TurboCAD 16 is a computer software program for two- and three-dimensional imaging. The program is built with two versions that are compatible for either PC or MAC operating systems, making the software convenient for all types of computer users. One of the desirable features that TurboCAD includes are graphic capabilities for turning two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional drawings. In order for this feature to be effective, you must make sure that you have the TurboCAD 16 version for 2D/3D.
1. Select the entire two-dimensional drawing that you already created and saved. Hold down the “CTRL” key on the keyboard and press “A.” This selects everything on the screen.
2. Click on the “Format” option at the top of the screen. Select the option for “Place on Workplane.” This will put your entire two-dimensional drawing on one plane to work on. Set the z-axis in Format to zero to start on a fresh plane.
3. Increase the z-axis to elevate the plane. This procedure begins the transformation of the two-dimensional drawing into a three-dimensional image, as it sets the dimensions to scale.
4. Go to the view options and select “Isometric.” This is the optimal viewing source for working in 3D.
5. Use the 3D box tool to finesse your drawing and fill in any gaps that did not convert over. Some of the materials apply only to 2D but not 3D. The tool options are different between the two-dimensional viewing plane and the three-dimensional viewing plane. As such, make sure you are not selecting 2D tools to apply to a 3D image.
6. Continue adjusting the height with the elevation on the z-axis for each side of the two dimensional drawing that you made. The sides will turn into cubes, and you will be able to see the three-dimensional image take shape.
7. Edit and modify your drawing to make it come together more effectively in 3D. That is, make sure you do not have any overlaps. If you do, you may need to create new arcs or lines to keep the bridge between the shapes. Any gaps, for instance, can cause the shape to not take to the three-dimensional conversion. Activate the Trim Tool in Tools. To select the areas to edit, hold the “Shift” key down while you click on the outer lines with your mouse.