×
INTELLIGENT WORK FORUMS
FOR ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
• Talk With Other Members
• Be Notified Of Responses
• Keyword Search
Favorite Forums
• Automated Signatures
• Best Of All, It's Free!

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

#### Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

# 2D sketch of the cross-section of a 3D part

## 2D sketch of the cross-section of a 3D part

(OP)
Hello everyone,

I'm going to turn a 3D problem into a 2D for further analysis in Abaqus. The original 3D part has been made in Solidworks and I can see the cross-section via cut tool. I intend to import the exact same cross section into Abaqus and tried different ways, non of which seemed to be working well. The exported dxf from the cross section sketch made in Solidworks, couldn't be opened in Abaqus. I also tried sketching the cross-section on a parallel plane, then extruding that with the smallest possible thickness (0.0001) in hopes of introducing this to Abaqus as a 2D part, however, this very thin section is still known as 3D by Abaqus. Is it possible to produce a 2D part file from solidworks out of the 2D sketch and import it in Abaqus? I know vice versa works!

Thanks for suggestions!
Ara

### RE: 2D sketch of the cross-section of a 3D part

In Abaqus it is required to have the cross section for the 2D analysis at the xy-plane at z=0. Check that the part in Solidworks has the correct orientation and then try this:

- Bring the 3D Part to Abaqus/CAE
- Create a datum plane at z=0 (so a xy plane)
- Create a cell partition with that datum plane => now you have a geometric face at z=0
- Select Tools -> Geometry Edit -> Face -> Remove to delete all faces except this one at z=0 => you should see the cross section only now
- Right-click in the tree at the part container and edit the modeling space from 3d to 2D Planar

#### Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

#### Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Close Box

# Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

• Talk To Other Members
• Notification Of Responses To Questions
• Favorite Forums One Click Access
• Keyword Search Of All Posts, And More...

Register now while it's still free!