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AutoCAD 3D Modeling: Editing Solids, Part 10

September 22, 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; Editing Solids, Part 8; Editing Solids, Part 9.)

In this tutorial which is the last one of this series I show you how to use Shell. You can reach this option through Solids Editing toolbar [Figure 1]. The option deals 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_shell_body.dwg [Figure 2].

Note: If you are using AutoCAD 2002 or an earlier release download r15_shell_body.dwg.

Figure 2 - Click on image to enlarge

2. Invoke Shell (Modify menu > Solids Editing > Shell).

3. Select the 3D solid.

4. Click the top face of the solid to remove it.

5. Press Enter.

6. Type 0.3 as the shell thickness.

7. Press Enter to create the shell.

8. Enable Gouraud shade mode [Figure 3].

Figure 3 - 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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