A very common request when working in 3D is how to create 2D sections from 3D objects. These 2D drawings may represent elevation sections, cross-sections, or 3D sections.
It is possible to draw product sections from Toolbox, but this tutorial will show you how to create these using AutoCAD commands. The equivalent Toolbox command includes the ability to draw the section with library drawing tokens, and draw the section left or right facing. Also, the Toolbox command creates a section left or right facing. Also, the Toolbox command creates a section that is linked to the 3D model. In other words, if the dimensions of the model are modified, the section will be automatically updated.
On the other hand, the AutoCAD command is quicker to execute and offers the ability to quickly flip around the section plane to draw different types of sections more quickly. We will use the AutoCAD “Section Plane” group of commands in this tutorial to generate 2D drawings from a Microvellum product drawn in 3D.
The section plane AutoCAD object is represented by a special line object that defines the section plane through the 3D model and provides a way to analyze that model by moving the section object to various points through the object. For example, with Live Sectioning turned on, if you want to verify the depths of dowel machining, or hardware, or whatever else, slide the section object through the cabinet to those locations and watch the model change. You can also use this method to locate the section plane at various points in the model and create section view blocks that you can save and use at other locations in the drawing.
Set the following properties.
First, click the “Live Section settings” option button and reset:
Next, click the “2D section/elevation block creation settings” button and reset:
This video will demonstrate the steps outlined in this article.