Inventor General Discussion

Inventor General Discussion

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Batch IDW to DWG conversion

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11-01-2012 01:36 PM

I have about 500+ idws that has to be converted to dwg.  No problem I thought... just use the task scheduler and create a task (Convert IDW to DWG) to do it.


That works.... but there is a small problem.  The DWG that it saves has the data in paper space.  Of coarse, the customer requires it to be in Model Space.


Is there a way to do this with the Task Scheduler?  or someother way, short of manually opening/saving each idw.


I don't own KwikBatch Runx64 and was hoping we could do this without purchasing something else.


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Re: Batch IDW to DWG conversion

11-01-2012 04:10 PM in reply to: karthur1



Yes there is.


Export one file from inventor, setup your export configuration, and save it. This is trial and error to get the best configuration for your company.


Tip: Edit the Standard.dwg template for any additional feautures, eg: Switching off layers etc.


When you go to task scheduler, select the configuration file you created in the above step.


Use a file manager to bulk re-name all the files from *.idw.dwg to *.dwg. (Total Commander works well.)


Screen dumps:

Export from Inventor, I have already pre-selected my config file.






The following config will export to model space:






The task manager, using the Export config file:




Hope this is of some use to you.


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Re: Batch IDW to DWG conversion

11-01-2012 05:44 PM in reply to: rhasell

One interesting point that I didnt realize..... To convert the IDW to DWG, do NOT use the "convert IDW to DWG" task.  Instead you have to use the "Export Files" task.


Doesnt make much sense "why", but this workflow works.... guess that is what matters.


Thanks Reg,



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Re: Batch IDW to DWG conversion

11-02-2012 06:42 AM in reply to: karthur1

Probably because "convert" convers idw to Inventor dwg whereas "export" converts idw to Autodcad dwg.


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