Yes. DXF files can be imported into Slide using the File > Import > Import DXF option.
Once you select the dxf file to be imported the dxf import dialog will appear. The individual layers in the dxf file can be assigned to the different boundary types in Slide.
Slide DXF import dialog
Importing entities in DXF format is equivalent to adding them using the options within Slide (e.g. Add External Boundary etc.). Therefore, the same rules apply, and model entities are automatically checked for validity, intersected if necessary, etc. Make sure that the external boundary is a closed 2D polyline, encompassing all material boundaries.
For a full description of importing dxf files in Slide see the Import DXF topic in the Online Help.
- In AutoCAD, save each entity from the main DXF file, into its own separate DXF file, by using the dxf export option in AutoCAD to pick each entity you want to export.
- Import the DXF files into Slide one at a time, starting with the External boundary.
- If you follow this simple procedure, this will often allow you to successfully import the DXF geometry into Slide, and identify the source of any problems.
- You might want to practice this procedure, by starting simple just to get the process down. For example: draw a simple external boundary in AutoCAD, export it. Draw a couple of material boundaries, export them. Now bring them into Slide in the same order, one at a time.