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 From: rado 4 Nov 2010  (3 of 9)
 Hmm... interesting. I thought I got the result I wanted but I realize now that I probably need to figure out how to script something to give the view that I want. For this drawing type (the plan oblique) the plan stays true and measurable (In paper space). I drew up a sample image to clarify what it is I'm after... If I were doing this by hand, I'd take a plan, rotate it 45 degrees and project every elevation line up from the important points (keeping the vertical elevation data also measurable). In this example I drew a small room with a ceiling height of 8 feet. (To clarify, the final image drawn in that row was done in 2D using the described plan oblique method) I'm trying to find a way to take a snapshot of vastly more complex stuff that I've already drawn in MOI so that I can quickly generate drawings in this style (I was thinking I'd take it into illustrator for lineweight etc). The 2nd image is with me setting the 3d view angle to 45 degrees with parallel projection. It squats the elevation down and doesn't keep the plan true. Is there anything that anyone can think of that would help me achieve this result? Any other program, tip, trick, etc? Thanks!

 From: BurrMan 4 Nov 2010  (4 of 9)
 3845.4 In reply to 3845.3 Pretty sure this works... Here, I just used extrude on my curves in the plan view, and "set dir" for the angle desired... I DID do some work to color lines to get the hidden lines effect... I also fooled around with setting a CPlane at the angle I wanted, then used the edit frame to hit the "flat" option in one of the ortho views to "freeze" the 3d model.. EDITED: 19 Jun 2012 by BURRMAN

 From: Michael Gibson 4 Nov 2010  (5 of 9)
 3845.5 In reply to 3845.3 Hi Rado, the parallel viewport in MoI will use what is called an orthographic projection, but it seems that the kind of thing that you want does not fit under the category of orthographic projections. I'm not sure if you will be able to find a CAD program that would automatically generate that kind of projection that you are looking for, since I think it will produce a lot of distortion in any curved pieces. I think that usually drawings like that are done with 2D drawing tools only, rather than taking 3D model data as input. - Michael

 From: Michael Gibson 4 Nov 2010  (6 of 9)
 3845.6 In reply to 3845.3 Burr's solution would probably be your best bet (good call Burr!) - if you generate your model with the right kind of distortion built into it (or squish it to produce the wanted distortion), then that's probably the only way that you'll get that kind of a result, probably in any CAD program. You won't really be able to build the model in its true 3D proportions and then try to just take a snapshot of it. - Michael