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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 1Editing Solids, Part 2Editing 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.

Figure 1


  • 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 then open r16_imprint_body.dwg [Figure 2].

Note: If you are using AutoCAD 2002 or an earlier release download r15_imprint_body.dwg.

Figure 2

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

Figure 3

3. Invoke Imprint (Modify menu > Solids Editing > Imprint). The option imprints lines, arcs, ellipses, etc on solid object faces.

4. Select the cylinder.

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].

Figure 4

6. Invoke Extrude Faces (Modify menu > Solids Editing > Extrude Faces)

7. Click the face between the two imprinted lines [Figure 5].

Figure 5

8. Extrude the face 2 units inside. Enter -2 as the extrude height [Figure 6].

Figure 6

9. Switch on layer 0. Imprint the lines on top face. Remove the original lines [Figure 7].

Figure 7

10. Invoke Clean (Modify menu > Solids Editing > Clean).

11. Select the solid to remove new imprints.

12. Enable Gouraud shaded mode [Figure 8].

Figure 8

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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