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    By Graham Riddleston 

    If you’ve installed the Civil 3D 2015 Productivity Pack 1 (from the Autodesk Subscription Center) you will have noticed quite a few new tools. One of my favourites is Create AutoCAD 3D Solids.

    The tool comes in two parts:

    • Create 3D Solids from Surface
    • Create 3D Solids form Pipe Networks

    These new features are particularly useful if you wish to take your design into Navisworks for further analysis as surfaces can be given a solid depth.  Alternatively a solid can be created between two surfaces. Converting pipe networks to solids is achieved by simply selecting the desired parts.