AutoCAD 3D Modeling: Editing Solids, Part 8
September 17, 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;
Editing Solids, Part 7.)
In this tutorial I show you how to use Imprint and Clean. You
can reach these options through Solids Editing toolbar [Figure
1]. The options deal with body 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.
1. Download and
r16_imprint_body.dwg [Figure 2].
If you are using AutoCAD 2002 or an earlier release download
2. Switch to 2D
Wireframe shade mode [Figure 3].
3. Invoke Imprint
(Modify menu > Solids Editing > Imprint). The option imprints
lines, arcs, ellipses, etc on solid object faces.
4. Select the
5. Select one of
the lines to imprint. Select Yes to erase the original line.
Follow the same method for the second line. The top face is
divided into two faces [Figure 4].
6. Invoke Extrude
Faces (Modify menu > Solids Editing > Extrude Faces)
7. Click the face
between the two imprinted lines [Figure 5].
8. Extrude the face
2 units inside. Enter -2 as the extrude height [Figure
9. Switch on layer
0. Imprint the lines on top face. Remove the original lines
10. Invoke Clean (Modify menu > Solids Editing > Clean).
11. Select the solid to remove new imprints.
12. Enable Gouraud shaded mode [Figure 8].
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