AutoCAD 3D Modeling: Editing Solids, Part 6
September 15, 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. (See also:
Editing Solids, Part 1; Editing Solids, Part 2; Editing Solids, Part 3;
Editing Solids, Part 4;
Editing Solids, Part 5)
In this tutorial I show you how to use Copy Faces and Color
Faces. You can reach these options through Solids Editing
toolbar [Figure 1]. The options deal with faces of solid models.
- This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2004 though might be
applicable to other releases.
- In this tutorial user entries are in boldface.
symbol represents pressing Enter.
r16_cc_faces.dwg. The file consists of a box [Figure 2].
If you are using AutoCAD 2002 or an earlier release download
2. Switch to 2D
Wireframe shade mode [Figure 3].
3. Assign 4 to
ISOLINES system variable:
Enter new value for ISOLINES <32>: 4
drawing [Figure 4]:
5. Invoke Color
Faces (Modify menu > Solids Editing > Color Faces).
6. Click inside the
face to the left. Do not click the borders. The face is selected
7. Press Enter. The
Select Color dialog box appears [Figure 6].
If the Select Color dialog box does not appear you need to alter
the CMDDIA system variable to 1.
8. Select the true
color 82,173,86. Click OK.
9. Switch to
Gouraud shaded to view the result [Figure 7].
10. Switch to 2D
Wireframe shade mode.
11. Invoke Copy
Faces (Modify menu > Solids Editing > Copy Faces).
12. Select the face
to the left. Click inside the face. Don't click the borders.
13. Press Enter.
14. Specify 0,-3,0
as the displacement vector to copy the face 3 units along
negative Y direction [Figure 8]:
Specify a base point or displacement: 0,-3,0
Specify a second point of displacement:
15. Press Enter
twice to exit SOLIDEDIT command.
16. Move the UCS 3
units along the negative Y direction.\
Current ucs name: *WORLD*
Enter an option [New/Move/orthoGraphic/Prev/Restore/Save/Del/Apply/?/World]
Specify new origin point or [Zdepth]<0,0,0>: 0,-3,0
17. Revolve the new
region 90 degrees about X axis.
For more information about REVOLVE read the
► AutoCAD 3D
Modeling: Revolved Solids
18. Enable Gouraud
shaded mode [Figure 9].
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