Alibre Design enables you to use 2D data (for example, your legacy data from an older 2D program) as the basis for generating 3D models. The basic process is simple -- import your 2D drawings into Alibre Design and then copy components of the drawing, such as lines and points, into the 3D workspace as the sketch you'll use for feature creation. This column will walk you through this process while giving you hints about transforming your drawings from other programs into 3D models in Alibre Design.
1. Go to File / Import and find the DXF or DWG file that you wish to use.
DXF/DWG import options.
Maintain Projection means that it will maintain the orientation that the file was created with. Import Only Visible Layers means that Alibre will import only those layers that were set visible when the file was initially saved.
- Select the Figures icon. Select the figures that you want to move.
- Select the From icon. Select a node on the sketch figures where you want the orientation of the move to be from.
- Select the To icon. Select the new orientation where you want the sketch to be placed.
- Select Apply to apply the move.