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AutoCAD 3D Modeling: Primitive 3D Solids, Part 2

August 15, 2003

The current tutorial shows you how to create the following primitives:

  • Cone
  • Wedge
  • Torus

You may use the second three buttons on Solids toolbar to invoke the commands associated to these models [Figure 1].

Figure 1


  • This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2004 though might be applicable to other releases.
  • In this tutorial user entries are in boldface.
  • The 8 symbol represents pressing Enter.
  • For information on creating boxes, spheres, and cylinders read, AutoCAD 3D Modeling: 3D Primitive Models, Part 1

1. Download r16_primitives.dwg.

Note: If you are using AutoCAD 2002 or an earlier release download r15_primitives.dwg.

2. Open the drawing in AutoCAD.

3. Invoke CONE (Draw menu > Solids > Cone).

4. Draw a cone [Figure 2]:

Command: cone8
Current wire frame density: ISOLINES=4
Specify center point for base of cone or [Elliptical] <0,0,0>:
Specify radius for base of cone or [Diameter]:
Specify height of cone or [Apex]:

Figure 2

5. Create a wedge (Draw menu > Solids > Wedge) [Figure 3]:

Command: wedge8
Specify first corner of wedge or [CEnter] <0,0,0>:
Specify corner or [Cube/Length]:
Specify height:

Figure 3

6. Create a tube by using TORUS (Draw menu > Solids > Torus):

Command: torus8
Current wire frame density: ISOLINES=4
Specify center of torus <0,0,0>:
Specify radius of torus or [Diameter]:
Specify radius of tube or [Diameter]:

7. Alter the shade mode to Gouraud shaded [Figure 4].

Figure 4 - Click on image to enlarge

About the Author

Alireza Parsai is the founder of cadpanel.com. He is a mechanical engineer with more than 12 years experience with AutoCAD. Alireza is an Autodesk Authorized Author, the AutoCAD consultant for Al Khawarizmi Institute, a contributing editor for Augiworld magazine, a writer for CAD Digest, an instructor for AUGI Training Program, and an elected speaker for Autodesk University 2002. He has written 7 books in Farsi, 3 booklets in English, and more than 100 articles for different magazines and newsletters. You can reach him at alireza.parsai@cadpanel.com or visit his website www.cadpanel.com

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