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Exploring AutoCAD’s 3D Gizmo

By Michelle Ecker on July 20, 2016

The New York Institute of Art and Design offers online AutoCAD certification and because we do, we like to provide free tips for aspiring planners. Enjoy!

Exploring AutoCAD’s 3D Gizmo

In an effort to facilitate simpler structural analysis within AutoCAD, developers have added some additional software meant to streamline the process in a more user-friendly way.

These tools will help you to more accurately determine the strength of your design before it physically exists. Often used by aerospace and automobile engineers, these 3D tools give you the ability to virtually ‘test’ your designs before they are actually build in real life.

If you want to access said three-dimensional modeling tasks, your AutoCAD software should provide you with something called the 3D Gizmo. This tool will help you to get a more grounded feel for how your designs will exist in actual, real world space. Specifically used for the creation of 3D models, the gizmo is primarily an editing tool, in which you can move, rotate or scale the objects you’ve selected on your screen.

From there, if you want to edit the object you’re examining, your instructions and changes can be combined with a selection of the UNION command.

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