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Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design by João Santos

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Chapter 1. Introduction to 3D Design

Welcome to the fantastic world of 3D! AutoCAD is an excellent software for creating 2D projects in all technical areas, but instead of 2D representation, isn't it much better if we could create accurate 3D models, view them from all perspectives (even from inside), and get 2D drawings easily? With AutoCAD we can!

The topics covered in this chapter are as follows:

  • The importance of the third coordinate
  • How to choose and manage 3D workspaces
  • Why object properties are fundamental in 3D
  • How auxiliary tools (osnap, ortho, and others) can ease the work in 3D
  • 2D commands in a 3D world
  • How to use linear 3D commands
  • How to create great 3D models

The Z coordinate

3D is all about the third Z coordinate. In 2D, we only care for ...

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