Have You Tried: Viewing 3D Models in AutoCAD

3D models in AutoCAD

Have you ever received a 3D model for your review and struggled with trying to rotate it to the view you want? Maybe you only work on 2D drawings and are not familiar with the techniques used for viewing 3D models. You’re in luck.

There are some easy ways to use the viewport controls to set the model to a predefined view, change the look of the model by using one of the available visual styles, and dynamically rotate around the model.

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You can also change the background colors of a 3D view, specify perspective or parallel projections, and make selected objects temporarily hidden for easier viewing.

Learn more about viewing 3D models in AutoCAD with step-by-step examples in the Have You Tried: Viewing 3D Models topic. This article is full of great tips and techniques for viewing 3D models.

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Lee Ambrosius

Lee Ambrosius is a Principal Learning Content Developer at Autodesk, Inc., for the AutoCAD software and AutoCAD LT software products. He works primarily on the CAD administration, customization, and developer documentation. Lee has also worked on the user documentation for AutoCAD on Windows and Mac. He has presented on a wide range of topics at Autodesk University over the past 10 years, from general AutoCAD customization to ObjectARX technology. Lee has authored a number of AutoCAD-related books, with his most recent projects being AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface, AutoLISP, VBA, and Beyond and AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 Bible. When he’s not writing, you can find him roaming various community forums, posting articles on his blog, or tweeting AutoCAD-related information.

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