I am also new to AutoCAD and I have imported a .dxf profile from AutoCAD into Inventor. But i am having problems with creating the extrusion. Did I get something wrong? I am able to get the extrude but it only extrudes the profile and i am not gettting a Volume or a 3D extrusion.
Any idea what i should do to fix it?
First, Quinn's message is more than seven years old, and he has not posted here for a long time.
As for your question: using AutoCAD to create sketches for Inventor is a "sketchy" practice at best. Inventor requires a closed profile to produce a solid, and apparently the dxf profile is not completely closed. Re-create the sketch in Inventor and make sure it is completely dimensioned and constrained to the origin. Now you have complete control of it and can make changes as you wish.
It sounds as if you may not have had much (any?) training. I'd recommend you start with this tutorial from JDMather: http://home.pct.edu/~jmather/SkillsUSA%20Universit
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Hi! It seems that either the AutoCAD Sketch is not completely closed or coincident constraints are not properly applied. Could you attach the DWG file here or send it to me (email@example.com)?
What I do is exit the sketch and create a boundary patch of the profile.
Create new sketch on the plane and project cut edges.
New sketch comes across as a closed loop and extrudes.
In addition to being old, I'm pretty sure that Quinn's reply was firmly tongue-in-cheek.
The challenge with importing from ACAD is that unless YOU created the ACAD file, you have no idea how good the geometry is. It is not uncommon for "quick and dirty" work to survive as DWG files that worked fine when they were simply drawings but not so good as the basis for generating a sketch.
Often the end points are not coincident.
When the 3 DWG tutorials were created that are included with Inventor, care was taken to ensure that the geometry was clean and that the sketches worked as the basis for solid features.
The routine advice is to just re-draw the geometry.
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