Friday, 18 March 2016

AutoCAD lt workaround: 3D orbit

I've been playing around with my old CAD model and wondered how you could get AutoCAD LT, which has less capability than the full AutoCAD, to do 3D orbits. Turns out this is why AutoCAD LT is much cheaper: it's only really designed for 2D applications (drawing plans etc.)!! However you can upload 3D models into LT, but you are left with a model you can do very little with. However, I have found a workaround in AutoCAD 3D that allows you to look around your model. It's not perfect but it's a start... N.B. this has all been done through AutoCAD LT 2013.

The original view of my model.

So all you have do is click on view in the top of the screen and you come across the Views tab directly to the left. From here you can quickly access the main views of your model (front, back, left, right, top, bottom, southwest, southeast, northwest, northeast). 

The "back view" of my model.

Furthermore, there is also the "view manager" where you can create new viewing angles too, although it's a bit unwieldly.

I admit it's nowhere near as flexible as your standard 3D orbit, but it saves having to download a piece of software for your CAD package. If you only need to view your model from some different angles and only have access to LT, this is a lifesaver! If you need to be more precise then it could take you a while to create those new angles...

If you are interested in the model itself then you can find the report it is based on via this link!

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