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pcrawley
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Message 11 of 14 (173 Views)

Re: converting a .dwg file to a solid

05-21-2012 04:10 AM in reply to: Mark.Hopkins

Fair call.  Sometimes (Ok - rarely) the IGES import will solidify the incomming model.  On the occasion where it does not, you can attempt a repair in Inventors repair environment - but that can take weeks.  I would work with the imported surface model.  (Actually - Inventor 2013's repair environment is a considerable improvement over previous releases.)

 

The problem will come later when you create drawings.  Surfaces are slower to draw than solids, and by default, surfaces don't actually appear.  Right click the model in the drawing browesr tree and check "include surfaces". 

 

Hope that helps.

 

Peter
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JDMather
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Message 12 of 14 (169 Views)

Re: converting a .dwg file to a solid

05-21-2012 04:48 AM in reply to: pcrawley

pcrawley wrote:

Fair call.  Sometimes (Ok - rarely) the IGES import will solidify the incomming model.  



I see no reason to fool with the IGES (and IGES can be set to save as solid rather than surface), but as I said - I would not fool with IGES, there is an easier way.

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Re: converting a .dwg file to a solid

05-21-2012 04:50 AM in reply to: Mark.Hopkins

Mark.Hopkins wrote:

 

 In autocad I then exploded everything I could, there seemed to be blocks within blocks.

 

Any advantages in using IGES over STEP?


Big mistake.

 

No.

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Mark.Hopkins
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Message 14 of 14 (158 Views)

Re: converting a .dwg file to a solid

05-21-2012 09:58 AM in reply to: JDMather

The part created will not be modified in inventor, so- a surface model part will be fine for this application.

 

You mention an easier way? Can you please enlighten me?

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