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AutoCAD 3D Modeling: Editing Solids, Part 2

September 9, 2003

The SOLIDEDIT command offers different options to edit solid objects. The options cover face editing, edge editing and body editing. I have designed a series of tutorials to cover all these options. Every tutorial explains one or more options.

In this tutorial I show you how to use Move Faces. You can reach this option through Solids Editing toolbar [Figure 1]. This option deals with faces of the solid model.

Figure 1


  • This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2004 though might be applicable to other releases.

1. Download r16_move_faces.dwg. The file consists of a box with an elliptical hole [Figure 2].

Note: If you are using AutoCAD 2002 or an earlier release download r15_move_faces.dwg.

Figure 2 - Click on image to enlarge

2. Switch to 2D Wireframe shade mode [Figure 3].

Figure 3 - Click on image to enlarge

3. Invoke Move Faces (Modify menu > Solids Editing > Move Faces).

4. Click the top border of the hole. The top face of the box and the inner face of the hole are selected at the same time.

5. While pressing Shift click the top border of the box to deselect it. Now the only selected face is the inner face of the hole [Figure 4].

Figure 4 - Click on image to enlarge

6. Press Enter.

7. Select the center point for the top ellipse as the base point for displacement.

8. Select the center point for the top face of the box as the second point for displacement. The hole is centered [Figure 5].

Figure 5 - 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, and an instructor for AUGI Training Program. He has written 8 books in Farsi, 3 booklets in English, and more than 100 articles for different magazines and newsletters. You can reach Alireza at alireza.parsai@cadpanel.com or visit his website www.cadpanel.com .  

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