Copy and paste AutoCAD data into 2D sketches
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Copy and paste AutoCAD data into 2D sketches

You can copy Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD data to the clipboard and paste into a part, assembly, or drawing sketch. In AutoCAD, you select objects to copy and then, in Autodesk Inventor, paste in a sketch. The data is imported at the cursor position.

A bounding box is displayed when pasting the data. Before the data is placed, you can right-click to activate the Paste Options dialog box. In this dialog box, you can adjust units, endpoint constraints, geometric constraints, and select to paste AutoCAD blocks as Inventor sketch blocks.

NoteIf you paste copied AutoCAD data that includes a base point, clicking in the graphics window places the base point, and the bounding box is offset from the cursor.

Some uses for AutoCAD data pasted to a sketch include:

There are three methods for copying AutoCAD geometry into Autodesk Inventor. Each of these methods imports AutoCAD data into Autodesk Inventor.

In AutoCAD, or in an AutoCAD drawing that is opened in Autodesk Inventor, select objects to copy and then press CTRL+C. You can use either Copy or Copy with Base Point:

  1. In Autodesk Inventor, create or open a 2D sketch.
  2. Right-click in the sketch and select Paste. Alternatively, use Tools tab Clipboard panel Paste .
  3. Optional. Right-click in the sketch and select Paste Options. In this dialog you can:
    • Specify units. Select Detected Units to use the same units as in the AutoCAD file or Specify Units to change the scale before pasting.
    • Select Constrain End Points to apply constraints automatically. Clear the check box if you want to constrain endpoints manually.
    • Select Apply geometric constraints to fully constraint the sketch automatically. Clear the check box if you want to constrain the sketch manually.
    • Select to paste AutoCAD blocks as Inventor sketch blocks. If this option is not selected, AutoCAD blocks are exploded and pasted as primitive geometry.

    Click OK to accept the settings and close the dialog, or click Cancel.

    NotePaste Options are available only if the last clipboard data is AutoCAD data.
  4. In the graphics window, click to paste the data. Continue clicking to paste additional copies and when finished, right-click and select Done.
Guidelines for copying and pasting AutoCAD data