Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares a method he uses to manage 3D models and parts in AutoCAD.
“When I develop 3D models, I first create parts (usually solids). Then I assemble them together, often 'unioning' them in the process. To ensure that I can make changes, I keep the parts in separate drawings, so my main model is clean. This cuts rendering time dramatically.
“But this method also creates a large mass of support drawings. To reduce or eliminate that list, I create in my main model drawing a layout in paper space and call it something like Support Drawings. Then I cut and paste all support parts directly into that layout. Thus I always have all necessary parts in the same drawing.”
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: AutoCAD handles model space and paper space differently. They are similar, yet each has its own unique abilities and limitations. However, anything you can draw in one, you can draw in the other. You can easily transfer or copy data from one space to the other as well. Paper space is a great way to store drawing sketches or, as in this case, complete parts.