In this online AutoCAD 3D training course, you learn from a licensed architect who is also an Autodesk Certified Instructor. 3D modeling skills are developed by extracting information from 2D architectural plans and elevations. Create a 3D presentation model including 3D topographic site and other relevant site components using modeling commands and tools, including user coordinate systems, surfaces, solids, lofts and Booleans.
You will receive an Autodesk Course Completion Certificate when you complete the class.
This course is real-world, project based. It is designed to teach you how to include AutoCAD 3D modeling skills into your portfolio. The instructor created this course based on the workflow he and his staff use in their architectural practice.
Some people need to know 3D modeling for BIM projects. Others need to know it for designing displays, massing models and to address specific construction detail "solutions."
The class begins with the basics of 3D modeling -- focusing on views, coordinate systems and bringing the 3D model into a "presentation sheet." We expand our learning to creating an "environment;" we model a building, model the site and populate it with some beach furniture and then we create some presentation sheet files.
This class is incredibly helpful for people who already have a good understanding of AutoCAD, and who want to take better advantage of the software that they already know and enjoy so much.
- Create 3D building model by extracting information from 2D architectural plans and elevations.
- Master manipulation through various user coordinate environments and user defined views.
- Create 3D model including 3D topographic site and other relevant site components using modeling commands and tools, including surfaces, solids, lofts and Booleans.
- Integrate 3D site, building and site furnishings using 3D modeling and 3D editing commands into one presentation model.
- Generate numerous perspective views of 3D model environment for presentation on deliverable sheet files.
AutoDesk Certification Objectives
DRAW OBJECTS PROFESSIONALLY
- Draw lines and rectangles
- Draw Circles, Arcs, and Polygons
DRAW WITH ACCURACY
- Use object-snap tracking
- Use Coordinate Systems
- Make isometric drawings
- Move and copy objects
- Rotate and scale objects
- Create and use arrays
- Trim and extend objects
- Offset and mirror objects
- Use grip editing
- Fillet and chamfer objects
USE ADDITIONAL DRAWING TECHNIQUES
- Draw and edit polylines
- Blend between objects with splines
- Apply hatches and gradients
- Change object properties
- Alter layer assignments for objects
- Control layer visibility
- Assign properties by object or layer
- Manage layer properties
REUSE EXISTING CONTENT
- Work with blocks
- Manage block attributes
- Reference external drawings and images
- Add and modify text
- Use dimensions
LAYOUTS AND PRINTING
- Set printing and plotting options
- Use viewports
- Set printing and plotting options
- Fundamental working knowledge of the Windows environment.
- CAD 101 and CAD 201 or equivalent with instructor approval or three months working in the professional environment.
- Hardware Requirements
- Access to 10 mbps Internet
Free Access to the Software
While you are a student at VDCI, you will be provided free access to the software needed to participate in your course. Throughout your studies at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth with a download speed of 10 Mbps.
- Mastering AutoCAD
- For International Students, VDCI does not ship textbooks internationally. Please click here to obtain the ISBN number and order the book from Amazon in your home country.
Can I work at my own pace?
Yes. You can work at your own pace. Each course is 18 days long. You will have two weeks and three weekends to complete the course. There are set deliverable schedules which are addressed in the course syllabus.
Free Access to the Software
While you are a student at VDCI, you will be provided free access to the AutoCAD software needed to participate in your course. The software provided will either be downloaded directly onto your machine or you will access the software on one of our Virtual Servers. Throughout your studies at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth. It is also very important, if you are accessing our Virtual Servers, that you pay special attention to the MP4 and PDF guidance provided regarding saving your project files (datasets) onto your local machine.
There are two discussion forums for the course, the Student Forum and the Graded Forum.
The Student Forum is for you to interact with your fellow classmates, to discuss issues you are having, and get to know one other much like you would in a classroom environment.
The Graded Discussion Forum requires an initial post and a response to another student. These will be part of your final grade. Your initial discussion post is due Monday, one week from the beginning of class, by 11:55pm Pacific Time. Your second discussion post must be a response to another student, and it is due by the end of the course.
VDCI Student Lounge
The VDCI Student Lounge is open to all VDCI Students and Alumni. In the Student Lounge, you are welcome to ask general questions to your VDCI colleagues. Instructors and VDCI staff regularly chime in. This is a great center of engagement for our VDCI community.
Students will receive a detailed syllabus once they are enrolled in the course.
Lesson 1 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students familiarize themselves with the 3D AutoCAD environment, XYZ Filters, and complete an introductory model of “The Thing”.
- PROJECT: XYZ Filters
- PROJECT: Creating “The Thing” using lines and faces
- PROJECT: Creating “The Thing” using solids
Lesson 2 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students begin modeling the beach cottage, the site, and populating it with furnishings.
- PROJECT: Create “The Cottage”
Lesson 3 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students continue modeling the beach cottage and site.
- PROJECT: Create “The Cottage” (continued)
Lesson 4 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students continue modeling the beach cottage and create the project site.
- PROJECT: Create the project site
- PROJECT: Create palm trees
- PROJECT: Create the pier
Lesson 5 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students continue modeling the site by contouring the ground, adding a pier, creating some palm trees and populating the beach area with picnic tables, beach chairs and umbrellas.
- PROJECT: Populate the site with furnishings, etc.
- PROJECT: Continue developing the cottage
Lesson 6 - Equivalent of five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students will be working on the building elevation drawing and integrating it into the A3.1 deliverable sheet file.
- PROJECT: Continue developing the cottage and the project site
- PROJECT: Create Presentation Sheets
Online Course Start Dates
Please click here to see the online course schedule. Online courses begin every three weeks, on a Friday and are 18-days long.