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Mastering AutoCAD® 2012 and AutoCAD LT® 2012 by George Omura

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Chapter 25

Exploring 3D Mesh and Surface Modeling

AutoCAD has always offered tools that allowed users to construct fairly complex 3D models. With the introduction of the latest solid modeling tools, you can even model some very organic forms. But there are some types of forms that require a type of modeling known as mesh modeling. Mesh modeling enables you to create smooth, curved volumes by manipulating faces that make up an object's surface.

With mesh modeling, you can quickly create curved shapes that are difficult or even impossible to create by other means. AutoCAD also offers the ability to convert a mesh model into a 3D solid so that you can perform Boolean operations.

AutoCAD 2012 introduces a set of 3D surface modeling tools that extend ...

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