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Solid Edge: How to Use 2D Data in a 3D Environment

In this Solid Edge tutorial, you’ll learn how to use 2D data in a 3D Solid Edge Environment, then take it back to 2D.

Solid Edge Video: How to Use 2D Data in a 3D Environment

In this Snackbyte video, PROLIM Application Engineer, Ben Weisenberger, demonstrates how you can bring 2D data into a 3D Solid Edge environment, and then take it back to a 2D environment.

In this video, Ben is moving a .DWG file type from AutoCAD into Solid Edge. After opening the file in the drawing format, let’s recap the steps taken to turn 2D data into a 3D part: 

  • Start by using the command “Create 3D.” This command allows you to take active drawings you’re using and add them to a file. 
    • Pick the views you want to take over into the 3D drawing. You can select simply by clicking and dragging your cursor.  
    • In the video, Ben also selects a fold line that folds his two views when he moves them over into the part drawing.
    • Click “Finish” on the command. 
  • If you’re in Synchronous, you can select parts of the drawing as “regions.” When you click inside them, you’re able to extrude the regions to the desired measurements. 
    • In the video, because Ben brought two views over with a fold line, he’s able to grab a key point and extrude a region to that point. Doing so ensures that you can keep the 3D model accurate to the background 2D sketch. 
  • By bringing the dimensions from the 2D sketch into the 3D model, the dimensions remain active in the 3D version. You can adjust the dimensions by changing the value; correspondingly, the model will change. 
  • If you have a significant feature in the model, like the holes in Ben’s model, you can select the hole and move it. With Synchronous Technology and Design Intent, the other holes will move the same measurement. 

The advantage of using Solid Edge is that you have the flexibility to edit all of these 3D dimensions that actually originally came from a 2D sketch. 


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