AutoCAD 3D Modeling: Editing Solids, Part 7
September 16, 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;
Editing Solids, Part 6.)
In this tutorial I show you how to use Copy Edges and Color
Edges. You can reach these options through Solids Editing
toolbar [Figure 1]. The options deal with edges 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.
1. Download and
r16_cc_edges.dwg [Figure 2].
If you are using AutoCAD 2002 or an earlier release download
2. Switch to 2D
Wireframe shade mode [Figure 3].
3. The drawing is
in perspective projection mode. Most of AutoCAD commands are not
applicable in this mode. Let's switch to parallel projection.
Invoke 3DORBIT (View menu > 3D Orbit).
4. Right-click in
drawing area. Select Projection > Parallel [Figure 4].
5. Press Esc to
exit the command. The projection mode is set to parallel [Figure
6. Invoke Color
Edges (Modify menu > Solid Editing > Color Edges).
7. Type c and then
press enter. Use the crossing method to select all edges.
8. Press Enter. The
Select color dialog box appears [Figure 6].
Note: If the dialog box does not appear alter
the CMDDIA system variable to 1.
9. Select color 250
and then click OK [Figure 7].
10. Invoke Copy
Edges (Modify menu > Solid Editing > Copy Edges).
11. Select the edge
to the left.
12. Specify the
displacement vector as 0,0,3 to move the copied spline 3 units
along Z axis:
Specify a base point or displacement: 0,0,3
Specify a second point of displacement:
Gouraud+Edges shaded mode [Figure 8].
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