I tried importing a 2D DXF into a sketch, and wondered why it has over 2500 lines/splines/entitys. I have found that there are many lines and splines right on top of each other. Is there a simple way of merging these together in SW?
If you imported the 2D information into a sketch in a part, then you can use Repair Sketch to rid it of overlapping or stacked lines and arcs... doesn't work with splines though. ):
Simple Way - No -
You would need to trace it and depending on the part, that is time consuming. Do you have any pictures etc...
Tracing this one would be a headache. It is almost entirely splines.
Found a solution for this one, but had to find imported geometry and convert a lot of edges to a sketch, one to 3 'loops' at a time. Would like to know a way of working with the 2D sketch I already have for if/when I can't get the 3D version.
If you have AutoCAD use the "overkill" command. I think this command was available in version 2009.
It removes and/or merges overlapping geometry.
Maybe this helps
10 to 15 min - maybe 1/2 hour max to trace what you would need - upload the sketch - basically you need a few different levels of extrude, so do the base or lowest face first.
Select the front plane and add a 2D sketch select the outline and use convert entities for each layer....
Are you sure it is 2D in AutoCAD and does not have 3D elements?
May be easier to clean up in AutoCAD or Draftsight before bringing into SolidWorks.
Hard to say without seeing the file.
You would have to have the premium version of Draftsight, but it's inexpensive.
Or if you have AutoCAD, OVERKILL is a command that allows the deletion of duplicate entities.
Kubotek KeyCreator has a great function called Compress Curves that flattens to 2D and removes duplicates. Works Great.
In other words, process using a different CAD program that understands 2Dand them bring into SW.
I guess the main question I would have? Is the sketch going to be a sheet metal cutout or will it be a series of stacked layers, they would require a little different approach to the design intent. Stacked layers would need multiple sketches etc..
It is just a sketch block that I intend to use to make logos. Sometimes it might be a cut out. Other times an etching, or just a sticker to be placed on something.
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