Create a Mesh Solid Jar
May 26, 2009
This tutorial requires AutoCAD 2010 and shows how to create a
mesh solid jar.
- Start a new drawing using acad3d.dwt.
- Switch to the 3D Modeling workspace by choosing it from the
Workspace Switching pop-up menu on the right side of the status
- Check that the tessellation divisions are the default 3 in
each direction by clicking the Mesh Modeling tab, and then the
dialog box launcher arrow at the right end of the Primitives
panel title bar. Click OK.
- Still on the Mesh Modeling tab, in the Primitives panel,
click Mesh Box. Follow the prompts:
Specify first corner or [Center]: Click anywhere on the XY plane.
Specify other corner or [Cube/Length]: c (for the Cube option)
Specify length: 2
- My mesh cube was rotated so I use the ROTATE command,
selected the cube, specified a corner for the base point, and
then used the Reference option. At the Specify the reference
angle <0>: prompt, I picked one corner, and at the Specify
second point: prompt, I picked the next corner. At the Specify
the new angle or [Points] <0>: prompt, I pressed Enter to align
the cube with the X axis.
- In the Subobject panel, choose Edge from the Object Filter
drop-down. Then choose Move Gizmo just to the right.
- Hold down the Ctrl key and click the bottom edge of any
corner, circles in the above image. The Move Gizmo appears.
- Move your cursor until the XY plane (yellow) highlights,
then push inward (into the cube). At the Specify stretch point
or [Base point/Undo/eXit]: prompt, type .25.
- Repeat for the other corners, being careful to deselect the
previous edge first by pressing Esc. I hold Shift and my mouse's
wheel to transparently orbit, but you can use any method to change
the viewpoint and access the other corners.
- In the Subobject panel, switch to the Face filter and the Scale
- Select the top center face. The Scale Gizmo appears. Select the
XY plane (it becomes yellow -- this isn't always easy, but keep
trying). At the Specify scale factor or [Base point/Undo/Reference/eXit]:
prompt, enter 2.
- On the Mesh Modeling tab, Mesh panel, click Smooth More. Select
the mesh solid, and end selection.
- To create the neck of the jar, choose Extrude Face from the Mesh
Edit panel. Ctrl-select the top middle face and drag it upward. At
the Specify height of extrusion or [Direction/Path/Taper angle]
<2.0000>: prompt, enter .75.
- To flatten the top, choose Add Crease from the Mesh panel.
Ctrl-select the top, middle face and end selection. At the Specify
crease value [Always] <Always>: prompt, press Enter.
- On inspection, it seems like it could use more smoothing, so
choose Smooth More again and select the model.
I wanted to shell out the inside, but every time I tried, AutoCAD
stalled or told me "No solution for an edge." You can try it at your
- On the Convert Mesh panel, choose Convert to Solid.
- On the Home tab, Solid Editing panel, click the bottom drop-down
list and choose Shell. Select the solid and end selection.
- At the Remove faces or [Undo/Add/ALL]: prompt, select the top
faces. I find this difficult to impossible.
- At the Enter the shell offset distance: prompt, enter
I also tried making a copy, scaling it down, putting the smaller
version inside the larger one, and using the SUBTRACT command. I
wasn't successful with that either. I'm open to suggestions. You can
contact me through the Contact link at the bottom of this page.
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