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DXF import

Geometry model construction in QuickField can be carried out by two ways:

  1. Geometry model drawing by graphical means of the built-in Model Editor.
  2. Geometry model importing from the external CAD-system.

In this paper we consider DXF (Drawing eXchange Format) file import. QuickField supports AutoCAD 12 specification for DXF files. It is possible to import the following geometric objects: nodes, lines, circular arcs. If the DXF file contains other objects, for example rectangles, they won't be imported. It is necessary to break complex objects into simple shapes before performing the export/import operation. Many CAD systems offer such an option.

Pic. Explode command in DraftSight® breaks complex objects into elementary parts

The original CAD drawing could have errors that are insignificant for the plot accuracy, but has drastic effect on the finite-element model quality. If the drawing is created without use of bindings there could be some errors:

  • Crossing of lines in drawing nodes, instead of their connection. In such places QuickField automatically adds a vertex in crossing. It leads to an excessive concentration of the finite elements. Unnecessary dense finite element mesh may reduce the calculation speed.

    Pic. Excessive finite elements mesh concretion

  • Points which are visually located at the axis in the original drawing, in fact may have small offsets in coordinates. If this model then imported to QuickField and solved as axisymmetric, such "close to axis" points may cause various errors. Points located close below the axis, with negative coordinates will effect in QuickField error message "radius can't be negative".

    Pic. Error R-coordinate cannot have negative value

In all such cases it is necessary to correct the model after DXF importing: remove unnecessary vertices, replace several close vertices with one, move the close vertices to the axis.

Free tool: correct the model after DXF import.