GMS:CAD Options

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DWG and DXF files can be imported into GMS and displayed to assist in model placement or simply to enhance the display of a model.

The objects in a DWG or DXF file are organized into layers. The display of layers CAD Layer Icon.svg in a CAD drawing is controlled using the check boxes in the Project Explorer. Individual layers can be turned off/on or to turn off the display of all CAD data then uncheck the box next to the "CAD Folder.svg CAD" folder.

The CAD options are included with all paid editions of GMS. CAD data can be imported with the Community Edition.

CAD Right-Click Menu

Right-clicking on the "CAD Folder.svg CAD" folder in the Project Explorer contains the following commands in addition to the standard object folder commands.

Remove Data 
To delete the CAD data right-click on the "CAD Folder.svg CAD" folder in the tree and select Remove from the pop-up menu. If the CAD data was imported from a file, the file is not deleted from disk.
CAD → Feature Objects 
CAD data can be converted to GMS feature objects by right-clicking on the "CAD Folder.svg CAD" folder in the Project Explorer and selecting CAD To → Feature Objects command. CAD points are turned into points, CAD lines and polylines are turned into arcs, and CAD polygons are turned into polygons. The feature objects are added to the active coverage. Once converted, the feature objects can be used to build conceptual models.
CAD → TIN 
A set of CAD 3D faces which have been imported to GMS can be converted to a TIN by right-clicking on the "CAD Folder.svg CAD" folder in the Project Explorer and selecting the CAD To → TIN command.
Convert To CAD 
This command converts any visible geometric data into CAD format internally within GMS. This CAD data will be saved with the project as a DWG file, or can be exported as a separate DWG or DXF file. This command is found either in the the Display menu or by right-clicking in the empty space in the Project Explorer.

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