Copy and paste AutoCAD data into 2D sketches
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.
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:
- Copy AutoCAD data to
sketches nested deeply within the assembly hierarchy. For example,
edit a part and paste the AutoCAD data on a part face.
- Create a work plane and select it as
a sketch plane, and then paste data.
- Quickly convert 2D data to 3D. For example,
sketch in AutoCAD, and then paste it into a model sketch in Autodesk Inventor and
loft it to create a 3D model.
- Copy AutoCAD geometry to a drawing sketch
and then add annotations.
There are three methods
for copying AutoCAD geometry into Autodesk Inventor. Each of these methods
imports AutoCAD data into Autodesk Inventor.
- Copy data from within AutoCAD and paste
into Autodesk Inventor.
- Open an AutoCAD drawing in Autodesk Inventor,
and then copy the .dwg data directly from Autodesk Inventor and paste into
the sketch environment.
- Use .
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
- In Autodesk Inventor, create or open a 2D sketch.
- Right-click in the sketch and select
Paste. Alternatively, use .
- 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
- 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.
Options are available only if the last clipboard data is AutoCAD
- 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