Wednesday, September 17, 2008

AutoCAD Tips:Convert a 3D solid to a 2D drawin

This AutoCAD tip explains how to Convert a 3D solid to a 2D drawing with a hidden view, but you can create a wireframe as well. It uses the SOLPROF command to create a profile. By transferring the results to another file, you get a solely 2D  CAD drawing.

1.  Create the 3D model. 
2.  Set up the hidden view that you want.
3.  Start the UCS command and use the New>View option to set the XY plane parallel to the view.
4.  Choose a layout tab. By default, a viewport is created automatically. Otherwise, choose
View>Viewports>New View (MVIEW command) and create a viewport.
5.  Double-click inside the viewport to switch to model space.
6.  Type solprof on the command line At the prompt, select the 3D model and accept the defaults (Y each time) for all three prompts. You should now see a wireframe profile, as shown here in a viewport. (The profile is one object.)

7.  You'll now see two new layers in the Layer Control drop-down list. One starts with PV-
and could be PV-ad, PV-125, or any suffix. The other starts with PH- and has the same suffix. The PV layer contains the front parts of the profile (V stands for visible). The PH
layer contains the hidden parts (H stands for hidden). Make the PV- layer the current layer.
8.  Freeze all other layers. Now you see the hidden view. If you want a wireframe, don't freeze the PH- layer.
9.  Press Ctrl+C and select all objects (which won't include the frozen layers) to copy the
profile to the Windows Clipboard.
10. Start a new drawing.
11. Press Ctrl+V to paste in the profile and specify any point to place it. You should see the profile  looking  exactly  the  same  as  before.  (If  the  angle  looks  wrong,  reproduce  the viewpoint you had in the previous drawing and set the UCS to View again.)
12. Start the EXPLODE command (because the profile comes in as a block) and select all objects. (Skip this step if you want to leave it as one object.)
13. The new profile may not be the same scale as the original. If not, measure any length in the original 3D drawing.
14. Use the SCALE command and select all the objects. Then use the Reference option. At
the prompt to specify the reference length, specify the beginning and end of the length you measured, that is, the same object in the new 2D drawing.
15. At the prompt to specify the new length, enter the length that you measured to scale the 2d model to that new length.

Now, You completed the conversion of a 3D solid to a 2D  cad drawing. Can you work in this AutoCAD tips?

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