3D Draughting using AutoCAD

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Following on from the success of 'Beginning AutoCAD', this package takes the novice CAD user through the basics to more specialised CAD techniques. This is very much a software-based package. The notes fully explain the features under discussion in Bob McFarlane's popular and accessible style, but the real advantage of this book lies in the two disks included in each package. These contain all the worked examples and activities outlined in the notes and thus create a self-contained tutor. The inexperienced user ...

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Overview

Following on from the success of 'Beginning AutoCAD', this package takes the novice CAD user through the basics to more specialised CAD techniques. This is very much a software-based package. The notes fully explain the features under discussion in Bob McFarlane's popular and accessible style, but the real advantage of this book lies in the two disks included in each package. These contain all the worked examples and activities outlined in the notes and thus create a self-contained tutor. The inexperienced user can create impressive drawings after only a few hours tuition.

This package is ideal for students of construction and engineering, but home users of AutoCAD will find this package simpler and more accessible than traditional CAD manuals and will allow the user to achieve impressive results faster.

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2 disks provided Popular and accessible style

Following on from the success of 'Beginning AutoCAD', this package takes the novice CAD user through the basics to more specialised CAD techniques. This is very much a software-based package. The notes fully explain the features under discussion in Bob McFarlane's popular and accessible style, but the real advantage of this book lies in the two disks included in each package. These contain all the worked examples and activities outlined in the notes and thus create a self-contained tutor. The inexperienced user can create impressive drawings after only a few hours tuition.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780340677827
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/29/1996
  • Edition description: BOOK&DISK
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob has been writing AutoCAD books since 1993, the first being published for AutoCAD Release 12. Outside of work, Bob’s interests include Bonsai trees, stamp collecting, remote control aircraft and kite flying. At present Bob spend most of his time with his wife Helen, his children Linda and Stephen and his granddaughter Ciara.

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Chapter 34: Three-Dimensional rendering

AutoCAD has rendering capabilities. The render `package' with R12 is not a complete render system, in that shadows cannot be added. It is possible to add lights and finishes to models which will greatly enhance the model appearance and impress both employers and customers. Rendered images can be extracted from AutoCAD in BMP format for colour laser printing.

Only certain types of models can be rendered with AutoCAD, these being:

  • extruded models
  • 3D faced models
  • 3D ruled-surfaced models
  • 3D revolved-surface models
  • 3D objects
  • solid models - not considered here.

It is not my intention to cover render as a topic in this chapter. My aim is to show the user the potential of the render facility within AutoCAD and this will be achieved by a series of exercises covering the different render `types'. All of the examples are previous exercises from various chapters in the book and you should be familiar with them when you `see' them on the screen.

Render Example 1 - An Extruded Model

1. Open drawing EX34-1 from the 3DPACK directory.
2. The screen displays a single viewport of an extruded model from section 2 - Fig. 34.1. 3. From the menu bar select Render
Render
4. The screen flips to Text with the following:
Initializing...
Initializing AVE Render
Please configure RENDER
AutoCAD's combined Display/Rendering driver supports < 128 colors
prompt: Press RETURN to continue
enter: <RETURN> (1)
prompt: Select rendering display device:
 1. AutoCAD's configured P386ADI combined disp/rend driver
 2. P386 Autodesk Device Interfacerendering driver
 3. None (Null rendering device)
prompt: Rendering selection< I>
enter: (2)
prompt: Default < 1> selected
then: Do you want to do detailed configuration of SVADT's renderingfeature?
enter: (3)
prompt: Select mode to run display/render combined driver
 1. Render to display viewport
 2. Render to rendering screen
then: AutoCAD driver does not support rendering to a viewport
Rendering screen automatically selected
Press to continue
enter: (4)
prompt: Select rendering hard copy device
  1. None (Null rendering device)
  2. P386 AutoDESK Device Interface rendering driver
  3. Rendering file (256 color map)
  4. Rendering file (continuous color)
then: Rendering hard copy selection< 1 >
enter: (5)...

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• 3D extruded drawings
• The UCS icon
• 3D Co-ordinate input
• Creating a 3D wire-frame model
• Adding TEXT to a 3D wire-frame model
• Editing in 3D
• Hatching in 3D User exercise 1
• Viewing 3D models
• Multi-screen views - TILED viewports
• Introduction to 3D surfaces
• 3D faces
• 3D meshes
• Multi-screen views - UNTILED viewports
• Centering viewports
• 3D polylines
• User exercise 2
• Plotting multi-view drawings
• Edge surfaces
• Tabulated surfaces
• Ruled surfaces
• Revolved surfaces
• User exercise 3
• 3D objects
• Array, mirror, rotate 3D commands
• Blocks in 3D
• WBlocks in 3D
• Attributes with 3D models
• Viewport specific layers
• Dynamic viewing
• 3D slides
• 3D rendering
• And finally....

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