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Creating Color Solids

All I want to do is create a solid box and make it into a color. I have yet to figure this out. Yes, I can render it and actually create the solid colored box (with outlines), but it will not save this way nor can you move this solid (with colors around) - it always bounces back to a wire frame.
I come from several years of Autocad and once you select your 3D object - all you have to do is drag your object to the desired Z axis. Then you just apply a hatch. I tried coloring my 3D box for example using hatch - no go.
If I go through the trouble of creating a complex 3D object such as gears and mechanical systems with Colored Objects, how in the world can this be retained and saved?
I would like to buy this product, but so far, this 3D portion on ProgeCad is tough to get around.
asked 4 years ago in progeCAD by Donnie / Level: Smart End of the Tape Measure (24 points)

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progeCAD's 3D is not as sophisticated as some other applications however this will improve somewhat in the next release due out within the next few months last I heard. Placing solid material has always been somewhat of a task within CAD software, even AutoCAD. There is few entities with solid color primarily due to the difficulty in printing the blobs of color (ink, which originally was used in pen plotters, just does not come out well when printing even causing paper tears or smears to appear). With that said, as you are trying to do, color can be quite compelling when viewed as a digital format. hatching does a good job of this, especially our newer gradient hatching. you will need a boundary however to place your hatch within the 3D box or whatever your object is. This is because the entity making up the box would be either a type solid, or of a type of surface, neither of which provide a boundary for a hatch object. try placing a closed pline around your boundary before trying the hatch again.
answered 4 years ago by Scott H / Level: Engineering Manager (5,713 points)

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