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Introduction to 3D Modeling

$425.00
28 Clock Hours 18 Days 28 AIA LUs

Location

Online Dates

Grading Option

Textbooks

Prerequisites

Computer Hardware Requirements

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Overview

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.


Learning Objectives

  • 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.

Intended Audience

The course is primarily designed for architects, interior designers, engineers, and others involved in the construction industry looking for an overview of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) AutoCAD. 

This course is designed for the working professional and those people interested in advancing their employment opportunities. Students become familiar with the basic AutoCAD 3D commands and menu systems. 


Grading

Class participants will receive a grade based on their competency proven in the assessments (quizzes and tests) and their participation in the discussion forums.

Class grades will be determined by the total number of points achieved in the following categories:

Reading Assessments 10%
Discussion Forums 10%
Hands-on Assessments 20%
Midterm 20%
Final 40%

Final grades are determined using the following scale:

Letter GradePercentGrade Points
A+ 98 - 100 4.00
A 94 - 97 3.67
A- 90 - 93 3.50
B+ 87 - 89 3.33
B 83 - 86 3.00
B- 80 - 82 2.67
C+ 77 - 79 2.33
C 73 - 76 2.00
C- 70 - 72 1.67
D+ 67 - 69 1.33
D 63 - 66 1.00
D- 60 - 62 0.67
F 0 - 59 0.00

The weighted values will be summed into total points achieved.


Open Labs

Open labs are available for use in completing homework assignments and for additional "practice time" for all of our students who are within a convenient driving distance of our San Diego campus.

There is an additional cost for technical support setting up your computer system loading the Autodesk software, if you need that additional support. Please contact our Program Manager at 619-758-9300 or learn@vdci.edu to receive that information.


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

MODIFY OBJECTS

  • 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

ORGANIZE OBJECTS

  • 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

ANNOTATE DRAWINGS

  • Add and modify text
  • Use dimensions

LAYOUTS AND PRINTING

  • Set printing and plotting options
  • Use viewports
  • Set printing and plotting options

Certification / Accreditation

  • Autodesk Course e-certificate: The VDCI onsite and online courses are approved by Autodesk.
  • cadteacher/VDCI is an Authorized Autodesk Training Center (ATC).
  • State of California Approval - Our individual courses, training bundles and technology certificate programs are approved by the State of California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) for both online and onsite learning.
  • National Accreditation - Our individual courses, training bundles and technology certificate programs are nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). All of our courses are regulated and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Autodesk Professional Certification Exams: For many of their software programs, Autodesk offers User and Professional Certification Exams which test your skills and knowledge. VDCI strongly encourages our students to take the exams and to become Certified Autodesk Professionals. As an Autodesk Certified Professional, you can enhance your credibility and can accelerate your professional development. Many employers insist on hiring Autodesk Certified Professionals.

Course Prerequisites

  • 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.

Computer Hardware Requirements

Materials Required

Software

  • AutoCAD

Textbook

  • Mastering AutoCAD

Our classes are fast-track, accelerated courses.

If you have ANY CONCERNS about your computer competency, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you improve your computer skills before attending the class.

Downloads

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.

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.

Discussion Forums

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.

Course Lessons

Students will receive a detailed syllabus once they are enrolled in the course.

Lesson 1 - Equivalent of Four (4) 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 Four (4) 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 Four (4) On-Site Clock Hours
Students continue modeling the beach cottage and site.

  • PROJECT:  Create “The Cottage” (continued)

Lesson 4 - Equivalent of Four (4) 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 Four (4) 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 Four (4) 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

Schedule

ONLINE

cadteacher / vdci online course – ALL COURSES

YearScheduleLocation
Quarter 4
Dec 07 - Dec 24, 2018 ONLINE
2019 Quarter 1
Jan 04 - Jan 21, 2019 ONLINE
Jan 25 - Feb 11, 2019 ONLINE
Feb 15 - Mar 04, 2019 ONLINE
Mar 08 - Mar 25, 2019 ONLINE
Mar 29 - Apr 15, 2019 ONLINE
Quarter 2
Apr 19 - May 06, 2019 ONLINE
May 10 - May 27, 2019 ONLINE
May 31 - Jun 17, 2019 ONLINE
Jun 21 - Jul 8, 2019 ONLINE
Quarter 3
Jul 12 - Jul 29, 2019 ONLINE
Aug 02 - Aug 19, 2019 ONLINE
Aug 23 - Sep 09, 2019 ONLINE
Sep 13 - Sep 30, 2019 ONLINE
Quarter 4
Oct 04 - Oct 21, 2019 ONLINE
Oct 25 - Nov 11, 2019 ONLINE
Nov 15 - Dec 02, 2019 ONLINE
Dec 06 - Dec 23, 2019 ONLINE
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