Join Scott Onstott for an in-depth discussion in this video Bringing all project data together, part of AutoCAD: 3D Architectural Modeling.
- We'll be working with this set of files in this project. We have Floor1, Floor2, the TowerPlan, a set of Elevations, and a few section drawings. This set of drawings is typical of most architectural projects. That is, there are a bunch of drawings spread across many different files. When you go about making a 3D model, it makes it much easier if you bring all of that information together into a single file. I'm going to choose Floor1 as our master drawing, where we'll build the 3D model.
So, I'm going to now bring in all of the other drawings into this one. I'll go up to the Block area here and click, Insert Block. This gives me a list of blocks which are defined in the current drawing. I need to go to More Options to access the dialog box. In here I can choose Browse. I'll select the Floor2 file, Open. I want to specify where that goes on screen, so I'm going to leave this checked, and I'm not going to Explode the block yet, I'm going to do that later.
OK. Here it comes, attached to the cursor. So, I'm just going to click a point over here somewhere and drop it down. And then I'm going to move that entire block from one of the corners. Maybe I'll grab it from up here. And I'm going to attach it right here. This gives you a chance to see if you have any coordination problems, where the walls don't line up. It looks okay generally. I'm going to move that one more time and I want to move it a set distance away from Floor1 using ortho.
So, I'm going to press "F8" to turn on ortho. And I'm going to bring it down here some even number. Now in this case this project is using feet and inches, so I'm going to move it down here, let's say 300 feet. You just need to choose a memorable value because later on when we're modeling, we can model things over here and then move them up 300 feet and they'll be in the right location. Now, let's go ahead an do Insert again, More Options, Browse, TowerPlan.
And again, I need to put that down somewhere and then move it from say, this corner and I'm going to move it to this corner. And I just need to visually check to see if it's in the right location. It looks like it is. Now, I'm going to move this over, using ortho. I'm going to move it over 200 feet. I'm leaving some space in here because I want to have room to put some of the elevations in there.
So, instead of clicking this button up here, I'm just going to type i+enter to go directly to the Insert dialog box. Now, I'll browse for the Elevations. And I'm going to just place them over here for now. And then i+enter, Browse, choose the Sections and bring those in over here. Now, we can save this drawing as "3DModel1."
- Arranging elevations and sections around a plan
- Rotating objects in 3D
- Extruding walls, interior partitions, and headers
- Building slabs
- Modeling doors, windows, and stairs
- Sculpting terrain
- Creating a second floor
- Building roof surfaces
- Sculpting watertight solids from surfaces
- Modeling a tower