2D Shots of 3D Objects

When you have a three-dimensional CAD object and you need a two-dimensional version, you have several options. January 21, 2010

I have 3D AutoCAD drawings I need to convert to 2D line drawings either in Inventor or AutoCAD. Help!

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From contributor J:
Are you asking for someone to do this for you or do you just need to know how itís done? In AutoCAD you can use the flatten command and the Z will set to 0, making it a 2D. There are some issues with this and could be a pain depending on how it was drawn.

From the original questioner:
I received a drawing done in 3D solid and I need to make it into a 2D line drawing. Thanks.

From contributor S:
Don't use flatten command - it distorts and brings the drawing out of proportion. There is a "SOLPROF" command that you need to use to extract elevations and "SECTION" command to generate plan and vertical sections. See AutoCAD help on these topics.

From contributor O:
Or you can use the menu to execute the command.

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From contributor G:
My preferred command for this is called flatshot. Simply get the view you want in model space, type flatshot, and it will create a 2D block of what you see on the screen that you can explode to modify, or not.