Note: If you are using AutoCAD 2002 or an earlier release
2. Open the drawing in AutoCAD. The drawing consists
of the Wireframe model of a tent. The numbers beside lines and
arcs are used to help you click on the proper elements [Figure
3. Make Surf01 the current layer.
4. Explode the base rectangle 1-5-7-6.
5. Assign proper values to SURFTAB1 and SURFTAB2:
Command: surftab1 8
Enter new value for SURFTAB1 <6>: 24 8
Command: surftab2 8
Enter new value for SURFTAB2 <6>: 24 8
6. Invoke EDGESURF (Draw > Surfaces > Edge Surface).
7. Click the curves 1, 2, 3, and 4 respectively. A 3D
mesh appears in drawing area [Figure 3].
8. Switch to Surf02 layer and freeze Surf01.
9. Invoke EDGESURF and construct a surface on curves
7, 8, 3, and 9 [Figure 4].
10. Switch to Surf03 layer and freeze Surf02.
11. Use a similar method to cover the base with a
surface (curves 1, 5, 7, and 6) [Figure 5].
12. Make Surf04 the current layer and then freeze
13. Split the line 5 into two lines. Use Break at
14. Invoke EDGESURF. Click curves 2, 8, and the two
portions of 5 [Figure 6].
15. Make Surf05 the current layer and then freeze
16. Split the line 6 at the point of intersection with
17. Invoke EDGESURF. Select curves 4, 10, 11, and the
small portion of the line 6 [Figure 7]. You may need to zoom
into the drawing.
18. Move the UCS origin to the front top point of the
tent. Then rotate it 90 degrees about Z and X axes respectively
19. Use the MIRROR command to create a mirrored copy
of the last surface with respect to the Y axis [Figure 9]:
Command: mi 8
Select objects: 1 found
Select objects: 8
Specify first point of mirror line: 0,0 8
Specify second point of mirror line: 0,1 8
Delete source objects? [Yes/No] <N>:
20. Thaw all layers. Enable Gouraud shaded. Switch to
WCS [Figure 10].
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