Exporting only the external surfaces of model for General Plant Layout

Experimenter
Experimenter

I have a model with a lot of proprietary information in the internals of the equipment. The model has a number of piping interfaces where the equipment connects to the Plant. The client requires an Autocad file format from us to put into their Plant layout and the file size must be as small as possible so as not to slow their model down.

 

In the past I have exported to a step file and then imported that file into Autocad, but I don't believe this is the correct solution for my requirements.

 

Are their certain options in the export settings that I should be using?

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Re: Exporting only the external surfaces of model for General Plant Layout

Phenom
Phenom

Set up your view with only the parts you want to export displayed then

use the 'Export Displayed Only' option when creating the step file.

 

Alternatively you could look at using simplified assemblies.

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Re: Exporting only the external surfaces of model for General Plant Layout

Experimenter
Experimenter
Hi Beachcomber

Must I hide the parts that I don't need? There are only a few internal components that I can hide.

Most of the internal components protrude out through the model and form the interfaces with the Plant. The external components rotate around the internal components so I need to show these too.

I will try out the simplified assemblies option too.

regards

Nick

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Re: Exporting only the external surfaces of model for General Plant Layout

PLM World Member Legend PLM World Member Legend
PLM World Member Legend

Have you tried using the Simplify Visible Faces command?  Depending on the shape of your assembly this might work well for you.

 

Once you simplify the model (which copies all the visible surfaces from the parts to the assembly,) you can right click on the simplified assembly, and select Save As.

 

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HTH,

Jason