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Creating a 3D Structural Model in AutoCAD

by Pierre Derenoncourt

In this set of tutorials, we'll use 3D modeling tools in AutoCAD to create a structural study model. Software required: AutoCAD.

What you'll learn

We'll begin with a column grid diagram that we'll import as an external reference. We'll then use Polylines to trace and extrude the footings and foundation from the 2D plan. Once the foundation is in place we'll then trace and extrude the building core as well as the columns in the plan. We'll take a look at couple shortcuts and tricks along the way that will save you time and also make working with AutoCAD's 3D tools a breeze. We'll finish the training by exploring the Tool Palette as well as creating some lateral bracing for the model. Software required: AutoCAD.

About the author

Pierre is a Pluralsight training pioneer. Since becoming the first CAD and BIM author at Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company), Pierre has played a major role in building the training library. With a productive background in the CAD industry, working as everything from a drafter to project manager, Pierre has long had a passion for the creativity and hard work that goes into designing architectural projects. Pierre is proud to be able to share his mastery of Revit and AutoCAD with the P... more

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