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*Bedford, Chris
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Saving IDW as DWG file

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11-19-2002 09:54 AM
Is there a comprehensive tutorial anywhere that covers the process of saving
IDW's as DWG files?

I am looking for information on controlling layers, groups, model/paper
space etc.

This seems to be an process that is still a bit dodgy. I was hoping IV6
would make things a bit clearer on how to control the process better.

Thanks
Chris B
*Germer, Ole
Message 2 of 6 (39 Views)

Re: Saving IDW as DWG file

11-19-2002 10:03 AM in reply to: *Bedford, Chris
It is still so. It is getting better but not there yet.

--
Ole Germer
Helping create better involute profiles for gears
http://www.geocities.com/olegermer/index.html


"Chris Bedford" wrote in message
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> Is there a comprehensive tutorial anywhere that covers the process of
saving
> IDW's as DWG files?
>
> I am looking for information on controlling layers, groups, model/paper
> space etc.
>
> This seems to be an process that is still a bit dodgy. I was hoping IV6
> would make things a bit clearer on how to control the process better.
>
> Thanks
> Chris B
>
>
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jclark
Posts: 49
Registered: ‎12-12-2003
Message 3 of 6 (39 Views)

Re: Saving IDW as DWG file

11-19-2002 01:25 PM in reply to: *Bedford, Chris
I have found that the whole process is far superior. what I do is create all of the idws complete with sections and details and demensions. Normaly this is done using several sheets. After I have everything that I want using the company title block and border to look just how I want AutoCad to plot I Saves as a DWG. In that dialog box make sure to SAVE IN Model and Paper Space. there is is a option to change the layer to mechanical naming. Hit the save button to save in the directory you want it and presto.
Open the DWG and on layout space wil be all the text and dimensions and ready for plotting (paper space). the model space will be the dwg at full scale as normal. My dwgs are uselly 3-8 sheets. I just wish that I could figure out how to xref them to inventor so when I update they would also.
I will save that for an other time.
*Germer, Ole
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11-19-2002 09:32 PM in reply to: *Bedford, Chris
Wonderful Mr.Clark.

    I do drawings for customers who
want autocad drawings as the final product.  They get it even if the model
is Inventors.

    The problem with exported to dwg
is that the format that inventor creates is not the convention that people are
use to seeing in autocad drawings. 

    1.  Most autocad drawings
are still done in color and not black and white.

    2.  Most autocad drawings
plot using color as a lineweight.

    3. Most autocad drawings do not
do centerlines as blocks.  They are usually done on separate
layers.

    4.  Customers do want to
change the drawings that you do.  Change a few things, like add some more
information,  Material spec or method of fabrication or move a
view and cannot understand what you screw up.  They want autocad
drawings and not inventors.

   

    I know that to fully get the
benefits of Inventor, the final product or manufacturing drawings should be
inventors.  Autodesk spent many years trying to teach the uninformed how to
do drawings -- Autocad drawings.  They set the standards for much of the
cad world.  To succeed in bringing that same slice of the cad world into 3d
you need those user friendly tools.

  

    WHAT IS
NEEDED.   

    1. Do away with the block that
generated by Inventor for centerlines and all the small stuff.

    2. Give us direct translation to
colors and not lineweight and linetype to autocad linetype.

   

    What is needed for
Autocad.

    1.  Please write a routine
for the "Cad Standard" so it can handle Inventors convention.  Could be an
add-on to Autodesk's Cad Standard or just part of the
program. 

 

My 5 cents worth. 

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I
have found that the whole process is far superior. what I do is create all of
the idws complete with sections and details and demensions. Normaly this is
done using several sheets. After I have everything that I want using the
company title block and border to look just how I want AutoCad to plot I Saves
as a DWG. In that dialog box make sure to SAVE IN Model and Paper Space. there
is is a option to change the layer to mechanical naming. Hit the save button
to save in the directory you want it and presto.
Open the DWG and on
layout space wil be all the text and dimensions and ready for plotting (paper
space). the model space will be the dwg at full scale as normal. My dwgs are
uselly 3-8 sheets. I just wish that I could figure out how to xref them to
inventor so when I update they would also.
I will save that for an other
time.
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jclark
Posts: 49
Registered: ‎12-12-2003
Message 5 of 6 (39 Views)

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11-20-2002 05:03 AM in reply to: *Bedford, Chris
Ole
That is a very good point. I haven't looked at it that way
Of course I am still using a pen plotter also. Your comment is well worth taking.
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davej
Posts: 61
Registered: ‎07-25-2003
Message 6 of 6 (39 Views)

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11-20-2002 05:13 AM in reply to: *Bedford, Chris
I know its another step, but until ADesk or someone creates a flawless and 1-step process for translating, I have found it quite easy to use AutoCAD's layer translator. If your convention is as ours is, (each linetype is a different layer/color) then this is a snap. If you have your layers set to different part of the machine/assembly, this won't work.

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