Advanced CAD Import Options

View the advanced geometry options available for import (depending on the type of file to be imported).

This option controls the healing of data containing performance-expensive errors.
  • No healing
    • No healing is applied to the imported file.
  • Standard healing / Advanced healing
    • Geometrical and topological irregularities are repaired and healed. The translated file is scanned for corrupted data and invalid data is fixed.

      If the imported model contains face-face inconsistencies, it will cause multiple separate parts to be created during the healing process. After importing, use the union or stitch operation to combine the parts into a single part.

      Note: The advanced healing option adds a few more time consuming and extensive healing operations to the conversion process.
Simplify model
This option controls the process of cleaning and removing redundant topologies and geometries from the model during translation. If a vertex is redundant, the vertex is deleted and the associated edges are merged. If an edge is redundant, the edge is removed and the associated faces merged.
Stitch trimmed faces
This option controls the stitching of trimmed1 faces during the translation process.
Use two step import process
Some models may not import correctly with the current import process. Use the two-step import process that makes use of the older, legacy import process to attempt to import problematic models.
Enables the extrusion option (only for .dxf file imports).
Auto-stitch faces
Faces that touch are automatically stitched (only for .dxf file imports).
Auto-merge wires
Wires that touch are automatically stitched (only for .dxf file imports).
Use infinitely thin layers
Layers of a PCB with a finite thickness are reduced to infinitely thin layers (only for Gerber, ODB++ and 3Di file imports).
Import vias
Vias defined in the PCB file are imported. These are added as wires between the PCB layers (only for ODB++ and 3Di file imports).
1 A trimmed surface is a surface which was divided into multiple pieces as a result of a modelling operation. A portion of the surface may no longer be required to support the model topology. The redundant pieces are then discarded.