In AutoCAD 2007 we added the ability to navigate in a 3D AutoCAD model almost like you can in a video game using the keyboard or mouse to walk or fly.
Walk is a method to navigate in the X-Y plane while Fly allows you unrestricted movement X-Y& Z directions.
The commands are accessible in three locations or four if you use toolbars.
The Ribbon > Tool > Animations,
Or by the command line 3DWALK or 3DFLY and WALKFLYSETTINGS
Walk and Fly Navigation modes for the keyboard and mouse.
- Up arrow or W key = Move forward
- Down arrow or S key = Move backward
- Left arrow or A key = Move left
- Right arrow or D key = Move right
- Drag mouse = look around and turn
F key = Toggle fly mode
- Tab key = Show the navigation key mappings
Open a 3D Model and then use the command 3DWALK. In the Position Indicator palette set the Z elevation to what you want the eye level to be as you walk in the X-Y. You can also navigate using the Position Locator palette. Hit the F key to toggle the Fly mode. You can even record the walking and flying around.
Give these a try as they are not only fun but handy to look around or record animations and fly-by or fly-through sequences. There are many settings to control speed, elevation, target, visual style, and more. I will post a recorded animation from inside AutoCAD using 3D Walk and Fly later. I just scratched the surface with more left for later.
I also use the SHIFT+Mouse middle wheel to navigate around in 3D for a quick orbit.