Step 8.2: Example: Convert DXF Outline to Extrusion Elements

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Step 8.2: Example: Convert DXF Outline to Extrusion Elements

Objective:

We want to convert the DXF Drawing to a MechDesigner sketch-elements, and then add an Extrusion.

1.Select DXF-Entities that are in the DXF-Outline

2.Copy and convert the DXF-Entities to MechDesigner sketch-elements, as a sketch-loop.

3.Add a Profile / Extrusion to the sketch-loop

Convert DXF-Entities into MechDesigner Lines and Arc separator

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STEP 1: Select a Owner-Part

The Owner-Part is usually the Part to which the CAD-Line is a child.

However, you can also covert the DXF-Entities into a different Part.

1.If necessary, click the  Convert to MD Lines and Arcs  separator.

The Part to which the CAD-Line is a child should be in the Owner Part box

If you want to convert DXF-Entities to a different Part,

2.Click a different Part in the graphic-area or Assembly-Tree

STEP 2: Select a DXF-Entity

The DXF-Entity box refers to any of the DXF Lines or DXF Circles/Arcs in the DXF-Drawing you want to convert to a sketch-element

In the graphic-area:

1.Click DXF-Entity in the DXF Drawing

The name of the DXF-Entity should be in the DXF Entity box.

The button becomes colorized.


Before you click the button, you have to choose one from each of the following...

STEP 3: Select Free Points or Lock Points

Free-Points: select if you want to edit the sketch-elements later. You can lock the Points later in the Part-Editor

Lock-Points: select to freeze the end-Points of each new sketch-element at the exact location in the part.  You can unlock each Point later in the Part-Editor

1.Click :

Free Points

or

Lock Points

STEP 4: Select Sketch-Element or Sketch-Loop

Sketch-Element : convert the DXF-Entity in the DXF Entity box into sketch-element

Sketch-Loop: convert all DXF-Entities with adjacent end-Points within the Merge-Radius. This may produce a sketch-path or a sketch-loop.

1.Click :

Sketch-Element

or

Sketch-Loop

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DXF-Entities AND Sketch-Loop with Locked-Points

DXF-Entities AND Sketch-Loop with Locked-Points

STEP 5: Convert the DXF-Entities to a sketch-loop (if possible)

1.Click the button

 

Now, the new sketch-elements AND the DXF-Entities are in the graphic-area.

The color of the DXF-Entities are different to the sketch-elements

 

 

Sketch-elmenets as Sketch-Loop with Locked-Points

Sketch-elmenets as Sketch-Loop with Locked-Points

It is sometimes convenient to remove the DXF-Entities from the graphic-area and CAD-Line after you click the Convert to Lines and Arcs button.

STEP 6: Delete the DXF-Entities from the CAD-Line and Part.

1.Click the Select DXF Element separator

2.Click the button

The new sketch-elements stay in the Part - see left.

If the Sketch-Loop option is successful, the sketch-elements are a sketch-loop.

STEP 7: Click OK-tiny-13-17 at the top of the CAD-Line dialog-box

Use the Add Profile command

If Convert to Lines and Arcs did find a sketch-loop, add a Profile / Extrusion to the sketch-loop in the usual way.

If Convert to Lines and Arcs did not find a sketch-loop, edit the Part to add sketch-elements to make a sketch-loop.

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STEP 7: Add a Profile to the sketch-loop

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1.Click Solids toolbar > Add Profile

2.Click one of the sketch-elements in the sketch-loop

There is a new Profile / Extrusion in the graphic-area.

STEP 8: Show the Extrusion

1.Click Visibility toolbar > Show Solids in Mechanism

2.Spin the View with View toolbar > Spin