Before you can use the CAD-Line | DXF tab to show a DXF drawing, you must File menu > Open DXF file-type to add the DXF element to the Assembly-Tree.
Use the CAD-Line dialog-box | DXF tab to:
•Show a DXF drawing that is linked to a DXF-Element
•Re-align the DXF Drawing with the CAD-Line
•Show or Hide different DXF Layers, and to change their colors
•Convert DXF Entities into MechDesigner sketch-elements
•Clear (remove) the original DXF Drawing from the CAD-Line
Select which DXF-Element : DXF Drawing you want to link to the CAD-Line and show in the graphic-area:
Select DXF-Element: drop-down list-box
1.Click the down-arrow and select a DXF-Element in the list-box
Each DXF-Element has two parts - see example.
The DXF drawing shows in the graphic-area immediately.
If you want to move the DXF-Drawing relative to the start-Point and X-axis of the CAD-Line, see Align DXF to CAD-Line
Buttons - optional
•Edit DXF Layers : open the DXF Layers dialog-box (Note: does not work - 14-2-34)
•Remove DXF : remove the DXF Drawing from the CAD-Line.
•Solid Color (Should read DXF color) in the graphics area.
First Part : DXF2 - DXF2 is the element-name in the Assembly-Tree
Second Part : clean.DXF - is the DXF drawing-name that will show in the graphic-area.
If you cannot see the DXF Drawing, then...:
To change the alignment of the DXF Drawing with respect to the CAD-Line, you must select two DXF Points.
DXF Point to CAD-Line's Origin
1.Click in the box to make the box Orange - see Note
2.Click the DXF-Point in the DXF Drawing that you want to move to the start-Point of the CAD-Line
The DXF-Point shows in the box and the box becomes Green
DXF Point along CAD-Line
3.Click in the box if it is not Green
4.Click a DXF-Point in the DXF Drawing to move to CAD-Line.
The DXF-Drawing moves to be aligned with the two DXF-Points.
You can re-select the DXF-Points at any time.
DXF Line, DXF Arc, and DXF Point entities are dumb.
Use this separator to convert the dumb DXF entities to MechDesigner sketch-elements.
This box specifies the Part to which you will add the sketch-element
Usually, you will add the sketch-elements to the same Part as the CAD-Line.
1.Click the Owner Part box to make it Orange
2.Click a Part in the graphic-area or the Assembly-Tree.
The Part should now be in the Owner Part box
This box is the DXF-Entity you will convert to a MechDesigner sketch-element.
3.Click the DXF Entity box to make it Orange
Before you click a DXF-Entity, you may want to:
•Click the Select Loop radio-button so that you will convert a number of DXF-Entities to a sketch-loop
•Click the Lock Points radio-button to fix the Points in the sketch-elements to the Part, after they are converted to MD sketch-elements
•Optionally, edit the Merge Radius value to help make a sketch-loop with those DXF entities inside the Merge-Radius' value.
4.Click a DXF Entity (a DXF Line or DXF Arc) in the graphic-area
5.Click the Convert to MD Entities button
Repeat 1 to 5 again and again to convert other or the same DXF Entities to MD sketch-elements.
Note: After you Convert DXF to MD Lines and Ar, you can click the Remove DXF button, in Select DXF Elements.