How to Create a 3D model from a 2D DXF
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CAD Schroer, long in the business of simplifying the route from 2D to 3D, provides the free MEDUSA4 Personal 2D/3D CAD software for non-commercial use. One of the benefits of this fully-fledged design engineering tool is its excellent DXF/DWG interface, which enables users to easily edit existing drawings. It’s also ideal for those who want to dip their toes into the world of 3D modelling.
From 2D DXF/DWG to 3D
MEDUSA4 Personal’s “sheet-based modelling” approach lets designers easily turn a drawing into a 3D model. “People who are used to working in a 2D environment really like this approach,” says CAD Schroer Technical Support Consultant Alan Liddle. “You need to have a concept of height and depth, but you don’t need any expert modelling skills or the same spatial awareness as with complex 3D modelling tools - and there isn’t a steep learning curve. Our DWG/DXF interface is very accurate, so that you start off with an intelligent bit of geometry which you can then edit and model.”
Watch a DXF to 3D model demo video:
In a demo video just released, users can see this approach in action: A DXF of a centrifuge pump with electric motor and gear box is opened in MEDUSA4 Personal, and edited on a 3D sheet, displaying plan, front and side views. “We utilise the profile of the components we wish to model in plan view, defining the X and Y coordinates,” Alan explains. “A link line to one of the other views is used to define the Z dimension. The part is then sent to the software’s modeller, which creates a solid model users can view and manipulate. We use solid sweeps to define the flanges, feet and legs of the assembly. For the pump body and motor we define a volume of revolution by rotating the profile around the centre line. Finally, Boolean operations are used to join together the defined 3D components into a single unit.”
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