Materialmap command in AutoCAD – Edit the material map

Materialmap command in AutoCAD – Edit the material map

1. The way to start Materialmap command in AutoCAD

Materialmap command in AutoCAD
Materialmap command in AutoCAD

Start the command from Dashboard: Materials panel, Mapping flyout (Box Mapping, Planar Mapping, Spherical Mapping, Cylindrical Mapping).

After attaching the material with the structure, you can adjust the direction of structural map on the objects or on the surfaces. When material is attached by map, you can adjust the material fit to the shape of the object.

  • Planar mapping

The image map of the object when you project it on 2D surface: This image is not distortional, but is zoomed fit to the object. This map is often used for the surfaces.

  • Box mapping

The image map on the solid of box shape: The image is repeated on each surface of the object.

  • Spherical mapping

Curve the image in both directions: horizontal and vertical. The top edge is compressed into 1 point at “north pole” of the sphere; similarly, the bottom edge is “south pole”.

  • Cylindrical mapping

Materialmap command in AutoCAD – Edit the material map

  • Mapping Gizmo

If you need to adjust more, you can use mapping gizmo which is displayed on the object to move or rotate the map on the object.

Mapping gizmos is the viewport symbols which help you to choose 1 or 2 axis quickly by mouse. You choose 1 axis by putting the mouse on any axis of the symbol, then drag the mouse to change the choice along that axis. Additionally, when moving or zooming the object, you can use the other regions of gizmo to carry out the change along any 2 axis at the same time. Using gizmo allows you to change quickly and easily among different change of the axis and plans.

Materialmap command in AutoCAD
Materialmap command in AutoCAD
  • materialmap

Select an option [Box/ Planar/ Spherical/ Cylindrical/ copY mapping to/ Reset mapping] <current>: Enter an option3

2. The options with Materialmap command in AutoCAD

  • Box

Select faces or objects: select faces or objects

The selection includes at least one in the following objects: 3D solid, 3D surface, face or 2D object with thickness.

  • Accept the mapping or [Move/Rotate/reseT/sWitch mapping mode]:

Move Display the tool “Move grip tool” to move the map.

Rotate Display the tool “Rotate grip tool” to rotate the map

Reset Reset UV coordinates to the default for map.

Materialmap command in AutoCAD – Edit the material map

Switch Mapping Mode: Display again the main command prompt line

• Planar
Accept the mapping or [Move/Rotate/reseT/sWitch mapping mode]:
• The options: Move, Rotate, Reset, Switch Mapping Mode as the case of Box
o Cylindrical
• Accept the mapping or [Move/Rotate/reseT/sWitch mapping mode]:
• The options: Move, Rotate, Reset, Switch Mapping Mode as the case of
o Spherical
• Accept the mapping or [Move/Rotate/reseT/sWitch mapping mode]:
• The options: Move, Rotate, Reset, Switch Mapping Mode as the case of
o Copy Mapping To

• Select the objects to copy the mapping to: Use the map from original object or face for the selected object

o Reset Mapping
Reset UV coordinates to the default for map.

Good luck!

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