Flatshots and Slices


For this exercise you will be generating views from your 3D model.  

Objectives/Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Students will acquire and demonstrate: 

1. technical competency in file management, generating flatshots and sections. 

2. sense of craft through modeling precision and care in the presentation of the work, 

3. design aptitude in the ability to solve an organization problem in a manner that is innovative and exploratory.

4. judgment in the selection of dynamic views, clarity in the arrangement of spaces, sensitivity to the nuances of shadow and light. 

5. consideration of limitations and constraints in the problem solving process.


FS.1. Make a copy of your 3D model from exercise 4. Name the file with your name followed by Model Views.

FS.2. To reduce clutter on the screen. Turn off the camera a light glyphs temporarily. Use the CAMERADISPLAY command and the LIGHTGLYPHDISPLAY command for this.

FS.3. The first drawing will be a two-dimensional drawing of the top. Go to the Top View. Change your visual style to 2Dwireframe. Set your layer to 0. Use the FLATSHOT command to generate the two-dimensional view. Place the new flatshot block next to your model. Erase the lines representing the edges of the 100’ x 100’ mass. You can edit the flatshot block by entering the Block Editor. Double-click on the flatshot block to open the Block Editor.

FS.4. There are two steps necessary to cut sections through your model. One is to make a section plane. The other is to generate a section. These tools can be found on the Solid ribbon. To make a section, first go to the Top view and set the visual style to 2Dwireframe. Select a section position that demonstrates richness in section (lots of variation in the sectional condition). Draw a line that will represent the section plane. On the Solid ribbon, click on the Section Plane icon. Select the ends of the line. You may find it more productive to do this with a line on the side of the model and then move it into place.

FS.5.    The next step is to use the Generate Section tool which you will also find on the Solid ribbon. Click on the tool and then click on the section plane that you just completed. Click on the Section Settings button. Change the fill to a very light gray (color 254). Click Ok. The software will generate a section. Place the section to the side of the model. Press Enter until the command line returns.

FS.6.    Double-click on the block that was generated in order to edit the block. Make revisions and then click on the Close Block Editor icon. Save the changes.

FS.7.   Repeat the steps for a second section somewhere else in the model.

FS.8.   Repeat the steps for a plan cut. For this cut make your section line and plane from the Front view or one of the other side views.

FS.9. From Top view make a copy of your model.

FS.10. Using the slice tool, slice off a portion of your model off. First, you will need to generate a reference plane at the location where you would like to make your cut. Create a rectangle and place it where you intend to slice the model. You may need to go to a side view and/or isometric view to do this. Type SLICE at the command line. When asked what you would like to slice, select the entire model. When asked to select the slicing plane, choose the 3points option and snap to three corners on your rectangle. Choose the Both option or indicate which side of the slice you would like to remove. If you chose the Both option, go to the Top view and erase the objects on one side of your slice plane.

FS.11. Set up a camera view looking into your sliced model. The camera target should be at a point that is perpendicular to the camera position. This way you will be generating a 1-point perspective.

FS.12. Generate a rendering from the camera position using the Presentation render preset. You may want to test the rendering at a lower preset first. Save the file as a jpg image.

FS.13.  Repeat steps 12-15 to create another section perspective and image file.

FS.14. Render two of your interior camera views at a Presentation render preset. Make adjustments to light and sun as necessary. You may also use previously generated views if they were rendered at Presentation setting.