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Introduction to 3D Modeling in AutoCAD

by Pierre Derenoncourt

In this set of tutorials, we'll learn how to create a 3D model of a small residential project in AutoCAD. Software required: AutoCAD 2014.

What you'll learn

In this set of tutorials, we'll learn how to create a 3D model of a small residential project in AutoCAD. We'll start off using an existing floor plan as a reference as we model the slab and exterior walls of our home. Next, we'll explore how to model windows and also create 3D blocks so that we can reuse this window throughout our project. Once the windows are in place, we'll then model the exterior doors for both the front and back of the house. We'll then focus our attention to the interior and learn how to model interior walls, interior doors, and entry ways. And finally, we'll learn a quick and easy way to model the roof of our home using the Extrude and Solidedit commands. With these tips and techniques you'll gain a solid understanding of how to use the 3D tools that AutoCAD offers. Software required: AutoCAD 2014.

Course FAQ

What is AutoCAD?

AutoCAD is a software for computer-aided design (CAD) by Autodesk. AutoCAD 3D modeling is often used in architecture for designing 3D models of floor plans, buildings, etc.

What will I learn in this course?

In this course you will learn all about 3D modeling in AutoCAD, including:

  • An introduction to 3D modeling in AutoCAD
  • Creating slab and exterior walls
  • Creating window openings in exterior walls
  • Modeling the 3D windows
  • Creating doors
  • Modeling interior walls
  • Modeling the roof
Who should take this course?

Anyone interested in learning how to do 3D modeling in AutoCAD should take this course! Especially useful for those involved in architecture design.

Are there prerequisites to this course?

Some experience with AutoCAD will be helpful, as this course focuses on 3D modeling within AutoCAD, assuming a basic understanding of the software. Explore Pluralsight's AutoCAD skill path if you need/want any refreshers.

What software do I need for this course?

This course uses AutoCAD 2014 for its demos and general course material. The concepts taught in this course should carry over to newer versions, as well as some older versions too.

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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