Editing Solid Models

Solid editing tools provide an alternative set of modeling possibilities as compared with surface tools. Boolean tools (named after mathematician George Boole) allow you to union, subtract, and intersect solids (set theory terms) to create new forms. We will explore these tools in the following section and also discuss a variety of specialized solid editing tools.

Performing Boolean Operations

In the following steps, you will unify the top and bottom parts of the mast with the UNION command. You will then rotate and array 12 masts around the dome.

  1. If the file is not already open, go to the book's web page, browse to Chapter 17, get the file Ch17-D.dwg, and open it. Switch to the 3D Modeling workspace if it's not selected ...

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