Losing CAD Layers while importing 3D symbol


JRSaudermanu
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Hello,

 

I'm new to the form. My question is if anyone else is losing CAD layers while using Import 3D Symbol? I have a model that in AutoCAD contained 12 Layers. When I bring it into CAx11 it only has 4 layers plus the default Layer 0. I did not run into this in x9 and x10.

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6 hours ago, JRSaudermanu said:

Hello,

 

I'm new to the form. My question is if anyone else is losing CAD layers while using Import 3D Symbol? I have a model that in AutoCAD contained 12 Layers. When I bring it into CAx11 it only has 4 layers plus the default Layer 0. I did not run into this in x9 and x10.

Something your saying doesn't match up. A symbol in Chief always imports to only one layer, determined by the type of symbol you call it. It can have multiple materials.

2D CAD can come into multiple layers if it has them, you are given the opportunity to map them.

None of that has changed in X11. I don't understand how you have 4 layers unless it's not a symbol?

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Sorry, I'm referring to the materials as layers. I am guessing it is a problem in AutoCAD.  I'm taking a Solidworks file, saving it as a step file. Then I import it into AutoCAD and explode it. I then create a layer for every different material. I created 12 different layers in AutoCAD so there would be 12 different materials in Chief Architect. I am then able to apply different wood grain, metal finishes and fabrics to the symbol. But with this model I am missing the materials I have named Layers 4, 5, 6, 7, and 12.

 

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Makes sure a face is defined in CAD AND a different material is assigned to it. Chief understands faces and materials for symbols, not layers. Often 3D dwg files are missing faces. If they are not defined as a face then no material will be assigned to it. Whenever possible life is easier importing almost any format other than dwg for symbols.

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