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Defacto Drawing Standard

Defacto Drawing Standard

Defacto Drawing Standard

(OP)
We are currently wrestling with the idea of moving to inventor. One problem is that our customers all want .dwg drawing files as this is the defacto standard.

Does this cause any problems with inventor? Does it still output to .dwg? Does anyone know if .dwg will supported indefinitely?

RE: Defacto Drawing Standard

Yes it is possible to safe your drawing in a .dwg file format.  You will however loose your linkage to the 3D model i.e. changes in model would not be updated automatacaly on drawing.

The work arround is do all your work in the native .iwg file format and on completion of project/part or when required by the client to safe a copy to .dwg file format.

RE: Defacto Drawing Standard

(OP)
This seems to be to be the same as exporting a drawing from another cad system to .dwg. I'll post this in SolidWorks and see what they say.

RE: Defacto Drawing Standard

Fawkes,

I am now using Inventor after 4 years on Solidworks and hav already found the the export of inventor drawings is rather poor.  I was able to much more seamlessly export .dwg from Solidworks than I am from Inventor...not overly excited about that with Inventor being and Autodesk Company???

Alan M. Etzkorn  
Product Engineer
Nixon Tool Co.
www.nixontool.com

RE: Defacto Drawing Standard

A co-worker uses Inventor (6.3, I think) we've been having a lot of problems generating DWG files for machining.  Lately, an attempt to export a native Inventor drawing file to DWG just crashes Inventor, after it makes you wait a while for the privilege.

We were able to get around the export problem by printing the file to the Acrobat PDF driver.  This plotted and scaled easily on both standard A-size as well as large format on a Designjet plotter.

FWIW, I'm a neophyte Alibre user and have not had any problems exporting drawings from it to DWG formats.  Seems kind of odd that Adesk would have this sort of problem.  Isn't DWG their creation?

Mike

RE: Defacto Drawing Standard

Just out in Release 8 >>> the link between Inventor models and autocad drawing is active (change the part and the autocad drawing changes). Unfortunately right now it is only for part files, but you can work around that with a derived part of an assembly. You need Acad 2004DX (which comes with R8) to do it though, and I think once you save as an older version it will break the link. I haven't played with it much but we will see how well it works. Theoretically you can model in Inventor and detail in autocad. NO bill of material, part lists or any of that information is available in Acad either (yet)

The .dwg out from Inventor .idw is GREATLY improved too. I'm not a big fan of Autodesk's marketing scheme, but I think this release is worth the $$$ (finally)

Far too many other new features to mention here. There is some good stuff though. Go to the Autodesk site for a complete list to see if you can live without it.

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