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Steve Clarkson

Can I create a 3D object from a CAD drawing in Vectorworks?

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Ya, it's a naive question.

I've downloaded the drawing of an audio cabinet that has no options in the 3D warehouse, wondering if there's a quick/easy way to create a model from it.


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This drawing is 2D? You can import the file to Vectorworks and create a 3D object from it. Be it a .jpg .pdf .dwg etc...


3D warehouse you mean SketchUp, right? SketchUp files can be used with Vectorworks and edited.


Side tip: I don't know if this changes with language versions, but in the German version Vectorworks 2018 can't read files form SketchUp 2018, so the SketchUp file must be saved as a SketchUp 2017 or below file version.

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Yes, it's a 2D drawing with Front, Back, Right, Top and Isometric views.


And, yes I've used Sketchup models effectively already, but there isn't one for the object I need, so I'm looking at trying to build one.


Is the process of building one from a drawing easily described here? Link to a video?

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@ Steve,

Check out Extrude, Push/Pull, Automatic Push/Pull, Extrude Along Path.  Those will get you the larger "panel" objects.  You can further manipulate them with Fillet, Chamfer, etc. or the more "exotic" tool to deform shapes like Twist, Bend, Bulge.  Basically, start with a 2D rectangle and extrude it into 3D space...


Then check out how to apply textures if you need/want to render your casework.


Good luck have some fun!


Post back any questions...lots of talent here.



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Play with the tools that Wes Gardner posted and when more specific questions appear... I'm sure you will find help in this forum. I know I did when I started learning.


There are a few tutorials in youtube. For example this playlist:



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