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3.5.3.1. Parameters for DXF/GDSII File Import

The following parameters control the manner in which imported DXF/GDSII files are converted into solids.

For discussion of limitations on import of DXF files, see “Limitations on DXF File Import”.

Parameter

Description

Solid Type Type of solid to create when importing a file with layered geometry content. Available types are extrusion, revolution, or 2D solid.
Merge All Layers Into a Single Solid If True, all layers in the imported file are converted into a sketch in a single solid. If False, each layer produces a unique solid.
Extrusion/Direction Vector indicating the direction the sketch contents are swept, defined in the solid's coordinate system. This is not required to be normal to the sketch. This is a unitless vector and its magnitude is irrelevant. Visible only if Solid Type is Extrusion.
Extrusion/Height Length of the sweep in the Extrusion/Direction. Visible only if Solid Type is Extrusion.
Extrusion/Draft Angle Defines the angle with which each individual sketch surface is to draft while sweeping. Measured against the normal of the sketch in a perpendicular sense. A positive value causes a draft out while a negative value causes a draft in. Visible only if Solid Type is Extrusion.
Extrusion/Twist Defines how much the sketch is rotated in total as it is swept along the path. The rotation is performed around the center of the entire sketch contents. Visible only if Solid Type is Extrusion.
Revolution/Axis Point Point on the axis about which to revolve the sketch, defined in the solid's coordinate system. Visible only if Solid Type is Revolution.
Revolution/Axis Direction Direction of the axis about which to revolve the sketch, defined in the solid's coordinate system. This is a unitless vector and its magnitude is irrelevant. Visible only if Solid Type is Revolution.
Revolution/Angle Angle through which the profile is revolved. Visible only if Solid Type is Revolution.
Sketch/Label User-determined unique name that identifies the object
Sketch/Location/Plane Plane of the solid's coordinate system in which the sketch lies.
Sketch/Location/Offset Distance from the solid's coordinate system to the sketch plane in a direction normal to the chosen sketch plane.
Point Merge Tolerance Tolerance used when merging points during import. Adjacent points within this tolerance are merged into a single point. This value is important as it impacts sketch covering.

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