Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating isometric drawings, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
- One of the neat tools available to you in AutoCAD when you're drawing with accuracy is the ability to draw isometrically. Now, an isometric view in any AutoCAD drawing is, in essence, a representation of something in 3D, but drafted up in a 2D design environment. So, how does that work? Well, let's do a little bit of housekeeping first. You can see that I've got the Drawing with Accuracy_ISOMETRIC_Complete drawing open. That's so that you've got a completed version in your Exercise Files.
If you want to follow along with the video, open up with Drawing with Accuracy_ISOMETRIC.dwg file. Now, I'm just going to check the Layers as well. So, in the Home tab on the ribbon, go to the Layers panel. Just make sure that you're using the green Object Layer so that you get all the right colors and line types and so on. Now, in order to set up your isometric drafting environment, we need to set some settings down on the status bar. So, I'm going to come down here to Snap and Grid and go to Snap Settings, and I'm going to set it to Isometric snap, like so.
That means that whenever we snap to anything, it's snapping isometrically, so I'll OK that first. As soon as that happens, you'll notice the crosshair changes, because what's happened is, it's switched on our ISODRAFT setting here. That is now on. And I've got different tools to allow me to draft isometrically: Isoplane Left, Isoplane Top, Isoplane Right. And these allow me just to draft in different directions. So, what I've got the ability to do now is, if I do an Isoplane Top setting, and I now go to the Line command in the Draw panel, what this will allow me to do is, if I click here, and just drag this up.
Can you see how I'm at 26, 18, 16, but I can lock at 30 degrees if I switch this on, the Snap Mode on, like so. but also don't forget to use your polar tracking, here. So, if I switch that on and set that to 30, 60, 90, like so, I've now got the ability just to lock that at 30 degrees. So, use your polar tracking. It's always useful. Now, I'm going to type in 10 there, like so. So, that's that particular line. Now, what I can do is I can come downwards as well. So, if I come down that way and now type in, say, four, like that, and then come this way, can you see I'm drafting isometrically? That's beginning to form a rectangular side of an object.
Can you see that? So, what I can do now is, if I hover there, and then come down, can you see it locks? And that's the whole idea of using the object snap tracking when I'm drawing isometrically. So, if I come out this way now, I'm coming out at 150 degrees, which, again, is an increment of the 30 degrees. So, I'll take that, and I'll make that, say, seven, and then I'll come up this way, and, again, hover. And as I come across, can you see there? I can do that, but I can't snap this time.
That's because what I need to do is change the settings here. So, I might do Isoplane Left. What happens when I do Isoplane Left? If I hover there, and bring that this way, does it lock? Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. It depends on whether you're using Left, Right, or Top. But the trick is that you're drawing isometrically every single time. So, if I just hit Escape there now, you can see I'm forming an isometric view of a rectangular solid. So, if I come back here now, I want an Isoplane Left, let's say.
So, now I do another line, and I come down this way, and I take that down. That's going to be four, like that. And then I'm going to take that to that endpoint there, like that. Hit Escape or Enter to finish the line command. I'll just bring that down a little bit more. Now, what I want to do is get these lines to intersect, so I need to make sure that I set it to Isoplane Top again. And then what I do is, I do a Line. Click there. And I now hover on this point here to get the object snap tracking.
And as I come out this way, I should get a line. Now, sometimes you don't. It depends on which setting you've got going in your Isoplane settings. But what I can do is I can just draw a line at that angle, like that, and then I'll just hit Escape or right-click and Enter. Draw another line now. Take that this way. I take it across and I get the intersection, you'll notice, with the object snap tracking there. So, what I can do is just right-click and Enter and close out that line command. Select this line here, click on the grip, take the grip to the endpoint snap.
Let's zoom in just to make sure we're going to the right place. Just click there. If I zoom out now and hit Escape just to deselect that line, there's my 3D representation of a rectangular solid in a 2D drafting environment. And that's how you work with the Isoplane settings in AutoCAD. Again, I can't stress enough, practice, practice, practice when you're iso drafting, and you then will be prepared for your AutoCAD Professional Certification Exam.
- Creating and publishing AutoCAD files
- Drawing shapes and lines
- Creating isometric drawings
- Transforming objects
- Creating and using arrays
- Organizing objects and layers
- Reusing content with blocks
- Adding text, dimensions, multileaders, and scales
- Creating layouts
- Setting printing and plotting options
Skill Level Appropriate for all
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Q: This course was updated on 02/01/2016. What changed?
A: We added four new videos to the "Certification: What Is It?" chapter. These tutorials cover Certiport, the online certification service that now offers a variety of Autodesk certifications.