How to Import an Autodesk Inventor 2013 Sketch to CorelDraw 5

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In order to scale the boxes I make, I decided to go through the (somewhat painful) growth from 2D to 3D drawing.

I'd been importing Boxmaker pdf files to CorelDraw 5 and tweaking the files a bit to make the files ready for laser cutting.

I want to modify a few basic parameters to enable changing materials, while using the same part drawing.

I took some time at TechShop in San Jose to learn how to get my files from Autodesk Inventor 2013 to CorelDraw 5.

I saw this Instructable, but did not get the same results.  It appears there are some changes between saving from Inventor 2013 to CorelDraw 6 instead of CorelDraw 5.

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Step 1: Export the Sketch

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While in 2D Sketch Mode in Inventor 2013, go to the Browser and right-click the sketch icon.

This generates a pop-up menu, allowing you to export the sketch.

Select the Export Sketch As option

Step 2: Choose how to export the Sketch

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Export the Sketch in a .dxf format.

I had inconsistent results going from Inventor 2013 to CorelDraw 5 when I selected .dwg, so I'm sticking with .dxf.

Step 3: Import the .dxf file to CorelDraw 5

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Now you're able to import the dxf file to CorelDraw 5, while retaining your original sketch measurements.

Step 4: Confirm the dimensions

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I used CorelDraw 5's Segment Dimension Tool to add dimensions to the imported vectors.  They are consistent with my original Sketch.

Step 5: And add graphics and send to the laser

Now I'm able to change all lines to vectors (hairlines in CorelDraw), add any raster graphics, and print to the laser engraver.
togo1919 (author) 1 year ago

There's another Instructabus somewhere on this site that talks about Corel x6. I tried those instructions and it did not work in the environment I use. Maybe do a search on Corel to find that one.
Have you tried this with Corel X6? Doesn't seem to work on my end.

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