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.
- 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
Terri HumelTerri has an Associate's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nashville State Technical Institute. She is employed as the Principal Associate Engineer in Substation Design at Nashville Electric Service. She has 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry and 28 years of experience designing substations with AutoCAD®. Currently she is using Inventor® and the Substation Designer to produce intelligent 3D substation models. Part of her responsibilities include producing procedural and training manuals, devising and implementing new work processes and new software along with preforming training. She's presented at AU for the past 3 years. Other accomplishments include authoring an article in the March 2013 issue of Electricity Today.