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Creating a 2D drawing from a 3D shape

11/8/2014
Version 0.14
In this section, I will explain how to create 2D drawing from a 3D shape.
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  1. After cretating your 3D shape, move to Drawing workbenchDrawing workbench
  2. Create 2D drawing page with new A3 landscape drawingDrawing_Landscape_A3.
  3. Select your 3D shape on model tree and click viewDrawing_View to insert the shape to a page.
  4. In default, a inserted view will be located at upper-left of the page. Select the view on Part tree and adjust positions, a view direction and a scale of the view at Data tab on property view that is displayed on lower-left of window.
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    Properties of a view are as follows.
    • Line Width : Width of line
    • Hidden Width : Width of hidden line
    • X : X coordinate of display position
    • Y : Y coordinate of display position
    • Scale : Scaling factor
    • Rotation : Rotation angles (The rotation axis is vertical to the screen)
    • Direction : View direction
    • Show Hidden Lines : Whether hidden lines are displayed or not
    • Show Smooth Lines : Whether boundary lines of curved surfaces are displayed or not
  5. Insert the views you need in same steps.
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  6. You can also insert characters or images (SVG format) with Annotation toolDrawing_Annotation and Symbol toolDrawing_Symbol.
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  7. Save created 2D drawing to the SVG format file with Saving pageDrawing_Save. If you want to draw more detailed annotation, edit the file with general-purpose drawing tool that supported SVG format (e.g. Inkscape).
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