Advantages of 2D to 3D CAD Conversion

In today’s design world, 3D models are the preferred option for easy visualization.  So, what do you do with all of your legacy 2D CAD drawings when you move to a 3D design system, such as Revit, Solid Works, CATIA, or another 3D program? 3D models

The process of converting a 2D drawing into a 3D model can seem complicated, even when using some of the popular 3D modeling tools like AutoCAD, SolidEdge, and Microstation.  Two of the most important parts of the conversion process are (1) understanding the process itself; and, being well-schooled in the software that you’re using.  Remember that the aim of this technology is to simplify the process of creating 3D part models from existing 2D CAD drawings.

Since 2D drafting is still widely in use, it is important to be able to convert both legacy drawings and newly created drawings into 3D models.   This conversion from 2D to 3D is important in aiding us to visualize the finished product.  Our brains are simply better able to do this type of visualization from a 3D virtual object than they are from a 2D drawing.   While 2D drafting tools are able to provide sufficient data about an object, only 3D modeling techniques can help engineers and designers to spot problems and make solutions for these problems before the actual building of the physical object.  So, 3D technology can provide companies with competitive  advantages

Advantages of 3D Solid Modeling

  • Helps prevent costs overruns and design delays
  • Shorter design cycles
  • Better product design information

Choosing the appropriate CAD tools requires users to consider a lot more than just drawing productivity.   3D solid modeling provides more immediate design integrity by allowing users to view a very realistic image of an object.   3D CAD models they are less prone to errors than 2D CAD drawings.

All of these are compelling reasons for converting from 2D CAD drawings to 3D CAD models.


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