3D Vectorworks Tutorial

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3D Vectorworks Tutorial
Create 3D models with Vectorworks. (3d cars row image by Tottem Torro from Fotolia.com)

Vectorworks is a 2D and 3D CAD application that has a range of tools and features that makes it very appealing to designers. The program is powerful and sophisticated, and the various tools can produce almost anything you can imagine. One of the more interesting aspects of the program is the method by which 3D models are created. 3D models in Vectorworks begin as 2D drawings on the canvas. These are then extended to create 3D shapes. The basic procedure for doing this quite simple, although you can achieve very complex models by combining the shapes you make.

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  1. 1

    Click on the Vectorworks shortcut on your desktop to start the application.

  2. 2

    Select a basic shape tool from the toolbar of the left, such as the circle tool. Set the "Fill" to the solid colour of your choice.

  3. 3

    Draw the basic shape on the canvas. For example, you might draw a circle that can become the leg of a table.

  4. 4

    Select "Model" from the menu and choose "Extrude." In the dialogue that appears, set the height that you want for the extrusion. In the table example, this would be the height of the table leg. Click "OK."

  5. 5

    Change the view to the "Right-Asymmetric" view to view your model as 3D. By modifying this shape, adding other shapes and positing them, you can create a model of anything.

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