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What does the ArtiosCAD 3D tool, Update 2D do?


The Update 2D button is available on the Fold in 3D toolbar.


If a 2D design (ARD, ACD (canvas)) is converted to 3D (A3D), the two files will be connected in the same session of ArtiosCAD. The Update 2D tool can be used to update the associated 2D design, with:

Linked 2D and 3D designs

  • The 3D must be converted from an open 2D design. The 2D and 3D files can not be opened separately. No updating will occur.
  • If a 2D design is added to an open 3D via File > Add a design, that 3D will lose any existing link it had to another 2D.
  • Update 2D will update all associated 2D designs that may have been added to the 3D scene via 2D: Convert to 3D > Add to 3D.



In 16.1, the actual act of connecting of mates is considered assembly information and is not saved to the 2D unless the Update 2D button is clicked or fold angles are saved to the corresponding 2D.

The location of a mate is automatically saved to the corresponding 2D.

  • Board (material) properties:
    • ARD: With multiple contours as parts. The material properties can be pushed back to the 2D, but only if all the 3D parts have changed materials. The requirement is necessary since the ARD has only one material for all the parts in the ARD.
    • ACD: The material properties for any and all parts can be pushed back to the 2D.

Board Structural Properties

Care should be taken when making board changes. An ArtiosCAD board contains the finishing appearance and structural information in one entity. While in 3D, a user may primarily be focused on the boards appearance. However, the full definition of the board including structural allowances like CAL, IL and OG are also sent back.

For a resizable ARD that is rebuilt, the design structure may then change. As of this writing for a resizable ACD, the structural allowances of a board for a part are ignored, but that limitation is expected to change in the future.

  • As of 16.0.1, The number of duplicates of parts made in 3D can be pushed to the associated canvas file as its part count. However, if a design is added to a 3D scene via File > Add a Design, the design is not added to the associated canvas as a part.  It is only for the 3D scene.

Hardware and mates

  • As of 16, hardware hooks can be added to a 3D design.
  • As of 16.1, 3D assembly mates can be added to a 3D design.
  • Hardware holes and mates as well as 3D assembly mate locations are immediately updated in the associated 2D design without user intervention when created or deleted in 3D. This is due to the fact that these elements are structural in nature. A user could switch back to the 2D and modify the design. If the 3D structural information is not immediately applied, the 3D information loses its relevance. The user may change the 2D design such that the 3D information no longer knows where it needs to go.
    • The other items described above are more related to the 3D scene. A user, at his discretion, may choose to update the 2D if he determines the 3D scene changes are relevant for the structural data.
  • The actual act of connecting mates is considered assembly information and is not saved to the 2D unless the user either Updates 2D or saved the fold information.
  • As of 16.1, hardware can be moved away from its panel in 3D via the Select & Move tools. In this case, the hardware is disconnected from the panel, meaning it will not mate when the 2D is converted to 3D in the future, but its holes are left. The user has to click the Update 2D tool to have this data pushed to the 2D design. This is a case where such an operation is considered more of a scene change.
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Applies to

ArtiosCAD 12 and newer

Last revised06-Jun-17
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