Chapter 17

Modeling in 3D

The AutoCAD® program has three different 3D modeling toolsets comprising surfaces, solids, and meshes reflecting the historical evolution of computer graphics. Each toolset was initially developed to suit specific industries: surfaces for industrial design, solids for engineering, and meshes for games and movies. Each toolset has its particular strengths and limitations that become evident the more you use it. Yet AutoCAD allows you to pick the best tool for the job no matter what type of work you do, so that you can find the best solutions for your drawings. We will explore these tools throughout this chapter, where you will learn how to create and edit surfaces and solid models, and how to smooth out geometry with ...

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