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2D to 3D Simplified

September 2007 [09/01/2007]

Sunith Babu L, AUGI Board of Director, INDIA Chapter

Submitted by Sunith Babu, President of the AutoCAD Local User Group, Bangalore, and Board of
Director for AUGI India Chapter, Sunith currently works for M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology
(MSRIT),www.msrit.edu, a leading Educational Institution at Bangalore, Karnataka, founded way back in
1962. He has provided training related to Autodesk products since 2003 to both staff and students from
various colleges across India and regularly conducts ATP (AUGI Training Program) segments for
students, staff, and working professionals. He is an active and supportive member of AUGI and is
currently working on projects related to Autodesk Inventor. He also runs a consulting group called
CADAZINE, which focuses on projects related to CAD CAM CAE. He is a member of Autodesk Developer
Network (ADN) and can be contacted at sunith.augi@gmail.com.

Are you an AutoCAD user? Have you tried converting all the orthographic drawings in your CAD
department into 3D Part models using Autodesk Inventor®? If no, then this tutorial is for you and a must
for every CAD engineer.
With a new tool released from Autodesk Labs, 2D to 3D Tool for Autodesk Inventor, life is much more
interesting for every CAD professional. In this tutorial we shall focus on how to convert a 2D drawing
created in AutoCAD® into a 3D part model in Autodesk Inventor.
I recommend you download this tool from Autodesk Labs and follow the procedure for installation as
given in the User Guide Download.
Let’s begin with the tutorial.
Step 1: Make sure you search for an old orthographic drawing done in AutoCAD, maybe way back in the
'
90s. I am using a drawing file created in 1998. (This is to make sure you can implement this feature from
any version of AutoCAD.)
Step 2: The isometric view and orthographic views are as shown in Figures 1 and 2 below.

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Figure 1

Figure 2

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Step 3: Now make sure you have installed the 2D to 3D Tool for Autodesk Inventor and open Autodesk
Inventor with Part Module (mm) as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3
Step 4: Select the command Insert AutoCAD File from 2D Sketch Panel as shown in figure 4.

Figure 4
Step 5: Now open the orthographic drawing (*.dwg) from the location where it is saved, as shown in figure
5, and click on Open.

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Figure 5
Step 6: You will be taken to a new window which shows a preview of the drawing to be imported into
Autodesk Inventor. Based on the number of layers used in AutoCAD, all can be used or removed by
selecting the selective import. Once done click on finish.

Figure 6
Step 7: Make sure you can either retain or remove the dimension layer while importing the drawing into
Autodesk Inventor. The drawing will look like the one shown in figure 7.

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Figure 7
Step 8: Now make sure you select the 2D to 3D tool in Inventor as shown in figure 8.

Figure 8
Step 9: The various options available in this toolbar are Base View, Projected View, Sketch Alignment,
and Extrude.

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Figure 9
Step 10: Once you click on Base View, you will have your drawing view oriented as shown in figure 10.

Figure 10
Step 11: Select the front face and later select the front view as shown in figures 11 and 12.

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Figure 11

Figure 12
Step 12: Now make sure you select the Projected View from the 2D to 3D Tool Bar as shown in figure 13.

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Figure 13
Step 13: Now go ahead and select the side view as shown in figure 14 using the mouse button and click
OK. You will get the side view as shown in figure 15.

Figure 14

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Figure 15
Step 14: Similarly, repeat step 13 to get the top view as shown in figure 16.

Figure 16
Step 15: Once you are sure that all the views are oriented, select the Extrude command (E). Now select
the Side View, which has two faces (area), and enter the extrusion distance as 40mm and click on OK as
shown in figure 17.

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Figure 17
Step 16: Similarly, select the front view and carry out a Boolean operation as shown in figure 18.

Figure 18
Step 17: Similarly, carry out the same for top view by selecting the hole with a cut out option as shown in
figure 19.

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Figure 19
Step 18: As you complete the steps sequentially, you will get the final 3D PART MODEL as shown in
figure 20.

Figure 20
Tips and Tricks
You must work on a new part file to begin this tutorial.
All the geometry must be located on the same plane.
All loops must be closed for use with the Extrude command to create 3D Models.

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