MicroStation CONNECT Edition Help

Solid by Revolution

Used to create a solid of revolution — a complex 3D element that is generated by rotating a profile element (ellipse, shape, complex chain, complex shape, or closed B-spline curve) about an axis of revolution.

You can access this tool from the following:

  • Ribbon: Modeling > Solids > Create Solids
  • Ribbon: Modeling > Home > Placement > Solid by Profile
  • Toolbox: Create Solids
Axis Sets the direction of the axis of revolution.
  • Points — Direction of axis is defined graphically. AccuDraw can be used to define the drawing plane on which the points are placed.
  • Screen X, Y, or Z — Direction of the axis is set to the screen's X, Y, or Z axis.
  • Drawing X, Y, or Z — Direction of the axis is set to the drawing's, or design file's, X, Y, or Z axis.
Angle Sets the rotation angle.
Thickness Sets the wall thickness when a hollow solid, or a surface with thickness is required.
  • None — Disables the Thickness setting.
  • Inside — The thickness is protruded on the inside face of the extrusion.
  • Outside — The thickness is protruded on the outside face of the extrusion.
  • Center — The thickness is equally protruded on both faces of the extrusion, respecting the total thickness value entered.
Variable Link
Let's you use an existing variable to set the input value, defined in the Variables dialog.
Note: If no variables exist, you will be alerted to create one first.
Use Active Attributes If on, the solid is created with the element using the active attributes.

If off, the solid is created with the element taking the attributes of the profile element.

Keep Original If on, the original profile element is kept in the design.
Parametric If on, a parametric solid is created with the profile as an input element. The profile can be handled like other feature inputs, allowing you to show /hide, apply constraints, replace etc.
Note: In the Properties dialog's Parametric Settings section, you will find more settings of a solid of revolution like Capping, Centroid Radius, Max and Min Radius. Make sure, in the Properties dialog in the top pane, you have selected Solid of Revolution.