This tip is the first of this site’s tips to be supplemented with a video version of the tip, both here and on YouTube.
To see the YouTube video version of this tip, CLICK_HERE, or just click on the video at the bottom of this post.
This post shows how to import a STEP file into AutoCAD, and how to change the 3D object’s orientation to align properly with the view cube and standard AutoCAD views.
The video shows the process of importing a highly detailed 3D speaker file. This is part of a project I completed recently with much trial and error, so I hope this tip, along with an upcoming Part 2, will save you a lot of time and angst.
The steps are:
- Make sure you’re in the 3D Modeling workspace.
- Go Insert tab > Import panel > Import button.
- Make sure the Files of Type selector is set to STEP files.
- Select the STEP file and hit OPEN. Close the dialog box that says it’s processing.
- When the white and blue button in the lower right says “completed,” click on the button, right-click, and choose “Insert.”
- The object appears but orientation needs correcting.
- Change to Hidden visual style. Select the 3D object and get the Rotate gizmo.
- Select the circle in the plane of rotation. Click in empty space when the object is oriented properly.
- Position the object as desired relative to the origin point.
That’s it! The next CAD tip will discuss how to flatten the 3D object into a 2D object. Hint: there’s now a much better way than using the FLATTEN command.
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Here’s the video: