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pajamas4
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Message 1 of 8 (3,856 Views)

How to convert a 3d inventor file into a 2d cad file.

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05-09-2013 01:13 PM

Hello

 

I want to convert a 3D inventor file and flatten into a Auto CAD 2D file.  I triedthe flatshot command and it didn't work.  Does anybody here knows how?

 

Thank you

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rdyson
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Re: How to convert a 3d inventor file into a 2d cad file.

05-09-2013 02:38 PM in reply to: pajamas4

Have you done all of the included tutorials (Help / Learning Tools / Tutorials)

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pajamas4
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Re: How to convert a 3d inventor file into a 2d cad file.

05-09-2013 04:59 PM in reply to: pajamas4

Hello

 

Yes I tried help, tutorals and everything.  I even researched online and under youtube; but I could't fine the solution I'm looking for. This is the last thing to solve my issue. Do you have any solution(s) of what my issue it?  If so, please explain.

 

Thank you

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MingweiGao
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Re: How to convert a 3d inventor file into a 2d cad file.

05-09-2013 07:00 PM in reply to: pajamas4

You need to create a drawing file based on your 3D model.

For an example:

Launch Inventor;

Get Started->New->Select a drawing template(DWG/IDW) -> And then place several views of your model... 


Mingwei Gao
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johnsonshiue
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Re: How to convert a 3d inventor file into a 2d cad file.

05-10-2013 01:33 PM in reply to: pajamas4

Hi! Based on the limited information you provided, there are actually several workflows to bring an Inventor to 3D part to AutoCAD. Here are a few ways to do that.

 

a) If you are using AutoCAD R2013 or later, you can create views of an Inventor part directly without doing anything in Inventor.

b) Start a new dwg file in Inventor and create drawing views of the part. The file can be opened in AutoCAD directly and you can add annotations to the file. And, the file keeps referencing the Inventor part file.

c) Similar to option b) but in the end, do Save Copy As AutoCAD dwg. The AutoCAD dwg file will not reference Inventor file.

d) Open the part in Inventor and do Save Copy As AutoCAD dwg. Solids, surfaces, and sketches will be saved in the AutoCAD dwg. You can manipulate them in AutoCAD.

 

If you are talking about flat pattern of a Sheet Metal part, you can export the flat pattern body as AutoCAD dwg.

Let me know if more information is needed.

Thanks!

 



Johnson Shiue (johnson.shiue@autodesk.com)
Senior Principal SQA Engineer, Inventor
Mechanical Design
Autodesk, Inc.

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JDMather
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Re: How to convert a 3d inventor file into a 2d cad file.

05-10-2013 06:38 PM in reply to: pajamas4

Perhaps all you need to do is run the Viewbase command in AutoCAD and select the Inventor model?

It all depends on what you really need in the end.

 

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Re: How to convert a 3d inventor file into a 2d cad file.

05-13-2013 04:31 AM in reply to: JDMather

Hello

 

This helps. 

 

Thank you

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pajamas4
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Re: How to convert a 3d inventor file into a 2d cad file.

05-14-2013 08:43 AM in reply to: pajamas4

Hello

 

I think I found a way to my problem.

 

What I did was I made the model on the Assembly file; then I placed the views on the drawing templete.  After that, instead of saving it to inventor, I exported it to CAD and open that CAD file after it's done loading.  I opened it and it's completely flat (2D).

 

Just wanted to write back to tell ya'll what I did.

 

Thanks for all your help again

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