Autodesk University
Hands-on Lab    UT10436-L
From 2D AutoCAD to 3D Inventor
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In the electric utility industry, as in most industries, moving out of 2D and into 3D is a daunting task. The main drawback is that no one wants to re-create all of his or her 2D designs. This lab will teach you how to bring legacy 2D blocks into the 3D modeling world of Inventor software. In the first exercise, we will use copy and paste to create the 3D model of simple electrical components. Next, we will open a complicated 2D file in Inventor software, and we will use the Autodesk Labs 2D to 3D add-in for the conversion process. As a bonus we will export a 3D AutoCAD-software structural drawing and then import it into Inventor software as an assembly.

Key Learnings

  • Learn how to move from 2D drawings to 3D models with minimal learning curve
  • Learn how to copy and paste from AutoCAD to create Inventor parts
  • Learn how to use the 2D to 3D add-in from Autodesk Labs
  • Learn how to export AutoCAD files and import into Inventor as parts and/or assemblies


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