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jmatt05
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Draw a line segment on the surface of a 3D object

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05-03-2012 07:23 AM

Hi,

 

I made a 3D box shape in AutoCAD. I would like to draw a line on one of the surfaces of the box and I was wondering how to do this? Also I know you can use the the linear tool under Annotations to display dimensions of 2D lines. But I don't know how to do it so that it that shows the dimension on a vertical axis as shown in the picture below. 
untitled.JPG

 



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Patchy
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Message 2 of 13 (270 Views)

Re: Draw a line segment on the surface of a 3D object

05-03-2012 07:29 AM in reply to: jmatt05

Hit F6 key to use DUCS, it will highlight the surface you will be using.

To dimension vertical, you need to rotate the UCS.

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Re: Draw a line segment on the surface of a 3D object

05-03-2012 07:45 AM in reply to: jmatt05

How do I rotate the UCS?

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Re: Draw a line segment on the surface of a 3D object

05-03-2012 07:53 AM in reply to: jmatt05

Type in UCS, choose X,Y or Z and type in the angle of rotation.

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Message 5 of 13 (255 Views)

Re: Draw a line segment on the surface of a 3D object

05-03-2012 07:56 AM in reply to: Patchy

I tried that but it didn't move the text to a vertical position. I'm just trying to have the dimensions of the vertical sides of the box.

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Re: Draw a line segment on the surface of a 3D object

05-03-2012 07:58 AM in reply to: jmatt05

Attach your drawing here, let's see.

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Message 7 of 13 (249 Views)

Re: Draw a line segment on the surface of a 3D object

05-03-2012 08:02 AM in reply to: Patchy

Ok I got what you mean. But is there a way to rotate the text from the current position shown below?untitled.JPG

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Message 8 of 13 (242 Views)

Re: Draw a line segment on the surface of a 3D object

05-03-2012 08:08 AM in reply to: jmatt05

The move command moved the entire dimension. I just had to rotate the UCS to the right plane. Thanks for the help. 

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Message 9 of 13 (239 Views)

Re: Draw a line segment on the surface of a 3D object

05-03-2012 08:10 AM in reply to: jmatt05

UCS, World

Plan, Current will get you back to top view.

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Message 10 of 13 (222 Views)

Re: Draw a line segment on the surface of a 3D object

05-03-2012 10:07 AM in reply to: Patchy

Do you know how to hide the lines behind the box in the current viewpoint?

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