How can I export 2D Plan view for my 3D Object?

I need to export part file as a drawing , How do I export from 3D to 2D; and what are the available formats?



Asked on February 13, 2017 in AutoCAD.
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if in AutoCAD you can use the “FLATTEN” command to flatten the 3D object to 2D and then export it to your chose location

Answered on February 14, 2017.
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Well what program are you using?


if you are asking about a mechanical package such as solidworks or Inventor;


you can easily export your work drawing by converting the 3D object into a drawing

Click file->New->Drawing->Place your view

Place your Side view, plan and elevation

Put in your dimensions

and save your file


you can also export as PDF as required


even a more neat feature is that you can export as a 3D PDF where the user can actually fly around your object looking at it from all directions without even having to install any other tool other than A standard PDF viewer

Answered on February 21, 2017.
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My two default programs are AutoCAD and SketchUp. I’ve found SketchUp flattens most 3D models into usable 2D formats very effectively. It’s all a matter of angling the view of the 3D model and then using the Export command to export a 2D vector file format of the view (.dwg, .dxf, and various raster image formats).

Answered on July 23, 2020.
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