AutoCAD 3D Modeling: Revolved Surface
August 6, 2003
The REVSURF command enables you to create a
surface, based on the revolution of a curve about an axis. The
curve can be a line, spline, polyline, arc, circle, ellipse, or
elliptical arc. The SURFTAB1 and SURFTAB2 system variables
control the number of divisions in the final 3D mesh.
- This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2004 though might be
applicable for other releases.
- In this tutorial user entries are in boldface.
symbol represents pressing Enter.
Note: If you are using AutoCAD 2002 or an earlier
2. Open the drawing in AutoCAD. The drawing consists
of a vertical line and a closed area built of lines and arcs
3. Switch the shade mode to Gouraud Shaded, Edges On.
4. Alter the value of SURFTAB1 system variable to 36.
Command: surftab1 8
Enter new value for SURFTAB1 <6>: 368
5. Invoke PEDIT.
6. Select one of the arcs. Enter Y and then press Enter to
convert the arc to a polyline.
7. Select Join then select all the objects. The
objects to the left are converted to a polyline.
8. Press Enter to end the PEDIT command.
9. Set the view to SE Isometric [Figure 2]:
Enter an option [?/Orthographic/Delete/Restore/Save/Ucs/Window]:
10. Invoke REVSURF (Draw > Surfaces > Revolved
11. Select the polyline as the path curve and the line
as the axis of revolution
12. The start and end angles of the revolved surface
are 0 and 360 degrees respectively [Figure 3].
13. Erase the new 3D mesh.
14. Alter SURFTAB2 to 12.
15. Create the surface again. The quality of the
surface is better now.
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Alireza Parsai is the founder of cadpanel.com. He is a
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