AutoCad Import

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Currently I have been creating all of my 2D drawings on a sheet with a background
sheet that has all of my company information. Recently I have started to import
dxf files from a tooling company that I work with. When I open up these dxf AutoCad
files all of there drawings open in a 2D model.
I'm wondering what the difference is between this 2D model tab and the sheet tab
and if it makes any difference where I draw up my own drawings.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks!
Bradley Kwaterski
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Re: AutoCad Import

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Brad, there are 4 methods that you can use to create drawings.
1. Draw directly on the Working Sheets (as you are doing).
2. Draw on the 2D Model Sheet and create a 2D Model View (from the Working
Sheet) and place it on the Working Sheet.
3. Draw on the 2D Model Sheet and place a scaled Block of your border on the
2D Model Sheet to encompass your graphics.
4. Use a Draft View (button not on toolbars) on the Working Sheets and draw
inside of it.
There are advantage/disadvantages to each method, so I will attempt to
outline them below.
Method 1 - Easy and intuitive if everything can remain 1:1, but scaling is
an issue due to the finite sheet size available. Graphics larger than the
paper need to be scaled down to fit and then a scale factor used on the
dimensions.
Method 2 - Allows drawing anything 1:1, but dimensions should be put on the
autohide layer and all annotation/dimensioning for the print needs to be
done once the 2D Model Views that are placed on the working sheet.
Individual 2D Model Views of Front, Right, Top, etc... will need to have
alignment created between them. The views can be scaled at will, and
unaligned views can be placed and scaled independently from aligned views.
Dimensions that were placed in the 2D Model Sheet on the Autohide layer can
be Retrieved and the Detail View command can be used.
Method 3 - Allows drawing anything 1:1. Dimension normally and detail views
will have to be manually created. Drawing border must exist as a Block in a
library. Border will be scaled up/down to fit the graphics and therefore
your print will be scaled up/down to fit the paper it is to be printed on.
I have not done enough evaluation of this method to know if there are
lineweight or hatch scaling issues when printing a heavily scaled drawing
using this method.
Method 4 - Not recommended. All graphics would need to be created within
one Draft View at 1:1 if it was related (such as Top, Front, Right, etc...
views), and therefore when placed on the Working Sheet, can only be scaled
as a block. UGS took this off the menu for a reason, and I would be wary of
it being dropped at some later time. We have used this for straight ACAD
conversion of drawings and it worked well for that, but not for natively
created 2D drawings.
--
Ken
http://grundey.blogspot.com
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>
> Currently I have been creating all of my 2D drawings on a sheet with a
> background
> sheet that has all of my company information. Recently I have started to
> import
> dxf files from a tooling company that I work with. When I open up these
> dxf AutoCad
> files all of there drawings open in a 2D model.
>
> I'm wondering what the difference is between this 2D model tab and the
> sheet tab
> and if it makes any difference where I draw up my own drawings.
>
> Any help would be appreciated.
>
> Thanks!
> Bradley Kwaterski