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Viewing 3D drawings

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Video: Viewing 3D drawings

Believe it or not, the AutoCAD WS Mobile App also supports 3D drawings. Just imagine giving your customer a virtual walk- through of your design using a smart phone or tablet. In this lesson we'll maneuver around some 3D geometry. On my screen is a drawing that represents the proposed piping plan for a water treatment facility. All of these entities were created and assembled in 3D using a full version of AutoCAD. If I drag my finger, I can orbit the view around these objects.

Viewing 3D drawings

Believe it or not, the AutoCAD WS Mobile App also supports 3D drawings. Just imagine giving your customer a virtual walk- through of your design using a smart phone or tablet. In this lesson we'll maneuver around some 3D geometry. On my screen is a drawing that represents the proposed piping plan for a water treatment facility. All of these entities were created and assembled in 3D using a full version of AutoCAD. If I drag my finger, I can orbit the view around these objects.

Using two fingers, I can pan, zoom, or rotate the view. These simple gestures make it easy to view the model from any direction. To access specific views, I'll tap to open the View mode menu, and these icons on the left represent standard views, like front, top, or right side. Typical isometric views like southwest or southeast can be found over here on the right. Pressing the Home icon will restore the model to its original view.

Now, currently this geometry is being displayed using the 3D Wireframe visual style. To see these items shaded, I'll select the 3D Solid style. As a side note, let me mention that it is not possible to add or edit geometry when using a 3D style. To make changes to a drawing, you need to switch to the 2D option. That being said, at present time, AutoCAD WS only supports the editing of 2D geometry. 3D objects cannot be modified. I'm going to reopen the View mode and press 3D Solid to switch back to a Shaded view.

Now, one important concern when working with piping is finding conflicts, in other words areas where pipes intersect each other. Using the WS mobile app, I can easily review this piping design for conflicts using my tablet. And as it turns out, I happen to have a conflict right here. When you consider the 3D viewing options, the WS mobile app becomes the perfect tool for reviewing files or sharing designs with customers or clients.

It puts the power of a 3D walk- through in the palm of your hand.

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