In my previous post, I described the 3D Basics workspace. It’s simple and friendly and a great place to start if you’re new to 3D modeling in AutoCAD. If, however, you want easy access to the full set of AutoCAD’s 3D tools, you’ll want to use the 3D Modeling workspace. It includes nearly every tool you could want for creating and visualing your 3D model. You can set the 3D Modeling workspace from the Quick Access Toolbar.
The 3D Modeling Workspace has been updated with many new 3D conceptual design tools in AutoCAD 2011. It has ten ribbon tabs: Home, Solid, Surface, Mesh, Render, Insert, Annotate, View, Manage, and Output. It also includes the Express Tools tab if Express Tools have been installed. In this post I’ll focus on the Home tab of the 3D Modeling workspace.
The Home tab provides access to a variety of commonly used tools, which are organized into ten panels: Modeling, Mesh, Solid Editing, Draw, Modify, Section, Coordinates, View, Subobject, and Layers. Most of the panels expand to display additional tools.
The Coordinates panel has tools for controling the UCS (User Coordinate System) and the UCS icon.