Isolating – Great for 3D

New in AutoCAD 2011 is the ability to hide or isolate objects that you select. This is a very simple, yet powerful tool that is especially helpful for working in 3D. After hiding/isolating, you can easily orbit and position your view so that you can more easily work on your 3D model.

Below, is the one of Disney’s “Friendship” boats in 3D AutoCAD
(I know, I accidentally mislabeled it…)








  • Make a selection set of the objects that you want to either isolate or hide. In the following example, I use the “Isolate” option.
  • Right-Click and click the “Isolate” fly-out.
  • Select “Isolate Objects” (as seen below)









As you can see below, everything except the objects that were previously selected have been hidden, giving you easy access to work on your 3D model.










When you are finished with isolating objects and want to restore the rest of your model:

  • Right-Click and select
  • Click “Isolate”
  • Select “End Object Isolation”









You can now go back to editing your full 3D model.


About AutoCAD Tips

This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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