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AutoCAD 3D Modeling: DXB Files

April 28, 2004

You can use the DXB virtual printer to create 2D drawings out of 3D models. The method is very easy to implement. However you need to install the DXB driver first. The following tutorial shows you how to install the DXB printer driver and create the 2D drawing from an existing 3D model.

Note: This tutorial is designed for AutoCAD 2004 though might be applicable to other releases.

1. Download and then open r16_dxb.dwg. The file contains a 3D solid shown in three viewports [Figure 1]. The viewport to the left shows an Isometric view in shaded mode. The viewports to the right show orthographic views in hidden mode.

Note: If you are using AutoCAD 2002 or an earlier release download r15_dxb.dwg.

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2. Let's install the DXB plotter driver. From the file menu select Plotter Manager. The Plotters window appears [Figure 2].

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3. Double-click the "Add-A-Plotter Wizard" shortcut icon. On the first page of the wizard click Next [Figure 3].

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4. Make sure that "My Computer" option is selected [Figure 4]. Click Next.

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5. From the list of Manufacturers select AutoCAD DXB File [Figure 5]. Click Next.

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6. Click "Next" on other pages without making any changes. On the last page click Finish. A PC3 file called "DXB Files.pc3" will be added to the Plotters window [Figure 6]. Close the window.

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7. Back to the drawing click in the lower-right viewport to make it the current drawing [Figure 7].

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8. Invoke the PLOT command (choose File > Plot). The Plot dialog box appears [Figure 8].

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9. Select the Plot Device tab. From the list of plotters select "DXB File.pc3" [Figure 9].

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10. Click the button next to the "File name and path" list. Select a proper name and location for the output file (for example ...\My Documents\sample.dxb). Click the Plot Settings tab. Select "ANSI D (22.0034.00 inches" for the paper size, Portrait for the drawing orientation, Wireframe for the Shadeplot, and 1:1 for the scale [Figure 10]. Click OK to create the DXB file.

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11. Start a new drawing based on acad.dwt template. In command line type DXBIN and press Enter. The Select DXB dialog box appears [Figure 11].

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12. Locate and select Sample.dxb. Click Open. The 2D drawing appears on screen [Figure 12].

Figure 12

13. You could create a new layer, assign the HIDDEN linetype to it, and then move the necessary lines to this layer as shown in Figure 13.

Figure 13

14. Save the new drawing. Close all of the drawings.

About the Author

Alireza Parsai is the founder of cadpanel.com. He is a mechanical engineer with more than 12 years experience with AutoCAD. Alireza is an Autodesk Authorized Author, the AutoCAD consultant for Al Khawarizmi Institute, a contributing editor for Augiworld magazine, a writer for CAD Digest, and an instructor for AUGI Training Program. He has written 8 books in Farsi, 3 booklets in English, and more than 100 articles for different magazines and newsletters. You can reach Alireza at alireza.parsai@cadpanel.com or visit his website www.cadpanel.com.  

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