materials

Modifying Finishes with the Material Editor. Modifying Texture Maps with the Material Editor. Material Hierarchy and Sub Object Materials. House Project - Texture Mapping the Driveway. House Project - Texture Mapping the Walls.

Lesson 12: Cropped and Fit to Object Materials

Mapping Coordinates and Box Mappers. Other Mapping types. House Project - Texture Mapping the Roof. Saving Rendered Images.

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.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


** 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. **