Autodesk Intermediate - Learning AutoCAD 3D

Who should attend

Anyone who has a personal or professional interest in developing further understanding of computer aided design. Participants will create a 3D model. Participants will need to have completed Autodesk Essentials - Learning AutoCAD, or have a similar level of industry experience.

Key facts

Start Date(s)

Enquire upon application for start dates

Duration Three days
Time 8.30am - 4.30pm
Study location(s) MIT Ōtara
Study method Block courses
Domestic fees $420 (approx.)
Course code 231.410
Offered by School of Engineering and Trades

Entry requirements

To enrol in this course, please contact the School of Mechanical Engineering Trades at

MIT reserves the right to postpone or cancel a course if there are insufficient numbers registered.

Course structure

3D Foundations:

  • Why use 3D?
  • Introduction to the 3D modelling workspace
  • Basic 3D viewing tools
  • 3D navigation tools
  • Introduction to the user coordinate system

Simple Solids:

  • Working with solid primitives
  • Solid primitive types
  • Working with composite solids
  • Working with mesh models

Creating solids and surfaces from 2D objects:

  • Complex 3D geometry
  • Extruded solids and surfaces
  • Swept solids and surfaces
  • Revolved solids and surfaces
  • Lofted solids and surfaces
  • NURBS surfaces

Modifying in 3D Space:

  • 3D gizmo tools
  • Aligning objects in 3D space
  • 3D modify commands

Advanced Solid Editing:

  • Editing components of solids
  • Editing faces of solids
  • Fillets and chamfers on solids

Additional Editing Tools:

  • Creating a shell
  • Imprinting edges of solids
  • Slicing a solid along a plane
  • Interference checking
  • Converting objects to surfaces
  • Converting objects to solids

Refining the View:

  • Working with sections
  • Working with cameras
  • Managing views in 3D
  • Animating with ShowMotion
  • Creating ShowMotion shots
  • Creating animations


  • Creating visual styles
  • Working with materials
  • Specifying light sources
  • Rendering concepts

Working Drawings from 3D Models:

  • Creating multiple viewports
  • 2D views from 3D solids
  • Creating technical drawings with Flatshot
  • 3D model import
  • Automatic model documentation

Working with the User Coordinate System:

  • UCS basics
  • UCS X, Y, and Z commands
  • UCS multifunctional grips
  • Saving a UCS by name.

Completion of AutoCAD workbook.


Successful candidates will be issued with an MIT Certificate of Achievement.

Information is correct as at 21 April 2022. The fee quoted is an indicative short course fee. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. Short courses stated as eligible for free study in 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. International Students holding an appropriate visa may enrol on this course. All short course fees are in New Zealand Dollars and inclusive of GST. Manukau Institute of Technology reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course with insufficient enrolments or for any other reason where cancellation is necessary before the course is planned to start. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020.