Geometry | CAD-Line

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Geometry | CAD-Line

Why use Add CAD-Line?

Use 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 a CAD-Line from the start-Point to the end-Point of each Part you add to the model.

You can add more CAD-Lines with Add CAD-Line to import more CAD files onto the same Part.

Add CAD-Line

Geometry toolbar

Toolbar :

Part-Editor: Geometry toolbar > Add CAD-Line

Menu :

Part-Editor: Add menu > Geometry sub-menu> > Add CAD-Line

To Add :

1.Part-Editor: Click Geometry toolbar > Add CAD-Line

2.Part-Editor: Drag in the graphic-area from its 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.

To Edit :

See CAD-Line dialog-box


To add with Free-Points*

Do NOT HOVER above a Point* before you mouse-button-down or mouse-button-up.

See also: How to Delete a Constraint

To add with Merged-Points*

Do HOVER above a Point* before you mouse-button-down or mouse-button-up.

See also: Hover+Drag Video

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

Note :

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




Model-Editor (when you a Solid linked to the CAD-Line)

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:

CAD-Lines are the only sketch-elements that show in the Assembly-Tree.