Create design in two dimensions

What is 2D-design?

Working with 2D-design is about creating design in only two dimensions, which means creating something that you would call “flat”. Finished drawings are very often delivered in 2D, regardless of whether they have been constructed in 2D or 3D systems. Despite the fact that there are well-developed and advanced 3D systems for modeling, many still believe that it is easier and clearer to convey information in flat 2D format.

Using 2D since way back

Working with 2D-design is absolutely nothing new. From the beginning, when all design was done on paper, we worked exclusively with 2D. When the first CAD systems were introduced in the 80’s, these were unanimous for design and 2D-construction. Communicating information about 3D geometry in 2D format means that we need to divide the information between our different dimensions. We work with presenting different views of our design that give us different data which together give us the total information we need.

Drawing layers

When we work with 2D-design, we work with lines. We define different lines that together build up the construction for our design. To differentiate the lines and to structure, we work on translating different lines into different things. For this, different drawing layers are often used, where we can work with color coding, define different line types and different line thicknesses.

Combining 2D and 3D

Despite the fact that there are many who have taken on more advanced 3D programs, 2D-design is still common. Many people who today work in 3D often choose to keep and in parallel continue working with complementary 2D systems. Many people prefer to design 2D substrates in 2D systems and 3D substrates in 3D systems, but is it really needed?


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