Geometry | CAD-Line

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Geometry | CAD-Line

Add CAD-Line

See CAD-Line dialog-box

Add a CAD-Line to:

Display* a DXF-Drawing

Import and display a SOLIDWORKS Part

Import and display an STL File

Specify Mass & Inertia Properties

There is one CAD-Line from the start-Point to the end-Point of each Part you add to the model.

Add more CAD-Lines to a Part (and Base-Part) to import more CAD files onto the same Part.

* Before you can display a DXF-Drawing with a CAD-Line, you must use File menu > Open > DXF file-type to add a minimum of one DXF-element to the Assembly-Tree.

Add CAD-Line

Geometry toolbar

Add Gearing FB

1.Click Geometry toolbar > Add CAD-Line


1.Click Add menu > Geometry sub-menu> > Add CAD-Line


2.Drag in the graphic-area from the start-Point to its end-Point.

Drag: mouse-button-down (start-Point), move your mouse-pointer, mouse-button-up (end-Point).

The CAD-Line is now in the graphic-area.

See CAD-Line dialog-box

Do Add CAD-Line with a free start-Point and/or end-Point.

Do NOT HOVER above a different Point* before you mouse-button-down or mouse-button-up to add the Line.

See also: How to Delete a Constraint

Do Add CAD-Line with a merged start-Point and/or end-Point.

Do HOVER above a different Point* before you mouse-button-down or mouse-button-up to add the Line.

See: Hover+Drag Video

Point* : start-Point, end-Point, center-Point.

Note :

You can open the CAD-Line dialog-box from the:

Part-Editor, Mechanism-Editor AND, if you link a Solid to the CAD-Line, Model-Editor

The CAD-Line in the graphic-area and Assembly-Tree

CAD-Lines in an Added-Part

CAD-Lines in an Added-Part

In the Graphic-Area:

Mechanism-Editor : Add-Part - a CAD-LineRed-14-1b along the center of the Part.

Part-Editor : Add CAD-Line to add one or more CAD-LineRed-14-2 to a Part

CAD-Lines have a Coordinate System, which is important to orientate CAD files that you import

+X–axis: from its start-PointRed-14-3 to its end-PointRed-14-4

+Y–axis: at +90º from the +X–axis

+Z-axis: perpendicular to the Mechanism Plane (towards you in the default view (Front-View))


In the Assembly-Tree:

The CAD-Line is the only sketch-elements that show in the Assembly-Tree.

The Cad-Line is a child to a Part.