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Forum: AutoCAD 3D Modelling & Rendering

Solid and surface modelling, UCS, cameras, lighting, materials, rendering and animation. Share your woes or experience here.

  1. Poll Sticky Thread Sticky: Poll: 3D FAQ

    Please read this first, yes it is long :lol: . I need to fix the formating :oops: AutoCAD 2000 3D FAQ This FAQ answers the following questions: Q1: How do I speed up 3D redraws in...

    Started by Mr T‎, 4th Oct 2004 05:07 pm
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    18th Jan 2012 07:47 am Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Guidelines for Posting New Threads - *PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING*

    Posted below are some simple guidelines to follow when creating a new thread here in the 3D section. Before posting a new thread, take a few minutes and use the forum's "Search" function....

    Started by Cad64‎, 8th Jan 2009 03:32 am
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  1. Question Graphic surface from contour lines

    Hi Guys, I have another one that I have been playing with for a while with no real luck; Basically i have lots of contour lines (open not closed) that I would like to turn into a surface (i.e....

    Started by liquid-blue22‎, Yesterday 05:03 pm
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  2. Solid UCS not running Parallel with world UCS

    Hi Guys, Im testing out 3D AutoCad's UCS. Find myself in a bit of a situation. How do you make your Solid model's UCS parallel to the World UCS? PS: From all the articles i have opened i...

    Started by Guitte‎, 23rd Sep 2016 10:34 am
    • Replies: 6
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    23rd Sep 2016 11:26 am Go to last post
  3. New to 3D

    I am trying to turn this into a 3D drawing. It is an awning structure that will be 10ft long, with 2 of these "Ribs' in equal lengths. I cant seem to figure out how to turn this into a 3d object. I...

    Started by abraCADabra‎, 18th Sep 2016 05:47 pm
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    21st Sep 2016 04:00 am Go to last post
  4. Best way to view and dimension out selections of complex geometry?

    Say you have a 3D model of an office space. Walls, desks, casework, everything. You want four viewports of four different elevations from within the model, dimensioned out as a regular shop...

    Started by oftenly‎, 20th Sep 2016 04:15 pm
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    20th Sep 2016 08:43 pm Go to last post
  5. Creating DWG files 4 viewing in Trueview with layer controls but no dims info

    Hi Forum - Newbie Nick here :) I would like to web host an Autocad 3d model so customers can view and rotate my product by downloading TrueView, and have the ability to turn layers on and off to...

    Started by Nick D‎, 17th Sep 2016 05:40 pm
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    19th Sep 2016 02:40 pm Go to last post
  6. calculate earth work volume( cutting/Filling)

    how to calculate earth work volume( cutting/Filling) by autocad 2007

    Started by shailesh maharana‎, 19th Sep 2016 12:25 pm
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    19th Sep 2016 02:06 pm Go to last post
  7. 3d elevations to 2d lines

    Hi, I have created a 3D Elevation of a building but wish to show it as 2D i.e by drawing over the lines but it does not work! Any help please?

    Started by CSTAM‎, 16th Sep 2016 10:50 am
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    17th Sep 2016 12:45 am Go to last post
  8. Another 3D fillet question

    Hey everyone, my first post, excited to be here. My company needs me to design a 3D spatula based off an actual model I have in front of me. My main background is architectural engineering, so...

    Started by Payton114‎, 15th Sep 2016 03:10 pm
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    16th Sep 2016 01:14 am Go to last post
  9. RE: Autocad solid loft along curve path

    Hi, I really need help with this! im trying to loft a solid along a 3D Spline and I just keep getting bad results. Please see the drawing attached. Any help would be fantastic! thanks in...

    Started by Greendamo‎, 14th Sep 2016 02:07 pm
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    15th Sep 2016 01:52 pm Go to last post
  10. Ground material reflecting on walls

    Hello to all! I am an Autocad 3d beginner, and I would really appreciate your opinion! I get some nasty reflections of ground material (grass, no reflectivity) on my walls (troweled yellow,...

    Started by desbou‎, 13th Sep 2016 11:33 am
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    13th Sep 2016 04:32 pm Go to last post
  11. Rendering

    Can anyone give me an opinion on a rendering software for pdfs created from a AutoCAD drawing? Please include ease of use and learning curve as well as expense if you have that knowledge. Thank...

    Started by joeroscia‎, 9th Sep 2016 05:40 pm
    • Replies: 7
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    12th Sep 2016 08:26 pm Go to last post
  12. 3D Modelling

    Hi there, new to the board... I'm using the 3d Modelling in AutoCAD 2017 in anger for the 1st time really, the company I work for manufacture large diameter mild steel pipework. We make quite a...

    Started by ewanrob‎, 9th Sep 2016 09:13 am
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  13. FATAL ERROR when deleting material from materials browser list

    Hello! When rendering my simple house project (I'm a 3d beginner :)), my walls appear transparent. At the same time the material applied to them looks black in the materials browser list, as well as...

    Started by desbou‎, 2nd Sep 2016 06:42 pm
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  14. Ucs

    I'm in AutoCAD 17. I'm building a simple 3D model. I want to draw a polyline using points on a solid object, prism. The UCS is set to the correct plane. I initiate the pline command. As soon as I...

    Started by herguth1‎, 6th Sep 2016 08:52 pm
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  15. Command "UCS" "Z" aligning Y axis rather than X

    Hi guys, Hopefully this will be a pretty simple one... I currently working on a drawing that has been provided by another drawing office - and when I execute the command "UCS" "Z" and pick two...

    Started by lamensterms‎, 18th Mar 2015 03:40 am
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    7th Sep 2016 02:54 am Go to last post
  16. Boss man wants better rendering. What is your opinion?

    Hey everyone, We have come up to a fork in the road here at my company. Currently we are generating renderings on...get this CS2 Photoshop...the president of my company showed another companies...

    Started by MillerMG‎, 2nd Sep 2016 02:22 pm
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  17. Extrude Sloping 3D Polyline Vertically

    Hi, Please see image below for example. I have a non-flat 3d polyline triangle, and I would like to extrude it vertically. Usually (by default) the extrude command will extrude...

    Started by lamensterms‎, 6th Sep 2016 06:32 am
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  18. 3D Fences

    Is there an easy way to model a fence (like a barbed wire or chain link fence) in AutoCAD Plant3D?

    Started by NDCADTECH‎, 29th Jun 2016 05:23 pm
    • Replies: 7
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    2nd Sep 2016 03:51 pm Go to last post
  19. Reverse actual z-axis in model space (ACAD 2011)

    I have an in-house engineer (not a drafter/detailer) that wants to draw some stuff up in 3d for his reference. He wants to know if there is a way to "invert" the z-axis, so that when he inputs...

    Started by King Louie‎, 25th Aug 2016 02:57 pm
    • Replies: 4
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    26th Aug 2016 02:55 pm Go to last post
  20. Question How to 3d fillet to a point

    I have a cube that I need to fillet but the fillets must merge. the left to centre edge/fillet is a constant curve. the same with the bottom to centre edge/fillet. but the edge from centre to...

    Started by tmd_63‎, 12th Aug 2016 01:18 pm
    • Replies: 8
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    25th Aug 2016 09:35 am Go to last post
  21. Extract xyz coordinates from 3D Model

    Hi all, I have a 3D model of Wind Turbine and I wanted to extract the coordinates for further analyses. I prefer to convert the points to txt. But every time I try to do that I receive an error:...

    Started by sinashm‎, 14th Aug 2016 02:53 pm
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  22. Difficult Loft for CNC Plasma cut

    Sorry as you can see me be newbie.. I would like to create something along the lines of the pictured antique gramaphone horn but for use as a freestanding fireplace hood. I've tried to loft from two...

    Started by Alan Pike‎, 7th Aug 2016 01:56 pm
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  23. Creating complex Paneling for architectural millwork

    Hello, I'm looking for some help creating triangular shaped panels for a reception desk. I'm able to make the panels but need to be able to join (miter) them together and measure the miter angles for...

    Started by Big Whiskey‎, 10th Aug 2016 04:19 am
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    11th Aug 2016 02:29 am Go to last post
  24. More Sculpt Problems

    I have a converted dxf file (convert from an STL) which was used to create a 3d part and therefore must have been an enclosed volume (or the 3d printer would reject the file). But when I open the...

    Started by tmd_63‎, 10th Aug 2016 11:22 am
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    10th Aug 2016 09:11 pm Go to last post
  25. Question Entity become not parallel to UCS after 3D align. How to make it parallel again?

    Hello. When 3D align used on an entity (3 point align, for example to mirror an entity), it become not parallel to UCS (even if z stays at 0). How do I make that entity parallel to UCS without...

    Started by vanowm‎, 4th Aug 2016 06:46 pm
    • Replies: 5
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    4th Aug 2016 11:37 pm Go to last post

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