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

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Linear 3D entities

We can apply thickness to most linear 2D entities and also create linear 3D entities like 3D polylines and splines.

Thickness

Almost all linear entities that we know from 2D have a property called Thickness, whose value represents a height along the Z axis (a better word actually should be height). This is the only 3D feature available in AutoCAD LT and can be applied to text (if made with a text style that uses an SHX font), but beyond that is quite limited.

The best way to change the value of thickness is with the PROPERTIES command, Ctrl + 1. A line is still a line or a text still text, but with a proper visualization, these entities can transmit a 3D feeling:

3D polylines

Polylines created with the PLINE command are 2D, not ...

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