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AutoCAD 3D Modeling: Tiled Viewports

July 23, 2003

Viewports enable you to view the models from different view points at the same time. Various display settings such as zoom factor and shade modes can be applied to every viewport. There are two types of viewports available in AutoCAD: Tiled and Floating.

Tiled viewports are applicable to Model space while Floating viewports are used in Paper space only.

Note: The tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2004 though might be applicable for other releases.

1. Download r16_tiled_vports.

Note: If you are using AutoCAD 2002 or an earlier version, download r15_tiled_vports.dwg.

2. Enable the Shade toolbar.

3. Open the file in AutoCAD. The file contains a single viewport that shows the top view of a simple model with some lateral holes [Figure 1].


Figure 1

4. Invoke VPORTS (View menu > Viewports > New Viewports). The Viewports dialog box appears [Figure 2].


Figure 2 - Click on image to enlarge

5. On Standards Viewports list click, Three: Left.

6. From Setup drop down list select, 3D [Figure 3].


Figure 3 - Click on image to enlarge

7. Click OK. Three different views of the model are shown [Figure 4].


Figure 4 - Click on image to enlarge

8. Click the left side viewport.

9. On Shade toolbar click Gourad Shaded [Figure 5].


Figure 5

10. Click the top right side viewport to make it the active one.

11. Invoke VPORTS.

12. In New name box type, Ideal [Figure 6].


Figure 6

13. On Standard viewports click, Two: Vertical.

14. From Apply to list select, Current Viewport [Figure 7].


Figure 7

15. On Preview section select the viewport to the right.

16. From Change view to select, Right [Figure 8].


Figure 8

17. Use the same method to change the view of the left side viewport.

18. Click OK. The viewport is divided into two viewports.

19. Change the shade mode of both viewports to Gouraud.

20. Pan the model to the center of every viewport [Figure 9].


Figure 9 - Click on image to enlarge

21. Enable the bottom right side viewport.

22. On View menu select, Viewports > 1 Viewport. A single viewport replaces all viewports.

23. On View menu select, Viewports > Named Viewports.

24. From Named Viewports list select, Ideal [Figure 10].


Figure 10 - Click on image to enlarge

25. Click OK. The saved arrangement of viewports appears on screen [Figure 11].


Figure 11 - 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, an instructor for AUGI Training Program, and an elected speaker for Autodesk University 2002. He has written 7 books in Farsi, 3 booklets in English, and more than 30 articles for different magazines and newsletters. You can reach him at alireza.parsai@cadpanel.com or visit his website www.cadpanel.com

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