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

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Chapter 2. Visualizing 3D Models

A fundamental aspect in 3D is visualization. This includes not only zooming, panning, and orbiting, but also returning to specific visualizations. We visualize the model as wireframe, shaded, or other visual styles, walk inside the model and divide the drawing area into viewports.

Topics covered in this chapter are as follows:

  • How to view a 3D model from different angles
  • How to save and restore particular views
  • How to simulate cameras
  • How to shade models and apply other visual styles
  • How to navigate through a 3D model
  • Dividing the drawing area into viewports

Zooming, panning, and orbiting

To correctly understand a 3D model, we need to view it from different angles, view it closer, from the inside, and so on. When creating ...

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