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How to make an Inventor template out of an Autocad template?

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10-04-2012 05:53 AM

Our customer supplied us with an Autocad template, complete with attributes, that I would lite to use as an Inventor template.  I would like to know what is the right procedure.



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Re: How to make an Inventor template out of an Autocad template?

10-04-2012 07:00 AM in reply to: pfrigon

I always redo the customers .dwg templates Importing them has issues so I just make new in Inventor.. Plus Inventor you can extract information from the part or assembly to fill in half of the information needed on a drawing by importing them and using autocad attributes you have to do typing to fill it in or modify them.


To me it is just easier to remake it.

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Re: How to make an Inventor template out of an Autocad template?

10-04-2012 07:16 AM in reply to: pfrigon

You may not like the way some things work, but the answer is a conditional yes. My personal opinion is never copy anything from AutoCad into IV. Always make everything from scratch, in the end you will be much happier< after the first change you have to make to that part. IV does not support the AutoCad text styles of old only the newer postscript styles to start with. Now I did set up my Layout and layers for my standard Notes in AutoCad and import that into IV but that is as far as I will go with anything from AutoCad.


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Re: How to make an Inventor template out of an Autocad template?

10-04-2012 07:30 AM in reply to: pfrigon

I create all the sheets I will need without borders or titleblocks in inventor and save an Inventor.dwg file. From their I open those files with AutoCAD and insert the client provided titleblock, save and close. Re-open those files in Inventor and your attributes should still be available for edit.

In my industry we often aren't allowed to edit these titleblocks or re-create them because the client extracts information with software for populating their own project databases.


Hope that helps.

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