I figured i'd go ahead and start contributing.... i know there's a lot of questions regarding 3D - 2D conversions, so here is how I do it. if there's a better way to do this tutorial, then PM me and i'll edit it with creditbility where deserved. okay, let's get started.
Here is the 3D model I will be using today, a patio with some chairs. I will flatten this 3D object to a 2D drawing where I will be able to dimension and edit when done.
Okay lets start with the view you want, in 2D shademode. for this model, i've chosen the Front view. *NOTE: be careful your 3D object is lined perfectly with standard Views, i'll explain later.*
Now, select all objects. In the menu, go to Express --> Modify --> Flatten Objects.
Remove hidden lines? <No>: No or Yes (this just keeps or omits hidden lines. to see the difference, simply change shademodes from 2D to Hidden, and you'll see exactly how it will finish. if you want to show hidden lines, then Do Not remove hidden lines.)
*NOTE: if you do not have Express Tools (ET) installed, pop in your CD, it comes with AutoCAD*
Now you can see it successfully flattened the 3D object when I 3DOrbit around it.
Here is the difference between keeping and omitting hidden lines......
Keep Hidden Lines:
Omit Hidden Lines:
To start editing your newly flattened object, you might have to Explode it, to release connecting lines. depending on how complex the 3D object, you might be editing awhile. ;-) NOTE: one thing to remember when flattening an object, is all lines are flattened, so if you have repeated lines, you'll be deleted a lot of lines. if you have ET installed, use the OVERKILL command to bring everything back to a single line, be careful that you have plenty of computer power and not many programs running, it takes awhile sometimes. ;-)
When you've prepped the drawing to your liking, start dimensioning - it's still to scale. and that's it!
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pictures seems gone
Can you re-post the pics please
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